I Heart Charlottesville

Yesterday’s trip to Charlottesville has me smitten.  If I could, I think I would drop everything and move there immediately.  It is absolutely precious in every conceivable way; in fact, I think I must’ve uttered the word “precious” about 40 times yesterday as Claire and I strolled around town.

Only about an hour and ten minutes northwest of me, Charlottesville (or Cville, as the locals call it) is the home of the University of Virginia, numerous wineries, and Monticello.

Even though the drive is just over an hour, I still called this a mini road trip.  Any time I take a road trip, I like to have a treat for myself to pass the time.  Tropical Smoothie to the rescue!

Off I go!

As I drove up the hill into town, I let out an audible, “Ooh!”  It was so precious!  Since I got there kind of late in the afternoon, we set out to tour UVA’s campus while there was still plenty of daylight.

At UVA, they are fancy, so they call the campus “The Grounds.”

All of the buildings have this very stately historical look to them probably because they are, in fact, historical!  Most of the buildings have been around since the early 1800s when Thomas Jefferson established the university.  There are about a gazillion statues of him on the grounds, too.  Those Cavaliers love them some TJ! ;)  There are also a number of secret societies at the university.  See that symbol painted on the ground beneath the statue in the picture?  Secret society stuff!

It was hella-windy so we kept the self portraits to a minimum!

Maybe that’s a little better???

Next, we walked along The Lawn where the prestigious lawn housing is located.  Apparently, only 4th year students may live in lawn rooms because they are part of Jefferson’s original buildings.  Very cool.  However, you have to leave your room to get to the bathroom.  Even in the winter!  That, and the fact that they are tiiiii-ny!, doesn’t appeal to me, but I can sort of see the draw.  I mean, each room does come with a rocking chair.

How precious can you get???

Naturally, we had to try them out.

It was great, until the guy who lived in the room heard us banging around in his rocking chair and came out to investigate.

So we ran away!  Oops!

But there were more places for photos!

And more beautiful things to photograph!

I wish I were a better photographer!  I am definitely not doing it justice!

We did a little shopping nearby and then made a quick stop at the Downtown Mall to peruse a few shops.  I didn’t get any pics because it was getting dark and kinda chilly, but Kath has some really nice photos on her site! :D

A quick stop back at Claire’s place to see this little lady . . .

Hi Sophie!

. . . and to get dolled up . . .

(the behind the scenes semantics of this photo were slightly comical)

. . . and we were off to dinner at Mono Loco!

We indulged with margaritas, chips and salsa, and burrito bowls!  Then, we headed back to the bars near the campus for some bar hopping!  It was a lot of fun, but I was easily one of the oldest people there.  Um, by quite a bit.

It didn’t stop us from getting our groove on, though!

I make the best dancing faces.

I love this picture.  It’s so us. :)

A couple hours later, this old lady was ready for bed!

I think what made me fall in love with Cville so fast was the fact that it reminded me so much of my hometown.  I love the small town, campus grounds feel it has.  So quaint and well, precious!  I can’t wait to go back this spring to explore more!

Enjoy your Sunday, kids!

6 thoughts on “I Heart Charlottesville

  1. The University of Virginia building is so beautiful! I love the secret society symbol, that’s so exciting! And the rocking chairs are sooooo cute :) I wish my university had been that interesting!

    • hungryhealthyhappy says:

      Isn’t Sophie a doll??? I highly recommend Cville! I can’t wait to go back. It sounds like they have a ton of fun things to do in the spring, too!

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