Where to Stay: Lodgings near the mall include the Omni (235 W. Main St., 434-971-5500, http://www.omnicharlottesville.com), with 208 rooms and suites starting at $179, and 200 South Street Inn (200 W. South St., 434-979-0200, http://www.southstreetinn.com), a B&B where some of the 19 rooms and suites have a fireplace and whirlpool tub; rates $160 to $320. For other lodgings, see http://www.pursuecharlottesville.com.
Where to Eat: The C&O Restaurant (515 E. Water St., 434-971-7044, http://www.candorestaurant.com) is known for eclectic fine dining in an old boardinghouse. Fleurie (108 Third St. NE, 434-971-7800, http://www.fleurierestaurant.com) serves updated French fare in an elegant setting. Escafe (227 W. Main St., 434-295-8668, http://www.escafe.com) hosts frequent wine- and beer-tasting dinners.
What to Do: The Virginia Discovery Museum (Downtown Mall, 434-977-1025, http://www.vadm.org) is good for kids. Admission $4. You can also stroll the grounds of the University of Virginia. Free, hour-long, student-guided tours are available daily when classes are in session (Pavilion VIII, the Lawn, University of Virginia, 434-924-3239, http://www.uvaguides.org).
Within 30 minutes by car are three presidential homes: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, 434-984-9822, http://www.monticello.org), adults $15, ages 6-11 $8; James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland (1000 James Monroe Pkwy., Charlottesville, 434-293-9539, http://www.ashlawnhighland.org), adults $10, ages 6-11 $5; and James Madison's Montpelier (11395 Constitution Hwy., Orange, 540-672-2728, http://www.montpelier.org), adults $14, ages 6-14 $7.