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It’s always smart to carry safe snacks when traveling but it’s critical when you’re visiting a small town. Although Charlottesville has gluten-free, allergy-friendly dining choices, don’t risk getting hungry. (This is particularly true if you’re out hiking, away from civilization.) Pack food in your suitcase and stock up your hotel room ’fridge when you arrive. Carry supplies in the car and your bag, just in case.
Think About Your Day
Before you hop in the car for a day of exploring, plan where you’ll stop for meals and whether you might want to picnic. If you’re hiking outside of Charlottesville, it’s a good idea to pack lunch and snacks.
Call the restaurant ahead of time to alert them to your special dietary needs. When you arrive, inform them again. Ask questions about menu ingredients to be certain a dish is safe for you. When in doubt, speak to the chef. If you’re still uncomfortable about cross contamination, leave.
Make reservations in advance of your trip. Many of the nicer restaurants in Charlottesville are smaller so check out opentable.com or the restaurant’s website to ensure you have a table and that the menu suits your needs. Find out more about what’s happening in Charlottesville by exploring charlottesville.org and virginia.edu.