Finding Del Ray Charm in the Heart of Charlottesville
There’s no doubt Charlottesville, VA, is a popular place to visit — wineries, presidential history, the UVA campus, a laid-back lifestyle and bustling arts scene — what’s not to love? I’ve passed through Charlottesville a few times, but never stayed for a substantial amount of time. This past weekend, I finally got to spend some time soaking in that c-ville charm visiting old college friends Patty and Mike.
Patty and Mike live in the Belmont area, an up and coming neighborhood similar to Del Ray. There are lots of homes of various shapes, sizes and styles — and when you find out the prices, you’ll want to move right in.
I also love how there are quirky stores, street art and small markets interspersed throughout the neighborhood. The Farm — a grocery, cafe and coffee shop — adds convenience as well as character.
Belmont is an easy 15-min walk to the downtown area, through the warehouse district and across the train tracks. And of course seeing real-life trains brought great joy to my 4-year-old son.
Patty’s dog Scruffy tagged along for the walk, he attracted smiles everywhere he went on account of his raccoon eyes and Muppet feet.
The downtown mall, a mixed-use area of town blocked off for vehicular traffic, is chock full of vintage shops, art galleries and unique restaurants.
It’s super kid-friendly too — the kids loved the “freedom of speech” chalkboard wall and the antique carousel. Couldn’t we use a chalkboard wall like this in Del Ray?! Apparently it is cleaned twice a week.
We’ll be back, Charlottesville, thanks for being awesome!