Blenheim Vineyards#8 in Best Things To Do in Charlottesville
Blenheim Vineyards is yet another Charlottesville site where Thomas Jefferson left his mark: TJ and his wife, Martha, regularly sojourned here. In more recent history, Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews band) purchased the land in 2000 and later decided to plant vines and thus a popular Charlottesville vineyard was born. Now, travelers make a point to stop at Blenheim Vineyards for its history, its picturesque surroundings and its novelty.
Though Dave Matthews fans are united in their love of Blenheim, they're not the only ones offering praise for this vineyard. Recent travelers highly recommended adding Blenheim to your itinerary. Though reviewers do note that it's smaller than the area's other vineyards, they rave about the views from the tasting room and the outdoor terrace.
The vineyard is about 11 miles south of the central Charlottesville area. It's open every day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tastings cost around $10 per person. Visit Blenheim's website for more information on the vineyard and special events.
Looking for more wineries to explore? Check out our list of some of the top Charlottesville wineries to visit.
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#1 Downtown Mall
Charlottesville's popular shops, restaurants and ambiance converge in one main area, known as the historic Downtown Mall. Located, as you would imagine, on Main Street, this thoroughfare is home to more than 120 shops, 30 restaurants (many with outdoor seating), art galleries, multiple performance venues and a Saturday farmers market. Stretching for eight blocks, this pedestrian-only area is popular with both visitors and locals, who say it's the perfect spot to shop, eat or simply people-watch.
In the spring, summer and fall, the mall's Sprint Pavilion hosts musical acts like Modest Mouse, Wiz Khalifa and Alabama Shakes. You can also catch free concerts at the pavilion every Friday from mid-April to mid-September as part of its Fridays After Five concert series. The mall's historical Paramount Theater is a great space to catch fine art performances from ballets to operas to musicals to films.
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