The New York Times focuses its 36 hour travel column this weekend on Charlottesville. An excellent smattering of activities, restaurants, tastings, and lodging make for a fulfilling experience. The usual suspects include the Univeristy of Virginia, Monticello, and Ash Lawn with the Clifton Inn recognized for both lodging and dining. Proximity to the Shenandoah gets a nod for hiking trails, and Barboursville’s Ruins and Palladio Restaurant are positively mentioned. The writer even takes an excursion up to Culpeper for a visit at Old House Vineyards and accomodates the more budget focused readers on Charlottesville’s centrally located 200 South Street Inn. It’s always nice when other publications concur on the bounty of our region!