About the Venue

FLY:

Fly into Charlottesville - Albermarle Virginia Airport (code CHO) - it's about a 30 minute drive to the venue.

DRIVE:

Without traffic (which is a big assumption), Charlottesville is about a 2 hour drive south of Washington D.C, and 1.5 hour drive west of Richmond.

WHERE TO STAY:

We suggest anywhere around the Downtown Mall, the most central location in all of Charlottesville. There are many AirBNBs, hotels and boutique hotels in and within easy walking distance of the Mall.

WHAT TO DO:

Besides participating in the course, Charlottesville is filled with excellent restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as being the home of two presidents, whose residences you can visit. Make sure you allow time to visit the University of Virginia while you are here. It should be a bucket list item!

A little bit about Charlottesville

Charlottesville, colloquially known as C'ville and officially named the City of Charlottesville, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a resident will list Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen consort (and Electress of Hanover) Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who as the wife of George III was Virginia's last Queen. In 2018, an estimated 48,117 people lived within the city limits. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for statistical purposes, bringing its population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson counties. Charlottesville was the home of two Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. During their terms as Governor of Virginia, they lived in Charlottesville, and traveled to and from Richmond, along the 71-mile (114 km) historic Three Notch'd Road. Orange, located 26 miles (42 km) northeast of the city, was the hometown of President James Madison. The University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson and one of the original Public Ivies, straddles the city's southwestern border. Monticello, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of the city, is, along with the University of Virginia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting thousands of tourists every year.