Enjoy An Extended Foliage Season in Charlottesville, Virginia

Foliage.org: What are the projected dates for Charlottesville, Virginia peak foliage season?

In and around Charlottesville, leaves typically begin changing color in early October and colorful foliage can typically be seen as late as mid-November.

Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations within Charlottesville, Virginia that are known for their uniquely beautiful fall foliage displays?

A visit to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson and UNESCO world heritage site is located at the very top of a beautiful mountain where gorgeous colors can be seen in the fall.  Very close to Monticello, visitors can drive (or hike!) up Carter’s Mountain Orchard and pick apples while admiring the breathtaking views of Charlottesville and Albemarle.  Finally, a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains is in order for colorful leaf lovers.

Interview on fall foliage with Charlottesville Virginia CVB

What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for fall tourists?

The Blue Ridge Parkway, as previously mentioned, is definitely a must.  In addition, Albemarle County offers an array of windy country roads, which offers “tunnels of trees” to drive through…

What festivals or other public events are taking place during the fall foliage season?

There is always a multitude of events happening in the City and County… From harvest festivals to sporting events, there is definitely something for everyone.  Please visit the calendar of events on the CACVB web site for more details:  http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/visitors/calendar-of-events/

Are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for fall foliage travelers? What are they?

As previously mentioned, Monticello is a must-see historical attraction.  In addition, the University of Virginia, also designed by Thomas Jefferson, is not to be missed.  For those who are passionate about history and politics, Ash Lawn-Highland (home of President James Monroe) is located only a few miles from Monticello.  For art lovers, there is a myriad of galleries which one can visit on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and all around Albemarle County.  There is always a great selection of live music events to choose from, from opera to contemporary sounds.

What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Charlottesville, Virginia. What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?

The Charlottesville-Albemarle area is world-renowned for its array of vineyards…  Follow the Monticello Wine Trail and taste delicious, award-winning wines.  Local micro-breweries and cideries are also open to the public.  Click here for further information:  http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/visitors/things-to-do/vineyards-and-breweries/ .  And, the recently opened, Monticello Artisan Trail, is the best way to experience local artisan studios, craft related venues, agri-artisan farms, restaurants and other rural interests.

Are there favorite destinations for history, literature, architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?

There are numerous antique shops all over Charlottesville-Albemarle.  Please follow this link for further details:  http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/visitors/things-to-do/shopping-and-antiques/

 What are some favorite destinations or activities of families traveling during the Fall travel season?

Visiting Carter’s Mountain Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchard is a great way to spend time outdoors with the kids.  Pick your own apples, take a hay-ride, play in the leaves…  Bring your bicycles and enjoy the miles and miles of trails in our area or simply go hiking.

What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?

Visit www.visitcharlottesville.org to view a complete listing of all hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts in our area.

Is there anything else you would like to tell visitors thinking about traveling Charlottesville, Virginia for the fall foliage season?

The Charlottesville-Albemarle area is definitely the destination of choice for those who love to take in the colors and scents of autumn.  Please visit www.visitcharlottesville.org and become a fan of our Facebook page, and see why our region is not to be missed!

These insightful answers were provided to us by Brigitte Bélanger-Warner, director of Sales and Marketing at Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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