Charlottesville, Virginia


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

168 Votes - "Best For Food"
77 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


Charlottesville boasts both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the University of Virginia in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown. Charlottesville’s dining is concentrated in the Downtown Mall where visitors can also find historic buildings, over a hundred shops and arts all accessible by a local trolley.

Our team sampled 12 of the 30 restaurants in one day, where the farm-to-table movement has taken over. Local chefs use ingredients right from the farmers market and nearby farms, wineries and ranches like Brookeville Restaurant’s fried green tomatoes, The C&O’s cheese and produce, and Tavola’s local wines. Our team additionally enjoyed Bizou, Positively 4th Street, Tempo, Belmont BBQ, and MAS.

At the University of Virginia, look for the Rotunda, The Lawn and Beta Bridge, local landmarks with significance among students. Tour Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe’s homes; visit the home and Gardens of Monticello and a number of historic markers; and attend a concert in a variety of venues. Visitors will also enjoy local parks, farms, vineyards and breweries.

Mountains, creeks and forests provide the perfect setting for any outdoor outing whether hiking, biking and camping, or taking on rafting, kayaking, tubing or canoeing. Ski and snow board in the winter, hike the Appalachian Trail, view nature in Shenandoah National Park, or golf on beautiful courses. See what else makes Charlottesville such a livable town in its reviews.

How to pick just one category? We live in an amazingly beautiful place, but the food options here are outstanding. As a serious foodie who plans all my traveling around finding the best places to eat wherever I go, I'm always happy to come home to the amazing restaurants in my own home town. So many places here hold their own with some of the best I've had in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, Rome, Florence, Lucca, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston... Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with love and care. Doesn't get much better.
Reviewed by yogamom
on April 20, 2012
Wine, mountains, rivers, history, friendly people, best downtown I've ever seen, lots of entertainment - all in one small down.
Reviewed by DanKliamovich
on April 20, 2012
Forbes called Charlottesville the Localvore epicenter of the US. PolyFace Farms is just a short drive away and there are numerous restaurants in town that focus on locally sourced ingredients. GQ magazine gave a shout out to Brookville Restaurant which focuses on local and season foods. Also Charlottesville has one of the few working and year round pedestrian malls in the country. Thomas Jefferson's UVa is located here which tops national polls in Public Universities and Most Beautiful Campus.
Reviewed by zacand
on April 20, 2012
Virginia wine country, lots of new breweries and an amazing selection of local farm food are what's best about C-Ville. And we're sitting right in the Blue Ridge, which is beautiful. We win!
Reviewed by ToddSacco
on April 20, 2012
lots of variety for food
Reviewed by geb2p
on April 20, 2012
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