Greenleaf Park: Splash Around in the Spray Ground

May 26, 2015 11:56 am

When the Route 250 Bypass cleaved McIntire Park into two parts, it was an opportunity for a new neighborhood park to form. The 14 acres along Greenleaf Lane became Greenleaf Park, and they now play host to features all their own.

Head to Greenleaf Park on a hot day for some relief in the "spray ground." A water-filled take on the traditional playground, the spray ground has a mushroom fountain that rains down a sheet of water from its domed top and a pole that spouts water out the top. There's also a dry playground for cooler days, and it encompasses equipment that's appropriate for preschoolers, too. For adults, there's a half-basketball court, a picnic shelter, and a wide trail along the creek for running. It feeds right into trails to Plymouth Road and directly attaches the park to nearby Walker School.

Greenleaf Park
1400 Greenleaf Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 970-3589

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Opal Yoga: No Experience Necessary

May 19, 2015 1:39 pm

The instructors at Opal Yoga leave such a lasting impression on their pupils that many mention them by name in Yelp reviews. The yoga teachers are not only highly trained, but also kind and patient—traits that anyone would want in a yoga teacher. Even newbies should feel comfortable under their gentle guidance.

Most of the standard yoga classes are open to all levels, even if you've never tried yoga before (though a bit of experience generally doesn't hurt). Even Opal Power welcomes students of all abilities; just be warned: you will be challenged. For Opal Power, the instructor warms the room to a balmy 90 degrees. The heat allows bodies to move even more freely and avoid the risk of injury. Expect to get sweaty and really push your body at one of the Opal Power classes.

Opal Yoga
515 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 284-1020

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Ace Biscuit & Barbecue: Light on Frills, Heavy on Flavor

May 12, 2015 2:35 pm

A single communal table, a hand-written menu on chalkboard, and an ordering counter create the decor at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. In other words, this place is small and light on the frills, but that just helps put the focus where it belongs: on the barbecue, which regular diners say is some of the best you'll find in the area.

During breakfast (which is served all day), made-from-scratch biscuits are topped with eggs and the diner's choice of meats and cheeses. (You can't go wrong with the combo of smoked pimiento cheese and fried green tomatoes, regulars say.) The fried chicken and waffles is another popular choice in the morning, while lunch offers house ground brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, and smoked turkey breast. More than 10 different sauces are on hand to impart extra flavor to the 'cue, along with Southern sides like corn bread, mac and cheese, collard greens, and, of course, fresh biscuits.

Ace Biscuit & Barbecue is open for breakfast and lunch Wednesdays through Sundays.

Ace Biscuit & Barbecue
711 Henry Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 202-1403

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