Charlottesville’s Best Local Breweries

Who said that Charlottesville is just a small town in Virginia?! We are slowly but surely becoming the Brewery Capital Of The Mid-Atlantic! In our “small town” you don’t have to trek too far to find a great local brew. While there are some great breweries in the surrounding towns, Charlottesville has become home to quite a few admirable breweries. Today we dive into some of the best spots in our town!

Random Row Brewery

Random Row has come storming to the forefront in Charlottesville, as one of our newest breweries in the area. Few places find a good balance between a great atmosphere, incredible brew selection, and tall pours. But hear us out when we tell you, Random Row has got it down. And if you find yourself here with your beer-loving friends, thinking “I don’t do beer”, don’t worry! They’ve got delicious homemade kombucha on tap. With a pop-up eatery, yoga and bingo, this brewery has all bases covered. Last but not least, Random Row supports your local UVA community by hosting school events and offering a student discount.

Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company was founded on the idea of great beer and great times, with family and friends. Having opened in August of 2013, Three Notch’d carries the spirit of the famous “Jack Jouett Ride” which became a legendary portion of Virginia’s history. Be sure to go check out the full story on the wall! With plenty of space and plenty of beers, this spot is sure to delight everyone with it’s diverse selection of beer. In case you go with an empty belly, they have you covered with a great menu featuring much more than just your typical ‘bar food.’ Don’t just sit there…stop by and “Leave Your Mark, too!” – Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

South Street Brewery

As one of Charlottesville’s underrated breweries , South Street delivers one of the most exceptional IPA’s in town. Combine that with your classic pub food and buzzing atmosphere and you’ll find yourself a winning formula. In case you were curious, that world-renowned IPA is the Barhopper IPA brewed in-house. As one of Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pubs, they have “food offerings from beef to bread, from tofu to produce and everything in between—reflecting our belief that Charlottesville, Virginia is the best place on Earth to live, drink and eat!”

Get out there and get tasting…Cheers!

The Best Fitness Studios in Charlottesville

It’s February 2020 and here we are wondering where all those New Year’s Resolutions went. It’s always a good time to get out there and go. Find your zen at a yoga class, start kickboxing or hit the good ole’ treadmill! Now’s the time to push yourself because no one is going to do it for you. Here’s a few places to get started. 

M3 Core Training

M3 is Charlottesville’s unique home for rowing, Megaformer + HIIT classes that offer a high intensity, low impact workout. Their dual studios also offer athletically focused Functional HIIT and strength based classes.  Those looking towards building strength, flexibility, and endurance this spot is made for you. And if this isn’t enough the studio has spa like amenities and a comfortable lounge area just a few steps away!

Zoom Cville

Zoom Charlottesville is a is boutique fitness studio offering both strength and cardio classes under one roof. Their beat driven indoor cycling classes offer the most innovative, immersive indoor cycling experience in Charlottesville. If you’re looking to build strength and endurance this is the place for you!

Formula Complete Fitness

Formula Complete Fitness offers classes focused on strength, stamina, and function. From bootcamp-style classes to mindful running +  yoga classes, they have a little bit of everything. They are most famous for their 1 hour EQUILIBRIUM class, a workout that alternates between intervals on their high performance Woodway Treadmills and strength training on their super-sleek Fitbenches. If that’s not for you, they recently began offering a FLOW class combining 20 minutes of mindful running and 25 minutes of yoga.

Charlottesville has a fitness studio for everyone, see you out there!

3 Virginia Properties Perfect For Winter!

Presented by: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International

It’s February and Winter is here – it’s an absolutely picture-perfect time to visit Charlottesville & the surrounding counties! Here are three homes to check out that would look great in a fresh coat of snow this winter.

1. Aspian Lawn Farm

Charming and idyllic country property with an historic c. 1750’s home located in Albemarle County with stunning water and mountain views, only 16 miles from downtown Charlottesville. 


6591 Markwood Road, Earlysville, VA

6BD I 4.5BA I 4,932 SqFt I 183 Acres

Listed by Ann Hay Hardy for $2,250,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Ann Hay Hardy at 434.296.0134

2. Highbrighton

A 530 acre Estate for the Virginia Sportsman. 15 miles north of Charlottesville, Highbrighton from a family home hosting sporting and social events, to a thriving diversified business is one of Virginia’s most coveted properties.


1756 Moore Rd, Ruckersville, VA

Listed by Murdoch Matheson for $8,000,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Murdoch Matheson at 434.296.0134

3. Cranefield

Stately Brick Manor with 500 ft of waterfront on 4.64 acres along the Ware River in Gloucester, includes finest of details and finishes throughout; enjoys a grand setting set back along the water with brick columned entrance. Quiet and private location in Gloucester.


8473 Bailey’s Wharf Rd, Gloucester, Virginia

4BD I 4BA I 2 HalfBA I 12,000 SqFt I 4.64 Acres

Listed by Frank Hardy for $2,090,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Frank Hardy at 434.296.0134

For all other information, please visit our website,

-The Frank Hardy Team

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3 ways to spend New Years in Charlottesville, Virginia

2019 is coming to a close and that means you have just a few more days to enjoy the end of this decade. Here’s a quick list of a few of the best happenings around Charlottesville on December 30th and 31st as we head into the New Year.

1. Watch UVA in the Orange Bowl!

On December 30th, The ACC and SEC collide when the No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers take on the No. 9 Florida Gators in the 2019 Orange Bowl on Monday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami at 8:00pm ET.

Random Row Brewing Co is one of many bars / breweries hosting a watch party and they’ll be discounting some of their pints. Go Hoos!

Image Source: University of Virginia

2. Festival of the Arts in Downtown

Head downtown with friends and family and soak in the local music and arts scene on New Years Eve.

“First Night Virginia is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1982. 2020 will be the 38th annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.”

For events wristbands and more info, visit:

Image Source: First Night VA

3. Hit the Dance Floor at Common House!

If you’re ready to dance, many of the bars and clubs will be hosting parties on NYE.

Chamomile and Whiskey, Zocalo and Oakhart Social will all be hosting New Year’s Parties to end the decade!

One of our favorite spots, Common House, will also be hosting a NYE Bash.

“Chime in 2020 at Common House’s third annual soireé. Hit the dance floor with jazzy tunes by the Jack Sheehan Trio from 8-10pm, followed by DJ JT’s set until late o’clock.”

For more info, visit:

Wishing everyone a fun and safe New Years! We’ll see you in 2020.

-The Frank Hardy Team

Give the Gift of Real Estate: 3 Virginia Homes that would make the ultimate holiday gift!

It’s the holiday season and that means gift shopping is in full swing! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday already past, the Team at Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty has curated three properties that would make for the ultimate holiday gift.

1. Greenfields – 9313 Greenfield Farm Scottsville, Virginia 24590 United States

$6,295,000 – 6 Bedrooms / 4 Full Baths / 1 Partial Bath / 8,680 Sq Ft. / 763 Acres

This 763-acre equestrian paradise, features a meticulously updated 1904 grand Classical Revival. Highlights of this quintessential gentleman’s farm – reflective of bygone era, but with modern conveniences – include 3 dependencies offering bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens in all. A formal dining room and living room, perfect for entertaining and an inviting family kitchen and warm breakfast nook. The master suite is an oasis of luxury with separate his and her bathrooms and closets. Not to be missed is the widow’s walk with sweeping 360 views, which offer a spectacular Fourth of July show from multiple surrounding towns. The extensive and state of the art Equestrian amenities include a barn with indoor arena, wash stalls, office, tack room, laundry, bathroom, outdoor hot walker, paddocks and riding ring.

For Info and Interest, please contact Frank Hardy at 434.296.0134

2. Rolling Cedar Farm – 4004 Cannon Brook Way Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 United States

$2,300,000 – 4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Baths / 1 Partial Bath / 3,900 Sq Ft.

Sophisticated living in this custom designed, elegantly styled home, with stunning views. Detailed millwork and quality materials used throughout. The generous foyer welcomes you into an open floor plan that encapsulates the kitchen, living and dining area, complete with walk out access to the outdoor second floor balcony overlooking the terrace. Great indoor/outdoor flow. A gourmet chef’s kitchen with high end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The fireplace in the family room features a beautifully carved mantelpiece as the focal point for the room. The approximately 4000sf property has a master suite wing, full basement, and 4 bedrooms total. Large, oversized in ground hot tub and scenic views. 108 acres not under easement, in Western Albemarle with a pond, mountain and pastoral views. Dependencies include a well maintained log cabin with 2 bedrooms and loft, Garage with storage and hunting room, barn and stables. A great property that has it all in a sought after location.

For Info and Interest, please contact Ann Hay Hardy at 434.296.0134

3. Bramblewood – 5600 Turkey Sag Rd Keswick, Virginia 22947 United States

$6,700,000 – 6 Bedrooms / 7 Full Baths / 2 Partial Bath / 15,156 Sq Ft. / 522 Acres

Bramblewood is a stunning 522 acre private sanctuary in the Southwest Mountains and the heart of Keswick, Virginia- a renowned estate area just east of Charlottesville. This magnificent property showcases the manor home built circa 2008, with over 14,000 square feet of finished living space, constructed of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship with undivided attention paid to every detail. The 6 bedroom primary residence boasts Italian plaster walls and ceilings, cut limestone floors and moldings, 6 fireplaces, his/her studies, custom & antique lighting, and unique blends of exotic wood, stone & metals.

For Info and Interest, please contact Murdoch Matheson at 434.296.0134

For all other information, please visit our website,

Happy Holidays!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…3 of our Favorite Restaurants in Charlottesville Right Now

Presented By: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International

Breakfast: Quality Pie

Our Order: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie & a Cortado

Location: 309 Avon St, Charlottesville

Lunch: Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Our Order: Polpettine Al Forno (Meatballs) & a Diavola Pizza

Location: 205 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville

Dinner: Fleurie

Our Order: Duck Breast, Peaches, Pistachio, & Blackberry Red Wine Sauce

Location: 108 3rd St NE, Charlottesville

Presented By: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International