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The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Clifton Inn, Charlottesville: When visiting the University of Virginia, my daughter and I found it to be a special place for a mother and daughter to stay.cliftoninnpinkflowerrain

See the raindrops on the petals? My mother used to tell me that meant more rain was coming. She was right

My older daughter and I just returned from a trip where we visited colleges she is interested in applying next year. On the agenda this time were the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When we arrived in Charlottesville it was so cold, dark and rainy that we couldn’t tell we were in the mountains except by the fact that we could tell we were driving up and down hills. Being from Myrtle Beach we are altitude deprived and the roller coaster-like feel and popping ears would be hard to miss!

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By afternoon the next day the light was gorgeous

Even though the forecast was horrible for the whole time we were in Charlottesville, the next day the sun broke through around noon. The Clifton Inn is usually a little out of our price range, but they offer some very reasonable deals during weekdays and depending on the season. An added bonus was that my parents were able to drive from Richmond one evening to eat dinner with us. We would have been happy to see and eat with them anywhere, but the restaurant at the Clifton Inn, Charlottesville,  is incredible and made our college jaunt in the rain that much more special.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Margo Millure lives in Richmond, Virginia. She is a portrait photographer, writer and founder of Travel Belles. Learn more about her at

This article has 9 comments

  1. Nanna

    Ah. Just gorgeous and soothing AND uplifting

  2. Cate

    These pictures capture the essence of spring, it’s beauty and fragility. I haven’t seen any spring blossoms yet – living in southern Florida – and feel a little deprived. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Eleonora

    Wonderful post! I can imagine you two girls enjoying your stay in the beautiful Inn. You deserved the splurge!
    Those pink flowers are stupendous! What are the ones in the second photo called?

  4. Lise M

    Cool, love these images and the style of your site! Thanks for your comment on my blog today! Would love to have you as a guest editor on Urban Style Vibes* if you like. And I would love to share some stories here, if you like.

    Let’s keep in touch!


    Lise M.

  5. Margo

    E- I always just called them pink magnolias, but I asked and they are also known as Japanese saucer magnolias or tulip trees. Most that I have seen before have more purple at their centers.

  6. jessiev

    such gorgeous photos. i am waiting for more spring here, we’ve got daffodils but no flowering trees yet. or leaves out! these photos made me happy.

  7. Heather on her travels

    I love trips with my daughter who’s just turned 15. What lovely spring flowers – so glad that the weather turned for you

  8. Leslie

    awww. I wanna go!

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