212 Ridge McIntire Rd.
We are excited to host our 9th Symposium at the Omni Hotel, located directly on Charlottesville's historic walking mall.
We look forward to gathering with you and sharing what makes Charlottesville special.
The MACTE rate is $185/night.
Traveling to Charlottesville
The Omni Hotel is 9 miles from the airport - scroll down to read about your travel options from the airport to the hotel.
There is an Amtrak station a half-mile (0.5 miles) from the Omni Hotel. There are routes from the north, west, and south.
Located in the center of Virginia and near interstate 64, Charlottesville provides easy driving access for those in the eastern region.
View address on the Google Map below or click here for the Omni Hotel Directions page.
Traveling from the Airport to Hotel
By Ride Share (Uber, Lyft, etc):
Unless you are arriving/departing very late or early, you will be able to request a driver with ease.
There are taxis waiting at the ready for arrivals outside the baggage claim area in the airport.
By Rental Car:
If time allows for it, we encourage you to rent a car and extend your stay in Charlottesville. There are many beautiful and fun places to visit (see our staff picks below!) Parking is a breeze as the Omni Hotel has onsite parking and it will be FREE if you book through the MACTE Symposium link.
Charlottesville is a car friendly city with a relatively painless rush hour.
Things to do in Charlottesville
Staff Picks: Our Favorite Things to Eat, See, and Do in Charlottesville
Head to the best oyster bar in town, Public Fish and Oyster.
Ask for the Pelton Chill!
On the downtown mall, there is a beautiful well-kept secret, Alley Light speakeasy. This is right next to the Violet Crown movie theater on 2nd Street.
Petite Marie Bette, the best pastries in town, located on Market Street.
Tilman’s Wine Bar is a treat located on the downtown walking mall.
Just a beautiful shop for gifts. Do not miss it!
You can easily beeline from the Omni to Mudhouse Coffee where the coffee is strong and the muffins are huge or journey just a little further down to Grit Coffee if you would like a sit-down bite to eat.
So many books. Walking the Downtown Mall can take you to locally owned shops that sell new books, second-hand books, comics, and more: New Dominion Bookshop, 2nd Act Bookshop, Daedalus Bookshop, Blue Whale Books, Telegraph Art and Comics.
3. Monticello and the University of Virginia
You can take the free trolley from the Downtown Mall for a quick ride to the University of Virginia and complete a self-guided tour of the beautiful and historical grounds. Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, is another top historical site to visit, especially during the holiday season.
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1. Nearby Restaurant Recommendations
If you are staying in the downtown area, there is no shortage of food options, but this can be a little daunting! Here are some of our favorite spots in the downtown area: Mexican: The Bebedero (on the downtown pedestrian mall, where the Symposium will be held - I recommend the nachos and a spicy margarita); quick slice of pizza: Christian's Pizza (on downtown mall); authentic Neopolitan pizza: Lampo (walking distance from downtown mall - go early as it's a small place and there can be a wait); Spanish tapas: Mas (walking distance from downtown mall); late night bites in a historic space: C&O Restaurant (on downtown mall); delicious sushi: Now and Zen (just off downtown mall).
First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings and receptions at many downtown art galleries and venues, held on the first Friday of every month. Just our luck, the Symposium takes place during the first week of December! Check out Charlottesville's weekly paper, Cville Weekly, closer to the date for a list of exhibits as well as other events happening in the area.
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a myriad of hiking options with breathtaking views and is about a 30-45 minute drive from town - Humpback Rocks is voted the "best hike to show off the area to guests."
Just a short driving distance from the downtown area is another free and beautiful option for a stroll or a run in nature: the Saunders-Monticello Trail, which runs along the base of Carter Mountain and ends at Jefferson's Monticello.
Take in the view from Cater Mountain, and eat an apple cider donut. Cater Mountain sits to the southeast of town, a short drive will take you to the top of the hill where you can enjoy hot cider, donuts, and local produce--plus there is a spectacular view of Charlottesville.
Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, pulled pork, fried chicken, and breakfast biscuits, what more do you need?
Visit a winery. Thomas Jefferson had visions of the Charlottesville area becoming a wine region. While it may have taken over 200 years, you can now visit over 35 award-winning wineries all a short distance from town
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A laid back restaurant with plenty of bar and restaurant space – lots of vegan and gluten free options in addition to normal restaurant / pub fare.
Craft sake ranging from familiar to quirky along with great poke bowls. Also, plenty of eclectic art installations to take in at IX Art Park before or after.
About a half mile walk up from the Omni, Starr Hill is a longtime Charlottesville and regional staple for craft beer and live music.
At about a 2 mile drive away from the Omni, this park sits along the Rivanna River and it's paved trail provides a chance for casual strolling along the mountain river.
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1. Lampo Pizza
If you are looking to experience some incredibly authentic Neapolitan pizza, then Lampo is your place. Although it is a very small setting, their pizza and other items deliver large! They do not take reservations and fill up fast. Make sure you check out this charming pizzeria that is located in Belmont at 205 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
If you find yourself strolling along at the Downtown Mall, I suggest stopping by The Whiskey Jar for excellent food and a delightful atmosphere. This restaurant/bar has a great menu, a variety of drinks, and a cozy Southern vibe - perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner! Catch them on the right night and you may even hear some live music. They are located at 227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Guajiros Miami Eatery is one of my top downtown places to grab breakfast or lunch. You can sit inside their beautifully decorated cafe and check out the artwork or outside on the covered patio and watch the Cville life pass by. You can also order online or by phone if you are in a pinch. I highly recommend trying the Hands On Breakfast, Guava and Cheese Pastelitos, and the Cubano Especial!
Feeling adventurous and the weather is perfect? I recommend taking a drive to hike Crabtree Falls in Nelson County and checking out the natural beauty of Charlottesville. At the end of the 2.5 mile moderate trail, you’ll find the highest vertical drop-off cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River!
Please contact us at the MACTE office for help and guidance as you plan your trip! You can also check out the following link to begin to explore Charlottesville: