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Biking Charlottesville Wine Country


August 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Jefferson’s Virginia has been attracting cyclists for years with a plethora of routes, a challenging landscape and stunning views. But, what may surprise some is that cycling has also become an exciting new way to experience both the natural beauty of Virginia’s scenic environment and the exquisite offerings of our renowned vineyards and breweries. The area’s “Tour de Vine,” as it has been dubbed, allows cyclists to try the remarkable array of wines, beers and ciders that are crafted right here in Virginia, exploring the flavor profiles of the local terrain as they traverse it by bicycle.

We caught up with Professional Cyclist Ben King, who grew up in Charlottesville, to learn what he enjoys about biking the region. Scroll on to learn more from King and for a list of biking trails and tours you, too, can try!

King’s passion for biking began as a kid in Charlottesville. After his dad, who also raced professionally, saw the growing passion and potential in his son, the two began riding together regularly. And the rest, as they say, was history. Today, and multiple national championships later, King finds that Charlottesville is still one of the best places for cycling because of the incredible businesses one finds along the way. Despite having traveled internationally for competitions, riding through the beauty of the Virginia countryside remains to be one of King’s favorite pastimes.

In fact, cycling the area offers numerous stops along the way at wineries, breweries, distilleries, charming roadside shops and eateries, and B&Bs. King himself has visited the likes of White Hall VineyardsGlass House Winery, Stinson Vineyards, and a plethora of others while cycling.

This area, with its love of wine culture and dedication to supporting cycling, indeed seems to reinforce this marriage between cyclists and explorations of local establishments. Easy access to routes such as the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail or the Monticello Wine Trail give cyclists the opportunity to take their love of wine and beer into account while exploring their passion for the outdoors.

King encourages everyone to take part in the unique experience of cycling through the picturesque back roads and explore Virginia like never before. You can learn more about Ben King in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living

Wondering how to get in on the area’s “Tour de Vine”? Here are a few ways you can also enjoy the stunning views and trails:

  • Cville Tours offers a Charlottesville Winery Guided Tour that’s perfect for starters who want a leisurely ride through Charlottesville’s wine country.
  • Looking for something a little more intense? Enjoy a four-day ride through back roads around Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley with Velo View Bike Tours‘ Charlottesville Wine Country Tour. Traveling over 100 miles, this tour will allow you to visit the area’s finest wineries while taking in the incredible scenery of the Virginia countryside.
  • For those who are confident in your cycling abilities, skip the tour and take on a trail yourself! Bike a trail at a vineyard, like DelFosse Vineyard & Winery‘s trail, or bike the entire Monticello Wine Trail. For a long distance ride, explore the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway .

Photos by 3 Cats Photo

Original story by Sarah Pastorek in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Historic Downtown Mall: Beloved Charlottesville Attraction


August 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Autumn is almost upon us and it is a lovely time to visit Charlottesville. With beautiful foliage, cooler temperatures and the bustle of the University of Virginia starting a new year, our city’s hub for dining, arts, shopping and, of course, people watching is more vibrant than ever. One must-visit destination in the fall is Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall—a staple in our city. With historic buildings, performance venues and theaters, local restaurants, shops and attractions, there is much to enjoy along the pedestrian mall. While this outdoor mall is one of the oldest of its kind, it is actually relatively new to Charlottesville, which was founded in 1762. Scroll on to learn a little about the history of our beautiful mall from Purple Cherry Architects and for some things we suggest you do and see when you visit!


By Cathy Purple Cherry and Ashley Marshall

When the creation of a pedestrian mall became the topic of conversation in Charlottesville between the 1950’s and the 1970’s, the goal was to revitalize the downtown district. After more than 20 years of conversation, the City finally decided to close off five blocks of Main Street and transform the section into a pedestrian mall. On February 8, 1975, the City began construction with the Market Street Parking Garage and a year later, they officially began blocking traffic and working on the mall.

Architect Lawrence Halprin was chosen to design the mall. Recipient of the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in architecture, Halprin utilized a number of features to create the city center visitors enjoy in this now successful pedestrian mall. From planning bricks and pavers at varying scale along the ground, to lined trees and lampposts at a ceiling level height, every last detail was planned for a comfortable experience. However, it took over 25 years for the mall to become the life center of Charlottesville. Prior to its current success, the City implemented multiple modifications of the original design including vehicular road crossings and small side street expansions. In 1983, the City itself even invested in building a $20 million Radisson hotel (now the Omni Hotel) at one end in the hopes of energizing the area.

Eventually, once mall parking and access were managed, people began to frequent the “pedestrian” street. Restaurants and cafés started putting tables outside and great meals and drinks became available to enjoy under the mall’s interior tree canopy on warmer days. Mom & Pop shops “popped” up along the street with specialty and unique items. Today, you will not see a Hard Rock Café or a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on The Downtown Mall. The shops are all local—some with histories as old as the buildings they occupy, like the New Dominion Bookshop (established in 1924) or The Paramount Theater (established in 1931).

Any endeavor needs time to be successful. It may have taken time to plan, time to build, and time for people to realize that change can be a good, but today the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is one of the longest pedestrian malls in the country and continues to attract visitors with its charm, history and unique offerings.

Looking for ways to make the most out of your visit to the Historic Downtown Mall? Here are a few ideas!

  • Visit one of the stunning historic theaters, like the Jefferson Theater and The Paramount Theater.
    • Tip: The Paramount Theater occasionally offers tours if you do not have tickets to a show!
  • Attend the Charlottesville City Market (a local farmer’s market held beside the mall) on Saturday mornings.
  • Shop unique gifts, books, antiques, clothing, accessories and more at one of the over 120 quaint shops!
  • Write a message on the chalkboard wall on the eastern end of the mall.
  • Are you a Dave Matthews Band fan? Be sure to visit Miller’s, the restaurant/ pub where Dave Matthews used to work in the 90s.
  • Enjoy visiting one of the attractions.
  • Grab a cup of local coffee or sweet treat to enjoy while you stroll the mall.
  • Choose one of the over 30 stellar restaurants for a bite to eat.
  • Enjoy a concert or show at one of the music venues, like The Southern Café & Music Hall or the Sprint Pavilion.
  • Browse local art galleries.
    • Tip: Visit in the evening on the first friday of the month for “First Fridays,”— a monthly art event that includes exhibition openings and receptions at many of our local art galleries.
  • Stop and listen to a street performance.
  • Catch a movie at the Violet Crown Cinema or The Paramount Theater.
  • Make a wish and toss a coin into the water fountain on the western end of the mall.
  • Make it a weekend at one of the local hotels or inns!


Co-written by Cathy Purple Cherry/Founder and Principal, Purple Cherry Architects
and
Ashley Marshall/Project Manager, Purple Cherry Architects

Blog photos by Jennifer Jones

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

 

7 Things to Love About Charlottesville


August 17, 2018 | Ivy Publications

At its heart, Charlottesville is a unique community full of love and diversity. In fact, it is this beautiful community that inspired us to take pen to paper and create the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living publication. In our magazine, we celebrate the people and stories that make this place so special. So, we took our “Charlottesville Loves,” tote around town to share and showcase a few of the many reasons we love this place known as Jefferson’s Virginia. Scroll on to see more of our Charlottesville Loves…

The foodie culture and local restaurants. From amazing farm-to-table cuisine to internationally-influenced establishments, there is much to love about the lively food scene in Charlottesville. (Pictured below: MarieBette Café & Bakery)

The vibrant art scene. Charlottesville is full of talented artisans who are creating everything from paintings and kitchenwares to jewelry and furniture. (Pictured below: IX Art Park)

The pet-friendly culture. Charlottesville is a pet-friendly city and whether you are spending the afternoon at a vineyard or strolling The Downtown Mall, you are sure to run into some furry friends. (Pictured below: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA)

Our local vineyards. Our local award-winning vineyards boast stellar wines and stunning vistas. (Pictured below: Veritas Vineyard & Winery)

The University of Virginia. Charlottesville is a college town, with a beautiful and historic campus, also known as “grounds,” and a strong academic community.

Local Craft Beverages. From breweries and cideries to distilleries, Charlottesville’s craft beverage scene is continuing to blossom. (Pictured below: Starr Hill Brewery)

The Historic Downtown Mall. One of the largest pedestrian malls in the country, the Downtown Mall features boutique shops, restaurants, cafés, concert venues, museums and more.

While we could not possibly capture all the things we love about Charlottesville in one blog post, these are a few of the places that make our area so wonderful. Be sure to check out our magazine, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for a deeper look at life in Charlottesville and the people and places that inspire us each day. If you would like your own “Charlottesville Loves” bag, you can find them at Roxie Daisy, Darling Boutique, Lynne Goldman Elements, Finch or Verdigris.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.