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Charlottesville, in Albemarle County, Virginia, is ranked the number one place to live in the United States by Frommers. Charlottesville is a lovely university town with lots to offer.

Get Around

Getting around the University of Virginia is easy using the free University Transit System (UTS) buses. And the city is reasonably well connected by city buses (CTS). There is a free trolley bus that runs in a loop from the University to the downtown mall approximately every 20 minutes. It is not easy to find parking around the University area, however it is easily available otherwise. From the University to the downtown mall is a walk of 15-20 minutes.

Dining

There are a ton of great restaurants in Charlottesville, offering a variety of cuisines at reasonable prices. Main hubs of restaurants include 'The Corner,' an area of student-friendly shops in a traditional student area right next to the University, and around the downtown mall. From spring through fall, the outside seating on the pedestrian-only outdoor mall is highly recommended.

A fuller listing of local eateries is available in either of the free local weekly newspapers, The Hook or the C-Ville. You can pick up copies in most coffee shops, restaurants, and book stores. Some of the eating options around the Downtown Mall:
  Marco and Luca's -- Noodles and dumplings. Super cheap and very popular.
  Revolutionary Soup -- Budget soups. Lunch and early evening only.
  Christian's -- Gourmet pizza by the slice.
  Sylvia's -- Gourmet pizza by the slice.
  Bizou -- moderately priced French-influenced comfort food
  Blue Light Grill -- fresh seafood and bar
  Zocalo -- higher end Latin inspired cuisine
  Bang -- higher end Asian inspired Tapas
  Mas -- (in the Belmont area near downtown) Spanish tapas
  La Fleurie -- high end French cuisine
  Hamilton's -- higher-end misc
  Downtown Grill -- higher-end grill, surf and turf
  The Hardware Store -- built in an old hardware store (landmark building since 1895), this booth-ridden restaurant is something of a Charlottesville institution. Toolboxes serve as condiment trays and beers can be ordered by the yard. Moderate-priced fare. You'll be sure to visit the candy store in the same building.
  Mono Loco -- Cuban cuisine
  The Shebeen - South African restaurant and pub
  West Main - 'Virginian' restaurant with several levels with bars etc.
  Cafe Cubano -- Particularly good for breakfast
  Bluegrass Grill -- Specializing in breakfast
  Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar -- Gourmet teas with vegetarian food
  C&O -- High end Virginia cuisine in a cozy environment. Excellent casual bar downstairs.
  Millers -- This pub is an institution, but is known for its music, not its food. Dave Matthews tended bar here back in the day and met his future bandmates here.
  Fusion -- wraps and sandwiches
  Bashir's -- Moroccan cuisine
  Downtown Thai -- cheap-moderate priced Thai cuisine
  South Street Brewery -- Specialized beers and mix of cheap-moderate food
  La Cucina -- Italian
  OXO -- high end
  Mudhouse -- Cozy couches and outside seating make this a popular coffee shop. Baked goods abound.
  Chaps -- Locally made ice cream in an old-style diner. Also burgers etc.
  The Nook -- Burgers etc.
  Splendoras -- Gelato
  Monsoon -- Southeastern Asian cuisine

Some options available at the Corner:
  Mesob -- Quality Ethiopian food, including a lunch buffet M-F.
  The Virginian -- Charlottesville's oldest diner is a cozy bar/restaurant featuring burgers, steaks and linguini
  Jaberwoke -- A popular restaurant specializing in sandwiches, salads and pizzas.
  Michael's -- This establishment, perched above Littlejohn's offers a wide range of beers and an eclectic menu
  Littlejohn's -- Open 24 hours. Depending on the hour, serves either breakfast or sandwiches and subs
  Cafe Europa -- Mediterranean food and inventive sandwiches. The Tomato Basil Soup is highly recommended.
  First Wok -- Authentic Taiwanese and Chinese food

Drink

Like the eating options, the main hubs are either at 'The Corner', which has a predominantly student crowd, or downtown. Many options at both.
  Michael's Bistro on The Corner has by far the best and widest selection of beers in town, and specializes in Belgian and European beers. Starr Hill Brewery (between downtown and The Corner) and South Street Brewery (downtown) are both good micro-breweries and restaurants.
  For wine, both the C&O Restaurant (downtown) and Zocalo (downtown) have excellent selections. Mas (Belmont) also has a good selection, specializing in Spanish wines.
  To experience a world of teas in Charlottesville, head over to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on the Downtown Mall. Also available is a fine selection of wines, beers and sake. The evenings frequently bring music and cultural activities.

Get in

By car
The major highways leading into Charlottesville are US-29 and I-64.
  From Staunton, about 45 minutes from.
  From Richmond, an hour to an hour and half.
  From Washington, D.C., between 2 and 2.5 hours. The trip is approximately 110 miles.
  From Roanoke, about 2 hours.

By plane
  Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, CHO. The closest airport to Charlottesville. However, it is often more economical to fly into Washington Dulles (IAD) or Richmond (RIC).

By train
  Amtrak - Charlottesville is on the route, but it is notoriously late.

By bus
  Greyhound

Attractions

  Vineyards
  University of Virginia - Walk around the university and visit the Rotunda.
  Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson.
  Ash Lawn, the residence of James Monroe.
  Historic Michie Tavern museum and restaurant.
  Dazzling fall colors.

Activities

  Friday's After Five weekly summer time music (downtown) at the newly redone Charlottesville Pavilion.

  Visit two of the best hospitals in the nation.

  Hot air balloon rides through Boars Head Country Club.

Lodging

Full range of options. Be prepared for hotels to fill up early for UVa football and basketball games and for University events like graduation etc. A great site for places to stay - Charlottesville-Albemarle Tourism 

Get out

  Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive - Beautiful drives along the Appalachians, with many hiking trails, some of which connect to the Appalachian Trail.


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