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 – cmurray1217@gmail.com]

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 – mattmurray1910@gmail.com]

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 Tam.Murray@sharedsites.com]

 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 – jmurray@courtsquareventures.com]

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

OTHER SELF-GUIDED ACTIVITIES

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.

BREWERIES, VINEYARDS, AND CIDERIES WITH VIEWS

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.

RESTAURANTS AND COFFEE SHOPS

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