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Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Tenth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards: Winners Announced!

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Tenth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The Best of the Blue Ridge Awards are the most celebrated outdoor awards in the Southeast, showcasing the very heart of the Blue Ridge outdoor community. The Readers’ Choice Awards highlights favorite athletes, adventures, events, scenic spots, and small businesses in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The Blue Ridge Outdoors Best of the Blue Ridge Awards celebrate the people and places that readers love most. Nominees are proud to be recognized for their achievements.

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s tenth annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards includes over 100 categories that highlights readers’ favorite destinations, athletes, events, businesses, and food and drink. After nearly a year of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the support from our region still came in strong with over 62,000 votes, a 50% increase over last year. Now, we get to announce the winners.

For more information about the Reader’s Choice Awards, contact Blue RIdge Outdoors associate publisher Katie Hartwell (katie@blueridgeoutdoors.com, 434-825-5823) or editor in chief Jedd Ferris  (jedd@blueridgeoutdoors.com, 434-817-2755).

This year, Nelson County is represented by 21 attractions in 30 Categories!


Climbing Guide Company
Winner: Blue Ridge Mountain Guides (Nellysford, Va.)

Ski Resort
Runner-Up: Wintergreen Resort (Nellysford, Va.)

Budget-Friendly Lodging
Runner-Up: Beech Grove Cabins (Roseland, Va.)

Music Festival (Overall)
Runner-Up: LOCKN’ Festival (Arrington, Va.)

Rowdiest Festival
Winner: LOCKN’ Festival (Arrington, Va.)

Virtual Event
Runner-Up: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Live from the LOCKN’ Festival site (Arrington, Va.)

Winner: Veritas Vineyard and Winery (Afton, Va.), Runner-Up: Afton Mountain Vineyards (Afton, Va.)

Runner-Up: Claret, Veritas Vineyard and Winery (Afton, Va.)

Winner: Bold Rock (Nellysford, Va.)

Winner: IPA, Bold Rock (Nellysford, Va.)

Winner: Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

Winner: Full Nelson, Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

Winner: Silverback Distillery (Afton, Va.), Runner-Up: Virginia Distillery Co. (Lovingston, Va.)

Canned Cocktail
Winner: Gin & Tonic, Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, Va.), Runner-Up: Bold Fashioned, Bold Rock (Nellysford, Va.)

 Beer/Wine/Spirits Trail
Winner: Nelson 151 Trail (Va.)

Non-Alcoholic Beverage
Runner-Up: Trager Brothers Coffee (Afton, Va.)

Farmers Market 
Winner: Nelson County Farmers’ Market (Nelson County, Va.)

Post-Adventure Hangout
Winner: Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.), Runner-Up: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, Va.)

Coffee Shop
Winner: Trager Brothers Coffee Roasters (Afton, Va.)

Winner: Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

Food Personality
Runner Up:  Chef Johnny Shaw of Mountain Mama’s of Lovingston

Winner: The Blue Ridge Pig (Nellysford, Va.), Runner-Up: Paulie’s Pig Out (Afton, Va.)

Birdwatching Spot
Runner-Up: Raven’s Roost (Blue Ridge Parkway, Va.)

Winner: Devils Backbone Camp (Roseland, Va.)

Hiking Trail 
Winner: Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine), Runner-Up: Crabtree Falls Trail (Nelson County, Va.)

Instagrammable Spot
Runner-Up: Humpback Rocks, Blue Ridge Parkway (Va.)

National Park
Runner-Up: Shenandoah National Park (Va.)

Place to Watch the Sunset
Runner-Up: Humpback Rocks (Blue Ridge Parkway, Va.), Runner-Up: Raven’s Roost (Blue Ridge Parkway, Va.)

Ski Run
Runner-Up: Cliffhanger, Wintergreen Resort (Nellysford, Va.)

Terrain Park
Runner-Up: Wintergreen Resort (Nellysford, Va.)

Runner-Up: Crabtree Falls (Nelson County, Va.)

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