How We Got “Hooked” on Charlottesville

multiple historical buildings in a jefferson style with white columns and brick buildingsWe’re often asked what prompted us to move from Baltimore to Charlottesville in 2006, and to buy and operate The Inn at Monticello.

The idea to move here began forming in 1990, when Bob, a UVA grad and former football player, brought Carolyn to Charlottesville on a beautiful fall day, November 17th, to see UVA play football against the University of Maryland. That year UVA had a great team — it was ranked #1 in the nation for 3 weeks, until it lost to Georgia Tech 41-38 (the eventual co-national champion) on a last second field goal.

Well, the Maryland game didn’t go well either (UVA lost 35-30, after their QB got hurt), but outside the stadium the grounds of the University were populated by students and others basking in the sun, listening to music, grilling, partying, and relaxing.  Downtown, on the pedestrian mall, there were similar small groups of people having a good time.

Charlottesville is frequently referred to as “the Hook”, because the letter “C” has the appearance of one. After this initial visit, Carolyn became so “hooked” by the beauty and energy of this town that she started thinking about eventually settling here. 

In 1993, our jobs took us from Philadelphia to Baltimore, and the closer proximity to central Virginia allowed us visit here more easily.  Then, in 2004, our daughter was admitted as a first-year student at UVA’s College of Arts & Science. Her admission made it even more practical for us to visit this town.

After 2 years of journeys to see our daughter, UVA, and “the Hook”, it was evident that we wanted and needed to move here.  It was just a matter of us finding the right situation.

We found it in The Inn at Monticello.  We first looked at the Inn on a beautiful October day in 1995.  The leaves on the large trees on the property were brilliantly colored, the grounds were gorgeous, the house had that “cozy” feel to it, the B&B business was robust, and the location was unbeatable.  Almost immediately we were both once again  “hooked”.  We moved here in June 2006 and started our new career in innkeeping. 

Eleven years later, we’re still here enjoying the Inn and this beautiful, vibrant community.  Some of the reasons why we’re so pleased to live here were recently captured in an article and video titled “Why ‘Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home” that appeared in the October 24, 2017 edition of the newsletter UVA Today Daily Report.  Rather than describe why we like it here, we encourage you to read the article, watch the video and judge for yourself.  Maybe you’ll get “hooked” too!

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