Named the Happiest City in America by Good Housekeeping magazine, Charlottesville is a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, artists, food and beverage connoisseurs, academics and educators. Located only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville combines the best of city life with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville offers an extensive array of restaurants that have been featured in national publications, such as The New York Times, as well as a burgeoning wine industry with award-winning vintages. Popular student activities include going to one of the many restaurants at The Corner and the Historic Downtown Mall, watching polo at King Family Vineyards, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, taking a bike ride around the Rivanna Trail, attending one of the many festivals, concerts, art exhibits and plays hosted in Charlottesville and at the University of Virginia throughout the year. Check out our Darden Pinterest boards to learn more about what Charlottesville has to offer. Restaurants Follow U.Va. Darden's board Charlottesville Eats on Pinterest. Knowledge and Innovation Follow U.Va. Darden's board Knowledge & Innovation on Pinterest. The Great Outdoors Follow U.Va. Darden's board The Great Outdoors on Pinterest. Music and Arts Follow U.Va. Darden's board Music & Arts on Pinterest. Historical Attractions Follow U.Va. Darden's board Historical Attractions on Pinterest. Vineyards, Breweries and Cideries Follow U.Va. Darden's board Vineyards, Breweries & Cideries on Pinterest.