Things to do
Just a drive through Keswick’s rolling farmland will give you a sense of Virginia’s natural beauty – though Shenandoah National Park is ideal for more active days out. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, or simply breathe in the colours of the landscape that’s especially picturesque in Fall. If you prefer your outdoors a little more cultivated (and with a glass of wine in hand), stroll amongst the vines with a private wine tour in Charlottesville.
As one of the country’s original colonies, Virginia has got an impressive rollcall of places to explore. Serious history buffs won’t want to miss a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg. While a visit to Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop mansion and plantation near Keswick – gives you a fascinating glimpse into how the writer of the Declaration of Independence lived.
Charlottesville has an irresistible college-town buzz – and its famous university campus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak up the atmosphere at the lively Downtown Mall, perhaps seeing what’s on at the art deco Paramount Theater. The town hosts plenty of live music, too, along with film and book festivals and the quirky IX Art Park – housed in a former textile factory.