Virginia is For Runners - Page 2
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Go when ... Avoid the scorching summer temperatures that soar into the 90s, and wait until the fall to visit, when University of Virginia students get back into the swing of school, and in October and November temperatures cool into the 60s. Depending on when you visit, expect everything from snow to heat waves.
Best eats ... Design your own pizza at Vita Nova Pizza and Pasta Bar (vitanovapizzapasta.com), with toppings ranging from crab meat to Thai chicken to caramelized garlic, located in the downtown mall, a pedestrian-only block in the heart of historic Charlottesville.
Pitstop ... The Charlottesville Running Company (charlottesvillerunningcompany.com) has everything you need for a great day out on the trails. Store owners Gill and Francesca Conte are the heartbeat of the Charlottesville running scene, owning Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports and directing eight races a year.
Sleep ... For direct Shenandoah park access, camp out at Loft Mountain or Big Meadows campgrounds, or, for a classic country getaway, stay nearby at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm (sugarhollow.com), with rooms starting at $140. Or sleep in the oldest house in downtown Charlottesville, at the Inn at Court Square (innatcourtsquare.com), built in 1785. Each room is decorated to feature a famous Virginian such as Stonewall Jackson. Rates start at $99.
Resources ... Day and Overnight Hikes in Shenandoah National Park, by John Molloy, offers maps and detailed trail descriptions. The Charlottesville Visitors' Bureau (pursuecharlottesville.com) can help guide your trip planning.