Carter Mountain Orchard
Fall is in full swing and visiting Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyard is about as nostalgic as it gets. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you experience breathtaking views of Charlottesville below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, while sipping a glass of wine or a Bold Rock Cider. Soft serve ice cream, homemade apple cinnamon doughnuts (often just out of the oven), homemade apple pies (take one home to freeze for the holidays) are just a few of the highlights. Pick your own or purchase a satchel of apples and grab some pumpkins before you head out!
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
If you like Mediterranean food as much as I do, try Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar on West Main Street downtown. It had been a while since I dined there and was pleasantly surprised when visiting with friends last week! The ambiance is always important to me and this place nails it. Plenty of exposed brick, fine art on the walls with a nice, hip warehouse vibe. However, the food is the best part! The hummus with fresh baked pita was some of the best I’ve ever had with so much flavor! The Caesar Salad is always delicious (I get it every time), but I thought I’d go out on a limb and try the Fennel Salad and it was perfection! Light and tasty. Everyone at my table had nothing but rave reviews. Try the Passport Menu which is a special collection of new dishes exploring a different region of the Mediterranean each month. The wine and specialty cocktails are not to be missed! Cheers to the new chef!
Hailing originally from Connecticut, Ann has lived in Charlottesville for 22 years. She's been passionately working as concierge at the Clifton since 2006 and knows the property like a second home. Stop by anytime to get your insider info on the Clifton and the surrounding area!
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