Located on the western slope of the Blue Ridge overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, Charlottesville provides an excellent destination for a short break or weekend trip. An area of farms and forests, the town has a long history with several Presidential homes nearby as well as numerous Civil War locations. In addition, the Univeristy of Virginia offers programs to enjoy. Wineries in the area offer a variety of tastes to savor. The downtown area was revitalized years ago and a pedestrian mall provides numerous restaurants as well as theaters to add to your activities. Bed and breakfasts dot the region with locations from seclusion close to the Blue Ridge Parkway to intown comfort.