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. Some of the local attractions include: Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson Ash-Lawn Highland, home of James Monroe Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison Historic Downtown Charlottesville, featuring shops, restaurants and activities The Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, with breathtaking panoramic views Many scenic and challenging golf courses, including the University’s Birdwood Golf Course Natural Bridge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, just 70 miles southwest of Charlottesville Michie Tavern, dating from the 1700s, situated between Charlottesville and Monticello Charlottesville offers a wide variety of premier restaurants, bars and music venues, and only minutes away, the quiet countryside boasts award-winning wineries, craft breweries and cideries. Catch a contemporary play at Live Arts Theater or an intimate acoustic show at The Jefferson. Shop at local boutiques or mingle with friends at the town's eclectic array of bars and restaurants. Visit gallery studios at McGuffey Art Center or get lost in second-hand literature at Daedalus Bookshop. Unwind at a spa, a yoga studio or one of the area’s many stunning golf courses. See why everyone from American presidents Jefferson, Monroe, and Madison to actor Sissy Spacek, musician Dave Matthews and authors John Grisham and John Casey have fallen in love with Charlottesville. You just might do the same.