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Virginia Discovery Museum delights kids with interactive exhibits. For example, at a miniature Panera Bread stocked with toy food, tots can don real Panera aprons and take orders. They also pick fruit in an interactive play orchard, and go back in time and play in a log cabin from the 1700?s. For a brush with real nature, they can even observe bee behavior at the museum's enclosed hive.
524 East Main Street
Charlottesville,
VA
US
Discover Virginia hosts a variety of outdoor events that celebrate local wines, foods, and retailers in a family-friendly environment. During the annual food and wine festival, local vendors flock to Greene County to pour samples of Virginia-made wines and fresh bites as families enjoy activities such as live music and face painting. Especially popular is the yearly chili cook-off, which sets chefs against each other as they compete to see which recipes can set off the most fire sprinklers.
13307 Spotswood Trail
Ruckersville,
VA
US
First Colony Winery celebrates the history and heritage of local viniculture by crafting a cellar’s worth of European-style wines. After sampling from their selection of eight ambrosias—including a tropical seyval blanc and full-bodied tannat—amid the exposed wood beams and checkerboard floors of the elegant tasting room, corral a full glass of your favorite varietal and venture onto the covered patio to savor views of sun-soaked hills while gargling the intricate melodies from Dvorak's New World symphony. Guests then go home with a pair of branded souvenir wine glasses with which they can use as drink vessels at home or as miniature hot tubs for over-indulged troll dolls.
1650 Harris Creek Rd
Charlottesville,
VA
US
Charlottesville's Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more. The menu at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar caters to those who prefer vegan eats. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Access the Internet free of charge via Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar's complimentary wifi. For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar as well. Regulars recommend heading over to Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar during the workweek. You can also serve food from Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Save some dough on parking with validation from Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. At Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
414 E Main St
Charlottesville,
VA
US
Jimmy Crews, Roger Nelson, and Stephanie Tyson grew up on the James River, paddling along its tree-lined banks to find the most scenic spots and best fishing holes. Now the masterminds behind Howardsville Canoe Livery, the trio outfits outdoorsmen for their own explorations by renting tubes, 10’ Perception Pescador kayaks, and 16’ Old Town Camper canoes. Most trips go down the James River, though adventurers can also explore the Rockfish and Tye Rivers when water levels permit. Abundant wildlife roams the banks, including the occasional bald eagle. Though trips are self-guided, one of the livery’s team members can join groups for a guided tour, narrating in the group’s choice of accent about the rivers’ rich history, geography, geology, and fishing spots. Though all trips include shuttle service, staff can also give a lift to those who already own a tube, kayak, or canoe.
292 Logan Rd
Scottsville,
VA
US
The state- and NRA-certified instructors at MMTA Firearms Training Academy put safety above all else. In accommodating students, they facilitate both mobile and onsite training in classes and private lessons. These gatherings take place at locales such as nearby ranges and hotel conference rooms, where the instructors lead courses such as the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation along with lessons in specialized topics such as rifle shooting, personal protection, and training to become a range safety officer.
HILTON GARDEN INN 1793 Richmond Road
Charlottesville,
Virginia
US
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