Points of Interest | Local Activities | Charlottesville Events Calendar

Our friendly and informative staff at The Boar's Head can clue you into some of the best attractions in the Charlottesville area. From touring renowned wineries and family-owned vineyards to taking a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride to walking the same grounds and estates of past presidents and viewing other historical treasures. It is all possible and within easy reach when staying at The Boar's Head.

 


Points of Interest
Marvel at Thomas Jefferson's endless household inventions. Peek in on the dorm room where Edgar Allen Poe honed his writing skills. Picture yourself among the early American patriots celebrating victory at Michie Tavern. Home to three Presidents. Host to
many more. Charlottesville and Albemarle County are the heart of American history.

Monticello
Perhaps no home is more revealing of its owner's character than Monticello. There, Thomas Jefferson began building in 1769; he would continue to redesign and add onto his architectural masterpiece until 1809. Guided tours daily; open every day but Christmas.

Ash Lawn-Highland
This charming farmstead was the home of fifth U.S. President James Monroe from 1799 to 1823. A working farm, it often hosts demonstrations of spinning, weaving and open-hearth cooking.

Michie Tavern
The Michie Tavern ca. 1784 Museum is a genuine early American tavern, serving not only as restaurant and inn, but also a community center where locals gathered to worship, attend school and enjoy festive parties. Today, its restaurant serves traditional Southern fare based on recipes of the period.

Presidents' Pass
The Presidents' Pass is a combination discounted ticket for touring Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland and Michie Tavern ca. 1784 Museum. Save $5 per person off regular admission prices. Available at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau's Visitors Center on Route 20.

Montpelier
James Madison, the fourth U.S. President, lived at Montpelier all his life, adding on in 1797 and 1809. Subsequent owners continued to expand the house, until it reached a sprawling 55 rooms and three stories. Renovations are under way to return the house to the two-story, 22-room residence the Madisons inhabited.

Presidential Home Visits
Tours of Jefferson's Monticello, Madison's Montpelier, or Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, or Jefferson's Academical Village at the University of Virginia. Visit former Presidents and their homes including gardens, plantation life, and the Visitor Center exhibits & museum shops.

Oak Ridge Estate
Leisurely tours can be scheduled to view this 200-year-old estate formerly owned by a number of businessmen prominent in Virginia history. Visitors will see areas of the Mansion including the Reception Room, Library, Drawing Room, Dining Room, and Breakfast Room. The beautiful Grounds include the formal Italian Garden, Rose Garden, Greenhouse, storage Tower, Pergola, Cut Flower Garden, Cottage, Ryan Mausoleum, Swan Lake Pond, and Estate Railroad Station.

University of Virginia
Visit the University's exquisite grounds and see the Academical Village as Thomas Jefferson himself designed it. Wander its Lawn and gardens. View Edgar Allen Poe's room as it was when he was enrolled there. Tour the Rotunda, the University's neoclassical centerpiece.

Historic Downtown Mall
Main Street in Charlottesville is a vibrant six-block pedestrian-only shopping and entertainment district with restaurants and coffeehouses, boutiques and antique shops, movie, live and puppet theaters and an indoor ice rink.

 

Local Activities

Skyline Drive / Shenandoah National Park
This long, beautiful park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountians, with the broad Shenandoah River and valley on the west side, and the holling hills of the Virginia Piedmont of the east. The most prominent feature is the scenic Skyline Drive, and approximately 80,000 acres have been protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
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Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the rush of floating high above the Virginia countryside aboard a deluxe hot air balloon with Rick Behr, one of the world's most experienced balloon pilots. Since 1974 Rick has logged over 5,000 hours in a hot air balloon and flown 20,000 passengers. Imagine the possibilities for marriage proposals, birthdays and anniversaries, or to simply surprise family and friends. Balloons embark right from our front lawn, with a nine-story tower of color filling the sky.

Your one hour of tranquil airborne time reveals brilliant views of the rolling landscape, historic estates and rivers meandering through Piedmont farmland. After your flight, enjoy a complimentary champagne celebration at the resort.

Bear Balloon Corporation offers special rates for groups of 8 to 16 people. To learn more call Rick Behr at 434.960.2814, email flybehr@aol.com, or visit the Bear Balloon Corporation website.


Fly Fishing
Schedule a lesson or book your guided fly fishing experience at The Boar's Head. Call 434.972.6091 for complete information.


Tubing / Canoeing / Kayaking the James River

James River Runners in Scottsville, Virginia provides professional and dependable outfitting on The James River. Open April - October, 2013 will be their 35th year in operation. Visit the James River Runners website for complete information.


Hiking & Walking Trails

Charlottesville Walking Trails

Crabtree Falls, Nelson County

Old Rag Mountain, Madison County



Wineries & Breweries

One of the greatest ways to experience local vineyards and wineries is with a self-guided tour. Whether you have only a few hours or a whole day, The Boar's Head Wine Tour Maps, available at the front desk, will guide you through some of Virginia's finest wineries. And, if you wish, our chefs at The Old Mill Room will prepare a delicious box lunch for you to enjoy a relaxed picnic during your outing.

Visit the Monticello Wine Trail website for complete information on area wineries.

Visit the 
Brew Ridge Trail website for complete information on area breweries.



Skiing

Wintergreen Resort has 12 slopes with 6 illuminated for night skiing. Open daily in season.



Antique Shopping
Antiquer's Mall  |  Ruckersville  | 434.985.1977
Country Store Antiques Mall  |  Ruckersville  |  434.985.3649
Green House Shops  |  Ruckersville  |  434.985.2438
And George  |  Ivy  |  434.244.2800
House of Jacobus  |  Ivy  |  434.977.0024
Kenny Ball Antiques  |  Ivy Square  |  434.293.1361


Museums
UVA Art Museum  |  155 Rugby Road, C'ville  | 
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McGuffey Art Center  |  201 Second Street NW, C'ville  |  website
Virginia Discovery Museum  |  Downtown Mall, C'ville  |  website
Walton's Mountain Museum  |  Schuyler, Va  |  website


Performing Arts & Music Venues
John Paul Jones Arena  |  website
Culbreth Theater  |  website
Live Arts  |  website
nTelos Wireless Pavilion  |  website
The Paramount Theater  |  website

 

Charlottesville Calendar of Monthly Events

January
First Fridays Gallery Walk {every month}

February
Valentine's Day in the Old Mill Room

March
Festival of the Book
Charlottesville 10 Miler

April
Dogwood Festival
Charlottesville Marathon
Virginia Garden Week
Discover Virginia Food & Wine Festival
Foxfield Races - Spring

May
UVA Final Exercises

June
Men's 4 Miler
Pink Ribbon Polo Classic

July
4th of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello
Ash Lawn Opera Festival

August
Ash Lawn Opera Festival

September
Women's 4 Miler
Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival
Foxfield Races Family Day

October
Virginia Film Festival
Trick or Treat on the UVA Lawn

November
Turkey Trot

December
Lighting of the UVA Lawn
First Night


For complete information on resort or area activities or Charlottesville events, please contact our concierge by e-mail or phone at 434.972.6094.

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