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Welcome! Year-round natural beauty, hallowed halls of history, spectacular arts and music, and small-city sophistication — Charlottesville has it all! It is easy to see why Orbitz.com named Charlottesville as one of the five places every American should visit and why National Geographic named it the third happiest place in the United States! Here, you can walk in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson at his Monticello home and at his beloved University of Virginia — both are World Heritage Sites full of fascinating history and interesting architecture — and you can relax in the scenic countryside he so admired, dotted with stunning vineyards, horse farms and Blue Ridge Mountain views. With so many wonderful places to enjoy here in Charlottesville, it can be tough to choose. So, we went to the experts to find out what they think is the best of the best. We polled our Charlottesville Welcome Book readers, locals and tourists about their favorite local businesses that exemplify wonderful customer service, from delicious restaurants, amazing boutiques, hot spots and cool clubs to wonderful resorts and awe-inspiring historical landmarks — and everything in between! Watch for the Welcome Book Winner logo in shop windows, and go to CharlottesvilleWelcomeBook.com to get the insider’s scoop on the best of everything our town has to offer. All of the award winners are highlighted in a special digital edition online, along with plenty of reader’s tips that will put you “in the know.” This issue also features some NEW and exciting content. On pages 28-35, you will find four tastings maps with markers for all of the area’s breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries in the counties surrounding Charlottesville. Throughout the fall and winter, we’ll give away tickets to Charlottesville concerts, festivals and other events on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ CharlottesvilleWelcomeBook, so be sure to like and follow us for a chance to win! Welcome to . . .
Exploring Jefferson's Virginia