Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge is proud to share that our own Charlottesville, VA was named one of Southern Living’s ‘Best Places to Retire in the South.’ While our premier senior living provides rich culture and customized care, we have always known that our location in Charlottesville offers the experience of a thriving local community. The inviting atmosphere, shopping and dining, rich history, and natural beauty of Charlottesville make it the perfect place to slow your pace and enjoy the many opportunities Virginia has to offer.
Between its growing cityscape, beautiful natural surroundings, and vibrant college campus, Charlottesville’s culture is modern but classically Southern. Many well-traveled residents have chosen this area to call home, drawn in by the friendly community and local offerings. With its campus a few minutes from downtown and founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, The University of Virginia is a cornerstone of Charlottesville culture. It upholds a reputation across the country for the highest standards in academia, research, and athletics. The UVA Cavaliers Men’s Basketball Team won the 2019 NCAA Championship and many Charlottesville residents enjoy cheering on the team, lovingly known as the “Wahoos.” When it comes to artistic endeavors, there is no shortage. The historic Paramount Theatre regularly hosts performances and live music, and the city of Charlottesville is home to several annual festivals. The Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph, and Virginia Festival of the Book are each hosted annually in the city. WCBR sponsors the Virginia Festival of the Book, and it is a favorite amongst our residents and associates.
Founded in 1762, the city of Charlottesville has seen many changes since the founding of the country in the American Revolution to the present day. Many will recognize Charlottesville as the home of Founding Father and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. History buffs can visit Jefferson’s legendary home, Monticello, which is one of Charlottesville’s most famous landmarks. WCBR’s own Monticello Apartments are named after the historic grounds. Monticello is now preserved in the rolling hills of Virginia for visitors year-round, offering the chance to step back in time and experience America’s earliest days. Outside of Monticello, Charlottesville is also close to the historical homes of James Madison at Montpelier and James Monroe at Ash Lawn-Highland. Both landmarks are open to the public as well, leaving no shortage of learning opportunities and historical sites to explore the history of the United States.
Nature lovers and outdoorsy types will surely be thrilled by Charlottesville, surrounded by the forests and weathered peaks of the oldest mountain range in the United States. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a peaceful outdoor getaway, and plenty of adventure for those who stay active. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered by local businesses in and around Charlottesville. Just a short drive from the downtown area and WCBR’s community are several state parks, and one of the most scenic drives in the United States: the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors from around the world flock to take a drive along the Parkway, especially to see the iconic forests change colors in the fall. The vibrant, colorful landscapes are a perfect reflection of life in this area of Virginia.
With all the shopping to explore in Charlottesville, residents are never at a shortage of exciting places to find new clothing, handmade crafts, or perfect gifts for friends and family. Take a stroll through the historic Downtown Mall for charming locally owned shops, walk to West Main Street for stores and restaurants close to the University of Virginia, or visit the Barracks Road Shopping Center for more national offerings and well-known brands. Several farmers’ markets in the area provide fresh produce and hand-crafted gifts, in addition to local markets like the Crozet Artisan Market. The city is also known for its antique shops, where treasures abound, and you never know what you might find! With so many options, you’ll be sure to take time strolling the aisles and find items you can’t live without!
If you’re searching for tantalizing dining, look no further than Charlottesville’s thriving culinary scene. When our residents aren’t dining in one of WCBR’s four dining facilities, the city’s local eateries offer something for every palate – from home-cooked comfort food to thoughtfully prepared global fare. The city is home to many world-class chefs and award-winning restaurants, including Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Ivy Inn, and Prime 109. Over forty wineries, breweries, cideries, and orchards offer tours and fresh brews for sampling. It is common for restaurants to source their offerings from local farms and producers, giving diners some of the freshest food in the southeast. French, Mediterranean, Italian, South American, Indian… flavors from around the world are available at eateries around Charlottesville. For nights out or casual lunches with friends and family, there is a delicious option for every occasion in this blossoming Southern city.
For more than 30 years, WCBR has welcomed residents from all over the world who have chosen to make Charlottesville their home. We’ve always known it’s a great place to be and we invite you to visit and discover for yourself why Charlottesville is one of the best places to retire.