Hotels

Tim Fish

Charlottesville and the surrounding area boast tons of historic accommodations such as the Clifton Inn, a plantation-style mansion, and the Boar's Head Inn, a preserved gristmill that dates to 1834. But if old-fashioned isn't your style, there's the Tuscan-style villa Keswick Hall, a 600-acre resort including hotel and golf course. Each have recommended dining spots and all are easily accessible to the area's top wineries. Take your pick!

Please note that prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go. Reservations are always recommended.

Boar's Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Telephone: (434) 296-2181; (800) 476-1988
Fax: (434) 972-6024
Website: www.boarsheadinn.com

Rooms: 159
Suites: 11
Rates: From $195
Services: Concierge, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service, Cooking Classes, Banquets/Events, Babysitting, Laundry, Internet Access
Amenities: Golf, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Spa, Swimming Pool, Tennis

If it's a taste of old Virginia gentility you crave, this is your place. Set on 573 acres of tall trees and lush lawns, Boar's Head Inn has the atmosphere of an exclusive country club. The resort is a small village of buildings centered on a handsomely preserved gristmill dating to 1834. The guestrooms present an easygoing but upscale Southern elegance; many feature four-poster beds, fireplaces, private decks or patios and lake views. The property also includes a small but excellent spa with a range of massages, skin care and other treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a large sports club with tennis courts and pools. The Old Mill Room, the inn's three-meals-a-day restaurant, boasts an Award of Excellence-winning wine list.

Clifton Inn
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Telephone: (434) 971-1800; (888) 971-1800
Fax: (434) 971-7098
Website: www.cliftoninn.com

Rooms: 11
Suites: 7
Rates: $195 to $795
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Parking, Room Service, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Banquets/Events, Breakfast Included
Amenities: Swimming Pool, Tennis

Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha, once owned the property where this stately white plantation-style mansion, now part of Relais & Chateau, hosts wine-loving guests. It is set on 100 wooded acres, and on a clear day, you can see Monticello on the next ridge. Seven rooms occupy the main house; the rest are in adjacent buildings and offer more privacy. Rooms blend antiques with amenities ranging from the practical (wireless high-speed Internet access) to the plush (Mascioni robes). The pool area, with its elegant stone construction, offers afternoon respite. For afternoon wine tasting, Jefferson, White Hall, Keswick and Kluge Estate are a five- to 15-minute drive away, while Barboursville and Horton are about 25 minutes away.

Keswick Hall at Monticello
701 Club Drive
Keswick, VA 22947
Telephone: (434) 979-3440; (800) 274-5391
Fax: (434) 977-4171
Website: www.keswick.com

Rooms: 48
Suites: 3
Rates: $395 to $970
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Parking, Pet-Friendly, Room Service, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Golf, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Swimming Pool, Spa, Tennis

A Tuscan-style villa built on a 600-acre estate at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick Hall doesn't embody the colonial roots typical of Charlottesville. But it does take advantage of the area's rolling hills and marvelous views, and for wine lovers, it's convenient to various wineries, with Charlottesville a 15-minute drive away and Barboursville and Horton 25 minutes away. Though the villa was built in 1912, renovations have brought about modern amenities such as an infinity-edge pool, a blissful full-service spa and an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. The main restaurant, Fossett's, holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, and sommelier Richard Hewitt has built arguably the state's best list of Virginia wines to complement an extensive selection of Burgundies.

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