Experiences

Discover Boutique Shopping, Historic ​Sites, and Award-Winning Virginia Wineries

Contact our Concierge at concierge@the-clifton.com or by phone 434.971.1800 to hear more about Clifton Guest Exclusive Offers for select Experiences below!

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Visit this acclaimed winery known for its commitment to sustainable viticulture. Their Tasting Room has a wood-fired oven and refined-rustic bistro ambiance. Enjoy our new immersive Guided Wine Tasting & Tour experience. Foodies will delight in the 4- or 5-course wine-paired farm-to-table dinner called “Vintner's Table.”

King Family Vineyards

A Clifton team favorite! This casual environment is family-friendly with lawn games, tastings, and beautiful views. All of the indoor and outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis. One of the most unique aspects of this vineyard is that it overlooks a polo field where you can enjoy watching polo matches every Sunday from April - October.

Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

The Tasting Room at Merrie Mill features two copper bars in a lofted interior, multiple terraces and lawns overlooking the vineyards. Reservations can be made for wine tastings and lovingly prepared food. 

Southwest Mountains Vineyards

Southwest Mountains Vineyards (about 13 minutes from The Clifton), is nestled in the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, and was converted historic barn that dates back to 1903. Go enjoy the taste our award-winning wines while you take in the idyllic and serene landscape. Rain or shine, regardless of the season you visit, they are are here to welcome you.

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Visit this well-know vineyard to sample their complex portfolio of wine ranging from sparkling to beautifully balanced red wines. Make a reservation for a wine tasting and enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with beautiful views.

 

 

Mount Ida Reserve

Let the Blue Ridge views and cozy fireplaces and fire pits set the scene for your outing with friends and family. Mt. Ida's Tasting Room features enclosed and heated outdoor dining and bar spaces all winter. Our Brewer’s Bar features three TV’s for watching college Basketball and Football or the Sunday game. Get some work done during the week with our high-speed wifi and cozy corners.

Keswick Vineyards

Enjoy all the natural beauty of Keswick, Virginia, the foothills of the Southwest Mountains and be surrounded by the original vineyards planted in 1999 at their outdoor tasting bar and courtyard. Children and pet friendly- they even have a put put course on site!

Indian Summer Guide Service

Explore nearby vineyards on horseback with Indian Summer Guide Service, one of the most sought-after Charlottesville area activities. Closed shoes and pants are required. Open daily. Make your reservations in advance.

Humpback Rock Hike

A popular hike that delivers sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park at the summit. It's a steep climb but worth the amazing views!

Sugar Hollow Trail to Blue Hole

A summertime favorite for locals, college students, and visitors! This 2-mile trail leads to a natural swimming hole. Wear your swimsuit under your hiking clothes for the full experience. 

CrabTree Falls Hike

The scenic 3-mile loop trail to Crabtree Falls is moderately strenuous hike with a steep incline and rocky terrain. Hikers should allow 1.5 to 2.5 hours for the entire hike.

Saunders Trail

This 2 mile trail is right around the corner from The Clifton and a favorite among our guests. You can park at Monticello for free, you'll see the board walk as you enter the parking lot. The trail is mostly shaded with gorgeous trees that umbrella the trail but you'll get some views of the Blue Ridge mountains and Charlottesville. 

Rivanna River Company

Rivanna River is a spectacular place for kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, and canoeing.  Rivanna River Company provides all the tools and equipment you need for a great day trip! You can pre-order sandwiches here at The Clifton for a picnic along the way.

James River Batteau Company

James River Batteua Company combines batteau history and outdoor recreation to create fun and unforgettable river experiences for everyone. Join on the James in Scottsville, Virginia just south of Charlottesville for a river or sunset cruise. 

Golf at Glenmore Country Club

The Club at Glenmore’s immaculate 18-hole golf course is among Central Virginia’s most uniquely scenic and challenging. If interested, contact our Concierge at concierge@the-clifton.com or 434.971.1800.

Monticello

Thomas Jefferson is one of the most quoted founding fathers of American history. We always recommend visiting Monticello to our guests. With many tours and passes to choose from, interesting exhibits and extensive gardens, you’ll definitely learn something new. About ten minutes from The Clifton.

James Monroe's Highland

Discover the many interesting details that archeologists and historians have uncovered even as recently as 2016 to tell a fuller story of this remarkable estate. The 1000-acre property was originally purchased by James Monroe and was a fixture of his personal life throughout his 50-year political career.

The Rotunda at UVA

Arguably the most iconic building in Charlottesville, The Rotunda is a National Historic Landmark and is a must-visit site for anyone interested in learning more about Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia. Complimentary historical tours are offered at 10am daily (except home football game days) during the academic year.

Carter Mountain Orchard

Just minutes from downtown Charlottesville and Monticello, visitors overlook lush groves and breathtaking views of the valley below. Against this stunning backdrop, families and friends pick sun-ripened peaches and crisp apples while breathing in the fresh mountain air. 

Monticello Country Ballooning

Nothing is as peaceful as drifting over the tree tops in beautiful Albemarle County, Virginia with a hot air balloon ride. They offer sunrise and sunset flights year-round in the greater Charlottesville area. 2-3 hr experience from start to finish. The launch site is directly in front of the Clifton!

Virginia Children's Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum is a small, nonprofit children’s museum and welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year to explore, imagine, and discover through play across 6,000 square feet of educational play space. Located on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall. Ages Infant-Age 8 recommended.

Mincer's- UVA Imprinted Sportswear

Since 1948, Mincer's University of Virginia Imprinted Sportswear has been a family-owned, family-operated Charlottesville enterprise. Located right across from the UVA Campus. Grab a bagel from a local favorite called "Bodo's" and bring home some UVA gear!