With spring in the air very soon, your thoughts may turn to spending a romantic evening out. Charlottesville is an ideal place for you and your special someone, with some diverse as well as fun ideas for dates.
Historical sites with lots of natural beauty, places to see a great show, fine dining, incredible drinks, and even some scenic hikes could be great ideas for a day or evening with your sweetheart.
Here are some ideas for dates in Charlottesville that we found by doing a bit of digging. These locations have a charm that is distinctly a part of life in the city and county. Be sure to click on each website for more information, including admission prices, hours, and days open.
The Paramount Theater
The Paramount is an excellent venue in the city’s downtown mall. Located at 215 E. Main St. It’s a varied list of activities at the Paramount, from indie movies and documentaries (both new films and classics) to touring musicians and comedians, there’s plenty to see.
The sightlines and sound are some of the best in the area, and there are other things to do before and after in the mall area. The comprehensive Paramount site will let you know who will grace the stage or screen and how you can get tickets to an event or film.
Carter Mountain Orchard
Try out this varied and interesting family business, located at 1435 Carters Mountain Trail in Charlottesville for something a bit different. Open year-round, this orchard does feature pick-your-own fruit trees and a store where you can buy items directly from the orchard.
The property also features a winery and cider distillery on-site, and the orchard’s fresh apple cider donuts are the talk of the bakery that is also on-site (and where you can make a pit stop for some conversation and sweet treats). The Carter Mountain Orchard website has more details.
One of the area’s top attractions overall, Monticello is a museum and open hours dedicated to Thomas Jefferson. Although history may not be everyone’s idea for a romantic day or evening, this is a popular spot for day dates according to several online sites.
You can get a behind-the-scenes day pass, a “highlights” tour, or a self-guided pass to the home, and there are also options for tours of the lush gardens and grounds around Monticello. Its website has a lot more details on what you can see there.
If a day date appeals to you and your sweetie, check out this nature area owned by the Albermarle County Parks and Recreation Department. It’s entrance is at 1776 Earlysville Road in nearby Earlysville. Ivy Creek includes 7 miles of walking trails and long with tours of the historic barn that is a part of the property. With much to see in the way of natural beauty, it’s a potentially breathtaking date.
You can learn more about the property by visiting the Ivy Park Foundation’s website.
Hailed in several different internet spots as an ideal romantic restaurant, Fleurie is at 108 3rd St NE. They serve three-course menus nightly in an intimate room with plenty of high reviews. It’s a varied selection of American steakhouse-style meat entrees, seafood items and vegetarian options.
Appetizers are a part of the prix-fixe, as are delicious desserts. Check out the latest menu and even make a reservation on the Fleurie website.
These are just a few places to have a great time in Charlottesville. To learn more about what our city offers, visit the city’s visitors’ website.