What is the best thing to bring home from Charlottesville?

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With two of Thomas Jefferson’s masterpieces being the pride and joy of Charlottesville — the University of Virginia and Monticello estate — it’s only proper that you bring home a souvenir from both. Chances are that if you’re in this Southern city you’ll be visiting the University of Virginia at some point or another. Stop by the student bookstore on campus and pick up a shirt or two to remember your time in Charlottesville. After getting your Virginia Cavaliers gear, head to Jefferson’s other crown jewel: Monticello. Stop into its museum shop to grab a bottle of wine or some historic seeds.

It’s difficult to narrow down this list to just one item! The best things to bring home from Charlottesville are:
1. Wine. With more than 20 wineries in the area, the choices are outstanding and half the fun is the tasting required to select your favorite bottle.

2. Anything from The Virginia Shop at Barracks Road Shopping Center.

3. The History of Keswick Hall. This book details the resort’s history and was written by our Hotel Historian, Patricia Castelli, who provides complimentary tours of the resort. 

4. Anything from Monticello’s gift shop, but a favorite is always the seeds from Thomas Jefferson’s garden.

5. Wrought iron from Stokes of England. Practically next door to Keswick Hall, this custom metalsmith shop creates incredible pieces of architectural ironwork. 

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