This is a small town, but it doesn't act like it. The presence of Thomas Jefferson's favorite home, Monticello, and one of his loftiest academic projects, the University of Virginia, must be the reason why this small Virginia town punches above its weight when it comes to the arts and culture. The dramatic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains only adds to Charlottesville's character. Residents consider themselves lucky to live here, and undoubtedly-- in a Charlottesville new home in this old city-- you will too.
If you love history, this is your town. What you've heard is true: Monticello, as well as the Lawn and Rotunda at the University of Virginia are so beautiful, and important to American history, that they have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ash Lawn-Highland is another important site, as it was home to another US President, James Monroe. The Downtown Mall has even more historic buildings--but these are not meticulously preserved UNESCO sites, they're full of shops and restaurants you'll return to again and again, perhaps with new neighbors-turned-friends. Also, you should check out the public artwork, like the Free Speech Wall, where residents enthusiastically celebrate the first amendment, and the fountain. Other places to keep an eye out for include the Christ Episcopal Church Glendower, which has served St. Anne's Parish since 1831, and Michie Tavern, a Virginia Historic Landmark, where you can get a glimpse of colonial daily life, ale and all.
In a town that gave the world Dave Matthews Band, and regularly invites superstars from Bruce Springsteen to Lady Gaga to perform, Charlottesville is a great place to experience the biggest and the best in music and the arts. The only question is: where to go? You'll have many choices in Charlottesville. Start at the Paramount Theatre, located on the Mall. It's probably the venue that offers the best combination of an intimate atmosphere, and the innate star power that draws bigger names. However, if you're looking for arena rock, expect to go to the John Paul Jones Arena, which seats 15,000 and then some. Other events that draw crowds are not necessarily musical-- the Virginia Film Festival has attracted celebrities like Morgan Freeman and Sandra Bullock.
Charlottesville is also known for its farms and markets. Some you can visit, some you will merely appreciate from afar, but all contribute to Charlottesville's high quality of life. The Carter Mountain Orchard specializes in apples and Pick-Your-Own festivals that attract families (including, perhaps, your own) looking for an enjoyable autumn day outside. Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market is another great Pick-Your-Own Farm. Nearby, Open Gate Farms raises chickens and turkeys. Finally, the Currituck Farm offers something a little different: grass-fed beef. Here you can visit and watch as cows are raised in an all-natural, chemical-free and gentle environment. Numerous vineyards, and one cidery, offer a nice complement to the area's foodie culture.
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