It’s leaf peeping season in the Virginia mountains, and Charlottesville is a great place to see them. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall visitors can hike the many trails in the region, sip wine on patios overlooking colorful valleys or tour Monticello while enjoying breath-taking views. The only thing that can make a visit better would be to stay at one of the many Charlottesville inns tucked against this incredible backdrop.
You may have noticed that I love B&Bs. Lingering over a cup of coffee as I make new friends from around the country or around the world is an enjoyable way to start the day. The food is far better than anything you’ll get at a chain hotel breakfast buffet! Remember those waffles I wrote about recently?
Also, B&B owners are proud members of their local community. The Innkeepers in Charlottesville are no exception. They even have taken it a step further, creating a cooperative association working together to provide the best experience possible for guests. They are knowledgeable about Charlottesville, including restaurants, music, theater, sports, wine tours and more. They are committed to excellent service and personalized attention for each guest.
Historic Charlottesville Inns
Historic Charlottesville inns include The Inn at Court Square (1785), the Dinsmore House (1800’s), The Inn at the Crossroads (1820), Prospect Hill (whose oldest building dates to 1699) or The Inn at Monticello (1856). The seared bread pudding made with croissants and served with clementine orange syrup caught my attention at The Inn at Court Square, located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. Owner Candace DeLoach is Virginia’s Innkeeper of the Year! The Dinsmore House is located in the heart of Charlottesville, convenient to UVA. It gets rave reviews from guests, but only allows children over age 10 (unless special arrangements are made). The Inn at the Crossroads, with two suites that accommodate children, is only 15 minutes from most historic attractions including Monticello and Michie Tavern. Prospect Hill offers wide open space, decadent dining, a walking trail, covered pool and alpacas! The Inn at Monticello, in a historic farmhouse close to President Jefferson’s famous home, allows children ages 12 and above. Guests rave about the customer service.
Charlottesville Inns and wine
Visitors coming to tour the wineries or to enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley might enjoy staying at The Inn at Sugar Hollow, Cedar Spring Inn, Foxfield Inn or Arcady Vineyard B&B. The Inn at Sugar Hollow sits on expansive farmland outside the city. This dog friendly inn provides space for your dog to roam. Children over age 12 are welcome, and younger children will be accommodated when possible. If looking for space, this is the place to go. Cedar Spring Inn, which welcomes children ages 14+, is a luxurious country spa retreat. Nestled against the mountain backdrop, the spa, pool and views will certainly help you recharge for real life. The Foxfield Inn, which also welcomes children ages 14+, blends comfort and luxury in a modern B&B. I personally find the food most tempting (click here for recipes!). Arcady Vineyard, which is for adults age 21+ only, is set in a winery and each room comes stocked! While this one isn’t for the kids, it’s the perfect getaway for mom and dad.
Downtown Charlottesville Inns
One of my favorite areas in Charlottesville is the Downtown Mall, a pedestrian only area with restaurants, shopping and more — though I think restaurants and shopping is plenty! The Inn at 400 West High, convenient to the Downtown Mall, welcomes families with kids ages 10+. The European charm of the building and the offbeat wit of innkeeper, Carolyn Polson McGee, will make this a memorable getaway.
Is it worth it?
While staying at a B&B is usually a splurge, though off-season and midweek discounts make a difference. While you might pay a bit more per night than at a mid-priced chain, there is value added.
- Personalized service is a plus. B&B owners really want to know your preferences and make your stay special ~ like when Connie, at Green Tree Inn, made Ben’s favorite cookies our last day there.
- Unique experiences add value. When we visited Sunrise Farm B&B in South Carolina, our kids helped feed the farm animals which left a lasting impression.
- They understand hospitality. As Kathryn Bundy, owner at Foxfield Inn, says, “We know what true hospitality is, and we want to make our neighbors visit and feel as welcome as those who travel here from afar.”
Every time I stay at a B&B, that’s the kind of service I expect. Of course, visiting historic Charlottesville at the height of leaf peeping season, guests get great service AND great adventure. What more could you want in a weekend getaway?