On Friday, I flew down to Charlottesville, Virginia for one of my sorority sister’s weddings. I didn’t actually fly into C’Ville… I flew into Richmond from Boston and rented a car because I hate layovers and JetBlue had a good deal. Post trip, I still think it was a very smart decision on my part.
Most of the wedding guests stayed at the Boar’s Head Inn which is more like a resort with it’s large fitness center, pools and gorgeous green golf course.
My room felt newly renovated in the main building but was decorated with antique maps and portraits of colonial politicians. I loved these ten rules from Thomas Jefferson especially number 2, “Never trouble another for what you can do yourself” – i.e. www.letmegooglethatforyou.com. <- If you haven’t heard for this site, you’re welcome.
We explored downtown and had dinner at Citizen Burger Bar Friday night. They specialize in grass fed custom burgers and offered gluten free options while catering to the burger and fry loving crowd. I forgot to take a picture but it was a perfect place to eat with a large group of friends. The waiter preemptively split our bill without us even asking. After dinner, there was a welcome dessert and cocktail party at C & O restaurant.
Saturday morning, I got up and went for a 5 mile run to the University of Virginia. Unfortunately, it took me 2 miles to get there, which gave me a less than stellar glimpse of campus. It reminded me of the University of Delaware (where I went along with the bride).
Afterwards, I went back to the historic main street to do a little shopping and eating while my friends got their hair done. It was 90 and humid and my short, straight hair was never going to comply for longer than an hour so I cancelled mine.
The historic downtown area is an adorable pedestrian main street lined with local shops and restaurants. I only recognized one or two places as being chains. I grabbed lunch at Revolution Soup after searching Yelp.
I ordered a gazpacho and veggie half sandwich which ended up coming out as a wrap. I was a little sad but it was my fault. It said it would come as a wrap if I ordered a half on the menu but I didn’t see it up on the board. It looked boring and bland so I’m not sharing the picture but it was quite flavorful with veggie cream cheese, avocado, roasted peppers, lettuce and tomato.
Aftewards, I stumbled into a chocolate shop… deadly decision.
I couldn’t say no to the Walking S’Mores. The marshmallows were actually toasted and it did taste like a real S’More. If it hasn’t been so hot, I would have tried a S’More Bar too.
I wish I had had more time to explore the downtown area as it was charming and full of history I wasn’t able to learn.
The ceremony was at Mt Ida Farm about 30-40 minutes away from our hotel. We of course took buses. While hot under the sun, the setting was breath taking and gorgeous overlooking the farm estate.
I loved this sign which said, “Here comes the bride” on one side and “Let’s get this party started” on the other held by the two ring bearers. Very pinterest in my opinion.
Every detail was perfect including the flowers and the gorgeous barn where the reception took place. I especially loved Al’s dress which was perfect for dancing the night away.
Of course we had fun in the photo booth in between dancing to songs of course. The band was energetic and on point combining old and new songs.
It was so much fun and I miss my fellow Blue Hens already. The bride Allison and her new husband Myke were glowing the entire night surrounded by their friends and family. It was clear the two of them are genuinely amazing people and as a result have a ton of friends who love them dearly. It was such a special night.
One wedding and one destination down, one wedding and 8 destinations to go until the end of August. What have I gotten myself into this summer…
Here is what’s up next:
- NYC – July 21 + 22
- LA – July 27-30
- Santa Barbara – July 30-Aug 2
- Puerto Vallarta #FitInParadise Aug 2-6
- Chicago – August 10-14
- Falmouth Road Race Aug 16
- Aruba + Curacao – #FitInParadise Aug 24-28
Everything on here is work except for Santa Barbara which is wedding #2.
Congratulations to Al! This is such a wonderful travel post!
Amanda @ Slimplify Life says
I went to UVA and Citizen Burger is by far the best. Their sweet potato fries are on point
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
Those walking smores look delicious! It looks like your friend had a beautiful venue for the wedding.
Jessica @ Balance and Thyme says
What a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing your trip. Your travel schedule is crazy!!
Rachel @ Lou Lou Belle says
Charlottesville is amazing! We live here and really love it! Smart choice with C&O & Citizen Burger, both fantastic options. This place is full of good eats!!! Glad you enjoyed your visit!