CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (July 2010) – The Charlottesville Welcome Book invites Virginians, travel-lovers, history buffs and epicureans to visit their newly expanded site to plan their visit to Central Virginia. Readers will find the best in regional vineyard festivals, big name music performances, equestrian events, sports, art exhibits, historical attractions and much more. Before you arrive in town you can use the site’s “book it now” button to reserve a room at one of the many wonderful hotels or charming bed & breakfasts and maybe make reservations too for a gourmet dinner out. Famed for our local food movement, Charlottesville can provide something to please every palette and at The Charlottesville Welcome Book, they’ve made it easy for you to find everything you need from dining to activities.

At the new website, enter the Wine & Dine Jefferson Style Getaway sweepstakes for the chance to enjoy a romantic weekend in Charlottesville with limousine-driven vineyard tours, gourmet dinners and a special visit to see the newly renovated wine cellar and dining room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, all while staying in beautiful accommodations. This summer’s getaway will be hosted by Charlottesville’s premier establishments, including Keswick Hall at Monticello, feast!, Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard, Keswick Vineyards, Hamiltons’ at First & Main, A & A Limo Service, l’étoile and The Downtown Grille.

Charlottesville, named “the #1 Best Small City to Live in America” by Cities Ranked & Rated 2004, attracts millions of visitors each year who come to enjoy its vineyards, museums, sports, shopping and vibrant arts scene. The new The Charlottesville Welcome Bookshowcases Charlottesville’s natural beauty, hallowed halls of history and small city sophistication. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson at his home of Monticello, a World Heritage Site, relax in the scenic countryside with a glass of wine produced from the Monticello American Viticultural Area, and experience Charlottesville’s growing reputation for world-class chefs and fine accommodations.

About us… Ivy Publications is the parent company of AlbemarleFamily Living, a monthly publication dedicated to serving families in Charlottesville-Albemarle with useful comprehensive community resources designed to help “Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun”. Each month more than 60,000 visitors make use of their extensive web site and readers also enjoy the companion print publications: 12 magazines and an annual Directory of Family Services. Ivy Publications also publishes the popular quarterly, The Charlottesville Welcome Book , to meet the need of reaching out to the thousands of newcomers and for tourists visiting the Charlottesville-Albemarle region. With a quarter of a million copies in print, fascinating editorial and a keepsake design, this piece is sought after throughout Virginia and also serves their large readership with a robust web site. Committed to their community of readers and the local businesses they serve, Ivy Publications also hosts, sponsors and participates in many events throughout the year with a special emphasis on supporting the arts.