All Aboard For A Tour Of Charlottesville On Your Charter Bus
Charlottesville has a lot of show your charter bus group. Start your tour off and running with a visit to Monticello. This beautiful place was Thomas Jefferson's 40-year labor of love, which was continually under construction and renovation during his lifetime. Additionally the many inventions of Jefferson and his private library are all available for your charter bus gang's viewing pleasure. Your charter bus group will be interested to know Monticello is the only US house listed on the United Nation's World Heritage List of sites to be protected at all costs.
Another favorite destination of visitors to Charlottesville, is the Oakencroft Vineyard and Winery. This company has been producing award-winning wines for over 20 years and offers tours of their facilities for your and your charter bus group. There is also a gift shop and you can even pick up some bottles of wine to have later and remember this fun charter bus excursion.
Another winery worth checking out is the Kluge Estate Winery where your charter bus group can see how they make their wonderful wines and even participate in a tasting.
Shopping is a great past time in Charlottesville, and a great place to start is the Book Cellar. Over 30,000 volumes are available for purchase. There is a small coffee bar upstairs, take your charter bus group upstairs and enjoy a cup while you look around this impressive shop. Gearharts Fine Chocolates is a sweet destination for your charter bus group. Taste their special Earl Grey, Pistachio Toffee-Candied Orange, Dulce de Leche, and Malted Milk-Gianduja chocolates, made from hand-selected Venezuelan beans. There are gift boxes available for purchase so your charter bus group can pick up something sweet to remember this stop by.
Rotunda and Central Grounds is an impressive stop for your charter bus group, this classically-designed Rotunda and the accompanying "academic village" were created by university founder Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th century. Jefferson modeled the Rotunda, after the Roman Parthenon, stands as the university's most photographed structure. An interesting tidbit is on the adjacent Range (where some of the more coveted student housing resides)involves a visit to West Range Room 13, where you can see the room that a young university student named Edgar Allen Poe resided in during the time he attended this university.
Another Thomas Jefferson influenced stop on your charter bus tour is The Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins. This is a case of Jefferson himself getting to say, "I told you so". Two centuries earlier, Thomas Jefferson had tried to prove the Orange Country soil as perfection for vine growing. Today, he's been proven right and it has led to a real vineyard boom in the area and no one benefits more than your charter bus group with a tour of the estate and the ruins of Jefferson's experiment in vine growing over 200 years ago. The winery is open for tours and tastings.
If your charter bus gang is hungry and wants something a little different, charter a stop at 235. This is a casual yet upscale restaurant with a great view of the West end of Downtown. American cuisine is the restaurant's forte, and dinner entrees include grilled American Angus, grilled Atlantic salmon, and rack of lamb. Before or after dinner, hotel guests tend to gather for pints and cocktails at the cozy Vinegar Hill Pub, which offers a late-night menu. Bizou is a great place for some exotic fare. Try the cornmeal-crusted catfish quesadilla or grilled quail salad "small stuff."
Main dishes include pan-roasted porterhouse with Yukon potatoes, smoked apple bacon, and sun-dried apricots. If the weather is nice, take in the beautiful weather that present most days in Charlottesville, at the outdoor seating on the mall. The Prospect Hill Plantation Inn has been open since the 1730s for an elegant meal. The seasonal five course menu served amongst the antique furnishings abundant in this venue will create a memorable night for everyone in your charter bus group.
History, shopping and great wine - Charlottesville has it all waiting for your charter bus tour!
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