History, Food, and Wine: A Southern Experience

By Rebecca Heine

 

Get Acquainted

Just across the street from the University of Virginia stands the Graduate Charlottesville, a boutique hotel steeped in the history and culture of Charlottesville, Virginia. Graduate Charlottesville belongs to a chain of boutique hotels with a unique personality; each location is carefully designed around the history and culture of a college town. Their designer’s comb through thrift shops and antique stores within fifty miles of the city for décor, keeping the atmosphere familiar and local.

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We Simply Adore

  • Albemarle County – filled to the brim with wineries, gourmet restaurants, hiking, historic locations, and more.
  • Heirloom – the rooftop café and bar serves incredible local fare, putting the heart and soul of the land into the food with a splendid view over the city.

Note to Self

  • Graduate Charlottesville offers valet parking only.
  • Heirloom specializes in serving small plates, designed for family-style sharing rather than individual entrees – so order three or four and share the love!
  • Be prepared for a fair amount of walking if you plan to explore. Not only is the UVA campus right across the street, there are countless restaurants and shops all within walking distance

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Out and About

  • Charlottesville boasts a pedestrian walking mall only a few blocks from the hotel, full of boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and bustling bars. It’s a popular location in the community with a lively nightlife!
  • Monticello is only a ten minute drive away from the hotel, adored for the breathtaking view as much as the incredible history.
  • Just around the corner from Monticello is Carter Mountain Orchard; with apples in the fall and peaches in the spring, enjoy a wine or hard cider tasting, and relax.

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Big Day Details

  • Graduate Charlottesville has a newly completed ballroom, perfect for an intimate reception. With its own lobby area and balcony, the ballroom can host 120-130 guests (less with a dance floor).
  • The hotel has a hefty sample book to show you the work of their preferred vendors – with a variety of colors, textures, and dimensions. Their event staff will go above and beyond to help you find exactly what you need for your special day.

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Here’s the Scoop

All in all, Charlottesville has something for everyone. You can spend an entire day exploring the beautiful grounds of the University of Virginia, or the historical Monticello; hiking in the beautiful Crabtree Falls or Old Rag Mountain is only a short hour-long drive away, and of course the Virginia Wine Trail is not to be missed. Whether you’re looking for a destination wedding steeped in history and Southern charm, or a romantic getaway weekend, Charlottesville has everything you’re looking for – and more.

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