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.

A combination of the beauty of the Blue Ride Mountains, the excellent education and community that the University of Virginia provides and some of the best restaurants imaginable make Charlottesville an ideal place for all types of people. This town is great for families, students and any open-minded individuals. Can't say enough. Did I mention Monticello, vineyards, UVa football, the Downtown Mall and Bodo's Bagels? I can't decide between most fun, best food or most beautiful!
Reviewed by mightyelh
on September 17, 2012
Charlottesville is a world class city, an oasis in Virginia. Located in the foothills of the Blue RIdge Mountains, just 2 1/2 hrs SW of Washington DC and an hour east of Richmond, Charlottesville is home to an eclectic community from all over the world who are drawn by the quality of life... The natural beauty, the University of Virginia, the traditions and the innovation, the highly-ranked medical facilities, excellent schools both public and private, and the ease of travel to and from Cville by plane, train or car. The level of education and continuing education is high in Charlottesville, and the opportunities for cultural events, culinary highs and other amusements is remarkable for a town of its size. Charlottesville carries on Jefferson's genius, with open-mindedness, creativity, and a love of education. The town is focused on leading in sustainability, while safeguarding the liveability its inhabitants treasure. One highlight is the lively downtown pedestrian mall lined with cafes and unmitigated fun, including the restored Paramount Theatre (think Tony Bennett, Denise Graves, Aretha Franklin, Moscow Ballet, etc), numerous live music venues, live theatre, movies, ice skating rink, and an outrageous number of bookstores and art galleries. Hard choices to make with so many golf courses, tennis facilities, fitness centers... or polo, steeplechase, UVA sports… Want opportunities to volunteer or speak another language? Open markets, walking trails by the Rivanna River, a community that values organic farming, artists and artisans, scholars and people who perpetually question and invent? This is it. No wonder Charlottesville has garnered numerous national citations as best place in America to live and to retire. Accessibility to outside fun is a big plus for Charlottesvillans: Just half an hour from Cville are the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Only 2 1/2 hours to the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Beaches
Reviewed by ynobles
on September 17, 2012
Such a strong mix of talented chefs and culinary artists drawing from local ingredients gives this more-than-just-a-college-town a leg up in the foodie world. Don't miss out by just reading reviews - visit and see for yourself!
Reviewed by sritzer
on June 1, 2012
Too many good choices to even try them all!!!
Reviewed by ptoonya49
on June 1, 2012
Great family friendly town, great for families of all ages from toddler to teenage to adult, there is something for everyone here. Endless activities for everyone of all ages and enough restaurants to try a new one every night for a month!
Reviewed by Tigerluv66
on June 1, 2012
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