Fri, Aug 2 - Sun, Aug 4, 2024

Charlottesville Weekend Getaway

Clifton Inn

About this event

Front exterior view of The Clifton & driveway with bushes & green lawn

Hotel exterior view with greenery nature at The Clifton

Welcome to our annual weekend getaway to beautiful Charlottesville, VA.  Our weekend will be filled with scenic drives, outstanding cuisine, exceptional Virginia wines, and historic tours.  We will start our journey in the Manassas area on Friday morning. We begin our journey with a 75 minute back country drive to quaint Orange, VA where our destination wil be Provisions Market Table, for a delicious lunch.  You will have a choice of:

  • Chicken, Bacon and Fontina - Greens, Garlic-tomato Aioli, Toasted House-made Roll
  • Chicken Salad - Greens, Toasted House-made Roll
  • Veggie Focaccia - Greens, Brie, Asparagus, Red Onion, Roasted Leeks, Italian Dressing
  • Fried Chicken - Greens, Organic Cheddar, Garlic Aioli, Toasted House-made Roll
  • Bacon Cheddar Tuna Melt - House-made Pullman Bread, Choice of Side

Wine, beer, and dessert are optional and available for purchase separately. See more details at

After lunch, we will take a short but beautiful drive to enjoy the award winning and beautiful Barbousville Winery.  Guests can enjoy their collection of delicious Virginia made wines and enjoy the serene views of classic central VA countryside.

Afterwards, you are on your own for the 40 minute drive to our home for the next two nights at The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, VA.   After you've checked in and had time to relax, we are meeting for a happy hour and gourmet group dinner at the Inn. Dinner will be: 

  • Clifton Arugula Salad house made ricotta, pears, and lemon shallot dressing
  • Oven Roasted Prime Rib Béarnaise Sauce and Horseradish Cream
  • Cider and Rosemary Marinated Pork Tenderloin Creamy Stone Ground Grits, Apple BBQ Sauce
  • Seasonal Vegetable Risotto
  • Bacon and Onion Braised Green Beans
  • Mini Key Lime Pie with Honey Meringue

On Saturday, after the Inn spoils us with their home cooked breakfast, we will take a 2 hour journey along the bucolic roads of central Virginia and a beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the scenic vistas, rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.  We will enter the Blue Ridge Parkway North entrance and meander along until our mid way stopping point at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  We will head back the way we came for the second half of our journey, bringing us to the historic James Monroe Highlands.  Here we will enjoy a private tour of the 5th President's home followed by an on-site picnic lunch. For more details on the Highlands see this link:


After lunch, you are on your own to explore Charlottesville or return to the Clifton Inn to enjoy the tranquility of their infinity pool.  Be sure to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen!

Saturday evening you are on your own for dinner.  We recommed the following local restaurents:

  • Vivace -
  • Ivy Inn -
  • C&O -



Where to: Charlottesville, VA and surrounding areas
Rally Point: Manassas, VA (specific details will be sent to you as the date approaches)
Dates: Friday August 2 - Sunday August 4
Costs:  The Registration cost is $195 per person. The cost includes lunch and dinner on Friday,  lunch on Saturday and and admission to the Highlands tour. Hotel reservations at Clifton Inn is a separate fee and will be due to the hotel directly.  We have reserved the entire Clifton in for our weekend trip. We have 20 rooms in various sizes and price ranges from $375 to $399 per night plus applicable taxes and a $30 per night resort fee which covers a full hot breakfast each morning.  

Confirmed tour participants will be provided details on how to make a room reservation.  If your registration status is changed to "Confirmed", we will send you details on how to reserve your room.  Please do not try to make a reservation before being Confirmed.

NOTE: To ensure there is room for many PCA members to enjoy this tour or the VA Highlands tour later in July, we will only admit you to one of the two weekend trips.  You can register for both, but you will only be accepted to one, based on the date and time of your registration. So if your preference is Charlottesville, be sure to register first for this trip, vs. VA Highlands.

Your Hosts: Larry Finkel & Beth Finkel


Event requirements


  • You do not need to be a PCA member to participate, but you must be at least 21 to visit certain venues on this tour.
  • Portions of this event have limited capacity to accommodate the venue's facilities, and for the safety of all participants. (late registrations are risky due to capacity). Watch the website for revisions.
  • We will notify you of your status by email. You are responsible for updating your profile in the website to include your current contact information.
  • We initially list all registrants as “New”, or "Waitlisted" if the event is filled to capacity. When possible, we will change your status as soon as possible. We will provide formal notification of acceptance into the event by email prior to an event. If you haven’t received any notification, check the MSR website for your status.
  • Due to limited capacity of the event venue, walkups are discouraged from attempting to join the event.


  • If you must cancel please be courteous and cancel as soon as you can in order to allow others from the wait list to attend.
  • Cancellations within two weeks of departure will not be refunded unless we are able to confirm someone else from the waitlist. See Refund details below.
  • Cancellations for hotel accommodations are per the policies of the Clifton Inn.
  • If you cannot cancel online, you must notify the Registrar by email and receive an ACKNOWLEDGMENT by email to verify that you have canceled.


  • Potomac accepts only credit cards for payment. You are responsible for maintaining VALID CREDIT CARD INFORMATION in your profile.
  • Billing problems result in notification by email with limited time to resolve the issue due to the short billing period. If the issue is not resolved, we may cancel you from the event.
  • Credit card and billing information uses secure connections and is protected by You are the only person who has access to your card number. We only see the last four digits for billing purposes.


  • Refunds for hotel accommodations are per the policies of The Clifton Inn.
  • Contact the D&D Chair to discuss special circumstances. THE D&D CHAIR IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN AUTHORIZE A REFUND OR CREDIT FOR AN EVENT.
  • If you are authorized a credit for an event, you must use it before the end of the calendar year. We will not carry credits over into the following year. Credits may only be used for other PCA Potomac events. They can't be used for other clubs who also use

Clifton Inn

Charlottesville, VA


Fun Run/Tour organized by

PCA - Potomac, The Founders' Region - Drive & Dine

Charlottesville Weekend Getaway

Fri, Aug 2 - Sun, Aug 4, 2024