Jason and Candace's Best of Cville

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Jason and Candace's Best of Cville

Food scene

Candace's favorite restaurant in Charlottesville, and conveniently a short walk from our place. You will need a reservation (Resy app). You must have the mussels.... and a whisky sour. Dinner only.
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Tavola
826 Hinton Avenue
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Candace's favorite restaurant in Charlottesville, and conveniently a short walk from our place. You will need a reservation (Resy app). You must have the mussels.... and a whisky sour. Dinner only.
Jason's favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. A traditional Charlottesville experience. Sit at the bar on a weekend and enjoy the piano. Must have the prime rib!
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Aberdeen Barn Steak House
2018 Holiday Dr
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Jason's favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. A traditional Charlottesville experience. Sit at the bar on a weekend and enjoy the piano. Must have the prime rib!
Top 5 restaurants in Cville, and a short walk from our place. Spanish tapas with fun atmosphere. Dinner only. Must have the carne asada, papas bravas, bacon-wrapped dates, and the sangria! Reservation recommended (Resy app).
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Mas
904 Monticello Road
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Top 5 restaurants in Cville, and a short walk from our place. Spanish tapas with fun atmosphere. Dinner only. Must have the carne asada, papas bravas, bacon-wrapped dates, and the sangria! Reservation recommended (Resy app).
Candace's favorite burger in town. Simple and straightforward. Don't ask for lettuce and tomato ;) do ask for extra JBs sauce. Incredible beer menu. Dive-y atmosphere.
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint Cville
109 2nd Street Southeast
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Candace's favorite burger in town. Simple and straightforward. Don't ask for lettuce and tomato ;) do ask for extra JBs sauce. Incredible beer menu. Dive-y atmosphere.
Jason's favorite burger. A Charlottesville staple. Less than 5 minute drive.
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Riverside Lunch
1429 Hazel Street
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Jason's favorite burger. A Charlottesville staple. Less than 5 minute drive.
A local favorite... get it. Delicious menu and yummy cocktails. Also in Belmont, so an easy walk! Dinner only. Grab a reservation on OpenTable.
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The Local
824 Hinton Avenue
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A local favorite... get it. Delicious menu and yummy cocktails. Also in Belmont, so an easy walk! Dinner only. Grab a reservation on OpenTable.
Aka Conmole. Mmmm have the paloma. Tiny space with good food. Great people watching on outdoor patio and heavy pours on the cocktails :) Short walk to Belmont Neighborhood. Recently mentioned in Food & Wine.
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COMALCVILLE
816 Hinton Avenue
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Aka Conmole. Mmmm have the paloma. Tiny space with good food. Great people watching on outdoor patio and heavy pours on the cocktails :) Short walk to Belmont Neighborhood. Recently mentioned in Food & Wine.
Need reservation. Food is to die for. Sit in outside space if you can. Magical little courtyard. Easy walk, right off Downtown Mall.
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C & O
515 Water Street East
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Need reservation. Food is to die for. Sit in outside space if you can. Magical little courtyard. Easy walk, right off Downtown Mall.
Quick and easy Mexican. Right across Avon Bridge, quick walk.
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Guadalajara
805 East Market Street
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Quick and easy Mexican. Right across Avon Bridge, quick walk.
Wow! Huge Italian wood-fired oven that makes the yummiest pizzas in no-time flat. Entire menu and cocktails are superb! It's right across the street! It's a tiny spot so there's often a wait list. Put your name on the list, and then walk to Quality Pie for a pre-dinner sangria. Lampo is closed temporarily. However, they have opened a to-go only spot in the IX Park. Check their site for info.
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Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria
205 Monticello Road
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Wow! Huge Italian wood-fired oven that makes the yummiest pizzas in no-time flat. Entire menu and cocktails are superb! It's right across the street! It's a tiny spot so there's often a wait list. Put your name on the list, and then walk to Quality Pie for a pre-dinner sangria. Lampo is closed temporarily. However, they have opened a to-go only spot in the IX Park. Check their site for info.
Dress up for dinner, fancy spot. Hole in the wall (literally, it's in a dark alley) but worth it. Beautiful bar space and 5-star food. Reservation definitely recommended. Off the Downtown Mall, in alley way by Revolutionary Soup!
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The Alley Light
108 2nd Street Southwest
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Dress up for dinner, fancy spot. Hole in the wall (literally, it's in a dark alley) but worth it. Beautiful bar space and 5-star food. Reservation definitely recommended. Off the Downtown Mall, in alley way by Revolutionary Soup!
Great date night spot. Sexy vibe indoors, and has outdoor space too. Delicious cocktails and Mexican cuisine. On northern end of Downtown Mall.
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The Bebedero
225 W Main St
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Great date night spot. Sexy vibe indoors, and has outdoor space too. Delicious cocktails and Mexican cuisine. On northern end of Downtown Mall.
Asian-inspired tapas, excellent martinis. Great date night spot. Sit in their cute outdoor courtyard. Close to Downtown Mall (between South St and Water St). Easy walk.
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Bang!
213 2nd Street Southwest
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Asian-inspired tapas, excellent martinis. Great date night spot. Sit in their cute outdoor courtyard. Close to Downtown Mall (between South St and Water St). Easy walk.
Go for happy hour for deals on oysters on the half shell. Delicious cocktails. West Main corridor, less than a 10 minute drive.
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Public Fish & Oyster
513 West Main Street
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Go for happy hour for deals on oysters on the half shell. Delicious cocktails. West Main corridor, less than a 10 minute drive.
Candace’s favorite sushi in town. Go-to’s: rainbow roll and tuna carpaccio salad. Tiny spot but worth the wait. Rolls are huge!
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Now & Zen
202 2nd Street Northwest
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Candace’s favorite sushi in town. Go-to’s: rainbow roll and tuna carpaccio salad. Tiny spot but worth the wait. Rolls are huge!
Sushi, ramen, poke… easy walk from house and right beside Three Notched Brewery. Can you say “sake slushie”!?
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North American Sake Brewery
522 2nd St SE
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Sushi, ramen, poke… easy walk from house and right beside Three Notched Brewery. Can you say “sake slushie”!?
Classic French cuisine. James Beard-nominated chef! Great wine list. Must have the coq au vin! They take reservations from their website.
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Cafe Frank
317 East Main Street
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Classic French cuisine. James Beard-nominated chef! Great wine list. Must have the coq au vin! They take reservations from their website.
The margaritas! Spanish style tapas. Fun atmosphere. Great date spot.
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Little Star Restaurant
420 W Main St
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The margaritas! Spanish style tapas. Fun atmosphere. Great date spot.

For a drink

Best outdoor bar to get a cocktail. New Orleans, laid back vibe. Cutest outdoor space in Charlottesville! Belmont neighborhood... just a five minute walk. Limited hours.
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Southern Crescent Galley and Bar
814 Hinton Ave
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Best outdoor bar to get a cocktail. New Orleans, laid back vibe. Cutest outdoor space in Charlottesville! Belmont neighborhood... just a five minute walk. Limited hours.
German beer garden with huge outdoor space. Off Preston, less than 10 minute drive.
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Kardinal Hall
722 Preston Ave
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German beer garden with huge outdoor space. Off Preston, less than 10 minute drive.
This fitz in many categories. Great cocktails, delicious food, and great people watching! Hip, trendy vibe. Short walk from the house, on the Downtown Mall.
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The Fitzroy
120 E Main St
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This fitz in many categories. Great cocktails, delicious food, and great people watching! Hip, trendy vibe. Short walk from the house, on the Downtown Mall.
Sitting on the Market St side of the Downtown Mall, unique cocktails and romantic outdoor space. Interesting sharable dishes. Short walk!
Tonic
609 East Market Street
Sitting on the Market St side of the Downtown Mall, unique cocktails and romantic outdoor space. Interesting sharable dishes. Short walk!
Rooftop bar has best view. Cocktails are excellent. See-and-be-seen kind of place. Short drive, on the west main corridor towards the university. Less than 10 minute drive. Parking is a little tricky but they do offer valet.
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Quirk Hotel Charlottesville
499 West Main Street
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Rooftop bar has best view. Cocktails are excellent. See-and-be-seen kind of place. Short drive, on the west main corridor towards the university. Less than 10 minute drive. Parking is a little tricky but they do offer valet.
Glass of wine and a small plate *chefs kiss*. On the downtown mall. Outdoor seating.
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Tilman's
406 E Main St
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Glass of wine and a small plate *chefs kiss*. On the downtown mall. Outdoor seating.
Historic restaurant and classic Cville visit. Dave Matthew’s played here many times in his early days! Live music!
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Miller's Downtown
109 West Main Street
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Historic restaurant and classic Cville visit. Dave Matthew’s played here many times in his early days! Live music!
Spirit bar for grown ups looking for a well-crafted drink. The bartenders know their stuff! Open select night. Great stop over before or after dinner at Public Oyster, Quirk, Oakhart Social, or Little Star.
BobBoo
499 West Main Street
Spirit bar for grown ups looking for a well-crafted drink. The bartenders know their stuff! Open select night. Great stop over before or after dinner at Public Oyster, Quirk, Oakhart Social, or Little Star.

For breakfast

Another Cville staple. Lines may be long but worth the wait (and they move fast). NY style bagels. Multiple locations. Easiest is on Preston Avenue and less than 10 minute drive.
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Bodo's Bagels
505 Preston Avenue
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Another Cville staple. Lines may be long but worth the wait (and they move fast). NY style bagels. Multiple locations. Easiest is on Preston Avenue and less than 10 minute drive.
Originally Spudnuts, this location is legendary for sweet pastries. But don't let the name fool you, the lunch/dinner menu features specialty foods and Spanish-style tapas. Great for breakfast coffee and a sweet bite.
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Quality Pie
309 Avon St
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Originally Spudnuts, this location is legendary for sweet pastries. But don't let the name fool you, the lunch/dinner menu features specialty foods and Spanish-style tapas. Great for breakfast coffee and a sweet bite.
Uh breakfast tacos with mashed potatoes? Yes, please. Just a short walk to the IX Park area.
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Brazos Tacos
925 2nd Street Southeast
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Uh breakfast tacos with mashed potatoes? Yes, please. Just a short walk to the IX Park area.
It's divey and it's cheap with big portions, and you can get breakfast til mid-afternoon. Also: mimosa pitchers. Drive is around 13 minutes.
Cavalier Diner
It's divey and it's cheap with big portions, and you can get breakfast til mid-afternoon. Also: mimosa pitchers. Drive is around 13 minutes.
For breakfast any time of day! On the downtown mall. Diner style. With outdoor seating. Milkshakes are yummy.
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The Nook
415 East Main Street
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For breakfast any time of day! On the downtown mall. Diner style. With outdoor seating. Milkshakes are yummy.

Breweries a short walk away

Classics like the Missle IPA keep us coming back. Super convenient walk from the house, and great outdoor space. Limited food menu.
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Champion Brewing Company
324 6th Street Southeast
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Classics like the Missle IPA keep us coming back. Super convenient walk from the house, and great outdoor space. Limited food menu.
Always experimenting with new beers. We love the juicy IPA series. Huge space and good food too. Part of the IX Park scene. Bonus: they do a nice weekend brunch.
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Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery
520 2nd St SE
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Always experimenting with new beers. We love the juicy IPA series. Huge space and good food too. Part of the IX Park scene. Bonus: they do a nice weekend brunch.
If a sake flight isn't your thing, how can you go wrong with a sake slushi? Ramen is delicious too. Located right below Three Notch'd Brewery in IX Park.
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North American Sake Brewery
522 2nd St SE
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If a sake flight isn't your thing, how can you go wrong with a sake slushi? Ramen is delicious too. Located right below Three Notch'd Brewery in IX Park.
Quick walk to South Street in Downtown. Classic beers. Bloody Mary's are good too.
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South Street Brewery
106 South Street West
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Quick walk to South Street in Downtown. Classic beers. Bloody Mary's are good too.

Cville must-do's

If you don't do it for the views, do it for the apple cider donuts. Avoid peak times if you can, but it's worth a drive to the top. Plenty of outdoor space for sitting and having a Bold Rock cider after you picked some fresh apples. On Thursdays in the summer, they stay open late for their Sunset Series!
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Carter Mountain Orchard
1435 Carters Mountain Trail
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If you don't do it for the views, do it for the apple cider donuts. Avoid peak times if you can, but it's worth a drive to the top. Plenty of outdoor space for sitting and having a Bold Rock cider after you picked some fresh apples. On Thursdays in the summer, they stay open late for their Sunset Series!
Learn all about TJ, take a tour of the house, or just walk the grounds which are breathtaking. Less than 15 minute drive from the house, and Carter's Mountain is on the way!
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蒙蒂塞洛
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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Learn all about TJ, take a tour of the house, or just walk the grounds which are breathtaking. Less than 15 minute drive from the house, and Carter's Mountain is on the way!
Take a float down the Rivanna River. They have shorter and longer floats and kayaks/canoes for rent too. Guided and unguided options. They'll drop you off, give you all the gear, and take care of everything for you. We do this several times a summer! Just a short drive from the house.
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Rivanna River Company
1518 E High St
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Take a float down the Rivanna River. They have shorter and longer floats and kayaks/canoes for rent too. Guided and unguided options. They'll drop you off, give you all the gear, and take care of everything for you. We do this several times a summer! Just a short drive from the house.
Book a tour, or just stroll the lawn and admire the architecture and grounds. Visit Edgar Allen Poe’s old dorm on the Lawn.
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維吉尼亞大學
1001 North Emmet Street
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Book a tour, or just stroll the lawn and admire the architecture and grounds. Visit Edgar Allen Poe’s old dorm on the Lawn.
Super walkable outdoor street with tons of local shops and restaurants. You'll often hear live music.
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Downtown Mall
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Super walkable outdoor street with tons of local shops and restaurants. You'll often hear live music.
Unique spot, quick walk from our place. Has variety of restaurants and quirky things to look at! Often has art exhibits and live music. Check their site for info about their Saturday farmer's markets and Thursday evening food truck events. Look for the big butt... yes, you read that right.
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IX Art Park
522 2nd Street Southeast
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Unique spot, quick walk from our place. Has variety of restaurants and quirky things to look at! Often has art exhibits and live music. Check their site for info about their Saturday farmer's markets and Thursday evening food truck events. Look for the big butt... yes, you read that right.
Fridays After Five! All summer, enjoy free concerts on Fridays. Beer and food trucks. Starts April 15 for 2022 season. Now called Ting Pavilion.
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Sprint Pavilion
700 East Main Street
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Fridays After Five! All summer, enjoy free concerts on Fridays. Beer and food trucks. Starts April 15 for 2022 season. Now called Ting Pavilion.

Notable Breweries

Home to our favorite beer in town - the New England IPA. Tiny spot and limited menu, but owner knows his stuff and beers are great. Off Preston Ave, less than 10 minute drive. Opening 2nd location on downtown mall in spring 2022!
Rockfish Brewing Company
900 Preston Avenue
Home to our favorite beer in town - the New England IPA. Tiny spot and limited menu, but owner knows his stuff and beers are great. Off Preston Ave, less than 10 minute drive. Opening 2nd location on downtown mall in spring 2022!
Another Cville classic. Beers distributed broadly, started right here in Charlottesville. This location is inside the Dairy Market, a large food court-style space, so you can sit at the brewery and have food delivered to you from one of the food vendors. I recommend Take It Away sandwiches (the house dressing is to die for).
Starr Hill Downtown
946 Grady Avenue
Another Cville classic. Beers distributed broadly, started right here in Charlottesville. This location is inside the Dairy Market, a large food court-style space, so you can sit at the brewery and have food delivered to you from one of the food vendors. I recommend Take It Away sandwiches (the house dressing is to die for).
Try the Mosaic IPA! Family run business with delicious beers and fun space. Usually has food trucks. Combo the stop with Kardinal Hall, Rockfish Brewery, and Starr Hill. Off Preston Ave, less than 10 min drive.
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Random Row Brewing Co.
608 Preston Ave
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Try the Mosaic IPA! Family run business with delicious beers and fun space. Usually has food trucks. Combo the stop with Kardinal Hall, Rockfish Brewery, and Starr Hill. Off Preston Ave, less than 10 min drive.

Worth a drive

Brewery/winery combo with absolutely stunning views. Visit their website for easiest driving directions. Food is limited during COVID but delicious (so check out website for latest updates). Plus it's a beautiful, scenic drive!
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Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve
5600 Moonlight Drive
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Brewery/winery combo with absolutely stunning views. Visit their website for easiest driving directions. Food is limited during COVID but delicious (so check out website for latest updates). Plus it's a beautiful, scenic drive!
The pizza and the brews and the views! One of our favorites on the 151 tour! Huge outdoor space, gets packed on nice days but that's all part of the fun.
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Road
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The pizza and the brews and the views! One of our favorites on the 151 tour! Huge outdoor space, gets packed on nice days but that's all part of the fun.
Candace's favorite winery. Gorgeous views and tons of outdoor space. Best wine + scenery combo. Hosts Sunday polo matches seasonally (from late May thru mid-October) where you tailgate. Located in Crozet (less than 30 minute drive).
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King Family Vineyards
6550 Roseland Farm
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Candace's favorite winery. Gorgeous views and tons of outdoor space. Best wine + scenery combo. Hosts Sunday polo matches seasonally (from late May thru mid-October) where you tailgate. Located in Crozet (less than 30 minute drive).
Fun space, outdoor bands, good brews and food. Fire pits and unique spaces for seating. Playground for the kids. Located in Crozet (less than 30 minute drive).
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Pro Re Nata Brewery
6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
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Fun space, outdoor bands, good brews and food. Fire pits and unique spaces for seating. Playground for the kids. Located in Crozet (less than 30 minute drive).
Wins for easiest winery to get to in idyllic setting! Less than 15 minute drive (on the way to Carter's Mountain and Monticello). Beautiful outdoor spaces. They are limiting visitors currently, so check their website before visiting.
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Jefferson Vineyards
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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Wins for easiest winery to get to in idyllic setting! Less than 15 minute drive (on the way to Carter's Mountain and Monticello). Beautiful outdoor spaces. They are limiting visitors currently, so check their website before visiting.