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The Dining Room at Clifton Inn is located on the first floor of the original 1799 Clifton Inn building, built by Thomas Jefferson’s son-in-law, and sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 20 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. The main dining room is divided into two compartments: The first one is decorated with a whimsical seashell chandelier that softens the room’s austerity before blending into a homier space with a fireplace. The sheltered veranda is outfitted with wicker tables and chairs, filled with sunlight and mostly used for hotel guests’ breakfast. The most intimate spot for smaller groups is found at the bottom of a spiral staircase that winds into the wine cellar, and accommodates a dozen diners.