Jefferson’s spiritâ€”forward-looking, yet rooted in the land and mindful of the pastâ€”lives on in the new Charlottesville. Like other Southern university towns, such as Asheville, North Carolina, or Athens, Georgia, this is a place where people drive hybrid cars and tend to care deeply about what they eat and drink, and where it comes from. At the C&O Barâ€”the dimly lit college watering hole of our dreams, with early R.E.M. and the Cocteau Twins jangling through the revelryâ€”we ordered glasses of Stone Mountain Vineyards rosÃ©, listened to trains whistle by, and watched a table of professors and students arguing over the wine list as though it were a political treatise.
Ah, the romantic depictions of the Charlottesville area! Keeping up with all the ratings our region gets is nearing a full-time job. Look for the press releases from the City of Charlottesville in the coming weeks. The danger inherent in all of these rankings is two-fold. One, even more people will come here (not necessarily a negative, depending on one’s point of view) and two – the City and County get complacent and rest on their laurels.
Hat tip to the incomparable cVillain.