Get Away: The Draftsman Hotel

One more good reason to visit Charlottesville.

Photo by Starboard & Port.

Opened last September, The Draftsman hotel got the inspiration for its name from three Virginians—Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe—who contributed to drafting our country’s cornerstone documents. The hotel’s 150 guest rooms and suites each feature a drafting desk, sliding barn-style bathroom door and a picture of the University of Virginia’s rotunda. Mini bars are stocked with Virginia wines, beer and cider. Suites also include Japanese soaking tubs and wraparound windows with pretty views. Renewal, the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, offers 36 brews on tap from a glass-enclosed pour-your-own beer vault. Bulleit, the hotel’s lovable wheaten terrier, often can be found hanging out in the lobby. The Draftsman is pet-friendly (call the hotel for details and prices).

Rates start at $179 per night. 1106 W. Main St., Charlottesville, Virginia; 434-984-8000;


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