Is there anything more relaxing than spending a few days with the girls, enjoying some “me” time? Charlottesville might not seem like a Girlfriend Destination, but there’s so much to do you’ll find yourself as busy as you want to be. Whether you want to hit all the sites or pamper yourself, here are activities to help you indulge in fun and relaxation on your Girlfriend’s Getaway to Charlottesville, Virginia.
We visited Charlottesville as part of a media trip. It’s the second year we’ve returned because we enjoy it!
Start your day with shopping at the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. This fun downtown area features over 120 quaint shops and 30 restaurants, housed in historic buildings, lining each side of a brick-lined pedestrian street. At the end of the street is the Virginia Children’s museum, a hands-on children’s museum with interactive exhibits, a freedom wall where people are welcome to leave messages in chalk, an amphitheater with outdoor concerts during the warmer months and the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce. This is a great place to drop by if you have any questions about the area. Stop by one of the restaurants and enjoy an outdoor meal during the spring, summer and fall. Not only will you enjoy delicious food, you can people watch.
Explore the IX Art Park, located at 522 2nd Street SE. Described as a “walk-through, sculptural, mural-festooned Mecca,” it’s free to the public and open daily from dawn to dusk. The art park is packed with events, including the ixtoberfest, acting classes and voice lessons. This is a wonderful place to pack a picnic lunch and share girl talk or relax with a glass of wine.
While you are in the area, check out some of the artwork in the Charlottesville Mural Project featuring the work of Rick Montoya. I loved the creativity of this one.
Spend the afternoon at Keswick Hall enjoying one of their relaxing spa t reatments. We were greeted with infused water and led to a quiet room while we waited for our Swedish massage. Honestly, I think this was one of the best massages I had ever received. My masseuse asked me questions on the level of firmness I preferred, my stress level, if I was having pain in any area and which areas I preferred she concentrate on while working. By the time I left the table and returned to the relaxation area, the tension had left my body and I was ready for a nap. Instead, I sipped champagne and noshed on delicious sea salt caramels. I could easily consent to have one of these massages every day!
Finish the day with an evening at Wine & Design Charlottesville. Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy two hours painting your own masterpiece. We painted “A Lavender Field” and, although all of the instructions were the same, everyone’s picture was different when we were finished. The instructor was patient, giving us detailed instructions on how to mix paint, which brush to use and how to perform certain techniques. Because the studio uses different paintings for each class, you’ll always have a new experience.
One of my favorite activities was making my own glassware at the Glass Palette, an interactive design studio. Walk-ins are welcome and the sky is the limit on creativity. Owners Maria DiMassimo and her daughter, Cara, began our experience by showing us the projects and materials that are available. We were given a short lesson on how to use the tools and left alone to take all the time we needed to create our designs. Maria stopped by often to check on us and help with any problems we might have. I was impressed by how we could make the same basic project, yet they all turned out differently, making them unique pieces. Each piece of glassware is dishwasher and food safe. The Glass Palette offers shipping on finished projects if you do not live in the area. They also offer classes exploring different techniques and designs. While you are in the studio browse some of the owner’s work, including this award winning glass dress that has been exhibited in the Smithsonian.
What are your favorite suggestions for activities for a girlfriend’s getaway?
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