Charlottesville & Albemarle County is the perfect destination for Sweetheart Month and all through the year!

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (February 6, 2013) – The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce that our destination ranked number four on the top‐ten list for most romantic.

Mountain views blend with historic architecture, sophisticated restaurants, a thriving performing arts scene and a storied college campus in the alluring Charlottesville, VA. Twisting roads connect the city to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains and a collection of vineyards, many of which are open for year‐round tastings. Historic sites in Charlottesville abound, perhaps the most famous being the majestic home of Thomas Jefferson. Guided tours of the University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded and designed, allow visitors to step inside the famous Rotunda and climb the stairs to what many have called the most beautiful room in America – the Dome Room. Charlottesville’s performance venues, including the renovated Paramount Theater host live music, Broadway shows and other events. Large oak trees shade a brick‐lined pedestrian pathway that leads to more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants in the Downtown Mall, an open‐air shopping center. Many restaurants in Charlottesville offer al fresco dining during warm weather,” reads the description on

“It is no surprise that our destination would rank in the top ten list for most romantic; with all our wineries and cideries located in the gorgeous countryside of Albemarle county, our cozy bed & breakfasts and beautiful Downtown Mall, to only name a few, we offer the perfect setting for a romantic getaway,” says Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director of the CACVB.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County are wonderful to visit all year long. And in February, many of the local hotels and bed & breakfasts offer special promotions and packages that make it very alluring to come and lose yourself (with your sweetheart!) in our beautiful area. Such promotions and packages include:

The Boar’s Head Inn Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Package: Available February 14‐16, the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Package Includes:

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The Boar’s Head Valentine’s package includes full access to the Sports Club, complimentary parking, newspaper, WiFi, and afternoon pastries in the Ordinary room.

The Clifton Inn’s Valentine’s Day Package – Includes: • One Night Stay with Continental Breakfast & Afternoon Tea • Valentine’s Day Special Four Course Dinner for Two • Bottle of House Bubbles Upon Check In • Rose Petals & Chocolate Covered Strawberries at Turn Down • Private Washington Coffee Table Book upon Check Out

Foxfield Inn’s Romantic Escape Package: Enjoy an extraordinary getaway in beautiful Charlottesville with a very special package. Escape for two enchanted nights, and we’ll treat you with our special blend of Virginia hospitality. Our outside hot tub is open, restful, and awaits your arrival. The fireplaces are glowing, and the Virginia wine is waiting to be poured. Add to this an exceptional dinner at one of Charlottesville’s romantic restaurants.

• Two nights in one of our luxurious, deluxe rooms with a fireplace and double Jacuzzi spa tub (Audubon, Garden, Hunt Country, or Rose)

• Tasty, 3‐course, gourmet breakfast each morning (fruit/bakery item, hot entrée, and dessert) • Afternoon wine and tempting treats • Delicious dinner for two at either L’étoile or Ivy Inn restaurant (includes appetizer, entree,

dessert, and gratuity; beverages not included) • A refreshing bottle of Virginia wine from one of our selected wineries (chilled champagne may

be substituted for an additional cost) • Two Foxfield Inn wine glasses • Breathtaking bouquet of flowers or roses

Inn at Sugar Hollow Romantic Virginia Getaway Package: Treat yourself and a loved one to a stay at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, perfect for celebrating a special anniversary or just reminding your honey how much you care. We offer a variety of vacation packages throughout the year, so be sure to check this page often for details on our current specials. The Romantic Getaway Package includes a box of Gearhart’s Gourmet Chocolates & A Dozen Fresh‐cut Roses waiting for you upon arrival. Gearhart’s Chocolates are hand made with the finest Criolla Cacao from Venezuela, local sweet cream and butter, and top quality fruits, nuts, spices, and liquors.

About the CACVB

In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB’s mission is “to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets.” CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch‐screen kiosk at Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.


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