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Charlottesville Continues to Top Charts and Win Accolades

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Charlottesville continues to top charts and win accolades from being one of the healthiest places to live in America to an ideal community for book lovers.   Each day the recognitions seem to add to a growing list of awards.

When Charlottesville topped Bert Sperling and Peter Sander's book, "Cities Ranked and Rated," in 2004, the announcement catapulted the seemingly quiet college community into the national spotlight.

Kurt Burkhart is executive director of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. He said Charlottesville continues to top charts, "What surprises me is to find out every day what we've been named."

The list of recognitions includes:

  • America's Prettiest Winter Towns - Travel & Leisure magazine
  • Top Brainiest Metropolitan Areas - The Atlantic
  • Best Small Places to Do Business - Forbes magazine
  • A Winemaking Frontier - Bloomberg News
  • Healthiest Places to Live - Men's Journal Magazine
  • Best Tennis Town - Tennis Magazine
  • Best Retirement City for Golfers - Golf Digest
  • Tastiest Town in the South - Southern Living

Sperling said some of Charlottesville's qualities include being a college town with an educated community. Crime is low, jobs are available and Charlottesville has a nice downtown area that includes a pleasant atmosphere.

Part of the Charlottesville restaurant community is The Local. Adam Frazier owns the eatery and said they've been serving up its contemporary American cuisine for four years.

"We strive to use as much local ingredients as possible," Frazier said.

Buying local is part of what gave Charlottesville the distinction of being the Locavore Capital of the World in 2011 by Forbes Magazine. 

When it comes to pounding the pavement, last year Walk Score named Charlottesville the Most Walkable City in Virginia, and in 2006, Outside Magazine said it offered some of the best running trails.

John Freeman is an eMarketing specialist of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. He said finding those winning accolades isn't always easy. Each day he searches Twitter and Facebook for new publications about Charlottesville.

"National Geographic, to name one, named us a World Wonder, then actually doesn't tell us," Freeman said.

Whatever accolade Charlottesville will receive next is a guessing game, but one thing is for sure, it's an eclectic community that's making a name for itself in more ways than one.

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