Charlottesville's beauty is surpassed only by that of the natural surroundings that cradle it. The four seasons bring with them four wondrous backdrops, each one a visual masterpiece. Guests of Keswick Hall & Golf Club find themselves in the serene countryside of central Virginia that Thomas Jefferson described as “the Eden of the United States.”
The history of Charlottesville is intertwined with that of our nation through some of its foremost statesmen and national figures. The city was fortuitously spared the brunt of the American Civil War, allowing much of the original architecture to survive. American history buffs can experience this legacy throughout Charlottesville, in the nearby homes of three Founding Fathers and Thomas Jefferson's “academic village” at the University of Virginia.
Wineries & Vineyards
With the Blue Ridge Mountains to the West and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the East, Charlottesville finds itself spectacularly well-suited to the ancient art of viniculture. Visitors to the area can visit more than 20 vineyards, breweries, and cideries dotting the Albemarle County countryside, including:
- Three Notch'd Brewing Company, 8.6 miles
- Adventure Farm & Vineyard, 14.9 miles
- Barboursville Vineyards, 17.6 miles
- Abermarle CiderWorks, 18.4 miles
- Starr Hill Brewery, 19.5 miles
- Autumn Hill Vineyards / Blue Ridge Winery, 24.5 miles
- Blue Mountain Brewery, 26.9 miles
- Afton Mountain Vineyards, 30.8 miles
- Ankida Ridge Vineyards, 65.2 miles
Located 6.5 miles away, Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statue for Religious Freedom, and the founder of the University of Virginia.
James Monroe's Ash-Lawn Highland
Explore the home of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. This historic home is located less than seven miles from our resort.
James Madison's Montpelier
A 35-minute drive will take you to the lifelong home of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and the fourth President of the United States.
The University of Virginia
The history, architecture, and grounds of the University of Virginia make it a must-see site during any visit to the region. Established by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 and opened in 1825 to 123 students, the University of Virginia—the only university in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—lends a stately grace to the city. It became the first in the U.S. to allow specializations in a diversity of fields, breaking away from the traditional three subjects (medicine, law, and religion) offered by most at the time and allowing students to study the likes of astronomy, architecture, philosophy, and political science. Jefferson explained, “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here, we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead.”
More than 180 years later, the university is now home to some 20,000 students, has 10 schools in Charlottesville, and offers a myriad of different courses, though you can still explore its original features like Jefferson’s Rotunda and the Lawn. The University of Virginia is 12.1 miles away from our resort.
Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
One of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation, Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall is a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. The red brick-paved mall is accented by flowing fountains and magnificent oak trees, and offers several fine theaters, an ice park, and the Virginia Discovery Museum—all perfect for families.
Convenient parking in nearby garages and parking lots, as well as free trolley service connecting the Downtown Mall to the University of Virginia along West Main Street, make a visit to downtown easy for visitors of all ages.
Barracks Road Shopping Center
More than 80 upscale shops, restaurants, and services await you at the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Located just over nine miles from our hotel, this shopping center is your source for home furnishings and accessories, women's and men's apparel, children's apparel and toys, jewelry and accessories, books, cards, and gifts.