Charlottesville Tours

Thomas Jefferson’s – Monticello
Photo by: James Marshall

Charlottesville sits smack-dab in the middle of Virginia’s wine country in the rolling hills of Virginia’s beautiful Piedmont Region. The city and surrounding area is also a culinary paradise with its share of big-time history as well. Three presidents – Jefferson, Madison and Monroe – liked the area so much they made it their home.
There’s no better place for a fascinating tour focused on Virginia’s presidential First Ladies where you’ll get to know the dynamic personalities of women such as Dolley Madison at her home, Montpelier. Get a first-hand look at Virginia’s farm-to-table culinary movement with delicious meals at top restaurants and tours of the farms that supply them. Many of Virginia’s most honored wineries are in the Charlottesville area. More than 30 of Virginia’s best wineries dot the area, giving plenty of options for tours and tastings. Heart of Virginia Tours loves to throw in that special something extra: on our tours you’ll also meet the winemakers and gain a thorough immersion into the art of fine winemaking. Get your fingers beautifully dirty with a gardening workshop where you can bring back home new skills to make your own garden beautiful.

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Blue Mountain Brewery

Fabulous Food

The food traditions and recipes enjoyed by our early presidents, where food came straight to the table from the garden, are still very much in vogue in Charlottesville. Get a great introduction to the local food scene at Feast! with tastes of local cheeses, meats and produce. Sip your way through a flight of beers and wood-fired pizza at Blue Mountain Brewery. End the day with a relaxing and delicious dinner at The Whiskey Jar. More than 30 great wineries can be found in the Charlottesville area. Learn why on a special tour with guided tastings at one of Virginia’s best wineries. Discover more with this itinerary!

History and Heritage

Charlottesville and vicinity is the home of presidents. There’s no better way to get to know Thomas Jefferson than with a guided tour of his iconic home, Monticello. James Monroe lived just down the hill at Ash Lawn Highland. Montpelier was the home of James and Dolley Madison. The tour of this fascinating home reveals much about Mrs. Madison and the role she played in shaping the social customs of early America. Grand mansions, first ladies, and presidents are revealed on this presidential tour!

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Monticello Artisan Trail

Arts and Culture

Connect with art along the Monticello Artisan Trail then paint your own piece of art at a local ceramics workshop. Be enchanted with a live performance at the Paramount Theater or take in a live concert at a local winery. Check out this art lovers tour!

 Get Out!

Enjoy a fun hayride and pick your own local apples at the orchard with breathtaking views, Carter Mountain Orchard. At Montpelier you can walk the trails of 200-acre James Madison Landmark Forest, one of the very few remaining old-growth forests in the Eastern US. Take a nature hike in Shenandoah National Forest. Get your healthy dose of nature and food on this tour!

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Market at Grelen

Gardens to view, prune and plant

The Market at Grelen is a gardener’s paradise where you’ll get some practical hands-on and hands-in learning experiences from their professionals. Learn about Jefferson the horticulturist at the fascinating gardens of Monticello. Take in a private lecture and guided garden tour at Andre Viette Farm and Nursery (as seen on PBS). Get your hands-on gardening experience here!