Get Your Exercise, Rain or Shine, at Bounce-n-Play in Charlottesville

July 28, 2015 2:23 pm

Keeping kids active, especially on a rainy day, can be a difficult task. But only if you don't have a few go-to activities on deck. One of those activities should be a trip to Bounce-n-Play in Charlottesville, an indoor playground that kids of all ages can enjoy rain or shine.

Unleash your kids in the inflatable wonderland and let them run free from one structure to the next—there's virtually no chance of an injury, thanks to the cushy nature of each inflatable. Keep a close eye on your brood as kids navigate a labyrinth of cylindrical obstacles, scale a pillowy ramp, and zoom down a slide right alongside a friend. Bounce-n-Play also offers laser tag for slightly older kids, not to mention summer camps and classes that will both educate and engage your little ones.

127 Seminole Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-1111

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Drink While You Watch the Wine-Making Process at Blenheim Vineyards

July 21, 2015 11:05 am

If you're a diehard fan of the Dave Matthews Band, then you've probably already heard of Blenheim Vineyards. It's owned by front man Dave Matthews. In fact, he designed the entire thing along with seasoned artisan William Johnson, all the while keeping in mind the health of the environment.

Since 2000, this eco-friendly vineyard has invited the people of Charlottesville into its tasting room, which actually peers right into its wine-making space below thanks to glass floors. You can enjoy a pour of wine as makers craft the next batch below your feet. Spend some time enjoying the room above your feet, though, too. Its crafted from reclaimed wood and always awash with natural light thanks to its expansive windows and skylights. Whether you're a fan of chardonnay, rose, or roussane (which features hints of white peach and tangerine), you'll find it on tap at Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville.

Blenheim Vineyards
31 Blenheim Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 293-5366

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Don’t Miss the Moules Frites at Public

July 14, 2015 2:05 pm

According to his bio, Public's head chef Donnie Glass has "cooked his way down the New England coast," working at some of the Northeast's most illustrious restaurants. Chef Donnie's culinary journey was largely led by other chefs who prescribed to French traditions, which means his own style evolved in the same vein. After painstakingly fine-tuning his skills, Chef Donnie decided to branch out on his own and open Public in Charlottesville.

Along with a team of equally talented cooks, he crafts upscale seafood and steak at the Main Street establishment. Start your meal with something from the raw bar, perhaps the daily selection of oysters and clams, a shrimp cocktail, or the daily ceviche. You can also opt for an appetizer such as the classic oysters Rockefeller or the Brazilian fish stew (also known as "moqueca"). Don't fill up on starters, though, because Yelp reviewers say the main entrees really shine—especially the Belgian fries that accompany a variety of PEI mussel preparations.

513 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 995-5542

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