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Charlottesville Receives Accolades From Five Leading Media Outlets

Charlottesville Named Top Destination by Orbitz Worldwide, Travel + Leisure, Wine Enthusiast, Travelers Today, and Movoto Real Estate

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwired - July 02, 2014) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce that Charlottesville has received multiple accolades and recognitions in the past two weeks. The Central Virginia destination has ranked highly on multiple top-five and top-ten lists, as follows:

- Travelers Today: "Best college town in America"
- Orbitz Worldwide: "Top-five destination every American should visit"
- Travel + Leisure Magazine: "Number nine on America's Top-Ten Favorite Mountain Towns"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Top-five new American foodie cities"
- Movoto Real Estate: "Most exciting place in Virginia"

Orbitz Travel Expert Jeanenne Tornatore suggests Charlottesville as one of the top five destinations "every American should visit based on [its] natural beauty, historical value, educational draw, and overall appeal as a vacation hot-spot," while Travelers Today writer Will Walker touts Charlottesville's draw as a college town, saying Charlottesville "does the best job of any city on the list of combining traditional metropolitan interests with the interests of the students who frequent it. The result is a harmonious whole, balancing the resources of an urban area with the desires of the students who live there. From the historical aura of Monticello, to the entertainment provided in the famous (and recently redecorated) Paramount Theater, Charlottesville has it all, a place any college student would be proud to call home." 

Travel + Leisure further honors Charlottesville as one of America's Favorite Mountain Towns, noting the destination's many vineyards as well as its top-ranked barbeque, and recommending a stroll down the "lovingly restored, brick-paved Downtown Mall." Wine Enthusiast also celebrates Charlottesville food and drink, saying "Come for the Virginia Wine Trail, stay for the restaurants." Movoto Real Estate named Charlottesville as the Most Exciting City in Virginia. This blog ranks cities according to criteria such as active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.), arts & entertainment options, music venues, and percentage of Non Fast-Food Restaurants.

These five newest recognitions add to the impressive list of the many awards and distinctions Charlottesville has received over the years, such as "Locavore Capital of the World," "#1 Agri-Tourism Destination," "#4 Most Romantic City in America," and "Top 10 metro areas where people indicate they have the best overall sense of well-being," to only name a few. There is no question that our region is recognized by many to be a very special place; anyone looking for a wonderful vacation spot should come and visit and see for themselves what the fuss is all about.

Anyone planning a visit to Charlottesville should visit the official destination website www.visitcharlottesville.org.

About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB)
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through www.visitcharlottesville.org, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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