The Inn at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia is minutes away from a wide variety of activities and attractions.  This diverse area has much to offer in the way of restaurants, theater, shopping, and sports. 

Be sure to check our Packages & Specials page for great values on lodging combined with dining and sightseeing opportunities. 

Music, Drama, Sports, Food:

Charlottesville Pavilion Fridays After Five Free Concerts and Ticketed Performances

During the spring and summer, the City of Charlottesville sponsors free concerts on Friday evenings at the Pavilion open air theater on the Historic Downtown Mall. Local musicians play rock, jazz, bluegrass, blues, and other forms of music.

The Charlottesville Pavilion also hosts some great headliner entertainment. Performers over the last three seasons have included Bonnie Raitt, the late James Brown, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Lyle Lovett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Neville Brothers, Montgomery Gentry, the B-52's, and Nickel Creek.

The University of Virginia Culbreth Theater and Old Cabell Hall Performances

The UVA Drama Department and the UVA McIntire Department of Music produce or sponsor many fine theatrical and musical performances every year at the Culbreth Theater or Old Cabell Hall, both located on the University grounds. Ticket prices are nominal, but the caliber of performances is outstanding.

The Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theater, located on the Historic Downtown Mall, is now a premiere venue for the performing arts, hosting entertainers such as Bill Cosby, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chieftans, the Capitol Steps, and other well-known artists.

Live Arts Theater

The Live Arts Theater is located on Water Street, just one block from the Historic Downtown Mall. It produces an eclectic mix of live performances, featuring mostly local non-professional actors and actresses. Recent plays include "Sweeney Todd," and "A Little Night Music," by Stephen Sondheim, and "Lysistrata," by Aristophanes.

Ash Lawn Opera Festival

The Ash Lawn Opera Festival produces opera and other musicals during the summer months at the Paramount Theater. In 2010, the company presented "Don Giovanni" and "Brigadoon."  This incredibly successful season ran from early July and continued through mid-August, 2010.  In 2011, the Festival will present Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I."  The Inn at Monticello is planning a special getaway package that will include tickets to a Festival performance and pre-show dinner at a nearby restaurant.  Check back in early 2011 for more information!

The New John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia

The new John Paul Jones arena was named a "Top Ten New Concert Venue" for 2007. A beautiful addition to our area, this magnificent 16,000 seat arena allows Charlottesville to attract some of the most popular entertainers in the world, such as the Dave Matthews Band, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Cirque de Soleil, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The "JPJ," as it is called, is as also home to UVA's men's and women's varsity basketball teams, which play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Night Life on the Historic Downtown Mall

Did you know that Dave Matthews started his musical career in 1990 while tending bar at Miller's on the Historic Downtown Mall? Miller's offers live entertainment several nights a week. Enjoy a burger and a brew while checking out some of Charlottesville's up and coming entertainers. There are literally dozens of venues with live music, showcasing real talent, nearly every night of the week in Charlottesville.

Fellini's #9, around the corner from Miller's, is another great spot to enjoy live music and good food.

The recently reopened Jefferson Theater is an historic venue for more contemporary local and nationally known musicians and entertainers.  

University of Virginia Sports Events

The University of Virginia fields varsity teams in 11 men's sports and 12 women's sports. The teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of the premiere collegiate sports leagues in the country. In the last few years, the men's tennis team, baseball and men's lacrosse teams have won national championships or been ranked #1 in the country. Football usually draws crowds in excess of 50,000 for home games.


Charlottesville is a delight for connoisseurs of superb food and wine. In the Historic Downtown area alone, there are more than 50 great restaurants, some fancy, some not, but all serving some delicious fare. Jane Black, writer for the Washington Post, visited Charlottesville in May 2008 and wrote "If It Tastes Good, It's in Charlottesville." In this article, she said, "Thanks to inventive chefs, a commitment to quality and a local focus, this is one college town with all the makings of a food lover's destination."

Here are some of our favorite restaurants for lunch, dinner or drinks:

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