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Our friendly and informative staff at 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tour Director Shirley Midyette meets participating guests at Boar's Head to conduct personalized visits to Jefferson's Monticello, Madison's Montpelier, or Monroe's Highland, or Jefferson's Academical Village at the University of Virginia. She arranges a house tour reservation time and admission tickets for guests in advance of the visit, which includes her showing the gardens, plantation life, and the Visitor Center exhibits and 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.
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. website
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Bear Balloon Corporation website.
Schedule a lesson or book your guided fly fishing experience at Boar's Head. Call 434.972.6091 for complete information.
Tubing / Canoeing / Kayaking the James River
James River Runners in Scottsville, Virginia
James River Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville, Virginia
Hiking & Walking Trails
Charlottesville Walking Trails
Crabtree Falls, Nelson County
Old Rag Mountain, Madison County
Wineries, Breweries & Cideries
One of the greatest ways to experience local wineries, breweries and cideries is with a self-guided tour. Whether you have only a few hours or a whole day, our staff can suggest the perfect route. And, if you wish, our chefs will prepare a delicious box lunch for you to enjoy a relaxed picnic during your outing.
Visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a comprehensive list of the area's wineries, breweries and cideries. Contact Best of Charlottesville at 434.972.7431 to arrange transportation for your tour.
Wintergreen Resort has 12 slopes with 6 illuminated for night skiing. Open daily in season.
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
UVA Art Museum | 155 Rugby Road, C'ville | website
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
For complete information on resort or area activities or Charlottesville events, please contact Guest Services.