43 NRV Destinations and Businesses Win Best of Virginia 2021 Awards

43 NRV Destinations and Businesses Win Best of Virginia 2021 Awards

New River Valley, VAVirginia Living magazine recently honored forty-three destinations and businesses from across Virginia’s New River Valley with Best of Virginia 2021 awards for Southwest Virginia. The annual awards contest allows the magazine’s readers to vote for the best destinations and businesses “across the five regions of Virginia”. The astounding number of winners from the New River Valley shows that it is truly a premier place to live, work, and do business.

The Best of Virginia 2021 award winners from Virginia’s New River Valley are listed below in their respective categories.

Living and Recreation

  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd County – Winner – Best Tourist Attraction
  • FloydFest, Floyd – Winner – Best Non-Food Festival
  • Lane Stadium, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Sports Venue
  • Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke – Winner – Best Wedding or Special Event Venue
  • Wine & Design, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Entertainment Center for Adults
  • Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke – Winner – Best Resort
  • Off Leash K9 Training, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Dog Training Company
  • Carilion Wellness, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Gym or Fitness Studio

Food & Drink

  • Due South BBQ, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Barbecue Restaurant
  • Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant
  • Dude’s Drive-In, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Burger Joint
  • India Garden Restaurant, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Indian Restaurant
  • Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Radford – Winner- Best Italian Restaurant
  • Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd – Winner – Best Pizzeria
  • Cabo Fish Taco, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Seafood Restaurant
  • The Farmhouse, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Steakhouse
  • The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston – Winner – Best Restaurant
  • Gillie’s, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Restaurant for Vegans or Vegetarians
  • Thai This Food Truck, Radford – Winner – Best Food Truck
  • Macado’s, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford – Winner – Best Sandwich Shop
  • The Farmhouse, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Outdoor Dining
  • Blacksburg Farmers’ Market, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Farmers’ Market
  • ALDI, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Grocery Store
  • Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Wine Shop
  • Blacksburg Wine Lab, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Bar with Best Atmosphere
  • Five Mile Mountain Distillery, Floyd – Winner – Best Distillery
  • Iron Heart Winery, Hiwassee – Winner – Best Winery

Services

  • New River Valley Pediatrics, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford – Winner – Best Pediatric Practice
  • Real Life Dental, Blacksburg, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Dental Practice
  • NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Blacksburg, Radford – Winner – Best Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice
  • Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Counseling or Therapy Practice
  • Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Chiropractic Practice
  • Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Cosmetic Surgery Center
  • New River Dermatology, Blacksburg, Radford – Winner – Best Dermatology Practice
  • Virginia Furniture Market, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Home Furnishings Store
  • Audiotronics, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Home Technology Firm
  • Valley Landscaping, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Landscape Design
  • Crow’s Nest Nursery, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Greenhouse and Nursery
  • Brown Edwards, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Accounting Firm
  • Shelor Motor Mile, Christiansburg – Winner – Best Car Dealer
  • Stifel, Radford – Winner – Best Financial Planning Firm

Shopping

  • East Coasters Bike Shop, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Bicycle Shop
  • Walkabout Outfitter, Blacksburg – Winner – Best Sporting Goods or Outdoor

In addition to these winners, sixty-eight destinations and businesses from the NRV were recognized with second or third place awards. Explore the runners up from the NRV in the Living and Recreation, Food & Drink, Services, and Shopping categories, or read more about Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2021 awards.

Learn more about the lifestyle amenities available in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Photo location: Mountain Lake Lodge, Treetop Adventure Course

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.

Pete Dye River Course Ranked #10 Best Course You Can Play in VA

Pete Dye River Course Ranked #10 Best Course You Can Play in VA

Pulaski County, VA – The Virginia Golf Ratings Panel has ranked the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech the #10 best golf course you can play in Virginia for 2021. The rankings listed the top twelve golf courses in Virginia that are open for daily public play.

According to the list, the Pete Dye River Course is a par 72 course with championship tee yardage of 7,685. The golf course also came in at #20 on the Virginia Golf Ratings Panel’s list of the Top 50 Courses in Virginia for 2021.

Explore the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech here.

Learn more about the Virginia Golf Ratings Panel here.

Learn more about sports and recreation opportunities in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

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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.

NRV Tech Companies Make Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

NRV Tech Companies Make Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Montgomery County, VA – Two NRV tech companies made the Inc. 5000 list for 2021. These annual rankings by Inc. magazine list the “fastest-growing private companies in the United States” and are a “hallmark of entrepreneurial success”. According to Virginia Business, only 310 companies across the state of Virginia were included on this prestigious list.

Here are the two NRV companies that made the 2021 Inc. 5000 list along with their rankings:

#4,606 Modea: 56% 3-Year Growth
#4,712 Harmonia Holdings Group: 51% 3-Year Growth

This is the third time Modea has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list since 2010. Harmonia Holdings Group has made the Inc. 5000 list eleven times since 2009.

Read more about the history of the Inc. 5000 rankings here.

See the full Inc. 5000 list for 2021 here.

Learn more about the fast-growing tech sector in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

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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.

Calfee Park Wins Third Consecutive Best of the Ballparks Award

Calfee Park Wins Third Consecutive Best of the Ballparks Award

Pulaski County, VA – Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park recently won its third consecutive Best of the Ballparks award from Ballpark Digest. Calfee Park, home to the Pulaski River Turtles, was named the 2021 Best MLB Summer Collegiate Ballpark in July. The ballpark also won for best Rookie-Level facility in 2019 and 2020 when it was home to the Pulaski Yankees.

In the article announcing the winner, Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard states, “Repeating as a Best of the Ballpark winner is extremely difficult. The fact that Pulaski managed to do so even after an offseason of major change is a major accomplishment and shows the community’s commitment to the team.”

”We are ecstatic to once again receive this honor. It’s a testament to our local baseball community. Our fans make Calfee Park what it is… one of the best ballparks in the country!” – Pulaski River Turtles General Manager J.W. Martin

See the other winners in the 2021 Best of the Ballparks awards from Ballpark Digest here.

Learn more about Calfee Park here, and read about the upgrades that Shelor Automotive Group has made to Calfee Park since 2015 here.

Learn more about the Pulaski River Turtles here.

Learn more about Pulaski County, a community in Virginia’s New River Valley, here.

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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.

Carilion NRV Medical Center Excellence in Nursing

Carilion NRV Medical Center Awarded Excellence in Nursing Designation

Photo courtesy of Carilion Clinic

Montgomery County, VACarilion New River Valley Medical Center was recently awarded the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pathway to Excellence program focuses on six essential standards of a positive nursing practice environment, including shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being, and professional development.

According to Kristi Hall, D.N.P, senior director of nursing at Carilion NRV Medical Center,

“This [Pathway to Excellence designation] highlights the level of nursing quality we have at CNRV. This certification identifies our hospital as an organization that facilitates and supports our nursing staff.”

Carilion NRV Medical Center is one of only eight hospitals across Virginia to be awarded this prestigious nursing designation.

Read the full press release from Carilion about the Excellence in Nursing designation here.

Watch news coverage about the award from WDBJ7 here.

Learn more about living in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

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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.

Riner VA Best Small Town to Live

Riner is VA’s Best Small Town to Live in for 2021

Montgomery County, VA – Riner is Virginia’s best small town to live in for 2021 according to HomeSnacks.com. The website listed Riner in the #1 slot on its list of the top ten “Best Small Towns to Live in Virginia”.

To create this list of ideal places to live, HomeSnacks.com evaluated small towns with populations below 1,000 on categories such as home values, income, unemployment rates, crime rates, and poverty rates. Riner has a population of 888, according to the data.

Read the entire “Best Small Towns” list here. Learn more about HomeSnacks.com here.

Learn more about Riner and Montgomery County, a community in Virginia’s New River Valley, here.

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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.

Blacksburg High School Among Top 100 STEM High Schools in U.S.

Blacksburg High School Among Top 100 STEM High Schools in U.S.

Montgomery County, VA – U.S. News & World Report ranked Blacksburg High School as one of the Top 100 Best STEM High Schools in the United States for 2021. BHS came in at #94 on the list.

STEM stands for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To create the list of the Best STEM High Schools, “U.S. News looked at the top 1,000 public schools from our latest Best High Schools rankings, and then evaluated their students’ participation and success in Advanced Placement science and math tests.”

Blacksburg High School also moved up nine spots from last year to rank #21 among public high schools in Virginia. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranked BHS #981 out of the nearly 18,000 public high schools ranked in 2021. This means Blacksburg High School is ranked among the top 6% of high schools nationally.

See U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of Blacksburg High School here.

Learn more about education in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Learn more about Blacksburg, a town in Virginia’s New River Valley, here.

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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.

VT and Radford Among Best Value Colleges in Virginia

VT and Radford Among Best Value Colleges in Virginia

New River Valley, VA – Virginia Tech and Radford University are among the top 10 best value colleges in Virginia according to SmartAsset.com. Virginia Tech is ranked #3 for 2021, which is up one spot from the previous year. Radford University is ranked #8 for 2021, which is two spots higher than university’s last ranking in 2019.

According to SmartAsset’s methodology, the company “looked at five factors to determine the best value colleges and universities in the U.S.: tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, student retention rate and starting salary for new graduates.” Each institution was given a College Education Value Index and ranked based on their index score. Virginia Tech’s score was 71.91 and Radford University’s score was 43.11.

See SmartAsset’s Best Value Colleges Virginia ankings list and methodology here.

Learn more about higher education in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Photos: Radford University (left) and Virginia Tech (right)

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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.

Red Sun Farms #7 Fresh Produce Greenhouse Grower in U.S.

Red Sun Farms #7 Fresh Produce Greenhouse Grower in U.S.

Pulaski County, VA – Red Sun Farms was recently ranked the #7 fresh produce greenhouse grower in the United States by Greenhouse Grower. The 2021 list was “Greenhouse Grower’s inaugural list of the top greenhouse operations growing produce for the fresh market.”

Greenhouse Grower ranked the operations by the amount of known square footage each company had operating in the United States. According to the article, Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse in Dublin has 2,090,880 square feet.

See the full rankings of U.S. greenhouse growers here.

Learn more about Red Sun Farms here.

Learn more about the Food Processing & Agribusiness Industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

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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.

Lane Stadium Voted Best Football Stadium in ACC

Lane Stadium Voted Best Football Stadium in ACC

Montgomery County, VA – Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium was voted the best football stadium in the ACC by College Football on FOX fans. The Home of the Hokies won with a clear majority of the votes, ahead of Clemson’s Death Valley and Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium.

CFB on Fox Best ACC Stadium Twitter Graphic

Attending a game at Lane Stadium is an experience like no other. Here are a few more reasons why Virginia Tech football is so special:

Learn more about Lane Stadium/Worsham Field at HokieSports.com.

Learn more about sports and recreation in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

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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.