Located only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville is a lively university town situated at the foothills the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Named "the happiest town in America" by London's The Guardian, Charlottesville is considered by many to be a foodie hot spot (it was named the best town for food lovers by Wine Magazine), the country's favorite mountain town (Travel & Leisure) and one of the happiest and healthiest U.S. cities, according to Business Insider. "If there's one place in the U.S. that has more or less everything going for it, this is it." — The Guardian The historic Downtown Mall is home to many of Charlottesville's premier restaurants, bars and music venues. Only minutes away, the quiet countryside boasts more than 30 wineries and craft breweries. The area is home to the nationally acclaimed Virginia Film Festival, Virginia Festival of the Book and the Festival of the Photograph. Nearby are the museum homes of three U.S. presidents (Jefferson's Monticello, Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and Madison's Montpelier), abundant cultural attractions and some of the finest golf courses in the country. The terrain is also perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, with the Shenandoah National Park just a short drive away. For visitor and travel information, visit Charlottesville's official website. If you'd like insider perspectives from our MBA students on town culture, browse their recommendations.