Our recommendations

When you come to Charlottesville for your balloon ride, you may want to round out your visit with some other activities. We want to help make your entire trip an adventure to remember, so here are a few of the places we suggest you include on your itinerary.


Michie Tavern

Michie Tavern and General Store Savor a hearty Midday Fare in a rustic tavern setting Michie Tavern’s dining room, enjoy your favorite beverage in the 1784 Pub, or browse the General Store housed within the [...]


The Clifton

Few boutique hotels capture both the rich heritage and chic, modern wine country lifestyle of Charlottesville, VA like The Clifton.


Mount Ida Reserve

From our small-batch wines to our masterfully constructed event venues, luxury getaway rentals and country estates, Mount Ida Reserve is a destination within Charlottesville.



Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson—designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years—and its gardens were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.


Blue Mountain Brewery

Set in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, Blue Mountain opened in 2007 as the region’s first rural brewery. Today, we’re still focused on making an inspired range of the highest-quality beers that can be enjoyed at our two locations in beautiful Nelson County, or in bottles and cans throughout Virginia and beyond.


King Family Vineyards

King Family Vineyards From the King Family Vineyards website: Beginning with carefully selected estate grapes, winemaker Matthieu Finot creates wines inspired by the old world, but are uniquely expressive of Virginia. Our passion is the [...]