Best Mountain Towns Reader Poll 2013

17 Jul 13
Best Mountain Towns Reader Poll 2013

Voting has WRAPPED for the 2013 Best Mountain Towns poll!

Thanks to wall who voted! Winners will be announced in our November issue. 

The second annual Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine Best Mountain Towns poll is back, but this year we added a twist. We want to know your favorite town in four categories: Best River Town, Best Trail Town, Best Music Town, and Best Beer Town.

You can check out the winners from last year’s Best Mountain Towns reader poll here. 

Is your town tops in the Appalachians? Vote to find out!

Best Trail Town

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Best River Town

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Best Beer Town

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Best Music Town

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  • The emerging beer scene in Harrisonburg is awesome!

    Eddie Bumbaugh   15 Jul 13, 5:19 pm

  • The emerging beer scene and options in Harrisonburg is awesome!

    Eddie Bumbaugh   15 Jul 13, 5:20 pm

  • The beer and music in Staunton is pretty good also!

    Billy Shoemaker   15 Jul 13, 6:04 pm

  • All of the bars in Harrisonburg are all about great selection. I love the atmosphere in the downtown area! And Charlottesville should get Best Music for The Jefferson Theatre alone!

    Benjammin   16 Jul 13, 11:41 am

  • Best Beer Town – Asheville, NC
    Best Music Town – Athens, GA

    Anybody voting for other towns in these categories has an ulterior motive.

    Doug S.   16 Jul 13, 12:41 pm

  • Best hike Mt. Rogers

    Walter Shroyer   16 Jul 13, 1:53 pm

  • Thomas, WV belongs on the music town list. Of all the live music I’ve seen in the last 10 years most of the best shows have been at The Purple Fiddle. Avett Brothers, Black Lillies, Yarn and many, many more. Moreover, ask any band that’s played in Thomas about their favorite places to play and the Fiddle is always on the list.

    snomonkey   16 Jul 13, 1:55 pm

  • The best music town is not even listed, Asheville NC!!

    Steve   16 Jul 13, 6:51 pm

  • If you are enjoying the ‘burg beer scene, you need to do the Rt.151 beer run through Nellysford. Amazing breweries & eats. Blue Mountain, Wild Wolf, & Devil’s Backbone (my personal fav.) Also, a cider place getting started + about 8 vineyards along the route. Any wonder they call it alcohol alley?

    Gail Johnson   16 Jul 13, 8:02 pm

  • Davis, WV is my very favorite mountain town in the USA. I know it’s small, but it’s homey, fun, and always good to visit! Any time of year is a good time of year to visit Davis!

    wally Kendall   16 Jul 13, 8:46 pm

  • Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting all these places…..maybe some day.

    Stephen Jones   17 Jul 13, 7:05 am

  • Being a transplant to Charlottesville from Baton Rouge last year, the high quality beer options are one of the many strong points of my newly adopted town. I haven’t experienced the beer scene in Harrisonburg but will definitely put that on my bucket list. And will add that as much as Asheville has to offer, you can’t compare the French Broad with the New and Gauley Rivers. Got to give Fayetteville the nod on top river town for that reason alone.

    Steve Parker   17 Jul 13, 8:31 am

  • I can’t see how anyplace but Nellysford VA, with Wild Wolf & Devils Backbone, could be the best for beer in the Blue Ridge. Only Ashville comes close.

    Jim   17 Jul 13, 10:32 am

  • I had to read last year’s article to understand that you all don’t limit the “Best Mountain Towns” to actual “Mountain Towns.” I am not really sure why you all don’t just for go that title and give them the name “Best Outdoor Towns” but hey, if D.C. and Richmond are mountain in your eyes, then go for it!
    Given the amount (around 6-8 and rising) of breweries and cider houses in the Charlottesville metro area I would have assumed it would be on the list as a great beer town.
    Lastly someone mentioned it in last year’s post, but I am also surprised that the Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg metro area (ranks larger than Harrisonburg according to the U.S. census in size!) didn’t get any mentions. With the New River near by and the many Rails to Trails projects and on going expansions, this is a great area for getting outdoors, not to mention the nearby hiking trails.

    Sarah   17 Jul 13, 11:41 am

  • It’s not all about just the number of breweries or the size of the town. This is all about great selection, great local support, and great vision for the respective categories.

    A Shiff   17 Jul 13, 1:18 pm

  • “Music town” should not reflect shows at a theater or popular big name bands. It should reflect the people in the town who play an instrument or sing or even tell stories. In other words, it should reflect the people who are carrying on the old traditions and helping keep folk culture alive. Galax, Va., and Sparta, N.C., should be somewhere near the top of this list.

    Tom Dillon   17 Jul 13, 8:38 pm

  • My manfriend would go apes**t if I told him I won this!

    Christina Hunt   17 Jul 13, 9:14 pm

  • Nothing like the Blue Ridge for all of the above.

    Dianne Maughan   18 Jul 13, 10:36 am

  • And the beer I like best in Harrisonburg is 3 Brothers!

    Pat Lorenzo   18 Jul 13, 9:41 pm

  • Harrisonburg beer scene is quickly becoming the thing about Harrisonburg. I know Ashville is a great place, but it’s also had that distinction for a while. I’m still surprised it hasn’t taken the lead away from us. That should tell you something. We love our beer. We love all of Virginia beer. It’s not about who’s got the most breweries. It’s the people, and H’burgians are some crazy beer nerds right about now. I’m not saying we are better, just that we have a lot of passionate people. With the addition of our very on brewery, Three Brothers, who has blasted onto the scene in the short time they’ve been open, we deserve this. We are a beer town!!

    jeremy   19 Jul 13, 11:21 am

  • And again the beer I like best in Harrisonburg is 3 Brothers!

    Pat Lorenzo   19 Jul 13, 5:07 pm

  • I’m with you Jeremy!

    Pat Lorenzo   20 Jul 13, 4:55 pm

  • Three Brothers Brewery usually has something going every Friday/Saturday evening in Harrisonburg. They have a great double IPA!

    Pat   21 Jul 13, 9:26 am

  • I’ll let y’all know about the beer when I win…..

    Christina Hunt   21 Jul 13, 11:34 am

  • The only reason Asheville isn’t WAY,WAY ahead for Beer City is that this survey isn’t reaching people who are familiar with Asheville and the other cities listed.

    MaE Van Blarcom   22 Jul 13, 11:06 pm

  • Well said Jeremy! Harrisonburg continues to make me proud as a beer town! And I agree with you too Pat! 3 Brothers continues to put out great beer and it is a tribute to the locals here in town that work hard to support them.

    Adam Brenneis   22 Jul 13, 11:18 pm

  • There are so many wonderful breweries all around this area. Parkway is a gem.

    Laura Jacobson   23 Jul 13, 8:40 am

  • Luray and Page County, Virginia, have become a hub of outdoor activity, with a thriving local art and music scene, unique shopping and major attractions! Virginia’s ‘Cabin Capital’ is also home to the Shenandoah National Park, Luray Caverns, the Shenandoah River and the award-winning Hawksbill Greenway!

    Pam Flasch   23 Jul 13, 9:25 am

  • Morgantown WV is very ‘under the radar’ when it comes to outdoor activity. Road and mountain biking is excellent. Nearby climbing, hiking and whitewater opportunities are nearly endless. All around surrounding a very cool town.

    NAME (REQUIRED)   23 Jul 13, 11:08 am

  • It is a moot point anyway, but it really is worth mentioning. If this is ” not all about just the number of breweries or the size of the town. This is all about great selection, great local support, and great vision for the respective categories.” then Charlottesville should still be considered for a great beer town.
    It is scheduled to have its 4th annual Beer festival this year “Top of the Hops” which is hosted by Star Hill and BeerRun where they will have a whopping 150 different beers and 74 different companies represented (this is at least according to their website) BeerRun is a great little store/ restaurant that has been nationally recognized for its selection, and new breweries coming online in the area and the younger population make it a great area for beer. So if you haven’t been lately, you should check it out.

    Sarah   23 Jul 13, 12:28 pm

  • Don’t drink beer. I’d have to go for the beauty of the area. Charlottesville and over the Blue Ridge Pkwy. to Waynesville, Va. is my pick.

    Ellen   23 Jul 13, 2:09 pm

  • Lewisburg will always be the best of the best!

    regeana bias   24 Jul 13, 1:59 pm

  • Yes.

    David Harrison   24 Jul 13, 8:17 pm

  • Lewisburg, WV rocks!

    Robin McGuire   25 Jul 13, 8:12 am

  • Fayetteville, W. Va. has to win for River Town, the New and Gauley rivers!

    Steve   25 Jul 13, 10:45 am

  • What about Thomas WV for best music town!

    Kristie   25 Jul 13, 6:34 pm

  • we are a great town

    ann darnell   29 Jul 13, 12:19 pm

  • Thomas, W.V. for sure! I was surprised it wasn’t on the list.

    Bonnie   30 Jul 13, 11:57 am

  • Barley + Hops has the best beer
    Harper ferry really nice area for everyone
    Asheville, champ view!!

    becky jo baker   01 Aug 13, 6:04 pm

  • I am an outdoors man hiking, biking, whitewater guide, wilderness guide, rock climbing, enjoying beer and a musician living and loving the Appalachian region, people and mountains as well as trained in adventure based counseling. Plus reading your magazine faithfully where I would like to win mainly to help a female friend who has a stressful life relax at Mountain Lake where I have been loving the environment.

    Jerry Hoffman   04 Aug 13, 12:41 pm

  • Trail town? It’s a no-brainer. Roanoke has the AT running right through it, 15 miles of trails atop Mill Mountain which is a 5 minute bike ride from the center of town and upwards of 30 miles of Greenways. Oh, did I mention the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Explore Park and their IMBA built mountain bike and hiking trails? Or maybe the most photographed section of the AT which is right in our back yard too. I cold go on but….

    Joe Hanning   09 Aug 13, 8:12 am

  • I think them some of this was way to brief,,,not enough to choose from.

    stephen ratliff   12 Aug 13, 10:59 pm

  • I think them some of this was way to brief, not enough to choose from.

    stephen ratliff   12 Aug 13, 11:00 pm

  • Roanoke VA has it all!

    Renee Godard   15 Aug 13, 9:07 am

  • I am very disappointed! I live in Allisonia, Va. and the New River Horse Trail was not listed!!!!! Maybe next year!

    laura Claytor   15 Aug 13, 9:22 am

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