- A little bit about us -

Going Family

Compton and John

Compton grew up in Charlottesville and attended Radford University.  While at Radford Compton studied Interior Design, and when not in class she played field hockey for the Hustling Highlanders.  After graduation Compton moved to Vail, CO to work in the valley as an Interior Designer. John hails from a small town outside of Louisville, KY. He attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) for two years before transferring to Samford University to complete his degree in finance.  After graduating John moved to Vail, CO to be a ski bum. Hey, you're only 20 once! As fortune would have it, we met and married in Vail, and spent the next five years enjoying all the valley had to offer: skiing, biking, jeeping, hiking and getting lost (more than once – John's horrific map and compass skills were to blame). 

Moving East

In 1998 we realized a family was imminent, but with our families on the East coast we made the tough decision to sell our home, quit our jobs and head for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  People often ask what it was like to move from Vail to Charlottesville and John's quick response is, "I moved from one beautiful set of mountains to another".  As the Eddie From Ohio song – Old Dominion – says, "You think you'll find some mountains in western Colorado.  Fifty weeks of snowy peaks is where you're gonna be.  But babe the Rocky Mountains are gradually eroding.  The hills of Coors are nothing more than Blue Ridge wannabes."


We started our family with the four-legged variety (two Weimaraners) before progressing to the ones that require diapers, talk back and consume large sums of money. After moving back to Charlottesville we lived in the Fry Springs area before buying Poplar's Edge from Compton's aunt (the original owner) in 2002.  Since purchasing the property we have re-designed the interiors for more living space, cut down many trees for light, added gardens to extend the living space beyond physical walls and added plenty of deck space for those seeking refuge outside. 


As a family we enjoy hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail, skiing at Snowshoe and Wintergreen, playing tennis and squash as well as swimming at the local Boar's Head Inn and working in our garden. Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle County are stunningly beautiful and we are happy to be raising our children in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. We love sharing our home and all that Charlottesville has to offer!


- History, Food, Entertainment, Shopping and Much More -

Welcome to Charlottesville.  Our community is full of activities to keep every member of the family engaged and happy.  Below is a list of our favorites by category (alphabetical) – Note: websites are embedded as underlined links.  Click the link to access the website.

If you find a jewel during your visit that we don’t include below please share it so we can update our list for future visitors.



There are many great hikes in and around Charlottesville. Just 20 minutes away you can access Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Spanning both parks going North/South is the Appalachian Trail.  A couple of our favorites:


Charlottesville is steeped in history, from the Revolution to the Civil War and after.  The area was home to 3 presidents and is the location of the University of Virginia.

Movies and Theater

Charlottesville has several movie theaters as well as a couple of live theater options.


You can pretty much find music any night of the week in Charlottesville.  The town is filled with venues and gifted musicians.  After all, the Dave Matthews band got its start in Charlottesville!

Restaurants, Eateries and Drink (first four selections are a short drive away)


Charlottesville has a very active running community and there are quite a few routes to choose from.  Here are a couple of my favorites:


If your ideal day consists of shopping from morning till night, you will have plenty to keep you busy.  You can find a healthy dose of national brands as well as boutique stores only found in Charlottesville.

Miscellaneous Sites

          Boar's Head Ballooning lifts off each morning at Sunrise from the Boar's Head Inn – 1.8 miles from our home.

If all of the above is not enough to keep you busy during your stay, you might check out Jenna Bush Hager’s Southern Living article, “A Weekend in Charlottesville

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