love the local vibe

We love local, and we're curating a list of Howard-approved favorites just for you. Do you have a favorite?

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Keswick Vineyards

love the local wines

Barboursville Vineyards, Grace Estate, King Family Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards, Veritas Winery, and Jefferson Vineyards - just to name a few. There are over 30 wineries in and around the Charlottesville area!

love local retailers and shopping



Pour la maison

The Virginia Shop


Ivy Nursery

Albemarle Baking Company

Pet Food Discounters

And George

Pasta by Valente


Michie Tavern (tours available)


Wine Warehouse

The Happy Cook

Lynne Goldman

love festivals and local events

Roseland Polo (Sundays through mid October)

McCormick Observatory public nights (June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2)

James River Batteau Festival (June 14-21)

Wintergreen Music Festival (July 2-4)

Naturalization Ceremony @ Monticello (July 4)

Albemarle County Fair (July 25-27)

Ol’Fashioned Peach Festival (July 27-28)

love local restaurants

Ivy Inn Restaurant

Bodo’s Bagels

C&O Restaurant