Charlottesville Accolades

Charlottesville and Albemarle County are for winners!  As a destination full of scenic beauty, top culinary options and unique innovation, we often find ourselves at the top of lists.  We've been named everything from the "Best Place To Live In America" to "The Best Trail Running Town In The USA".  Don't believe us?  See for yourself below!


Award/Accolade
Publication
Link
Date
25 Best Romantic Getaways This Fall
Publication: Vacation Idea
Year: 2017
The Top Small Towns For Taking in the Fall Foliage
Publication: MSN
Year: 2017
The 7 U.S. Wine Regions Giving Napa a Serious Run for Its Money
Publication: Architectural Digest
Year: 2017
5 of the Most Gorgeous College Towns in America
Publication: Make it Better
Year: 2017
2017's Best American Foodie Towns
Publication: Reward Expert
Year: 2017
20 College Towns that Parents Won't Want to Leave
Publication: Cheapism
Year: 2017
America's Best Cities - A Ranking of U.S. Place Equity
Publication: Resonance
Year: 2017
The Best Road Trips from 10 Major US Cities
Publication: Business Insider
Year: 2017
Most Charming Southern Vacations You Need to Experience
Publication: Trip Advisor
Year: 2017
#2 Best Small Town Main Street in America
Publication: Country Living
Year: 2017
The 10 Most Charming Cities in the U.S.
Publication: Invaluable
Year: 2017
America's Greatest Places You Absolutely Have to Visit During Spring
Publication: Thrillist
Year: 2017
Most Beautiful Towns in all 50 States - Crozet
Publication: Expedia
Year: 2017
20 Best Mini-Moon Ideas for a Charming & Romantic Vacation
Publication: Elle Decor
Year: 2017
No. 5 Best Place to Live
Publication: Livability
Year: 2017
Top College Towns
Publication: Travel Channel
Year: 2017
10 Best Road Trips in America
Publication: Style Caster
Year: 2017
No. 3 Best Small Town in the South
Publication: Southern Living
Year: 2017
No. 5 Healthiest, Happiest City in the U.S.
Publication: The Today Show
Year: 2017
17 Places You Must Visit in 2017
Publication: Expedia
Year: 2017
America's Favorite Towns
Publication: Travel + Leisure
Year: 2016
America's Best Small Cities for Foodies
Publication: Travelocity
Year: 2016
No. 4 in the U.S. For Entrepreneurship
Publication: Entrepreneuer Magazine
Year: 2016
No. 6 in the World for Best Wine Vacations
Publication: U.S. News & World Report Travel
Year: 2016
The 12 Cutest Small Towns in America
Publication: Purewow.com
Year: 2016
No. 10 Best Town in College Football
Publication: Athlon Sports
Year: 2016
6 Best Cities on Instagram
Publication: Livability
Year: 2016
The 10 Hippest Mid-Sized Cities in America
Publication: gogobot
Year: 2016
Five Great Places to Visit in 2016
Publication: Off Metro NY
Year: 2016
10 U.S. Towns with Incredible Christmas Celebrations
Publication: Huffington Post
Year: 2015
No. 12 Top Christmas Destinations in America
Publication: Newsmax
Year: 2015
8 Southern Cities for Your Bucket List
Publication: Visit South
Year: 2015
#2 Most Exciting City in Virginia
Publication: gogobot
Year: 2015
Top 10 Best Places to Retire
Publication: Livability
Year: 2015
America's Best Fall Foliage Road Trips
Publication: Travel Channel
Year: 2015
Top 100 Best Places to Live
Publication: Livability
Year: 2015
#1 Most Beautiful College Campus in America
Publication: Best College Reviews
Year: 2015
12 Cutest Small Towns in America
Publication: Huffington Post
Year: 2015
The USA's 12 Best Places for Book Lovers
Publication: The Culture Trip
Year: 2015
7 Amazing Destination Bike Rides: Road Edition
Publication: bikewagon
Year: 2015
#7 Best College Town in America for Food and Drink
Publication: Thrillist
Year: 2015
5 Wine Regions with a Unique Claim to Fame
Publication: Trivago & The Huffington Post
Year: 2015
22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations
Publication: Vacationidea.com
Year: 2015
The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South
Publication: The Huffington Post
Year: 2015
Best Spring Marathons in the U.S.
Publication: Daily Burn
Year: 2015
#1 Most Beautiful College in the South
Publication: Best Colleges Online
Year: 2015
Best Places to Travel to in 2015
Publication: Orbitz
Year: 2015
5 Best College Towns You'll Be Interested in Moving To
Publication: Examiner
Year: 2014
America's Best College Towns - #3
Publication: Time Magazine
Year: 2014
America's Best Town for the Holidays
Publication: Travel + Leisure
Year: 2014
Brightest Fall Foliage Destinations in the Country
Publication: USA Today/10Best
Year: 2014
#9 Best College Town Weekend
Publication: USA Today/10Best
Year: 2014
10 College Towns We'd Actually Want to Visit as Adults
Publication: Conde Nast Traveler
Year: 2014
Top 3 MBA Schools in the World
Publication: The Economist
Year: 2014
Virginia - Food Region of 2014
Publication: Esquire
Year: 2014
#1 Fall Travel Destination
Publication: betterRVing.com
Year: 2014
Americas Most Iconic College Campuses - #1
Publication: Brandpoint
Year: 2014
10 Best College Towns 2014
Publication: Livability
Year: 2014
The 50 Best College Towns in America
Publication: Best College Reviews
Year: 2014
Top 100 Best Places to Live
Publication: Livability
Year: 2014
Happiest City in America
Publication: Good Housekeeping
Year: 2014
America's 5 New Foodie Cities
Publication: Wine Enthusiast
Year: 2014
#1 College Town in the Country
Publication: Travelers Today
Year: 2014
#1 Most Exciting Place in Virginia
Publication: Movoto
Year: 2014
5 Destinations Every American Should Visit
Publication: Luxury Travel Magazine
Year: 2014
10 Hidden Gems Among U.S. College Towns
Publication: Homeinsurance.com
Year: 2014
America's Favorite Mountain Towns
Publication: Travel & Leisure
Year: 2014
5 College Towns That Offer Way More Than Education
Publication: FlipKey
Year: 2014
11 Southern Towns You're Forgetting About But Shouldn't
Publication: Huffington Post
Year: 2014
Happiest and Healthiest Cities in America
Publication: Business Insider
Year: 2014
10 Best College Towns in America
Publication: Movoto
Year: 2014
America's 10 Friendliest Small Cities
Publication: Movoto
Year: 2014
Top 10 Cities for Affordable Healthcare
Publication: Livability
Year: 2014
Six Exciting Wine Regions to Explore in 2014
Publication: Forbes
Year: 2014
15 Best Spring Marathons in the U.S.
Publication: Daily Burn
Year: 2014
America's 10 Healthiest Small Cities
Publication: Daily Finance
Year: 2014
6 Best Small Towns in America - Best Food Category
Publication: Huffington Post
Year: 2014
Top 9 Wine-Harvest Destinations in the World
Publication: Fodors
Year: 2013
Top 9 Small College Towns to Visit This Fall
Publication: Huffington Post
Year: 2013
Top 10 Wine Tasting Vacation Destinations in the World
Publication: Famouswonders.com
Year: 2013
Top 30 Places to Live in America
Publication: Livability
Year: 2013
One of the 15 Most Beautiful Campus' in the World (UVA)
Publication: Forbes
Year: 2013
Top 10 Best Up and Coming Wine Regions
Publication: NerdTravel
Year: 2013
Top 13 Best Historical Destinations in the United States
Publication: U.S. News & World Report
Year: 2013
5 Places Every American Should Visit
Publication: The Today Show
Year: 2013
Top 10 Spring Vacation Destination in the World
Publication: Travel Channel
Year: 2013
#1 Medium-Sized Mountain Town
Publication: Blue Ridge Country Magazine
Year: 2013
Top 6 Great American Wine Region
Publication: Budget Travel
Year: 2013
Top 10 City in America for History Buffs
Publication: Travel Nerd
Year: 2013
#4 Most Romantic City in America
Publication: Livability
Year: 2013
Charlottesville Ranks 14th on Most Restaurants Per Capita List
Publication: The Huffington Post
Year: 2013
Top 10 Wine Destinations in the World
Publication: Wine Enthusiast
Year: 2012
America's Prettiest Winter Towns
Publication: Travel & Leisure Magazine
Year: 2012
Top 10 metro areas where people indicate they have the best overall sense of well-being
Publication: USA Today
Year: 2012
Top "Brainiest" Metropolitan Areas
Publication: The Atlantic
Year: 2012
Best Small Places to do Business - #22
Publication: Forbes Magazine
Year: 2012
Best for Food - Runner Up
Publication: USA Today/Rand McNally
Year: 2012
25 Most Beautiful Schools (UVA)
Publication: Newsweek
Year: 2012
A Winemaking Frontier
Publication: Bloomberg News
Year: 2012
Smartest Cities in America
Publication: The Daily Beast
Year: 2012
#1 Agritourism Spot in America
Publication: Go Green Travel Green
Year: 2012
Worlds Most Beautiful Universities (UVA)
Publication: Travel & Leisure
Year: 2012
Top 20 Tailgate Town
Publication: Southern Living
Year: 2012
#10 Wine Vacation Spot in the World
Publication: US News & World Report
Year: 2012
The South's Best College Towns
Publication: Southern Living
Year: 2012
The Best Southern Tailgates
Publication: Southern Living
Year: 2012
#5 Tastiest Town in the South
Publication: Southern Living
Year: 2011
#1 City to Live in the Country
Publication: Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling
Year: 2011
#4 Best City for Book Lovers
Publication: Livability
Year: 2011
"Locavore" Capital of the World
Publication: Forbes Magazine
Year: 2011
Most Walkable City in Virginia
Publication: Walk Score
Year: 2011
Top 10 Charming Towns
Publication: Trip Advisor
Year: 2010
Healthiest Place to Live
Publication: Men's Journal Magazine
Year: 2010
Top Place to Retire
Publication: Kiplinger Magazine
Year: 2010
4th Best Place to Live in the Country
Publication: Kiplinger Magazine
Year: 2009
11th Best Town to Find a Job
Publication: Forbes Magazine
Year: 2009
30 Coolest Neighborhoods - Belmont
Publication: Men's Health Magazine
Year: 2009
Top Ten Digital City, 3rd 2005, 4th 2006, 6th 2007, 5th 2008, 4th 2009
Publication: Center for Digital Government
Year: 2009
GFOA Certificate of Achievement Reporting (30th consecutive year)
Publication: Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)
Year: 2009
AAA Bond Rating, Moody's has ranked City AAA since 1973, S & P since 1964
Publication: Moody's and Standard & Poor's
Year: 2009
Top 10 Healthiest Places to Retire
Publication: AARP
Year: 2008
Best Places to Retire, 2nd
Publication: Black Enterprise Magazine
Year: 2008
Best City for Living and Launching a Business - 18th Place
Publication: Fortune and Money Magazine
Year: 2008
Best Small Market for Business - 9th Place
Publication: Forbes Magazine
Year: 2008
2008 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, Gold and Flag Award in the Environmental Program (Government category)
Publication: N/A
Year: 2008
2008 Bicycle Friendly Community at the Silver Level
Publication: League of American Bicyclists
Year: 2008
USGBC LEED Gold Certification, Downtown Transit Center, 2008, 1st LEED Gold municipal designation in the state
Publication: USGBC
Year: 2008
One of the Best Places to be Found 1995 & 1999, also one of Seven Dream Towns That Have it all, Best Town to Live 2006, 2008
Publication: Outside Magazine
Year: 2007
Distinctive Destination
Publication: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Year: 2007
Best Small College Town (#1)
Publication: E-Podunk.com
Year: 2007
Best Trail Running
Publication: Outside Magazine
Year: 2006
Top Five Green Cities
Publication: Blue Ridge Magazine
Year: 2006
Best Place to Relocate
Publication: relocateamerica.com
Year: 2006
10 Really Cool Small Southern Markets
Publication: Southern Business & Development Magazine
Year: 2005
Best Places to Work
Publication: Business Journals
Year: 2004
100 Best Places to Live
Publication: Money Magazine
Year: 2004
Best Place to Live in the USA
Publication: USA Today
Year: 2001