America's Favorite Mountain Towns

outdoor pedestrain mall at night in Charlottesville, VA
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Head for the hills: these cool mountain towns beckon with outdoor adventures, festivals, and local color.

No. 9 Charlottesville, VA

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Try as he did, Charlottesville’s most famous oenophile had lousy luck with his vineyards. Nevertheless, Thomas Jefferson’s hometown now counts 32 wineries in a 30-mile radius, known as the Monticello Wine Trail, and earned high scores among T+L readers for wine. Dave Matthews designs some of the labels for his wines, and neighbor Donald Trump’s winery is less than a mile away. Charlottesville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, also ranked No. 5 for barbecue. So after an afternoon of strolling the lovingly restored, brick-paved Downtown Mall, make a point of walking the few blocks to Belmont Bar-B-Q, known for its “Slop Bucket”: layers of cheesy potatoes, BBQ beans, pulled pork, and coleslaw served in a large Styrofoam cup.

outdoor pedestrain mall at night in Charlottesville, VA

America's Favorite Mountain Towns

No. 9 Charlottesville, VA

Try as he did, Charlottesville’s most famous oenophile had lousy luck with his vineyards. Nevertheless, Thomas Jefferson’s hometown now counts 32 wineries in a 30-mile radius, known as the Monticello Wine Trail, and earned high scores among T+L readers for wine. Dave Matthews designs some of the labels for his wines, and neighbor Donald Trump’s winery is less than a mile away. Charlottesville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, also ranked No. 5 for barbecue. So after an afternoon of strolling the lovingly restored, brick-paved Downtown Mall, make a point of walking the few blocks to Belmont Bar-B-Q, known for its “Slop Bucket”: layers of cheesy potatoes, BBQ beans, pulled pork, and coleslaw served in a large Styrofoam cup.

Philip Scalia / Alamy
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