Nicest Place in the South: April 2017

They say you can’t have it all, but that just shows that “they” must have never been to Charlottesville. Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginian gem boasts a music, art, and culinary scene that rivals cities ten times it size, and it offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy them all while they’re still just a few minutes away from soaking in the region’s natural splendor from the keel of a canoe, the sponge-soft shade of the trail, or the tree-skimming basket of a hot air balloon. Rich soil yields ample fruit, ready to be enjoyed fresh, preserved, or fermented in your new favorite vintage, and a rich history yields itself amicably to hours of quiet perusal. There’s nary an itch you can’t scratch here in Charlottesville, and that’s why we think it’s the nicest place in the South.

Charlottesville and UVA: The Past Rises from the Soil

Charlottesville, Virginia

Writer and former football coach Jay Paterno reflects on his time at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where “the voices of long ago yet speak”

Kitty O’Brien Joyner, First Lady of Aeronautics

Charlottesville, Virginia

Going where no woman had gone before, Kitty O’Brien Joyner showed up right on time to lead her gender into the space race

Charlottesville, 1991: Dave Matthews Band’s Origin Story

Charlottesville, Virginia

Today Dave Matthews Band is one of the most iconic and recognizable bands of the ’90’s. But not so long ago, Dave Matthews was just the name of a bartender with a demo in one of our musical Southern cities.

Lions, Libraries, and Uncommon Chambers: Inside Monticello

Charlottesville, Virginia

Jefferson’s home still has a few tricks up her sleeve

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Home to Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and the University he designed, this one-more-beautiful Virginia city winks out a few surprises for the uninitiated

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part One)

Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee

Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil

10 Interesting Facts About James Monroe

Charlottesville, Virginia

He drew the line in the sand with his Monroe Doctrine, but did you know he had foreign capitals named after him?

10 Interesting Facts about James Madison

Montpelier, Virginia

Last of the Founding Fathers and Father of the Constitution, but what else do you know about this great Virginian?

10 Interesting Facts about Thomas Jefferson

Monticello, Virginia

Accomplished lawyer, horticulturalist, and architect to name a few, Thomas Jefferson was one of the most interesting men to grace American history

The Horses of Montpelier

Montpelier Station, Virginia

Pride of the Piedmont, the famous hunt-country home of Marion duPont is still the place to go for world-class steeplechase racing.

Montpelier: The Madison Years

Montpelier Station, Virginia

The hand that crafted the country’s first and only United States Constitution built a finely-crafted home in the Virginia Piedmont hills as well.