Rivanna Trails: A Network of Scenic Paths in the Rivanna Watershed

July 29, 2014 1:53 pm

The Rivanna Trail Loop comprises various trails that all weave together to encircle the city of Charlottesville. Despite their overall union, each section of the trail promises slightly different sights and experiences to the runners and hikers who choose to traverse them.

The section that traverses Riverview Park to the Free Bridge is a scenic, flat, paved path perfect for jogging or strolling, but only during the daylight hours, since this trail doesn't have any lighting. This part of the trail feeds right into a forest spliced by a gurgling creek.

Cross footbridges, meander through meadows, experience the majesty of chestnut oak trees—the Rivanna Trails eventually make their way through and across all of these, as well as many other scenes. Spend an afternoon exploring, or go for a quick stroll to get a taste of what they have to offer.

Rivanna Trails
www.rivannatrails.org
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Beer Run: A Charlottesville Gastropub

July 22, 2014 12:34 pm

The name "Beer Run" may not evoke a high-end restaurant, and yet the bison burger at this Charlottesville eatery is quite popular. Chefs craft the specialty burger from local natural bison and pile organic tomatoes and lettuce on top, along with blue cheese and smoked paprika mayo. The burger is popular among Beer Run regulars, who come as much for the surprisingly upscale cuisine as they do the laid-back atmosphere and, of course, the beer.

You can order a pint to go with your meal, if you wish, but Beer Run lives up to its name with another option. The retail section of Beer Run, known as the Import Beer Cellar and Wine Room, houses brews and wines from all over the world that you can grab and go. Not only does the Charlottesville community consider Beer Run's one of the best selections in the area, but so does Draft magazine, which ranked the restaurant and shop as one of America's best 100 beer bars.

The wines are also a focal point here, mostly organic and bio-dynamic pours. Some are from local wineries and others hail from around the globe, but each undergoes strict scrutiny before making the list. Beer Run is even known for its cocktails, especially the bloody Mary. They're the perfect accompaniment to brunch, which includes breakfast tacos if you come on a Saturday.

Beer Run
156 Carlton Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-2337
www.beerrun.com
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Blue Moon Diner: Tasty Charlottesville Breakfast

July 15, 2014 2:35 pm

If you ask a Charlottesville local for a great breakfast recommendation, you might just hear about Blue Moon Diner. This small restaurant in midtown Charlottesville has a retro flair and a bright, airy dining area with a full bar and counter seating. Blue Moon serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, and live music is offered Wednesday through Friday evenings.

Though the restaurant is popular for every meal, breakfast is where Blue Moon truly shines. Menu options like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and the silly pancakes complete with cartoon character faces in powdered sugar are all well-regarded. For lunch and dinner, regulars love the burgers, which come with a fried egg on top for a taste you won’t soon forget.

Blue Moon Diner is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Note that this is a popular place, so you may encounter a tiny bit of a wait.

Blue Moon Diner
512 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 980-6666
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