America's Prettiest Winter Towns
Lowcountry cities like Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, hog the tourism spotlight, which might be fine with Charlottesville residents—happy to keep their artsy college town to themselves. Things do pick up in the summer and fall, thanks to the burgeoning vineyard scene. But winter has a special beauty, found while admiring Monticello and the University of Virginia covered in white, snowshoeing along the trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway, or sipping a glass of local Merlot in a restaurant along Charlottesville’s pedestrian-friendly Downtown Mall.
Winter Fun: Virginia is the country’s fifth largest wine producer, and you can tour vineyards along the Monticello Wine Trail. The tasting room at King Family Vineyards is particularly cozy, with a stone fireplace.