Best Date Spots in Charlottesville

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Is there anything more romantic than a small town? Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is a picturesque city, bursting with culture. From vineyards and hiking trails to local restaurants and shops, this gorgeous city has it all. Arden Place, the premier luxury apartment community in the area, is in the perfect location, near some of the best date spots in Charlottesville. Whether you’re going on a first date or celebrating a special anniversary, finding the perfect place is essential. Lucky for you, there are plenty of romantic spots in Charlottesville!

1. Historic Downtown Mall

Located in the heart of the city, the historic downtown mall is lined with a red brick walkway, shaded by beautiful oak trees. With tons of shops, restaurants, and street vendors, there’s something that everyone can enjoy. After spending the afternoon strolling down the mall and browsing the cute boutiques, be sure to check out the nightlife as well! Listen to a local musician at one of the many bars, see a show at the Jefferson Theater, or watch a play at the Paramount. If you have a dog, feel free to bring your furry friend along! Many restaurants offer outdoor seating and will be happy to accommodate.

2. IX Art Park

Described as “an interactive space for spontaneous dreaming” the IX Art Park is an outdoor space filled with art, sculptures, and creative designs. Several events are hosted at the park throughout the year including craft markets, salsa dancing nights, and free concerts. Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery, Sweethaus Cupcakes, and Brazos Tacos are all located at the IX Art Park, along with a few other shops. Be sure to check it out for fun events, tasty beer, and some of the best tacos in the area!

3. Carter Mountain Orchard

For the past several decades, Carter Mountain Orchard has been one of the best date spots in Charlottesville. Family owned and operated, Carter Mountain is an apple orchard where you can pick your own fruit from the trees. Hot apple cider and warm donuts are a staple of the orchard. Cider slushies are also offered in warmer weather! Additionally, they offer Bold Rock cider and wine from Prince Michel Winery. Carter Mountain also has two sister orchards, Chiles Peach Orchard and Spring Valley Orchard, which are just outside of Charlottesville.

4. Monticello Trails

Charlottesville is well-known for being the home of Monticello. But did you know that there are also tons of hiking trails near the former home of Thomas Jefferson? There are several trails, with experience levels ranging from easy to advanced. Even if you aren’t an avid outdoor enthusiast, there are many beginner trails and moderate walking paths that are easily accessible. For those who prefer a challenge, there are also more difficult hikes. The trails at Monticello are open year-round. You can enjoy them in every season, which makes them one of the best date spots in Charlottesville.

5. Blue Ridge Balloon

If you have a special occasion coming up or want to go on an unconventional date, check out Blue Ridge Balloon! Seeing hot air balloons in Charlottesville is a common occurrence, but have you ever considering going up in one yourself? Privately led tours are available, so you can have your own tour of the city from above. With incredible breathtaking views, a hot air balloon ride is guaranteed to be a memorable date. What can top that?

Whether you enjoy hiking in the great outdoors, sipping on apple cider at an orchard, or hanging out at the downtown mall, finding the perfect romantic date in Charlottesville is easy!

Arden Place is a luxury apartment community located in the romantic city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect atmosphere for its residents to work and play. Schedule a tour to see why recently ranked in the Elite 1% of J Turner Research’s ORA™ Power Ranking.

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