Charlottesville, Virginia

Votes



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"

Description

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.

An awesome place to live or just visit!
Reviewed by thecasemeister
on April 20, 2012
Great food, shops, history& scenic locations......but esp. the variety of restaurants &shopping.
Reviewed by Brenda363
on April 20, 2012
I was born and raised in Charlottesville and I have yet to visit a small town with food as good as C'ville. The variety of cuisine coupled with super-good, super-fresh, super-cheap "fast food" -- talking about places like Marco & Luca's and Little John's -- makes it almost incomparable to most other small towns. That said, I'm also planning on moving to Santa Fe in the near future, so we'll see just what kind of competition Charlottesville's up against! ;)
Reviewed by etj53n
on April 20, 2012
Beautiful place with both historic and modern facets. Loved the four years I spent there and wish I could visit more!
Reviewed by sjmcmic
on April 20, 2012
Some of the best restaurants in all of Virginia.
Reviewed by JackEdwards1975
on April 20, 2012
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