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Guests can dine in the rebuilt wine cellar at Clifton Inn.
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Tim Fish

Dine downtown among the city's historic buildings or sip wine while along a terrace with sweeping views of the foothills to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both options are easily available in Charlottesville, where you can pick from award-winning chefs and Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists.

Along the pedestrian mall, you'll find crowd-pleasing spots like Downtown Grille, a restaurant with something on the menu for everyone. Or head out to Keswick Hall for a meal in a more formal environment. Jackets may be recommended, but the conversation can still be as light and airy as the room. No matter what, you'll find a great selection of Virginia wines at each, plus many more from beyond the state lines.

Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.

Clifton Inn
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Telephone: (434) 971-1800
Website: www.cliftoninn.net
Open: Nightly, 6-9
Cost: Prix fixe, $57 to $95

From its dramatic dishware to its menu of eclectic flavors from around the world, this restaurant is a class act. Former sous chef Tucker Yoder returned to the restaurant in 2010 as executive chef, shifting focus more on Virginia farmer and purveyors. Reserve a spot at the chef's table for a front-row view of the nightly action. The restaurant had to rebuild its wine cellar after a fire, but now has about 139 selections and holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.