Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in The Piedmont

Monticello

The house at Monticello is an architectural masterpiece designed and inhabited by Thomas Jefferson, founding father and third US president, who spent 40 years building his dream home. It was finally completed in 180…
Top Choice Museum in Richmond

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond is a cultured city, and this splendid art museum is the cornerstone of the local arts scene. Highlights of its eclectic, world-class collection include the Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Nouveau and Art Deco …
Top Choice University in Charlottesville

University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, and designed what he called an 'Academical Village' embodying the spirit of communal living and learning. At the heart of this 'village' is the Lawn, a large gent…
Top Choice Modern American in The Piedmont

Inn at Little Washington

This Relais and Chateaux property has one of the best restaurants in the state – you should sell a kidney and make a reservation. Diners have their pick of three tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian. Treats lik…
Top Choice Historic Building in The Piedmont

Montpelier

Thomas Jefferson gets all the attention in these parts, but it's well worth branching out and visiting James Madison's Montpelier, a spectacular estate 25 miles northeast of Charlottesville (off Hwy 20). Madison was…
Top Choice Park in Appomattox

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

At the McLean House in the town of Appomattox Court House, General Robert E Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S Grant, in effect ending the Civil War. The park comprises over two dozen…
Top Choice Museum in Richmond

Poe Museum

Contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of poet and horror writer Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in Richmond. Exhibits include the first printing of 'The Raven,' Poe's vest, his…
Top Choice Notable Building in Richmond

Virginia State Capitol

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia General Assembly, established in 1619. Free one-hour guided to…
Top Choice American in Richmond

L'Opossum

We're not exactly sure what's going on at this gastronomic laboratory, but it works. The name of the place is terrible. And dishes come with names that are self-consciously hip and verging on offensive ('Vegan Orgy …
Top Choice Winery in The Piedmont

Pippin Hill

Wonderful views over the rolling plateau of the Piedmont await you at this exemplar of sustainable viticulture. The restaurant has an unapologetically locovore philosophy, and the results are inspired – enjoy them o…