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The University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
March 11-13, 2013


The City of Charlottesville is located in west Central Virginia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River, Charlottesville was established as a town in 1762 by the Virginia General Assembly, and was incorporated as an independent city in 1888.

Charlottesville is best known as the home to two U.S. Presidents (Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe), as well as the home of the University of Virginia, which, along with Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Getting around Charlottesville

Charlottesville has a rather extensive public transport system. If there is anywhere in Charlottesville that you could imagine going, there is probably a cost effective way of getting there without any major hassle!


There are several taxi companies located around Charlottesville, including:

  • Yellow Cab Co Inc

1515 6th St SE, Charlottesville, VA

  • Access Taxi

1025 Carlton Ave, Charlottesville, VA

  • Skyline Taxi

406 Fairway Ave, Charlottesville, VA

  • The College Cab Taxi Service

301 15th St NW, Charlottesville, VA


For those who would rather take the bus. The Charlottesville bus service is very reliable and the prices are all very reasonable.

The Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) and the University Transit Service (UTS) bus services cover almost all of the Charlottesville area:

  • The Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) runs every 15minutes and the fare per ride is only 75 cents. However, one can purchase a day pass for $1.50 and this will you to ride on any CAT bus all day, without any additional costs.

To learn more about the schedules, bus stops and rates for the CAT please visit the following link:

Charlottesville Area Transit

  • The University Transit Service (UTS) runs every 20 minutes in the day and every 15 minutes after 8pm. These buses are completely free.

To learn more about the schedules, bus stops and rates for the UTS please visit the following link:

University Transit System

Want a bite to eat?


Charlottesville is one of the leading locales for fine cuisine. Whether a simple bagel shop like Bodo’s or an exquisite fondue restaurant like The Melting Pot, the food in Charlottesville is impeccable and can rival many of the larger states in the kitchen.

Below are some suggestions for restaurants of various cuisine types and price ranges:

Restaurant Name Location Phone Number Cuisine Price
Bodo’s Bagel Bakery Sandwich 1609 University Ave (434) 293-6021 Bagels, Sandwich/Sub, Soups $
Continental Divide 811 W Main St (434) 984-0143 Mexican $$
Mellow Mushroom 1321 W Main St (434) 972-9366 Pizza, Sandwiches/Sub $$
MAS 501 Monticello Rd (434) 979-0990 Tapas, Wine Bar, Spanish $$$
Marco & Luca 112 W Main St (434) 295-3855 Asian, Noodle Shop $
Bizou 119 W Main St (434) 977-1818 American $$$
Littlejohn's New York Deli 1427 University Ave (434) 977-0588 Breakfast/Brunch, Sandwiches/Subs, Soups $
Lemongrass 104 14th St NW (434) 244-8424 Thai, Vietnamese $$
Riverside Lunch 1429 Hazel St (434) 971-3546 Burgers $
Chipotle Mexican Grill 953 Emmet St N (434) 872-0212 Mexican, Tacos $
Basil Mediterranean Bistro 109 14th St NW (434) 977-5700 American, Greek, Mediterranean $
Milan Indian Cuisine 1817 Emmet St North (434) 984-2828 Buffet, Indian $$
Petit Pois Restaurant 201 E Main St (434) 979-7647 French $$$
Ariana Grill Kabob House 909 West Main Street (434) 872-9906 Afghan, Middle Eastern $$
Sticks Kebob Shop 1820 Abbey Rd (434) 295-5212 Fast Food, Greek $
Aromas Cafe & Catering 1104 Emmet St North (434) 244-2486 Mediterranean, Moroccan $
The Melting Pot 501 E Water St (434) 244-3463 French Food, Fondue $$$

Charlottesville's Nightlife

Given that Charlottesville is largely known as a college town, it has an expectedly lively nightlife. However, due to the fact that that town is inhabited by more than crazy college students its after- hours-crowd includes a variety of ages, tastes, socio-economic statues and backgrounds, and as such Charlottesville houses a very diverse night scene, that will guarantee to satisfy everyone in attendance.

Below are some suggestions for bars and pubs of various types:

Restaurant Name Location Phone Number
Rapture 303 E Main St (434) 293-9526
Club 216 609 E Market St, Ste 110 (434) 296-8783
X Lounge 100 2nd St Se, #313 (434) 244-8439
Deuce's Lounge 917 Preston Ave (434) 296-6600
McGrady's Irish Pub 946 Grady Ave, Ste 16 (434) 293-3473
Boylan Heights 102 14th St (434) 984-5707
St Maarten Cafe 1400 Wertland St (434) 293-2233
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill 571 Branchlands Blvd (434) 974-5596
Chili's Grill & Bar 100 Zan Rd (434) 975-0800
South Street Brewery 106 W South St, Ste 202 (434) 293-6550
SHARKY'S BAR AND GRILL 946 Grady Ave, Ste 16 (434) 293-3473
Trinity Irish Pub 1505 University Ave (434) 295-7100
Positively 4th Street 401 E Main St (434) 974-9464
Miller's Downtown 109 West Main Street (434) 971-8511
The Whiskey Jar 227 W Main St (434) 202-1549

Fun Things To Do/Tourist Attractions


Charlottesville is a town with its foundations firmly rested on history and tradition. However, due to its connection to the University community, there are both modern and customary influences, thus allowing for a wide range of activities and attractions

To learn more about what Charlottesville has to offer, a good starting point would be to visit The Charlottesville Virginia website

Some examples of some fun things to do are:

The Downtown Pedestrian Mall - Charlottesville's popular shops, restaurants and ambience converge in one main area, known as the Downtown Pedestrian Mall. Located, as you would imagine, on Main Street, this thoroughfare also has an impressive collection of art galleries, like C'ville Arts or the Sage Moon Gallery. Travelers like to come here for the dinner options and/or to take an evening stroll.

University of Virginia- A little trivia for you: the University of Virginia is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And it's not hard to see why -- it's a bastion of U.S. education, and it holds an unofficial reputation for containing the country's most magnificent campus grounds. You can stroll the grounds of Mr. Jefferson's University at any time or schedule a guided tour and, while planning your trip, don’t forget to stop by UVA's official website for more details on the college and its grounds.

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive- the leisurely Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains is nothing short of divine. Shenandoah is located about 40 miles northwest of Charlottesville. It's always open, but various visitor centers, campsites and picnic grounds have different hours of operation. Entrance costs $15 per car from March to November.

Monticello- Monticello, Jefferson's mountain-top home, attracts approximately half a million tourists every year, but It is more than just Thomas Jefferson's former living quarters; it's also an architectural masterpiece. First-time visitors are amazed by the majesty of the mansion and the grounds; frequent guests like to return for in-depth history lessons on the American Revolutionary period, plantation life and more.

The Glass Palette-Interactive Glass Art Studio- Previous visitors describe The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Studio as a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. You can learn how to make glass artwork that ranges from paperweights, picture frames, coffee mugs and jewelry, but the real standouts of visiting, however, are the owners.

Ash Lawn-Highland- Did you know that James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson were neighbors? It's true. Ash-Lawn-Highland is the home of our fifth president and it is less than two miles south of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Jefferson Vineyards- Jefferson Vineyards is one of Charlottesville's premier wineries for several reasons. One, its heritage (commissioned by Thomas Jefferson who sold this part of his land to a viticulturist for the purpose of producing wine); two, its expanse (approximately 20 acres of vines that produce between 6,000 and 8,000 cases annually) and three, its low tasting fee (only $10, and you get to take your tasting glass home). Its convenient location, about one mile southeast of Monticello, isn't shabby either.

Blenheim Vineyards- In 2000, Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) and his family purchased some Piedmont region farmland. His original purpose was to preserve its historic significance but Matthews later decided to also plant some grape vines, and thus, a popular Charlottesville vineyard was born. More than 10 years later, travelers like visiting Blenheim Vineyards for its history, its picturesque surroundings and its novelty.

Michie Tavern- Originally erected in Earlysville, Va. in the late 1700s, it was the hub of for that town's passersby, providing food, drink and a cozy bed if necessary. In present day -- and relocated about 13 miles south in Charlottesville -- the tavern still serves up Southern comfort for its guests, with a staff donning colonial garb.

MONTICELLO COUNTRY BALLOONING- Enjoy the beautiful Charlottesville scenery from the best vantage point in central Virginia- the panoramic view from Monticello Country Ballooning’s hot air balloon. Monticello Country Ballooning offers an only all-inclusive package which includes your digital photographs, celebratory toast, and flight certificates (additional memorabilia can be purchased upon request) as well as transportation to and from the launch site if you are staying locally.

Note that all registered OGF37 participants are invited to a free tour of Monticello, followed by a wine & hors d'oeuvres reception. However spacing is limited; therefore to view further details and to ensure admittance please sign up via the following link: Sign up for OGF37 reception

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