We recently checked in with Ann Hay Hardy, Associate Broker at Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International, to get the low-down on her favorite places around town. A Charlottesville native with a love for all things local, read on to see where Ann shops, sips, and socializes in her free time.
What brought you to Charlottesville? I’m from Charlottesville, born and raised. I loved growing up here but decided to do some exploring when it was time for college. After being away for almost 10 years, I realized how much I missed home and that Charlottesville is hard to beat!
Favorite thing about the town. I love the small town vibe with a city feel. Our restaurants, nightlife, businesses, and people keep things fun and interesting. Being a Realtor, I always love meeting and learning why people are coming to our special city to make a life.
Season. Fall. My father always said it should be illegal to leave Virginia in October and I agree. I got married in October.
Neighborhood. That is hard. I grew up in Western Albemarle and live there now. I love the proximity to town but the country setting. The views are beautiful. I used to live Downtown and thought I would never leave. Being able to walk to everything is so convenient. I also lived off Rugby near the University, which I felt was the best of both worlds. You could be tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and yet five minutes from everything.
Lunch.Roots Natural Kitchen
Special night out. Little Star
Comfort food. Wayside Chicken
Hang out.Brazos Tacos
International.Peter Chang China Grill
Place for a drink.Quirk Rooftop
Juice Bar. The Juice Laundry
Bakery. Found Market
Event. City Market outings, Charlottesville Restaurant Week, wineries, peach picking, Montpelier Races… I may just be listing things I like to do rather than events!
Winery.Pippin Hill or King Family
Day trip/Road for a scenic drive. Garth Road to White Hall— on the way to Sugar Hollow.
Place to take a dip.Farmington Country Club
Hair.La Vie en Rose at Coterie Suites
Vet.Monticello Animal Hospital
Shopping.Scarpa & Eloise for shoes and clothes. Louise for accessories and home goods.
Food/Wine.Foods of All Nations and Market Street Wine.
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in central Virginia, contact Ann Hay Hardy. And don’t forget to tell her The Scout Guide sent you.