Charlottesville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city is located along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is home to a variety of the Southern comfort food restaurants, shopping opportunities, annual events and vineyards.
Take a walk along the historic Downtown Mall, where visitors will find restored and renovated buildings, which are home to unique boutiques such as contemporary apparel from Pearl, and paper goods from Rock Paper Scissors. Charlottesville is also home to Jefferson's Monticello; a UNESCO World Heritage site. Monticello including the house, grounds and gardens can be toured regularly.
Those who are visiting Charlottesville may fly into the Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO). Charlottesville Union Station serves train passengers, and connects to major cities including Washington, D.C.
Charlottesville Area Transit public buses are also available throughout the city. There are two main neighborhoods with a high concentration of hotels; the Downtown historic center, and The Corner, which surrounds the University of Virginia.
If visiting Charlottesville during early August, the Albemarle County Fair is an annual event which features entertainment and activities, with a focus on agriculture within Central Virginia. Other annual events include the Interlocken Music Festival in September, the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in July and August, and the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival in October.