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Charlottesville restaurants, shops and places to stay

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Charlottesville resident and shop owner Christy Ford gives us a rundown of some of the best places to visit while in her town, which is less than three hours from Washington.

At the top of her list, of course, is And George, the home furnishings shop she owns with her mother, interior designer Jan Roden. The charming cottage storefront carries an appealing assortment of antiques, vintage and new furniture and accessories as well as mix of traditional and modern styles (3465 Ivy Rd., 434-244-2800,

For more must-see destinations, pick up a free copy of the Charlottesville edition of Ford’s Scout Guide, which can be found at select independent retailers.

Where to stay

Keswick Hall. Ford says you’ll be transported to Tuscany when you stay at this resort, which is at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “It’s warm, cozy and charming,” she says, “and just enough of a luxury.” 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Va. 888-778-2565.

Where to eat

Main Street Market, between the bus and train stations on West Main Street, is an emporium of food shops including:

Albemarle Baking Co. “An amazing European-style bakery,” says Ford. “The princess cake is our all-time favorite.”

Feast! Ford calls this food market, where you’ll also find soups, salads and sandwiches, “Charlottesville’s version of Dean & Deluca.”

Two of Ford’s favorite places for dinner:

Mas. “Great tapas,” she says. 501 Monticello Rd. 434-979-0990.

Tavolo. When she’s craving Italian, Ford heads straight to this “quaint trattoria.” 826 Hinton Ave. 434-972-9463.

Where to shop

Downtown Mall. A roughly seven-block stretch of restaurants, shopping and street vendors. The Caspari flagship store can be found here.

Kenny Ball Antiques. Specializing in European antiques, this shop is in an unassuming shopping center along with the Eternal Attic consignment shop, Joseph, Joseph and Joseph Antiques and Mirabelle Antiques. 2125 Ivy Rd., Ivy Square. 434-293-1361. www.kennyballantiques.

The Curious Orange. Antiques and random finds housed in an old service station. 2845 Ivy Rd. 434-984-1042. www.thecuriousorangestore.

Ivy Nursery. If you want something special for your garden, Ford says this nursery is not to be missed. Route 250 West. 434-295-1183.

— Terri Sapienza

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