By Rosemary D. Cora
Charlottesville
Virginia
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The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, was settled in the 18th century on a hill overlooking the Rivanna River, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville was named in honor of Princess Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. 

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Charlottesville, Virginia. The city can be frequented through the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO), or the Richmond International Airport (RIC). Richmond is about an hour away and can be reached by renting a car. Vacationers can book their tickets by clicking on this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). EscapeWizard.com can also assist booking hotel accommodations. Look below for our top selections, then click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your hotel experience.

Today, it is an independent city located adjacent to Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city proper boosts a population of more than 42,000 with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000, and is home to The University of Virginia (UVA), which was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.

Charlottesville offers a unique combination of natural beauty, historical and cultural attractions, and close proximity to both a national park and the nation's capitol. Charlottesville is consistently mentioned as a desirable place to live; in recent years, it has appeared on top-ten lists of cities published by Money, Forbes, Kiplinger's, and Men's Health magazines as well as AARP and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Let EscapeWizard.com take you back in time and help you make your accommodations in this hospitable area of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, designed his home, Monticello, to overlook the city of Charlottesville from Monticello Mountain. Tourists and visitors are increasingly attracted to the area's growing wine industry as well as the increasing number of festivals and world-class entertainment. A visit to Monticello will acquaint you with Thomas Jefferson’s many accomplishments, including authoring the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom. As a public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.

Nearby, is Ashlawn-Highlands, a 550-acre estate located approximately two miles from Monticello. Ashlawn-Highlands was the home of President Monroe, and EscapeWizard.com recommends making sure to make a stop here as well. Monroe was elected President of the United States in 1816 and in 1820. James Monroe resolved long-standing grievances with the British, acquired Florida from the Spanish in 1819, and proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine in 1823.  This policy protected the Western Hemisphere from European intervention. A framed copy of quotations from the Monroe Doctrine hangs in entrance hall to this famous, historic house. The grounds feature gardens, farm-crafts demonstrations, free-roaming peacocks and a hiking trail.

A little further away in Orange, Virginia is Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison.  Montpelier was the life-long home of President Madison, the fourth president of the United States of America.  Since 2004 the Montpelier mansion has been undergoing a massive restoration.  This 2,750-acre estate includes farmland, racecourses, a terraced two-acre formal garden, a National Landmark Forest, active archaeological sites, and more than 130 buildings, including the main house. 

Other local attractions include University-affiliated and community theater groups, the University of Virginia Art Museum, and such attractions as Art in Place, a city-wide sculpture garden, and First Fridays, a downtown art gallery tour

No visit to Charlottesville is complete without a meal at Virginia Historic Landmark, Michie Tavern.  The tavern was built approximately in 1784 and is located a half-mile below Jefferson’s Monticello. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful colonial midday fare.

The next suggestion by EscapeWizarde.com is the Albemarle County Courthouse, which was built in 1762, and is located two blocks north of the Downtown Mall. When the British attacked Richmond in June 1781, the Virginia General Assembly made this building its temporary emergency capital. No other courthouse in the U.S. has been used by three early American presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe) at the same time.

Charlottesville is readily accessible, and all your travel arrangements can be made through EscapeWizard.com by following the above links.
Hotels in Charlottesville
By Shaina Amienyi
Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville
1793 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA
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History and nature lovers will especially love the Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville, located in Peter Jefferson Place Business Park”land that belonged to Thomas Jefferson's father. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to pick up and drop off guests from the airport as well as take guests to area hot spots. Check in after 3pm on the day you arrive in Charlottesville. Be sure to check out by 11am on your departure day.

Guest rooms provide a comfortable, relaxing environment with entertainment and refreshments. You can play video games or watch on-demand movies and complimentary HBO on the 35-inch flat screen. You can connect your mp3 player to the alarm clock radio and listen to music. When you want refreshments, make use of the coffee maker, microwave, and fridge in the hospitality area. Check e-mail or browse the internet using complimentary high-speed wired and wireless internet. If you need to print, you can print from your room to the 24-hour business center. Black-out curtains and night lights in the bathroom are also provided for your convenience.

Book a suite and get two spacious rooms, one with a sofa bed and an arm chair with an ottoman. There is also a kitchenette and jetted hydro tub in the bathroom. Those who want to work-out in their rooms can check-out a Stay Fit Kit®. Otherwise, you can visit the fitness center or indoor swimming pool to exercise.

Guests can host events using 1,700 square feet of flexible meeting space equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and sound systems. The Peter Jefferson Conference room is one of the largest spaces at 1,357 square feet, and it accommodates 120 people. The Martha Jefferson Patio also holds 120 people and overlooks swan pond.

Dining options at the hotel include the Great American Grille, where you can get waffles, omelets, sausage, etc. The restaurant also offers lunch and dinner, which can be ordered via room service. If you want other beverages or snacks and frozen meals, visit the 24-hour convenience store.

Choose the Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville and experience the history and hospitality of Virginia. The Hilton is close to the Historic Downtown Mall, James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and numerous other businesses and attractions. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and book your stay at this hotel.
Hotels in Charlottesville
By D. Gregory Perrin
Holiday Inn
1200 5th Street Extension, Charlottesville, VA
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Charlottesville, Virginia is a unique place to learn about history as it is the location of Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello. During your stay in the process of seeing this historic landmark and others in the city, EscapeWizard.com recommends booking with the Holiday Inn. The hotel is located just around 20 minutes from the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, and around 90 minutes from the Richmond International Airport.Check-in with the hotel is at 4 p.m. or after upon the arrival into Charlottesville. Guests in need of cash can utilize the ATM in the lobby.

The hotel has 131 guestrooms available, including 1 suite. The hotel also has 6 guestrooms that come with features for accessible guests. Pets are allowed at this hotel but there is a fee of 15 dollars per night for their stay. There are 1 king or 2 double beds available to guests as well as the option for a rollaway cot for only 10 additional dollars per night. The Holiday Inn has a color television available for guests to keep up with their favorite shows, as well as HBO. There are premium movies available and in-room video games as well.

There is an outdoor pool that is open during the warm months of the year and guests can swim or just relax in it. The Holiday Inn knows that fitness is a very important aspect of people’s daily lives. When a person is on vacation they definitely do now want to fall behind so the hotel offers cardiovascular machines so guests can continue to work out while on vacation.

Guests of the hotel can check out Charlotte's Lounge, to catch a drink after a long day. There is a big screen television which is great for sporting events.

All in all, the Holiday Inn Charlottesville is just the right hotel for vacationers of the city. Travelers have a complimentary morning paper at their grasp. Just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Charlottesville
By Libby Wilke
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA
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DoubleTree by Hilton Roanoke, VA located in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is an old hotel renovated to be modern without losing the touch of history it has. The Hotel is located five miles away from the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) which the hotel offers a Courtesy Bus to shuttle people to and from the airport. Guests of the hotel can check-in at 4 p.m. or after on the day they arrive into the city.

The DoubleTree offers over three hundred and thirty rooms, from standard guest rooms to suites, executive rooms for a business trip, and even ease of access rooms designed to make the room completely useable for any handicap. All rooms include services such as, Televisions with forty four select channels to flip through, a high sped wireless service for just a daily fee, and a large desk area for any needed work. A PURE room is also available, which is an allergy-friendly, healthy alternative for every guest.

After being well rested in the rooms, the hotel has services for nearly every need. Should dining be on the mind, The Regency Rooms offers a wide variety of meal salads and soups including the original barbeque chicken salad. However if salads not be what one desires, the Pine Room Pub offers such things as honey barbeque chicken wings and pulled pork sandwich. The hotel also houses an indulging spa, fitness and work out, as well as a pool for the casual and professional swimmers alike. 

As a breath of fresh air with touches of history The DoubleTree as a good mix of both, with mountain views and nature parks only a short distance away and the finest modern inventions for anyone's desires.  From Taubman Museum of Art to Roanoke Civic Center nearby there is no end to the sites to see.

Check out time in the morning is 11 a.m. EscapeWizard.com can help book your trip by following the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php ) and start enjoying your stay at the DoubleTree.