200 South Street Inn provides lodging in Charlottesville's downtown historic district. It is four miles from Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, and one mile from the University of Virginia. 200 South Street Inn is two blocks from a bustling pedestrian mall filled with musical venues, boutiques, antique shops, bookstores, movie theaters and restaurants (so good, even the New York Times and the Washington Post rave). There is even an indoor ice-skating rink. Besides Monticello, our bed and breakfast is also near two other presidents' homes: Ash Lawn, the home of James Monroe, and James Madison's Montpelier. Twenty- five minutes to the west are the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the beautiful countryside makes for perfect hiking and biking. The Old Michie Tavern, located only a quarter of a mile from Monticello and serving 18th century fare, is a nice stop for lunch. Many wineries and breweries in the area welcome visitors.
Wake up every Saturday morning April through December to a bustling Farmer's Market right outside our front door! From organic produce, free range chickens, locally made cheeses, baked goods, seasonal flowers and perennials to a wide variety of artists, there is something to please everyone.
The first Friday of every month is the opening night for all of the Downtown Art Galleries, including the McGuffy Art Center. Peruse the new exibitions while talking with the artists about their work. Hors d'oeuvres and wine are a great bonus!
Virginia Film Festival
During the first weekend of November, the University of Virginia hosts the Virginia Film Festival in which over 70 movies will be screened and over 80 artists and actors will participate. All panels are free and open to the public. Past featured guests include Sandra Bullock, Anthony Hopkins, Sissy Spacek,Will Forte, Stan Winston, Sigourney Weaver, Oliver Stone and Paul Schrader. Www.virginiafilmfestival.org is their website for complete information.
Virginia Festival of the Book
The third week in March signals the time when authors, publishers and readers galore flood into Charlottesville to celebrate books, reading, literacy and literacy culture. This five day event features readings, panels and discussions in the largest literacy gathering in the state of Virginia. The vast majority of the events are free and open to the public. Visit www.va book.org for more detailed information.
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of three “INsight” photographers, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops and interviews over three days and nightsin the beginning of June each year. Visit their website at www.look3.org.
Summer Fridays after Five
Each Friday evening in summer a free concert series is offered on the downtown mall at the Pavillion, within walking distance of 200 South Street Inn. Bring your own picnic to the outdoor concerts if you wish. The event is complete with beer and wine trucks! Dancing is optional.