It’s crazy to think that this is my last week as a Charlottesville resident. I move to Chapel Hill on Saturday, and start my new job (and my new gym!) on Monday. It goes without saying that I the “things” I will miss the most about Charlottesville are my family, friends, barre studio, and gym. Those people and places are so deeply ingrained in who I am and the person I’m becoming.
I’m a blessed, blessed girl.
Aside from my people and my studio/gym, there are several Charlottesville places I’m going to miss, places that are so uniquely Charlottesville, places I have made some of my favorite memories.
Citizen Burger Bar
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve eaten at Citizen Burger Bar. Of how many first dates I’ve gone on here. (Now that I’m thinking about it… Maybe I should have stopped choosing this as a first date location after the second or third failed one…). It’s Liz and I’s traditional Sons of Bill Christmas show meal (here’s to hoping we keep that going…). It’s the go-to place for a patio meal with the dogs. They have the best sweet potato fries in town.
I go to Carter Mountain for the donuts and wine slushies and stay for the view. I’ve spent a lot of time on this mountain, sitting on blankets and at picnic tables with friends, drinking said wine slushies, eating our weight in apple cider donuts and calling it dinner. I’ll miss the regular Thursday Night Sunset outings.
Okay. So. Brazos Tacos aren’t the best tacos I’ve ever had – hello, Nicaragua – but they are the best in the area, and even though I try, I can’t quite replicate their sweet potato tacos. That won’t stop me from trying. My work going away lunch is planned for Brazos later this week, and I’m already planning my order.
My favorite concert venue in town is The Jefferson. I’ve seen some of my favorite shows there. Dawes stands out as a particular favorite. It was a Tuesday night and I had to work the next morning, but it was worth every minute I was out past my bedtime. There are a few shows coming up that I hate to miss. If The Cadillac Three’s April show there was on Saturday instead of Friday, I think I woud drive back for it.
Feast! is that lunch spot you don’t go to often because it’s not the cheapest place to grab a sandwich, but it’s also the place you go when you want to “treat yo’self” or, in my case, want something warm on a cold day. They have the best sweet potato ham biscuits, and I can’t think of a better place to go when you need a cheese tray. The correct way to do a Feast! run? Place your order first, then make a lap to taste test the samples. I like to call it the appetizer round.
Mudhouse is my coffee shop. They know my order – grande Americano, please. I would love it if they started shipping their power balls. One box a month (week…) to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, please.
In a similar vein, Paradox Pastry is my “it’s 3pm and I have GOT to have something sweet” spot. I used to go for the giant cookies, my favorite being the Princess Ravioli (sugar cookie covered in pink and purple sprinkles). Now, I go for the macarons. When they have peanut butter chocolate it’s Game. On. I’d be okay with a shipment of those, too.
There are so many vineyards I enjoy around here. But Flying Fox makes my favorite table red and I don’t know that I can have enough bottles of it to tide me over until I get back to buy more. In fact, I think I’m going to have to take a break from packing to go pick up some.
There is a lot to miss about Charlottesville, and this list only scratches the surface. I’ll miss being so close to Monticello and Ash-Lawn Highland. Going to South Street for happy hour. Popping into Rock, Paper, Scissors on my lunch break. Buying something I don’t need at Bittersweet.
Despite the things/places/people I’m going to miss, I’m looking forward to finding new favorite spots, exploring a new town, and meeting new people.
Change is inevitable. May as well embrace it.