VA Best of Blue Ridge

NRV Has 5 Best of Blue Ridge Award Winners

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS – Virginia’s New River Valley is home to 5 of the winners from the Best of Blue Ridge 2018 Awards. Plus, an additional 14 finalists call the NRV home!

The 8th annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards have over 100 categories for voters to input their favorites. Thousands of readers voted for the best food, drinks, business, places, and more.

Check out the mentions in the NRV:

VA Best of the Blue Ridge


Mill Creek, Best Biking Trail
FloydFest, Rowdiest Festival
FloydFest, Bust Music Festival
Floyd YogaJam, Best Retreat
Emily Satterwhite (Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies at Virginia Tech), Best Environmental Educator

VA Best of Blue Ridge


Cascade Falls, Waterfall
Pembroke Pond, Standup Paddleboard Spot
Kairos, Camp Site
Jefferson National Forest, National Forest
Mountain Lake Lodge, Luxury Destination
Mill Creek Nature Park, Pet-Friendly Adventure
Virginia’s Mountain Playground, Place to Play Hooky from Work
FloydFest, Weirdest Festival
FloydFest, Family-Friendly Festival
Mountains of Misery, Bike Race
Five Mile Mountain, Blue Ridge Booze
Walkabout Outfitters, Outdoor Store
In Balance Yoga, Yoga Studio
Tree Tops Adventures at Mountain Lake Lodge, Zip Line

For a complete list of winners, visit Blue Ridge Outdoors.


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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