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This Summer: Stay Local, Play Local

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative aims at inspiring citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer.

In addition, the CACVB is calling for creative blog entries that highlight our area as a fantastic place for locals to “play” this summer. Three winners will each receive a $150 Visa gift card, be featured on the CACVB blog and Facebook page, AND have the opportunity to become a regular contributor to the blog! Submissions will be posted on the CACVB website, and linked to our Experience Charlottesville Facebook page. At the conclusion of the summer, the three entries with the most engagement (likes, comments, shares) will be determined the winners. The deadline for entries is August 15, 2014, but participants are urged to submit blog posts as soon as possible, as the CACVB will be posting the blog entries throughout the summer. All the details of this contest can be found here:

There are certainly endless options for local attractions and activities that appeal to locals of all ages. Explore stops along the Monticello Artisan Trail or the newly launched Jefferson Heritage Trail, discover a new crush along the Monticello Wine Trail or get reacquainted with timeless historic attractions such as Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland or Michie Tavern. Take a short drive to see what’s new in the charming towns of Scottsville or Crozet. Before you visit, remember to check out these attractions’ websites, as many are offering special discounts this summer.

Another way of enjoying Charlottesville and Albemarle County this summer is by taking advantage of the panoply of outdoor activities our area has to offer. You can spend one day biking or hiking miles of trails in Albemarle County, including those in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park and, the next, floating merrily along the James River in a kayak… or a tube! Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy fishing, horseback riding, golfing and hot air ballooning, all within a short drive.

“Residents have so many selections to pick from,” said Jane Dittmar, Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. “Choosing to stay and play local means less money spent on gas and more resources and time available to enjoy our many backyard treasures.”

“We are fortunate with all the possibilities that exist right here at home, so planning a vacation can be affordable and rewarding,” said Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja.

“Charlottesville and Albemarle County have so much to offer,” said Kurt Burkhart, CACVB Executive Director. “From wineries and restaurants to outdoors activities, not to mention historic landmarks, unique shopping and a vibrant culture and music scene, it is no wonder that our area is such an appealing destination for tourists – we invite locals to play tourist in their own backyard and spend their vacation dollars right here in our community.”

In addition to online resources at, there are two visitor centers where locals can obtain tourism-related information. One is located inside the Albemarle County building (401 McIntire Road - open Monday-Friday) and another one situated Downtown (610 East Main St. – open daily). Hours of operation at both locations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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