About 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson designed the Rotunda at the University of Virginia as a library, placing it in the heart of his fledgling university. Repurposed over the years, the iconic Rotunda remains the architectural centerpiece of UVa and is now a World Heritage Site.
- 1 mile from the Omni -
Located just outside of Charlottesville on what was originally 5,000 acres, Monticello served as the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson. The house is situated on an 850-foot summit, and its name means “little summit” in Italian. Jefferson designed and began building Monticello when he was 26 and was buried there at his request. Today Monticello is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
- 4 miles from the Omni -
Located in downtown Charlottesville, this beautifully restored historic theater is a must-see. Paramount Theater was built in 1931 and served as a movie theater for much of its history. Following an $18 million renovation, the theater now hosts a variety of local and international performers.
- 3 blocks from the Omni -
Barracks Road Shopping Center
The Barracks Road Shopping Center offers a unique combination of national stores and local boutiques. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind items alongside name-brand apparel, jewelry and home furnishings. There are also plenty of great restaurants, from local grills and cafés to fast food and coffee shops.
- 2 miles from the Omni -
Historic Downtown Charlottesville Mall
At the heart of historic downtown Charlottesville is a beautiful pedestrian mall filled with restored and renovated buildings that house over 120 shops and 30 restaurants. From theaters to museums to shops, there’s something for everyone along these brick-paved streets.
- Just outside the Omni -
Ragged Mountain Natural Area
The Ragged Mountain Natural Area is a 980-acre preservation area located within the Ragged Mountains. This was the setting for Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” with which he became familiar while studying at UVa. The forested area surrounds two lakes with more than four miles of shoreline. Seven miles of trail lead through the forest, offering a unique opportunity for wilderness hiking within minutes of town.
- 7 miles from the Omni -
The historic Michie Tavern was built around 1784 and once served as the community’s social center, provided lodging, food and drink to travelers. Today, visitors can experience the past through historical tours, a colonial lunch and four unique shops housed in historic structures.
- 4 miles from the Omni -
James Monroe's Highlands
Situated near Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland was the home of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. Today, Ash Lawn-Highland is owned by the College of William and Mary, and visitors can tour the 535-acre estate and museum year-round.