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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.

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
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 $14 per person and require a reservation. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 12. Groups with a reservation are welcome daily from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please confirm reservations by phone. Policies: Dogs are welcome outside if they are on a leash. Outside alcohol is NOT permitted.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The scenic highway that takes you through Shenandoah National Park. Wildlife, birding, wildflower, stargazing haven. Pets welcome on trails. Access into the amazing Shenandoah National Park trails and Appalachian Trail. Horseback riding.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
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““Over the mountain” in Waynesboro. Take 250 west and you will got it. Great atmosphere and small arcade.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Affordable (8-10$/ticket) and clean. Lots of screens, new releases, and just 5-6 minutes away.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“Endless trail heads for hiking, camping, bird watching, etc. One of our favorite spots is Old Rag Mountain. it's a 3,284 feet mountain near Sperryville in Madison County, Virginia and part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the peak is located within Shenandoah National Park and is the most popular hiking destination within the park.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“This one is the furthest from the cottage, but still under 30 minutes away. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This is a great place to go with kids in the fall/winter. They have a fire pit and you can roast snores and visit the horses in the barn”
  • 5 locals recommend
Theatre
“Recently restored historic theater. They have a variety of shows and musicians. They offer beer and wine and snacks at the concessions. Love catching a show here!”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Very good food, attentive service, and usually a jazz guitarist on Sundays from 12 to 2.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“I visited Swananoa a couple times in the '80s, when it was still owned by the widow of a man who had operated the mansion as a kind of metaphysical school, offering tours of the first floor and views of the owner's cosmological paintings. I haven't been since, but it is well worth visiting as a late 19th century Robber Baron type mansion. It seems to have been left to the locality: "This 1912 Italianate marble palace is now open for group tours, weddings and other events. By appointment only. Call for information or to plan a group tour, contact Phil Dulaney. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate is Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship is places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. Limited weekend visiting hours. Check Events calendar at www.nelsoncounty.com for times." ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
“I love this unique store, they have everything from wind spinners & flags to antiques and glass ware! One of my favorites! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Just a few minutes west, on Main Street. On weekends, they usually host food trucks. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Get up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike to Humpback Rocks. The sights of Rockfish Gap are stupendous here.”
  • 3 locals recommend