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Exploring Charlottesville The Dinsmore House is centrally located in the heart of Charlottesville. The Inn is walking distance to the Historic Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia, but some guests prefer the free trolley as their way of getting around. The trolley picks up every 15 minutes one block from the Inn.
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The Historic Downtown Mall Located half a mile from the Dinsmore House the Historic Downtown Mall is the refurbished urban center of Charlottesville. The mall is pedestrian only and features many restaurants, shops, theater and live music options. In the summer, Friday's After Five provides a festival atmosphere to kick off the weekend. Historic Walking Tours of the Downtown Mall are available on Saturdays. For dinner on the mall, your innkeepers recommend ZoCaLo (South American), C&O (fine dining) and The Downtown Grille (steak).
The West Main Corridor Between the Downtown Mall and the Dinsmore House is a stretch of locally owned restaurants and shops that make up the West Main Corridor. Our guests love the convenience of walking to the restaurants, just a few blocks away. There are about 20 restaurants on the West Main corridor that offer a variety of styles and pricing. Your innkeepers recommend LeToile (Virginia ingredients with French cooking techniques and a great wine list), Continental Divide (Tex Mex with a twist) and Maya (Gourmet comfort food). A few blocks further down the West Main Corridor is the Main Street Market. There's no better place in Charlottesville for gourmet one-stop shopping, and there's no better lunch stop than the decadent Feast market.
The University Corner The Dinsmore House is located on the east end of the University Corner District. "The Corner" is the social center of the University of Virginia and provides visitors with an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Walking due west from the Dinsmore House, guests can enjoy lunch at dozens of cafe's (we recommend Cafe Europa, Take it Away and Bodo's Bagels) en route to a tour of Jefferson's Academic Village at the Rotunda (pictured). For dinner, Michael's Bistro fits the bill for a casual university pub.
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