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.

I'm voting for Charlottesville even though I have only spent a day there. Thus, the impression a quintessential Southern small town can leave on a Western Yankee like me.
Reviewed by mikeymac04
on June 1, 2012
History. So much history!
Architecture, Gorgeous natural scenery, Music, Wine Country, incredible restaurants, Apple Orchards, Hiking, Horse Country, Art. My favorite place in the US!
Reviewed by nattynat
on May 24, 2012
Lived there for 7 years and it was great! Awesome food, people, and lots to do... Beautiful little town. Classy...
Reviewed by biebert
on May 24, 2012
Charlottesville is amazing! Class and charm of the South with style and culture of a big northern city :)
Reviewed by mfunston
on May 15, 2012
Many small non-chain restaurants, especially on the Downtown Pedistrian Mall. One of the very best Downtown Pedistrain Malls in America.
Reviewed by BonnieKliamovich
on May 15, 2012
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