Best of the Blue Ridge 2017 Nominations

What’s the best bike shop in the Blue Ridge? Who are the top raft guides and most inspiring thru-hikers? And where can you get the best local beer and pizza after a day of adventure?

It’s time for readers to decide who’s tops in the mountains.

Beginning September 19, readers can nominate their favorite outdoor businesses, events, people, food, drinks, and destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. From the A.T. to zip lines, our Best of the Blue Ridge ballot includes 75 award categories, including best outdoor shop, ski resort, and rafting company.

Readers can nominate DAILY, so return often to support your nominees.

After the two-week nomination period ends on Monday, October 3rd,  a second round of voting for the top five nominees in each category will begin on Monday, October 10th

“This is an opportunity for readers to rally around what they love most about the region,” says digital publisher Dusty Allison.

Best of the Blue Ridge Awards are the largest and most prestigious outdoor awards in the Southeast, and they are highlighted in dozens of newspapers, magazines, shops, and other businesses across the region.

 Official voting ends on Monday, October 31 at 9:00 am. The winners will be featured in the January issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Outdoor businesses, athletes, and event directors can rally their supporters to vote using the this social media tool kit.

Nominations for the Best of the Blue Ridge 2017 are complete. Voting will start on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9 AM.