Things To Do

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Friday, June 9

A few small-group activities are being organized by the cousins and require advanced sign-up.

Rivanna River Float : 9am-12noon The Rivanna River runs through the heart of Charlottesville before combining with the James River and heading towards the Chesapeake Bay. This canoe and kayak trip is a great chance to get outside, experience the waterfront, or wet a fishing line. Participants will need appropriate clothing and watershoes, but all other gear will be provided. [Sign-up with Chris –]

Jones Mt. Cabin Hike : 9am-3pm This moderate-vigorous hike in the Shenandoah National Park is breath-taking.  A 45-minute carpool will gather at the trailhead, and the hike beside the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers leads up to the cabin. [Sign-up with Matt –]

Golf : Morning Tee-times for 9 or 18-holes will be available at one of Charlottesville’s favorite courses. Additional locations and resources for golfing are available throughout the weekend. [Sign-up with]

 Tennis: By request at Meghan’s, Boar’s Head Club or Farmington Country Club. Email or call Meghan 434-996-5790 to schedule.

UVA Rotunda and Lawn Tour : 10am-12noon The heart of Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village”, there is much to see at the newly renovated Rotunda and adjoining Lawn. [Sign-up with Jim –]

Monticello Tour : 2pm-4pm The historic home to Thomas Jefferson with inspiring architecture and stunning gardens. [Sign-up with Jim –]


Farmer’s Market : Saturday from 7am-12noon; one block off of the Downtown Mall at 100 Water St. E

Friday’s After Five : Free public music at Sprint Pavilion, the outdoor venue at the East end of the Downtown Mall.

Polo at King Family Vineyard : Sunday at 1pm; Crozet, VA

Chiles Peach Orchard : Pick your own.

Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

Monticello Trail : Easy ADA accessible hiking trail at the bottom of Monticello Mountain.

Monticello : Home of Thomas Jefferson, 15 minutes from Charlottesville.

Montpelier : Home of James Madison, 45 minutes north of Charlottesville.

Highland : Home of James Monroe, 20 minutes from Charlottesville.

University of Virginia

Discovery Museum : Great for ages 2-8, on the Downtown Mall.


For more in depth information about Charlottesville breweries, vineyards, and cideries, visit Monticello Wine Trail or Brew Ridge Trail.

Blue Mountain Brewery : Great pizza & outdoor area for kids to play. 30 minutes west of Charlottesville.

Devils Backbone : Beautiful location at the foot of Wintergreen Mountain. 45 minutes west of Charlottesville.

Bold Rock Hard Cider : 40 minutes west of Charlottesville (between Blue Mountain and Devils Backbone).

King Family Vineyards : 30 minutes west of Charlottesville.

Pollack Vineyards : 30 minutes west of Charlottesville (near King).

Jefferson Vineyards : 15 minutes from Charlottesville, adjacent to Monticello.

Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards : 30 minutes south-west of Charlottesville.

Blenheim Vineyards : 30 minutes south of Charlottesville, on the way to V House.


Downtown Mall : Mudhouse Coffee, Grit CoffeeJava JavaMillers, Mono LocoSouth Street Brewery, Blue Grass GrillThe FitzroyZocalo, C&O, Downtown Grill, Christian’s Pizza, Citizen Burger Bar, Revolutionary Soup

Belmont : TavolaThe Local, MAS

Barracks Road : Bodo’s BagelsGreenberry’s CoffeeZoe’s Kitchen

Downtown Breweries : Three Notch’d, Champion, South Street Brewery, Random Row

Other : Bellair Market, Ivy Inn, Boylan Heights, Crozet Pizza