About Us

In the Beginning … 

Charlottesville Guide was founded in 1984 by two UVA 4th Years, Bill Carden & Joe Jennings. In this early era, the dynamic duo flirted with the desktop publishing revolution between politics and history classes. Over time they built an indispensable guide to a fetching college town, Charlottesville, full of iconic restaurants, shops, music venues and first steps.

Today … 

Charlottesville Guide serves the visitor like an honored guest. There’s no place like home, and we’re eager to show it to you. But you have limited time! And too many options. You’re not sure where you are, and don’t have the full story.

Have no fear cavalier!  Indefatigable, entranced by the obscure, and hell-bent for serendipity, we help guide you to the optimal experiences of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Guide is  created by a team of experienced Charlottesvillians, some UVA graduates, others not. All local  — writers, photographers, artists, techies and designers — we collectively identify what’s most meritorious in our burg of exceptionalism and assemble it into a coherent mosaic, at once both comprehensible and compelling, for the most discriminating traveler. Meet your Chief Guide:

Rob Jiranek


A longtime resident and publisher, who,  when traveling,  seeks out towns with the charisma and gestalt of Charlottesville.