Girls Getaway in Charlottesville, VA? Yes, Please!

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A mom’s work is never done! The minute we think we’re caught up, one of the kids throws up on their clean clothes. We cook a scrumptious dinner then tackle the stacks of dishes in the kitchen. Throw in car-pooling, doctors’ visits and homework and it’s a wonder we survive a week — much less 18 years! Moms, paid in hugs, sloppy kisses and funny hand-made notes, deserve a break.

Wouldn’t a girlfriend getaway to relax and unwind make the job of “mom” even more rewarding? Of course! In fact, a girls’ getaway to Charlottesville, VA might be the best way to do just that!

A girls getaway in Charlottesville, VA? Use our itinerary to plan your trip!

Lodging Options for a Girls Getaway to Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville offers lodging at a variety of price points.

For best value, go in the off season. Get the same great experience without the high prices of summer and early fall.

  • Hyatt Place, a brand new hotel just outside downtown Charlottesville, offers rooms in the $100-150 range, which include free hot breakfast, wifi and parking.
  • The Clifton Inn offers 17 rooms from $129 (winter) and from $249 (spring-fall). Pamper yourselves at this world-class inn set on 100 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains that offers an infinity pool, hot tub, clay tennis court, croquet lawn, hiking trails and fine dining.
  • The Boars Head Resort offers a number of rooms and suites starting at about $150 (winter) and $175 (spring-fall). Guests of the Inn can enjoy fine dining at the award winning Old Mill Room, world class sports and fitness facilities, and luxurious spa treatments in a serene setting just outside downtown Charlottesville.
  • Shoppers might like the Charlottesville Omni, conveniently located on the Downtown Mall. Winter rates begin at $170 and summer rates start at $270. Besides its convenient location, this hotel provides a fitness center, heated indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool.
  • There are a number of economy hotel chains in the area as well. Check your favorite hotel chain to learn more.

Itinerary for a Girls’ Getaway in Charlottesville, VA

Start with this itinerary when planning your girls’ getaway to Charlottesville. As a group, decide which suggestions best fit your budget and/or which you’ll most enjoy! Happy planning!

Arrival Day

  1. Check into your hotel.
  2. Enjoy dinner at one of Charlottesville’s fabulous restaurants!
    • The Virginian, Charlottesville’s oldest restaurant, might be small, but it’s packed with history! The wooden booths, pressed tin ceiling and walls of photos highlight the history of Charlottesville and UVA. The menu features southern classics like southern fried chicken, apple bourbon glazed chicken and mac’n’cheese. Personally, I recommend the southern fried chicken with white gravy.
    • The Clifton Inn offers a luxurious dining experience, prepared by a Michelan star chef. The setting, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, is tranquil and relaxing. In the winter, fireplaces warm hearts and feet alike. Advance reservations strongly suggested.
  3. Venture downtown to walk the mall, Charlottesville’s pedestrian friendly downtown, home to shopping and more restaurants! Convenient parking and a well-lit mall lends to an easy evening stroll through this quaint city. OR return to your hotel to unwind for the evening.

Day two in Charlottesville is for exploration and pampering.

  1. In the morning head to Monticello for a guided tour. of Thomas Jefferson’s Charlottesville home. Step back in time to learn more about this founding father and the contradictions of his life. Allow enough time to explore the grounds, visit the museum and the shop.
  2. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, at Michie Tavern near Monticello or on the Downtown Mall.
  3. Spend the afternoon indulging yourself at the spa or with a wine tasting, or both!
    • Schedule a spa treatment at the Boars Head Resort. This is a girls’ getaway after all, and this spa is amazing! The Spa at Boars Head Inn is everything you could hope for: serene music, soft colors, fabulous  staff and excellent spa treatments. The dressing room is private and offers everything you need, including lockers for personal belongings and blow dryers for your hair. Allow time before and after your treatment to soak in the tranquility.
    • Relax with a wine tasting at one of the many vineyards in the Charlottesville area.
    • *Sample the cider at Albemarle Cider Works, which offers a cidery and tasting room. Jefferson experimented with ciders made from heritage apples… walk in his footsteps on this outing.
  4. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel to unwind.
Collage of images from Albemarle Ciderworks in Charlottesville, VA.

Day three in Charlottesville is for adventure and art

  1. Morning adventures of all types abound in Charlottesville!
    • Shop the Downtown Mall, home to more than 120 shops and restaurants.
    • Hike one of the many trails in the Charlottesville area: Rivanna Trail (a 20-mile urban wilderness trail that meanders through the city) or take a guided hike with Blue Ridge Hiking Adventures which offers half and whole-day outdoor adventures).
    • Explore one of the many gardens in the area. Visit the CVB website for more information.
  2. Lunch: Enjoy one of the restaurants already mentioned or enjoy al fresco dining on the Downtown Mall.
  3. Afternoon: Get inspired at the IX Art Park, a newer park in Charlottesville empowering the community through creativity. The outdoor park has several art installations to enjoy. The indoor art experience, called The Looking Glass, requires tickets. Thursdays are free.
  4. Dinner: Select a restaurant from those already highlighted.
  5. Evening: Enjoy a concert or play at the UVA School of the Arts. Concerts and plays, some free and others priced as low as $5 offer great entertainment value and the opportunity to see up and coming artists perform. See what’s available during your visit by visiting the UVA Box Office online.

With so much to see and do, every member of your group will enjoy this girls’ getaway to Charlottesville, VA. There’s so much to do, make it an annual event!

Learn more about Charlottesville and explore available packages at VisitCharlottesville.