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Charlottesville: An Active Foodie Haven

Charlottesville is known all over the world and mentioned in many magazines for its charms, include fine cuisine and natural beauty. Charlottesville apartment residents enjoy active lifestyles fed by a plethora of exceptional food and drink. If you live here, you already know about all Charlottesville has to offer! But even Charlottesville veterans can find something new to discover in the ever changing variety of restaurants and endless trail and park options surrounding us.

Charlottesville apartment living provides an ideal environment for an active day of hiking rewarded by a memorable world class meal. Hiking, running, and biking opportunities abound whether you want to stay local or take a short drive in to the surrounding mountains. And Charlottesville cuisine makes the perfect post-hike reward! Charlottesville dining is delicious and brimming with unique options. Get started with a few or our favorite options:

Hiking in CharlottesvilleHumpback Rocks and Wayside Takeout

Wayside Takeout is legendary among Charlottesville natives for cooking up "some of the best fried chicken in the south". The "chicken shack" has been listed in Southern Living and continues to win Best Chicken locally in several contests. Wayside chicken is not just delicious but also portable, the perfect companion on a trip to Humpback Rocks. The Humpback Rocks trail is famous and you'll quickly understand why - it end on top of the mountain and a spectacular view that seems to reach to Tennessee. The site includes 1890s farm buildings that were relocated when the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed, a visitor center with comfort station, and a picnic area with charcoal grills. Backpack your chicken up the mountain for a picnic at the top, or enjoy a nice lunch at the bottom before climbing to the view.

charlottesville HikesRivanna Trail and the Downtown Mall

Rivanna Trail may be Charlottesville's most popular hike, a pleasant escape that winds its way throughout the city. The trail is both interesting and peaceful, allowing you to hike without driving from your Charlottesville apartment, and it's a great way to connect with your favorite canine. Take Fido on an afternoon hike, and finish up with dinner on the Downtown Mall at Hamilton's or any of the many restaurants that provide "al fresco" seating. The mall features lots of patio dining, allowing you and Fido to enjoy dinner together while watching the bustle of the mall around you. Many restaurants even provide water and a snack for canine customers!

hikes near charlottesvilleCrabtree Falls and Blue Mountain Brewery

For a longer and more challenging adventure, take a short drive from your Charlottesville apartment home to nearby Nelson County and Crabtree Falls, one of Virginia’s best-loved waterfall hikes. This 3.4 mile round trip hike travels to the top of one of the tallest and loveliest waterfalls on the US east coast. This must-hike trail features beautiful waterfall views as you climb 1000 feet to the overlook of the Tye River Valley and a breathtaking vista. The hike requires some effort, but a worthy reward awaits when you return - Blue Mountain Brewery is nearby. Enjoy excellent, award-winning brewery and stunning mountain views as you count your steps.

Michie Tavern, The Saunders Monticello Trail and TEN Sushi

Charlottesville residents love to share Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with their out of town guests for a memorable day. Purchase your online and then stop for an exquisite hiking charlottesvillehistoric lunch at Michie Tavern on your up the mountain. Their rustic 18th century dining room lets you transport yourself to tavern life in the past. After lunch, leave the car behind and follow the Saunders Monticello Trail all the way to the house and grounds. The beautiful trail give visitors the chance to experience the historic house as Jefferson and his contemporaries viewed them, with "shifting scenes as you advance on your way." Take a tour of the house and the grounds - in the fall, try to wait for the sun to start slipping down the sky and look out over Charlottesville at the view. Hike back down into the present and celebrate your busy day with dinner at TEN Sushi. TEN offers modern, innovative sushi dishes and cocktails that will intrigue and impress you.

Plan an adventure and a delicious reward with Charlottesville cuisine. You'll be glad you did!


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