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Like many small towns, Charlottesville shines in select seasons. There’s always something to do throughout the year, but Forbes Travel Guide’s editors love visiting in the fall. The leaves transform to vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow, and the scenery looks like it’s straight out of a postcard. With the foliage in the background and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate in the foreground, you can’t help but revel in the beauty of Charlottesville. The temperatures hover around the 60s (even into November) and the days are filled with the refreshing smell of autumn. No matter how the University of Virginia’s football team is doing that year, it’s always fun to catch a game during the season and tailgate at Scott Stadium.
Charlottesville is a destination for all seasons. The spring brings beautiful blooms, garden tours and farmers’ markets. The summer is highlighted with festivals, outdoor pursuits and a lush landscape. Fall brings the changing of the leaves, the wine crush season and another unique season of festivals, special events and University of Virginia football. Winter is perhaps the most serene season in the region, when the occasional snowfall blankets the ground and s’mores, hot cocoa and a good book by the fire at Keswick Hall are welcome diversions.