Why Go Now: Fall color is in full effect and there are plenty of ways to take in the beauty, including hikes and drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Virginia Film Festival in downtown Charlottesville (November 7-10) showcases over 100 films, both high and low budget, and attracts the likes of Sandra Bullock and Anthony Hopkins. If craft art is more your thing, get a behind-the-scenes tour of local artists during the Artisans Studio Tour November 9-10.
Where to Stay: About a 20-minute drive from downtown Charlottesville is Chester Bed and Breakfast in Scottsville, VA. Take your mornings at a slower pace as Jean and Craig Stratton serve up a gourmet breakfast. Watch birds and other wildlife from the gardens. There is also the Budget Inn on Emmet Street which is within walking distance of the University of Virginia Campus, shops and dining.
Insider Tip: It’s apple season in Virginia and Albemarle Cider Works has several varieties available for you to sample and buy, including Crispin, Albemarle Pippin and Pink Lady. They also make ciders for those who would rather drink their “apple-a-day.” Cider is celebrated throughout the region with tastings, classes and special events for Virginia Cider Week November 15-24.