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Charlottesville, VA

“Charlottesville has a very open and encouraging atmosphere. When I lived there’d I would play around with artists from all sorts of genres. It’s a very inspiring culture.” — Parachute

Curated by: Caroline Spence, Erin & The Wildfire, Lowland Hum, Matt Curreri (& the Exfriends), Parachute, Shagwüf, Sons of Bill, Graduate Hotel

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Charlottesville, VA
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Firefly
1304 E Market St Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Pro Re Nata
6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke Crozet, VA 22932
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920, USA
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Lynnhaven River
Lynnhaven River, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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Black Rock
Black Rock Mountain, Rockfish, VA, USA
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Paradox Pastry
313 2nd St SE Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Milli Joe’s Coffee
400 Preston Ave Ste 150 Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Barbie’s Burrito Barn
201 Avon St Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Fry’s Spring Station
2115 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Beer Run
156 Carlton Rd Ste 203 Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Humpback Rock
Humpback Rock, Rockfish, VA, USA
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Potomac River
Governor Harry Nice Memorial Bridge, Newburg, MD, USA
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Milan Indian Cuisine
1817 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA
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Mellow Mushroom
1321 W Main St Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Shenandoah Joe Coffee
945 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Monticello Trails
Saunders-Monticello Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Heartwood Books
5 Elliewood Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Spy Rock
314 Fish Hatchery Ln, Montebello, VA 24464
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IX Art Park
522 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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the spot
110 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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New River Gorge
U.S. 19, Victor, WV 25938, USA
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The Artisans Market
A store filled with art, ceramics, furniture and jewelry all handmade by a variety of local artists and manufacturers.
2148 Barracks Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Blenheim Vineyards
A trio of environmentally responsible vineyards 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville owned by musician, Dave Matthews.
31 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Downtown Mall
The Downtown Mall is one of the longest pedestrian malls in the country with more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants housed in the historic buildings. Enjoy flowing fountains, and take a relaxing break under a sprawling oak tree along the red bricked mall.  
E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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City Market
Charming market offering local produce, flowers, pottery and a variety of unique gifts.  Open on Saturdays from 7:00a.m. until noon only.
Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Paramount Theater
Restored historic theater from the golden age of cinema offering a wide range of performing arts and community events. Known for its Greek Revival-influenced façade, octagonal auditorium chamber, neoclassical grandeur, and painted tapestries.    
215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia Discovery Museum is a nonprofit hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on literacy, science, math, history, and the arts. Experience life in the 18th century at the Showalter Cabin; visit the honeybee observation hive in the Pollination Station, at take a spin on VDM's historic kiddie carousel. The carousel features six painted aluminum horses, all of which are 1910 Mangell's castings from a Marcus Illions carving. Illions was renowned as a master carver of carousel animals, and VDM's carousel is considered "the last known kiddie carousel in this country, of its type."
524 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Jefferson Vineyards
Family owned vineyard located on Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei’s old stomping grounds where they first begin the American wine revolution.
1353 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Monticello
Historic estate of Thomas Jefferson.
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Glass Palette – Interactive Glass Art Studio
An interactive gallery where guests can create their own glass items or simply appreciate the craftsmanship of others. Drop in and try your hand at creating a one-of-a-kind glass item.
1304 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Ash Lawn-Highland
Adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Highland was the estate home of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Trinity Irish Pub
Multi-level Irish pub with private dining spaces for large groups and special occasions.
1505 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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The Biltmore
Boasting the largest outdoor patio in Charlottesville this, All-American bar, is a popular UVA student watering hole.
16 Elliewood Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Shenandoah National Park
Enjoy over 500 miles of gorgeous hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Stumble upon a ridge crest, panoramic views, waterfalls and canyons. Spot deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. When in season admire the abundant wildflowers and apple trees. Stop to learn about its history from one of the many stone foundations, and cemeteries.  
Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
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Mels Café
A cozy café serving up some of the best fried chicken in town among other soul food classics.
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Bodo’s Bagels
Fresh homemade bagels are the foundation of this local favorite’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. 
505 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Salt Artisan Market
Modern farm store specializing in packing picnics along the Monticello Wine Trail offering locally sourced, season items including cheese, charcuterie and sandwiches.
1330 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Ivy Inn Restaurant
Locally inspired, seasonal American menu plated in an elegant and historic residence.
2244 Old Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Ace Biscuit & Barbecue
Humble joint with all-day breakfast biscuit sandwiches & BBQ, plus local beer & from-scratch sauces.
711 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Loose-leaf teas, veggie bites, beer & wine in a laid-back setting with an adjacent hookah lounge.
414 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Fry’s Spring Beach Club
Established in 1921, Fry's Spring Beach Club is a unique blend of modern day life and yesteryear charm, offering members and their guests a summertime resort in the heart of Charlottesville.
2512 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Rivanna River
Named for Queen Anne of England, the Rivanna is home to countless birds, fish, turtles and other creatures, and provides a wonderful place for visitors to fish, canoe, swim and boat.
Charlottesville, VA, USA
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The Whiskey Jar
Classic Southern dishes from local ingredients, served in comfy digs with lots of reclaimed touches.
227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Three Notch’d Brewing Company
Craft Brewery named after the Three Notch’d Road, a colonial-era thoroughfare running east and west through central Virginia with a distinctive marking of three notches burnt or axed into trees to blaze the trail. As legend has it, the road was made famous by Jack Jouett’s midnight ride to Charlottesville, VA. in June of 1781. The original trail runs less than a quarter mile from the brewery.
946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Mono Loco
Twinkling lights adorn a funky cantina known for contemporary Latin fare & specialty drinks.
200 Water St W, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Garage
On any given night, you can find the Garage’s door wide open hosting art openings, concerts by local and regional bands, film screenings, dance parties, art performances, potlucks and more.
100 E Jefferson St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Ante Room
An intimate concert venue and event space that serves up Caribbean and American inspired pub food.
219 Water St W, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Durty Nelly’s Pub and Wayside Deli
Cozy dive bar with a real fireplace and hearty sandwiches. Extensive beer selection, pinball, and live music
2200 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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The Southern Café and Music Hall
Intimate venue with a full bar featuring Southern-style chow & shows from local & touring bands.
103 1st St S, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Sprint Pavilion
Well-known national bands play this intimate 3,500-seat amphitheater with lawn seating & picnicking.
700 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Marco & Luca Dumplings
One of a local chain dispensing Chinese snack food, including dumplings, sesame noodles & pork buns.
112 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Mas Tapas
Buzzy Spanish eatery offering tapas & wine in an industrial-chic setting with a lively bar & patio.
904 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Miller’s Downtown
Old-school bar with a patio on the downtown mall serving up elevated Southern pub fare & live music.
109 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The Haven at First and Market
This 19th-century church in downtown Charlottesville was transformed into what's now a multi-resource day shelter for people facing homelessness. The $5 million project was pioneered by film director and University of Virginia graduate Tom Shadyac (Patch Adams, Ace Ventura).
112 Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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La Michoacana Taqueria & Restaurant
Unassuming kitchen dishing up hearty Mexican standards, including tacos, tamales & tortas.
1138 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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La Taza
Cozy cafe with a patio serving casual Latin-American eats plus coffee, cocktails & a weekend brunch.
407 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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MarieBette Café and Bakery
European-inspired eatery in Charlottesville, VA.
700 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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C&O Restaurant
Celebrated country French fare & a deep wine list in a serene setting amid brick walls & barn wood.
515 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Champion Brewing Company
Vibrant pub with housemade beers & views of the modest brewery, plus patio & food-truck eats.
324 6th St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Jefferson Theater
Built in 1912, this combination vaudeville house/cinema is one of the major performing venues in Charlottesville.
110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Beer Run
Hundreds of beers are the draw at this store/pub also serving such American bites as bison burgers.
156 Carlton Rd Ste 203, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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Blue Moon Diner
Folksy, casual diner serving all-day breakfast & regional American fare, with weeknight live music.
512 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Blue Mountain Brewery
Mountain brewpub with American eats, their own brand of beers & occasional live music.
9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920, USA
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