There’s something about fall that immediately transports me back to my college days. The energy in the air, the breeze in the changing trees—fall is the season of new beginnings—and for twenty years, a new school year.
Having attended UNC-Chapel Hill, I have the fondest memories of fall on the East Coast, with football games, outdoor tailgates, beautiful weather, and the perks that come with being a college student.
I see many similarities between the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina—and while Chapel Hill is of course the better of the two, Charlottesville has vineyards.
Adrienne, my dear friend and sorority sister, had not spent much time in Charlottesville, a town I love for its college charm, beautiful scenery—and vineyards. So, before she moved West with her husband, Adrienne and I headed down to Charlottesville to spend Labor Day weekend. We stayed at the Oakhurst Inn, a small, mid-level inn with a café that serves breakfast and brunch every day of the week. A stone’s throw from campus, Oakhurst Inn is perfect for travelers of all sorts: families dropping off their kids at UVA, alumni visiting for football games, or just a couple of gals looking to take in the scenery, wineries, and eateries.
We spent a lovely weekend doing our favorite things: dining, wining, reading, and running. Oakhurst Inn was cozy and nice—between the rooms there was a cozy reading nook with coffee machines, classical music, a fridge filled with sparkling water, and cozy arm chairs drenched in sunlight where we spent our mornings. It was a lovely weekend, which, of course, concluded at the Oakhurst Inn’s Café with its noteworthy brunch.
Oakhurst Inn Café is run by college kids and townies—their description, not mine. It’s packed on a weekend morning, with a crowd of people jostling awkwardly just inside the door. To the left, there’s a to-go counter, where you can order coffee and pastries. There are multiple small rooms in the house filled with wooden chairs and tables. Outside, there’s a large patio laid with large stones and covered in metal tables and umbrellas. We were seated at a wooden table for two by the window, with the light pouring in. We began with black coffees, from the local roaster, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Our waitress was a chill, down-to-earth, 20-something who was swift, competent, and not invasive.
For our appetizers, we ordered the fresh berries with Greek yogurt and mint, and the curried beets, served with Arugula. Those are both white girl dishes, and we enjoyed them thoroughly. The beets were slathered in a thick, flavorful yellow curry that was incredible.
The side of fruit was fresh and the bowl larger than it looked. It was perfect to share. For my entrée, I ordered the skillet filled with collared greens, creamy cheese, and soft- poached eggs. It was incredible—slathered onto the bread or eaten with a fork.
Adrienne also ordered one of the special egg dishes: soft-poached eggs served with asparagus and olives and sides of buttered, toasted white bread that was so satisfying.
The Bitches say: A. A charming, unpretentious college town café with incredible fresh food at affordable prices. The Inn is a cozy and serene spot for a weekend stay.
The Oakhurst Inn & Café
100 Oakhurst Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Oakhurst Inn serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and breakfast each day.
Bitch Biz: While we were hosted by Oakhurst Inn & Café, this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch.