Best of the Blue Ridge 2020 Nominations

What’s the best bike shop in the Blue Ridge? Who are the top raft guides and most inspiring thru-hikers? Where is the most Instagrammable overlook? What are the toughest races in the region? And where can you get the best local cider and pizza after a day of adventure?

Readers will decide the nominees and winners of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 10th Annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards. Beginning October 7, readers can nominate their favorite outdoor businesses, events, people, food/drinks, and destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. From the A.T. to urban escapes, our Best of the Blue Ridge ballot includes over 100 award categories, including Best Outdoor Shop, Best Festival, Best Brewery, Adventurer of the Year, and Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family.

After the nomination period (Oct. 7 – Oct. 18), a second round of voting for the top nominees in each category will begin on Thursday, October 24 and end on November 7. Nominations end October 18 at 9 AM.

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

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

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 2020 are over.