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Ahh, Charlotteville, Virginia. These photos are from my second trip to this cute town, located in Albemarle County.  Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s grand vision for secular higher education. On our most recent trip, we stayed about 20 minutes out of town in a cute cabin. On our way to the cabin, we stopped at a mountaintop winery to enjoy some delicious reds while overlooking the vineyards below. Breathtaking.

For dinner that night, we enjoyed one of the bottles we picked up and some local cheeses, pickled veggies, bread, and sausages while sitting on the deck at the cozy cabin. This is one of my favorite ways to eat dinner- snacking while conversing over a glass of wine. One amazing find was the local monastery creamed almond honey– it was like caramel!

My hubby is an avid fly-fisherman, so popping by the Albemarle Angler is a must whenever we are in town. The people working are always so knowledgeable about the area.

One day we enjoyed a big lunch at the Brasserie Saison, a Belgian bistro. We filled up on small plates of pierogi, roasted brussel sprouts, and a schnitzel sandwich with red cabbage. Delectable food!

#Cville is filled with cute shops located along its walking promenade. I love paper shops, and Rock Paper Scissors is filled with so many great finds and a whole wall of wrapping paper.

Lastly, our favorite restaurant is The Whiskey Jar. It is always crowded and usually, there is a nice band playing. It happened to be graduation weekend on our last visit and the place was packed with people celebrating. We found a cozy corner to begin our meal before the reserved tables filled up around us. We fille dup on a hummus board and beat salads before indulging in the must-have pecan pie – my husband’s favorite. I finished off my meal with Pear Port = yes!

This past summer, Charlottesville, VA was in the news due to racist protests. Having been to this town several times, it is hard to imagine this peaceful place playing home to such a violent event. If you ever get the chance to visit, I encourage you to do so.