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Clifton Inn is located 15 minutes from the University of Virginia and Charlottesville’s cosmopolitan arts and restaurant walk — the downtown mall. The former 19th-century-trading-post-cum-hotel is lodged on a hill with views of Carter Mountain and lush, green hillsides. You’ll find the hotel at 1296 Clifton Drive, just off of Route 250 East, and an hour and 15 minutes from Richmond, Virginia. Its location is rich with history: The former homes of two presidents, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ashlawn-Highland, are both a 10-minute drive away.
One of the best things about the hotel is that it sits in the middle of wine country. The Monticello American Viticultural Area is just outside the inn’s door and is considered the birthplace of American wine. Should you want to try an award-winning Virginia wine, the concierge can arrange a day trip or pour from Clifton Inn’s hand-selected flight of local bottles.