Charlottesville, Virginia

  • An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and colloquially known as C’ville or Hooville, Charlottesville is a colonial treasure.
  • Driving the length of Skyline Drive inside Shenandoah National Park is a quick study in the natural beauty of the area’s dense forest and foliage.
  • Best known as a destination for golf and the home of University of Virginia, Charlottesville’s rich history will greet you around every corner.
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The Colonial City of Hooville

Unassuming and quietly sheltered by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville sits in the foothills of Albemarle County. Named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the city is perhaps best known as the former home of President Thomas Jefferson. The city still celebrates his political legacy at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – his plantation home of Monticello and the historic University of Virginia campus, which he founded in 1819. Rounds of golf, sampling award-winning local wine, taking in a rowdy Cavaliers game, and perusing the brick-lined pedestrian mall downtown are all on the docket for your Virginia vacation.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Charlottesville-Albermarle Airport (CHO)
  • Climate
    Humid Temperate
  • Time Zone
  • Tom Tom Founders Festival

Fresh Things To Do

Featured Activity

  • When Golf is Your Game

    On-site. Owing to its generous 600 acres of land, Keswick Hall & Golf Club’s reputation for golf absolutely precedes itself. Course designer Pete Dye laid out the Full Cry course, an 18-hole course ranging between 5,000 and 7,000 yards. The rolling green hills, adjacent creek, and challenging holes are memory-makers. After you lay eyes on this course, you’ll quickly understand why it was named #3 in Golfweek’s Best in 2016, not to mention its spot as #47 in the entire country. If your game is tennis, seven on-site courts and multiple clinics are available.

    Off-site. For variety, make a tee time at Meadowcreek Golf Course. With a charming location right in town, this public course sits underneath the Blue Ridge Mountains and spans 155 acres. For beginners, instructional coaches are on hand to provide lessons for both individuals and groups. The course is celebrated by Golf Digest. For a course steeped in history, visit Birdwood Golf Course at Boar’s Head, which was first built as “upland wilderness” in 1739.

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Charlottesville Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Charlottesville Vacation

    Charlottesville sees four distinct seasons throughout the year. Summers are gorgeous, sunny, and pleasantly warm, while spring and fall see milder temperatures and an abundance of colorful foliage. Winters can be snowy but ideal for activities such as snowshoeing, to take advantage of the peaceful conditions. On average, the city enjoys 219 days of sunshine per year.


Map of Charlottesville, Virginia

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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