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.

charlottesville has an abundance of excellent restaurants from eclectic to ethnic to casual to fine dining ,etc.
Reviewed by
on April 16, 2012
Charlottesville is a great combination of nature, college town, live music and great food. Lots to do!
Reviewed by colwill
on April 9, 2012
Charlottesville has wide variety of restaurants to suit all culinary tastes, from slices of gourmet pizza to elegant sit-down dinner (including great ethnic cuisine). Almost all of these restaurants are chef-owned, which makes them exceptionally good and adds a guarantee of consistent high quality for every visit. Over 30 of these restaurants are located on the historic downtown pedestrian mall.
Reviewed by charlottesvillefan
on April 6, 2012
What a fabulous city in which to live! We are now experiencing "Spring" and the scenery is truly gorgeous. In addition to the drop dead beauty, Charlottesville is full of history and great educational opportunities. Wineries are top drawer in this town, winning national awards and oh so fun to visit for wine tastings. We now have several venues to offer culture and huge celebrities ranging from the Moscow Ballet to Bruce Springsteen. The University of Virginia has been named one of the most beautiful universities in the country and was founded by none other than Thomas Jefferson himself!
Reviewed by bajones1223
on April 5, 2012
What a gorgeous city with a rich history and lively culture. Wonderful food and wonderful people!
Reviewed by dcgilbert
on April 4, 2012
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