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Feb 01 2023

2023 “Best of the Blue Ridge” Winners

2023 “Best of the Blue Ridge” Winners

Official Award Announcement for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

13th Annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards

From Blue Ridge Outdoors

Wondering where the top trails are in the Blue Ridge? Or where can you get the best local cider and pizza after a day of adventure? Well, our readers have spoken! 


Beginning in October of 2022, readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors nominated their favorite outdoor businesses, events, food/drinks, and destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and then voted for the best-of-the-best. This year we received over 200,000 total votes in our 50 Best of the Blue Ridge categories.


A few winners of this year’s contest include ENO (Asheville, N.C.) for “Best Local Gear Brand”, Basecamp Coffee Co. (Cumberland, Md.) for “Best Coffee Shop”, and Roanoke, Virginia for “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family.”


“We are thrilled to see so many local businesses and locations from the Roanoke Region recognized in this year’s Best of the Blue Ridge Awards,” says Visit Roanoke Marketing Director David Aldridge. “These unique experiences are a perfect showcase of what makes Virginia’s Blue Ridge a great place to visit and discover what it means to have a metro mountain adventure.”


The Best of the Blue Ridge Awards are the most iconic and well-known outdoor awards in the Southeast. The winners each receive a winner seal to place in their windows and on digital and printed materials.


Winners will be featured in the 2023 February issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Visit http://bit.ly/3Ha0P41 to view the full list of winners and runners-up.


Blue Ridge Outdoors would like to thank everyone who participated in the nomination and voting processes for this year’s contest, and give congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.


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For 27 years, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has been the definitive guide to all things outdoors in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Distributed from Pennsylvania to Georgia, the publication’s award-winning writers cover the region’s best destinations for adventure, as well as the latest outdoor recreation trends, gear, and culture. 

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