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.

Incredible food variety and quality. Restaurants seem to be run by true "foodies", and an eating out culture makes some pretty boutique places commercially viable. It's up there with Aspen.
Reviewed by gregf
on April 3, 2012
A history buff; Jefferson's Monticello, Monroe's Ash Lawn Highland and Madison's Montpiller provided ample reason to visit Charlottesville. However, it is the wide selection of world class restaurants in this historic college town that earned my vote. The beauty of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains is awesome, but the crêpes at C&O brought tears! Thanks C'ville.
Reviewed by Rocketeer
on April 3, 2012
Spectacular spot full of culture, food, wine and history with an unparalleled small town vibe! Unmatched anywhere in America.
Reviewed by manwitdeplan
on April 2, 2012
Charlottesville's scenery is breathtaking. The mountain views, infused with vineyards and horses is truly spectacular.
Reviewed by Blicky721
on April 2, 2012
Beautiful city, rich with history.
Reviewed by Cville47
on April 2, 2012
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