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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“brewery/distillery/restaurant/campground/indoor and out door bars/breakfast/brunch this is not your ordinary brewpub. Devils back bone is like the Disneyland of breweries. Plan on being there for a while because there's lots to see and do. the main structure is the restaurant and brewery. They have amazing beers. try a flight..choose 6 four ounce pours of their 16 draft beers for only 8 bucks. Some of my favorites from the food menu are the smoked deviled eggs, the fish and chips and the heartland bone dipper(its like a french dip sandwich). Next door is the distillery where they make their own rums and gins and serve them up in fancy cocktails. There is also a cigar and whiskey bar and a breakfast/coffee shop as well as an outdoor bar with fire pit and a smaller takeout only grill. Weekends they usually have a wait to sit inside”
  • 89 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Blue Mountain Brewery is an utterly wonderful place to spend an afternoon and, unlike most of the wineries, kids can enjoy this place as it has a full menu, plenty of run-around space, and stuff to keep one busy (corn hole and such) other than focusing on the brew. It's one drawback is that it's rather pricey, but we highly recommend this place.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Beautiful and fun! Close to Afton Vineyards and not far from King Family- you can make a day of it.”
  • 66 locals recommend
National Park
“30 miles West of Charlottesville access the Blue Ridge Parkway for hiking or a scenic drive. Head South to the Parkway and North to the Skyline Drive. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Pub
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“The best cider & selzer hands down! People come from all around for the fabulous mountain/river views, friendly staff, beautiful tap room with floor to ceiling stone fire place. Lots of great events happening there. A must see while you're here! ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Try the Primal Instinct! Great IPA with lots of hop flavor. With thirteen beers on tap you have quite an adventure. Great stop after hiking Humpback Rock or Crab Tree Falls. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Another beloved local vineyard, cozy with excellent views! Close to Veritas. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a Charlottesville tradition- probably every kid that has grown up in Cville has hiked this trail at least five times, mostly when visitors come to town. It’s a good hike, with a little bit of challenge, but worth it for the stunning view at the end. Located in the Shenandoah national forest about 20 minutes away.”
  • 35 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Delicious sandwiches, salads, quiche and paté. Reservations are a must for dinner!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Grab a flight or do a tour. This place is the local spot for hard liquor enthusiasts. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Winery
“We are members here because we love all their wines and they are reasonably priced.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Winery
“Hours: Open: Daily 11 am – 5 pm Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Please call ahead to confirm. Tastings are $10 per person. Tasting fees for groups larger than 6 people are $14 per person and require a reservation. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 12. Groups with a reservation are welcome daily from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please confirm reservations by phone. Policies: Dogs are welcome outside if they are on a leash. Outside alcohol is NOT permitted.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“Humpback Rocks is a steep, but popular trail in the northern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway with amazing views. 2 miles round trip from the parking lot. You can also hike directly from the Yurt, takes about 6-7 hours round trip. Detailed maps at the Yurt. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Winery
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“DElightfull Winery and view. Stop on the bridge and view the river, take a selfie. Mainly desert wines. Nice small vinyard view. Great wines, nice people. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Building
“For groceries before you reach the top. Pick up last minute items, and groceries for you trip before you head to the top of the mountain. This store is located across the street from your key pick up location.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Nicer selection of food than The Edge. More for adults than families. A little pricey but you don't have to travel far for a good meal.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“brewery/distillery/restaurant/campground/indoor and out door bars/breakfast/brunch this is not your ordinary brewpub. Devils back bone is like the Disneyland of breweries. Plan on being there for a while because there's lots to see and do. the main structure is the restaurant and brewery. They have amazing beers. try a flight..choose 6 four ounce pours of their 16 draft beers for only 8 bucks. Some of my favorites from the food menu are the smoked deviled eggs, the fish and chips and the heartland bone dipper(its like a french dip sandwich). Next door is the distillery where they make their own rums and gins and serve them up in fancy cocktails. There is also a cigar and whiskey bar and a breakfast/coffee shop as well as an outdoor bar with fire pit and a smaller takeout only grill. Weekends they usually have a wait to sit inside”
  • 89 locals recommend
Brewery
“Blue Mountain Brewery is an utterly wonderful place to spend an afternoon and, unlike most of the wineries, kids can enjoy this place as it has a full menu, plenty of run-around space, and stuff to keep one busy (corn hole and such) other than focusing on the brew. It's one drawback is that it's rather pricey, but we highly recommend this place.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Brewery
“Try the Primal Instinct! Great IPA with lots of hop flavor. With thirteen beers on tap you have quite an adventure. Great stop after hiking Humpback Rock or Crab Tree Falls. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Delicious sandwiches, salads, quiche and paté. Reservations are a must for dinner!”
  • 32 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Nicer selection of food than The Edge. More for adults than families. A little pricey but you don't have to travel far for a good meal.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Within walking distance, this bar/restaurant is a fun place to hang out at night and listen to live music. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best places to eat BBQ in Virginia. It is rustic and has no frills, which allows one to focus on the undeniably great food. The pulled pork or smoked turkey are amazing and paired with the homemade potato salad and a lime-aid, it is heaven.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great margaritas and salsa in the Valley! Not far from the top of the mountain. Great for families. They have live music sometimes!”
  • 9 locals recommend

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