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've got to have soup at Revolutionary Soup and the fried chicken at The Whiskey Jar!!!!
Reviewed by MoniBe
on April 26, 2012
Great variety of foods of all kinds.
Reviewed by gdaniel
on April 23, 2012
Cville has awesome food...a bit of everything can be found. Hard to vote just for food though...its girgeous here and southern friendliness abounds!
Reviewed by iriniv
on April 23, 2012
Charlottesville VA is a small. lovely town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's home to the University of Virginia and has something for everyone- history, culture, a great downtown pedestrian mall with unique shops and restaurants. And it's smack in the middle of Virginia wine country.
Reviewed by pattysoule
on April 20, 2012
Blue Ridge mountain views; wide range of wonderful restaurants and vineyards; University inspired shopping and activities; wonderful old architecture and historic homes and buildings; many interesting, friendly and educated people, all make Charlottesville an unusually beautiful and inspiring place. It's truly part of "God's country."
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