Charlottesville has so much to offer! It’s a natural showcase of history and beauty, museums and hot nightspots. If you are fortunate to live in the Charlottesville area, make sure that you take time over the summer to head out and see some of the attractions that are around you!

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If history is your thing, Charlottesville is a great place to find it. Look into one or more of the following places to get your history on!

  • Monticello. Monticello is the home of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. He spent decades building and rebuilding this home into a masterpiece of grace and charm. The house is “filled with ingenious devices and mementos of this revered founding father.” And the beauty of design didn’t end in the house itself; it extends onto the grounds in the ornamental and vegetable gardens. So take a day and wander the grounds and take in the gorgeous architecture of the home of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Highland. James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, also lived in the Charlottesville area. His home, Highland, is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Southwest Mountains and offers a look into the life of President Monroe. Tour his home to see some of the beautiful furnishings that were imported from France or tour the grounds to step back in time and imagine how an old time plantation was run.

Natural Beauty

If it’s nature you’re looking for, take a walk down Saunders-Monticello Trail. This parkway is a recreational and educational resource and is also a walking and biking trail that links Monticello to the surrounding community. Included in this beautiful scenery is an arboretum of native trees and shrubs. The trail winds through the park and then ascends the side of Carter Mountain as it makes its way to Monticello.


If vineyards and wineries are what you’re looking for, look no farther. Charlottesville has several great options when it comes to wine tasting: Blenheim Vineyards, First Colony Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, and Trump Winery, just to name a few. So spend a day touring some vineyards. If the night turns chilly, settle down in front of your fireplace and enjoy a glass of your favorite find.


If you have another free day on your hands, make sure you check out some of the museums around Charlottesville.

  • McGuffey Art Center. This local art center supports the work of local artists. It features open studios, exhibitions and performances, classes, tours, and outreach projects.
  • Graves International Art Museum. This art museum, established in 1978, sells only original work done by some of the world’s top artists. Original art, hand-made prints, and paintings. Come to this museum to see beautiful artwork or to purchase one of the greats.

When You Need Chimney Service

Go out and take advantage of the beauty and history of Charlottesville, Virginia. HOWEVER, before you start to enjoy your vacation days, make sure that you’ve taken care of some things on your to-do list. This includes making an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Give Old Dominion Chimneys a call today and you will know that you’ve left this important job in the hands of the best. They love serving Charlottesville, Virginia!