Winners Special Online Edition
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2012 Welcome Book Award Winners Year-round natural beauty, hallowed halls of history, spectacular arts and music, and small-city sophistication - Charlottesville has it all! Our southern hospitality delivers an effortless, warm and welcoming demeanor that locals and business owners alike radiate to visitors, neighbors and customers, and keep you coming back for another visit or a more permanent stay. We polled locals and tourists about their favorite Charlottesville businesses; from fantastic restaurants, amazing shops, hot spots and cool clubs, to wonderful resorts and awesome historical landmarks...and everything in between! We wanted to know about anything distinctly Charlottesville; places to recommend to a friend or a new visitor to our area - named the #1 Best Place to Live by Sperling’s Best Places! And the readers responded! Hundreds of people participated in the poll and shared their thoughts and views on their Charlottesville favorites. And here are the results! On your next visit here, be sure to check out some of the winners’ establishments and offerings. We’re positive you’ll see why they all became Welcome Book Award winners!
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PHOTO CREDITS: COVER, from left: 2) UVAâ€™s Scott Stadium, courtesy UVA Athletics; 4) Monticello, courtesy Theresa N. White INTERIOR PHOTO STRIP, from left: 2) Cabinet Room at Monticello, courtesy Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.; 4) Monticello, courtesy Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.; 5) UVAâ€™s Scott Stadium, courtesy UVA Athletics; 7) Stoney Creek Golf Course, courtesy Wintergreen Resort; 8) Kitchen at Monticello, courtesy Monticello/ Philip Beaurline; 10) Albemarle County Farm, Robin Bethke
Art Gallery 1. McGuffey Art Center mcguffeyartcenter.com 2. Second Street Gallery ➤ 3. Warm Springs Gallery warmspringsgallery.com ➤
Local Solo Musician
1. Terri Allard 2. John D’earth 3. Eli Cook
1. John Grisham 2. Lorraine Rees 3. Jan Karon
Art Museum 1. UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art www.virginia.edu/artmuseum 2. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art ➤ Collection kluge-ruhe.org 3. McGuffey Art Center ➤ mcguffeyartcenter.com ➤
Local Artist ➤
1. Dean Dass www.lesyeuxdumonde.com/artists/ Dass 2. Sharon Shapiro 3. Robin Braun
Place to See Live Theatre & Local Theatre Group 1. Live Arts ➤ 2. The Paramount Theater theparamount.net ➤ 3. Four County Players fourcp.org
Concert Venue 1. nTelos Wireless Pavilion thenteloswirelesspavilion.com ➤ 2. The Jefferson Theater jeffersontheater.com 3. John Paul Jones Arena ➤
Local Band 1. Dave Matthews Band 2. Sons of Bill 3. Love Canon 4
McGuffey Art Center: Jennifer Jones
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Whether you’re buying a home, browsing through a local shop or having a night out on the town, you might run into one of our celebrity residents. In the surrounding countryside of Albemarle there are expansive, 19th-century horse properties owned by Sissy Spacek, Howie Long, John Grisham and others! Everyone in town seems to have a great story that starts, “You’ll never guess who I just saw!”
Place to See a Movie
Place for Delicious Drinks
Late Night Coffee/Tea
1. Vinegar Hill/Visulite Cinema 2. Regal Cinema 3. Zeus Digital Theater
1. Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar 2. Bang! 3. da Luca Café and Wine Bar
1. Mudhouse 2. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar 3. C’ville Coffee
Restaurant with Live Music
1. C&O Restaurant 2. Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ➤ 3. Splendora’s Gelato splendoras.com
Place to Dance 1. Club R2 2. The Box
1. Miller’s Downtown 2. Fellini’s #9 3. Maya
Late Night Place for Dessert
Local Music Charlottesville has an abundance of live music that you will enjoy this summer, no matter your taste - bluegrass or jazz, rock or country, alternative or gospel, metal or classic. We have it all! Make your way to the Historic Downtown Mall every Friday by 5pm (April-September) for these free, weekly performances at the beautiful, outdoor nTelos Wireless Pavilion. And, one of the biggest bands in the world calls Charlottesville home: The Dave Matthews Band. As locals like to brag, we knew Dave back when he was bartending at Miller’s on the Downtown Mall. Check out the John Paul Jones Arena, The Paramount, the Jefferson or any one of the numerous music venues and festivals for a rockin’ good time. 5
“The Downtown Mall is a must. Find an outdoor table, order lunch from any of the great restaurants — then enjoy the people- and dog-watching.” – Charlotte 8
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International Food - Sushi
1. C&O Restaurant 2. Fossett’s Restaurant 3. Hamilton’s at First & Main
1. TEN 2. Now & Zen 3. Miyako Japanese Cuisine
International Food Thai Restaurant
1. Blue Mountain Brewery bluemountainbrewery.com 2. Timberwood Grill 3. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Outdoor Dining ➤ 1. Blue Mountain Brewery .bluemountainbrewery.com 2. Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar 3. Vivace
International Food Chinese Restaurant 1. Peter Chang’s China Grill 2. Taste of China 3. East Garden 6
International Food South of the Border Restaurant 1. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 2. Aqui Es Mexico 3. Continental Divide
International Food - Tapas
1. Thai 99 2. Lime Leaf Thai Restaurant 3. Tara Thai
1. Mas Tapas 2. da Luca Café & Wine Bar 3. Bang!
International Food - Indian Restaurant
1. Milan Indian Cuisine 2. Maharaja Fine Indian Cuisine 3. Royal Indian Restaurant
International Food - Italian Restaurant 1. Tavola 2. Vivace 3. Bella’s Italian Restaurant
1. Aberdeen Barn 2. Outback Steakhouse 3. Downtown Grille
Seafood 1. Bonefish Grill 2. Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar 3. Red Lobster
1. Christianâ€™s Pizza 2. Dr. Hoâ€™s Humble Pie 3. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
Burger Joint 1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries 2. Boylan Heights 3. Riverside Lunch
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Sandwich Place 1. Bodoâ€™s Bagels 2. The Market at Bellair 3. Carving Board CafĂŠ
Place for Picnic Foods/ Tailgating 1. Foods of All Nations 2. Whole Foods 3. Wayside Takeout & Catering
Eatery on the Downtown Mall Fossettâ€™s at Keswick Hall
1. Bizou 2. Zocalo 3. Eppieâ€™s
Eatery on the Corner 1. Boylan Heights 2. Basil Mediterranean Bistro 3. White Spot
Coffee Shop 1. Mudhouse 2. Câ€™ville Coffee 3. Starbucks
4]``SaS`dObW]\aQOZZ'%'!"" Dessert Spot Farmersâ€™ Market Location Gelato âž¤ 1. Splendoraâ€™s 2`Saa(=^S\Q]ZZO`S\Q]c`OUSR âž¤ 1. Charlottesville City Market splendoras.com 2. Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt 3. Hot Cakes
charlottesvillecitymarket.com 2. Farmers in the Park at Meade Park 3. Forest Lakes Farmersâ€™ Market
â€œI love going to Splendoraâ€™s and getting a â€˜painterâ€™s palette,â€™ which lets you try six flavors at once.â€? â€“ Kristin 7
Local Red Wine
1. King Family Vineyards 2. Keswick Vineyards 3. Veritas Vineyard and Winery
1. Barboursville Vineyards’ Octagon 2. Keswick Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon 3. Keswick Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc
Tasting Room 1. Keswick Vineyards 2. Veritas Vineyard and Winery 3. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Local White Wine 1. Keswick Vineyards’ Verdejo 2. Barboursville Vineyards’ Chardonnay 3. Keswick Vineyards’ Viognier
“The vineyards near Charlottesville are incredible — they are so beautiful and relaxing. Good food and wine, too!” – Lauren
Most Romantic Vineyard 1. Veritas Vineyard and Winery 2. King Family Vineyards 3. Keswick Vineyards
Microbrewery ➤ 1.
Blue Mountain Brewery bluemountainbrewery.com 2. Starr Hill Brewery 3. Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Microbrew ➤ 1.
Blue Mountain Brewery’s Full Nelson Pale Ale bluemountainbrewery.com 2. Starr Hill Brewery’s The Love 3. Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Vienna Lager
Most Scenic Vineyard/ Microbrewery ➤ 1.
Blue Mountain Brewery bluemountainbrewery.com 2. King Family Vineyards 3. Keswick Vineyards
Vineyards & Microbreweries
Vineyards & Microbreweries
Best Vineyard/Microbrewery Tour ➤ 1.
Blue Mountain Brewery bluemountainbrewery.com 2. Starr Hill Brewery 3. Keswick Vineyards
Sports, athletics & adventure
Sports, Athletics & Adventure Cycling Route 1. Rivanna Trail 2. Preddy Creek ➤ 3. Blue Ridge Parkway blueridgeparkway.org
1. ACAC 2. Onesty Family Aquatic Center 3. Fry’s Spring Beach Club
Golf Course ➤ 1.
Old Trail Golf Club oldtrailgolf.com 2. Birdwood Golf Course ➤ 3. Meadowcreek Golf Course meadowcreekgolf.org
Ski Resort 1. Wintergreen Resort 2. Massanutten Resort 3. Snowshoe Mountain
Tennis Courts 1. The Boar’s Head Sports Club 2. Snyder Tennis Center at UVA 3. ACAC
Hike 1. Humpback Rock 2. Sugar Hollow 3. Crabtree Falls
Hot Air Ballooning 1. Boar’s Head Ballooning 2. Monticello Country Ballooning 3. Blue Ridge Ballooning
Tubing 1. James River Runners 2. James River Reeling & Rafting 3. Rapidan River Kayak Company
Place to Camp 1. Sherando Lake ➤ 2. Shenandoah National Park visitshenandoah.com 3. Misty Mountain Camp Resort
“Take time to enjoy the outdoors — the fantastic fall and spring weather is perfect for long hikes and mountain biking.” – Steve
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“Must-Do” Activity for Outof-Towners
Monticello: Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
Monticello monticello.org 2. Downtown Mall 3. Vineyards
Historical Landmark/Site ➤ 1.
Monticello monticello.org 2. UVA Grounds ➤ 3. Grand Caverns grandcaverns.com
Day Trip ➤ 1.
Blue Ridge Parkway blueridgeparkway.org 2. Vineyards ➤ 3. Montpelier montpelier.org
1. Pen Park 2. McIntire Park 3. Greenleaf Park
1. Carter’s Mountain Orchard 2. Chiles Peach Orchard 3. Henley’s Orchard
Rainy Day Outing ➤ 1.
UVA Lingo The University of Virginia (UVA) is a bastion of tradition founded by Thomas Jefferson, the most popular man in town. Whether you’re preparing to enter its hallowed halls for a degree or enjoying a weekend in town, here is your guide to local lingo. We proudly cheer on our Orange and Blue, “The Cavaliers” - “Cavs” or “Wahoos” for short. The area on which UVA sits is called “Grounds,” not “campus,” and freshmen here are called “first-years.” The University offers structured tours for prospective students, or, if you’re interested in exploring on your own try a self-guided tour. Be sure to check out The Rotunda, the Chapel, UVA’s Fralin Art Museum and The Corner! 10
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville bouncenplayofcville.com 2. UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art ➤ www.virginia.edu/artmuseum 3. Virginia Discovery Museum ➤ vadm.org
Museum ➤ 1.
Virginia Discovery Museum vadm.org ➤ 2. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection kluge-ruhe.org ➤ 3. UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art www.virginia.edu/artmuseum
Fun with the Kids ➤ 1.
Virginia Discovery Museum vadm.org ➤ 2. Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville bouncenplayofcville.com ➤ 3. Fridays After Five at nTelos Wireless Pavilion thenteloswirelesspavilion.com
Best Overall Festival
Virginia Festival of the Book ➤ 1. Historic Garden Week vabook.org vagardenweek.org 2. Charlottesville Dogwood Festival 2. Grace Church Historic Farm ➤ ➤ Tour charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org gracefarmtour.org ➤ 3. Virginia Film Festival virginiafilmfestival.org ➤ 3. Monticello Garden & Grounds Tours Wine Festival monticello.org 1. Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Race to Run or Walk Festival 1. Charlottesville Women’s Four ➤ 2. Montpelier Wine Festival Miler montpelierwinefestival.com 2. Charlottesville Ten Miler 3. Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyard 3. Montalto Challenge 5K ➤ and Winery monticello.org
Regional Events Art Festival ➤ 1.
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph look3.org ➤ 2. Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival crozetartsandcrafts.com 3. First Fridays Art Walk
Harvest/Fall Festival 1. Apple Harvest Festival at Carter’s Mountain Orchard 2. Heritage Harvest Festival ➤ heritageharvestfestival.com ➤ 3. Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials fallfiberfestival.org
1. Top of the Hops Charlottesville Beer Festival 2. Charlottesville Blues & Brews Festival 3. BrewRidge Music Festival
UVA Sporting Event 1. Football 2. Basketball 3. Baseball
Horse Event Foxfield Races foxfieldraces.com 2. Roseland Polo at King Family Vineyards ➤ 3. Montpelier Hunt Races montpelierraces.org
Food or Culinary Festival 1. Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival 2. Restaurant Week 3. Charlottesville Chocolate Festival
Monticello Wine Festival: Robin Bethke
Shopping Downtown Mall Store 1. Cha Cha’s 2. O’Suzannah 3. Caspari
Shopping Center 1. Barracks Road Shopping Center 2. Downtown Mall 3. Fashion Square Mall
Women’s Clothing Boutique 1. Bittersweet New & Vintage Clothing 2. Levy’s 3. Jean Theory
Men’s Clothing Store 1. Beecroft & Bull Ltd. 2. JoS A. Bank Clothiers 3. Eljo’s
Kids’ Clothing Store 1. Whimsies 2. Old Navy 3. Gap
Jewelry Shop 1. Angelo Jewelry 2. Tuel Jewelers 3. Andrew Minton Jewelers
Sporting Goods Store 1. Dick’s Sporting Goods 2. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports 3. Ragged Mountain Running Shop
“When I am looking for an extra special gift, I always head to the City Market or one of the local boutiques around town. I know I will find something truly unique that can’t be found anywhere else.” – Jessica Antiques ➤ 1.
Circa circainc.com 2. The Covesville Store 3. Oyster House Antique Shop
Bookstore 1. Barnes & Noble Bookstore 2. New Dominion Bookshop 3. Daedalus Bookshop
Gift/Souvenir Shop 1. The Virginia Shop 2. Cha Cha’s 3. O’Suzannah
Place to Pick Up UVA Gear 1. Mincer’s 2. University of Virginia Bookstore 3. The Virginia Shop
Toy Shop 1. Shenanigans 2. Alakazam Toys 3. Toys “R” Us
Home Accessories Boutique ➤ 1.
Circa circainc.com 2. Roxie Daisy 3. Bed Bath & Beyond
Bike Shop ➤ 1.
Blue Wheel Bicycles bluewheel.com 2. Blue Ridge Cyclery 3. C’ville Bike & Tri
Wine Shop ➤ 1.
Market Street Wineshops marketstreetwine.com 2. Wine Warehouse 3. In Vino Veritas
Local Goods 1. The Virginia Shop ➤ 2. Charlottesville City Market charlottesvillecitymarket.com ➤ 3. Feast! feastvirginia.com
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Places to Stay
Places to Stay Hotel 1. Omni Hotel 2. Keswick Hall 3. The Boar’s Head Inn
Resort 1. Keswick Hall 2. Wintergreen Resort 3. The Boar’s Head Inn
Inn 1. The Boar’s Head Inn 2. Clifton Inn 3. South Street Inn
B&B 1. Guesthouses Reservation Services 2. The Inn at Monticello 3. South Street Inn
Best Hotel Restaurant
“Guesthouses provides a unique service of providing accommodations in owner’s homes and cottages.” – Rick
1. Fossett’s at Keswick Hall 2. Clifton Inn 3. Old Mill Room at The Boar’s Head Inn
Resources for newcomers
Resources for Newcomers Best Real Estate Agent
1. Kathi Berrang, Real Estate III 2. Bob Hughes, Nest Realty 3. Will Faulconer, McLean Faulconer Inc.
1. Belmont 2. Fry’s Spring 3. Locust Grove
Best Real Estate Company 1. Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate III 2. Nest Realty 3. RE/MAX
“I love that in Charlottesville you can live a quick drive from both a lively night out on the town and an escape to the middle of the mountains. I initially moved here so my kids could go to great schools but it’s turned out to be so much more than that for my entire family.” – Emma
Insurance Agent 1. Hunter Wyant, State Farm Insurance 2. Gary Albert, State Farm Insurance ➤ 3. Greg Leffler, State Farm Insurance gregleffler.us
Furniture Store ➤ 1.
Circa circainc.com 2. Grand Home Furnishings 3. Kane Furniture & Interiors
Private School 1. Tandem Friends School ➤ 2. St. Anne’s-Belfield School stab.org 3. Covenant School
Best Mortgage Broker & Firm
1. SunTrust Mortgage 2. C&F Mortgage Corporation 3. UVA Community Credit Union
1. Snow’s Garden & Landscape Center 2. Ivy Nursery 3. Eltzroth & Thompson Greenhouses
1. George Coles 2. Walker Richmond 3. Bob Kroner
1. Southern Development Homes southern-development.com 2. Green Mountain Construction 3. ACE Builders
1. Snow’s Garden & Landscape Center 2. D&D Lawn Care 3. Meriwether Mowing
1. Whole Foods 2. Harris Teeter 3. Kroger
Brown Automotive brownautos.com 2. Volvo of Charlottesville 3. Jim Price Automotive
Senior Community ➤ 1.
Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge westminstercanterbury.org 2. Branchlands 3. RoseWood Village
Assisted Living ➤ 1.
Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge westminstercanterbury.org 2. RoseWood Village 3. Our Lady of Peace
Resources for Newcomers
Recreational Organization for the Over-50 Crowd ➤ 1.
Senior Center seniorcenterinc.org ➤ 2. JABA jabacares.org 3. Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
Local Charity ➤ 1.
SPCA caspca.org 2. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank ➤ 3. United Way unitedwaytja.org
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“Charlottesville is a lovely place to visit and retire to, because of all the things that there are to do in town. With live music, theatrical performances and outdoor festivals — you will always have something to do, seven days a week.” – Courtney
Weddings & Special Events
Weddings & Special Events Wedding Venue 1. Veritas Vineyard and Winery 2. King Family Vineyards 3. UVA Chapel
Best Semi & Formal Clothing 1. West Main Bridal & Couture 2. Eloise 3. Levy’s
Wedding Jeweler 1. Andrew Minton Jewelers 2. Keller & George Jewelers 3. Reines Jewelers
“I can’t think of a better place to get married than at a winery in Charlottesville. The scenery alone makes it the perfect venue, plus some of the area’s best vendors are located right here in town!” – Meredith Florist 1. Hedge Fine Blooms 2. University Florists 3. Pat’s Floral Designs
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Caterer 1. Harvest Moon Catering 2. C&O Restaurant 3. Hot Cakes
Cake Baker 1. Chandler’s Bakery 2. Albemarle Baking Company 3. Hot Cakes
1. Cramer Photography 2. Jen Fariello Photography jenfariello.com 3. Jack Looney Photography
Best Place to Host the Wedding Family 1. Omni Hotel 2. The Boar’s Head Inn 3. Guesthouses Reservation Services 16
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness Family Doctor/Practice
1. Downtown Family Health Care 2. Albemarle Square Family Healthcare 3. Charlottesville Family Medicine
Dentist ➤ 1.
DJ Bickers, DDS djbickers.com 2. William Viglione, DDS 3. David Swett, DDS
Optometrist 1. Primary Eyecare Drs. Record, Record & Adams recordeyecare.com 3. Ashley Schauer, MD
Chiropractor 1. Spinal Health & Wellness 2. Cox Chiropractic Clinic 3. Ivy Commons Family Chiropractic
Fitness Center 1. ACAC 2. The Boar’s Head Sports Club 3. Anytime Fitness
Mind/Body Classes 1. ACAC 2. Bikram Yoga 3. Bend Yoga
Hair Salon 1. Moxie Hair and Body Lounge 2. Bristles Hair Design and Day Spa 3. Salon Cielo
1. Moxie Hair and Body Lounge 2. Oasis 3. The Boar’s Head Spa
1. Georgetown Veterinary Hospital 2. Airport Animal Clinic 3. Monticello Animal Hospital
Being Green “Green” doesn’t just describe the rolling hills that surround Charlottesville. Green is a way of life for eco-conscious residents, businesses and local governments. From building practices to single-stream recycling, Charlottesville is leading the way to a healthier, cleaner future in Virginia and has been recognized with the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. 17