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.

You can find great food at the historic downtown walking mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Reviewed by TimCabell
on April 3, 2012
Charlottesville has beauty around every turn from blooming dogwoods and apple orchards in the spring, great lakes, parks and river tubing in the summer, bright colorful leaves covering majestic mountains and rolling hills in Autumn and great hiking with warm fireplaces at vineyards to follow in the winter. And what could be more beautiful than Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with it's blooming tulips, fish pond, vineyards and view in every season!
Reviewed by kellumte
on April 3, 2012
Great city to visit and explore.
Reviewed by Cynlus2Travel
on April 3, 2012
Charlottesville is a food and culture haven full of interesting things to do in the area and four beautiful seasons.
Reviewed by Beth712
on April 3, 2012
Best for food, scenery, fun. Very friendly and patriotic and very beautifyl
Reviewed by jkoerwer
on April 3, 2012
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