The 5 Best Things About UVA in the Spring

Ah, spring—the season of fresh possibilities, budding trees and, for some, endlessly runny Pavilion Gardens 4-15noses. But, students and alumni would agree, there’s no time like springtime at the University of Virginia.

Here are the five best things about UVA in the spring:

1. Two Words: Patio. Seating.

From the Corner to the Downtown Mall to that friend-of-a-friend’s super awesome balcony, nothing beats the feeling of the Virginia sun warming your winter-brittle bones at long last. Not to mention, it opens up way more seating at your favorite restaurants.

2. Stop and Smell the Roses…and the Boxwood…and Everything Else.

If we could bottle up any smell, it’d be the hypnotizing mix of gardens and trees freshly blooming around campus. Jefferson once said that there’s “no culture comparable to a garden”—and in springtime at his University, we have to agree.

3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game(s)Baseball

Football is for fall—while the leaves are new and green, baseball and lacrosse reign supreme at UVA Catching 9 innings of America’s favorite pastime at Davenport Field is practically a spring ritual, and relaxing in the grass at Klöckner Stadium is the perfect way to enjoy a breezy spring day (or night).

4. Farmer’s Market Meandering

Sleepy Saturday mornings can once again be kicked off with a leisurely stroll (and snacks) around the Charlottesville City Market on the Downtown Mall. Bring your favorite re-usable bag and fill it with fresh produce, flowers, poultry, art and more—all locally created.

5. Oh, Shenandoah!

Melted snow and sunnier skies mean Shenandoah’s bountiful trails are back open for business. And, the best way to end a mountainous day of sightseeing (and, let’s be honest, instagram-ing) is definitely with a chilled glass of wine—or beer—at one of the many fine wineries or breweries flanking the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

So, if the warmer weather’s got you in the mood to celebrate, consider making a gift to help keep the University of Virginia breathtakingly beautiful for many spring seasons to come

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