6 NRV Locations Win Best of Blue Ridge 2023 Awards

6 NRV Locations Win Best of Blue Ridge 2023 Awards

New River Valley, VA – Six well-known locations and events around the NRV recently won Best of the Blue Ridge 2023 Awards from Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Additionally, there were six businesses from around the region that were highlighted as runners up in different categories.

This is the 13th annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards. In November 2022, readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors voted on their “favorite outdoor businesses, events, food/drinks, and destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic” to determine this year’s winners.

Browse the New River Valley’s Best of the Blue Ridge winners and runners up below:


Runners Up:
  • Mountain Lake Lodge: Best Kid-Friendly Adventure Spot
  • Buffalo Mountain Ziplines: Best Zipline
  • 5 Mile Mountain Distillery: Best Distillery
  • Red Rooster Coffee: Best Coffee Shop
  • Runabout Sports: Best Running Shop
  • Mountainside Holistic Clinic: Best Wellness Center

  • See all the Best of the Blue Ridge 2023 award winners here.

    Explore more of the outdoors across Virginia’s New River Valley here.


    Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small-town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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