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Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall

Yesterday was another glorious day. We enjoyed clear skies, warm temps, and walking without coats and jackets. We navigated the Winnebago into Charlottesville … and had one or two toe-scrunching moments as we searched out parking.

In the heart of downtown Charlottesville is the Historic Downtown Mall, located on and around Old Main Street.  At one end, the mall is anchored by the open air Spring Pavilion, which hosts a number of concerts from Spring to Fall featuring nationally known musical talent.

Coming out of the pavilion, the pedestrian-only mall stretches for several blocks and is EXTREMELY dog friendly. There had to be over 100 shops and stores (mostly unique boutiques), a few street vendors, and probably 25-30 restaurants. The middle of the mall was lined with groupings of outdoor seating, some reserved for specific restaurants and others where you could sit and enjoy your take away meals or drinks. I believe I saw two movie theaters and the Paramount, a renovated historic theater that brings in comedy acts, musical theater, and some of the country’s best singers.

Monticello - Charlottesville, VA

Smile, Ty! Dad says we’re going to be on the nickel.

We are leaving Charlottesville today … heading down the Blue Ridge Parkway to ?? No suspense intended – I’m just not sure where we’re going next.

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  • Yes, that would be the same Blue Ridge Parkway we were on … and got off! Try driving it in a 24 foot RV! We were at the Natural Bridge on Friday … blog post coming.

  • Glad we have similar impressions of Charlottesville. I love cities this size. Could have spent a whole day on the mall just people watching.

  • Just a little FYI. Sean and I drove the BRP a few years ago. We intended to drive the majority of it starting in VA around mile 20 and head all the way down to the Great Smokies. It was *such* a pain in the butt that we got off after about 2 hours and drove the rest of the way on regular roads. It's just so twisty and turny that you can only drive about 25MPH safely. But don't forget to visit the natural bridge in VA. It's really cool and you can see George Washington's initals carved in the stone.

  • Just a little FYI. Sean and I drove the BRP a few years ago. We intended to drive the majority of it starting in VA around mile 20 and head all the way down to the Great Smokies. It was *such* a pain in the butt that we got off after about 2 hours and drove the rest of the way on regular roads. It's just so twisty and turny that you can only drive about 25MPH safely. But don't forget to visit the natural bridge in VA. It's really cool and you can see George Washington's initals carved in the stone.

  • Charlottesville is such a pretty city. You will love the Blue Ridge Parkway. It must be wonderful not having a destination that you have to get to. After all, the journey is what makes the trip worthwhile.

  • dogloversdigest says:

    Rod,

    My office used to be right on the downtown mall there. I truly miss Charlottesville. A very pet friendly city. If you have not left yet and are heading north on 29, one of the best meals of your life awaits at the Bavarian Chef in Madison. (About 20 miles N or Cville.) Expensive but really memorable food.

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