Lifestyle A Guide to Fall in Charlottesville
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014

A Guide to Fall in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a great place to visit and an even better place to call home. With historical significance, cultural offerings, a thriving culinary and wine scene and natural beauty at every turn, Charlottesville has something for everyone.

The area has been praised in recent years for its exceptional qualities as a travel destination. With a large selection of farm-to-table restaurants and locally grown food, Forbes Magazine has called the area the "Locavore capital of the world." And the praise Virginia has received for its wine is similarly effusive, with Wine Enthusiast Magazine naming Virginia one of the top 10 wine destinations around the world.

Whether you are a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, a wine connoisseur or an aspiring foodie, there is no better time to consider a visit to Charlottesville.  No matter if you are in the area for a long weekend or a permanent move, here are some of the must-see attractions for Fall 2013.

NATURE - While the natural beauty of Charlottesville can be witnessed year round, it is only further enhanced in the fall when the changing of the leaves to rich reds, oranges and yellows make the majestic setting a gorgeous tapestry of colors. The leaf season reaches its peak in mid to late October and there is no better way to experience it than with an excursion along Skyline Drive. Bring a picnic and dine with unmatched views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

HISTORY - Although you can visit Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello throughout the year, fall presents the perfect time to tour the historic estate.  Take the Thomas Jefferson Natural History Walk on October 12th and explore the forests of Monticello along with the property’s curator of plants. Gaze upon autumn wildflowers and learn more about the history of the property and its native plants, animals and geology.  

FOOD/WINE - October is wine month in Virginia. With more than 200 wineries in the state, situated in a natural paradise that provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely wine tour, there is no better time to experience the fine wines of Charlottesville. This year marks the 25thanniversary of Virginia’s wine month, and many wineries offer special deals and complimentary tastings.

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