Will May

Belmont, Charlottesville, VA

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Then: One of the nation’s earliest planned neighborhoods—born in the 1890’s and raised around the local woolen mills—it declined precipitously when the industry shut down in the 1960’s.

Now: Converted riverside mills, restored Victorian bungalows, and a central location primed this historic district to be the city’s hottest new hood. Más restaurant’s open-air deck and Spanish tapas like creamy croquetas de jamón first lured crowds from nearby downtown in 2001.

Don’t Miss: Organic dinners, live bluegrass, or your pick of 130 microbrews at Beer Run.

America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods

America's Best Secret Neighborhoods

Belmont, Charlottesville, VA

Then: One of the nation’s earliest planned neighborhoods—born in the 1890’s and raised around the local woolen mills—it declined precipitously when the industry shut down in the 1960’s.

Now: Converted riverside mills, restored Victorian bungalows, and a central location primed this historic district to be the city’s hottest new hood. Más restaurant’s open-air deck and Spanish tapas like creamy croquetas de jamón first lured crowds from nearby downtown in 2001.

Don’t Miss: Organic dinners, live bluegrass, or your pick of 130 microbrews at Beer Run.

America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods

Will May

America's Best Secret Neighborhoods

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