Friday, November 23, 2012

Fall on the Mall

Dear Readers,
Here's a snapshot of the greatest time of year at the University:
Crisp leaves crunch under your feet and fall from the trees as you walk to class.
The Lawn is sprinkled with piles of orange and red begging you to jump in them. 

Everything feels like the epitome of college. 
It's fall in Charlottesville, and its magical. 
Suddenly, you're inspired to explore a little more of Charlottesville. 

The Historic Downtown Charlottesville Mall
Just a short trolley ride from central grounds, the Historic Downtown Charlottesville Mall offers a look into the greater Charlottesville community. Ranked as one of the most successful and beautiful outdoor malls in America, the Downtown Mall is host to a number of activities that make for the perfect getaway anytime of year. 

At the end of the mall is the Downtown Pavilion, where anything from concerts to political rallies come for UVa students and Charlottesville community members to enjoy.

Pretty Lights performs at the Pavilion

UVA Students wait in line to hear the President speak Downtown
President Obama speaks at the Downtown Pavillion on the first day of classes

Clothing stores like Urban Outfitters, Jean Theory, Vintage Vixen, and Young Men's Shop are great for shopping, while unique independent bookstores provide peaceful spaces to study and explore whatever your heart desires.

The multi-level Urban Outfitters on the Mall
A quiet reading nook in "Read It Again, Sam" Used Bookstore
A collection of leather-bound books in Blue Whale Books 

Charity walks also happen on the Downtown Mall, bringing together UVa students and the Charlottesville community to fight for different causes together.

Alzheimer's Walk 2012 on the Downtown Mall

Community members and students alike participate

The Pre-Med club AMSA volunteers at the walk Downtown
Street performers sing, busk, and play jazz music, while A cappella groups and flash mobs often spring up and draw sizable crowds.

Great food is always available on the Mall too! From Italian to burgers and dessert, the Mall has it all, and just outside the main stretch of mall lies the greatest little building ever built: a building full of crepes.

Shrimp pesto pizza from Sal's Caffe Italia

The hub of the best crepes ever made on earth

Blue cheese burger from Citizen Burger Bar

Last, but certainly not least, the Downtown Mall offers one of UVa's great traditions, the Farmer's Market. Every Saturday from 7-12  the City Market offers fresh food and homemade products from local Charlottesville producers.

Handsewn children's clothing
Fresh veggies 
One-of-a-kind paintings 
One of many fresh and unique juices

Fall on the Historic Downtown Mall is one of the things I love most about my school. Charlottesville is such a unique and beautiful place to live and learn, and with so much going on at the Mall as well as on Grounds, there is never a dull moment.

Happy applying!

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