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Introducing the Inaugural Best of Virginia Celebration!

Serving Up in food, drink, music

and more! On June 17, in the grand ballroom of Richmond’s Altria Theater (formerly the Richmond Landmark Theater), Virginia Living will present its first annual Best of Virginia Celebration; an evening filled with the best food, drink and music our state has to offer! Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | The Grand Ballroom, Richmond’s Altria Theater

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Here are some of the Best of Virginia 2015 winners that will offer complimentary tastings of their top dishes at the inaugural Best of Virginia Celebration. Buy your tickets today to experience them all!

Boka Taco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bone Fire Smokehouse . . . . . Buz and Ned’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . Café Stella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carytown Burgers & Fries . . Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar . . . . . . . . . Gearharts Chocolates . . . . . . . Gelati Celesti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grow RVA - SOJFM . . . . . . . Joe's Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . Just Cupcakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lamplighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lexington Coffee Roasters . . Little Grill Collective . . . . . . .

Richmond Abingdon Richmond Norfolk Richmond Colonial Beach Richmond Richmond Richmond Front Royal Virginia Beach Richmond Lexington Harrisonburg

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General Admission 6 – 9 p.m., $95 Early Admission 5 – 9 p.m., $125 Publisher’s Reception (Includes Early Admission to Grand Ballroom)

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John-Lawrence Smith EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Erin Parkhurst ART DIRECTOR Sonda Andersson Pappan ASSOCIATE EDITOR Taylor Pilkington ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lisa Antonelli Bacon ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Megan Mullsteff ASSISTANT EDITOR SPECIAL PROJECTS Eden Stuart EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Preston Matson

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About this time last year, we had just put Best of Virginia 2014 to bed, and the team here at Virginia Living was enjoying a round of high fives when someone said, “Hey, why don’t we make the sporting life our theme for next year?” It was one of those great Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland “let’s put on a show!” moments, and soon our finish-line feeling quickly turned to exhilaration. In rapid fire, we came up with story and art ideas—sailing, shooting and racing, oh yes!—and before we left the office that night, Best of Virginia 2014 barely in the door at the press, a plan for this issue had taken shape. And I am so pleased to share it with you now. The stars of the show are the winners in our annual readers’ survey—more than 1,400 in 95 categories from every region. (We can’t seem to help ourselves from growing the list. Best Photographer? Best Food Truck? Yep, we added both this year.) Readers, you set a new record, submitting more than 40,000 ballots—thank you for sharing your “bests” with us! I have said this before, and it bears repeating—this is the best kind of advice for places to eat, shop and play because it comes from our neighbors. I hope you’ll return to Best of Virginia throughout the year when you’re looking for a recommendation you can trust. Alongside our winners, you will find stories in this issue that explore the many facets of our deep sporting tradition and history. Read about the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, a rich repository of our state’s field sporting heritage; Charlottesville’s Waldingfield Beagles, the oldest pack of sporting beagles in the U.S., organized in 1885; and Wood Brothers Racing, which began in Stuart, the longest running team in NASCAR history. We also introduce you to top anglers, including Colby and Brian Trow, brothers and co-owners of Mossy Creek Fishing in Harrisonburg, take a look at popular sporting events like the Gold Cup steeplechase in The Plains, and offer guides to top tennis resorts and the best places to cross-country ski. We profile Carrie Russell of Richmond who races on the sexy new J/70 sailboat, Rose Sandler of Culpeper who completed the Mongol Derby in Mongolia, the world’s longest horse race, and more of our state’s top competitors. To illustrate this diverse sporting landscape, our über talented art director, Sonda Andersson Pappan, worked with a creative team (pictured above) to produce images that evoke iconic sports in each region: NASCAR racing, sailing, steeplechase, upland hunting and fly fishing. The result is a whimsical visual tale I think you’ll enjoy. As always, it takes a team effort across all departments from editorial and art to sales, creative services, circulation and accounting to produce Best of Virginia each year. Thank you everyone, for your hard work and good cheer putting this issue together! Now, about an idea for 2016 … Erin Parkhurst, Editor

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56 Eastern Virginia arts, culture & entertainment

UCI Road World Championships Foxfield Races

Croquet at the College of William & Mary Urbanna Oyster Festival

living & recreation 35 Sport Sailor, Carrie Russell Virginia State Golf Association

living & recreation 69 Colonial Games Boo Williams Sports Complex

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Cadillac Cup Polo Match Torque Club Pit Stop Sandwich Richmond International Raceway

Charles Seidel, Duck Carver

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90 Northern Virginia National Sporting Library & Museum Virginia Scottish Games and Festival living & recreation 99 Rose Sandler, Mongol Derby Rider Virginia Hunt Week

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Sheep Dog Trials at Dawgwood Farm Sweet & Sour Meatballs Virginia Gold Cup, Warrenton Amor Prohibido Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Arlington Virginia Academy of Fencing shopping & services

ON THE COVER photography: TODD WRIGHT illustration: GINA & MATT styling: HARMAN KAUR DHILLON-PRADHAN hair & makeup: JOSH HENDERSON OF HIVE SALON models: TREVOR H. AND MELISSA P. OF MODELOGIC [WILHELMINA] WARDROBE COVER: AUGUST HAT COMPANY, FROM MACY'S, RICHMOND; ALICE & OLIVIA JACKET, KAY UNGER TOP AND SHIRT, MICHAEL KORS "AVRA" SNAKESKIN PUMP, ALLFROM SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, RICHMOND; SUSAN HANOVER EARRINGS, FROM ROAN, RICHMOND.

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Football Legend Mike Tomlin Gun Dog Trainer Kristen Hoffman Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament The Norfolk Admirals’ Pete Michaud Duck Hunting Luxe

Waldingfield Beagles Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Virginia Boat Club NASCAR’s Jeb Burton Izaak Walton League “Dog Mart”

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Michael Dunphy, Champion Surfer The Dark & Stormy Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville Portabella Chesapeake Blarney Stone Pub, Onancock

Blackberry Ginger Ice Cream The Market at Grelen, Somerset McArthur Squash Center shopping & services

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Sasha DiGiulian, Rock Climbing Champion Hash House Harriers NOVA Roller Derby League “Real” Tennis Pro Ivan Ronaldson Beyond Sticks Field Hockey

SPECIAL THANKS TO: ANDY COX AND DAVID MULLSTEFF

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Kayaking with Tangent Outfitters Cheese Slaw 2nd Helpings, Roanoke Watermelon Salsa Hokie House, Blacksburg New River Outdoor Co.

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Racing College of Virginia Virginia Hickory Golf Association Westminster-Winning Dachsund Roanoke Valley Invitational Tennis Tournament Subway Commonwealth Games

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Balloon Festivals Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival living & recreation

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Valley Baseball League Beginning Birding at SNP food & Drink

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Bluff Mountain Hiking Trail Juniper-Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Hank’s Grille and Bar, McGaheysville Pan-seared Trout with Grilled Ramps Local Chop House & Grill, Harrisonburg Cross-Country Skiing shopping & services

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Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Favorite Tennis Resorts Bryce Mountain Bike Park Golf Course Architect Lester George Picking Up Pickleball

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The thrill of NASCAR meets the sweeping grace of steeplechase in Central Virginia, where racing is king. From Richmond International Raceway, where Halifax native and racecar family scion Jeb Burton of BK Racing will compete for the title of Roo kie of the Year, to the Foxfield races in Albemarle County, where horses and riders huff and chuff to the finish line through ro lling Piedmont, the competitive spirit is vibrant. In Charlottesville, the world’s best gather at the Boar’s Head Inn’s McArthur Squash Center for its Festival of Squash, while in Fredericksburg, the Co wboy Mounted Shooting Association convenes Virginia’s best marksmen for Old West-style competition in accuracy and horsemanship. And at Ridge Lee Farm reside the Waldingfield Beagles, a pack that dates to 1885, representatives of a sport, like so many in this region, that has stood the test of time.

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Introducing the Inaugural Best of Virginia Celebration!

Serving Up in food, drink, music

and more! Listed to the right is a sampling of the select group of Best of Virginia 2015 restaurant winners from around the Commonwealth that will offer complimentary tastings of their top dishes while guests enjoy music, a full bar and signature cocktails.

Boka Taco, Richmond Bone Fire Smokehouse, Abingdon Buz and Ned’s, Richmond Café Stella, Norfolk Carytown Burgers & Fries, Richmond Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar, Colonial Beach Gearharts Chocolates, Richmond Gelati Celesti, Richmond Grow RVA - SOJFM, Richmond Joe’s Steakhouse, Front Royal Just Cupcakes, Virginia Beach Lamplighter, Richmond Lexington Coffee Roasters, Lexington Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg Lunch, Richmond M.A.M.A.S. Creative Sweets,Windsor Mike Lund Food, Staunton General Admission Millie’s, Richmond 6 – 9 p.m., $95 BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Mosaic Catering, Richmond Early Admission Rappahannock Restaurant, Richmond For ticket information, visit 5 – 9 p.m., $125 Rising Sun Breads, Martinsville VirginiaLiving.com/tickets Southern Season, Richmond Publisher’s Reception Wed., June 17, 2015 (Includes Early Admission Sticky ToGoGo, Richmond to Grand Ballroom) Surfrider Rest. Group, Hampton Grand Ballroom, 5 – 9 p.m., $195 The Jefferson, Richmond Richmond’s The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston Altria Theater Valet parking $20 The Skinny Dip, Virginia Beach The White Dog Bistro, Mathews Non-profit beneficiary:

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K RICHMOND

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A Richmond tradition running 16 years strong, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K is a party on every block—many participants run in costume, and live music throughout the course keeps energy up for the sprint to the finish. The event brings runners of all ages and skill levels together to raise money for research at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. SECOND PLACE: SPCA Fur Ball, Richmond

RichmondSPCA.org, 804-643-6785

THIRD PLACE: Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, Richmond

CHFRichmond.org, 804-228-5814

BEST ART EVENT

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Arts in the Park 1112 SUNSET AVE., RICHMOND

RichmondArtsInThePark.com, 804-353-8198

Showcasing paintings, sculpture, woodwork, glass, ceramics and much more, Arts in the Park is bound to bring out your inner art connoisseur. With more than 450 artists from across the nation gathering each year, you never know when you’ll discover the next Picasso.

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SECOND PLACE: First Fridays Art Walk, Richmond

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THIRD PLACE: Richmond Folk Festival

RichmondFolkFestival.org, 804-788-6466

BEST CHARITY

Richmond SPCA 2519 HERMITAGE ROAD, RICHMOND

RichmondSPCA.org, 804-521-1321

Dedicated to finding the perfect owner for each of its animals, the Richmond SPCA creates personality profiles for every cat and dog, and allows patrons to lounge in “catillions”—spaces for cats and humans to mingle with one another and test the waters of friendship. Dog-training classes are offered weekly to help adoptees settle into their new homes. SECOND PLACE: FeedMore, Richmond

FeedMore.org, 804-521-2100

THIRD PLACE: Children’s Hospital Foundation, Richmond

CHFRichmond.org, 804-228-5814

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

Greek Food Festival 30 MALVERN AVE., RICHMOND

GreekFestival.com, 804-358-5996

Drive-thru service may not be the first thing that you associate with authentic Mediterranean cuisine, but the Greek Food Festival provides plenty of both for four days every year in Richmond. Order online for meals a la carte or book “take and bake” platters to feed a crowd family-style at home. SECOND PLACE: Broad Appetit, Richmond

BroadAppetit.com

FREE WHEELIN’ The UCI Road World Championships come to Richmond. For nine days in September, Richmond will be the center of the sporting universe. Nearly half a million cycling fans are expected to visit the city (and another 300 million are expected to watch on television) as it plays host to more than 1,000 competitors in the UCI World Championships, the premiere event of the international road cycling circuit. “Hosting this event could be transformational … this presents the opportunity for the region to step up and become the type of region we’ve needed to be for a long time,” says Tim Miller, chief operating officer of Richmond 2015, the event’s organizing group. Miller, once a professional cyclist himself, directed and organized the CapTech Classic, a USA cycling race, in Richmond from 2003-2006. Richmond 2015 was created four years ago by the sports marketing agencies Shadetree Sports and Medalist Sports, based in Richmond and Atlanta, respectively. To bid for the 2015 championships, the organization secured the support of many, Cyclists race including Mayor Dwight Jones and the Richmond corporate community. past Main (Miller notes in particular the support of Dominion Resources CEO Thomas Street Station in Richmond. Ferrell, the Martin Agency and PR firm PadillaCRT.) In 2011, the International Cycling Union (UCI) selected Richmond as the host city for the 2015 championships, the first time the annual event has been held in the U.S. since Colorado Springs hosted in 1986. International attendees are expected to represent 20-25 percent of the fans that will gather in Richmond, particularly from Europe, where cycling is the second most popular sport (behind soccer). “It’s an honor for this region to represent the U.S. and host such a major sporting event … one of the most important events in the sport of cycling or in general,” says Lee Kallman, Richmond 2015’s vice president of marketing and operations. Millions will be watching as competitors climb Church Hill and race down the home stretch on Broad Street to the finish line near the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Says Miller, “It’s a chance to showcase this region to a global audience who may never have heard of Richmond or Virginia before.” The 2015 Road World Championships will take place in Richmond Sept. 19-27. For schedules and more information, visit Richmond2015.com

THIRD PLACE: Lebanese Food Festival, Richmond

StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org/festival, 804-270-7234

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST HISTORIC MUSEUM

BEST OVERALL MUSEUM

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

1015 E. CLAY ST., RICHMOND

200 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND

407 E. CANAL ST.

Following recent renovations to its galleries and education center, the Valentine is, more than ever, a one-stop venue for exploring Richmond’s rich history. From turn-of-the-century industrial artifacts to one of the largest historic textile collections in the nation, the Valentine has preserved a chunk of every era in the city’s past.

The VMFA finished 2014 and started the new year strong with Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, an opportunity to view rarely-seen Chinese art. The museum shifted gears this spring with The Art of the Flower, an exhibition of floral still life as depicted by 19th-century European painters, among them Matisse, Manet and Van Gogh.

In May, the Richmond Ballet will conduct a four-city tour of China that includes a performance at the acclaimed Meet in Beijing arts festival. The company just completed its year-long Road to China initiative, which featured performances with visiting dancers from the National Ballet of China, and Asian-themed curricula for the educational program Minds in Motion.

SECOND PLACE: Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond

The Valentine

RichmondHistoryCenter.com, 804-649-0711

SECOND PLACE: The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

VaHistorical.org, 804-328-4901

THIRD PLACE: Poe Museum, Richmond

PoeMuseum.org, 804-648-5523

BEST MOVIE THEATER The Byrd Theatre

ByrdTheatre.com, 804-353-9911

VMFA.Museum, 804-340-1405

SMV.org, 804-864-1400

THIRD PLACE: Children’s Museum of Richmond

VirginiaRep.org, 804-282-2620

THIRD PLACE: Richmond Symphony

RichmondSymphony.com, 804-788-1212

BEST MUSIC VENUE

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

708 E. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

4001 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, RICHMOND

The best part of going to the National? There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Whether you aim to mix it up in the pit, enjoy some breathing room on the side, watch from the balcony, or just hang back and grab a few drinks at one of the bars, you’re never too far from the main event.

Between the Folk Festival in the fall, Dominion River Rock Festival in June, and the fireworks display in July, it isn’t difficult to find a reason to make the trek to Brown’s Island. With plenty of historical landmarks and a scenic view of the James River, a day trip is just as rewarding as the special events.

The National

SECOND PLACE: Movieland Bow-Tie Cinemas, Richmond

AltriaTheater.com, 804-592-3673

SECOND PLACE: Altria Theater, Richmond THIRD PLACE: The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville

JeffersonTheater.com, 434-245-4980

GoochlandDriveInTheater.com, 804-457-3456

Brown’s Island

BrownsIsland.com, 804-788-6466

SECOND PLACE: Craddock-Terry Hotel, Lynchburg

arts, culture & entertainment

TheNationalVa.com, 804-612-1900

THIRD PLACE: Goochland Drive-In

RichmondBallet.com, 804-344-0906

C-MOR.org, 804-474-7000

Last February, the historic Byrd Theatre launched its “Byrd and a Beer” series—monthly midnight screenings of cult classics accompanied by craft beer on tap. The theater also hosts several film festivals throughout the year, including the French Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival, and screens secondrun movies daily for $2 a ticket. BowTieCinemas.com, 804-354-6008

Richmond Ballet

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2908 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1501 THIRD PLACE: Altria Theater, Richmond

AltriaTheater.com, 804-592-3673

OVER THE HEDGES Steeplechase meets style at the Foxfield Races. The Foxfield Races have presented bi-annual steeplechase racing in Charlottesville since 1978, where local jockeys, trainers and horses compete for purses of up to $25,000 per race. Tailgating (and stylish dress) is de rigueur—more than 30,000 well-turned-out spectators attended last year’s fall and spring meets. FoxfieldRaces.com

Taking fences and dashing across the turf at the Foxfield Races.

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living & recreation BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST HORSE SHOW

200 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND

412 CHERRY ST., RICHMOND

1540 MANAKIN ROAD, MANAKIN-SABOT

Museum veterans from all over the world have sung the praises of the VMFA. From tribal masks to art deco and pop art, and from modern sculpture to treasures from antiquity, the museum’s collections are world-renowned. Current exhibitions include Fusion: Art of the 21st Century and Félix Bracquemond: Impressionist Innovator.

The burial site of Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as many Confederate soldiers and generals, at Hollywood Cemetery visitors stroll through history while enjoying a scenic view of the James River. Guided tours via walking, trolley, car and Segway can be booked from April to November.

A central Virginia institution for nearly 100 years, the Deep Run Horse Show exemplifies the state’s deep appreciation of the equestrian industry. Over the course of five days, the show, which attracts Virginia’s top equestrians, awards 27 trophies, 75 champion and reserve ribbons and 200 first place ribbons.

SECOND PLACE: Monticello, Charlottesville

Monticello.org, 434-984-9800

SECOND PLACE: Keswick Hunt Club Horse Show

SECOND PLACE: Monticello, Charlottesville

THIRD PLACE: St. John’s Church, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Foxfield Races, Charlottesville

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA.museum, 804-340-1405

Monticello.org, 434-984-9800

THIRD PLACE: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery HollywoodCemetery.org, 804-648-8501

HistoricStJohnsChurch.org, 804-648-5015

Deep Run Horse Show DeepRunHorseShow.com, 804-677-5691

KeswickHuntClub.com, 434-296-9405 FoxfieldRaces.com, 434-293-9501

HollywoodCemetery.org, 804-648-8501

BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

Russell, second from right.

Chesnut Hill Bed & Breakfast 236 CAROLINE ST., ORANGE

ChestnutHillBnB.com, 540-661-0430

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As a couples’ getaway, Chestnut Hill is equal parts romantic and adventurous. Guests can ride in a private plane or helicopter, experience a couples’ skydiving excursion, and take a civil war history tour by kayak, all before winding down at the spa in the evening. SECOND PLACE: Linden Row, Richmond

LindenRowInn.com, 804-783-7000

THIRD PLACE: Clifton Inn, Charlottesville

Clifton-Inn.com, 434-971-1800

living & recreation

BEST GOLF COURSE

The Country Club of Virginia 6031 ST. ANDREWS LANE, RICHMOND

TheCCV.org, 804-287-1335

Each of the Country Club of Virginia’s three courses has a distinctive draw. The Tuckahoe Creek course is a nationally recognized Audubon bird sanctuary; the Westhampton course is more than a century old; and the James River course was the site of two USGA championships. SECOND PLACE: The Federal Club, Glen Allen

JIBE TALKIN’

THIRD PLACE: Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg

Carrie Russell competes in J/70 World Championship.

TheFederalClub.com, 804-798-4996 BoonsboroCC.com, 434-384-2111

BEST GYM

SEAL Team Physical Training 10809 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

SEALTeamPT.com, 804-262-1894

Founded in 1998, SEAL Team Physical Training guides clients through a rigorous military workout regimen. Its founders aim to simultaneously build personal strength and the strength of a team, making it a popular program for corporate athletic retreats as well as individuals. SECOND PLACE: ACAC, Charlottesville

ACAC.com, 434-984-3800

THIRD PLACE: YMCA, Lynchburg

YMCACVa.org, 434-582-1900

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living & recreation BEST HOTEL

BEST PLACE TO FISH

BEST TENNIS CLUB

101 W. FRANKLIN ST., RICHMOND

4001 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, RICHMOND

6200 W. CLUB LANE, RICHMOND

Bronze alligators have long since replaced the real reptiles that once inhabited the front lobby’s fountain, but the Jefferson Hotel’s reputation for luxury is as alive today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1895. With breathtaking ornamental architecture and a stunning interior to match, the Jefferson Hotel feels like a world apart, even to Richmonders.

Any fisherman will delight in watching the sun rise over the James River while rock hopping to find the best spot to cast out for smallmouth bass, bluegill and, most notably, catfish. Arriving early is advised for ideal fishing conditions, as Pony Pasture is a popular hangout spot in the summertime.

Westwood lives and breathes racquet sports. Tennis players can choose from 20 expertly maintained courts—clay and cushioned turf, both indoor and outdoor. Westwood also has one of the most active squash and racquetball communities in the state, and hosted the world series of squash in 2014.

SECOND PLACE: Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta

Smith-Mountain-Lake.com, 540-297-6066

SECOND PLACE: The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: The Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg

THIRD PLACE: Lake Anna, Spotsylvania

THIRD PLACE: Wintergreen Resort

The Jefferson Hotel JeffersonHotel.com, 804-788-8000

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1501

THIRD PLACE: The Inn at Willow Grove, Orange

Pony Pasture

JamesRiverPark.org, 804-646-8911

DCR.Virginia.gov, 540-854-5503

Westwood Club

WestwoodClub.net, 804-288-6028

TheCCV.org, 804-287-1335

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

InnAtWillowGrove.com, 540-317-1206

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE Orapax

3831 RIVER ROAD W., GOOCHLAND

Orapax.com, 804-526-2261

SECOND: Keswick Hunt Club

KeswickHuntClub.com, 434-296-9405 THIRD: Rasawek Hunting Preserve, Goochland

Wintergreen Resort 39 MOUNTAIN INN LOOP, WINTERGREEN

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

If it’s an outdoor sport, chances are you can do it at Wintergreen. Spanning 11,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen draws skiers and snowboarders from all over every winter. Once the weather warms up, many return for hiking, mountain biking, golfing, tennis, fly-fishing and much more.

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The age-old thrill of the bird hunt is alive at Orapax, a 700-acre preserve of forest and marshland teeming with quail, pheasant and duck. Patrons are welcome and encouraged to bring their bird dogs. Those who do not may take advantage of the preserve’s professional dog handlers to guide their hunt.

BEST RESORT

SECOND PLACE: Keswick Hall and Golf Club

Keswick.com, 434-979-3440

THIRD PLACE: The Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville

BoarsHeadInn.com, 434-296-2181

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

James River Park System 4001 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, RICHMOND

JamesRiverPark.org, 804-646-8911

Spending an afternoon lounging on the rocks at Belle Isle is the quickest way to see everything the James River has to offer. Kayakers, rafters and paddle boarders will be navigating the rapids, while mountain bikers and hikers pass by on landside trails. Easy access points throughout Richmond make it convenient to spend a day on the river. SECOND PLACE: Wintergreen Resort

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Westminster Canterbury

1600 WESTBROOK AVE., RICHMOND

WCRichmond.org, 804-264-6000

Westminster Canterbury provides classes for weaving, painting, sculpting, woodworking, ceramics and more, as well as a theater that regularly hosts plays and musical performances. The community is also committed to affordable care—in 2014, more than 110 residents received financial aid exceeding a total of $3.2 million. SECOND PLACE: Cedarfield, Richmond

Hermitage-Cedarfield.com, 804-474-8800 THIRD PLACE: Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg

WCLynchburg.org, 434-386-3500

THIRD PLACE: Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield

DCR.Virginia.gov, 804-796-4255

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

The Tobacco Company 1201 E. CARY ST., RICHMOND

TheTobaccoCompany.com, 804-782-9555

With both live bands and DJs performing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Tobacco Company’s dance floor is never empty on weekends. The décor may be vintage, but Tobacco’s resident DJs Mia and Frankie are no strangers to modern music.

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Passages Adventure Camp 11421 POLO CIRCLE, MIDLOTHIAN

PeakExperiences.com, 804-897-8283

Offering rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, Passages maintains a 4:1 camper to counselor ratio to ensure plenty of individualized attention and safety. Day camps meet at Belle Isle, while overnight camps take longer trips to develop advanced skills like wilderness survival.

SECOND PLACE: Babes of Carytown, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Brilliant Summer at St. Catherine’s, Richmond

Facebook.com/BabesOfCarytown, 804-355-9330

St.Catherines.org, 804-288-2804

THIRD PLACE: Off the Hookah, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Westview on the James, Goochland

OfftheHookah.com, 804-225-1918

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Rasawek.com, 804-467-9000

WestviewOnTheJames.org, 804-457-4210

Champions Among Us The VSGA Amateur Championship. Teachers, doctors, forest rangers, students—all it takes is a keen eye for putting and a few fantastic rounds, and anyone can be named champion at the 102nd annual Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Amateur Championship. The event is open to any Virginia resident that belongs to a VSGA member golf club and has been issued a VSGA handicap. 2014 and 2012 winner Jake Mondy of Blacksburg (now a senior at Auburn University) will look to defend his title against contenders from across the state June 29-July 2 at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. VSGA.org/amateur

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BEST BURGER JOINT

BEST CHOCOLATIER

5728 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

10 S. THOMPSON ST., RICHMOND

3136 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better reason to wake up early on a Saturday than the opportunity to bring home a box of Westhampton’s signature glazed and chocolate covered doughnuts. Be forewarned—arriving after 9 a.m. might leave you out of luck. PearlsCupcakeShoppe.com, 804-285-2253

Skeptical about the idea of a gourmet burger joint? If so, Burger Bach (pronounced “batch”) will put your doubts to rest. This New Zealandinspired gastropub features burger toppings like blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce and roasted jalapeno remoulade. It also offers a wealth of dipping sauces to elevate even the humblest of french fries.

This Carytown confectioner is a one-stop shop for any sweet tooth craving. Gourmet chocolates, baked goods, seasonal treats, vintage candy—if it’s sweet, you can bet you will find it here. With more than 80 scoopable bins of jelly beans, cordials, gum drops, chocolate covered cashews and more, you can be “a kid in a candy store” again.

THIRD PLACE: Jean Jacques Bakery, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Five Guys, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Gearharts, Charlottesville

THIRD PLACE: Carytown Burgers & Fries, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Cao Artisan Chocolates, Lynchburg

BEST CATERER

ShoemakersDining.com, 434-455-1501

Mosaic Catering

BEST DESSERT MENU

Located in the historic Craddock Terry Hotel, the bar at Shoemaker’s is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy all of the décor designed in tribute to the former factory that the restaurant inhabits. There are plenty of happy hour specials for appetizers, including calamari, blackened seared ahi tuna and yummy stuffed mushrooms.

3001 CUTSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

1903 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

No matter what time of day you need to feed a crowd, Mosaic can cater with unforgettable dishes like Grand Marnier french toast, pecancrusted chicken skewers, fish platters and gourmet cheese boards. Mosaic can also complete the mood for your fête with eclectic rentals for lighting, décor and tableware.

When Nicole and Bryon Jessee opened Shyndigz in 2010, many were puzzled by the idea of a bakery that only had night hours. Shyndigz, on Cary Street, has since become a full-fledged dessert restaurant where it is standing-room only during the after-dinner rush. Crowds come every night for a slice of the mile-high salted chocolate caramel cake.

Westhampton Pastry Shop 804-282-4413

SECOND PLACE: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe, Richmond

RichmondFrenchBakery.com, 804-355-0666

BEST BAR

Shoemaker’s 1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

CanCanBrasserie.com, 804-358-7274

THIRD PLACE: Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian

SedonaTaphouse.com, 804-379-0037

TheBurgerBach.com, 804-359-1305

FiveGuys.com, 804-282-5595

CarytownBurgers.com, 804-358-5225

MosaicCateringEvents.com, 804-525-2190

SECOND PLACE: A Sharper Palate, Richmond

ASharperPalate.com, 804-553-0495

THIRD PLACE: Silver Spoon, Richmond

SilverSpoonFed.com, 804-644-3339

For the Love of Chocolate Love-Choc.com, 804-359-5645

GearhartsChocolates.com, 434-972-9100

CaoArtisanChocolates.com, 434-847-2970

Shyndigz

Shyndigz.com, 804-938-3449

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Burger Bach

SECOND PLACE: Cheesecake Factory, Richmond

CheesecakeFactory.com, 804-364-4300

THIRD PLACE: The Desserterie, Midlothian

TheDesserterie.com, 804-639-9940

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BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT Buz and Ned’s

1119 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND

BuzAndNeds.com, 804-355-6055

Every Monday Buz and Ned’s holds its “helping hams” night—an evening in which 10 percent of all profits from dine-in and carry out orders at the Boulevard and Broad Street locations go to benefit a local charity. This is just one more reason to come out and enjoy award winning barbecue sandwiches, ribs and brisket.

Each October, the Cadillac Cup at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville benefits local charities. In addition to the equestrian competition, guests enjoy a champagne reception and luncheon. CadillacCupPolo.com

SECOND PLACE: Q Barbeque, Midlothian

QBarbeque.com, 804-897-9007

THIRD PLACE: Alamo BBQ, Richmond

AlamoBBQVa.com, 804-592-3138

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Millie’s Diner

2603 E. MAIN ST., RICHMOND

MilliesDiner.com, 804-643-5512

Plan to sit a spell on Millie’s patio if you come on a Sunday afternoon, but you can feel confident that it will be worth the wait. Anyone who has had the 26-year-old diner’s famous Devil’s Mess—an open-faced omelet loaded with sausage, green peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, white cheddar and avocado—can attest to this. SECOND PLACE: Joe’s Inn, Richmond

JoesInnRVA.com, 804-355-2282

THIRD PLACE: Market at Main, Lynchburg

MarketAtMain.com, 434-847-9040

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food & drink BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

BEST FROZEN YOGURT SHOP

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

3137 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

2408 OWNBY LANE, RICHMOND

Founded in 2008, GrowRVA has spent the last seven years becoming one of the largest directfrom-producers farmers’ markets in Virginia. New markets open this year in Glen Allen and Colonial Beach. Vendors include Bella Grove, Pair-A-Dice Farm, Dogtown Lounge, Reginald’s Homemade and much more.

Founded in 2009, Sweet Frog has expanded from its original Richmond location to become a national phenomenon. Sixty-two toppings (everything from kiwi to gummy worms) and flavors change on a daily basis, so no two orders are exactly alike. Nonfat, low-fat and no sugar added flavors include angel food cake, Greek black cherry and cinnamon roll.

How many breweries do you know that have hosted a weekly yoga class or a book sale? Hardywood has made itself a go-to spot for community events, including parties for its seasonal releases like Gingerbread Stout, Farmhouse Pumpkin and Hoplar Imperial IPA. Food trucks and live music round out the party.

SECOND PLACE: City Market, Charlottesville

SECOND PLACE: Gelati Celesti, Richmond

LegendBrewing.com, 804-232-3446

Charlottesville.org/CityMarket, 434-970-3317

GelatiIceCream.com, 804-346-0038

THIRD PLACE: Lynchburg Community Market

THIRD PLACE: Yogurt Yeti, Lynchburg

LynchburgVa.gov, 434-455-4485

YogurtYeti.com, 434-237-2347

BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE

RICHMOND

10 N. NANSEMOND ST., RICHMOND

GelatiIceCream.com, 804-346-0038

At Boka’s weekday location on 9th and East Main Street, people line up to get a taste of the gauntlet—all three of its signature tacos: Korean kimchi and beef bulgogi; Mexican guajilo pork with Chihuahua cheese; and American sherry slaw with smoky barbecue.

If your shopping list includes quinoa pasta and coconut flour, you can bet that Fresh Market will have you covered. Anyone looking to host a summertime cookout would do well to visit the deli and meat counter, where steaks, lamb chops and pork can be purchased from a butcher ready to advise you on selecting the choicest cuts.

Using cocoa from France, pecans from Georgia and cream from mid-Atlantic dairy farms, there are no lengths Gelati Celesti won’t go to in order to achieve the richness of flavor that its ice cream is known for. Eat on the spot or take home favorites like Pralines and Cream, Oreo, French custard or Red Velvet from any of its three Richmond locations.

Goatacado.com, 804-464-8226

SECOND PLACE: Ellwood Thompson’s, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Christopher’s Runaway Gourmet, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Southern Season, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Boyer’s, Richmond

GrowRVA’s South of the James Farmers’ Market NEW KENT ROAD AND WEST 42ND STREET, RICHMOND

GrowRVA.com, 804-814-2373

Boka Truck

BokaTruck.com, 804-937-8256

ChristophersRunawayGourmet.com, 804-400-3663

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

SweetFrogYogurt.com, 804-213-3089

Fresh Market

Hardywood.com, 804-420-2420

SECOND PLACE: Legend Brewing Company, Richmond THIRD PLACE: Jefferson Street Brewery, Lynchburg

JeffersonStreetBrewery.com, 434-455-1501

BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP Gelati Celesti

8906 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

TheFreshMarket.com, 804-355-3190

EllwoodThompsons.com, 804-359-7525 SouthernSeason.com, 855-592-3446

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Sweet Frog

BevsIceCream.com, 804-204-2387 BoyersRVA.com, 804-288-4088

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GET TORQUED UP At Richmond International Speedway. NASCAR’s premier racing circuit, the Sprint Cup Series, draws fans from near and far for its 36-race season. Engines that top speeds of 200 mph and the prohibition of traction control and anti-lock brakes up the risk factor—and the crowd’s excitement. When the series runs in Richmond Sept. 12, get over to the Torque Club, Richmond International Raceway’s club level suite seating, where the Pit Stop sandwich is a club staple. RIR.com

RIR’s Torque Club Pit Stop 6 slices bacon 6 all beef hot dogs 1 small onion, chopped 1 fresh jalapeno, chopped 1 ounce extra virgin olive oil 2 ears corn on the cob 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 ounces fresh lime juice 8 ounces mayonnaise 6 ounces ketchup 6 bakery fresh hot dog buns Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap one slice bacon around each hot dog. Lay each on a baking sheet an inch apart and cook for approximately 15 minutes. Sauté pepper and onions in olive oil. In a large pot, add cold water to cover corn. Put a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for approximately 5 minutes. When corn has cooled, remove from cob and mix with cheese, chili powder, lime juice and 2 ounces of mayonnaise. In a small bowl, mix remaining mayonnaise and ketchup. When cooked, place hot dogs in buns, and top each with sauce, peppers, onions and corn. Makes 6 hot dogs

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BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

116 S. ADDISON ST., RICHMOND

1309 JEFFERSON ST., LYNCHBURG

320 E. GRACE ST., RICHMOND

After the success of its new Morris Street location last year, Lamplighter has big plans for 2015—including expanding the roasting and production space in Scott’s Addition and opening a new cupping and training lab. In addition to coffee, you’ll find a breakfast and lunch menu full of gourmet sandwiches.

In addition to pizza, Waterstone serves Italian sandwiches and pasta dishes that will make for the perfect midday meal. If you want that same hearty Italian flavor in a lighter form, there are plenty of salads to choose from, like the chopped salad with prosciutto, smoked bacon, salami, fresh mozzarella and tangy Gorgonzola.

SECOND PLACE: Black Hand Coffee, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Lunch, Richmond

Rappahannock grows oysters like one would maintain a vineyard, taking advantage of the Chesapeake Bay’s variation in salinity to produce four varieties of oyster that are carefully cultivated in its coastal farms. Sample the Rappahannock River, Stingray, Olde Salt and Barcat oysters to start a meal before moving on to one of the wood-grilled seafood entrées.

Lamplighter

LamplighterCoffee.com, 804-728-2292

BlackHandCoffeeCo.com, 804-855-0800 THIRD PLACE: Crossroads, Richmond

CrossroadsRVA.com, 804-231-2030

Waterstone Pizza

WaterstonePizza.com, 434-455-1515

LunchOrSupper.com, 804-353-0111 THIRD PLACE: The Daily Kitchen and Bar, Richmond

TheDailyKitchenAndBar.com, 804-342-8990

Rappahannock

RROysters.com, 804-545-0565

SECOND PLACE: Shoemaker’s, Lynchburg

ShoemakersDining.com, 434-455-1501

THIRD PLACE: The Hard Shell, Richmond

TheHardShell.com, 804-643-2333

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

BEST RESTAURANT

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

The patio at Shoemaker’s is the perfect place to admire the Craddock Terry Hotel while enjoying some fine dining. The hotel, once a major shoe factory, has managed to retain its quaint turn-of-the-century industrial atmosphere, making its outdoor dining area on the James River an ideal event venue.

Surf or turf? At Shoemaker’s it can be tough to choose. You will likely find yourself weighing the crab-stuffed trout against the Kona filet, a steak rubbed with Kona coffee and drizzled with a blue cheese sauce. The solution, of course, is to order both. The restaurant’s filet and crab cake dinner reveals the chef’s expertise on both land and sea.

HomeTeamGrill.com, 804-254-7360

SECOND PLACE: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Sports Page, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Vintage Restaurant, Orange

THIRD PLACE: Gus’ Bar & Grill, Richmond

Shoemaker’s

ShoemakersDining.com, 434-455-1510

PorticoRichmond.com, 804-784-4800 THIRD: Legend Brewing Company, Richmond

LegendBrewing.com, 804-232-3446

ShoemakersDining.com, 434-455-1510

SizzlingSteak.com, 804-378-0600

InnAtWillowGrove.com, 540-317-1206

BEST SPORTS BAR

Home Team Grill 1630 W. MAIN ST., RICHMOND

At a sports bar, big screen TVs and plentiful wings and beer are de rigueur. Home Team Grill takes it up a notch with its wide open interior that can accommodate large parties, numerous TVs (you can’t have too many) and a diverse menu filled with plenty of indulgent bar food, as well as lighter offerings like flatbreads and salads.

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Shoemaker’s

SportsPageBarAndGrille.com, 804-918-6386 GusBarAndGrill.com, 804-612-9275

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BEST PIZZERIA

Waterstone Pizza 1309 JEFFERSON ST., LYNCHBURG

WaterstonePizza.com, 434-455-1515

Pizza isn’t usually the star of a three-course meal, but Waterstone makes a strong case for an exception. With an appetizer menu that includes calamari, bruschetta and warm crab dip, and tiramisu as well as lemon-berry cake for dessert, Waterstone turns your Margarita, Spicy Thai, or Chicken Parmesan pizza into a full-fledged gourmet meal. SECOND PLACE: Bottoms Up Pizza, Richmond

BottomsUpPizza.com, 804-644-4400

THIRD PLACE: Mary Angela’s, Richmond

MaryAngelasPizza.com, 804-353-2333

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Millie’s Diner

2603 E. MAIN ST., RICHMOND

MilliesDiner.com, 804-643-5512

Why eat English muffins with your eggs Benedict when you can have chorizo-infused papusas instead? Brunch is all about hearty portions, and Millie’s delivers across the board with pint-size mimosas and Bloody Marys. Whether you order one of the favorites or opt for a seasonal special, leaving hungry is not an option. SECOND: The Jefferson, Richmond

JeffersonHotel.com, 804-788-8000 THIRD: Can Can Brasserie, Richmond

CanCanBrasserie.com, 804-358-7274

The Market at Grelen Somerset

The recently-opened Grelen walking trails wend through meadows and forest to connect with Montpelier’s trail system. After a hike along the nine miles of path, the Market Cafe is the perfect place to refresh. TheMarketAtGrelen.com

Blackberry Ginger Ice Cream 2 cups Shenandoah Valley half ‘n half 2 cups Shenandoah Valley heavy cream a few dashes vanilla extract 11 egg yolks (preferably from local eggs) ¾ cup sugar 2 thumb-size pieces of ginger, peeled and sliced thin

2 pounds (about 4 cups) blackberries Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cook berries in saucepan over medium-low heat until they begin to deflate. Strain through a sieve to remove seeds, then freeze berry mixture until it begins to ice up, stirring occasionally. When icy, refrigerate. In a saucepan, gently simmer ginger, half ‘n half, cream and extract for a few minutes; reduce heat to very low. Whisk yolks and sugar until a smooth paste forms. Mix egg and cream mixtures and cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat and strain. Chill. When cool (about 50 degrees), freeze in ice cream machine, and re-freeze berry mixture. When cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, stir in berry mixture.Freeze at least 3 hours. Makes 1½ quarts

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Join us for a FREE screening Saturday, May 2, at 1:00 p.m. The Grandin Theatre Film Festival 1310 Grandin Road Roanoke, Virginia 24015

A year and a half in the making, Virginia Voices incorporates crowdsourced footage, professionally shot

pieces, and segments filmed by Virginians who were given a camera to capture their lives, hopes, and dreams. This new way of filmmaking reveals an unfiltered, sincere, and intimate portrait of Virginians today.

Visit www.viginiavoices.org to view the entire database of submissions from around the state.

The film is a fully funded project presented by the Virginia Historical Society and produced by Jeff Boedeker and BPI.

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food & drink BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST WINERY

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

11500 W. HUGUENOT ROAD, RICHMOND

17665 WINERY ROAD

623 N. 25TH ST., RICHMOND

Located in a plantation house that dates back to 1732, Ruth’s Chris serves up expertly grilled and seasoned ribeye, porterhouse and t-bone steaks as well as specialty dishes like lamb chops with fresh mint, stuffed chicken breast with garlic herb cheese and lemon butter, and petite filet with shrimp. Private dining and catering are also available.

The wine of Barboursville Vineyards consistently sets high standards for central Virgina winemakers; the signature Octagon red wins awards year after year. Guided tours of the winery are offered Saturdays and Sundays, and provide a great opportunity for visitors to explore the historic ruins on the estate.

No matter the season, one sip of the Roosevelt’s signature Seersucker cocktail (bourbon, sweet tea syrup, charred lemon cube) will transport your taste buds to a sultry summer afternoon spent sipping sweet tea on the front porch. The restaurant’s cocktails capture classic Southern flavor and flair, adding notes for the sophisticated modern palate.

SECOND PLACE: Buckhead’s, Richmond

VeritasWines.com, 540-456-8000

Ruth’s Chris Steak House SizzlingSteak.com, 804-378-0600

Buckheads.com, 804-750-2000

THIRD PLACE: Shoemaker’s, Lynchburg

ShoemakersDining.com, 434-455-1510

Barboursville Vineyards BBVWine.com, 540-832-3824

SECOND PLACE: Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Afton THIRD PLACE: Keswick Vineyards, Keswick

KeswickVineyards.com, 434-244-3341

The Roosevelt

RooseveltRVA.com, 804-658-1935

SECOND PLACE: Heritage, Richmond

HeritageRVA.com, 804-353-4060 THIRD PLACE: Saison, Richmond

SaisonRVA.com, 804-269-3689

BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT

The Festival of Squash hosts top players from as far away as Egypt and France.

Osaka

5023 HUGUENOT ROAD, RICHMOND

OsakaSushiVa.com, 804-288-8801

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Osaka’s specialty rolls are the way to go for sushi with a full-bodied flavor. The Rainbow roll combines four types of fish, or you can try the Power roll—a shrimp tempura roll topped with seared filet mignon. The Love Boat—a platter with more than 30 pieces of sashimi and sushi— makes for an exotic and tasty date night. SECOND PLACE: Sticky Rice, Richmond

StickyRiceFan.com, 804-358-7870 THIRD PLACE: Akida, Richmond

804-359-8036

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BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT Ipanema

917 W. GRACE ST., RICHMOND

IpanemaVeg.com, 804-213-0190

Ipanema’s clientele is hardly limited to vegetarians and vegans—even the most diehard carnivores succumb to the barbecue jackfruit—a southeast Asian fruit with a texture similar to pulled pork. This is exotic vegetarian cuisine at its best. Try the eggplant panini or smoked gouda sandwich; you won’t be disappointed. SECOND PLACE: The Daily Kitchen and Bar, Richmond

TheDailyKitchenAndBar.com, 804-342-8990 THIRD PLACE: Sammy T’s, Fredericksburg

SammyTs.com, 540-371-2008

BEST WINE SHOP

Once Upon A Vine 4009 MACARTHUR AVE., RICHMOND

OnceUponAVine.us, 804-726-9463

Whether you’re a seasoned wine aficionado or a neophyte just learning to articulate the difference in tasting notes between a riesling and a chardonnay, Once Upon a Vine’s staff will make sure you leave satisfied. The shop is happy to make recommendations based on personal preferences, especially at its weekly wine and beer tastings. SECOND PLACE: J. Emerson, Richmond

JEmersonFineWine.com, 804-285-8011

2015 FESTIVAL OF SQUASH The world’s best players rally in Charlottesville. For three days in September, it will be all about squash in Charlottesville when some of the world’s top players gather for the third annual Festival of Squash at the McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Inn. “One of the unique things about this facility is we have doubles, singles and a show court, so we can run three or four events at the same time,” says center Director Mark Allen. Opened in 2013, and funded by a $12.4 million gift from UVA McIntire School of Commerce alumni Jaffray Woodriff, the 33,000-square-foot venue, home to UVA’s men’s and women’s squash programs, is open to members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club and guests of the hotel. But in September, more than 400 players and as many as 500 spectators will crowd the facility for non-stop, top-shelf squash. Five tournaments will take place Sept. 24-28, including men’s pro, doubles pro, amateur junior, amateur adult and pro-am doubles’ events. The purse for the men’s pro event will be a minimum of $35,000, says Allen. In the previous two years, the festival has hosted players from 13 countries, including powerhouses Egypt, England and France, as well as from across the U.S. Allen expects several of the world’s top 15 players to compete on the center’s white ball glass show court—one of only two or three in the country specifically designed for televised matches. Admission is free. For more information, go to BoarsHeadInn.com/Sports-Club/Squash

THIRD PLACE: Total Wine, Richmond

TotalWine.com, 804-323-5866

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shopping & services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

4401 DOMINION BLVD., GLEN ALLEN

7427 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

1517 N. PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

Keiter has expanded to become one of the largest independent CPA firms in Virginia since its formation in 1978. The firm specializes in helping independent businesses avoid financial pitfalls through transaction advisory, merger consulting, financial investigations, risk advisory, and emerging company consulting.

Since 1996 Wallace Automotive in Richmond has built a reputation for providing trustworthy service at fair prices. The independently-owned shop prides itself on honesty and quality work. Though they specialize in servicing Honda and Acura models, the service and repair team can solve issues with many other models too.

SECOND PLACE: Davidson, Doyle & Hilton, Lynchburg

SECOND PLACE: Babcock’s, Lynchburg

Most brides-to-be shop around for their wedding gowns, and those in central Virginia often find themselves returning to Tiffany’s at the end of this lengthy process. Simplicity brings them back. Selecting the perfect gown can be overwhelming, but Tiffany’s will offer constructive advice about which bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses are right for you and your party.

Keiter

KeiterCPA.com, 804-747-0000

DDHCPA.com, 434-846-7611

THIRD PLACE: Wells Coleman, Richmond

WellsColeman.com, 804-358-1150

Wallace Automotive

WallaceAutomotiveInc.com, 804-501-0700

434-845-4690

THIRD PLACE: Paradise Garage, Richmond

804-358-5902

Tiffany’s Bridal

TiffanysBridal.com, 804-273-6303

SECOND PLACE: Bella Rosa, Richmond

BellaRosaBridal.com, 804-855-1000

THIRD PLACE: Celebration, Lynchburg

CelebrationBridal.com, 434-237-5557

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE

BEST BOOK STORE

5733 HUNTSMAN ROAD, RICHMOND

2913 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

There are many benefits to chartering a personal flight, including avoiding the hassles associated with major airports. Above all, Martinair offers a stress-free experience, providing passengers with a comfortable space and full service from hostesses, proving that flights may be savored rather than endured.

Chop Suey sells books and publishes them too, further demonstrating the shop’s longstanding support of local authors. 2014 saw a major renovation of the store, allowing Chop Suey to expand its already massive used book collection. If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it’s the warm welcome customers are bound to receive from Wonton, the store’s resident cat.

McGeorgeOnline.com, 804-755-9200

SECOND PLACE: Givens’ Books-Little Dickens, Lynchburg

SECOND PLACE: Pearson, Midlothian

THIRD PLACE: Barnes & Noble Libbie Place, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Richmond Ford

Martinair Inc.

FlyMartinair.com, 804-222-7401

MillionAir.com, 804-222-3700

THIRD PLACE: Freedom Aviation, Lynchburg

FlyFreedomAviation.com, 434-237-7002

ChopSueyBooks.com, 804-422-8066

GivensBooks.com, 434-385-5027

David R. McGeorge Car Company 9319 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

David R. McGeorge Car Company sells a wide range of cars for a wide range of customers, from the luxury buyer to the frugal-minded city driver set on buying a Smart car. If this year’s make and model isn’t in the cards for you, McGeorge has an extensive selection of pre-owned vehicles and flexible payment plans. BuyPearson.com, 804-276-0300

RichmondFord.com, 804-358-5521

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BarnesAndNoble.com, 804-282-0781

BEST CAR DEALER

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Chop Suey

BEST ANTIQUES

West End Antique Mall 2004 STAPLES MILL ROAD, RICHMOND

WestEndAntiqueMall.com, 804-359-1600

With more than 250 vendor booths, West End Antique Mall always has a new collection to browse. Whether you’re looking for 19th-century heirlooms or are just hoping to add some 1950s kitsch to your décor, you will likely find you want. And for antiques dealers looking for a place to set up shop, space is frequently for rent on the 53,000-square-foot floor.

Organized in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1885, the Waldingfield is the oldest pack of beagles in the U.S. The pack moved to Charlottesville in 1971, and is today led by joint masters, Dr. Arie Rijke and Susan A. Tuckerman. Spectators may follow the pack in the field on formal hunt days. Call 434-293-2642 or 434-973-0353 for more information.

SECOND PLACE: Buckingham Antique Mall, Midlothian

BuckinghamAntiqueMall.com, 804-893-4056

THIRD PLACE: Alexander’s Antiques, Midlothian

AlexandersAntiques.com, 804-674-4206

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM 3North

201 W. 7TH ST., RICHMOND

3North.com, 804-232-8900

What do the Homestead, the Maymont aviary and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond have in common? 3North built them. With an extensive portfolio that includes recreational, residential, educational, civic and cultural establishments, chances are you have experienced 3North’s fine work firsthand at some point. SECOND PLACE: Baskervill, Richmond

Baskervill.com, 804-343-1010

THIRD PLACE: Glave & Holmes Architecture, Richmond

GlaveAndHolmes.com, 804-649-9303

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BEST DAY SPA

1517 N. PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

5109 LAKESIDE AVE., RICHMOND

If you have a wedding, christening or other formal event on the horizon, Buttons & Bows has everything you need to keep your little ones looking sharp. The store also stocks casual children’s clothing, baby playwear and, of course, toys.

Glow Med Spa’s mission is to make skincare affordable. Regular facials, skin peels and laser resurfacing may prevent the need to visit to the dermatologist. A new location in the Richmond area is in the works, with a water-themed interior designed by the architect behind Cirque de Soleil’s vibrant sets.

Buttons & Bows

ButtonsAndBowsKids.com, 804-285-0482

SECOND PLACE: Clover, Richmond

CloverKids.com, 804-355-3517

THIRD PLACE: Whimsies, Charlottesville

WhimsiesKids.com, 434-977-8767

Glow Med Spa GlowMedSpa.net, 804-262-0330

SECOND PLACE: Scents of Serenity, Glen Allen

ScentsOfSerenitySpa.com, 804-277-4498

THIRD PLACE: Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Richmond

RDSpas.com, 804-360-1239

BEST CONTRACTOR

WestView Companies 2508 TURKEY CREEK ROAD, OILVILLE

WestViewCompanies.com, 804-784-0095

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

Virginia Family Dentistry 1612 HUGUENOT ROAD, MIDLOTHIAN

VADentist.com, 804-794-9789

Virginia Family dentistry’s team includes dentists, periodontists and orthodontists making it a one-stop dental care shop. The practice’s, Midlothian-based lab produces retainers, dentures and crowns quickly and efficiently.

SECOND PLACE: Jamerson Lewis, Lynchburg

SECOND PLACE: Grove Avenue Family Dentistry, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Colonial Webb, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Murry & Kuhn, Midlothian

JamersonLewis.com, 434-845-3468 ColonialWebb.com, 804-916-1400

Dr. Joseph Niamtu III

11319 POLO PLACE, RICHMOND

LoveThatFace.com, 804-934-3223

Dr. Niamtu’s work is universally acclaimed, as evidenced by his international speaking tours and interviews on major news programs. Dr. Joe also routinely gives back to the community by donating his time to help survivors of domestic violence and to provide services pro bono for children with facial deformities.

MurryKhunDentistry.com, 804-379-7677

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists 9816 MAYLAND DRIVE, RICHMOND

RichmondDermLaser.com, 804-282-8510

SECOND PLACE: Dr. Michael Godin, Richmond

No matter what ails your skin, Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists have a solution. From offering cosmetic treatments and fixes for conditions like acne and hair loss to treating more serious illnesses like skin cancer, a thorough dermatological exam will leave you confident that your skin is in good hands.

THIRD PLACE: Dr. Nadia Blanchet, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Dermatology Associates of Virginia, Midlothian

DrGodin.com, 804-285-8578

NadiaBlanchetMD.com, 804-320-8545

DermVa.com, 804-794-2307 THIRD PLACE: Commonwealth Dermatology, Richmond

BEST CYCLE SHOP

Carytown Bicycle Co. 3112 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

ComDerm.com, 804-282-0831

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM

CarytownBikes.com, 804-440-2453

Virginia Estate and Retirement

Whether you’re a fixed-gear commuter or an off-road cyclist looking for a bike rugged enough to ride through snow, any staff member you speak to at Carytown Bicycle Co. can help you find the perfect ride. All repairs are done on-site, and most can be completed in the time it takes for you to enjoy a complimentary cup of freshly brewed coffee.

4870 SADLER ROAD #300, RICHMOND

SECOND PLACE: 3Sports, Henrico

ThreeSports.com, 804-288-4000 THIRD PLACE: Agee’s, Midlothian

Agees.com, 804-794-6754

MyVERPA.com, 800-279-3768

Most of Virginia Estate and Retirement’s financial planners are also ordained ministers, and they believe that this has helped them develop a more holistic approach to financial planning. The firm eschew a by-the-numbers approach to planning for one of the most important times in client’s lives. SECOND PLACE: Hayek Kallen Investment Management LLC., Charlottesville

HayekKallen.com, 434-465-6565 THIRD PLACE: Joyce Payne Partners, Richmond

Cowboy mounted shooting competition in Doswell.

High Noon Old west in the Old Dominion.

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BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

GroveSmiles.com, 804-285-1378

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WestView Companies works closely with clients to create just the look and mood their residential and commercial clients wish to achieve. Their architect, interior designer and graphic designer create detailed 3-D renderings to help clients see their vision come to life.

Raw Horse Power, Hard Ridin’, Straight Shootin’. That’s the motto of the Fredericksburg-based 1st Virginia Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA), which pits would-be Wild West Wyatt Earps against each other in tests of marksmanship and horsemanship— all with period-appropriate weapons (single-action revolvers, lever-action rifles) and dress (chaps, fringed jackets, 10-gallon hats). Competitors have 60 seconds to ride through a series of 10 barrels and hit 10 shooting targets. Penalties are awarded for upended barrels and missed targets, and the cowboy with the best time is the winner. The guns only fire blanks, certified to pop balloon targets at no more than 20 feet. The 1st Virginia CMSA is one of 104 CMSAs worldwide, and the only club in Virginia. President Brett Horner expects more than 125 participants from around the country at this year’s state championships June 6-7 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. Horner still remembers the first time he watched a CMSA event: “I said, ‘There’s actually a sport that they ride and shoot off of a horse? Guns and horses? I’m in!” 1stVirginiaCMSA.com

JoycePaynePartners.com, 804-358-2702

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Fun, laughter and being in the moment with the ones you love are all priceless. So when the twins came down with a sudden fever, Bon Secours was there with the good help they needed. Now they’re back to doing what they love most—getting spoiled by mom and dad and just soaking it all in. At Bon Secours we’re proud of our hospitals that make moments like these possible. We’d like to congratulate St. Mary’s Hospital on being voted as the Best Hospital in Virginia by Virginia Living. Thank you to all the physicians, nurses and staff who go out of the way to deliver good help and compassionate care to all of our patients and their families, so they can enjoy a lifetime of good health.

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BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE

1537 PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

9842 LORI ROAD SUITE 201, RICHMOND

3108 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

Adolf Jewelers has a reputation for providing top-notch repair service for fine jewelry, including rings, watches and necklaces. This is just one of the ways that the store’s owner fulfills his goal of providing the kind of personal service that they believe has been lost with the advent of online jewelry shopping.

At Bel Arbor, every home design is completely unique, with careful consideration given to all elements of the process, ensuring total customer satisfaction. Whether adding a stone wall or wood floors, the team will guide you through each decision to make your vision a reality.

Moving into a new home, but not sure how to give it the pop and flair you so desire? The owners of Ruth and Ollie have a unique eye for interior styling and will work with you to find the right lighting, furniture and other décor that will leave you feeling satisfied with your surroundings.

SECOND PLACE: Bowen Jewelry, Lynchburg

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BowenJewelry.com, 434-845-3495

THIRD PLACE: Schwarzschild Jewelers, Glen Allen

Bel Arbor Builders BelArborBuilders.com, 804-751-9050

SECOND PLACE: Main Street Homes, Midlothian THIRD PLACE: Smith & Robertson, Charlottesville

SmithAndRobertson.com, 434-971-7026

Schwarzschild.com, 804-967-0800

BEST FLORIST Strange’s

12111 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

Stranges.com, 804-360-2800

SECOND PLACE: Coleman Brothers, Richmond

ColemanFlowers.com, 804-262-8681

THIRD PLACE: Vogue Flowers and Gifts, Richmond

BEST GIFT SHOP Tweed

4035 LAUDERDALE DRIVE, RICHMOND

TweetAtHome.com, 804-249-3900

Whether you’re looking for personalized stationery for a recent graduate or stylish home décor, Tweed is your one-stop shop for tasteful and unusual gifts you won’t find elsewhere. The store was recently expanded, offering even more opportunity to find the perfect gift. The charming staff will even gift wrap for you.

SECOND PLACE: House of Milk and Honey, Fredericksburg

HouseOfMilkAndHoney.com, 540-373-1000 THIRD PLACE: FraÎche, Richmond

FraicheHome.net, 804-282-4282

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Bon Secours Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL Riverside School

5801 BREMO ROAD, RICHMOND

2110 MCRAE ROAD, CHESTERFIELD

Named for its founders, the Sisters of Bon Secours (meaning “good help” in French) whose mission was to administer to the sick and the poor, this world-class healthcare facility provides a full range of services and specialties. And it’s all done with a charitable devotion to caring for others.

The Riverside School was founded in 1974 with the mission of helping children with learning disabilities obtain an education unhindered by a competitive school environment. The teacher-student ratio averages 1:10, providing a perfect balance of individualized attention and social interaction.

SECOND PLACE: VCU Medical Center, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Collegiate School, Richmond

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THIRD PLACE: Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Henrico

THIRD PLACE: St. Catherine’s School, Richmond

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HCAVirginia.com, 804-289-4500

RiversideSchool.org, 804-320-3465

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Strange’s doesn’t just sell flowers for every occasion; they want to teach you how to grow your own and design stunning arrangements. Classes, many of which are free of charge, are held regularly and cover everything from landscaping to bonsai art to garden critter control. Plus, Strange’s has a bouquet for every budget, with arrangements priced as low as $15.

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Row, row, row your shell: the Virginia Boat Club takes to the James. The 139-year-old organization, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, hosts the VBC Sprint Regatta each June. VirginiaBoatClub.org

SECOND PLACE: Mongrel, Richmond

MongrelRVA.com, 804-342-1272

THIRD PLACE: The Farm Basket, Lynchburg

TheFarmBasket.com, 434-528-1107

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Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge 10 S. CRENSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

With its chic vintage pin-up motif, Bombshell’s atmosphere is both sexy and upscale. And that permeates all its services: Brazilian waxing, airbrush body tanning, hair and nail care, laser hair removal and facials. Come for one treatment, or for the day. SECOND PLACE: Mango, Richmond

MangoSalon.com, 804-285-2800 THIRD PLACE: Imago, Richmond

ImagoHair.com, 804-355-1040

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Before he opened Franco’s Fine Clothiers, Franco Ambrogi’s customers came to his garage for custom tailoring. Now customers may find his fine clothing—including a full selection of men’s formalwear—in two locations. Fortythree years of providing exceptional service has cemented the haberdasher’s reputation.

Orthodontic procedures aren’t exactly a walk in the park. In fact, more often than not, the days, hours and minutes leading up to a procedure are fraught with anxiety. Enter Gardner Orthodontics whose fun office environment takes the edge off with video games, free Wi-Fi, coffee and hot chocolate.

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SECOND PLACE: VA Family Dentistry, Midlothian

THIRD PLACE: R. Coffee Ltd., Lynchburg

THIRD PLACE: Holbert Family Orthodontics, Richmond

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Ryland Woodard Interior Design RylandWoodard.com, 804-288-7943

The firm’s new interactive website makes it easy for clients to choose the materials they need to build the interior they want. Ryland Woodward started her interior design business in her hometown of Richmond, but her client base has expanded to garner national attention, with her work appearing in several episodes of NBC’s Fix It and Finish It. SECOND PLACE: Bridget Beari Designs, Richmond

BridgetBeari.com, 804-321-4747

Franco’s Fine Clothier Francos.com, 804-264-2994

Peter-Blair.com, 804-288-8123

RCoffeeClothiers.com, 434-384-0518

Gardner Orthodontics

GardnerGrins.com, 804-282-0505

VaDentist.com, 804-794-9789

HolbertBraces.com, 804-270-7824

THIRD PLACE: Interiors by Moyanne, Lynchburg

Moyanne.com, 434-384-6844

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM Custom Kitchens

6412 HORSEPEN ROAD, RICHMOND

Founder Arthur Hendrick built his business on the electrical, mechanical, and navigational skills he learned in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as well as his innate sense of customer service. Today his sons David and Richard provide the same great service that has made the firm the preferred kitchen design firm for Richmonders for the better part of a century. SECOND PLACE: KDW, Richmond

2020 OLD BRICK ROAD, GLEN ALLEN

REI.com, 804-360-1381

A salon that specializes in Brazilian waxing may not be the first place men think to go for a haircut, but they will find that every service Bombshell provides is excellent. Come in for an inexpensive trim from a junior artist, or get a more elaborate cut from a master artist.

Founded in 1938 as a co-op to procure quality equipment for climbers, REI has reprised this role in 135 stores across the nation. Its broad inventory includes equipment for all varieties of outdoor adventure. When planning your next hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or rafting trip on the James River, REI is the place to start.

SECOND PLACE: High Point Barber Shop, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Green Top, Ashland

HighPointBarberShop.com, 804-980-6982

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188

THIRD PLACE: Mango Salon, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Charlottesville

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

MangoSalon.com, 804-285-2800

THIRD PLACE: Katheryn Robertson, Richmond

BRMS.com, 434-977-4400

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KatherynRobertson.com, 804-353-6721

Pediatric Associates of Richmond 7113 THREE CHOPT ROAD SUITE 101, RICHMOND

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PedAssocRichmond.com, 804-282-4205

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Pediatric Associates of Richmond provides a team approach to your child’s medical care, beginning at birth with a consultation from a lactation specialist. As children grow, the caring medical staff oversees every milestone in their development, from infancy all the way through adolescence.

7421 RANCO ROAD, RICHMOND

VirginiaGreenLawnCare.com, 804-285-6200

Green Lawn Care’s mission is to make sure that your lawn makes you proud. The service will make sure that your lawn stays green and weed-free, and annual soil sampling ensures your lawn stays healthy between treatments.

SECOND PLACE: Richmond Pediatrics

RichmondPediatrics.com, 804-747-1750

SECOND PLACE: Dream Landscapes, Forest

DreamLandscapesInc.com, 434-525-2435

THIRD PLACE: Tuckahoe Landscaping, Rockville

TuckahoeLandscaping.com, 804-749-8922

BEST LAW FIRM

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen 1809 STAPLES MILL ROAD, RICHMOND

AllenAndAllen.com, 866-388-6413

Named for founder George Allen and his three sons, the firm has a longstanding reputation as the first folks to call when life takes an unexpected turn. Areas of practice range from bike injuries to asbestos exposure. SECOND PLACE: McGuire Woods, Richmond

McGuireWoods.com, 804-775-1000

THIRD PLACE: Hunton & Williams, Richmond

Hunton.com, 804-788-8200

LIKE FATHER... Creating a racing dynasty. Jeb Burton may be competing for NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year, but the 22-year-old is no newcomer to racing. The Halifax native, who is in his first season driving No. 26 for Charlottebased BK Racing, is the son of Ward Burton, a 17-year veteran of NASCAR and winner of the 2002 Daytona 500. “It has been a dream of mine to race in the Daytona 500 ever since I was nine years old and I stood with my Dad in victory lane,” Burton told Fox News last February. “Now I have a chance at making that dream come true.” For race schedule, go to JebBurton.com

THIRD PLACE: F. Read Hopkins, Lynchburg

HopkinsPediatrics.com, 434-237-8886

BEST PET BOARDING Petite Pet Inn

3010 HILLIARD ROAD, HENRICO

PetitePetInn.com, 804-622-1556

Petite Pet Inn specilaizes in boarding only small dogs, ensuring that your chihuahua won’t have to feel intimidated by a St. Bernard-sized neighbor during its stay. Full grooming services are available so that your dog will be ready to go home with a beautiful coat. SECOND PLACE: Holiday Barn Pet Resort, Glen Allen

HolidayBarn.com, 804-794-5401

THIRD PLACE: Impawsible Pups, Richmond

ImpawsiblePups.com, 804-285-2359

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Harrison Foundation Trust. The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund. Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition is the traveling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, organized by the Japanese Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and VMFA. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Its presentation at VMFA is generously supported by The Francena T. American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman. Rodin is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin, Paris. Harrison Foundation Trust. The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund. Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition is the traveling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman. Rodin is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin, Paris.

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10932 VIRGINIA FOREST COURT, RICHMOND

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Specializing in shooting engagement celebrations and weddings, Sean DeWitt brings a personality to his work that is fun and uplifting. Clients appreciate his talent for capturing moments that convey the essence of the day, smoothly and unobtrusively. WendellPowell.com, 804-741-6732

Short Pump Town Center has big plans on the horizon, with the Children’s Museum of Richmond moving a satellite location to the mall this summer. This new space for children to learn and play will be just another example of how Short Pump has something for everyone. New to the roster of upscale national chains this year are Kate Spade, Lululemon and Michael Kors.

THIRD PLACE: Don Mears Photography, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Stony Point, Richmond

Sean DeWitt Photography SeanDeWittPhotography.com, 804-687-9091

SECOND PLACE: Wendell Powell, Richmond

DonMearsPhotography.com, 804-915-7491

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ShopStonyPoint.com, 804-267-2740 THIRD PLACE: Carytown, Richmond

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8536 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

CarytownRVA.com, 804-422-2279

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LoveThatSpine.com, 804-740-9300

Dick’s Sporting Goods

For eight years, Spinal Correction Center has provided Richmond with quality spinal care from knowledgeable professionals. The group offers chiropractic alternatives to pain medications and invasive medical procedures for the treatment of herniated discs, sciatica and chronic neck and back pain.

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THIRD PLACE: Tidewater Physical Therapy, Richmond

TPTI.com, 804-288-1380

From one look at the store, it’s clear that Dick’s has come a long way from its beginnings as a bait and tackle shop in the late ’50s. Dick’s has practically everything a recreationalist needs, including exercise equipment, top brand clothing, bicycles, kayaks, and more. SECOND PLACE: Green Top Sporting Goods, Ashland

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THIRD PLACE: Bass Pro Shops, Ashland

Izaak Walton League to host the 317th annual “Dog Mart.”

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188 BassPro.com, 804-496-4700

Joyner Fine Properties 2727 ENTERPRISE PARKWAY, RICHMOND

JoynerFineProperties.com, 800-446-3858

With commercial and residential properties all over Central Virginia, odds are on Joyner to find your perfect fit in a home or office. Properties range from townhouses in the heart of Richmond to rural 45-acre estates. Joyner’s corporate relocation services make for an efficient and hassle-free move without disruption. SECOND PLACE: Long & Foster, Richmond

StrawberryStreetSales.com, 804-340-0840 THIRD PLACE: Keller Williams, Richmond

KW.com, 804-282-5901

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Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic 5322 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

BettyBaughsAnimalClinic.com, 804-288-7387

Every pet needs a checkup once in a while, but have you ever considered getting your pet treated with acupuncture? You can when you go to Betty Baugh’s, because it is just one of the many medical services they offer pets. If your pet has a fear of vet visits, you can schedule a house call. SECOND PLACE: Church Hill Animal Hospital, Richmond

ChurchHillAnimalHospital.com, 804-644-8200 THIRD PLACE: Locke Taylor, Richmond

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BEST SHOE STORE Saxon Shoes

11800 W. BROAD ST. SUITE 2750, RICHMOND

SaxonShoes.com, 804-285-3473

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE The Pink Palm

5019 HUGUENOT ROAD, RICHMOND

Since its humble beginnings in 1953, Saxon Shoes has become one of the largest shoe stores in Virginia, with more than 200 name brands to choose from. Their comfort-fitting technique ensures that you don’t regret your purchase. Inventory appeals to every taste, from comfort to couture.

ThePinkPalm.net, 804-282-8799

SECOND PLACE: DSW, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Talbot’s, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: 3Sports, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Nellie George, Richmond

DSW.com, 804-290-4244

ThreeSports.com, 804-288-4000

Muted colors have no place at the Pink Palm, where every piece of clothing in stock explodes with Lilly Pulitzer’s iconic vibrancy. The shop also stocks items from other classic brands, including Jack Rogers, Fornash and Barbour, and offers a wide selection of accessories. Talbots.com, 804-288-0020

Facebook.com/Nellie.George.54, 804-288-0894

Is it possible that the settlers and American Indians who traded dogs and livestock could have known that their first “Dog Mart” would still be going strong 317 years later? Likely no, but the Fredericksburg event—first conceived by the House of Burgesses in 1698 for the annual legal trading of fine English huntFor the first ing dogs and other anitime, the mals—is today the oldest historic event will include of its kind in the U.S. “These dogs have an adoption a great day enjoying showcase. the outdoors,” says Greg Raines, president of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock chapter of the conservation-dedicated Izaak Walton League (one of 19 in Virginia), which has hosted the event since 1948. “Plus, it’s about carrying on the tradition of the Indians and settlers trading, a tradition that just grew and grew.” Not to miss at the Sept. 26 event at the chapter’s park in Spotsylvania are the dog show, and dancing and bow-and- arrow demonstrations by area Indian tribes, including the Pamunkey, Mattaponi and Patawomeck. New this year is a dog adoption showcase. Admission is free, parking $5 per car. IWLAFred-Rapp.org/dog_mart

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With miles of Atlantic shoreline, the broad Chesapeake Bay, and the many rivers and tributaries that vein the eastern-most part of the state, one could spend every free minute in watersports. But that would mean ignoring all the landside sports that Virginians do so well. William & Mary’s croquet team, for instance, competes nationally. And where else in America can you get in on a game of stoo lball or trap ball, both Co lonial-era sports that are still played in Williamsburg? If indoor sports are your passion, there are stellar facilities like the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton, with 135,000 square feet of basketball and vo lleyball courts, seating for 4,000, indoor fields for track and hockey and much more. When you’ve worked up an appetite, institutions like Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que in Lightfoot await, as well as scores of other spots to refresh you after a day of play. Enjoy the water, and don’t forget the rest.

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Chesapeake Academy Annual Community Oyster Roast 107 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Chesapeake Academy Community Oyster Roast, held the third Saturday in October. Along with the all-you-can-eat oysters the festival is famous for, this year’s event will feature the music of the Phun Doctors. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Academy Financial Assistance program. SECOND PLACE: Dentistry from the Heart, Williamsburg

DentistryFromTheHeart.org, 757-941-5290

THIRD PLACE: Taste of Hampton Roads, Norfolk

TasteOfHamptonRoads.org, 757-627-6599

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BoardwalkArtShow.com, 757-425-0000

The Boardwalk Arts Show, established in 1952, sees more than 1,000 applicants for each of its 250 coveted spots. The artists who make the cut exhibit their wares along nearly 10 oceanfront blocks, vying for almost $30,000 available in prize money. SECOND PLACE: Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Norfolk

arts, culture & entertainment

StockleyGardens.com, 757-625-6161

THIRD PLACE: An Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg

AOFTA.org, 757-503-2722

BEST CHARITY

The King’s Daughters 601 CHILDREN'S LANE 2ND FLOOR, NORFOLK

KingsDaughters.org, 757-668-7718

Last year, The King’s Daughters donated $700,000 to the hospital the organization founded, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, as well as more than 330 ounces of breast milk for CHKD’s milk bank. Fundraisers range from annual events like the Tour de Cuisine to CHKD thrift stores in the Hampton Roads region. SECOND PLACE: Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Gloucester

GMHumaneSociety.org, 804-693-5520 THIRD PLACE: Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic, Kilmarnock

NNFHC.com, 804-435-0575

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

Urbanna Oyster Festival 45 CROSS ST.

UrbannaOysterFestival.com, 804-758-0368

Each year, more than 75,000 guests make their way to the Urbanna Oyster Festival— impressive for a town with a population of just under 500. Festival draws include wine tasting, arts and crafts and live music. Oh, and did we mention the oysters? This is a do not miss event. SECOND PLACE: Poquoson Seafood Festival

PoquosonSeafoodFestival.com, 757-868-3588 THIRD PLACE: Bayou Boogalooo and Cajun Food Festival, Norfolk

BEST HISTORIC MUSEUM The WICKET WARRIORS

Mariners’ Museum

William & Mary’s croquet team aims for the national stage. “To be honest, I thought it would be frat dudes on the lawn drinking beer,” says Anastasia Peregrine. But signing up for the William & Mary croquet team on a whim as a freshman has led to, well, greener pastures than the 20-year-old junior from Little Rock, Arkansas, first expected. Instead of lawn chairs and beer cans, Peregrine has found smart all-white outfits and intense national competition. “I like it because it’s a mental game. It’s competitive, fun and active. It’s like playing chess—there’s a lot of strategy,” says Peregrine, now the president of the W&M croquet club. In April, she and her teammates competed in the National Collegiate Croquet Tournament, held annually at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. (The results were unavailable at press time.) The W&M team won national championships in 2008, 2009 and 2012. The team practices three times a week on the manicured lawn of the nearby Williamsburg Inn under the tutelage of 93-year-old coach George Barnes, who has served as the president of both the North Carolina and Virginia United States Croquet Association districts and helped found the W&M croquet club in 1998. The W&M croquet “The grass we play on is like glass,” says Peregrine. “It’s a lot team practicing at the Williamsburg Inn. different than just playing in your backyard.” Despite the sport’s staid reputation, play can be invigorating. Peregrine remembers competing in a tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida, in which her partner Jennifer Koontz (collegiate croquet is played in both singles and doubles formats), also a W&M junior, scored on a jump shot, skillfully knocking her ball up off the ground and over a competitor’s ball that was “stuck in the jaws” of the wicket, blocking passage through the frame. Says Peregrine, “It was really exciting. The shot was so challenging, and she made it! It was amazing!” CroquetAmerica.com/usca/college

FestEvents.org, 757-441-2345

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 16-17, 2015 WORKS FROM MORE THAN 135 ARTISTS • LIVE MUSIC DELICIOUS FOOD • FUN CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Shuttle available all weekend from The Chrysler Museum of Art to Stockley Gardens. All proceeds benefit the Hope House Foundation. www.Hope-House.org

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST HISTORIC MUSEUM

BEST MUSEUM

100 MUSEUM DRIVE, NEWPORT NEWS

245 W. OLNEY ROAD, NORFOLK

Famed for its vast collection of artifacts from the Civil War-era ironclad, USS Monitor, “America’s national mariners museum” (as designated by Congress) consistently presents 10-12 exhibitions. Current offerings include “Coffee: The World in Your Cup,” and “Extreme Deep,” a hands-on exploration of the deep sea.

Few museums take the mantra “a little something for everyone” to heart quite like the newly renovated Chrysler. Along with 30,000 pieces in its permanent collection, the 220,000-squarefoot museum just wrapped up The Art of Video Games and is currently showcasing the glasswork of Dale Chihuly in Chihuly in the Garden.

SECOND PLACE: Colonial Williamsburg

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington

THIRD PLACE: Mariners’ Museum, Newport News

The Mariners’ Museum MarinersMuseum.org, 757-596-2222

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-229-1000 SteamboatEraMuseum.org, 804-438-6888

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

Chrysler Museum of Art

Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts

Chrysler.org, 757-664-6200

TheVLM.org, 757-595-1900

1 AVENUE OF THE ARTS, NEWPORT NEWS

FergusonCenter.org, 757-594-8752

With three companies in residence—CNU Department of Music, TheatreCNU and the Virginia Symphony—the Ferguson Center’s schedule is packed with productions as diverse as comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. This summer look for Pat Benatar and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. SECOND PLACE: Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk

MarinersMuseum.org, 757-596-2222

VAStage.com, 757-627-6988

THIRD PLACE: The Hurrah Players, Norfolk

HurrahPlayers.com, 757-627-5437

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSIC VENUE

1507 COLLEY AVE., NORFOLK

317 MONTICELLO AVE., NORFOLK

Since the late 1970s, the Naro (built in 1936) has specialized in showing classic, foreign and indie films–the sort of critical darlings often found on the awards circuit. And Golden Age of Hollywood fans, take note: Virginian-Pilot movie and theater critic Mal Vincent hosts a classic film series in July and August. Last year’s slate included The African Queen and I’m No Angel.

The spectacular shows at the NorVa probably have something to do with how well the talent is treated before they even hit the stage—backstage amenities include a basketball court and a sauna. Artists who can look forward to the royal treatment this summer include rockers Cake and Interpol. Should backstage matter to fans? We think so. Happy musicians make better music.

SECOND PLACE: Paragon Theater, Newport News

SECOND PLACE: Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

Naro Cinema

THIRD PLACE: Commodore Theatre, Portsmouth

CommodoreTheatre.com, 757-393-6962

Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 AVENUE OF THE ARTS, NEWPORT NEWS

FergusonCenter.org, 757-594-8752

The more than 500 performances held in the Ferguson Center for the Arts have hosted nearly two million visitors over the last decade. This season’s schedule included performances from the Russian Ballet, General Colin Powell, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. SECOND PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

FergusonCenter.org, 757-594-8752

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

THIRD PLACE: Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Town Point Park, Norfolk

LiveNation.com, 757-368-3000

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ParagonTheaters.com, 757-525-9898

TheNorVa.com, 757-627-4547

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BEST SPECIAL EVENTS VENUE

The Norva

FestEvents.org, 757-441-2345

One of Urbanna’s finest. Left: The oyster shuckin’ contest.

BIVALVE BEAUTIES The granddaddy of oyster fests. This year marks the Urbanna Oyster Festival’s 58th anniversary, so seafoodies, get ready: Along with boatloads of oysters, there will be plenty of crabs, shrimp and fish in the offing. The walking, pay-asyou go festival also features an oyster shucking contest, live music, an antique car show and two parades. More than 70,000 are expected to attend. Free admission, Nov. 6-7. UrbannaOysterFestival.com

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living & recreation BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST HORSE SHOW

101 VISITORS CENTER DRIVE

101 VISITORS CENTER DRIVE

6417 CARRIAGE DRIVE, CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND

At Colonial Williamsburg, learning about the past doesn’t preclude enjoying the amenities of the present. Along with historic museums and programming, the site includes 1,000 rooms between five hotels, 10 restaurants (four of which are colonial taverns), a 45-hole golf club and a spa that offers both historic and 21st-century treatments.

Spread over 300 acres of the original town, Colonial Williamsburg comprises 88 buildings from the original settlement and approximately 67,000 antiques, ranging from glass and ceramics to arms and scientific instruments. Historical re-enactments and educational programs make history come to life.

Literature fans may be surprised to know that the Misty of the children’s book series was indeed a real Chincoteague pony. Along with regular pony shows and drills (some of which might feature a Misty descendant or two), this is also the place to catch the Extreme Chincoteague Pony Race.

SECOND PLACE: Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Weems

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Beach Horse Show Association

SECOND PLACE: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

BuschGardens.com, 800-343-7946

ChristChurch1735.org, 804-438-6855

THIRD PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

THIRD PLACE: Stratford Hall

Colonial Williamsburg

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-229-1000

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

Colonial Williamsburg ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-229-1000

Chincoteague Pony Centre Chincoteague.com/ponycentre/

VBHSA.org, 215-431-1131

StratfordHall.org, 804-493-8038

BEST BED AND BREAKFAST Hope and Glory Inn

65 TAVERN ROAD, IRVINGTON

HopeAndGlory.com, 804-438-6053

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The intimate Hope and Glory Inn (a B&B with six rooms and 10 cottages) has won accolades from Frommer’s Travel Guide, American Historic Inns and CNN, among others. In addition to the many English gardens, visiting night owls should check out the moon garden, where the flowers only bloom at night. SECOND PLACE: The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, Port Haywood

InnAtTabbsCreek.com, 804-725-5136

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THIRD PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

BEST GOLF COURSE

Golden Eagle Golf Course at Tides Inn 364 CLUBHOUSE ROAD, IRVINGTON

TidesInn.com, 804-438-4460

Playing host to many VSGA and mid-Atlantic PGA events throughout the year, the George W. Cobb-designed Gold Eagle opened in 1976. The course includes Bermuda fairways and Bentgrass putting surfaces. And the scenery is worth looking at too; the course is built around a 50-acre lake. SECOND PLACE: King Carter Golf Club, Irvington

KingCarterGolfClub.com, 804-435-7842 THIRD PLACE: Bay Creek, Cape Charles

BayCreekResort.com, 757-331-8620

BEST GYM

Northern Neck Family YMCA 39 WILLIAM B. GRAHAM COURT, KILMARNOCK

PeninsulaYMCA.org, 804-435-0223

What began as a tiny storefront operation 25 years ago has grown into a 50,000-square-foot campus and the largest nonprofit in the Northern Neck. Activities for its nearly 4,000 members range from pickleball and youth basketball, to more individual pursuits, such as Pilates and paddleboard yoga. SECOND PLACE: One Life Fitness, Newport News

OneLifeFitness.com, 757-599-1888

THIRD PLACE: Wareings, Virginia Beach

IT’S A TRAP (BALL)! Take a swing at the games of yesteryear. Today’s kids may not wear buckled shoes and tricorns, but a couple of popular games from Colonial Virginia can still be played today in Williamsburg. It turns out that many of these historic games—like stoolball and trapball—weren’t restricted to one gender or the other back in the day. Says historian Cathy Hellier, “Especially among the lower classes, where gender roles weren’t always Trap ball was a so tightly policed among children, it seems likely that girls would be favorite game during the drawn into the games.” One of these games, stoolball—a favorite among Colonial era. the younger set of CW visitors—is played by a circle of people trying to throw a ball at one of several stools placed in the middle, each of which have defenders trying to swat the balls away in order to keep their position (drawing many comparisons to Britain’s well-loved cricket). The game, more than 500 years old, is still played in England today, with both ladies and mixed teams. Weather permitting, Colonial games are taught by re-enactors at the Powell House, Geddy House and Wythe House in the spring and summer, where kids are encouraged to join in the fun for as long as they want. “Children’s games were much more spontaneous then than now in that there weren’t organized recreation leagues or teams, for example,” says Hellier. “Children just gathered their friends to play.” History.org

WareingsGym.com, 757-491-0700

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ou don’t have to change your lifestyle simply because you’re changing your address. One of the benefits of living at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury is that residents have plenty of time to pursue their passions such as attending a lecture or joining one of our many fitness classes. At RWC, you can be as active as you wish in the company of others who share your enthusiasm for life. Learn more about living in our neighborhood at embracelifeatrwc.org.

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury is the community of choice in coastal Virginia for discerning, active adults.

Equal Housing Opportunity © 2015 RWC

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804-438-4000 or 800-792-1444 embracelifeatrwc.org 132 Lancaster Drive Irvington, Virginia 22480

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living & recreation BEST HOTEL

BEST PLACE TO FISH

BEST TENNIS CLUB

480 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

425 WATER ST., YORKTOWN

362 CLUB DRIVE, KILMARNOCK

The 22 suites and 106 guest rooms at the iconic inn may evoke a stylish bygone era, but they are appointed with 21st century luxuries, including Egyptian cotton sheets and flat screen TVs. And the stunning views of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and Chesapeake Bay? Timeless.

York River Charter can teach anyone how to fish, a skill that lasts a lifetime. The outfit’s charters in bottom fishing, light tackle and crabbing are sure to land something yummy on your post-excursion menu. Insider tip: Leave your bananas at home. Superstition says the fruit is bad luck on charter boats. Who knew.

Need to improve that backhand? Indian Creek offers private and group lessons, junior clinics and “Stroke of the Week” clinics. Once you have fine-tuned your game, sign up for one of the tournaments or inter-club matches offered year round on one of the club’s two indoor or four outdoor courts.

SECOND PLACE: The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg

SECOND PLACE: Lynnhaven Fishing Pier, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club

THIRD PLACE: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: James River Bridge Pier, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Two Rivers Country Club, Williamsburg

Tides Inn

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 855-296-6627

HiltonVB.com, 757-213-3001

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE Mount Airy Plantation

361 MILLPOND ROAD, WARSAW

MountAiryPlantation.com, 804-313-0815

SECOND PLACE: Blandfield Plantation, Caret

BlandfieldPlantation.com, 540-229-8045

LynnhavenPier.blogspot.com, 757-481-7071 DaybreakFishing.com, 757-247-0364

ICYCC.com, 804-435-2713

VBTCC.com, 757-481-7545

GovernorsLand.com, 757-258-4610

BEST RESORT Tides Inn

480 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

Guests enjoy myriad recreation options at the classic Carters Creek resort. Sign up the kids for the on-site sailing school, feel the wind whip through your hair on a yacht cruise, or try your hand at paddleboard yoga. Ashore, golf, croquet, bike riding, tennis and a full service spa make for a full, but relaxing, itinerary SECOND PLACE: Kingsmill on the James, Williamsburg

Kingsmill.com, 757-253-1703

THIRD PLACE: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg

GreatWolf.com/Williamsburg, 757-229-9700

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THIRD PLACE: Chincoteague Hunting and Fishing Center

YorkRiver.net, 757-645-8397

Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club

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New to the handsome historic estate is its Waterfowl Weekend Package, supplying parties of two-to-four duck hunters with meals, an open bar and private guest quarters for two nights. Guided duck and goose hunting is provided on the marsh, farmland and woods that make the plantation’s location perfect for waterfowling.

York River Charters

DuckGuide.com, 888-231-4868

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Go Ape Freedom Park

5537 CENTERVILLE ROAD, WILLIAMSBURG

GoApe.com, 800-971-8271

Hop from tree to tree via rope ladders, trapezes, Tarzan-style swings and zip lines during Go Ape’s Treetop Adventure. Plus, explore miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and make a day of it. SECOND PLACE: Bay Country Kayaking, Williamsburg

BayCountryKayaking.com, 252-564-4533

THIRD PLACE: Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach

VirginiaBeachTrees.com, 757-385-4947

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

K.C.’s Crabs and Cues 10428 JESSIE DUPONT MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, KILMARNOCK

804-435-7665

K.C.’s Crabs and Cues provides food, drink and entertainment in equal measure. On the entertainment side, drop in for everything from karaoke and live music to lessons in shag, line and salsa dancing. Food and drink comes in the form of hearty American classics, like steak and cheeseburgers. SECOND PLACE: Dynamic Movements, Suffolk

DynamicMovements.com, 757-686-0554 THIRD PLACE: Granby Theater, Norfolk

GranbyTheater.com, 757-961-7208

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury 132 LANCASTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

EmbraceLifeAtRWC.org, 804-438-4000

Life’s second act is the perfect opportunity to pursue new passions. Activities at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury include art and acting classes, foreign language instruction and music lessons. Residents also enjoy dining, shopping and other off-campus activities. SECOND PLACE: Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, Virginia Beach

AtlanticShoresLiving.com, 757-716-2000 THIRD PLACE: Westminister Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach

WCBay.com, 757-496-1785

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Chanco on the James 394 FLOODS DRIVE, SPRING GROVE

Chanco.org, 888-724-2626

When you’re surrounded by 125 acres of woods on the James River, the only activity not on the agenda is boredom. Youths at Camp Chanco, which is operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, ages 8-18, can participate in everything from kayaking and swimming to art classes and nature lessons. SECOND PLACE: Chesapeake Academy Camp, Irvington

ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575

THIRD PLACE: YMCA Camp Silver Beach, Jamesville

CampSilverBeach.org, 757-442-4634

PLAY ANYTHING … at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton. In the bigger-is-better world of sports, the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton is a giant among giants. Opened in 2008, the 135,000-square-foot venue comprises eight basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, eight indoor hockey fields, a 200-meter six-lane indoor track, bleacher seating for 4,000, pavilions for everything from boxing and gymnastics to cheerleading and horseshoes, training rooms, a banquet room and more. The best part? It’s open 363 days a year. If you live in Tidewater, there’s no excuse: just do it. BooWilliamsSportsComplex.com

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BEST BURGER JOINT

BEST CHOCOLATIER

1353 LASKIN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

62 IRVINGTON ROAD, KILMARNOCK

79 E. WINDSOR BLVD., WINDSOR

Even by the high standards of bakers, the team at Sugar Plum likes to get creative with its cake designs. Here, you’ll find Santa Claus swimming in a cup of hot chocolate, or strawberry frosting “brains” doused in a berry syrup for Halloween. The bakery’s mission is to provide employment and training for those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

At Northern Neck Burger Co., fresh, handcrafted, 100 percent ground beef burgers are finished with unexpected additions: think honey chipotle lime glaze, gouda cheese and mixed greens. Diners can also add Tappahannock Twisters, Northern Neck’s signature spiral cut fries, with a host of topping choices ranging from ground beef to habanero salsa.

Boutique chocolatier M.A.M.A.S. (Making a Moment Always Special) is known among fans for its chocolate-dipped fresh fruit—individually coated slices and pies comprised of crust, fruit and a chocolate drizzling. For those looking for a more niche dessert, try the Redneck Éclair: a chocolate covered Twinkie (trademarked by the chocolatier).

SECOND PLACE: Just Cupcakes, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: 80/20 Burger Bar, Norfolk

SECOND PLACE: The Royal Chocolate, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Carried Away Cuisine, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Five Guys, Williamsburg

THIRD PLACE: Mad About Chocolate, Williamsburg

BEST BAR

BEST CATERER

BEST DESSERT MENU

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

One of the White Dog Bistro’s two bars, Wine Down, stocks more than 70 bottles of fine wine, with another 2,000 in its cellars. Not keen on wine? Along with an extensive cocktail menu, patrons ocan enjoy a selection of cigars from around the world, jukebox Fridays, and live music on summer Saturdays.

Serve the White Dog Bistro’s food at any gathering, and guests will be happy. Catering highlights include its signature antipasto board, and Guinness-simmered and grilled bratwurst medallions with caramelized onions and stone ground mustard.

The philosophy of the White Dog Bistro? Everything tastes better with a little chocolate. Cakes come drizzled in chocolate sauce, and wine glass rims can be dusted in cocoa. Favorites include the Chocolate Serenity, with alternating layers of dark chocolate Godiva cake, Frangelicococoa meringue and amaretto buttercream.

SECOND PLACE: Nate’s Trick Dog Café, Irvington

Willabys.com, 804-435-3669

Sugar Plum Bakery SugarPlumBakery.org, 757-422-3913

JustCupcakes.net, 757-671-2020

CarriedAwayCuisine.com, 804-435-9191

Wine Down Bar at the White Dog Bistro TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

THIRD PLACE: The Public House, Norfolk

PublicHouseEats.com, 757-227-9064

Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que

447 E. ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE, WILLIAMSBURG

Pierces.com, 757-565-2955

Pierce’s first renovation in 35 years will include the installation of an observation window, giving customers the chance to watch the pit crew at Pierce’s in action. Is the restaurant afraid it will give away the secret to its wildly popular ‘Q? Customers may get to see the legendary smoking and roasting techniques, but not the secret ingredients in the award-winning sauce.

8020BurgerBar.com, 757-233-7900 FiveGuys.com, 757-229-1213

The White Dog Bistro TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

SECOND PLACE: Willaby’s, White Stone THIRD PLACE: Carried Away Cuisine, Kilmarnock

CarriedAwayCuisine.com, 804-435-9191

Facebook.com/MAMASCreativeSweets, 757-242-3300

TheRoyalChocolate.com, 757-557-6925 MadAboutChocolate.us, 757-645-2995

The White Dog Bistro TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

SECOND PLACE: The Cheesecake Factory, Virginia Beach

TheCheeseCakeFactory.com, 757-473-2900 THIRD PLACE: The Baker’s Crust, Norfolk

BakersCrust.com, 757-625-3600

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BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT

NNBurger.com, 804-577-4400

M.A.M.A.S. Creative Sweets

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Northern Neck Burger Co.

Making waves: Last August, Michael Dunphy became the first Virginian in 33 years to take home the top prize at the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach. SurfECSC.com

SECOND PLACE: Smoke BBQ, Newport News

SmokeNN.com, 757-595-4320

THIRD PLACE: Something Different, Urbanna

Pine3.info, 804-758-8000

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Citrus

2265 W. GREAT NECK ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

CitrusVB.com, 757-227-3333

Citrus puts local at the top of the menu. It sources much of its produce from regional farms, and names dishes after Virginia Beach destinations like Shore Drive (two eggs with a bread and grits or hashbrowns) and Cape Henry (the same, but with the addition of meat). SECOND PLACE: Car Wash Café, Kilmarnock

Facebook.com/CarWashCafeVa, 804-436-6606 THIRD PLACE: Lee’s Restaurant, Inc., Kilmarnock

804-435-1255

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Step into history … Step into Historic Christ Church … Since 1735, as it came from the hands of its builders.

SAVE THE DATE: JULY 18, 2015

CRAFT BEER FEST

12 Craft Beers . BBQ with Fixings Homemade Ice Cream Bluegrass Americana Music Ticket Info: christchurch1735.org

H C C,   Preservation. Education. Inspiration.

Tours, Museum & Gift Shop Open 7 Days a Week, April-November. 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576 . 804.438.6855 . christchurch1735.org . f A V ir g inia and Nat io nal H is t o r ic Lan dmar k . Lis t e d o n th e N a ti o n a l R e g i s te r o f H i s to r i c P l a c e s

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food & drink BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

IRVINGTON COMMONS

6826 WALTON LANE, GLOUCESTER

1309 RALEIGH AVE., NORFOLK

Now in its 16th year, the Irvington Farmer’s Market hosts more than 100 vendors selling everything from handcrafted artwork to local seafood. Held during May to November on the first Saturday of each month, the market offers free books from the Lancaster Library and gardening tips from the Northern Neck Master Gardeners.

Looking for sweet deals on frozen yogurt? Sweet Frog Gloucester’s Facebook page gives customers the chance to check out the day’s specials before heading over to the shop. Past specials have included 50 percent off for vets and free yogurt for straight-A students.

Fans of Smartmouth can find its brews on tap at restaurants from Virginia Beach to Richmond. Its three flagiship styles—Alter Ego Saison, Murphy’s Law Amber Ale and Rule G IPA–can also be found in cans. The Norfolk tasting room is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and offers free tours on Saturdays.

Irvington Farmers’ Market IrvingtonVa.org, 804-480-0697

Sweet Frog

Smartmouth Brewing Co.

SweetFrogYogurt.com, 804-693-4065

SmartmouthBrewing.com, 757-624-3939

SECOND PLACE: Williamsburg Farmers’ Market

SECOND PLACE: The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar, Virginia Beach

WilliamsburgFarmersMarket.com, 757-259-3768

ILoveTheSkinnyDip.com, 757-689-3433

THIRD PLACE: Smithfield Farmers’ Market

THIRD PLACE: Yolicious, Kilmarnock

SmithfieldFarmersMarket.org, 757-375-3031

804-436-8889

BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE

NORFOLK

12131 JEFFERSON AVE., NEWPORT NEWS

Since opening in early 2014, Karnage Asada has taken its Asian-Latin fusion all around the seven cities, from business offices to breweries. Among its smack down dishes are Kapow Kimchos!, tortilla chips topped with house kimchi, bean corn salsa and cheese, and the Dragon Whip beef taco, which includes a topping of wasabi Napa slaw.

Since its founding in Greensboro, North Caroline in 1982, the Fresh Market has grown to more than 170 locations nationally, including three in Hampton Roads. Its success lies in its wide range of hard to find products (think gluten-free bread crumbs, wassail mulling spices and chicken raised on a vegetarian diet).

Karnage Asada

KarnageAsada.com, 757-828-7559

BrosFishTacos.com, 757-635-8561 THIRD PLACE: Hashi Food Truck

OConnorBrewing.com, 757-623-2337

THIRD PLACE: AleWerks Brewing Co., Williamsburg

AleWerks.com, 757-220-3670

BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM

The Fresh Market

Short Lane Ice Cream

TheFreshMarket.com, 757-269-0034

SECOND PLACE: Trader Joe’s, Newport News

TraderJoes.com, 757-890-0235

6721 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, GLOUCESTER

ShortLaneIceCream.com, 804-695-2999

For just over a decade, Short Lane has been selling its handmade ice cream, sundaes, yogurt and gelato from a renovated post office and country store. Cool down on sweltering summer evenings at the shop, or take a seasonal flavor (Red, White and Blueberry or Pumpkin Custard) to go—the takeout window is open late.

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SECOND PLACE: Bro’s Fish Tacos, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk

SECOND PLACE: Brown Dog Ice Cream, Cape Charles

THIRD PLACE: Whole Foods Market, Virginia Beach

WholeFoodsMarket.com/VirginiaBeach, 757-422-0444

Facebook.com/HashiFoodTruck, 757-961-5700

BrownDogIceCream.com, 757-695-3868

THIRD PLACE: Stevie’s Ice Cream, Kilmarnock

Facebook.com/SteviesIceCream, 804-435-2252

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ENJOY, MATEY! Yo, ho ho! A sailor’s quaff for me. Every Labor Day weekend, sailors tie up at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville for the Stingray Point Regatta, a weekend of sailing competitions that has been going on for more than 20 years. The regatta has had a few name changes since Commodore Jimmy Rogers established it in 1983. The two-day regatta was first known as the Labor Day Cruising Regatta. In 1994, the name was changed to The Brenton S. Halsey Jr. Memorial Regatta in honor of a member who was an avid sailor. At the request of Mr. Halsey’s family, in 1999, the name was changed to the Stingray Point Light Regatta. Finally, in, 2000, it became the Stingray Point Regatta. But it’s not all business. There’s a boisterous banquet on Saturday night, preceded by post-race cocktails. The whole event wraps Sunday evening with an awards ceremony and cookout (preceded by more post-race cocktails). There are no losers; everyone eventually finds their way to FBYC’s tiki hut for its signature quaff, the Dark and Stormy. A longtime member smuggled us the recipe. FBYC.net

The Dark and Stormy 2 shots Gosling’s Black Seal rum (more if you’ve had a really good day—or a really bad day—of sailing) Gosling’s ginger beer to taste lime wedge Fill a glass (you choose the size) with ice. Add two shots of rum and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with lime. Serves 1

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food & drink BEST LOCALLY OWNED COFFEE SHOP The Local

4337 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH Car Wash Café

481 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

TheLocalBlend.com, 804-438-9356

804-435-0405

Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, the Local’s intimate digs provide the perfect cozy backdrop for hot coffees (all provided by local Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters) teas, chocolates and ciders. When the weather warms up, pair your salad or panini with a smoothie or ice cold lemonade and enjoy your eats on their breezy, garden-accented front porch.

Along with soups and salads, Car Wash Café offers sandwiches that take diners on a journey, from the Pacific (grilled ahi tuna served on a warm roll with wasabi mayo) to Cuba (roasted pork sautéed with garlic and onion on a stirato roll), and New Jersey (slicked turkey on rye).

SECOND PLACE: Cafe Stella, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar, Colonial Beach

757-625-0461

THIRD PLACE: Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery, Williamsburg

AromasWorld.com, 757-221-6676

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Merroir

784 LOCKLIES CREEK ROAD, TOPPING

RROysters.com, 804-758-2871

SECOND PLACE: The White Dog Bistro, Mathews

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

THIRD PLACE: Chick’s Oyster Bar, Virginia Beach

ChicksOysterBar.com, 757-481-5757

Southwind Cafe & Pizza 44 CHURCH ST., GLOUCESTER

SouthwindPizza.com, 804-725-2766

The pies at Southwind use classic pizza toppings in creative combinations, all atop madefrom-scratch dough. Parrot Island is a mix of gouda, tomatoes, caramelized onions, garlic and barbecue chicken, while Paradise Island incorporates pesto and feta with mozzarella, honey cured ham, fresh pineapple and cheddar. SECOND PLACE: Anna’s Pizza, Kilmarnock

804-435-8960

DensonsGrocery.com, 804-224-4121

BEST RESTAURANT

The White Dog Bistro 68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

A cozy, homey vibe envelops diners at the White Dog Bistro. The traditional American menu features plenty of seafood, like shrimp Sulla Luna, with-pan seared jumbo shrimp, gorgonzola and risotto. Landlubbers, fear not; entrées also include pheasant and steak. SECOND PLACE: Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar, Newport News

Circa1918.com, 757-599-1918

THIRD PLACE: Northern Neck Burger Co., Kilmarnock

NNBurger.com, 804-577-4400

Onancock

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Merroir

784 LOCKLIES CREE ROAD, TOPPING

RROysters.com, 804-758-2871

As terroir is to land, Merroir is to sea. Coined by owners Travis and Ryan Croxton, cousins who revived their family’s hundred-year-old oyster business and opened the riverfront tasting room in 2011, Merroir refers to the distinct flavors seafood acquires from its particular location in the water. The resulting shellfish have won national acclaim. SECOND PLACE: Surf Rider, Hampton

SurfRiderRestaurant.com, 757-723-9366 THIRD PLACE: Sand Piper, White Stone

SandPiper-Restaurant.com, 804-435-6176

THIRD PLACE: Cogan’s Pizza, Norfolk

CogansPizza.com, 757-627-6428

BEST SPORTS BAR

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH

K.C.’s Crabs and Cues

2265 W. GREAT NECK ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

804-435-7665

Citrus

CitrusVB.com, 757-227-3333

Citrus satisfies both breakfast fans and lunch seekers alike. Open until 3 p.m. daily, dishes like Citrus style pancakes (two cakes topped with orange glaze, banana and pineapple) are served alongside soups and grilled sandwiches. Parking can be tricky, but on the weekend, the restaurant offers a valet service free of charge. SECOND PLACE: Car Wash Café, Kilmarnock

804-435-0405

THIRD PLACE: Southwind Cafe & Pizza, Mathews

SouthwindPizza.com, 804-725-2766

The Blarney Stone Café

10428 JESSIE DUPONT MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, KILMARNOCK

The “cues” in K.C.’s Crabs and Cues isn’t just for alliteration; the restaurant has a pool parlor with nine tables and regularly hosts tournaments, league nights or just friendly games. Bar staples include crabcakes, cheeseburgers, wings and beer on tap. SECOND PLACE: ShoreBreak Pizza Billiards and Taphouse, Virginia Beach

ShoreBreakVB.com, 757-481-9393 THIRD PLACE: Alley Cafe Family Restaurant and Sports Bar, Kilmarnock

Whenever there’s a televised sporting event with mass appeal, Onancock residents foot it over to the Blarney Stone Café for a good seat. For especially big events like March Madness and the World Cup, “We have a third large TV we bring out,” says owner and manager Terris Kennedy. The perfect accompaniment? Portabella Chesapeake. BlarneyStonePubOnancock.com

Portabella Chesapeake 1 cup mayonnaise 2 eggs 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce 1 teaspoon Old Bay 1/4 cup chopped parsley 4 Portabella mushroom caps 1 16-ounce can choice lump crabmeat 4 ounces zucchini 4 ounces squash 3 ounces spinach 4 ounces vegetable oil, plus enough for sautéing 1 cup balsamic vinegar 2 ounces shredded cheddar dash Old Bay Blend first six ingredients until smooth. Add parsley. Fold in crab, making sure to leave lumps intact. Thinly slice zucchini and squash. Over medium heat, sauté vegetables. Heat 1 cup balsamic vinegar and cook until reduced by half. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place mushroom caps in baking dish. Drizzle each with 1 ounce balsamic reduction and 1 ounce vegetable oil. Place in oven to soften. Top each with 4 ounces crab mixture. Sprinkle each with ¼ ounce cheddar and dash Old Bay. Return to oven to melt cheese, about 1 minute. Serves 4

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SouthwindPizza.com, 804-725-2766

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SECOND PLACE: Southwind Cafe & Pizza, Mathews

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food & drink BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST WINERY

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

205 CENTRAL PARK AVE., VIRGINIA BEACH

5800 WESSEX HUNDRED

86 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

As enticing as they sound, lobster mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole and spinach au gratin are simply the supporting cast to Ruth’s Chris’ star of the show: thick, USDA prime steaks. New York strips, T-bones, ribeyes and porterhouses are perfectly broiled to ensure intense flavor for the diner.

Not sure where to start when it comes to the myriad wines offered at the Williamsburg Winery? Try a tour of the 500-acre winery’s cellars, including the barrels and tanks where the wines, ranging in price from $10 to $36, are aged. The tour culminates in tastings of a variety of vintages and a keepsake glass.

At White Dog, the Cosmopolitans (a fan favorite, they tell us) come with a bit of a twist: pomegranate is added to the traditional cranberry juice for a very berry tang. In the summer, diners enjoy mojitos crafted with five different types of mint grown in the restaurant’s on-site garden, and served in tall custom glasses.

SECOND PLACE: Opus 9, Williamsburg

SECOND PLACE: Good Luck Cellars, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Schlesinger’s, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove

THIRD PLACE: Bardo Edibles & Elixirs, Norfolk

Ruth’s Chris Steak House SizzlingSteak.com, 757-213-0747

Opus9Steakhouse.com, 757-645-4779 SchlesingersSteaks.com, 757-599-4700

Williamsburg Winery WilliamsburgWinery.com, 757-229-0999

GoodLuckCellars.com, 804-435-1416

InglesideVineyards.com, 804-224-8687

The White Dog Bistro

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

Circa1918.com, 757-599-1918

BardoEats.com, 757-622-7362

BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT

Carver Charles Seidel at work on a wooden duck decoy.

Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine 6724 MAIN ST., GLOUCESTER COURTHOUSE

BangkokNoiThaiCuisine.com, 804-695-1177

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At Bangkok Noi, the American Dream is merely an order away, arriving on your table as a combination of shrimp tempura, calamari, krab, cucumber and avocado. Along with signature rolls like the Tuna Tower and Black Dragon, diners also have the option of crafting custom rolls from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. SECOND PLACE: Hana Sushi, Hayes

804-642-3055

THIRD PLACE: Mizuno, Virginia Beach

MizunoShushi.com, 757-422-1200

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BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT The White Dog Bistro 68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

The most popular vegetarian dish on the White Dog Bistro’s menu is the mushroom ravioli in fire-roasted tomato sauce, with tomatoes and pasta produced in-house. Past offerings have included roasted butternut and spaghetti squash with feta, apples and peppered walnuts, and, for vegans, quinoa almond salad and black bean-plantain cake. SECOND PLACE: Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar, Newport News

Circa1918.com, 757-599-1918

THIRD PLACE: Pasha Mezze, Norfolk

PashaMezze.com, 757-627-1617

BEST WINE SHOP

Specials Wine Seller 52 S. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

Facebook.com/SpecialsWineSeller, 804-436-9463

Fridays at 5 p.m., oenophiles unite. Specials Wine Cellar offers free wine tastings and, with a variety of wines under $10, there’s a bottle to fit all tastes and budgets. The shop also sells a variety of cheeses, chocolates and gifts to make a thoughtful present for the fellow wine lovers in your life. SECOND PLACE: Total Wine & More, Newport News

TotalWine.com, 757-249-2261

THIRD PLACE: The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg

DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE Carving waterfowl icons for nearly 30 years at the Virginia Aquarium. Fintails, green-winged teals, canvasbacks, ruddy ducks and more; you’ll find a variety of ducks in the Virginia Aquarium—some of them not real. For nearly 30 years, 75-year-old Charles Seidel has been hand carving and painting wooden decoys in a re-created marsh shack inside the Virginia Beach aquarium. Watching and listening to Seidel (he welcomes questions—“People always go away with more knowledge than they come in with,” he says), visitors explore the historic cultural identity of the Chesapeake region. “My mission here is to enlighten visitors about tradition, culture and conservation,” says Seidel. “This area has a very strong heritage of waterfowling … Carving wooden decoys is pretty much a form of North American folk art.” A native of New Jersey, Seidel grew up hunting and learned the skills of decoy repair and creation out of necessity. After retiring from the Navy in 1981, he began carving fulltime at the aquarium when it opened in 1986. Focusing on local waterfowl, Seidel produces between 150 and 200 white cedar decoys each year. Occasionally, he produces more exotic specimens, like the rosy-billed pochard and the Brazilian teal, both native to South America. “It’s something new every day. I’m always trying to create a new pattern.” You can visit Seidel in his carving shack at the Virginia Aquarium Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. VirginiaAquarium.com

CheeseShopWilliamsburg.com, 757-220-0298

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This is where you want to be when you grow up.

Of course, acting your age is entirely optional. W

hile Atlantic Shores proudly calls itself a retirement community, our residents will be quick to point out that there is little actual ‘retiring’ going on here. As one resident said, “I retired from work, not from life!” We invite you to read along and learn more about what makes this award-winning community such a perfect fit, for so many. Let’s start with the social aspect. Simply put, there’s a lot going on here. New residents find making friends easy – at weekly TGIFs, at monthly wine tastings, on group trips to see performing arts, and from any of the daily opportunities to share a swim, a workout or a cup of coffee. But there is something deeper going on, a feeling of being “at home” here. To start, we’re the only such community in the region with cooperative ownership and all the advantages of owning real estate. Many also say that feeling part of a larger community of friends is equally as powerful an emotion. Security is another benefit of living at Atlantic Shores. Staff and neighbors are attuned to the patterns of residents; a newspaper on the doorstep at 9:30 a.m. can lead to a call of assurance. There is also the security of knowing that medical assistance is available, on site, around the clock. We truly believe this is a special place, where you can feel safe, connected and at home. We’d love to prove it, first hand. Call 757. 716.3000 or go to AtlanticShoresLiving.com. 757.716.3000 | AtlanticShoresLiving.com | 1200 Atlantic Shores Drive | Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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shopping & services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

309 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

36 AMERICAN DRIVE, KILMARNOCK

12 BEST SQUARE, NORFOLK

Working with both individuals and businesses, Dehnert, Clarke & Co. assist their clients with everything from bookkeeping and managing QuickBooks to estate and trust planning and financial forecasting. Check out the “tax tools” section of their website for a helpful tax guide.

For nearly 30 years, Bay Auto has been examining exhausts, readying radiators and doing state inspections on the Northern Neck. The shop works on domestic models and imports alike, performing a variety of automotive services.

SECOND PLACE: Malvin, Riggins Company, P.C., Newport News

SECOND PLACE: Haskins Bayside Collision Center, Mathews

If you can’t find your dream dress among gowns by Nicole Miller, Pronovias or Sottero and Midgley and the many other designers stocked by Maya Couture, the team will help you develop a custom creation or alter an heirloom dress. The shop also carries a selection of accessories by local artisans.

MalvinRiggins.com, 757-881-9600

HaskinsBayside.com, 804-725-7490

SECOND PLACE: Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Jacobson Brotman, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Knox Automotive Center, Carrollton

BlushGowns.com, 757-595-7797

Dehnert, Clarke & Co., P.C. DCCoCPA.com, 804-438-5656

JWBCPAs.com, 757-422-4445

Bay Auto Service 804-435-3766

757-238-2158

Maya Couture

MayaCouture.com, 757-461-1690

THIRD PLACE: Pure English Couture Bridal House, Virginia Beach

PureEnglishBridal.com, 757-631-9810

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE

BEST BOOK STORE

6101 BURTON STATION ROAD, NORFOLK

109 E. MAIN ST., NORFOLK

Who says flying has to take you away from your day-to-day comforts? After enjoying the Wi-Fi, bistro, and VIP lounge at Landmark Aviation (and, if time allows, maybe even catch a snooze), fliers hop on Martinair’s Phenom 100, its lightweight 5-passenger, 2-crew jet.

Regular poetry and book readings, a whimsical children’s section and a café serving locally sourced food give Prince Books a small-town feel in the middle of bustling Norfolk. The intimate space means that the book you’re looking for might not be in stock; but fear not, the store will gladly order it for you at no additional cost.

1800 GREENBRIER PARKWAY, CHESAPEAKE

SECOND PLACE: Barnes & Noble, Newport News

SECOND PLACE: Hall Auto Group, Virginia Beach

BarnesAndNoble.com, 757-249-2488

HallAuto.com, 855-975-8571

THIRD PLACE: Sundial Books, Chincoteague

THIRD PLACE: Checkered Flag Motorcar Company, Virginia Beach

Martinair at Landmark Aviation FlyMartinair.com, 757-857-3463

BayAviationOnline.com, 804-436-2977 THIRD PLACE: Hummel Air Field, Topping

Co.Middlesex.Va.us/Hummel, 804-758-0538

Prince-Books.com, 757-622-9223

SundialBooks.net, 757-336-5825

BEST CAR DEALER

Priority Automotive PriorityAuto.com, 757-366-5000

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Prince Books

A café, Wi-Fi lounge and manicure shop make waiting at Priority easy and comfortable. Priority network dealerships span the state: Acura, Hyundai and Chevrolet in Chesapeake, and Ford in Norfolk.

CheckeredFlag.com, 757-490-1111

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BEST ANTIQUES

Kilmarnock Antique Gallery 144 SCHOOL ST.

Virginia-Antiques.com, 800-497-0083

A trip to Kilmarnock Antique Gallery can feel like a step back in time–though their collection of large case clocks, one of the largest on the East Coast, will help you keep track of the present. They also offer hundreds of Persian rugs and an extensive collection of oyster plates, befitting the location.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. In 2009, the Newport News native and College of William and Mary grad became the youngest coach ever to win the Super Bowl. Steelers.com

SECOND PLACE: Lewis Trimble Decorative Art & Antiques, Kilmarnock

LewisTrimble.com, 804-435-7771 THIRD PLACE: Laura & Lucy’s, Smithfield

757-357-2068

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM

Randall J. Kipp Architecture 81 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

KippArchitecture.com, 804-438-6287

From hexagonal lighthouses and Colonial Revival storefronts to streamlined, modern homes recalling the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Randall J. Kipp’s commercial and residential work spans movements and styles. Commercial clients include Fat Canary and the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, and Kilmarnock’s Trick Dog Restaurant. SECOND PLACE: HBA Architecture & Interior Design Inc., Virginia Beach

HBAOnline.com, 757-490-9048 THIRD PLACE: Arive, Virginia Beach

Arive-AI.com, 757-333-7533

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shopping & services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

Sprout Children’s Boutique & Consignment

1556 LASKIN ROAD SUITE 124, VIRGINIA BEACH

SproutChildrensBoutique.com, 757-422-0644

Hesitant to spend a fortune outfitting a growing tot? Sprout offers gently worn kids clothes, newborn to size 14, as well as new toys and books. Sprout accepts seasonal consignments three days a week and regularly offers sales with discounts as steep as 75 percent. SECOND PLACE: The Carousel Children’s Boutique, Williamsburg

CarouselChildrens.com, 757-229-1710

BEST DAY SPA

Changes City Spa 710 W. 21ST ST., NORFOLK

ChangesAreGood.com, 757-625-5300

Changes City Spa offers three special spa packages, including the luxurious City Escape; a 60-minute massage that includes a facial, manipedi, shampoo with finish, cosmetic application and lunch. Plus, if you purchase five of any individual service, the sixth is on the house. SECOND PLACE: Tides Inn, Irvington

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

THIRD PLACE: The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-220-7720

THIRD PLACE: The White Rabbitt, Norfolk

Facebook.com/WhiteRabbittChildrensShop, 757-627-4169

BEST CONTRACTOR

Connemara Construction 18700 MARY BALL ROAD, WHITE STONE

“We stand behind our work and we will be here for the customers for the long haul,” says Teresa Bush, office manager at 20-year-old Connemara Corp., a full-service construction company. “Not today or tomorrow, but for many years to come for whatever their needs may be.” SECOND PLACE: Western Shore Inc., Mathews

WesternShoreInc.com, 804-725-8984

THIRD PLACE: Carmine Builders, Hayes

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE Dr. David P. Mueller

1157 FIRST COLONIAL ROAD SUITE 101, VIRGINIA BEACH

VaFacialSurgery.com, 757-496-8066

Along with face and neck lifts, laser resurfacing and injectable fillers, Dr. Jones performs extensive oral surgery procedures, like dental implants and extractions. When he’s not in scrubs, he is in the studio–painting works that have been displayed in the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. SECOND PLACE: Williamsburg Plastic Surgery

WilliamsburgPlasticSurgery.com, 757-345-2275 THIRD PLACE: Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads, Newport News

PSCHR.com, 757-873-3500

BEST CYCLE SHOP

Conte’s Bike Shop 1805 LASKIN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

ConteBikes.com, 757-491-1900

Nearly 60 years after opening, Conte’s is still family owned. Adding locations in Falls Church and Newport News to the existing five this year, its 6,000-square-foot warehouse has something for every cyclist, from three wheelers and kids’ bikes to competition cycles. SECOND PLACE: Fat Frog Bike and Fitness, Virginia Beach

FatFrogBikes.com, 757-427-9488

THIRD PLACE: East Coast Bicycle, Norfolk

EastCoastBicycles.com, 757-622-0446

3326 TAYLOR ROAD, CHESAPEAKE

MidgetteFamilyDentistry.com, 757-483-4700

The list of services at Midgette Family Dentistry reads like a recipe for a movie star smile: whitening, Invisalign, cosmetic fillings, bonding and much more. They offer plenty in the way of behind-the-scenes work, too, like treating toothaches and dental emergencies. SECOND PLACE: Norge Dental Center, Williamsburg

NorgeDental.com, 757-941-5290

THIRD PLACE: Dr. Anthony Martin DDS, Yorktown

AnthonyMartinDentistry.com, 757-886-0300

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE

Pariser Dermatology Practice 11842 ROCK LANDING DRIVE SUITE 120, NEWPORT NEWS

PariserDermatology.info, 757-595-8816

Seborrheic dermatitis, lichen planus, atopic dermatitis … You may not be familiar with any of those conditions, but fortunately, the team at Pariser is, and knows how to treat them. They also assist patients with acne, melisma and other common dermatological maladies and perform chemical peels and Botox injections. SECOND PLACE: Dr. David Muffelman, Gloucester

DavidMuffelman.MD.com, 804-693-6527

THIRD PLACE: Atlantic Dermatology, Virginia Beach

AtlanticDermatologyVB.com, 757-481-1666

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM Virginia Asset Group

2901 S. LYNNHAVEN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

VirginiaAssetGroup.com, 757-747-2556

Virginia Asset Group specializes in diversifying portfolios through investments in companies big and small, domestic and international. They personally manage every portfolio, tailoring each combination of stocks, bonds and investments to the needs of their clients. Services include trust accounts, insurance, retirement planning and mutual fund management. SECOND PLACE: Wells Fargo Advisors, Kilmarnock

WellsFargo.com, 800-289-9040

THIRD PLACE: Davenport & Company, White Stone

InvestDavenport.com, 804-435-7705

The Right Stuff Field trial trainer Kristen Hoffman makes champions. It’s hard to reach Kristen Hoffman—for non-retriever business anyway. That’s because the 65-yearold professional field trialer spends 12 hours a day in the field, six days a week, working with the 20-some dogs in her charge at any given time. And that’s what it takes to train champions. Dogs who are going to be successful, she says, have “tremendous prey drive; they just want Hoffman spends that duck or pheasant as many as 12 more than anything in hours a day in the world.” Beginning the field. with a 6-month-old pup, Hoffman, who has been training dogs as a pro since 1990, says she can tell within three or four months if a dog has what it takes to win. On the road every weekend during the spring and fall seasons, Hoffman has trained a national field trial champion and top stakes winners. From her farm in Bumpass, she and her assistant, Ken Dillard, also train gun dogs and offer obedience training. What’s kept her in the game so long? It doesn’t take but a moment for Hoffman to answer: “Running a field trial dog is just the most amazing rush.” HeronHawkRetrievers.com

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Raising Funds, Friends & Awareness for CHKD

Sip, Taste, Tour at the 11th annual Tour de Cuisine Sunday, May 17, 1-5 p.m. Join us in Norfolk’s beautiful East Beach neighborhood to tour lovely homes and enjoy a cocktail and treat prepared by a different chef in each home. A floral designer will provide arrangements for each home, and artists will show artwork for sale. At 3:30 p.m., we’ll open a beer and wine tasting garden which will feature live music from hometown favorite Lewis McGehee. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. For tickets and more information, call 757-668-7098.

Thanks for voting The King’s Daughters Hampton Roads’ Best Charity in 2015 To learn more about events or how you can help visit kingsdaughters.org.

Advocate, Volunteer, Fundraise. Join today and make a difference.

Run, Walk, Play at the 10th annual RunWalk for the Kids Saturday, June 13, 6:30 a.m. Wear your best homemade superhero cape in honor of your favorite CHKD patient or department for this fun event. With an 8k run, a 2-mile walk and 1-mile fun run for kids, there is something for almost everyone. Finish line festivities include music from School of Rock, edibles from California Pizza Kitchen, Chanello’s and Yorgo’s, as well as Smartmouth and O’Connor brews. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. www.runwalkforthekids.org

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shopping & services BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE

85 S. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

18700 MARY BALL ROAD, WHITE STONE

18 S. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

Burkes Fine Jewelers has been around for 45 years and three generations, but its focus has remained the same: elegant collections heavily influenced by its coastal location. One such offering is the River Collection, pieces in the shape of starfish, crabs and other sea creatures in gold, sterling and platinum set with diamonds, sapphires, opals or freshwater pearls.

Connemara specializes in custom, high-end residential building throughout Central and Eastern Virginia, including the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Richmond. “We go wherever our customers want us to go,” says Office Manager Teresa Bush.

The vast collection of shutters and shades available at the Pedestal may seem daunting, but with in-home consultations and collaborations, customers feel confident by installation time that they’ve made the right choice. Along with being an authorized Hunter Douglas dealer, the Pedestal sells furniture, fabrics and wallpaper.

SECOND PLACE: Ross’ Rings and Things, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Bragg and Company, Kilmarnock

Burkes Fine Jewelers

BurkesJewelers.com, 804-435-1302

804-435-3529

Connemara Construction 804-435-1551

SECOND PLACE: Homes by Morse, Mathews

HomesByMorse.com, 804-725-1941 BraggCo.com, 804-436-7337

BEST FLORIST

The Wild Bunch 18 NORTH MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

TheWildBunchFlowers.com, 804-435-1044

SECOND PLACE: Jeff’s Flowers, Of Course!, Newport News

JeffsFlowers.com, 757-827-5333

THIRD PLACE: River Birch Florist, Locust Hill

SECOND PLACE: Bay and River Home Décor, Kilmarnock

804-436-1900

THIRD PLACE: Decorum Furniture, Norfolk

BEST HOSPITAL

Riverside Regional Medical Center 500 J. CLYDE MORRIS BLVD., NEWPORT NEWS

RiversideOnline.com, 757-594-2000

When it comes to emergency care, Riverside has become an area leader, responding to more than 67,000 emergencies annually in its 42-room trauma center. Riverside also receives high marks for obstetrics and gynecology; more than 3,000 babies are born at the hospital each year, the highest number in the area. SECOND PLACE: Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital, Kilmarnock

GoodHelpForALifetime.com, 804-435-8000 THIRD PLACE: Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical

Sentara.com, 757-984-6000

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL Chesapeake Academy

107 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575

Students at Chesapeake Academy begin taking Latin in the 6th grade. Writing workshops for 6th-8th graders help students build writing, vocabulary and grammar skills to craft solid essays. Middle school students also spend a week in the Florida Keys for a field research experience focused on ecosystems.

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Opened in 2003, the Wild Bunch offers only fresh flower arrangements: no artificials allowed. Its location in the Northern Neck makes it a popular choice for destination weddings. Faves include arrangements of hydrangeas and roses, as well as bouquets of calla lilies, cymbidium orchids and freesia.

ThePedestal.net, 804-435-1783

DecorumFurniture.com, 757-623-3100

THIRD PLACE: Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach

LongJewelers.net, 757-498-1186

The Pedestal

SECOND PLACE: Hampton Roads Academy, Newport News

HRA.org, 757-884-9100

THIRD PLACE: Norfolk Academy, Norfolk

NorfolkAcademy.org, 757-461-6236

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RiverBirchFlorist.com, 804-758-3522

BEST GIFT SHOP

River Birch Gifts 5952 GENERAL PULLER HIGHWAY, LOCUST HILL

Facebook.com/RiverBirchGifts, 804-758-8814

Wee sandals and headbands for babies are shelves away from pillows and bracelets that attract a more mature audience in this eclectic shop. And for the collegian, gear and accessories by Tarvis, Lilly Pulitzer and Simply Southern. SECOND PLACE: Papeterie, Kilmarnock

PapeterieVa.com, 804-435-1125

THIRD PLACE: Colonial Collectibles, Warsaw

ColonialCollectibles.net, 804-333-0581

BEST HAIR SALON

Xanadu Hair Salon 500 S. BATTLEFIELD BLVD SUITE 20, CHESAPEAKE

HairXanadu.com, 757-410-7827

The early bird gets the well-coiffed worm: Xanadu offers discounted cuts, colors and blowouts via its Facebook page on a first come-first serve basis. Once in the chair, each customer receives a custom hair plan with detailed services and treatments for each visit. Additional services at the 4-year-old salon run the gamut from eyelash extensions to facials. SECOND PLACE: Heads Up Hair Works, Kilmarnock

804-435-7507

THIRD PLACE: Sara Brown Salon, Kilmarnock

SaraBrownSalon.com, 804-435-0373

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Get it right from the start with a CHKD pediatrician.

Find a CHKD practice in your neighborhood. Chesapeake Pediatrics Coastal Pediatrics Courthouse Pediatrics General Academic Pediatrics General Booth Pediatrics Hampton Roads Pediatrics Liberty Pediatrics Nansemond Pediatrics Newport News Pediatrics PDC Pediatrics Pediatric Associates Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg Pediatric Specialists Premier Pediatrics Suffolk Pediatrics Tidewater Children’s Associates Town Center Pediatrics

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hildren’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, the region’s most trusted name in pediatric care, is much more than a hospital. We offer all of the healthcare services children need, including primary care pediatrics. With more than 100 CHKD pediatricians in 17 practices with 28 locations from Elizabeth City to Williamsburg, you’re sure to find the right doctor for your new baby. Don’t wait. Visit www.chkg.org/pediatricians to learn more. Or call today to schedule a get-acquainted appointment. Together, we’ll help your baby get the best possible start in life.

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shopping & services BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE

4323 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

3198 PACIFIC AVE., VIRGINIA BEACH

211A VILLAGE AVE., YORKTOWN

More than 10 years of experience give Pillar & Peacock founders Adrianne Bugg and Brandeis Short the confidence to partner with clients on everything from selecting a new sofa to decorating an entire home. The firm served as the interior design team for HGTV’s Colonial Rehab, renovating Warsaw’s Mount Airy Plantation.

Beecroft & Bull takes its slogan, “dress better than you have to,” seriously. If you can’t find the perfect piece among their ready-to-wear collections, the team will help create a custom look, assisting in the selection of fabric and choosing the right cut. Plus, complimentary closet consultations and delivery service.

Teaching a tot to stop sucking her thumb in just one night, and helping a dad achieve his dream of smiling in pictures for the first time are just two of the success stories to come out of Faber Orthodontics. Treatments are offered for all ages, from pre-braces to Invisalign.

SECOND PLACE: The Pedestal, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Jimmy and Sook, Irvington

BracesByDrBeth.com, 804-443-6419

THIRD PLACE: HBA Architecture & Interior Design Inc., Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Weekends Fashions, Kilmarnock

Pillar & Peacock

PillarAndPeacock.com, 804-306-3275

ThePedestal, 804-435-1783

HBAOnline.com, 757-490-9048

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM Jim's Cabinet Creations 44 WHISK DRIVE, WHITE STONE

804-435-2061

SECOND PLACE: Hopkins Interior Services, Inc., Mathews

HopkinsInteriors.com, 804-725-4421

THIRD PLACE: Greenwich Kitchen Center, Virginia Beach

GKCOnline.com, 757-497-8919

BeecroftAndBull.com, 757-422-1961

JimmyAndSook.com, 804-438-6010

Parks Orthodontics

ParksOrthodontics.com, 757-874-6655

SECOND PLACE: Faber Orthodontics, Tappahannock THIRD PLACE: Hatcher Orthodontics, Chesapeake

HatcherOrthodontics.com, 757-488-6080

WeekendsFashions.com, 804-577-4041

BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT

Jake’s Place Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER Bass Pro Shops

1972 POWER PLANT PARKWAY, HAMPTON

BassPro.com, 757-262-5200

Jake’s Place celebrated its 10th anniversary with a makeover—a renovation and 600-squarefoot expansion. Along with traditional shaves, haircuts, coloring and highlighting, gentlemen can also enjoy facials, waxing and MAN-icures.

Bass Pro offers goods for a full range of outdoor activities: fishing, shooting, boating, hunting, and camping. Along with tools like crossbows and handheld GPS devices, shoppers can also pick up the shoes and clothes necessary to safely embark on their trails, or paintball guns and pool toys for outdoorsy downtime.

SECOND PLACE: George’s Barber Shop, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Greenlife Outdoor Outfitters, Norfolk

222 W. 21ST ST. SUITE E, NORFOLK

JakesPlaceGhent.com, 757-627-5253

804-761-1584

THIRD PLACE: Lester’s Barber Shop, Kilmarnock

804-296-4210

GreenLifeAdventureSports.com, 757-228-1953

THIRD PLACE: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Virginia Beach

BRMS.com, 757-422-2201

CHKD Medical Group

River Birch Nursery & Landscaping

601 CHILDRENS LANE, NORFOLK

5952 GENERAL PULLER HIGHWAY, LOCUST HILL

CHKD.org, 757-668-7179

River Birch Nursery & Landscaping manicured its first lawn in 1989. Today, the familyrun, locally-owned business specializes in new landscape installations, maintenance and commercial project, with a special emphasis on a plant you’ll seldom find in the Old Dominion (or at least off the coast): palm trees.

Though the name CHKD may be more closely associated with intensive care, the 17 pediatric practices at 28 locations around the region specialize in day-to-day medical needs for patients 21 and under. Services range from school, camp and physical forms to same-day appointments for sick kids and special classes on topics like newborn care and communicating with teens.

RiverBirchFlorist.com, 804-758-2316

SECOND PLACE: Ransone’s Nursery and Maintenance Inc., Weems

SECOND PLACE: Children’s Clinic, Newport News

ChildrensClinicOnline.net, 757-595-0358

RansoneLandscape.com, 804-435-3788 BoothsLandscapingCompany.com, 804-435-2800

BEST LAW FIRM

Hubbard, Terry & Britt 293 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

Irvington-Law.com, 804-438-5522

Whether you want to draft a business contract or need representation in a personal injury trial, chances are one of the five attorneys at Hubbard, Terry & Britt can help you. The nearly 40-year-old firm’s areas of practice range from domestic relations and worker’s compensation to criminal law and litigation. SECOND PLACE: Rumsey & Bugg, Irvington

RumseyAndBugg.com, 804-438-5588

THIRD PLACE: The Decker Law Firm, Norfolk

PeteDecker.com, 757-622-3317

PLAY BY PLAY The voice of Norfolk sports. When asked about the most memorable moment in his 21 years as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Norfolk Admirals, Pete Michaud doesn’t hesitate to name the Admirals’ 2011-2012 season when the team won the American Hockey League Calder Cup Championship and a record-setting 28 consecutive games. And when the Admirals lifted the trophy in that historic season, what did Michaud say? “I wanted to get it right, and make it sound good ... I think I said something like: ‘It began as a game day; it ends as a coronation day!’” NorfolkAdmirals.com

THIRD PLACE: Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice, Deltaville

RiversideOnline.com, 804-776-8000

BEST PET BOARDING

Bayside Pet Emporium 78 WHISK DRIVE, WHITE STONE

804-435-3548

Bayside Pet Emporium has been boarding cats and dogs for 25 years, with the objective of treating every furry friend like a member of the family. Along with boarding, Bayside offers bathing, grooming, and day care for those who need shorter-term care for their pets. SECOND PLACE: Sandy Creek Pet Resort, Gloucester

SandyCreekPetResort.com, 804-693-2311 THIRD PLACE: Gone to the Dogs, Topping

Gone2TheDogs.net, 804-758-2533

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BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

408 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

300 MONTICELLO AVE., NORFOLK

Yours Truly specializes in wedding photography, and not just professional snaps of the ceremony and reception; its new photobooth gives guests a chance to choreograph a few snaps themselves. It also shoots sports and entertainment events, as well as professional portraits and hosts photography classes.

In 2014, MacArthur Center added Brazilian steakhouse Texas de Brazil and French-based cosmetics retailer Sephora to its million square feet of retail space, joining diverse offerings that include department stores Nordstrom and Dillard’s, fast fashion chains Forever 21 and H&M, and specialty retailers like Apple and The Art of Shaving.

Yours Truly Photography YoursTrulyPhotography.com, 804-436-0200

SECOND PLACE: Ashley Peterson Photography, Gloucester

AshleyPetersonPhotography.com, 804-577-7123

THIRD PLACE: Meghan Lupyan Photography, Suffolk

MeghanLupyanPhotography.com, 757-705-0820

Mount Airy’s newest gun dog, Biscuit.

MacArthur Center

ShopMacArthur.com, 757-627-6000

SECOND PLACE: Premium Outlets, Williamsburg

PremiumOutlets.com, 757-565-0702

THIRD PLACE: Peninsula Town Center, Hampton

PeninsulaTownCenter.com, 757-838-1505

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP Tidewater Physical Therapy

751 J. CLYDE MORRIS BLVD., NEWPORT NEWS

TPTI.com, 757-223-5612

SECOND PLACE: Carousel Physical Therapy, Kilmarnock

CarouselPT.com, 804-435-3435

THIRD PLACE: Belfield Physical Therapy, Warsaw

BelfieldPT.com, 804-333-8222

Dick’s Sporting Goods

4621 COLUMBUS ST. SUITE 100, VIRGINIA BEACH

DicksSportingGoods.com, 757-493-6400

Dick’s offers equipment and gear not just for the athlete, but also for the fan. Along with cleats, balls, gloves, sticks and bats necessary to play a game at any level (as well as plenty of clothes and equipment for individual sports), the national retailer sells branded gear for the NFL, NBA and MLB. SECOND PLACE: Sports Centre, Kilmarnock

SportsCentreOnTheBay.com, 804-435-1211 THIRD PLACE: Bass Pro Shops, Hampton

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

Rose and Womble Realty Company 4190 S. PLAZA TRAIL, VIRGINIA BEACH

RoseAndWomble.com, 757-340-6655

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

Kilmarnock Animal Hospital 200 LEE ROAD, KILMARNOCK

Specializing in residential real estate, Rose and Womble Realty offers a combined 70 years of experience with more than 600 sales associates at nine locations across Hampton Roads. Check out the Ask Jen Live segment on their website to get answers to real estate questions and take a virtual peek at properties in the area.

804-435-6320

SECOND PLACE: Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Bay Properties, Kilmarnock

HartfieldAnimalHospital.com, 804-776-9219

ChesapeakeBayConnection.com, 804-436-9145 THIRD PLACE: Isabell K. Horsley Real Estate, Ltd., Urbanna

HorsleyRealEstate.com, 804-758-2430

BEST SHOE STORE

The Shoe Store Inc. 28 W. CHURCH ST., KILMARNOCK

804-435-3020

The Shoe Store has been outfitting folks in the Northern Neck for nearly 60 years, from babies to men with brands such as Rockport, Reebok, Timberland and New Balance. Out-of-towners might want to mark their calendars: Every November, for the entire month, the store hosts an anniversary sale. SECOND PLACE: The Shoe Attic, Williamsburg

Shoe-Attic.com, 757-220-0757

THIRD PLACE: Walk This Way, Newport News

WalkThisWayShoes.com, 757-599-9255

Kilmarnock Animal Hospital sees furry patients large and small, primarily of the house pet variety. In business for 40 years, the practice performs ultrasounds, surgery and heart monitoring in addition to boarding and bathing. SECOND PLACE: Hartfield Animal Hospital

THIRD PLACE: Gloucester Veterinary Hospital, LTD.

GloucesterVet.com, 804-693-3030

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE The Dandelion

4372 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

TheDandelion.com, 804-438-5194

Don’t let the steamboat-era storefront fool you. The apparel inside the Dandelion is very 21st century. Labels include TOMS, Vineyard Vines, Adrianna Papell and Eileen Fisher. Check out the shop’s social media pages to get a behind-the-scenes look at the staff’s seasonal buying trips. SECOND PLACE: The Shoe Attic, Williamsburg

Shoe-Attic.com, 757-220-0757

THIRD PLACE: Binns, Williamsburg

BinnsOnline.com, 757-229-3391

The Blind Side Duck camp luxe. Eastern Virginia has a sporting history that traces its roots to the 1600s, when Captain John Smith discovered its bounty of waterfowl and game. Today, guns looking for an exclusive experience in this rich swath of flyway will find it in these historic hunting outposts. Blandfield Plantation Essex County Guests of the Rappahannock River plantation’s overnight waterfowl hunts stay in Blandfield Lodge, located about a mile away from the c. 1773 mansion house. Meals are prepared by the plantation’s chef. Half-day quail hunts may be added. $8,500 for up to six guests. BlandfieldPlantation.com Mount Airy Plantation Warsaw Ten generations of the Tayloe family have hunted this 1,400-acre estate along the banks of Catpoint Creek and the Rappahannock River. Waterfowl weekend packages for up to four include a 2-night (Friday to Sunday) stay in the newly renovated west wing of the more than 250-yearold manor house, two mornings of duck hunting and all meals. Posthunt libations are served in the estate’s former smokehouse, now a full service bar. $1,500 per person. MountAiryPlantation.com

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Life in Northern Virginia is one of nonstop movement, its dynamic cities offering recreation perfectly suited for metropo litan spaces. Pick up a field hockey stick at Arlington’s Beyond Sticks, or a “real” tennis racquet at Prince’s Court in McLean, where pro Ivan Ronaldson is ready to provide instruction in the sport that was once a favorite of Henry VIII. If you prefer the feel of a blade in hand, Springfield’s Virginia Academy of Fencing will oblige and, after a day spent hard at play, find refreshment at Fuego Cocina y Tequileria in Arlington. The region is also home to serious competitors, from the women of the NOVA Ro ller Derby League to world champion rock climber Sasha DiGiulian of Alexandria. But a quick trip west on I-66 leads to the land of country pursuits: sheep do g trials in Go ldvein, Virginia Hunt Week, the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival in The Plains and, of course, the Virginia Go ld Cup steeplechase, one of the grandest of Virginia traditions.

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AT HIGHLAND SCHOOL, YOU CAN BE INQUISITIVE We’re proud to be voted Best Independent School in Northern Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living for the third year in a row!

At Highland, a Pre-K to Grade 12 independent day school in the heart of Warrenton, we know that every child is unique. Our students get the tools and opportunities they need to find themselves and the world around them in an academically challenging yet supportive and engaging environment. If you are looking for new challenges and opportunities, you will find yourself at Highland. Please contact Donna Tomlinson at 540-878-2740 to explore our campus, meet our students and educators, and find out what sets Highland – and Highland students – apart.

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale 44045 RIVERSIDE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LadiesBoard.org/rummage.cfm, 703-771-2985

This annual two-day rummage sale gives patrons the opportunity to browse through 48,000 square feet of furniture, home décor, clothing, sports equipment and much more, all sold in support of Inova Loudoun Hospital and The Ladies Board Nursing Scholarships. SECOND PLACE: Complete the Circle, Fairfax

CompletetheCircleFX.org, 703-273-8829

THIRD PLACE: Evening Under the Stars, Manassas

CASACIS.org, 703-330-8145

BEST ART EVENT

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival 11900 MARKET ST., RESTON

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Every year, more than 30,000 patrons gather to experience the work of 200-plus skilled artisans at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Plus, artist demonstrations, live music and other family-oriented arts activities . SECOND PLACE: Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts

FairfaxSpotlight.org, 703-352-2787

THIRD PLACE: Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, Alexandria

ArtOnTheAvenue.org, 703-683-2570

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BEST CHARITY

Our Daily Bread Inc. 4080 CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD 2ND FLOOR, FAIRFAX

CompleteTheCircleFX.org, 571-273-8829

Begun as a homeless shelter in 1984, Our Daily Bread now strives to prevent homelessness with a three-tiered approach of providing food assistance, financial assistance and financial literacy training. Last year, the organization joined forces with the Naomi Project to extend services to at-risk pregnant women and new mothers throughout Northern Virginia. SECOND PLACE: Cornerstones, Reston

CornerstonesVA.org, 571-323-9555

THIRD PLACE: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

CCDA.net, 703-841-3830

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

Chocolate Lovers Festival 3999 UNIVERSITY DRIVE, FAIRFAX

ChocolateFestival.net, 703-385-7858

The Chocolate Lovers Festival was created in 1992 both to celebrate all things chocolate and to bring more visitors to Old Town Fairfax. Festivities include a chocolate tasting, a “chocolate challenge” baking competition and the everpopular chocolate chip pancake breakfast. All take place alongside open houses in Old Town Fairfax’s historic buildings. SECOND PLACE: Taste of Reston

RestonTaste.com, 703-707-9045 THIRD PLACE: Bands, Brews and BBQ, Manassas

VisitManassas.org, 703-361-6599

COUNTRY PURSUITS New summer concert series at the National Sporting Library & Museum. All the greats are here—the “superstars of sporting art,” says Melanie L. Mathewes, executive director of the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg. Boldface names include 19th-century British painters Sir Alfred J. Munnings and John Emms, 20th-century American painter Ogden Minton Pleissner, and contemporary British sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green—artists whose work expresses the quintessence of traditional country life. Emms’ soulful visages of foxhounds and terriers, Edward Troye’s elegant portraits of famous race horses, John Bucknell Russell’s still lifes of fish arranged on riverbanks, and Henry Koehler’s color-rich and contemplative depictions of sporting accoutrements are not static and academic representations, says George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Curator The museum’s of Art Claudia Pfeiffer. Rather, each is part of a rich visual and living record second floor of equestrian, angling, turf and field sports in the U.S. and abroad. gallery features And this year, there is a new way to experience the museum and paintings by Edward Troye. 26,000-volume library, founded in 1954 by philanthropist George L. Ohrstrom Sr., a president of the Orange County Hunt, and Alexander Mackay-Smith, who was then editor of the Chronicle of the Horse (the museum was expanded in 1999 and 2008). In April, NSLM launched its inaugural Open Late series. The museum and library will remain open until 8 p.m. and host concerts—from classical to jazz, and rock to acoustic guitar—on the campus’ lawn the fourth Friday of the month through September. The events are free of charge and feature wine and craft beer from Virginia makers. Picnics are encouraged. Mathewes, who has helmed the NSLM since 2013, says making the material accessible is “part of who we are.” Other special programs include Sunday Sketch, when art teachers lead sketching sessions in the museum’s galleries; Saturday Showings, a series of free screenings of sporting films; and monthly lectures about research being conducted through NSLM’s John H. Daniels Fellowship program. The current special exhibition,“Sporting Accoutrements: The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler,” will be on view through May 31. For more information, go to NSLM.org

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Manassas Museum System 9101 PRINCE WILLIAM ST., MANASSAS

ManassasMuseum.org, 703-368-1873

The Manassas Museum System is dedicated to preserving Manassas’ place in American history. Patrons may revisit the Civil War through Liberia Plantation, Mayfield Fort and Cannon Branch Fort, or bone up on their early industrial era knowledge through a historic train depot and a candy factory. Admission to all museums is free on the first Friday of every month. SECOND PLACE: Mount Vernon

MountVernon.org, 703-780-2000 THIRD PLACE: Historic Blenheim and Civil War Interpretive Center, Fairfax

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema One Loudoun 20575 EASTHAMPTON PLAZA

Drafthouse.com, 571-293-6808

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a movie lover’s kind of theater. It routinely screens new releases as well as classic films and hosts interactive events like “quote-alongs” and film roasts. Order food and drinks while you watch. SECOND PLACE: Angelika Film Center, Fairfax

AngelikaFilmCenter.com/mosaic, 571-512-3301 CobbTheatres.com/Leesburg12.aspx, 571-291-9462

14390 AIR & SPACE MUSEUM PARKWAY, CHANTILLY

AirAndSpace.SI.com, 703-572-4118

Two large hangars house the space shuttle Discovery, a Concorde—the supersonic plane that once flew passengers across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound—and a Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft. Visit the observation tower for a 360-degree view of Dulles International Airport. SECOND PLACE: Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Manassas Ballet Theatre 9004 MATHIS AVE., MANASSAS

ManassasBallet.org, 703-257-1811

Manassas Ballet Theatre started the year strong with Peter and the Wolf and More, a performance of Prokofiev’s classic piece along with four other classical and modern works. The company is now preparing for the mid-May debut of Giselle, a story of broken hearts and ghosts of jilted lovers told through dance and accompanied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. SECOND PLACE: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

FairfaxVA.gov, 703-385-8414

HyltonCenter.org, 888-945-2468

THIRD PLACE: Manassas Museum System

THIRD PLACE: Better Said Than Done, Fairfax

ManassasMuseum.org, 703-368-1873

BetterSaidThanDone.com

BEST MUSIC VENUE

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 1551 TRAP ROAD, VIENNA

WolfTrap.org, 703-255-1900

From Figaro to Frampton, opera, rock or just a good old classic musical, Wolf Trap offers the best in music. And as always, Wolf Trap welcomes concert-goers to bring a cooler and enjoy picnics on the lawn before and during the performance. SECOND PLACE: Birchmere, Alexandria

Birchmere.com, 703-549-7500

THIRD PLACE: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow

TheJiffyLubeLive.com, 703-754-6400

Airlie

6809 AIRLIE ROAD, WARRENTON

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

For more than 50 years, Airlie maintained a reputation for cultivating thoughtful dialogue as a private retreat center for beltway leaders. The conference center and hotel located on a a bucolic 1,200 acres, are now open to the public, and entertaining guests with innovative cuisine and special events, including wine dinners. SECOND PLACE: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

HyltonCenter.org, 888-945-2468

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THIRD PLACE: Cobb Village 12, Leesburg

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

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THIRD PLACE: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna

WolfTrap.org, 703-255-1900

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I’LL BE IN SCOTLAND ‘AFORE YE The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival. To get to the Highlands, you only need to go to The Plains—The Plains, Virginia. September 5-6, the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival fill the great meadow with clan tartans, bagpipes, dancing and ancient feats of strength—many forerunners to modern track and field events, including the “clachneart,” or stone toss, the caber (Gaelic for tree) toss, and the hammer throw. VaScottishGames.org

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BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST GOLF COURSE

3200 MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

5025 CASANOVA ROAD, WARRENTON

44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

An architectural and historic icon, Mount Vernon is always offering something new to discover, including the recently-renovated New Room, restored to look as it did during the last year of Washington’s life. The full tour includes the main house, distillery, gardens, education center and more.

Guests at Poplar Springs can explore two of Virginia’s most beloved traditions: horses and vineyards. Horseback riding, steeplechase racing and twilight polo are just a few of the activities you can book for your weekend getaway, along with wine tours and tastings, golf, canoeing, biking and more.

Lansdowne’s 45-hole golf resort has three courses, all designed by renowned architects Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman. The resort offers a variety of weekend packages, like the “Pamper and Putt” option, designed for those looking to both hit the links and relax at the spa.

SECOND PLACE: National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

SECOND PLACE: Airlie, Warrenton

ANCC.org, 703-521-6800

Mount Vernon

MountVernon.org, 703-780-2000

AirAndSpace.si.edu, 703-572-4118 THIRD PLACE: Arlington National Cemetery

ArlingtonCemetery.mil, 877-907-8585

Poplar Springs & Spa

PoplarSpringsInn.com, 540-788-4600

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

THIRD PLACE: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg

The Golf Club at Lansdowne LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

SECOND PLACE: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington THIRD PLACE: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville

RTJGC.com, 703-754-4050

Goodstone.com, 540-687-3333

BEST GYM

CycleLuv 13 FAIRFAX ST., LEESBURG

CycleLuv.com, 703-431-0347

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CycleLuv is an indoor athletic studio where cyclists of all levels can take spin classes in a nopressure, friendly environment. During classes, cyclists ride in darkened rooms with pumping music, disco-style colored lights and motivational instructors. The studio also regularly organizes outdoor rides in support of local charities. SECOND PLACE: Life Time Athletic, Reston

LifeTimeFitness.com, 571-512-3500

THIRD PLACE: Old Town Athletic Club, Warrenton

OTACFitness.com, 540-349-2791

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BEST HISTORIC SITE

Manassas National Battlefield Park 6511 SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS

NPS.gov/Mana, 703-361-1339

At Manassas National Battlefield Park, Civil War buffs can walk on the ground of the pivotal first and second Battles of Bull Run. Driving and walking tours include notable locations like Stone Bridge and Battery Heights. The park is also a nature preserve, meaning visitors might see some of the many birds and white-tailed deer that call this area home.

HORSE POWER Rose Sandler crosses Mongolia in the world’s longest horse race. Riding across his vast empire in the 13th century, Genghis Khan may have enjoyed a pick-me-up of fermented mare’s milk—a traditional Mongolian drink called airag. Culpeper resident Rose Sandler prefers protein bars. In 2014, Sandler competed in the Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world, riding a string of 28 horses over 10 days across 1,000 kilometers (about Rose Sandler 620 miles) of arid Mongolian steppe in extreme heat and cold, rain and rides a semiwind. Sandler switched horses at way stations each day, and camped with wild Mongolian horse in the Mongolian nomads or slept out in the open. The journey is meant to mirror the path of the Mongol postal system Mongol Derby. established by Genghis Khan, and uses small semi-wild Mongolian horses. The derby benefits Cool Earth, a charity organization working to help indigenous peoples across the world preserve natural ecosystems. The 33-year-old Sandler, a biochemical engineer and lifelong equestrian, finished 15th in a field of more than 40 riders from 16 countries (each year, as many as half of the participants do not even complete the grueling race). While she will skip the derby in 2015, she hopes to compete again in the future. Wrote Sandler on her blog after completing the race, “It was EPIC.” Rose4MongolDerby.com

SECOND PLACE: Mount Vernon

MountVernon.org, 703-780-2000 THIRD PLACE: Gunston Hall, Lorton

GunstonHall.org, 703-550-9220

BEST HORSE SHOW

Upperville Colt & Horse Show P.O. BOX 239, UPPERVILLE

Upperville.com, 540-687-5740

Calling this show an institution would be an understatement—it has been operating for 161 years, making it the oldest horse show in America. The annual seven-day show (this year held June 1-7) attracts more than 20,000 spectators to watch 2,000-plus horse and rider duos compete in every equine discipline imaginable. SECOND PLACE: Virginia Gold Cup Association, Warrenton

VAGoldCup.com, 540-347-2612

THIRD PLACE: Warrenton Horse Show

WarrentonHorseShow.com, 703-347-9442

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Thank you Virginia Living readers, for voting us a top retirement community in Northern Virginia! There’s a real difference at Sommerset, the liveliest, friendliest retirement community in Virginia’s Sterling and Leesburg area. It’s a rental retirement community with no long-term commitment, no entrance fee and no buy-in expense. Sommerset is all about savoring new freedom to live. Enjoy gracious dining, housekeeping, a Wellness Center, excellent staff, and a scope of activities plus free transportation to your own doctors and to Sterling and Leesburg shopping that is simply unmatched by any other retirement community in Loudoun County.

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living & recreation BEST HOTEL

BEST PLACE TO FISH

BEST TENNIS CLUB

6809 AIRLIE ROAD, WARRENTON

7315 OX ROAD, FAIRFAX STATION

9860 FAIRFAX BLVD.

From bicycle rentals to plug-in stations for electric cars, Airlie is equipped for any need during a stay in its rooms or cottages. Visitors can take a trip to the 15 wineries located within 15 minutes of the property’s 1,200 acres, visit the nearby Manassas Battlefield, tour the property’s four-acre organic garden or enjoy its regular wine dinners.

For the fisherman seeking variety, Burke Lake is known for yielding plenty of bluegill, catfish, walleye, musky, and yellow and white perch. Gasoline-powered boats are not permitted on the lake, but inflatable boats are fair game. Enjoy opportunities for dockside fishing.

SECOND PLACE: The Ritz-Carlton, McLean

THIRD PLACE: Lake Fairfax Park

Fairfax Racquet Club has competitive tennis leagues for players of all levels (and even 2 racquetball leagues)—or you can just work on your game with lessons from one of its tennis pros. The facility comprises 12 tennis courts, a half-court training facility, 2 racquetball courts, and a fitness center that offers boot camp-style training, pilates and yoga classes. Junior tennis clinics are available for budding young pros.

Airlie

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

RitzCarlton.com, 703-506-4300

Burke Lake

FairfaxCounty.gov/parks/BurkeLakePark, 540-899-4169

SECOND PLACE: Occoquan River

OccoquanVa.gov, 703-491-1918

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

Shady Grove Kennels & Hunting Preserve

SECOND PLACE: Chestnut Forks Athletic Club, Warrenton

BEST RESORT

THIRD PLACE: Sudley Club Inc, Manassas

Shady-Grove.com, 540-439-2683

This 900-acre preserve offers half-day hunts for quail, chukar and pheasant with or without a guide and dog. Shady Grove has plenty of award-winning canines ready to assist on your expedition, or you can bring your own future champion for training sessions. SECOND PLACE: G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area, Markham

DGIF.Virginia.gov/WMAS, 540-899-4169

Great Falls National Park 9200 OLD DOMINION DRIVE, GREAT FALLS

NPS.gov/GRFA, 703-285-2965

Great Falls National Park has recently redesigned its visitor center museum to include a new exhibit and film about the historic Patowmack Canal and its contributions to early America. It is working on further updates that will bring even more interpretive exhibits to one of Virginia’s most renowned outdoor parks.

500 N. PENDLETON ST., MIDDLEBURG

SalamanderResort.com, 540-687-3600

In 2014, Salamander Resort was named Best New Wellness Travel Property by Spafinder—for good reason. The resort has 168 guest rooms, including 17 suites, and the spa has 14 deluxe treatment rooms and a salon and fitness center. Plus, the resort offers world class equestrian and other activities. SECOND PLACE: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400 THIRD PLACE: Airlie, Warrenton

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Ashby Ponds

21170 ASHBY PONDS BLVD., ASHBURN

EricksonLiving.com/Ashby-Ponds, 703-722-6763

Ashby Ponds opened its eighth independent living building (with 68 new apartments) in January, and another is on the way for summer. This spring, the community began installing a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, featuring a performing arts theater, art studio, and a new control room for its in-house television station.

SECOND PLACE: Hogback Mountain Paintball, Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Sommerset Retirement Community, Sterling

Hogback.net, 703-777-0057

SommersetRetirement.com, 703-450-6411

THIRD PLACE: Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower at Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg

THIRD PLACE: Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club, Gainesville

SalamanderResort.com, 540-687-3600

HeritageHunt.net, 703-743-2000

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

BEST SUMMER CAMP

8466 TYCO ROAD, VIENNA

3229 SLEEPY HOLLOW ROAD, FALLS CHURCH

AdrenalineStudioNOVA.com, 571-438-1131

CongoCamp.org, 703-533-9711

Adrenaline Dance Studio organizes students into teams that compete both half the year and year-round. Three Adrenaline teams have made it to finals in the Dance Worlds competition in Florida for two years running, and have received a bid to return in 2015. Classes include jazz, ballet, tumbling, hip-hop, breakdance and cheer.

Congressional’s day camp—its most popular service—offers time-honored activities like archery, horseback riding, swimming and more. Specialty camps focus on pursuits like iPad stop motion animation and 3-D printing, while travel camps feature excursions to locales both near and far (even New York and Quebec City).

SECOND PLACE: Tiny Dancers LLC, Fairfax

TinyDancers.com, 703-385-5580

SECOND PLACE: SummerTimes at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria

THIRD PLACE: Gottaswing Friday Night Dance at the Washington Dulles Hilton, Herndon

THIRD PLACE: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

Adrenaline Dance Studio

DC.Gottaswing.com, 703-359-9882

SudleyClub.org, 703-361-5652

Salamander Resort & Spa

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BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

ChestnutForks.com, 540-347-0823

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11986 LUCKY HILL ROAD, REMINGTON

FairfaxRacquetClub.com, 703-273-9276

FairfaxCounty.gov/parks/LakeFairfax, 703-471-5414

THIRD PLACE: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

Fairfax Racquet Club & Fitness Center

Congressional Camp

SummerTimes.org, 703-212-2777

TALLY HO! Virginia Hunt Week 2015. In the early light amid the fiery Virginia foliage, the huntsman casts his hounds, the bugle sounds and riders urge their mounts forward in pursuit of their elusive quarry. Every other fall since Hunt Week 2000, Virginia Hunt draws riders from as far as Week has drawn more Pennsylvania than 85 equestrians for and Texas. an epic fox hunt session—two full weeks of hunting, each day hosted by a different hunt club stretching across the state (15 in all in 2013). Hunt week was first organized by New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, master of foxhounds at Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club. Hunt Week 2015 begins Oct. 17. VaHuntWeek.org

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

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Savor the Moments 703.754.2714 AlaCarteCaters.com

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BEST BURGER JOINT

BEST CHOCOLATIER

22 WATERLOO ST. AT COURTHOUSE SQUARE, WARRENTON

525 E MARKET ST., LEESBURG

120 CHURCH ST. NE. SUITE 100

Many of the burgers on Melt’s menu they forgo the standard ground beef patty for meats like turkey and Greek lamb, as well as crab and ahi tuna. Beef patty burgers are served traditionally with cheese and in amped up versions like the Italian Caprese.

Steeped in the belief that eating chocolate goes beyond simple indulgence to a spiritually nourishing experience, Cocoa Vienna prepares its sweet treats to make sure that all patrons experience the transcendence they feel chocolate is capable of. All chocolate is hand-dipped daily.

SECOND PLACE: Five Guys, Alexandria

SECOND PLACE: Edibles Incredible, Reston

THIRD PLACE: Foster’s Grille, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates, Fairfax

BEST CATERER

BEST DESSERT MENU

65 S. 3RD ST., WARRENTON

11917 FREEDOM DRIVE, RESTON

If you want your event to serve delicious seafood appetizers, look no further than Claire’s, whose offerings include cornmeal crusted Chesapeake oysters, yellowfin ahi tuna wontons, and coconut shrimp. In addition to seafood, they also offer quiche, burgers, lamb chops, risotto and a number of sandwiches, ensuring that you can put together a menu that will satisfy everyone.

If it’s a three-dimensional object, chances are Edibles Incredible can re-create it as a cake. You can order a cake to look like your favorite movie character, but you can also trust Edibles Incredible to create an elegant wedding cake. If you’re just stopping in and don’t have an elaborate custom order, enjoy a piece of flan, a gourmet truffle, or one of its many freshly baked cupcakes.

SECOND PLACE: A La Carte Catering, Haymarket

SECOND PLACE: L’Auberge Chez François, Great Falls

THIRD PLACE: R&R Catering, Springfield

THIRD PLACE: Restaurant Eve, Alexandria

Red Truck Bakery & Market RedTruckBakery.com, 540-347-2224

A rural bakery with national acclaim, Red Truck ships its double chocolate moonshine cakes, mincemeat pies and apple pies all over the country. Currently underway is renovation of two historic buildings for a new location later this summer. Plus, the original Warrenton shop is getting a larger dining area. SECOND PLACE: Edibles Incredible, Reston

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200

Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers MeltGourmetCheeseburgers.com, 703-443-2105

FiveGuys.com, 703-717-0090

FostersGrille.com, 703-257-7272

Cocoa Vienna

CocoaVienna.com, 703-865-8881

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200 Every1CanWork.com, 703-278-2627

THIRD PLACE: Bakeshop, Arlington

BakeshopVA.com, 571-970-6460

BEST BAR

Vienna Inn 120 MAPLE AVE. EAST

ViennaInn.com, 703-938-9548

SECOND PLACE: PX, Alexandria

BarPX.com, 703-299-8385

THIRD PLACE: Monza Best Bar, Manassas

EatMonza.com, 703-368-5522

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

ALaCarteCaters.com, 703-754-2714 RRCatering.com, 703-451-2798

Edibles Incredible

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200

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Vienna Inn celebrated its 55th anniversary last February. You can enjoy beer from Virginia craft breweries alongside the inn’s famous chili dogs, chili mac or chili cheese fries. For those looking to throw their own parties, Vienna Inn rents kegs for more than 70 different beers.

Claire’s at the Depot

LaubergeChezFrancois.com, 703-759-3800 RestaurantEve.com, 703-706-0450

food & drink

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT Willard’s BBQ

4300 CHANTILLY SHOPPING CENTER SUITE 1A, CHANTILLY

DCBBQ.com, 703-488-9970

Willard’s has been open since 2003, which seems surprising, because it has the atmosphere and clout of a long-established barbecue joint, right down to the out-the-door lines during weekday lunch hours. Willard’s also delivers its brisket, pulled pork, chicken and made-fromscratch sides in catering packages. SECOND PLACE: Bad to the Bone Smokehouse, Gainesville

BadToTheBoneSmokehouse.com, 703-753-5551 THIRD PLACE: The Bone, Manassas

TheBoneBBQ.com, 703-330-3820

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT First Watch

9600 MAIN ST. SUITE S, FAIRFAX

FirstWatch.com, 703-978-3421

A refreshing departure from greasy breakfast food, First Watch’s menu is chock full of healthy options, including parfaits, veggie omelets and an egg white power wrap. Even the more indulgent options, like the bacon and avocado omelet and the breakfast burrito, are made light and healthy. SECOND PLACE: Red Truck Bakery & Market, Warrenton

RedTruckBakery.com, 540-347-2224

THIRD PLACE: Amphora Diner Deluxe, Herndon

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BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

9431 WEST ST.

6410 TRADING SQUARE, HAYMARKET

3950 WHEELER AVE., ALEXANDRIA

The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market has been serving Manassas and Prince William County for almost 25 years from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday from April to November (winter markets are held on Saturdays). The market is also open Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. from June-August.

With flavors like maple bacon doughnut, precan praline, red velvet cake and apple pie, chances are your favorite dessert has been reimagined as frozen yogurt at Milkberry. For those looking to warm up during the winter months, Milkberry now serves hot drinks, as well as bubble tea for a little more variety.

With regular events like Pedals ‘N’ Pints, Joggers and Lagers, and BeerYoga, Port City likes to bring people together to get active before winding down with one of their 12 beers on tap. Tours held Thursday through Sunday for $10 per person include six tastings of your choosing.

SECOND PLACE: Falls Church Farmers’ Market

SECOND PLACE: Sweet Frog, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, Warrenton

SweetFrog.com, 703-877-0405

OldBustHead.com, 540-347-4777

THIRD PLACE: Saturday Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market

THIRD PLACE: Zinga!, Falls Church

THIRD PLACE: Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Ashburn

ZingaFroYo.com, 703-533-2323

LostRhino.com, 571-291-2083

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BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

11620 MONUMENT DRIVE, FAIRFAX

10435 NORTH ST., FAIRFAX

Opened in 2011 as “Bad to the Bone,” this barbecue restaurant quickly became a local hit, encouraging its owners to take their food on the road last year in a new truck. The Bone’s pulled pork, brisket and ribs have been a welcome extension of the restaurant at local breweries, festivals and other community events.

With a full salad bar, made-to-order seafood, paninis and wraps, Wegmans makes it easy to avoid the unpleasant experience of shopping for groceries on an empty stomach. If you have a hard time deciding what to buy, you can use the Wegmans app to choose recipes you’d like to make, and a shopping list with the necessary ingredients will lead the way.

Starting off in a small trailer behind Main Street in Fairfax, Woody’s hand-dipped softserve cones and sundaes quickly gained notoriety in Northern Virginia. Now that it has moved to a new location in Old Town Fairfax, you can expect the same mom-and-pop feel with new menu items, a larger dining area and, as always, a free bowl of vanilla ice cream for your dog.

SECOND PLACE: District Taco, Arlington

SECOND PLACE: Whole Foods, Vienna

SECOND PLACE: The Dairy Godmother, Alexandria

WholeFoodsMarket.com, 703-319-2000

TheDairyGodmother.com, 703-683-7767

THIRD PLACE: The Fresh Market, Vienna

THIRD PLACE: Carousel Frozen Treats, Warrenton

City of Manassas Farmers’ Market VisitManassas.org, 703-361-6599

FallsChurchVA.gov/FarmersMarket, 703-248-5077

FairfaxSaturdayMarket.com, 703-430-6164

BEST FOOD TRUCK The Bone

8045 STONEWALL SHOPS SQUARE, GAINESVILLE

TheBoneBBQ.com, 703-753-5551

THIRD PLACE: Red Hook Lobster Pound, Reston

RedHookLobster.com, 202-341-6263

Port City Brewing Company

MilkberryYogurt.com, 240-377-7810

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PortCityBrewing.com, 703-797-2739

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WoodysIceCream.com, 703-277-9553

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HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD The Virginia Gold Cup is a global affair. The thunder of hooves, the roar of the crowd, and the sound of flasks being tapped are all part of the excitement of the Gold Cup, first run in The Plains in 1922. As horses speed by the at the twice-yearly event (the International Gold Cup in the fall; the Virginia Gold Cup in the spring), an equally feverish competition takes place outside the rails. Alexandra Mannino of Alexandria, winner of last year’s contest, shares one of her winning recipes. VaGoldCup.net

Sweet & Sour Meatballs For meatballs: 1 pound extra lean ground beef 3 pounds ground turkey 1 small onion, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs 1-2 tablespoons olive oil Combine all ingredients. Shape into bite-size meatballs. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs, then remove from skillet. For sweet and sour sauce: 3 cups ketchup ¾ cup white balsamic vinegar 1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 ½ heaping tablespoons coconut sugar (or granulated white) ½ tablespoon yellow mustard 1 tablespoon honey mustard The tailgating competition at the Gold Cup is as legendary as the race.

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BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

107 CHURCH ST. NE, VIENNA

22 WATERLOO ST. AT COURTHOUSE SQUARE, WARRENTON

44260 ICE RINK PLAZA SUITE 101, ASHBURN

Caffè Amouri

CaffeAmouri.com, 703-938-1623

Freshness is the modus operandi at Caffè Amouri, with all coffee roasted in-house, and 30 varieties of tea ready to be hand-shaken into iced tea upon request. The atmosphere harkens back to classic independent coffee shops, with a wall decorated with LPs and an open mic night (“The Beat”) held regularly. SECOND PLACE: Grounds Central Station, Manassas

GroundsCentralStation.com, 571-379-7285

THIRD PLACE: Red Truck Bakery & Market, Warrenton

RedTruckBakery.com, 540-347-2224

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

L’Auberge Chez François 332 SPRINGVALE ROAD, GREAT FALLS

LAubergeChezFrancois.com, 703-759-3800

SECOND PLACE: Monza, Manassas

EatMonza.com, 703-368-5522

THIRD PLACE: City Square Café, Manassas

CitySquareCafe.com, 703-369-6022

RedTruckBakery.com, 540-347-2224

Ford’s Fish Shack

FordsFishShack.com, 571-918-4092

In addition to its famous cakes and pastries, Red Truck Bakery serves soups and sandwiches on a variety of freshly baked breads, like chicken salad on wheat bread and ham and cheese on rosemary focaccia. Vegetarians will enjoy the Beetloaf sandwich; made with roasted beets, sweet potatoes and walnuts on focaccia.

Ford’s Fish Shack opened in 2010 with the intention of bringing a New England seafood restaurant—the type of place where you can enjoy a pint of beer alongside a bucket of mussels—to Northern Virginia. A wide selection of seafood dishes, from lobster and shrimp rolls to salmon and fish tacos are complemented with fries, mac and cheese, and a flight of craft beer.

SECOND PLACE: Zandra’s Taqueria, Manassas

SECOND PLACE: PassionFish, Reston

ZandrasTacos.com, 571-359-6767

PassionFishReston.com, 703-230-3474

THIRD PLACE: L’Auberge Chez François, Great Falls

THIRD PLACE: Blue Ridge Seafood, Gainesville

LAubergeChezFrancois.com, 703-759-3800

BlueRidgeSeafood.com, 703-754-9852

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Greene Turtle

332 SPRINGVALE ROAD, GREAT FALLS

3950 UNIVERSITY DRIVE SUITE 209, FAIRFAX

LAubergeChezFrancois.com, 703-759-3800

TheGreeneTurtle.com, 703-934-5550

L’Auberge Chez François provides an authentic French dining experience, beginning with interesting amuse-bouches. Its eclectic six-course menu, has featured poached Maine lobster, grilled lamb tenderloin, and quail—all in the same meal—finished with a soufflé or cake from its rotating dessert menu.

The Greene Turtle is a great meeting place for friends from all over Northern Virginia to gather for an afternoon or evening of watching sports, drinking beer, and enjoying top-notch bar food. The bar is lined with LCD TVs, ensuring that you won’t have to miss a second of the game while ordering your next drink.

SECOND PLACE: Claire’s At The Depot, Warrenton

SECOND PLACE: Old Towne Sports Pub, Manassas

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

OldTowneSportsPub.com, 703-369-1782

THIRD PLACE: Trummer’s on Main, Clifton

THIRD PLACE: Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington

TrummersOnMain.com, 703-266-1623

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No authentic French dining experience would be complete without an elegant terrace. Outdoor dining at L’Auberge Chez François includes seating at a vibrant red table, comfortably shaded by an overhang of trees that leaves you secluded from the city bustle; perfect for enjoying L’Auberge’s six-course French meals.

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BEST PIZZERIA

Tony’s New York Pizza 9108 MATHIS AVE., MANASSAS

TonysNewYorkPizza.com, 703-330-8109

Northern Virginia has never been closer to New York than at Tony’s. Toppings on their Sicilian, deep dish, pan and stuffed pizzas include thick slices of sausage, other meats and milehigh veggies. In addition to pizza, Tony’s also a full menu of Italian sandwiches, pasta dishes and appetizers. SECOND PLACE: Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar, Arlington

FireWorksPizza.com, 703-527-8700 THIRD PLACE: Church Street Pizza, Vienna

Facebook.com/Pages/Church-Street-Pizza, 703-938-1155

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Airlie

6809 AIRLIE ROAD, WARRENTON

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

When it comes to ingredients, you can’t get much more farm-to-table than an estate where the chefs harvest their own herbs from the garden. You can book a brunch any time. Book early for the Mother’s Day and Easter brunches –popular events that bring people together to celebrate and enjoy Airlie’s fine cuisine. SECOND PLACE: Claire’s at The Depot, Warrenton

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616 THIRD PLACE: Clyde’s, Reston

Clydes.com/Reston, 703-787-6601

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria Arlington

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, a sports bar in Arlington, has a formula for engaging ardent sports fans without inciting bar brawls. Major games warrant a pre-game party (5 specials, 5 p.m., $5 each), and “dueling cocktails” named for the teams playing on the big screen. At certain times during football season, bring in your prized beer mug with your team’s logo and get a $2 draft whenever any team scores. Celebrate a win with this Amor Prohibido. FuegoVa.com

Amor Prohibido 1½ ounces tequila (use strawberry-infused tequila) ½ ounce triple sec ¾ ounce agave 18-20 strawberries, puréed 1 ounce lime juice 1 dried Arbor pepper, ground salt lime wedge In a specialty rocks glass, mix 1 ounce strawberry purée with tequila, triple sec, agave and lime juice and shake. Mix equal parts salt and Arbor pepper for rim garnish, and finish off with lime wedge. Serves 1

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At Orthodontics by Crutchfield, everyone is smiling. Dr. William Crutchfield is a board-certified orthodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics caring for children, teens and adults in a sleek, surf-inspired atmosphere. Providing high-tech, 3-D digital orthodontic techniques such as INVISALIGN® and Suresmile®, he is a favorite in the Northern Virginia community. Active in his community, he served as president of several professional, state and local organizations including the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, Medical College of Virginia Orthodontic Education Foundation and the Dulles Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Crutchfield is perennially recognized as a Top Orthodontist in such publications as Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia issue”. This unique practice’s blend of quality care and expertise lets you, ”Catch the wave to a great smile!”

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BEST WINERY

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

2300 WILSON BLVD., ARLINGTON

3623 GROVE LANE, DELAPLANE

728 KING ST., ALEXANDRIA

The menu at Ray’s frequently changes in order to introduce seasonal entrées and seafood specials, but the quality of meat never falters. All steaks are hand-carved from choice cuts of Angus and Hereford beef, grilled over an open flame and served immediately.

Barrel Oak Winery welcomes dogs and kids— in the tasting room, you’re likely to see a number of both roaming about as parents enjoy the latest selections of fine wine. Its modestly priced food is a good reason to stay for the day, but be sure to finish up with a bottle of the winery’s signature Chocolate Lab dessert wine.

PX’s cocktails are as inspired as its décor, which re-creates a 1920s speakeasy. Ingredients are just as intriguing; squid ink, vinegar and pickled peaches among them. For a newcomer wondering where to start, the Grog–a mix of lemon verbena tea and spiced rum–is a house specialty that shouldn’t be missed.

SECOND PLACE: The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville

SECOND PLACE: Trummer’s on Main, Clifton

THIRD PLACE: Potomac Point Winery, Stafford

THIRD PLACE: Restaurant Eve, Alexandria

Ray’s The Steaks RaysTheSteaks.com, 703-841-7297

SECOND PLACE: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fairfax

RuthsChris.com, 703-266-1004

THIRD PLACE: Morton’s Steakhouse, Reston

Mortons.com, 703-796-0128

Barrel Oak Winery & The FarmFarm BarrelOak.com, 540-364-6402

WineryAtBullRun.com, 703-815-2233

PotomacPointWinery.com, 540-446-2266

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BarPX.com, 703-299-8385

TrummersOnMain.com, 703-266-1623 RestaurantEve.com, 703-706-0450

BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT Matsu

5635 STONE ROAD, CENTREVILLE

GoMatsu.com, 703-266-7040

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The specialty rolls are where Matsu truly shines. You can’t find a Titanic roll (spicy tuna with asparagus topped with yellow tail) or a Tokyo Mama roll (cumber and shrimp tempura, spicy crab and special sauce) just anywhere. And for the non-seafood eater, teriyaki is a sure bet. SECOND PLACE: Tachibana, McLean

Tachibana.us, 703-847-1771

THIRD PLACE: Passion Fin, Ashburn

PassionFinAshburn.com, 703-858-1118

BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant

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2531 CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD, VIENNA

CrystalSunflower.com, 703-319-3888

At Sunflower, a vegetarian diet is hardly restricting. Vegetarian and vegan Chinese food, sushi and European dishes are plentiful. For the non-vegetarian looking to branch out, Sunflower’s menu makes offers the vegetarian equivalents of your meaty favorites. SECOND PLACE: Woodlands Pure Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, Fairfax

WoodlandsVA.com, 703-385-1996 THIRD PLACE: Lotus Vegetarian, Chantilly

LotusVegetarian.com, 703-378-6888

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Oakton Wine Shop 2952-A CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD, OAKTON

OaktonWineShop.com, 703-255-5425

Oakton Wine Shop stocks more than 400 varieties of wine from around the world, including California, Spain and Italy. It also has more than 150 craft beers from around the country and plenty of gourmet food to bring home for hosting a brunch or potluck. Join the Wine of the Month Club to sample six new bottles every month and get a discount on the month’s featured selections. SECOND PLACE: The Wine House, Fairfax

WineHouseOnline.com, 703-352-2211

THIRD PLACE: Arrowine and Cheese, Arlington

Arrowine.com, 703-525-0990

Twenty-five years ago, Alexandre Ryjik founded the Virginia Academy of Fencing (VAF) with just three pupils. Now the school employs 22 coaches who tutor more than 1,100 students. Ryjik estimates that more than 40,000 fencers have come through the academy’s doors in Springfield. In addition to traditional sport fencing, the VAF offers classes in historical swordsmanship, using longswords and rapiers from the medieval and renaissance periods. These classes have seen a recent surge in popularity and now enroll close to 200 students. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and former National Youth Champion of the Soviet Union, Ryjik is proud that VAF fencers include everyone from young beginners and collegiate champions (Ryjik’s son Sasha is a two-time Ivy League champion at Harvard) to older athletes (in March, 69-year-old Vienna resident Phil Sbarbaro won gold in the veteran division at the North American Cup in Reno, Nevada). Ryjik says the most rewarding part of his work at the VAF is the community it creates: “We have children of people fencing that we taught in the past. Former students come back and introduce their sons and daughters to me. That’s truly a remarkable experience. That’s what you remember.” VAFInc.com

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4437 BROOKFIELD CORPORATE DRIVE SUITE 205, CHANTILLY

14611 LEE HIGHWAY, CENTREVILLE

10386 FESTIVAL LANE, MANASSAS

With 13 locations spread throughout the Northern Virginia region, Virginia Tire & Auto is always easy to reach when you need service. It offers same-day auto service, and every location is equipped with a comfortable waiting area complete with complimentary coffee and a “mini garage” play area for children.

Jeanette’s takes pride in carrying a wide selection of top name brand bridal manufacturers for more than 30 years, including Victor Harper, Simone Carvalli, Impression, DaVinci, Lazaro and more. Its gowns range from $500 to $12,000, so every bride-to-be will be able to find something within her budget for the big day.

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SECOND PLACE: Blush Bridal Boutique, Haymarket

THIRD PLACE: Dulles Auto Clinic, Sterling

THIRD PLACE: Hannelore’s, Alexandria

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8345 SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS

13909 LEE JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, CHANTILLY

Since 1983, Richard McKay Used Books has bought and sold used books for cash or credit, or taken donations of unwanted books that customers want to recycle. This has enabled the store to take in anywhere between 80,000 and 100,000 new items per year, including movies, electronic devices, vinyl records, video games and more.

The Pohanka Automotive group is almost as old as the automobile itself—its first dealership, which sold Chevrolets, opened in 1919. Today Pohanka has numerous locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, specializing in Honda, Lexus, Acura, Hyundai, Nissan, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz and Mazda.

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The tax department at Campbell, Veltri & Clark is staffed by former IRS agents, which gives its clients specialized insight into tax compliance, audits, correspondence and collection. The firm offers certified audits to single-person enterprises and multi-million dollar businesses alike, as well as valuation analysis and litigation support. SECOND PLACE: Ambassador Accounting, Inc., Manassas

AbassadorAccounting.com, 703-392-0383

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BennettAtkinson.com, 703-368-1112

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10761 JAMES PAYNE COURT, MANASSAS

Opened as a single jet corporate flight service in 1990, Chantilly Air is now a full-fledged aviation services company providing aircraft maintenance, charter, storage and ground support from Manassas Regional Airport. It also buys and sells aircraft, and offers maintenance services for privately-owned planes. SECOND PLACE: Metropolitan Jets, Manassas

MetropolitanJets.com, 703-530-6299 FlyMartinAir.com, 703-419-5400

OTAR.MechanicNet.com, 703-368-0477 DullesAutoClinic.com, 703-481-6300

Richard McKay Used Books, Inc., McKayUsedBooks.biz, 703-361-9042

ProsperosBooksVa.com, 703-257-7895 THIRD PLACE: Barnes & Noble, Fairfax

JeanettesBride.com, 703-369-1998

BlushBridalBoutique.com, 703-753-8303 Hannelores.com, 703-549-0387

Pohanka Automotive PohankaLexusChantilly.com, 703-968-9100

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VATire.com, 855-425-3627

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Iron Horse Antiques 9200 PRESCOTT AVE., MANASSAS

703-335-6676

A trip to Iron Horse Antiques is a bit like stepping into a 19th-century general store. It specializes in pre-1920 American and European antiques, including folk art, Civil War artifacts and vintage firearms. One of the more unusual items is a rare 35-star American flag from 1863. SECOND PLACE: The Old Lucketts Store, Leesburg

LuckettStore.com, 703-779-0268

THIRD PLACE: Baileywyck Shoppes of Middleburg

BaileywyckShoppes.com, 908-313-4441

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Hinckley Shepherd Norden PLC 19 WINCHESTER ST., WARRENTON

HSNAIA.com, 540-347-4232

Hinckley Shepherd Norden specializes in residential, commercial, and historic architecture. It has completed many projects in the historic districts of Warrenton, Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and the Garden District of New Orleans. SECOND PLACE: McNeill Baker Design Associates, McLean

McNeillBaker.com, 703-992-9707 THIRD PLACE: Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC, Falls Church

REBArchitects.com, 703-533-8333

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1212 KING ST., ALEXANDRIA

44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

Located in Old Town Alexandria, Pink & Brown specializes in children’s clothing made with 100 percent organic cotton to give babies softer clothes that won’t contribute to allergies and skin conditions. The baby-chic boutique also carries plenty of children’s toys, nursery furniture and whimsical baby gifts.

A trip to Spa Minérale is always a welcome and restorative experience. Treatments are engineered using pure oils from local sources and are available in a variety of day packages. The aromasoul massage uses four different types of oils (oriental, Mediterranean, Indian and Arabian) to invoke four modes of relaxation.

SECOND PLACE: Why Not?, Alexandria

SECOND PLACE: Sugar House Day Spa and Salon, Alexandria

Pink & Brown

PinkAndBrownBoutique.com, 703-684-1050

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THIRD PLACE: Small Change, Reston

SmallChangeConsignment.com, 703-437-7730

BEST CONTRACTOR

Moss Building & Design 4265 BROOKFIELD CORPORATE DRIVE, CHANTILLY

MossBuildingAndDesign.com, 703-961-7707

SECOND PLACE: Home Sweet Home Improvements, LLC, Bealeton

HomeSweetHomeImprovements.com, 540-439-8890

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

SugarHouseDaySpa.com, 703-549-9940 THIRD PLACE: Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg

SalamanderResort.com, 540-687-3600

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

Metropolitan Dental Centre 10509B BRADDOCK ROAD, FAIRFAX

FairfaxVirginiaCosmeticDentist.com, 703-503-5031

Dr. Dan, the leading cosmetic and restorative dentist at Metropolitan Dental Center, is one of five dentists in his immediate family. In business for more 25 years, the center employs experienced specialists in the fields of restorative and implant dentistry ready to whiten your smile through cosmetic and laser procedures. SECOND PLACE: Kokel Family Dentistry, Leesburg

THIRD PLACE: Harry Braswell, Inc., General Contractor, Alexandria

LeesburgDentist.com, 703-777-5025

HarryBraswell.com, 703-836-1776

OptimalDentalCenter.com, 703-226-2222

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BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Renewal Dermatology

8650 SUDLEY ROAD SUITE 310, MANASSAS

1825 SAMUEL MORSE DRIVE, RESTON

RenewalDermatology.com, 703-753-9860

Austin-Weston’s four certified plastic surgeons are dedicated to helping people improve their self-esteem by performing face lifts, tummy tucks, body lifts and other cosmetic surgeries. The team also performs non-surgical procedures like laser skin rejuvenation and hair removal.

Renewal Dermatology offers just about every conceivable skin-related procedure, including chemical peels, laser hair removal, electrolysis, acne removal, Botox, Juvederm and even tattoo removal. Renewal’s doctors will help you develop a treatment plan that addresses all of your aesthetic concerns.

Austin-Weston.com, 703-893-6168

SECOND PLACE: Parva Plastic Surgery, Leesburg

ParvaPlasticSurgery.com, 703-777-7477

THIRD PLACE: Center for Plastic Surgery, Annandale

CPSDocs.com, 703-560-2850

SECOND PLACE: Galaria Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Ashburn

GalariaMD.com, 703-327-3173 THIRD PLACE: Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Centreville

DermDocs.com, 866-808-3140

BEST CYCLE SHOP Spokes Etc.

224 MAPLE AVE. E., VIENNA

SpokesEtc.com, 703-281-2004

Whether you’re in the market for a new bicycle or just want a tune-up for your current set of wheels, the folks at the five NoVa locations of Spokes Etc. have you covered. Spokes staffers have the lowdown on local bike routes and host weekly rides. They also offer free classes for home and roadside cycle maintenance. SECOND PLACE: Bikenetic Full Service Bicycle Shop, Falls Church

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM Edelman Financial Services

4000 LEGATO ROAD 9TH FLOOR, FAIRFAX

RicEdelman.com, 703-818-0800

Firm founder Ric Edelman shares financial advice on a weekly radio show and a TV show that airs on more than 200 public stations nationwide. On a more personal level, advisors at Edelman Financial Services provide tailor-made advice for their clients. SECOND PLACE: Clarendon Wealth Management, Arlington

Bikenetic.com, 703-534-7433

ClarendonWealth.com, 571-257-3252

THIRD PLACE: Green Lizard Cycling, Herndon

THIRD PLACE: Tripp Kelly at Northwestern Mutual, McLean

GreenLizardCycling.com, 703-707-2453

On On “Hashing” in NoVa with the Hash House Harriers. The rules for hashing are simple: There are none. Describing itself as a drinking club with a running problem, the Hash House Harriers (H3) began in the 1930s when British expats living in Malaysia, bored with routines and the dull food at the club where they mostly ate and socialized (known as the “Hash House”), fashioned H3 after the traditional English chasing game of “Hare and Hounds.” Here’s how it works: The “hare” sets a 4-6 mile trail—often devious with false starts and obstacles— marks it with flour or chalk, and the pack (men and women, runners and walkers) follows. The run is followed by beer and food, and beer. But the hash is no boozy brawl. Says Donald Kresal, a former member of the Mount Vernon club. “The hash is a place to blow off some steam from our jobs, meet some really great people and form some very solid long lasting relationships. ” There are about 10 active hashes in Northern Virginia, all part of a loose network of thousands of hashes in countries all around the world. Don’t misunderstand, this is not competitive running—the hash is a social club. Costumes are encouraged, but don’t be a show off and wear that race t-shirt you got at your last 10K, unless you’re prepared to lose it. DCHashing.org/mvh3, HashHouseHarriers.info

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BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE

2451 CENTREVILLE ROAD SUITE I-7, HERNDON

14100 PARKE LONG COURT SUITE N., VIENNA

9084 CENTER ST., MANASSAS

In addition to designing and selling jewelry, Aspen appraises estate collections, repairs watches, buys diamonds and gold, engraves jewelry and restrings pearls. If you have any jewelry tucked away in a drawer or closet, never to be worn again, you can sell it to Aspen and find something there that you can’t live without.

Wetherburne Homes strives to preserve classic architectural elements like hand-laid stone, gabled roofs with cupolas, cornice details and entrance foyers—features it feels are underrepresented in modern architecture. Wetherburne offers five different home models, each with its own style that may be altered and customized.

The Things I Love stocks all the furniture and home accents you need to give your living space character and charm. If you find yourself stuck trying to decide what to buy, you can stop by the tea room to enjoy a hot drink while you consider the store’s selection of statuary, rugs, pottery, mirrors and much more.

SECOND PLACE: Ketterman’s Jewelers, Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Mike Garcia Construction, Woodbridge

SECOND PLACE: Decorium Gift & Home, Alexandria

THIRD PLACE: Ashby Jewelers, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Straight Line Builders, Inc., Catlett

THIRD PLACE: Home Specialty Store, Leesburg

BEST FLORIST

BEST HOSPITAL

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

10816 SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE

300 GALLOWS ROAD, FALLS CHURCH

597 BROADVIEW AVE., WARRENTON

The Flower Gallery of Manassas prioritizes freshness above all, refusing to deliver its blooms in boxes (this means delivery is available only in select areas). These floral designers can recommend arrangements for any occasion from a baby shower to Father’s Day. KarinsFlorist.com, 703-281-4141

Inova Fairfax’s new north patient tower is on track to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The tower is part of a five-year effort to build a new women’s hospital and children’s hospital. Inova Fairfax is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for cancer treatment, heart surgery, orthopedics and many other disciplines.

Highland is a co-ed, K-12 independent day school located in Warrenton, with a low student-to-teacher ratio that ensures plenty of individualized attention for students. Founded in 1928, the school offers many college preparatory classes and allows its 500 students to take courses that earn college credits, giving them a significant head start in higher education.

THIRD PLACE: Designs by Teresa, Warrenton

SECOND PLACE: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: Flint Hill School, Oakton

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington

THIRD PLACE: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria

Aspen Jewelry Design

AspenDesigns.net, 703-713-6882

Kettermans.com, 703-777-0033

AshbyJewelers.com, 703-368-4653

The Flower Gallery of Manassas FlowerGalleryManassas.com, 703-361-5168

DesignsByTeresa.com, 540-347-4762

MikeGarcia.com, 703-897-0900

StraightLineBuilders-Va.com, 703-928-7125

Inova Fairfax Hospital Inova.org, 703-776-4001

Inova.org, 703-391-3600

VirginiaHospitalCenter.com, 703-558-5000

TheThingsILoveManassas.com, 703-335-7711

DecoriumHome.com, 703-739-4662

HomeSpecialtyStore.com, 571-258-0880

Highland School

HighlandSchool.org, 540-878-2700

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WetherburneHomes.com, 703-378-3310

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Wetherburne Homes

The Things I Love 9084 CENTER ST., MANASSAS

TheThingsILoveManassas.com, 703-335-7711

The Things I Love stocks gifts geared towards all sensibilities and occasions, whether you’re searching for a new scarf or looking to invest in a chandelier. The store is comprised of several fully furnished rooms, allowing customers to see items in context before purchase. It also has a tearoom for a bit of post-shopping refreshment.

Metro Misfits’ blocker, Bull Lee, blocks the Betties’ jammer, Jackson Villain. Both teams are part of NOVA Roller Derby, a Northern Virginia nonprofit league. NOVARollerDerby.com

SECOND PLACE: Allyssa Bryn Accessories, Manassas

AllyssaBryn.com, 703-365-0714

THIRD PLACE: The Flower Gallery of Manassas

FlowerGalleryManassas.com, 703-361-5168

BEST HAIR SALON

Salon Diva & Spa 11206 LEE HIGHWAY, FAIRFAX

SalonDivaAndSpa.com, 703-385-4437

The Salon Diva & Spa experience goes beyond the normal “get in, get out” routine. Stylists and aestheticians educate clients about how to best care for their hair and scalp, and offer a wide range of services, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, threading and facials. The salon stocks products from brands like Blowout, Eminence, Thalgo and Image. SECOND PLACE: Curves Hair Studio, Manassas

CurvesHair.com, 703-257-5722

THIRD PLACE: Spa Minérale at Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE

116 KING ST., ALEXANDRIA

11904 MARKET ST., RESTON

14012 SULLYFIELD CIRCLE, SUITE E, CHANTILLY

D2 Decorium has crafted interiors for prominent commercial, residential and restaurant locations such as Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town Alexandria. Whether the plan calls for restrained or off-the-wall décor, D2 works with clients to balance patterns, colors and textures and create the desired atmosphere.

Originally a kiosk in Union Station for businessmen looking for a quick tailoring job, Davelle Clothiers is now a six-location retailer of sharp menswear. Whether you’re looking for an everyday work suit or the perfect attire for your groomsmen, Davelle can help you find what you need to feel polished and confident.

Whether you can’t stop grinding your teeth or your child needs braces, Crutchfield can be your saving grace when it comes to dental complications. Its state-of-the-art office allows it to offer the latest in orthodontic procedures, such as SureSmile, a method of straightening teeth that involves 3D imaging and robotics.

SECOND PLACE: J&L Interiors, LLC, Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Natty Beau, Alexandria

SECOND PLACE: Optimal Dental Center, Fairfax

THIRD PLACE: Cobrin, Inc., McLean

THIRD PLACE: Nordstrom, Tysons Corner

THIRD PLACE: Kravitz Orthodontics, South Riding

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER

6790 COMMERCIAL DRIVE, SPRINGFIELD

1308 MOUNT VERNON AVE., ALEXANDRIA

11950 GRAND COMMONS AVE., FAIRFAX

Wouldn’t it be nice to return home from work to find that your kitchen has been redone? Reico Kitchen & Bath can make this happen—you can book same-day appointments to have installers come to your house and perform all installations while you’re away. No supervision needed. The result? A kitchen you’ll love.

In Alexandria and the surrounding region, John Hall is the ultimate barber. His passion for cutting hair began at the young age of 14 and has never waned. He opened his first salon in 2005 when he was 31, and it wasn’t long before he had built up a loyal customer base that returns time and time again for reliably good haircuts.

REI stocks gear for hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and any other activity you might pursue in the great outdoors. Its knowledgeable staff is happy to provide tips for your next expedition, and you can always come attend one of the store’s classes on topics like cycling, camping, wilderness medicine and snowsports.

SECOND PLACE: Moss Building & Design, Chantilly

SECOND PLACE: Roosters, Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Hudson Trail Outfitters, Fairfax

THIRD PLACE: Dominion Kitchens, Herndon

THIRD PLACE: Old Towne Man Cave, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Casual Adventure, Arlington

D2 Decorium Interior Design DecoriumHome.com, 703-739-4662

JAndLInteriors.net, 703-737-7660 703-532-0497

Reico Kitchen & Bath Reico.com, 703-914-4900

DominionKitchens.com, 703-926-6420

DavelleClothiers.com, 703-904-0011

Natty-Beau.com, 703-299-5050

Shop.Nordstrom.com, 703-761-1121

The Ultimate Barber TheUltimateBarber.com, 703-627-5519

RoostersMGC.com, 571-442-8846

OldTowneManCave.com, 571-379-4312

Orthodontics by Crutchfield OrthodonticsByCrutchfield.com, 703-263-0575

OptimalDentalCenter.com, 703-226-2222 KravitzOrthodontics.com, 703-722-2900

REI

REI.com, 571-522-6568

HudsonTrail.com, 703-591-2950

CasualAdventure.com, 703-527-0600

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

P.O. BOX 650369, POTOMAC FALLS

20 ROCK POINTE LANE, WARRENTON

Kane Landscapes specializes in walkways, gardens, patios, ponds, fountains and any other landscaping feature that will help to beautify your yard. Landscapers work with clients to select specific plants and materials needed to give a landscaping project the character they desire.

With four pediatricians, three nurse practitioners, a phlebotomist and a full staff of nurses and other board certified medical personnel, Piedmont Pediatrics is a full service pediatric practice. In business for 19 years, the practice always has a physician on-call after normal business hours in case of emergency.

Piedmont Pediatrics

KaneLandscapes.com, 703-803-3146

PiedmontPediatrics.com, 540-347-9900

SECOND PLACE: Merrifield Garden Center, Falls Church

MerrifieldGardenCenter.com, 703-560-6222

SECOND PLACE: Manassas Pediatrics

ManassasPediatrics.com, 703-369-2999

THIRD PLACE: Landscape & Design Center, Haymarket

LandscapeDesignCenter.com, 703-753-1354

BEST LAW FIRM

McGeehan Pascale, PLC 11211 WALES MILL ROAD SUITE 201, FAIRFAX

McGeehanLaw.com, 703-273-5303

McGeehan Pascale specializes in business law pertaining to all industries, including negotiations, mergers, franchising, joint ventures and much more. Businesses of all sizes turn to the firm for advice, from garage-based startups looking to get off the ground to larger corporations concerned with international laws impacting their next big venture. SECOND PLACE: Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC, Leesburg

DBLLawyers.com, 703-777-7319

THIRD PLACE: Walker Jones, PC, Warrenton

WalkerJonesLaw.com, 540-347-9223

HIT PARADE Brit Ivan Ronaldson keeps it real. Real tennis? It might not be the first sport a British kid dreams of playing (think regular tennis, but with walls on either side), but it was a natural choice for 40-year-old Ivan Ronaldson, head pro at Prince’s Court in McLean—it’s the family business. Both Ronaldson’s parents were world champions, and he grew up near the real tennis court at Hampton Court Palace (where Henry VIII once played). After stints at real tennis clubs around the globe, Ronaldson landed at Prince’s in 2005, ready to introduce you to this truly historic game. PrincesCourt.com

THIRD PLACE: Farrell Pediatrics, Reston

FarrellPediatrics.com, 703-435-0808

BEST PET BOARDING Just Cats Clinic

1601 WASHINGTON PLAZA N., RESTON

JustCatsClinic.com, 703-520-2702

When leaving town for a vacation it is important to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your feline friend is unafraid and in good hands. Just Cats Clinic has the solution, with a cat-exclusive facility that allows your cat to mingle with others, and receive quality medical care and grooming from licensed professionals. SECOND PLACE: Olde Towne Pet Resort, Springfield

OldeTownPetResort.com, 703-455-9000

THIRD PLACE: Paws Awhile Pet Motel, Warrenton

PawsAwhilePetMotel.com, 540-347-4855

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Best of Virginia - Ketterman’s Jewelers

Thank You Virginia, from the Ketterman Family...Always! The Ketterman’s are honored, once again, to receive the title of “Best of Virginia Jeweler.” Having served

Leesburg and the surrounding area for over 27 years, Dan and Tammi Ketterman have learned a thing or two about what is important to be successful in business. Richard and Neysa Ketterman opened Vienna Variety in 1951, with the philosophy that offering great products at reasonable prices and providing excellent service made for happy, returning customers. A chance diamond sale would transform the store from the “five and dime” feel into Ketterman’s Jewelers. After 37 years, Dan and Tammi opened their own store in Leesburg, building on the Vienna store’s reputation and values, and started a true family business. With six daughters tagging along on buying trips, Ketterman’s has become a “go-to” jewelry and gift shop for any occasion. While a great product mix and excellent customer service make for a pleasant shopping experience, the Ketterman’s have learned that success in today’s retail world depends on valuing relationships. The Ketterman family has worked hard to maintain the legacy that Dan’s parents started in Vienna, continuing to cultivate partnerships with likeminded, quality manufacturers. These associations are what

allow Ketterman’s to provide lifetime of precious jewelry pieces. The Kettermans feel that strong customer relationships are forged through continually meeting and exceeding customers’ needs. In order to uphold these relationships, Ketterman’s on-site jewelers’ shop delivers outstanding design and maintenance for both new and existing jewelry pieces. “It is not just a piece of jewelry you are buying,” says daughter Richlyn, “it is a representation of something special, from our family to yours, that we want you to be proud to share with your world, for many, many years to come.” Another life and business lesson learned by this Loudoun County family is that support of the local community means support from the local community. One way Ketterman’s gives back is through their “First Fruits” Program. Based on the Bible verse, Exodus 23:19, on the first business day of each month, ten percent of all receipts goes to a charitable organization. This allows customers to strategically plan their purchasing to maximize the positive impact they can have on their sphere of influence. Ketterman’s also provides an opportunity for young ladies to work in the store over the Christmas season to earn money for charity. Each “Ketterman’s Charm Girl” works 12-16

hours, selecting a charity to benefit from her time. “It’s the best thing we do! The girls get to spend time in a positive retail environment learning service and interpersonal skills that they will use for the rest of their lives,” says Tammi. In 2014, Ketterman’s was blessed to give nearly $28,000 to local and international philanthropies through the “First Fruits” and Charm Girl programs. There is great value in relationships and in giving back, both of these have a significant positive impact on building community. Dan and Tammi raised their girls in Loudoun, and the girls now have their own families there. “There is a great sense of accountability when you live where you work.” says Tammi, “When I see you in the grocery store, I want to hear that you are enjoying what you’ve been provided. But I also want to hear if you are not, so that we can work on a solution.” The Ketterman family is proud and humbled to serve the community as “Best of”, and looks forward to many more years building relationships and celebrating milestones...Always.

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BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

19722 ISLAND AVE., MANASSAS

1961 CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD

Between a comedy show at the Lorton prison, a zombie walk, and several scholarship speeches, the past year has seen a diverse array of gigs for Y&D Photography. No matter what the event, Y&D can document it in a cohesive, noninvasive manner that will leave you with visual mementos forever. CandiceAdelle.com, 540-850-7333

Now that Tysons Corner has a stop on the D.C. Metro’s new Silver Line, it is easier than ever to access its 300-plus specialty stores, not to mention the many other retailers and fine dining restaurants in the surrounding shopping district. You can spend a whole day knocking out all of your retail errands, and cap it all off with dinner and a movie at the mall’s food court and theater.

THIRD PLACE: Ciao Bella Photos, Warrenton

SECOND PLACE: Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax

Y&D Photography

YDPhotography4.com, 571-721-8867

SECOND PLACE: Candice Adelle Photography, Warrenton

CiaoBellaPhotos.com, 540-349-0035

Tysons Corner Center

TysonsCornerCenter.com, 703-893-9400

ShopFairOaksMall.com, 703-359-8300 THIRD PLACE: Dulles Town Center, Dulles

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center 52 W. SHIRLEY AVE., WARRENTON

ShopDullesTownCenter.com, 703-404-7124

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE Dick’s Sporting Goods

The 11 physicians at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center have diverse specialties, including orthopedic surgery, pain management, sports medicine and physical rehabilitation. Its facility has a multi-purpose physical therapy gym, as well as a massage therapy and aquatic physical therapy center.

12501 FAIR LAKES CIRCLE

SECOND PLACE: Excel Rehabilitation, Fairfax

ExcelRehabVa.com, 703-383-1616

THIRD PLACE: Blaser Physical Therapy, Warrenton

BlaserPhysicalTherapy.com, 540-341-1922

DicksSportingGoods.com, 703-803-0300

It would be a waste to dash in and out of Dick’s—it’s a fun place to linger. Its rock wall invites up-and-coming climbers to imagine themselves scaling great heights, while its wide array of sports gear, athletic clothing and gym equipment practically begs for a test run. SECOND PLACE: REI, Fairfax

REI.com, 571-522-6568

THIRD PLACE: Gander Mountain, Woodbridge

Jody Donaldson & The Donaldson Team 4315 WALNEY ROAD SUITE B, CHANTILLY

TheDonaldsonTeam.com, 703-818-0111

With 18 years of experience in Virginia real estate, Jody Donaldson has witnessed first hand the ups and downs of the local housing market. The Donaldson Team can help you find a new home or sell your current one, ensuring that your next move is stress free. SECOND PLACE: Crossroads Realtors, Manassas

Crossroads-Realtors.com, 703-530-1830 THIRD PLACE: Nesbitt Realty, Alexandria

NesbittRealty.com, 703-765-0300

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL NOVA Cat Clinic

923 N. KENMORE ST., ARLINGTON

NovaCatClinic.com, 703-525-1955

NOVA Cat Clinic was founded in 2013 with a cutting-edge approach to feline healthcare, including treatments like acupuncture and laser therapy. You can trust the clinic to take every measure necessary to ensure that your cat sees many more happy and healthy years. SECOND PLACE: Pender Veterinary Centre, Fairfax

PenderVet.com, 703-591-3304

THIRD PLACE: Clocktower Animal Hospital, Herndon

ClocktowerVets.com, 703-713-1200

BEST SHOE STORE DSW

9650 E. MAIN ST., FAIRFAX

DSW.com, 703-323-7092

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE LiLi The First

101 PLEASANT ST. NW, VIENNA

DSW stocks discount shoes from all major designers and brands, so you can find footwear for all occasions—sandals, dress shoes, sneakers, boots and more—under one roof. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive pair of flipflops for your next vacation or a discount price on a name-brand dress shoe, you will not leave DSW empty handed.

LiLiTheFirst.com, 703-261-6323

SECOND PLACE: The Shoe Hive, Alexandria

SECOND PLACE: Allyssa Bryn Accessories, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Nordstrom, Tysons Corner

THIRD PLACE: The Pink Palm, Alexandria

TheShoeHive.com, 703-548-7105

Shop.Nordstrom.com, 703-761-1121

Last year, LiLi The First introduced its “fashion support” rack—a selection of donated used clothes resold in support of the Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety and well being of women in need. LiLi makes it a goal to use fashionable clothing to help empower women in the community. AllyssaBryn.com, 703-365-0714

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Beyond Sticks Life lessons on and off the field in Arlington. The first time Chrissy Lewis Summers taught a field hockey clinic, she realized something. “I was teaching a little red-haired girl how to drive a field hockey ball,” explains Summers, who was then a student at Vassar College and captain of its field hockey team, “and when she got it, she smiled and This year, said ‘I did it!’ I realized Beyond Sticks then that coaching is will host clinics with the U.S. more rewarding than women’s team. playing.” Fast forward to 2011, when Summers, who earned a master’s degree in sports business management from Georgetown University, established Beyond Sticks, which hosts field hockey development clinics, club field hockey, and summer field hockey and multi-sport camps to hundreds of girls in Northern Virginia. But Beyond Sticks is not just about field hockey—its mission is to empower women through sports. “What’s the reason we play? It’s friendship, staying fit, building confidence … there are many intangibles,” says the now 29-year-old. “It’s not just hockey or soccer or lacrosse. It’s much more than that. It’s about teaching life lessons.” BeyondSticks.com

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In Virginia’s Southwest region, do gs work the field, bright-eyed and alert, their playful gambo l halting when they sense pheasant or chukar are near and ready to take flight. They po int, and shotguns lift to the sky at Primland, where parent and child wingshooting passes on the camaraderie of the hunt. Family tradition is strong here—three generations of the Wood family from Stuart have made Wood Brothers Racing the o ldest active team in NASCAR history, and one of its most storied, with 98 wins on record. Outdoor skills are tested at the Breakdo wn Adventure Race in Jefferson National Forest in Dickenson County, where competitors grit it out running, biking, climbing, kayaking and swimming, and on the New River, where angler and guide Britt Stoudenmire of the New River Co. catches smallmouth bass on the fly from pristine water. And ready to replenish weary sportsmen at the end of the day are restaurants like the Ho kie House in Blacksburg, a favorite for 50 years.

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Luxuryy Love Affair Best of Virginia 2015 in 10 Categories

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT Drumstick Dash

DOWNTOWN ROANOKE

DrumstickDash.net, 540-343-7227

Each Thanksgiving, up to 15,000 participants come out to “move their feet so others can eat” at the Rescue Mission’s annual Drumstick Dash, the non-profit’s largest fundraiser. This year will mark the event’s ninth race, which includes a 5K for more serious athletes and a family walk for those just looking to have fun for a cause. SECOND PLACE: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, Axton

RoosterWalk.com, 276-690-9255

THIRD PLACE: Charity League Bargain Fair, Martinsville

CharityLeague.org, 276-734-0603

BEST ART EVENT

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VaHighlandsFestival.org, 276-623-5266

The nearly 70-year-old Virginia Highlands Festival attracts artists of all disciplines—from metalworkers and painters to photographers and glassworkers—to exhibit and sell their goods during the week-long event. Along with visual arts, the festival includes live music, local history, performing arts and outdoor recreation. SECOND PLACE: Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke

TaubmanMuseum.org, 540-342-5760

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THIRD PLACE: Art on the Lawn, Pearisburg

GilesArtCouncil.org, 540-921-1221

BEST CHARITY

Rescue Mission 402 FOURTH ST. SE., ROANOKE

RescueMission.net, 540-343-7227

The Roanoke Rescue Mission has been providing programs for men, women and children in crisis for more than 65 years, including those struggling with homelessness, abuse and addiction. The mission operates emergency shelters for families as well as single adults, serves meals, and runs a free clinic for the homeless. SECOND PLACE: SPCA, Martinsville

SPCAMHC.org, 276-638-0490

THIRD PLACE: Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County, Martinsville

CharityLeague.org, 276-734-0603

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL Greek Festival

30 HUNTINGTON BLVD., ROANOKE

RoanokeGreekFestival.com, 540-362-3601

Each year, 25,000 guests gather at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for “a taste of Athens.” Spanakopita, souvlaki and gyros are on the menu, while live bands and dancers provide traditional Hellenic performances. The festival also includes a raffle for a trip for two to Greece. SECOND PLACE: Community School’s Strawberry Festival, Roanoke

StrawberryFestivalRoanoke.com, 540-563-5036 THIRD PLACE: Smoke on the Mountain, Galax

LUCKY 21 Wood Brothers Racing’s winning history. Consider this: You’re Wood Brothers Racing, and you’ve been in the business for 65 years. You’re the oldest active team in NASCAR history and one of the most successful, with 98 wins under your belt, including five at Daytona. Your co-founders are NASCAR Hall of Famers (brothers Glen and Leonard Wood), and some of NASCAR’s most recognizable names—Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, A. J. Foyt, David Pearson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. among them—have driven your famous No. 21 Ford. You have amassed hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of memorabilia over the years: trophies (some dating back to Glen Wood’s wins as a driver in the 1950s), pit shirts of all descriptions from the ’60s on, checkered flags, Victory Lane photos, vintage pit equipment and more from three generations of the Wood family. What do you do with all of it? It’s a rare problem. Glen Wood, “Daddy built what I would call his first real race shop in 1956,” says co-founder of Len Wood, son of founder Glen Wood, who with his brother Eddie, today Wood Brothers co-owns the celebrated team. In 1995, Glen Wood built a larger shop in an Racing. industrial park in Stuart, Virginia (the family’s hometown), and opened a museum there in 1996 to house the items that tell the story of this legendary team, and the family that keeps it going. Today, visitors to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum will find all six generation car styles for what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, including a 1963 Galaxy and a 1971 Mercury as well as a replica of the car Tiny Lund drove to victory for Wood Brothers at Daytona in 1963. (Lund replaced the Wood Brothers’ regular driver, Marvin Panch, just 10 days before the race after helping to pull Panch out of a burning vehicle during a track accident.) The museum also features a car completed last year by 80-year-old Leonard Woods—a handmade half-scale replica of the Lotus-Ford Type 38, the winning car at Indy in 1965, for which he and Glen and two of their brothers worked as pit crew. Admission is free, and what a bargain. Together, this collection represents more than the sum of its parts—it’s the story of racing. WoodBrothersRacing.com

SmokeOnTheMountainVa.com, 276-236-2184

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST HISTORIC MUSEUM

BEST MUSEUM

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

21 STARLING AVE., MARTINSVILLE

110 SALEM AVE., ROANOKE

127 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

History of the scientific variety can be found at the VMNH, where permanent exhibits include “Uncovering Virginia,” which explores millions of years through fossils and archaeological evidence. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums—one of only 5 percent of museums in the country to hold this distinction.

The Taubman Museum moved into its new downtown Roanoke digs in 2008 after a 3-year renovation. The permanent collection features more than 2,000 objects. Recent exhibits have included Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep, a collection of the artist’s mixed media compositions, and Transient Beauty, featuring the work of photorealist Audrey Flack.

SECOND PLACE: Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville

Many years after the Barter Theatre began trading food for entertainment during the Depression (paying performers, including Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams in ham), the company is still going strong, staging 25 fulllength shows in their largest season to date. This season’s roster includes Anything Goes, as well as upcoming productions of Mary Poppins and The Three Musketeers.

BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org, 276-645-0111

VMNH.net, 276-634-4141

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, Wytheville

Virginia Museum of Natural History VMNH.net, 276-634-4141

VMT.org, 540-342-5670

Grandin Theatre

1310 GRANDIN ROAD, ROANOKE

TaubmanMuseum.org, 540-342-5760

EdithBollinWilson.org, 276-223-3484

BEST MUSIC VENUE The Harvester

GrandinTheatre.com, 540-345-6177

450 FRANKLIN ST., ROCKY MOUNT

Since reopening 14 years ago, the Grandin Theatre has become a go-to spot for Southwest Virginians looking for unusual or quirky flicks. Along with the big-budget, foreign and independent movies playing daily, events at the renovated picture palace include silent film showings with accompanying music and workshops.

The Harvester has only been in business a year, but a mix of genres has helped the venue amass a big fan base: rock to reggae, bluegrass to pop, Americana to comedy. Recent performers have included We the Kings (as part of Ferrum College’s Big Concert) and Rihannon Giddens.

Harvester-Music.com, 540-484-8277

SECOND PLACE: Rives Theatre, Martinsville

TheLyric.com, 540-951-0604

RivesTheatre.com, 276-403-0872

THIRD PLACE: Abingdon Cinemall

THIRD PLACE: Wolf Hills Brewery, Abingdon

Cinemall.com, 276-623-2121

WolfHillsBrewing.com, 276-451-5470

BarterTheatre.com, 276-628-3991

SECOND PLACE: Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke

MillMountain.org, 540-342-5761

THIRD PLACE: TheatreWorks Community Players, Martinsville

TWCP.net, 276-732-7570

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE Bolling Wilson Hotel

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

The Bolling Wilson Hotel was born out of what was initially the George Wythe Hotel, built in 1927 and renovated in 2013-2014. Along with restaurant Graze on Main, event spaces include the George Wythe Ballroom, dining room the Vault, and rooftop space the Perch. SECOND PLACE: Elmwood Park, Roanoke

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SECOND PLACE: Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg

Barter Theatre

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Taubman Museum of Art

PlayRoanoke.com, 540-853-2236

THIRD PLACE: Jefferson Center, Roanoke

JeffCenter.org, 540-345-2550

Racing up and down the sides of mountains is part of this extreme race.

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN Tearing it up in the Breakdown Adventure Race. In the Breaks Interstate Park, part of the Jefferson National Forest along the Virginia-Kentucky border in Dickenson County, contestants in the Breakdown Adventure Race run, climb, bike, kayak and swim across this rugged terrain to complete either a 15-hour or 30-hour version of the race—no GPS allowed. The competition—held every April for the last three years—is open to anyone, but the faint of heart need not apply. 361Adventures.com, USARA.com

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SINCE 1973 and FOR 2,943 RESIDENTS, WE’VE BEEN EVERYTHING. Virginia Tech retirees Jim and Janet Johnson are two of those residents. “After looking at other retirement communities, Brandon Oaks just felt so right for us. The combination of welcoming residents, a caring staff, a great location, outstanding services and a beautiful campus sent a very clear “This is the place” message to us. We’re very active in the community and really enjoy the maintenance-free lifestyle. This allows us to spend more time on activities and causes that matter to us. If you’re considering a retirement community, consider this one—as far as we’re concerned, it’s everything to us.”

To learn more about us, our range of services, and to see if Brandon Oaks is right for you, plan a visit and meet some of our residents by calling us at (540) 777-5602. Virginia Lutheran Homes, Inc.

A LifeCare Retirement Community | 3804 Brandon Avenue, SW | Roanoke, Virginia 24018 | BrandonOaks.net

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BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST HORSE SHOW

2198 MILL MOUNTAIN SPUR

30461 GARNAND DRIVE, EMORY

1001 ROANOKE BLVD., SALEM

The world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star is lit up by 2,000 feet of neon lighting, and sits more than 1,000 feet over the city offering great views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Can’t make it to the Star City to see those views for yourself? There’s a website for that: live stream with the Star Cam at RoanokeVa.gov/StarCam.

Emory & Henry is the oldest college in Southwest Virginia, which means its deep history makes for a lot of history to explore on its campus. Founded in 1836 and named after Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, and church leader Bishop John Emory, the campus is listed on the National Historic Register.

This year marks the Roanoke Valley Horse Show’s 44th continuous year, making it the area’s longest running sporting event. One of few remaining all-breed shows, the competition this year takes place June 15 and includes barrel and terrier races, a newly added USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $50,000 grand prix.

SECOND PLACE: Roanoke Star

SECOND PLACE: Wythe Raceway, Rural Retreat

PlayRoanoke.com, 540-342-6025

SECOND PLACE: Russell County Fair and Horse Show, Castlewood

THIRD PLACE: Barter Theatre, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Historic Henry County Courthouse/MHC Heritage Center & Museum, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Washington County Fair, Abingdon

Roanoke Star

PlayRoanoke.com, 540-342-6025

WytheRaceway.com, 276-620-2015 BarterTheatre.com, 276-628-3991

Emory & Henry College Campus EHC.edu, 276-944-6810

MHCHistoricalSociety.com, 276-403-5361

Roanoke Valley Horse Show RoanokeValleyHorseShow.com, 540-389-7847

RussellCountyFair.com, 276-889-4252 WashCoFair.com, 276-628-6222

BEST BED AND BREAKFAST Inn at Riverbend

125 RIVER RIDGE DRIVE, PEARISBURG

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Though there are plenty of activities to enjoy around the Inn—hiking on the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding and river activities among them—there are also many reasons to just stay inside this comfy B&B, including the generous breakfast served every morning at 8:30 or 9 a.m. Early birds can arrange to have their meal ready before the sun rises. SECOND PLACE: The Oaks Victorian Inn, Christiansburg

TheOaksVictorianInn.com, 540-381-1500 THIRD PLACE: Inn on Campbell, Roanoke

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TheInnOnCampbell.com, 540-400-0183

BEST GOLF COURSE

Chatmoss Country Club 550 MOUNT OLIVET ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2484

The par-72 course at Chatmoss Country Club hosts tournaments regularly, including the Chatmoss Invitational, which wrapped up its 55th turn last April. The club also runs a robust junior golf program for kids between the ages of nine and 18. SECOND PLACE: Pete Dye River Course, Radford

THRILL OF THE HUNT

THIRD PLACE: The Virginian, Bristol

Parent-child upland hunting at Primland.

PeteDyeRiverCourse.com, 540-633-6732 TheVirginian.com, 276-645-6950

BEST GYM Gym 24

730 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

Gym24Fitness.com, 276-638-2170

The “24” in Gym 24 stands for its hours— whether you need to clear your mind at 3 o’clock in the morning, or want to hop on an elliptical during your lunch break, Gym 24 is open. Classes offered include Insanity, Zumba and Tabatakick, among others. SECOND PLACE: Carilion Wellness, Roanoke

CarillionFitness.com, 540-989-5758

THIRD PLACE: The Weight Club, Blacksburg

TheWeightClub.com, 540-951-2949

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“It’s no crime, no sin to miss a bird or two while you’re watching the dogs do their thing,” says Carl McDaniel, hunting and outdoor activity supervisor at Primland in Meadows of Dan, of the 12,000-acre resort’s parent-child upland hunting experience. “One of the things that makes hunting so fun is seeing the dogs,” he Primland continues. “Until you see it, it’s hard to imagine.” McDaniel describes braces, maintains or pairs, of English pointers—the breed Primland uses most for pheasant 3,000 acres for upland hunting—“ripping around in the cover,” then smelling a bird and locking up bird hunting. to point. In that moment, he says, “It’s hard to remember you’re the one who needs to shoot the bird.” The dogs, the guns, the birds—it’s a great way to introduce kids to the sport and the region’s rich hunting culture, says McDaniel. The experience begins with safety and firearm instruction (there is no minimum age, but McDaniel says kids as young as seven or eight years old can manage), and licensing (adults should arrive with necessary licenses and/or have been through hunter education). One guide, who is often an instructor, accompanies two shooters on the 2-hour hunts. “It’s a good, controlled environment,” says McDaniel. “It’s just hard not to enjoy.” $449 per party. Primland.com

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FOR NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE, IT’S THE NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION On any given day, throughout the world, members of the Naval Special Warfare community put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. Knowing there is an organization at home exclusively dedicated to supporting them and their families is an invaluable asset for U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and Naval Special Warfare support personnel. The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support to the Naval Special Warfare community. Our work focuses on three key areas: family support services including tragedy assistance and morale-building activities; educational programs that encourage lifelong learning; and preserving the legacy of our veterans as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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living & recreation BEST HOTEL

BEST PLACE TO FISH

BEST TENNIS CLUB

110 SHENANDOAH AVE., ROANOKE

1796 HIGHWAY SIXTEEN, ABINGDON

550 MOUNT OLIVET ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

The Hotel Roanoke’s 35 meeting rooms, fixed seat lecture hall, two boardrooms, conference center lounge and hotel ballroom (with accommodations for up to 1,400 guests) mean there’s nary an event it can’t host. And with 331 guest rooms, there’s plenty of space for those who want to make an overnight of it.

There are plenty of rainbow and brown trout stocked year round in South Holston Lake, plus bass and crappie that are a popular catch in the spring. Most of the 7,580 acres are in Tennessee, but fisherman can purchase a $20 license that allows fishing on both sides of the lake.

Looking for a respite from the sweltering heat of the courts during the dog days of summer? Chatmoss Country Club has three climate controlled indoor courts open all year, along with six outdoor courts open in the spring, summer and fall. In addition to private lessons, the club hosts many clinics and tournaments.

SECOND PLACE: Bolling Wilson Hotel, Wytheville

ICanoeTheNew.com, 540-921-7438

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center HotelRoanoke.com, 540-985-5900

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

THIRD PLACE: Martha Washington Inn, Abingdon

South Holston Lake DGIF.Virginia.gov, 276-783-4860

SECOND PLACE: New River Outdoor Company, Pembroke THIRD PLACE: Smith River, Martinsville

HenryCountyVa.gov/ParksAndRec, 276-634-4640

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE Primland

2000 BUSTED ROCK ROAD, MEADOWS OF DAN

Primland.com, 276-222-3800

SECOND PLACE: Boxwood Hunt Club, Axton

BoxwoodHuntClub.com, 276-806-0931

THIRD PLACE: Turkeycock Mountain, Axton

ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2482

SECOND PLACE: Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon

GlenrochieCountryClub.com, 276-628-3059

THIRD PLACE: Hunting Hills Country Club, Roanoke

HuntingHillsCC.com, 540-774-4435

BEST RESORT Primland

2000 BUSTED ROCK ROAD, MEADOWS OF DAN

Primland.com, 276-222-3800

Looking to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury? Primland offers three tree houses, built in sturdy treetops, featuring decks suspended in the foliage thousands of feet above the Dan River. The lodge’s 26 rooms and suites offer luxury on terra firma, as do the property’s three fairway cottages.

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Chatmoss Country Club

SECOND PLACE: Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke

MtnLakeLodge.com, 540-626-7121

THIRD PLACE: Martha Washington Inn and Spa, Abingdon

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 434-525-7522

Virginia Creeper Trail

1595 WHITETOP GAP ROAD, ABINGDON

FS.USDA.gov, 276-783-5196

The Virginia Creeper trail provides 34 miles of Virginia hiking, fishing, horseback riding and biking, spanning from Abingdon to Whitetop, the ‘heart’ of the trail in Damascus. Though there is plenty of lodging close by, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area provides camping options for those looking to rough it. SECOND PLACE: Cascade Falls at George Washington National Forest, Pembroke

FS.USDA.gov, 540-552-4641 THIRD PLACE: McAfee Knob, Salem

RoanokeOutside.com/McAfeeKnob, 540-343-1550

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

Floyd Country Store 206 S. LOCUST ST., FLOYD

FloydCountryStore.com, 540-745-4563

Though the Floyd Country Store is known for its iconic Friday Night Jamboree, featuring three bands every week all year long, there are plenty more opportunities to break out your dancing shoes. Free music continues through the weekend with Americana Afternoon every Saturday and the Sunday Music Jam. SECOND PLACE: The Park, Roanoke

TheParkRoanoke.com, 540-342-0946 THIRD PLACE: Wild Magnolia, Martinsville

Wild-Magnolia.com, 276-666-6666

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BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

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BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

King’s Grant Retirement Community 350 KING’S WAY ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

Sunnyside.cc, 800-462-4649

King’s Grant, one of three Sunnyside communities in Virginia, opened its doors in 1993. Located on 120 acres comprising lakes and walking trails, there are plenty of outdoor activities for residents, like bike rides and afternoon strolls. The community also organizes regular day trips into town and other special events for residents. SECOND PLACE: Warm Hearth, Blacksburg

Retire.org, 540-552-9176

THIRD PLACE: Brandon Oaks, Roanoke

BrandonOaks.net, 540-776-2600

FAST & FURIOUS

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Get close to the action at Martinsville Speedway.

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center 25236 HILLMAN HIGHWAY, ABINGDON

276-676-6180

Junior 4-H Summer Camp gives students ages 9-13 the chance to take classes like LegoRobotics, low and high ropes, and fishing and animal care during its five-day residential camp. The 55-year-old-camp is part of Virginia’s oldest 4-H center, so many campers are the third generation in their family to attend. SECOND PLACE: Emory & Henry College Summer Adventure Program, Emory

EHC.edu, 276-698-7121 THIRD PLACE: Camp Roanoke

The shortest track on the Sprint Cup circuit, Martinsville Speedway is known for putting fans as close to the action as possible, making them feel as though they can reach out and touch the cars as they whip around the track’s tight, paperclip-shaped curves. Originally built in 1947, Martinsville is the only track from NASCAR’s 1948 beginnings still in use on the circuit today. Martinsville Speedway will host one of the Sprint Cup’s three Eliminator Round races Nov. 1. MartinsvilleSpeedway.com

CampRoanoke.com, 540-387-6114

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food & drink BEST BAKERY

BEST BURGER JOINT

BEST CHOCOLATIER

56 PIEDMONT AVE., BRISTOL

3627 VIRGINIA AVE., COLLINSVILLE

308-3 MARKET ST., ROANOKE

Blackbird Bakery doubled in size last August, giving its fans more room to lounge in comfy furniture and enjoy the goodies—24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. It even has its own art gallery that features a new artist each month. Popular treats include the pink almond cakes, brownie tower and red velvet dream.

Fenderz first brought its ’50s-inspired homemade American fare to the Martinsville area in 2010 and has been serving up burgers, fries and milkshakes ever since. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, new menu additions are planned, but don’t worry: The renowned chili cheese fries and banana splits are sticking around.

SECOND PLACE: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Burger Bar, Bristol

The only thing better than chocolate is more chocolate, and chocolatepaper is delivering. When it doubled its downtown location at Historic Roanoke City Market to nearly 4,000 sq. ft., it added a chocolate tasting room that can be booked for events. And in March, the chocolatier opened a boutique inside Oliveto, the purveyor of artisanal oils and vinegars.

Blackbird Bakery BlackbirdBakeryBristol.com, 276-645-5754

ODBB.com, 540-953-2815 THIRD PLACE: Rising Sun Breads, Martinsville

RisingSunBreads.com, 276-632-2292

BEST BAR

Wild Magnolia 730 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

Wild-Magnolia.com, 276-666-6666

Fenderz Drive-In 276-647-4555

TheOriginalBurgerBar.com, 276-466-6200 THIRD PLACE: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Roanoke

JackBrownsJoint.com, 540-342-0328

chocolatepaper

chocolatepaperRoanoke.com, 540-342-6061

SECOND PLACE: Chocolate Spike, Blacksburg

ChocolateSpike.com, 540-552-4646

THIRD PLACE: Anthony’s Desserts, Abingdon

AnthonysDesserts.com, 276-623-1500

BEST CATERER

Quality Catering 1320-A MEMORIAL BLVD. SOUTH, MARTINSVILLE

QualityCateringAndTheGallery.com, 276-632-1041

BEST DESSERT MENU

Anthony’s Desserts 284 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

Mags, as it’s known to locals, loves events. The mugs come out on Thursday and Sunday for Mug Night, and on Wednesdays—Karaoke Night— drafts are 50 cents for ladies. Last Christmas saw a Tacky Sweater contest, complete with a special tacky sweater martini, and St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with green beer for a buck-fifty.

Quality Catering began as a side project in 1979; 35 years later, owner Whitney SarverEgstrom, who took over the business from her father in 2009, has grown the company to include a 1,000-square-foot commercial kitchen, event venue, and a second location. Choose from dishes like taco bites, shrimp Creole and chicken Cordon Bleu.

AnthonysDesserts.com, 276-623-1500

SECOND PLACE: Chatmoss Country Club, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Susan Critz Catering, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

THIRD PLACE: Blue Ridge Catering, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston

THIRD PLACE: Lucky, Roanoke

EatAtLucky.com, 540-982-1249

276-732-3491

BlueRidgeCatering.net, 540-982-7700

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ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2484

The latest sweet treat to be added to the menu at Anthony’s? Ice cream. A fitting addition, given how well it goes with their cookies, brownies and small pies and cheesecakes (homemade, as is the rest of the menu). Open since 2010, Anthony’s is known for its individual cheesecakes in flavors like turtle, vanilla and raspberry. BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828

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BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT

Pembroke’s Tangent Outfitters offers canoeing and kayaking trips on the New River. NewRiverTrail.com

Checkered Pig

1014 LIBERTY ST., MARTINSVILLE

CheckeredPig.com, 276-632-1161

For proof of Checkered Pig’s prowess, look no further than the 2015 Sam’s/Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year national rankings: The restaurant’s competition crew was top 10 in every category, and beat out some 4,000 teams for second place overall. Favorites include the barbecue chicken and brisket, found at both the Danville and Martinsville locations. SECOND PLACE: Due South Barbeque, Christiansburg

DueSouthBBQ.com, 540-381-2922

THIRD PLACE: Bone Fire Smokehouse, Abingdon

BoneFireSmokehouseBBQ.com, 276-623-0037

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT The Roanoker Restaurant

2522 COLONIAL AVE. SW, ROANOKE

TheRoanokerRestaurant.com, 540-344-7746

Though the Roanoker is nationally acclaimed for its biscuits, there are plenty of Southern staples on the menu, like wafer-thin country ham with red eye gravy. Come with an appetite but also a little patience; on weekends, the 74-yearold institution serves 400 to 500 customers. SECOND PLACE: Gillie’s, Blacksburg

GilliesRestaurant.net, 540-961-2703 THIRD PLACE: Skeeter’s World Famous Hot Dogs, Wytheville

276-228-2611

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food & drink BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

BEST FROZEN YOGURT SHOP

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

CORNER OF REMSBURG DRIVE AND CUMMINGS STREET

125 N. MAIN ST., BLACKSBURG

350 PARK ST. SE, ABINGDON

Abingdon Farmers Market is producers only, meaning everything is grown or made in the region, so shoppers can speak directly with the farmers, bakers and artisans whose produce they’re purchasing. Much of the food at the 16-year-old market is organic and made with sustainable methods.

With a dozen flavors and scores of toppings, Frosty Parrot gives customers the choice to take a healthy approach, like a nonfat tart topped with fruit, or indulge in something a bit more decadent, like cake batter yogurt loaded with cookies and candy. The shop is a popular destination for Virginia Tech fundraising events.

SECOND PLACE: Historic Roanoke City Market

SECOND PLACE: Sweet Frog, Bristol

Can’t make it out to Abingdon to taste Wolf Hills brews? The honey cream ale and Troopers Alley IPA are available in can and keg between Roanoke and Knoxville. If you can get there, however, you’ll discover new beers like the chocolate milk stout and Bow Chicka Brown Ale, and events like Howler Hour, which draws acts such as J. Roddy Walston and the Business.

Abingdon Farmers’ Market

Frosty Parrot

AbingdonFarmersMarket.com, 276-698-1434

DowntownRoanoke.org, 540-342-2028

THIRD PLACE: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

BlacksburgFarmersMarket.com, 540-239-8290

Wolf Hills Brewery

TheFrostyParrot.com, 540-230-5264

WolfHillsBrewing.com, 276-451-5470

SweetFrogYogurt.com, 276-644-3764

SECOND PLACE: Parkway Brewing Company, Salem

ParkwayBrewing.com, 540-314-8234

THIRD PLACE: BTO Self-Serve Yogurt, Radford

Facebook.com/BTORadford, 540-731-4286

THIRD PLACE: Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Roanoke

SoaringRidge.com, 540-529-2140

BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE

CHRISTIANSBURG

2207 COLONIAL AVE. SW, ROANOKE

Open less than a year, Thai This might be new to the game, but it’s off to a promising start. Husband and wife owners Brian and Jang Lawson aim to bring authentic, “non-Americanized” Thai food to Southwest Virginia. The daily rotating menu includes a variety of coconut curries, papaya salad and pad Thai.

The Fresh Market in Roanoke is a go-to spot for specialty items that are tough to find elsewhere, particularly sauces and spices used in international dishes. The meats and produce at this location (the only one in the Roanoke Valley) get high marks, and customers are particularly fond of the prepared food section, including the fresh sushi.

DippersHomemadeIceCream.com, 276-956-6600

SECOND PLACE: Tinnell’s Finer Foods Inc., Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Pop’s Ice Cream, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Eats Natural Foods, Blacksburg

THIRD PLACE: The Ice Cream Stop, Abingdon

Thai This

food & drink

ThaiThisFoodTruck.com, 540-200-9266

SECOND PLACE: Bruno’s GastroTruck, Smith Mountain Lake

BrunosGastroTruck.com, 540-721-3028

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BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

The Fresh Market

THIRD PLACE: Noke Truck, Roanoke

NokeTruck.com, 540-226-0045

Dippers Ice Cream

TheFreshMarket.com, 540-344-5490

Tinnells.com, 540-345-7334

EatsNaturalFoods.com, 540-552-2279

4970 GREENSBORO ROAD, RIDGEWAY

Dippers’ Tracy Fox describes her business’ approach as “cream to cone:” Products at the two-year-old shop are sourced locally, ice cream is produced in small batches and flavorings are made in-house. Take the popular Southern pecan pie: pieces of made-from-scratch pecan pie and praline sauce are folded into the ice cream. Facebook.com/PopsIceCream, 540-345-2129 276-676-0447

FOOT LEVELERS BLUE RIDGE MARATHON It’s all uphill from here. Despite the name, the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke is most certainly not level—it’s largely vertical. (It’s in the mountains. What do you expect?) When it began in 2010, this 10K included just over 6,000 feet of elevation change throughout its course. Now, with last year’s addition of a second mountain, runners will face nearly 7,500 feet of upwards trail. We think that earns you a second helping of cheese slaw at 2nd Helpings cafe in downtown Roanoke. 2ndHelpings.org, BlueRidgeMarathon.com

2nd Helpings Cheese Slaw 1½ cups shredded Swiss cheese 1½ cups shredded mozzarella 1 cup shredded Parmesan ¼ cup banana peppers, sliced into rings ¼ cup scallions (including tops), chopped enough mayonnaise to bind ingredients Tabasco to taste Mix all ingredients. Serve cold with sliced Granny Smith apples or bagel chips. May also be served hot on baked potatoes or toasted bagels. Makes 8 4-ounce servings 2nd Helpings cheese slaw on a bed of greens and apples.

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food & drink BEST LOCALLY OWNED COFFEE SHOP

BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

380 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

1163 SPRUCE ST., MARTINSVILLE

With flavors like Tanzania Peaberry, Indian Monsoon and Ethiopian Harrar, Zazzy Z’z takes coffee connoisseurs on a trip around the world without ever leaving Abingdon. Beans from more than 10 countries are roasted on-site. Homemade frozen dinners to go include white lasagna, Tidewater crab cakes and beef Bourguignon.

Third Bay Café offers classic, low country Southern cuisine: Recent lunch specials have included a steak sandwich with thin-cut ribeye on Kaiser, and grilled or blackened salmon salad. After a major menu overhaul in the last year, the 7-year-old restaurant has shifted its focus towards seafood and enhancing the dinner menu.

SECOND PLACE: Binding Time Café, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: 2nd Helpings, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke

Zazzy Z’z

Zazzyz.com, 276-698-3333

Binding-Time.com, 276-656-3800

MillMountainCoffee.com, 540-989-5282

Third Bay Café

Facebook.com/ThirdBayCafe, 276-666-8414

2ndHelpings.org, 540-491-9409

Blue5Restaurant.com, 540-904-5338

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Captain Tom’s Seafood and Steak Restaurant 2615 GREENSBORO ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

CaptainTomsSeafood.com, 276-666-0326

“Smiles are a big thing with us,” says Captain Tom’s General Manager Rose Siler, who cites the friendly atmosphere as a big draw. Along with platters of trout, flounder, perch and shrimp, the restaurant has plenty to entice landlubbers. “I added a lot of different plates for the guest who is not in the mood for seafood,” says Siler. SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334 THIRD PLACE: Harbor Inn, Roanoke

HarborInnVa.com, 540-563-0001

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

BEST RESTAURANT

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

168 VILLAGE ST., EGGLESTON

Graze on Main

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334

SECOND PLACE: The Tavern, Abingdon

AbingdonTavern.com, 276-628-1118

THIRD PLACE: Fork in the Alley, Roanoke

ForkInTheAlley.com, 540-982-3675

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828

Though the Palisade’s vibe is a homey one (the building was once a general store), owner Shaena Muldoon serves up locally sourced, internationally inspired dishes with a sophisticated edge, like pear and havarti pizza and elk osso bucco. The dessert menu changes often, but fans of the flourless chocolate cake, fear not: The decadent dish is a mainstay.

BEST SPORTS BAR JJ’s Sports Bar

115 CHARWOOD DRIVE, ABINGDON

EatAtJJs.com, 276-525-4999

Whether your preferred game day includes the racetrack or the pigskin (or anything else), there’s a good chance that one of the TVs at JJ’s will be broadcasting your sport of choice. Popular dishes at the 2-year-old restaurant include fried oysters, shrimp, meatloaf and catfish.

SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

SECOND PLACE: Hugo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Martinsville

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334

HugosUptown.net, 276-632-3663

THIRD PLACE: Alexander’s, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings, Roanoke

AlexandersVa.com, 540-982-6983

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Diners have two alfresco options at Graze on Main: the Veranda at the front of the Bolling Wilson Hotel (where the restaurant is located) and the rooftop bar known as the Perch. The former offers a full menu; at the latter, diners can order drinks and hors d’oeuvres while taking in mountain views.

The Palisades Restaurant

BuffaloWildWings.com, 540-725-9464

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BEST PIZZERIA Bella’s

872 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

Facebook.com/BellasPizzaAndSubs, 276-628-8101

Thick, Western New York–style crust (not to be confused with the paper-thin New York style with which most people are familiar) lays the foundation for Bella’s pizzas, which can be customized in three sizes or selected from a specialty menu. The Absolute comes with a whopping 13 toppings, including anchovies, jalapenos, banana peppers and plenty of meat. SECOND PLACE: Elizabeth’s Pizza, Martinsville

276-632-1366

THIRD PLACE: New York Pizza, Vinton

NewYorkPizzaInc.Tripod.com, 540-342-2933

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Graze on Main

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334

Graze on Main serves brunch every Sunday; customers are particularly fond of the Scottish egg with sweet tomato jam and hollandaise. Don’t worry if you left your jacket at home: “We are upscale casual but not at all stuffy, and welcome customers in both business suits and blue jeans,” says general manager Brian Walker. SECOND PLACE: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828

THIRD PLACE: The River & Rail Restaurant, Roanoke

RiverAndRailRestaurant.com, 540-400-6830

Hokie House Blacksburg

Doesn’t every college town have a place where students go for sustenance, alums go to reminisce and faculty goes because it’s reasonable and convenient? Hokie House is that place. Virginia Techies of any stripe can go in dress-down duds in search of good food and good company, whether it’s after a rousing ball game or a leisurely bike ride. While Hokie House has been around for nearly 50 years, owners Oliver Marques and Brian Palmer (VT ’06) make sure the

menu reflects up-to-date tastes. Here, they share a Hokie favorite. HokieHouse.com

Watermelon Salsa ½ small watermelon 3 tomatoes, diced 1 cup jalapeños, sliced 1 cup onions, diced 4 ounces fresh lime juice “and a lot of love” Mix all ingredients well. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 8 cups

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food & drink BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT

BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

3940 VALLEY GATEWAY BLVD., ROANOKE

153 COLLEGE AVE., BLACKSBURG

Graze on Main hand cuts all its steaks inhouse. Customers can choose from an 8-ounce filet of beef tenderloin, a 12-ounce ribeye, and a 12-ounce New York strip. Often on weekends, there’s the option of a 16-ounce slow-roasted prime rib. Sides feature plenty of Southern staples, like grilled asparagus, braised collards and the loaded baked potato.

Got a big party of sushi lovers? Café Asia’s Love Boat offers up 52 assorted rolls and sashimi, nigiri and maki. Smaller platters are available for lunch and dinner, and for those who like their seafood cooked, there are always familiar flavors like General Tso’s and teriyaki.

Customers of the 41-year-old establishment know that no meat is no problem for Gillie’s, but the restaurant also has plenty of vegan options, like the tofu scramble with house barbecue sauce and potatoes. There are gluten-free options for those who skip wheat as well.

SECOND PLACE: Yamato, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Wildflour, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Frankie Rowland’s, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Wasabi’s, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Firefly Fare, Roanoke

Graze on Main

Cafe Asia

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334

FrankieRowlandsSteakhouse.com, 540-527-2333

Gillie’s

CafeAsiaVa.com, 540-206-2298

GoEatYamato.com, 276-638-8188

GilliesRestuarant.net, 540-961-2703

WildFlour4THST.com, 540-343-4543

WasabisRoanoke.com, 540-904-6254

FireflyFare.com, 540-206-2630

THIRD PLACE: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828

BEST WINE SHOP Vintage Cellar

1138 S. MAIN ST., BLACKSBURG

VintageCellar.com, 540-953-2675

food & drink

What began as a small seafood market in 1984 has grown into a beer and wine specialty store (sans seafood) that ships wines across the country. Bottles range in price from $2 to $300, and the store hosts tastings for Virginia Tech’s wine classes. For those whose interest in the vine lies outside the academic, each Saturday there are tastings for the public. SECOND PLACE: Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet, Abingdon

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KatbirdsWine.com, 276-623-0001

THIRD PLACE: Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar, Roanoke

MrBillsWineCellar.com, 540-400-7771

BEST WINERY

Chateau Morrisette Reeling in smallmouth bass on the New. Britt Stoudenmire, on right.

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Making a life, and a living, on the New. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we have a passion for if the river weren’t healthy,” says Britt Stoudenmire, one of the New’s top smallmouth and musky guides who, with his wife Leigh, owns and operates Pembroke-based New River Outdoor Co. “Our business goes beyond catching fish … if we’re going to work on the river and in the forest, we need to advocate for it, to set a good example.” Since opening their business in 2003—a full-service outfitter that provides guided fishing trips (spin or fly) as well as canoe, kayak and raft rentals and private, waterfront cabin rentals at their Walker Creek Retreat—the Stoudenmires have won several awards for their advocacy efforts, including the 2008 Peggy Wallace Vigilance Award from the National Committee for the New River. This is a couple that has made it their business to know this water. (“The New River has some of the biggest, baddest smallmouth in the country. We understand them and catch them,” they say on their website.) Britt, a VT grad, has boated nearly 1,200 citation smallmouth bass (20 inches or more) during the roughly 130 trips he has led each year (exclusively fishing for musky from late November to early March, and musky and smallmouth bass the rest of the season), employing a full team of experienced guides. “Seeing a big old smallmouth or musky come up out of the water,” says Britt, “never gets old to me.” ICanoeTheNew.com

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TheDogs.com, 540-593-2865

Chateau Morrisette sums up its ethos succinctly: “View. Wine. Food. Festivals.” The nearly 40-year-old winery produces 70,000 to 75,000 cases of favorites like Our Dog Blue and The Black Dog each year. Along with a restaurant, it also hosts events like the Black Dog Arts Festival and Black Dog Beach Music Festival. SECOND PLACE: West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery, Max Meadows

WestWindWine.com, 276-699-2020 THIRD PLACE: Abingdon Vineyard and Winery

AbingdonWinery.com, 276-623-1255

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU Lucky

18 KIRK AVE. SW, ROANOKE

EatAtLucky.com, 540-982-1249

Do you know That Guy From Richmond? At Lucky, he’s a mix of Rittenhouse Rye 100, Fernet Branca, sugar, house maraschino, Lucky espresso bitters and flamed orange. Many of the drinks have inspired monikers, including the Pama Lee (with vodka and pomegranate) and the Benny Hill (with gin and English cucumber). SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2334 THIRD PLACE: Rain, Abingdon

RainAbingdon.com, 276-739-2331

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shopping & services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

1079 SPRUCE ST. SUITE B, MARTINSVILLE

1741 SPRUCE ST., MARTINSVILLE

4873 VALLEY VIEW BLVD. NW, ROANOKE

Jim Sells and Robert Hogg have been crunching numbers for small businesses and individuals in Martinsville for half a century. Together with their firm, they assist clients with accounting (such as bookkeeping and tax prep), auditing and consulting (including estate planning and business valuations), among other financial services.

“We try to give customers a really good job at a fair price,” says the team at Pro Automotive. The 30-year-old shop offers everything but body work in terms of car upkeep; it provides oil changes, state inspections and air conditioner service on all makes and models, as well as repairs both major and minor.

Fashion conscious brides will find familiar names at David’s: Vera Wang, Oleg Cassini and Zac Posen, all of whom, along with other top designers, have bridal lines with the chain. David’s also color coordinates bridal wear with Men’s Warehouse, so the entire wedding party can look its best.

SECOND PLACE: Don’s Garage, Abingdon

276-628-6869

SECOND PLACE: Chantilly Lace, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Spiegler Blevins & Company, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Sage Automotive, Pembroke

Facebook.com/SageAutomotive, 540-626-7828

THIRD PLACE: AmRheins, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Albano & Associates, Marion

BEST BOOK STORE

BEST CAR DEALER

4478 ELECTRIC ROAD SW, ROANOKE

201 COMMONWEALTH BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

Barnes & Noble at Tanglewood Mall works hard to engage with the local community. The bookseller partners with the Roanoke Reading Council for a book drive at Christmas (donated books are distributed throughout the Roanoke Valley), and hosts in-store book fair fundraisers for local schools.

The family-owned and operated Nelson Automotive Group provides those in the market for new wheels with 11 different brands, including Ford, Honda, Cadillac, Scion and Subaru, as well as a state of the art collision center and car rental facility.

Sells Hogg and Associates SHACPAs.com, 276-638-3904

S-BCPAs.com, 276-628-8700

Pro Automotive 276-666-2167

David’s Bridal

DavidsBridal.com, 540-563-5800

ChantillyLaceBridals.com, 540-951-5361 AmhreinsBrides.com, 540-989-7100

AlbanoCPA.com, 276-783-7257

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE Allegiant Air

5202 AVIATION DRIVE NW, ROANOKE

Chartering with Allegiant is air travel luxe: after selecting a plane from its fleet (which includes MD80, B757, A319s and A320s, all subject to availability), the team will help you customize your experience by coordinating travel plans, catering and even arranging inflight entertainment. SECOND PLACE: Landmark Aviation, Roanoke

LandmarkAviation.com, 540-563-4401

BarnesAndNoble.com, 540-776-2960

Nelson Automotive Group AutosByNelson.com, 877-275-6357

SECOND PLACE: Too Many Books, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Duncan Automotive Group, Christiansburg

TooManyBooksRoanoke.com, 540-985-6469

DuncanAuto.net, 540-381-3200

THIRD PLACE: Chapters Bookshop, Galax

THIRD PLACE: Shelor Motor Mile, Christiansburg

ChaptersBookshop.com, 276-236-9703

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AllegiantAir.com, 540-362-1999

Barnes & Noble

Shelor.com, 540-382-2981

shopping & services

BEST ANTIQUES

Green Living Resale 1320 C S. MEMORIAL BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

GreenLivingResale.com, 276-632-2451

Looking to spruce up the antique bookcase or dresser you picked up at Green Living Resale? It hosts classes that teach students how to paint, distress and create crackle finishes on furniture. The three-year-old estate and consignment store sells furniture new and antique, as well as specialty items and home décor. SECOND PLACE: Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke

BlackDogSalvage.com, 540-343-6200

THIRD PLACE: Past Time Antique Emporium, Marion

Facebook.com/PastTimeEmporium, 276-378-0521

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM

Peyton Boyd Architect PC 212 MASON PLACE, ABINGDON

PeytonBoyd.com, 276-628-2713

Peyton Boyd Architect has been designing and building in and around Southwest Virginia for a quarter century, with a strong client base in the arts. Along with the Birthplace of Country Music museum, which opened in August, the firm has worked on projects with the William King Museum and the Barter Theatre. SECOND PLACE: Spectrum Design, Roanoke

SpectrumPC.com, 540-342-6001

THIRD PLACE: Hill Studio, Roanoke

HillStudio.com, 540-342-5263

Students at the Racing College of Virginia, part of Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, get hands-on experience working as pit crew in NASCAR races. RacingCollege.com

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BEST DAY SPA

10 E. CHURCH ST. SUITE K, MARTINSVILLE

150 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

Sleep, Love, Play specializes in clothing, toys, accessories, registries and gifts for the smallest of the wee ones: babies and toddlers. Entering its second year, the business sells both everyday and special occasion clothing for its diminutive clientele, and may soon venture into providing music classes for children and parents.

Spa services at the Martha Washington Inn and Spa indulge from teeth to toe; along with manicures and pedicures, the full service spa offers teeth-whitening treatments. Body treatments include hydrating body masks and aromatherapy soaks, deep tissue and reflexology massages and a full menu of facials.

SECOND PLACE: Sprout Consignment, Abingdon

SECOND PLACE: Reflections Day Spa, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Once Upon a Child, Christiansburg

THIRD PLACE: Village Spa, Collinsville

BEST CONTRACTOR

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

1701 S. MAIN ST., BLACKSBURG

407 STARLING AVE., MARTINSVILLE

“High quality building services to our clients, both on time and at a fair price,” is the mission of Ewing Building and Remodeling, which has been designing, building and remodeling homes in and around the New River Valley for 20 years. Along with interiors like kitchens and bathrooms, the company also does decks and patios.

Martinsville Smiles provides both dental and cosmetic care. Crowns, bridges, extractions and preventative care keep your mouth healthy, while veneers and teeth whitening, including ZOOM! Whitening, a chairside procedure involving low intensity light that produces noticeable results within an hour, keep it beautiful.

SECOND PLACE: Frith Construction, Ridgeway

SECOND PLACE: Brown Dental Associates, P.C., Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Lucas Homebuilders, Newport

THIRD PLACE: James K. Muehleck, DDS, Martinsville

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE

817 DAVIS ST., BLACKSBURG

3706 S. MAIN ST. SUITE B, BLACKSBURG

Dr. Grubbs’ specialties include both non-invasive and more traditional cosmetic procedures. Along with face and neck lifts, eyelid surgery, Botox and fillers (and on-site aesthetics like permanent makeup and skin peels), Dr. Grubbs also performs tummy tucks, liposuction and body and extremity lifts.

Skin diseases like rashes, rosacea and warts are never fun, but the team at New River Dermatology can make treating them a little more comfortable. The practice, which opened in 2011, has a staff of four, including two dermatologists and two nurse practitioners who treat everything from acne to psoriasis.

SECOND PLACE: Alouf Aesthetics, Salem

SECOND PLACE: Dr. Judith M. Szulecki, Martinsville

Sleep, Love, Play

SleepLovePlay.com, 276-632-1669

Facebook.com/SproutConsignment, 276-206-8941 OnceUponAChildRoanoke.com, 540-382-5045

Ewing Building & Remodeling

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EwingBuilding.com, 540-951-0544

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FrithConstruction.com, 276-632-7241 540-599-1056

There’s tradition, and then there’s tradition. Golf is a game full of rituals and customs set in place long ago, but today pros and duffers alike have embraced modern technology, using computer-modeled aerodynamic clubs made of titanium, graphite and other composite space-age materials. The Virginia Hickory Golf Association (VHGA), in contrast, aims to preserve tradition Hickory golfers by using only clubs don period with hickory shafts clothing and take to the green. and dressing in the style of the early 1900s—think baggy plus twos tucked into knee-high argyle socks. Founded in 2012, the VHGA has about 30 active members and is one of roughly 20 hickory associations in the U.S. Members attest that the use of hickory clubs can bring back the “feel” that vanished from the modern incarnation of the sport. Since many classic courses were built with the golf technology of the time in mind, new developments in club design have irrevocably changed the playing experience. For those who take up the wood in favor of the steel (or titanium, or graphite), hickory golf is a step back into the rich history of the game (no time machine needed). VirginiaHickoryGolf.com

Philip E. Grubbs, M.D., F.A.C.S., PhilipGrubs.com, 540-951-8885

AloufAesthetics.com, 540-375-9070

THIRD PLACE: Roger E. Emory, M.D., F.A.C.S, Abingdon

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TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

Facebook.com/ReflectionsDaySpa, 276-632-2222 VillageSpa.net, 276-647-1680

Martinsville Smiles

MartinsvilleSmiles.com, 276-632-9266

BrownDentalAssociates.com, 276-628-9507 276-632-6219

River Ridge Dermatology

RiverRidgeDerm.com, 540-951-3376

276-632-6496

THIRD PLACE: New River Dermatology, Blacksburg

PLSurgery.com, 276-623-4500

NewRiverDermatology.com, 540-953-2210

BEST CYCLE SHOP

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM

3224 BRAMBLETON AVE., ROANOKE

143 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

The goal of East Coasters is to get “more people on bikes more often,” and its inventory reflects that, with cruisers, commuters, mountain bikes, hybrids and children’s bikes for sale on the floor. The shop, which has been at its Roanoke location for over 20 years, also offers repair services and the option to build your own custom set of wheels.

The Abingdon branch of Cary Street Partners (the company was founded in Richmond in 2002) offers wealth management and financial planning to both individuals and corporations, with a special division dedicated to investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and restructuring, and capital raising, among other services.

SECOND PLACE: Cardinal Bicycle, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Edward Jones, Wytheville

THIRD PLACE: Starlight Bicycles, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Evans Financial Services, Marion

East Coasters Bike Shop EastCoasters.com, 540-774-7933

CardinalBicyle.com, 540-344-2453

StarlightBikes.com, 540-400-6684

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CaryStreetPartners.com, 276-628-2814

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shopping & services BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE

3545 ELECTRIC ROAD, ROANOKE

228 RIVERVIEW LANE, EGGLESTON

1320 C S. MEMORIAL BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Stephen Webster: A-list jewelry designers are at home at Fink’s, where shoppers will also find an impressive selection of timepieces, including Cartier and Rolex. The family-owned and -operated establishment operates stores throughout Virginia and North Carolina, and produces in-house original jewelry designs as well.

Over the last 33 years, Hill-Thomas Builders has constructed more than 200 homes; and with each new lodging, it aims to work with the homeowner to make it as personal and unique as possible. Hill-Thomas also offers remodeling, modular homes and small commercial construction services.

Attention vintage lovers: all of the tables, dressers, chairs and tchotchkes at Green Living Resale are either sold on consignment or handpicked by the team from auctions and estate sales. This means its stock reflects the shop’s singular vintage style. Check out its blog for tips on how to “upcycle” items of your own.

SECOND PLACE: Shelter Alternatives, Inc., Blacksburg

ShelterAlternatives.com, 540-951-0358

SECOND PLACE: Cranberry Lane, Bristol

SECOND PLACE: Goodman Jewelers of Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Ewing Building & Remodeling, Blacksburg

THIRD PLACE: Home & Wall Décor, Martinsville

BEST HOSPITAL

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

1906 BELLEVIEW AVE. SE, ROANOKE

300 CARLISLE ROAD, AXTON

In 1899, Carilion Roanoke Memorial was a 30-bed facility; today, that number has grown by 673, with an additional 60 beds in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, making it one of the state’s largest hospitals. The facility also includes a Level I trauma center, and a pediatric hospital with emergency room.

Carlisle School enrolls nearly 500 students in grades preschool though 12, offering AP, dual enrollment and honors classes, as well as an engineering program with the New College Institute and dozens of varsity and JV sports for middle and upper school students. The school also has an elementary branch in Danville.

Fink’s Jewelers

Finks.com, 540-342-2991

GoodmanJewelers.biz, 276-676-3110

THIRD PLACE: Kent Jewelers, Blacksburg

Hill Thomas Builders Hill-Thomas.com, 540-921-0002

EwingCabinet.com, 540-951-0544

Green Living Resale

GreenLivingResale.com, 276-632-2451

CranberryLaneHome.com, 226-669-9899 HomeAndWallDecor.com, 276-632-9276

KentJewels.com, 540-552-3241

BEST FLORIST

Simply the Best 105 BROAD ST., MARTINSVILLE

Take a trip to Simply the Best during its annual Christmas open house, held in November, to find seasonal plants like poinsettias and Douglas firs decked in sparkling ornaments, gilded pinecones and more. It’s a highlight of the season, but the 14-year-old business also creates arrangements for all occasions year-round.

CarilionClinic.org, 800-422-8482

Carlisle School

CarlisleSchool.org, 276-632-7288

SECOND PLACE: Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon

MSHA.com, 276-258-1000

SECOND PLACE: Community School, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: George’s Flowers, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: North Cross School, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Petals of Wytheville, Wytheville

GeorgeFlowers.com, 540-981-0900

PetalsOfWytheville.com, 276-227-0031

Provisions Shoppe 170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

Located inside the newly renovated Edith Bolling Wilson Hotel, the Provisions Shoppe carries goodies galore crafted by local artists. Items include woodworks, lotions, tins and frames, as well as plenty of objects with the hotel logo for anyone hoping to take home memorabilia from their stay in the historic hotel.

CommunitySchool.net, 540-563-5036 NorthCross.org, 540-989-6641

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BEST GIFT SHOP

MartinsvilleHospital.com, 276-666-7200

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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Isn’t She Lovely? The judges at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show certainly thought so when they named the 4-yearold Dachsund from Dublin Best of Variety. NewRiverValleyKennelClub.org

SECOND PLACE: Janice Cain Stationery, Martinsville

JaniceCainStationery.com, 276-638-3282

THIRD PLACE: Uncommonly Gifted, Blacksburg

UncommonlyGifted.com, 540-951-1818

BEST HAIR SALON

Reflections Day Spa 730 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

Facebook.com/ReflectionsDaySpa, 276-632-2222

What do nine hairdressers, four nail technicians, two estheticians, two massage therapists, three spa coordinators and one ocean therapist add up to? Some seriously polished clients at Reflections Day Spa. The full service salon offers cuts, colors, primes and Brazilian blowouts for those looking to channel their inner Gisele. SECOND PLACE: Meredith’s Salon, Christiansburg

MeredithsSalon.com, 540-381-3050

THIRD PLACE: Rock/Paper Beauty Lounge, Roanoke

RockPaperBeautyLounge.com, 540-266-7914

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE

PO BOX 20072, ROANOKE

412 S. JEFFERSON ST., ROANOKE

25 CLEVELAND AVE. SUITE E, MARTINSVILLE

Though its work runs the gamut from sleek boutiques to cute bakeries, the majority of CIRCLE Design Studio’s work is high end residential. Led by husband and wife duo Theresa and John Dorlini, the firm eschews playing to a type when it comes to design, preferring instead to “never [have] a project that looks the same as the next.”

Sharply dressed men are hardly a rare site in Roanoke—Davidson’s has been dressing them for more than a century. The haberdasher specializes in custom clothing, and carries readyto-wear clothing by designers including Michael Kors, Hickey Freeman and Southern Tide.

Feel like you’re too old for traditional braces? Jones & DeShon Orthodontics is well versed in Invisalign scanning for those seeking a more inconspicuous way to straighten their smile. If you’re unsure as to which route you want to take, Drs. Jones and DeShon and staff offer free consultations.

SECOND PLACE: Lou Harris Inc., Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Draper & Ferrell, Martinsville

CIRCLE Design Studio

Davidson’s

CircleDesignStudio.com, 540-245-0269

LouHarrisInteriors.com, 276-632-1881

Davidsons-Clothing.com, 540-343-3734

SECOND PLACE: Kegley & Co., Abingdon

276-628-1108

DFClothiers.com, 276-638-3985

412 S. JEFFERSON ST., ROANOKE

Berry Home Centers

JacksBarberShop.net, 540-344-5225

1090 OLE BERRY DRIVE, ABINGDON

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BerryHomeCenter.com, 276-623- 2600

Not sure if you want to design your kitchen yourself, or put the process in the hands of a professional? Along with designing homes and kitchens, Berry Home Center operates a lumberyard and sells building materials. It will help you figure out the materials you’ll need for the project, and will even review your plans and help make improvements, free of charge. SECOND PLACE: Ewing Cabinet Company, Blacksburg

EwingCabinet.com, 540-951-0544

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BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

DavidJonesOrthodontics.com, 276-638-8888

SECOND PLACE: Snyder Orthodontics, Martinsville

DoctorSnyder.com, 276-632-4144

THIRD PLACE: McCorkle & Jones Orthodontics, Roanoke

McCorkleOrtho.com, 540-563-1640

THIRD PLACE: Designs by Duncan, LLC, Blacksburg

DesignsByDuncan.com, 540-357-2121

Jones & DeShon Orthodontics

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER Tangent Outfitters

201 CASCADE DRIVE, PEMBROKE

Dapper gents looking for the undercuts and pompadours currently en vogue will find a full staff of barbers at Jacks ready to cater to their needs. The full service grooming center also offers foot treatments, “manscaping” and straight razor shaves and trims. Jacks will even deliver your clothes to the dry cleaner free of charge.

TangentOutfitters.com, 540-626-4567

SECOND PLACE: Meredith’s Salon, Christiansburg

SECOND PLACE: Walkabout Outfitter, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Just for Men Barber Shop, Marion

THIRD PLACE: Mountain Sports Ltd., Bristol

MeredithsSalon.com, 540-381-3050

JustForMenBarbershop.net, 276-378-0169

THIRD PLACE: Carter’s Cabinet Shop of Roanoke, Inc.

Tangent takes care of every detail of an outdoor excursion: Along with top notch guide services on the New River, it sells outdoor clothing and gear for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking. It can lead float trips for up to 60, which includes an island stop for lunch. WalkaboutOutfitter.com, 540-777-2727

MountainSportsLTD.com, 276-466-8988

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

CartersCabinetShop.com, 540-362-0228

Physicians to Children

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

21 HIGHLAND AVE. SUITE 100, ROANOKE

PhysiciansToChildren.com, 540-344-9213

Hendricks Lawncare & Landscape

Physicians to Children has been treating tykes in the Roanoke Valley for more than 50 years. The practice has a dozen doctors, as well as a satellite office in Hardy. It aims to take care of its young charges in as timely a fashion as possible, and helps to speed the process by providing necessary forms on its website so parents can fill them out at home.

931 N. MEMORIAL BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

276-806-8477

Hendrick’s is the only landscaper in the area to offer mosquito control. The 6-year-old company offers full lawncare and landscaping services, including turf care (fertilization, weed control), mowing, mulching and designing and installing hardscapes and plans.

SECOND PLACE: Children’s Medical Center, Martinsville

CMCPeds.com, 276-632-9714

SECOND PLACE: Valley Landscaping, Christiansburg

ValleyLandscapingVa.com, 540-382-6710

THIRD PLACE: Litton Landscaping LLC, Wytheville

LittonLandscapes.com, 276-620-3976

BEST LAW FIRM

Charles Aaron PLC 900 S. MEMORIAL BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

CharlesAaronLaw.com, 276-638-3866

Charles Aaron has been practicing law for more than a quarter century, specializing in personal injury, criminal defense and traffic violations. He was rated among the top 10 in client satisfaction by the Personal Injury Institute of America, and is recognized by Legal Leaders for personal injury law. SECOND PLACE: Gardner, Barrow and Sharp, Martinsville

GGBSLawFirm.com, 276-638-2455

THIRD PLACE: Penn Stuart, Abingdon

PennStuart.com, 276-628-5151

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VALLEY VOLLEY Game, set and match in Roanoke. For more than a decade, the Roanoke region’s top tennis tourney, the USTAsanctioned Roanoke Valley Invitational Tennis Tournament, has attracted players from far and wide; upwards of 100 each year. The event, hosted by the Roanoke Valley Tennis Association, took home the title of USTA MidAtlantic Tournament of the Year in 2006. The tournament is open to all USTA members, and divisions range from under-10 to men’s and women’s opens, which typically award more than $1,000 in prize money. June 19-21 at Hollins University. RoanokeTennis.org

THIRD PLACE: Martinsville Pediatrics

276-666-7545

BEST PET BOARDING

VCA Highlands Animal Hospital 25011 LEE HIGHWAY, ABINGDON

VCAHighlandsVa.com, 276-628-4115

VCA Highlands Animal Hospital offers boarding for dogs, cats and birds, including extended stay options and doggy day care. Schedule customized daily workout plans for pups, and treat your pet to grooming, including an optional spa package for canines. On the menu are one-onone playtime, treats like doggy ice cream, a massage, mani-pedi and even a mudbath. SECOND PLACE: Heartstrings Pet Lodging, Blacksburg

HeartstringsPetLodging.com, 540-552-3971 THIRD PLACE: Doe Creek Kennels, Pembroke

DoeCreekKennels.com, 540-293-4521

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BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

1360 MAPLE AVE. SW, ROANOKE

4802 VALLEY VIEW BLVD. NW, ROANOKE

Kevin Hurley became a full time photographer in 1996, and since then has been shooting family portraits, senior photos and weddings out of a historic home in Roanoke. Choose from having photos taken inside the studio with professional lighting, the studio’s backyard Portrait Park, or offsite for an additional fee.

Valley View Mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants, many of which, like H&M, Hollister and Ulta, can’t be found elsewhere in the immediate area. In 2014, the nearly 9,000-square-foot mall added Journeys Kidz, Flip Flop Shops and Versona to its retail roster.

SECOND PLACE: Brett Winter Lemon Photography, Roanoke

ShopNewRiverValleyMall.com, 540-381-0004

Kevin Hurley Photography KevinHurleyPhotography.com, 540-345-3055

BrettWinterLemon.com, 540-529-3876 THIRD PLACE: Jeff Greenough, Christiansburg

JeffHeartsWeddings.com, 434-218-3754

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP Therapy Direct

301 LAVINDER ST., MARTINSVILLE

Facebook.com/TherapyDirect, 276-632-5281

SECOND PLACE: University Physical Therapy, Pearisburg

UniversityPTOnline.com, 540-921-5200

THIRD PLACE: Lucas Therapies, Roanoke

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM Rives S. Brown

324 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

RivesSBrown.com, 276-632-3463

The firm of Rives S. Brown has nearly 90 years under its belt, making it the oldest real estate operation in Martinsville-Henry County. “We’ve been part of the fabric of the community for that long,” says Rives Brown Coleman, greatgrandson of the company’s founder. SECOND PLACE: The Spencer Group Real Estate & Auctions, Inc., Martinsville

SpencerGroupRealEstate.com, 276-638-5222 THIRD PLACE: Southern Virginia Properties, Martinsville

SouthernVirginiaProperties.com, 276-666-4663

BEST SHOE STORE

The Cobbler’s Wife 5207 D. BERNARD DRIVE, ROANOKE

CobblersWife.com, 540-400-6589

The Cobbler’s Wife sells footwear for women and children. For ladies, brands include Hush Puppies, Birkenstock and Naturalista; for children, Sperry, Stride Rite and Hanna Andersson. The shop measures each client carefully, and also carries wide and extra wide children’s sizes. SECOND PLACE: Yarid’s Best Shoe Store, Roanoke

Yarids.com, 540-266-7750

THIRD PLACE: Southern Shoe Connection, Abingdon

276-698-3188

SECOND PLACE: New River Valley Mall, Christiansburg THIRD PLACE: Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke

ShopTanglewood.com, 540-989-4388

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE Dunham’s Sports

240 COMMONWEALTH BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

DunhamSports.com, 276-670-2046

Dunham’s is a new addition to the southern Virginia sporting landscape, having opened locations in Martinsville and Danville in November of last year. The store has an expanded hunting department and a Fairway Center golf shop, as well as equipment and apparel from Nike and Under Armour, among others. SECOND PLACE: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Roanoke

DicksSportingGoods.com, 540-265-0861

THIRD PLACE: Sportsman’s Warehouse, Roanoke

SportsmansWarehouse.com, 540-366-9700

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

VCA Highlands Animal Hospital 25011 LEE HIGHWAY, ABINGDON

VCAHighlandsVa.com, 276-628-4115

Pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, reptiles: The patients at VCA Highlands range from the warm and fuzzy to the (still loveable) cold and scaly. Primary care treatments include general surgery, geriatric medicine, dentistry, house calls and health exams; advanced care includes cardiology and chemotherapy. At the Preventative Care Clinic, vaccines are half price with a paid exam. SECOND PLACE: Kings Mountain Animal Clinic, Collinsville

KingsMountainAC.com, 276-647-3714

THIRD PLACE: Roanoke Animal Hospital

RoanokeAnimalHospital.beyondindigopets.com, 540-343-8021

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE Serendipity Boutique 705 STATE ST., BRISTOL

ShopSerendipity.com, 276-644-9695

After spending years in the fashion industry, Sarah Jane Hull decided to bring the big city look back to Bristol and, in 2007, Serendipity was born. Now, the store has two locations (with more on the horizon) and a sister store, Be. Ella Boutique, that opened last year and caters to sizes 10-24. SECOND PLACE: Pieces, Martinsville

PiecesFashion.com, 276-806-7469

THIRD PLACE: La De Da, Inc., Roanoke

Fired Up! The 26th annual Subway Commonwealth Games. On July 17, more than 2,000 athletes representing 60 individual and team sports from all over the state—baseball and rugby players, roller skaters, archers, bowlers, figure skaters, beach volleyball players, strongmen and more—will march onto LewisGale Field, home of the Salem Red Sox, for opening Track and field ceremonies in the is one of the 26th annual Subway games’ more than 60 events. Commonwealth Games of Virginia. It takes a small army of more than 1,200 volunteers to put on the Olympic-style series of events taking place July 17-19 that see nearly 10,000 athletes competing at venues in and around Roanoke. Pete Lampman, president since 1992 of Roanoke-based Virginia Amateur Sports, Inc., host of what is undeniably Virginia’s biggest amateur sporting event, estimates the statewide economic impact of the games at more than $3.5 million. But the most important part of the event, says Lampman, is getting people of all ages and levels to improve their wellness and fitness. The gold medals are a bonus. For a complete list of events, go to CommonwealthGames.org

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ValleyViewMall.com, 540-563-4440

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The Georges is a charming, small-town escape in Lexington, Virginia, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our boutique inn offers casually luxurious guest rooms and suites, delicious food made with regional ingredients, and traditional Virginia hospitality— all in an environment that carries the history of the last few centuries, but with every modern amenity of today.

We are honored to be voted “Best ofVirginia” byVirginia Living readers in our first year! 540.463.2500 | THEGEORGES.COM

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

Deck the Halls by Project Horizon 120 VARNER LANE, LEXINGTON

ProjectHorizon.org, 540-463-7861

The highlight of the annual Deck the Halls fundraiser and gala, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and featuring dinner, dancing and live music, is the live auction. All proceeds from the 15-year-old event benefit victims of domestic violence. SECOND PLACE: VA Momentum—Valley 4th RUN, Harrisonburg

VaMomentum.com, 757-478-0495 THIRD PLACE: Explore More Discovery Museum—A Night at the Museum, Harrisonburg

IExploreMore.com, 540-442-8900

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Art in the Park GYPSY HILL PARK, STAUNTON

SAArtCenter.org, 540-885-2028

Over its 48 years, Art in the Park has grown into a two-day event held every Memorial Day weekend, featuring live music, food, an art activity area and a children’s area. There’s even prize money on the table for competing artists who apply to display their wares. SECOND PLACE: Virginia Fall Foliage Festival, Waynesboro

SVACArt.com, 540-949-7662

THIRD PLACE: First Fridays Downtown, Harrisonburg

BEST CHARITY

Project Horizon 120 VARNER LANE, LEXINGTON

ProjectHorizon.org, 540-463-7861

The mission of Project Horizon is to reduce dating, domestic and sexual violence in the Shenandoah Valley through services, including a crisis hotline, counseling and legal aid. Volunteer program, A Common Thread, sees volunteer weavers teaching survivors of domestic violence how to create items for their new homes. SECOND PLACE: United Way, Harrisonburg

UWHR.org, 504-434-6639

THIRD PLACE: Valley Mission, Staunton

ValleyMission.net, 540-886-4673

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL Maple Festival

P.O. BOX 223, MONTEREY

HighlandCounty.org, 540-468-2250

The festival name may be self-explanatory, but the dishes awaiting visitors to the Maple Festival are anything but predictable: maple donuts, maple-glazed chicken and maple-grilled pork tenderloin make maple the star of the show. Heritage music completes the event.

THE BIG PICTURE Virginia’s hot air balloon festivals. Some people will do anything for a great view. And at Virginia’s hot air balloon festivals, there is none better. Mass ascensions of the marvelous floating machines create pinpoints of color in a bluebird sky and the view looking down reveals a fascinating patchwork of town and country. Lexington Sunrise Rotary Balloon Rally, Lexington July 2-5 The afternoon of July 3 will see the first of six planned hot air balloon launches during the 19th annual rally at the VMI parade grounds. Tethered balloon rides ($20 adults, $7 kids), individual rides over the Shenandoah Valley ($220 per person), and a balloon “glow” at dusk, when balloons are inflated and lit from within, creating a dramatic panorama in the sky. Plus, vendors, live music and fireworks. 540-460-7606, SunriseRotaryLexVa.org Virginia Lake Festival, Clarksville July 16-18 For more than 20, years the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce has hosted Lakefest at Buggs Island Lake, including its popular balloon rally. Free tethered balloon rides for kids 12 and under, balloon shows Saturday and Sunday morning at dawn and Saturday evening, arts and crafts, live entertainment, music and dancing. 434-374-2436, ClarksvilleVa.com/Festivals-Celebrations/Virginia-Lake-Festival

RocktownFestival.com, 540-432-8922

Flying Circus Airshow & Hot Air Balloon Festival, Bealeton Aug. 15-16 On Sundays from May through October, the Flying Circus Aerodrome hosts airshows featuring parachute jumpers, wingwalkers, flyovers from vintage biplanes, and in August, the second oldest balloon rally in the U.S. In its 45th year, more than a dozen balloons converge at the airfield for two days of morning and evening hot air balloon launches ($200-$250 per person). One-day admission is $15 for adults, $7 for children 5 and older. 540-439-8661, FlyingCircusAirshow.com

THIRD PLACE: Harrisonburg International Festival, Harrisonburg

Note: Balloon flight times are dependent on weather conditions

SECOND PLACE: Rocktown Beer and Music Festival, Harrisonburg

arts, culture & entertainment

ValleyArts.org, 540-801-8779

Harrisonburg-International-Festival.org, 540-434-0059

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arts, culture & entertainment BEST HISTORIC MUSEUM

BEST MUSEUM

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

1290 RICHMOND ROAD, STAUNTON

150 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

10 S. MARKET ST., STAUNTON

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, settlers from England, Ireland, Germany and West Africa—some voluntarily, some as captives— came to Virginia to build new lives. The Frontier Culture Museum explores what it was like to be one of those pioneers through exhibits, reenactments, lectures and workshops.

Experiential learning is the name of the game—or, more accurately, games—at the Explore More Discovery Museum, which offers hands-on learning experiences for children ages 1 through 12. A TV studio exhibit allows students to track weather in front of a green screen, and in the Super Service Center, children can service a kid-sized car.

The American Shakespeare Center’s usual authentic presentation of Elizabethan material has a special twist during the 2015 season. Called the actor’s renaissance season, each production eschews directors, designers and group rehearsals in favor of actors crafting their own props and costumes, often without knowledge of the full script beyond their own parts.

SECOND PLACE: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Rockbridge Ballet, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

ShenanArts.org, 540-712-0001

Frontier Culture Museum FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

SECOND PLACE: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton

WoodrowWilson.org, 540-885-0897 THIRD PLACE: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

TheMSV.org, 888-556-5799

Zeus Digital Theaters 120 OSAGE LANE, WAYNESBORO

ZeusTheaters.com, 540-416-0536

Zeus takes the phrase, “sit back, relax and enjoy the show” to heart: Each of its eight screens has stadium seating with leather high-backed rocking chairs. The theater plays first-run Hollywood flicks—check its Facebook page weekly for the upcoming lineup. SECOND PLACE: Visualite Cinema, Staunton

VisualiteCinemas.com, 540-885-9959

Drafthouse.com/Winchester, 540-313-4060

AmericanShakespeareCenter.com, 540-851-1733

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

TheMSV.org, 888-556-5799

RockbridgeBallet.org, 540-463-3436 THIRD PLACE: ShenanArts, Staunton

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

BEST MUSIC VENUE

Merry Go Round Farm

Clementine Café

3730 LLAMA DRIVE, COVINGTON

153 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

804-339-3434

ClementineCafe.com, 540-801-8881

Diners at the Clementine Café should save room for a show. Local and regional acts in a host of genres (think jazz-fusion, indie folk and rockabilly) take to the stage Wednesday through Saturday nights. Spirits stay up with libations from Ruby’s, the cafe’s late-night bar.

Merry Go Round, with its mountain vistas, formal gardens and period log cabin, began hosting weddings and special events three years ago. The converted barn is equipped with a dance floor and A/V system. New are recently constructed changing areas.

SECOND PLACE: Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton

LimeKilnTheater.org, 540-463-7088

StonewallJacksonHotel.com, 540-885-4848

THIRD PLACE: Bright Box Theater, Winchester

THIRD PLACE: Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington

BrightBoxWinchester.com, 540-665-2878

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THIRD PLACE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Winchester

IExploreMore.com, 540-442-8900

American Shakespeare Center

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Explore More Discovery Museum

LimeKilnTheater.org, 540-463-7088

ON THE FLY Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival. Last April marked the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival’s 15th anniversary, and the annual gathering of fly fishing enthusiasts shows no signs of slowing down. This year, the fly fishing faithful gathered on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro. Between workshops and lectures led by some of the sport’s biggest stars, there was food, music from John Denver’s Banjo Man Band and Mike Kelly and, of course, samples from wineries across the state. VaFlyFishingFestival.org

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living & recreation BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST GOLF COURSE

10 S. MARKET ST., STAUNTON

13630 LORD FAIRFAX HIGHWAY, BOYCE

141 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD, LEXINGTON

What sets the American Shakespeare Center apart from other performing arts companies— along with having the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse—are the kind of productions it stages. Renaissance and Restoration-era plays such as the 2015 season’s The Rover and Mother Bombie are rarely produced for modern audiences elsewhere.

From the décor in its 11 rooms and suites, to the crêpes, croissants and breads on the menu (and, of course, the wine list), everything at L’Auberge Provençale takes its inspiration from that storied region of France. Still, the B&B has a decidedly American history: George Washington and his brother-in-law were once trustees of the house.

Lexington Golf Course features two ninehole loops in a layout that measures from 4,845 to 6,500 yards. Most of the fairways on the 200-acre course are narrow. Pros looking for a challenge will want to go for the goal on hole 18, the most challenging of the course.

SECOND PLACE: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Skyline Drive, Luray

THIRD PLACE: Frederick House, Staunton

American Shakespeare Center

AmericanShakespeareCenter.com, 540-851-1733

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850 NPS.gov/Shen, 540-999-3500

L’Auberge Provençale

LAubergeProvencale.com, 540-837-1375

JoshuaWilton.com, 540-434-4464

FrederickHouse.com, 540-885-4220

Lexington Golf & Country Club LexingtonGolfAndCountryClub.com, 540-463-4141

SECOND PLACE: Lakeview Golf Club, Harrisonburg

LakeviewGolf.net, 540-434-8937

HeritageOaksGolf.com, 540-442-6502

BEST GYM

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA 708 N. COALTER ST., STAUNTON

SAYMCA.org, 540-885-8089

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At the YMCA, wellness seekers can choose the right fit for getting fit. Yoga, Pilates and cycling classes are available for those who prefer to go solo, and basketball, tennis and racquetball courts for those who work better in teams. With the AWAY program, members can get in free or at a reduced rate at participating out-of-town Ys. SECOND PLACE: RMH Wellness Center, Harrisonburg

RMHWellnessCenter.com, 540-564-5682

THIRD PLACE: Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness, Fishersville

AugustaHealth.com, 540-332-5433

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BEST HISTORIC SITE

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum 20 N. COALTER ST., STAUNTON

WoodrowWilson.org, 540-885-0897

A League of Its Own The Valley League has deep roots. The Valley League is the Old Dominion’s longstanding tribute to America’s favorite pastime. Founded in 1897 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the league is now the oldest chartered amateur baseball league in America still in operation. The league’s 12 teams, all but one located in Virginia (the exception is the Cannons of Charles Town, West Virginia), consist mostly of collegiate players looking to The Valley practice during the summer season. Many of the players go on to turn pro— League has more than 1,100 league alumni have made it to MLB. (In 2014, more than 25 produced current MLB players were once on Valley League rosters.) more than “The valley is noted for its love of baseball,” says Don Lemish, now in his third 1,100 MLB players. year as the league’s commissioner. A former athletic director at JMU and Longwood and a college baseball umpire, he says the league’s family atmosphere is a large part of its appeal. Lemish recalls attending a game in the pouring rain and watching the parents of Brandon Gold, a Harrisonburg Turks third basemen and pitcher (who also plays for Georgia Tech), sweep water out of the grandstand. “They didn’t have to grab a broom and start sweeping, but they came to watch their son play and got involved.” Opening day of the 2015 season is June 5, when all 12 teams will be in action. For more information and game schedules, visit ValleyLeagueBaseball.com

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Each year more than 20,000 visitors take tours of the mansion and museum dedicated to the 28th U.S. president. Along with the Presbyterian manse where President Woodrow Wilson was born and the museum dedicated to his life and career, the campus includes a garden restored by the Garden Club of Virginia. SECOND PLACE: New Market Battlefield, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market

VMI.edu THIRD PLACE: Lee Chapel and Museum, Lexington

LeeChapel.WLU.edu, 540-458-8768

BEST HORSE SHOW

Middlebrook Horse Show 54 CHERRY GROVE ROAD, MIDDLEBROOK

MiddlebrookVa.wordpress.com

Though the first portion of the Middlebrook Horse Show is more traditional, with hunters over fences in three divisions, things get creative in the evening. A Champagne Glass class for riders over 40 features walking and pleasure gaiting while carrying a full glass of, you guessed it, champagne. SECOND PLACE: Bonnie Blue, Lexington

HorseCenter.org, 540-464-2950

THIRD PLACE: Highland County Horse Show, Monterey

HighlandCountyFairVa.com, 540-468-2199

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living & recreation BEST HOTEL

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center

24 S. Market St., Staunton StonewallJacksonHotel.com, 540-885-4848

The Stonewall Jackson’s location in the heart of Downtown Staunton means guests are close to the American Shakespeare Center, Frontier Culture Museum, and plenty of eclectic galleries and shops in this very walkable city. If you prefer staying in, you won’t be disappointed—each mattress has a super plush pillow top. SECOND PLACE: The Georges, Lexington

TheGeorges.com, 540-463-2500

THIRD PLACE: George Washington Hotel, Winchester

BEST PLACE TO FISH

BEST TENNIS CLUB

WAYNESBORO

1980 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD, HARRISONBURG

There are three access points for fishing in the South River: the handicapped accessible Ridgeview Park, stocked with rainbow and brown trout, plus North and Constitution Parks, where float fishing trips set sail, and anglers can expect to pick up largemouth and rock bass, sunfish and catfish.

For the underage set, Spotswood Country Club offers three levels of junior tennis: Little Tennis, 10 & Under Quick Start and the Elite Team. Adult players have many choices too, including cardio tennis, combo clinics and pro drills in addition to regular USTA league play.

South River

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 540-248-9360

Spotswood Country Club SpotswoodCC.com, 540-433-2659

SECOND PLACE: Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, Staunton

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 540-248-9360

SAYMCA.org, 540-885-8089

THIRD PLACE: Silver Lake, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness, Fishersville

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 540-248-9360

AugustaHealth.com, 540-332-5433

WyndhamGeorgeWashington.com, 540-678-4700

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke FS.USDA.Gov/GWJ, 540-265-5100

In the expansive George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, small game hunting is permitted at the Laurel Fork Campground, which has an elevation of 4,000 feet at the headwaters of the Potomac. Big game can be hunted at more than a dozen designated campgrounds. SECOND PLACE: Green Valley Hunter’s Paradise, Millboro

GreenValleyHuntersParadise.com, 540-968-2980

Massanutten Resort 1822 RESORT DRIVE, MCGAHEYSVILLE

MassResort.com, 540-289-9441

Massanutten is truly an all-season resort, with activities around the clock. During the day, the resort offers a waterpark, golf and snow sports; in the evening guests can belt out karaoke, try their hand at trivia, or check out a live show.

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BEST RESORT

SECOND PLACE: The Homestead, Hot Springs

TheHomestead.com, 540-839-1766 THIRD PLACE: Bryce Resort, Basye

BryceResort.com, 540-856-2121

THIRD PLACE: Goshen Wildlife Management Area, Verona

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 540-248-9360

Shenandoah National Park 3655 HIGHWAY 211 EAST, LURAY

NPS.gov/shen, 540-999-3500

Hikers from around the state are drawn to Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, one of the most popular–and challenging–of the park’s hikes. The more than 500 miles of trails include 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Visitors can also bike, fish, camp and ride horses. SECOND PLACE: Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays, Mount Crawford

FlyingRabbitSportingClays.net, 540-574-2529 THIRD PLACE: Massanutten Ski Resort, McGaheysville

Sunnyside Retirement Community 3935 SUNNYSIDE DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

Sunnyside.cc, 540-568-8518

Sunnyside offers its independent living residents three accommodation options—apartments, cottages and villas. Activities range from casino nights to cupcake tastings and cookie exchanges. Residents lead one another in programs in computers, creative writing and woodworking, so there is never a dull moment. SECOND PLACE: Kendal at Lexington, Lexington

Kalex.Kendal.org, 540-463-1910

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg

VMRC.org, 540-564-3500

MassResort.com, 540-289-9441

BEST PLACE TO DANCE Artful Dodger

47 COURT SQUARE, HARRISONBURG

ArtfulDodgerLounge.com, 540-432-1179

The Artful Dodger leads a double life: by day, coffeehouse and café; by night, a lounge and nightclub. Recent events have included $2 Tuesday, Flashback Friday and Snowpocalypsethemed dance parties. To just sit back and enjoy the show, check out Drag Brunch Bingo. SECOND PLACE: Downtown 27 @ the Clocktower, Staunton

BEST SUMMER CAMP Camp Horizons

3586 HORIZONS WAY, HARRISONBURG

CampHorizonsVa.com, 540-896-7600

A co-ed summer camp for kids ages 6-17, Camp Horizons’ location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it accessible to kids from all around the state, where they strengthen their creativity, athleticism and teamwork through classic camp activities: aquatics, performing and visual arts, horseback riding and, of course, plenty of campfires. SECOND PLACE: Nature Camp, Vesuvius

ClocktowerHistoricStaunton.com, 540-213-0665

NatureCamp.net, 540-460-7897

THIRD PLACE: The Studio for Dance and the Arts, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Camp Maxwelton-Camp Lachlan, Rockbridge

RockbridgeBallet.org, 540-463-3436

BIRD PERFECT Exploring the avian world of Shenandoah National Park. More than 200 species of birds take flight from Shenandoah National Park’s 200,000 acres, making it prime real estate for birdspotting. Not sure how to find them? SNP Ranger Mara Meisel offers helpful hints for beginning birders: •Go to the low elevations—in early spring, birds like the warmer, lower areas of the park •Look closely at shrubby areas, a favorite of black-and-white warblers •Stay near rivers and streams—birds like the sound of water •Identify birds you can’t see by their song—spring is prime time for birdsongs, by summer they are quiet •Don’t forget your binoculars NPS.gov/Shen

Maxwelton-Lachlan.com, 540-348-1090

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BEST BURGER JOINT

BEST CHOCOLATIER

960 W. BEVERLY ST., STAUNTON

80 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

123 W. NELSON ST., LEXINGTON

Newtown Baking recently installed a woodfired pizza oven and just opened a beer garden. Grain aficionados will want to get familiar with the weekly schedule: breads of the day include walnut wheat Wednesdays and challah on Fridays. Pastries include fruit Danish, scones and cinnamon twists.

Come in to Jack Brown’s Burger Joint for a week straight and you’ll never have to eat the same burger twice. Patties on the special daily burger menu include the Showalter, featuring applewood smoked bacon, egg, cheese, and a glazed doughnut for a bun (on Sundays), and the Popeye, with spinach-artichoke dip, pepper jack and fried onions (on Wednesdays).

The most popular item on Cocoa Mill’s menu? The chocolate-dipped truffles, available in an edible heart-shaped box of chocolate, and the Boozy Bon Bons, a selection of milk and dark chocolates spiked with Jack Daniels, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Grand Marnier. They also sell plenty of other confections, like chocolate bark and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

SECOND PLACE: Pure Eats, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Shenandoah Fine Chocolates, Winchester

THIRD PLACE: The Shack, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe, Dayton

BEST CATERER

BEST DESSERT MENU

20 SWINK LANE, LEXINGTON

56 W. GAY ST., HARRISONBURG

Newtown Baking NewtownBaking.com, 540-885-3799

SECOND PLACE: Sweet Treats, Lexington

SweetTreatsBakery.net, 540-463-3611

THIRD PLACE: Blue Sky Bakery, Lexington

540-463-6546

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint JackBrownsJoint.com, 540-433-5225

Pure-Eats.com, 540-462-6000

TheShackVa.com, 540-490-1961

BEST BAR

Billy Jack’s Draft and Wing Shack 92 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

BillyJacksShack.com, 540-433-1793

Full Circle Catering

Cocoa Mill Chocolatier CocoaMill.com, 540-464-8400

ShenandoahFineChocolates.com, 540-535-0010 Warfels.biz, 540-879-9598

Local Chop & Grill House

FullCircleCatering.com, 540-463-1634

Though Full Circle eschews a set list of items in favor of collaborating with clients on unique menus, there are some common themes: home cooking, Southern cuisine and local products. From the menu a of recent Full Circle event: cold cucumber soup and jumbo lump crabcake on a bed of greens.

The dessert menu at Local Chop & Grill House is carefully curated, with a major flavor punch. Recent offerings have included a gingerbread-cranberry ice cream sandwich topped with brown sugar and whipped cream, and a peach raspberry handpie with strawberry salsa and lavender white chocolate.

SECOND PLACE: Yelping Dog Wine, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Kind Roots Café, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Flotzie’s Soft Serve, Luray

THIRD PLACE: Local Chop and Grill House, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Mike Lund Food, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Southern Inn, Lexington

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275 LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

KindRootsCafe.com, 540-460-5697 MikeLundFood.com, 540-649-4782

LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

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Make sure to check out Billy Jack’s 100 Bone Club. Start a list of the brews you’ve tasted at “BJ’s,” and win a prizes for each level; 25 gets you a free coozie, 50 a pint glass and 75 a t-shirt. When you reach 100; a monogrammed t-shirt, and access to a world of discounts and free events like a summer cookout and Christmas party await.

Facebook.com/Flotzies, 540-742-2531 SouthernInn.com, 540-463-3612

Peck’s BBQ

477 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, STAUNTON

PecksBBQ.com, 540-886-4647

Peck’s has been slathering sauce on pork for nearly 35 years: first out of Waynesboro, then, since 2007, from their location in Staunton. Small plate aficionados look elsewhere: The plates at Peck’s come piled high with fare like chopped barbecue and ribs, french fries, white and barbeque slaw, rolls and hush puppies.

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BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT At four miles long, Bluff Mountain is ideal for anyone looking for a moderate hike on the Appalachian Trail. To add a bit of distance, take a quick side trip to Punchbowl Shelter. AppalachianTrail.org

SECOND PLACE: Hank’s Grille & Bar, McGaheysville

HanksSmokeHouse.com, 540-289-7667

THIRD PLACE: Foothill Mama’s BBQ Juke Joint, Lexington

FoothillMommasBBQ.com, 540-464-1984

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Kathy’s

705 GREENVILLE AVE., STAUNTON

Kathys-Restaurant.com, 540-885-4331

At Kathy’s, it’s breakfast time all the time. The nearly 30-year-old establishment has more than a dozen omelets on the menu, including a corned beef hash omelet and the country club omelet, which incorporates turkey breast and hollandaise. For the especially hungry, try the pancake roll-ups, stuffed or topped with fruit. SECOND PLACE: Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg

LGC.coop, 540-434-3594

THIRD PLACE: L’Dees Pancake House, Front Royal

LDeesPancakeHouse.com, 540-635-3791

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food & drink BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

BEST FROZEN YOGURT SHOP

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

BEYERS STREET AT W. JOHNSON STREET, STAUNTON

1645 RESERVOIR ST., HARRISONBURG

SweetBeeFrozenYogurt.com, 540-432-1221

800 N. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

SAFarmersMarket.com

Not entirely sure what to do with the bounty you picked up from the Staunton/Augusta Farmers’ Market? On its website, the market offers recipes made with fixin’s found at the bazaar. On Saturdays and Wednesdays in the summer, vendors offer everything from breads and wines to field-grown flowers and farmstead cheese.

Peanut butter fudge brownie? Dulce de leche cappuccino? The number of flavors offered by Sweet Bee means every visit can be a new experience for the taste buds—and that’s even before you factor in the dozens of toppings on offer, from chunks of Oreo and sprinkles to healthier fruit options like strawberries and pineapple.

Weekends are routine at Three Brothers—fortunately, it’s the kind that’s always fun. Brews + live music + local food trucks = Fridays and Saturdays at the Harrisonburg brewery, where the menu includes year-round and seasonal libations, like Good Adweiss (their Hefeweizen) and the Admiral IPA.

SECOND PLACE: Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market

SECOND PLACE: Split Banana, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Devils Backbone, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Lexington Farmers’ Market

THIRD PLACE: Sweet Frog, Waynesboro

THIRD PLACE: Blue Lab Brewery, Lexington

BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE

BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

1321 S. HIGH ST., HARRISONBURG

7 S. NEW ST., STAUNTON

58 E. WOLFE ST., HARRISONBURG

Grilled Cheese Mania’s sandwiches are a far cry from the white bread and processed singles of yesteryear. Take the Suzie Pepper, a combination of muenster, peppers, onions and tomato on a torta roll, or the pan-seared portobellos, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye of the Port Ruby. You can find the truck at local music festivals and the Rock N’ Wolfe Food Truck Park.

Budding and experienced gardeners alike will be pleased to know that at Cranberry’s also stocks a selection of seeds and gardening books to help you grow your own food at home. In-store, there is plenty of grass-fed beef and locally-roasted coffee to choose from.

It’s best not to take your Kline’s on the go; the double dip is so generous, you’ll definitely need to use both hands. Chocolate, vanilla and a flavor of the day are all on the menu, made fresh every morning at each of the four locations. One of the most popular daily flavors is black raspberry, an all-time bestseller.

SECOND PLACE: Mashita, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Cool Spring Organic Market, Lexington

Staunton/Augusta Farmers’ Market

HarrisonburgFarmersMarket.com, 540-476-3377 540-463-9234

Grilled Cheese Mania GrilledCheeseMania.com, 540-746-7515

TheSplitBanana.com, 866-492-3668

SweetFrogYogurt.com, 540-343-3764

Cranberry’s

GoCranberrys.com, 540-885-4755

SECOND PLACE: Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg

FriendlyCity.coop, 540-801-8882

Facebook.com/CoolSpringOrganicMarket, 540-463-6506

Three Brothers Brewery

ThreeBrosBrew.com, 540-421-6599

DBBrewingCompany.com, 540-462-6200 BlueLabBrewing.com, 540-458-0146

Kline’s Dairy Bar

KlinesDairyBar.com, 540-434-4014

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EatMashita.com, 540-810-1875

Sweet Bee

SECOND PLACE: Split Banana, Staunton

TheSplitBanana.com, 866-492-3668

THIRD PLACE: Sweet Things, Lexington

SweetThingsIceCream.com, 540-463-6055

THIRD PLACE: Mama’s Caboose, Dayton

MamasCaboose.com, 540-908-0029

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Perfectly grilled poultry at Hank’s Grille & Bar.

VALLEYFEST, MCGAHEYSVILLE If you’re better at après ski, ValleyFest is for you. What’s a ski resort to do when it’s too warm even to make snow? Have a festival, of course. And Massanutten is no exception. Every Memorial Day weekend for the last 15 years, as many as 4,000 turn out for ValleyFest to eat, sample wines and microbrews, enjoy music and shop artisans’ wares. Afterwards, when it’s time for a real meal, festival-goers (like skiers in winter) make their way to Hank’s Grille & Bar in nearby McGaheysville for its juicy marinated grilled chicken breast. ValleyFestBeerAndWine.com, HanksGrilleAndBar.com

Hank’s Famous Juniper-Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast 8 boneless chicken breasts 2 cups soy sauce 2 cups Worcestershire sauce 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup honey 1 tablespoon crushed juniper berries 4 teaspoons garlic powder Mix all ingredients except for chicken breasts in a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to boil, then remove from heat. Strain out juniper berries, and chill. Reserve half the mixture for brushing on chicken after cooking. Marinate the chicken breasts in half the marinade for approximately 30 minutes. When grill is hot, grill chicken on both sides until done, being careful not to burn. Remove chicken from grill, and brush with remaining marinade. Serves 8

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food & drink BEST LOCALLY OWNED COFFEE SHOP

BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

2345 N. LEE HIGHWAY

790 N. LEE HIGHWAY, LEXINGTON

1477 GREENVILLE AVE., STAUNTON

As a wholesaler, Lexington Coffee Roasters provides beans to shops around the country (they also see online). Visitors to Lexington have two options: the more traditional coffee shop experience of the roastery and espresso bar, or the downtown tasting room which, like a wine bar, helps customers learn how to pick and brew their own perfect cup ‘o joe.

Kind Roots Café buys locally whenever possible, and even raises its own flock of 125 animals on three free-range acres. The café kicked off the year with some changes to the schedule and the menu, including acquiring an ABC license and themed nights, like tacos and beers on Tuesday and student nights on Thursday.

Three words: Cheddar Bay Biscuits. The famous bread comes with all entrees (as does a salad), though to many, the biscuits could be a meal in and of themselves. Meal portions (including the Ultimate Feast, which comes with Maine lobster tail, snow crab legs and shrimp scampi) are sizeable, so come hungry.

SECOND PLACE: Pampered Palate, Staunton

ThePamperedPalateCafe.com, 540-886-9463

SECOND PLACE: Mill Street Grill, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: The By & By, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Yelping Dog Wine, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Depot Grill, Staunton

BEST RESTAURANT

BEST SPORTS BAR

1 MILL ST., STAUNTON

221 UNIVERSITY BLVD., HARRISONBURG

Mill Street Grill has been open for nearly 25 years, serving brunch and dinner with a bit of a Cajun twist. That twist is especially felt near Mardi Gras; hop in for frog legs and alligator. The rest of the year, customers are particularly fond of the prime rib dinner.

O’Neill’s has more than 40 TVs, so chances are the game you want to see is on at least one of them. The menu includes all the wings, mac and cheese, fish tacos and burgers that define the game-day diet. Brews range from popular national beers to local favorites from Devils Backbone and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Lexington Coffee Roaster

LexingtonCoffee.com, 540-462-3990

TheByAndBy.us, 540-887-0041

THIRD PLACE: Happy Creek Coffee & Tea, Front Royal

Kind Roots Café

KindRootsCafe.com, 540-460-5697

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275

Red Lobster

RedLobster.com, 540-887-7582

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656 DepotGrille.com, 540-885-7332

HappyCreekCoffee.com, 540-660-2133

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Byers Street Bistro 18 BYERS ST., STAUNTON

ByersStreetBistro.com, 540-887-6100

SECOND PLACE: Clementine Café, Staunton

ClementineCafe.com, 540-801-8881

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656

SECOND PLACE: Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg

LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

THIRD PLACE: Zynodoa, Staunton

Zynodoa.com, 540-885-7775

THIRD PLACE: Rocca, Lexington

O’Neill’s Grill

OneillsGrill.com, 540-574-4267

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On a warm summer evening, those looking to dine outside at Byers Street might want to get in early: The patio quickly becomes the place to be. Once you sit down, the menu offers plenty of traditional American fare, like a fried green tomato sandwich, pecan chicken salad and plenty of hamburgers.

Mill Street Grill

SECOND PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings, Waynesboro

BuffaloWildWings.com, 540-943-9464

THIRD PLACE: Billy Jack’s Draft and Wing Shack, Harrisonburg

BillyJacksShack.com, 540-433-1793

RobertELeeHotel.com, 540-461-8484

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BEST PIZZERIA

Shenandoah Pizza and Taphouse 19 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

ShenandoahPizza.com, 540-213-0008

On Tuesday evenings at Shenandoah Pizza, a six-inch kids’ cheese pizza or small cheesy bread comes free with any large pie. With a menu of 25 gourmet pizzas, even the pickiest of eaters will find something to suite their taste buds. And if your crowd is adults-only, check out happy hour drink specials every Thursday. SECOND PLACE: Bella Luna, Harrisonburg

BellaLunaWoodFired.com, 540-433-1366 THIRD PLACE: Vito’s Italian Kitchen, Harrisonburg

VitosItalianKitchen.com, 540-433-1113

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Mill Street Grill

1 MILL ST., STAUNTON

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656

Mill Street’s brunch is offered exclusively on Sundays, but it’s worth the week-long wait: meals range from the standard brunch fare (French toast and crab cake Benedict) to breakfast twists on afternoon dishes, like huevos rancheros or fried green tomatoes and shrimp Benedict, both served with two poached eggs. SECOND PLACE: Food.Bar.Food, Harrisonburg

FoodBarFood.com, 540-433-3663

THIRD PLACE: Billy Jack’s Draft and Wing Shack, Harrisonburg

Local Chop and Grill House

In a heavy skillet over high heat, cook fillets skin side down 2 to 3 minutes until skin is crispy. Flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Plate with ramps and morels.

Pan-seared Trout with Grilled Ramps and Sautéed Morels

For ramps:

Harrisonburg

2 trout fillets, deboned olive oil to coat, plus enough for frying salt and pepper 1 cup ramps 1 cup morel mushrooms 2 tablespoons butter 1 small shallot, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Coat fillets with olive oil and salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pat dry.

Clean and rinse ramps under cold water. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil and place on hot grill for about a minute on each side. For morels: Clean morels with cold water and pat dry. Heat butter in nonstick pan and sauté for 30 seconds, then add shallots and garlic. Sauté on high heat for another 30 seconds, and season with salt and pepper. Pull from heat right before morels turn soft. LocalChops.com Serves 2

BillyJacksShack.com, 540-433-1793

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food & drink BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT

BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT

56 W. GAY ST., HARRISONBURG

1027 RICHMOND AVE., STAUNTON

790 N. LEE HIGHWAY, LEXINGTON

Local Chop & Grill House offers 12-ounce New York strips and rib-eyes, 8-ounce filet mignon and sirloins, and 6-ounce petite filet mignons, so there’s a perfectly portioned steak for any appetite. Three different rubs add flair and flavor, and sides range from the light (roasted asparagus, sautéed seasonal produce) to heartier fare like smashed potatoes and duck-fat fries.

Massaki’s sushi rolls take you on a trip around the country: from Boston (shrimp, salmon, avocado, lettuce and rice with mayo) to Phoenix (snow crab, avocado and deep-fried cucumber) and back to Staunton (fried shrimp, crab, avocado, salmon, tempura and scallions). If it’s your birthday, the staff will snap a photo of you for the restaurant Facebook page.

“Can’t digest gluten? Not an omnivore? No worries,” says Kind Roots Café’s website. On the menu are classic burgers on buns or sweet potato on greens; deli salad plates come in herbivore (all vegetables), omnivore (one meat) and carnivore (two meats). Add-ons include hummus and grilled portobello.

SECOND PLACE: Mill Street Grill, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Beyond, Harrisonburg

LGC.coop, 540-434-3594

THIRD PLACE: Joe’s Steakhouse, Front Royal

THIRD PLACE: Sushi Matsumoto, Lexington

Local Chop & Grill House

Massaki Steakhouse

LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

MassakiSteakhouse.com, 540-886-9191

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656 JoesSteak.com, 540-636-5637

RestaurantBeyond.com, 540-432-0105

Kind Roots Café

KindRootsCafe.com, 540-460-5697

SECOND PLACE: Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg THIRD PLACE: Cranberry’s, Staunton

GoCranberrys.com, 540-885-4755

Facebook.com/SushiMatsumoto, 540-464-8196

BEST WINE SHOP

Washington Street Purveyors 9 E. WASHINGTON ST., LEXINGTON

GopherWine.com, 540-464-9463

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Each Friday evening, Washington Street Purveyors hosts wine tastings for amateur sommeliers and novices alike. The wines hail from around the world—California to New Zealand, Germany to Argentina. Chips and peanuts are available to snack on while sipping the vintages. SECOND PLACE: Yelping Dog Wine, Staunton

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275

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THIRD PLACE: Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg

DowntownWines.com, 540-432-9463

BEST WINERY

Barren Ridge Vineyards 984 BARREN RIDGE ROAD, FISHERSVILLE

BarrenRidgeVineyards.com, 540-248-3300

FAST TRACK

SECOND PLACE: Bluestone Vineyard, Bridgewater

Yes, you can cross country ski in Virginia!

BluestoneVineyard.com, 540-828-0099

Here’s the scoop from Nordic skiers in the know about Virginia’s top spots for cardiobusting cross-country fun.

RockbridgeVineyard.com, 540-377-6204

Cabin Creek Trail, Damascus On a snowy day, the Cabin Creek hiking trail provides a scenic day of sliding through the woods of the Grayson Highlands. DCR.Virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands.shtml

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

Mountain Lake Resort, Pembroke Mountain Lake Resort has access points to four trails that offer multiple skill levels of cross country skiing when weather permits. MtnLakeConservancy.com/x-country-skiing

FoodBarFood.com, 540-433-3663

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park A trip to Skyline Drive the day after a heavy snow offers a spectacular view and roads completely blocked off to vehicular traffic. DCR.Virginia.gov/state-parks/Shen The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs Snow turns resort hiking trails into great opportunities for cross country skiing. Trails range from one to three hours in length. OmniHotels.com/hotels/Homestead-Virginia Third Winchester Battlefield Park, Winchester The 5-mile hiking and biking trail at the Winchester Battlefield is an excellent place to enjoy the sights of the park. VisitWinchesterVA.com/Third-Winchester-Battlefield

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In 2007, John and Shelby Higgs decided to clear the land on the orchard he inherited and start planting vines. Today, Barren Ridge is home to a converted 1890s apple barn that hosts daily tastings of its 14 varieties. The winery also offers complimentary tours seven days a week.

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THIRD PLACE: Rockbridge Vineyard, Raphine

Food.Bar.Food

26 W. BRUCE ST., HARRISONBURG

Food.Bar.Food has a different cocktail menu depending on the time of day. Brunch brings mimosas and six variations of Bloody Marys, like the Bloody Maria (Cholula, chili salt and pepperoncini). Later in the day, try the matcha mint julep (with green tea) or the cranberry caipirinha, with lychee, lime, cranberry and cachaca. SECOND PLACE: Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg

LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

THIRD PLACE: Zynodoa, Staunton

Zynodoa.com, 540-885-7775

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shopping & services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL SALON

128 S. RANDOLPH ST., LEXINGTON

110 S. RANDOLPH ST., LEXINGTON

1561 COMMERCE ROAD, VERONA

Raetz & Hawkins knows Lexington. All of the firm’s employees live in the area, making this a truly local business. Services include auditing, reviews, accounting and taxes for businesses, corporations and non-profits, as well as personal financial services for individuals. Specialties include the hospitality and real estate industries.

When it comes to automotive services, H&J Tire offers nearly everything but the kitchen sink: alignments, shocks and struts, oil changes and engine service among them. Tire sales and service, of course, are a major part of the family-owned business as well; brands include Michelin, BF Goodrich and Goodyear.

SECOND PLACE: PB Mares, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Hershey Tire Co. Inc., Staunton

Since its 1998 founding by 18-year-old Amanda Smith and her father Earl, the store has been a top purveyor of prom and bridal gowns, each handpicked by the owner herself. Bridal designers include Allure, Stella York and Casablanca. The shop also provides tuxedo rentals, as well as bridesmaids dresses at a discounted rate for brides who buy their wedding dress there.

Raetz & Hawkins

RaetzAndHawkins.com, 540-463-7121

PBMares.com, 540-434-5975

THIRD PLACE: Didawick & Company P.C., Staunton

Didawick.com, 540-855-0855

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE Blue Ridge Aviation

51 AVIATION CIRCLE, WEYER'S CAVE

FlyBlueRidgeAviation.com, 540-246-9407

SECOND PLACE: Eagle’s Nest Airport, Waynesboro

EaglesNest.aero, 540-943-4447

THIRD PLACE: Dynamic Aviation, Bridgewater

DynamicAviation.com, 540-828-6070

HJTires.com, 540-463-2178

HersheyTire.com, 540-886-3438

Amanda’s Touch Bridal & Formal AmandasTouch.com, 540-248-5123

SECOND PLACE: Becky’s Bridal, Buena Vista

THIRD PLACE: Wrench Craft Import Car Repair, Harrisonburg

BeckysBridal.net, 540-261-3140

WrenchCraft.com, 540-433-2102

BridalImpressionsVa.com, 540-564-9622

BEST BOOK STORE

BEST CAR DEALER

Books & Co., Toys, Too! 29 W. NELSON ST., LEXINGTON

540-463-4647

If Books & Co., Toys, Too! doesn’t have what you’re looking for in stock, next-day pickup is available for most special orders. The shop’s bevy of books for children and young adults (its specialty) comes with all the toys and puzzles to match. You can also settle in and read in one of the store’s more than 35 comfy stools and chairs. SECOND PLACE: Black Swan Books and Music, Staunton

BlackSwanStaunton.com, 540-712-0123

THIRD PLACE: Barnes & Noble, Harrisonburg

BarnesAndNoble.com, 540-432-3801

THIRD PLACE: Bridal Impressions, Harrisonburg

Valley Honda

296 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, STAUNTON

MyValleyHonda.com, 540-213-9000

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Though they specialize in training would-be pilots, Blue Ridge Aviation’s aircrafts can be chartered at an hourly rate for the casual flyer. The fleet includes two Cessna Skyhawks, a Piper Apache and an Evektor Harmony. Flights take to the sky from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

H&J Tire Co.

Valley Honda has four locations throughout the Shenandoah Valley—Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen are all a part of the family. Prospective car owners can choose from new and pre-owned vehicles; perks include free towing within 30 miles, Saturday service hours and best-price and buy-back guarantees. SECOND PLACE: McDonough Toyota, Staunton

McDonoughToyota.com, 540-886-6201

THIRD PLACE: Paul Obaugh Ford, Staunton

PaulObaughFord.com, 540-851-4800

The Factory Antique Mall 50 LODGE LANE SUITE 106, VERONA

FactoryAntiqueMall.com, 540-248-1110

In fewer than 20 years, the Factory Antique Mall has become such a presence on the antique scene, even Hollywood took notice: The store assisted in decorating the sets for the period dramas Lincoln and Turn. With 115,00 square feet of space, the merchandise is hardly limited to the Colonial and Civil War eras; vendors sell antiques spanning thousands of years.

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BEST ANTIQUES

Brothers Colby and Brian Trow, co-owners of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, have become some of the region’s top fly fishing guides since opening their business in 2003. MossyCreekFlyFishing.com

SECOND PLACE: Duke’s Antique Center, Lexington

ShenandoahValleyWeb.com/ac, 540-463-9511

THIRD PLACE: Staunton Antiques Center, Staunton

Facebook.com/StauntonAntiquesCenter, 540-324-2570

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM Frazier & Associates

213 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

FrazierAssociates.com, 540-886-6230

In a town with as many historical buildings as Staunton, it makes sense that Frazier & Associates would be experts at historic preservation. Projects have included Harrisonburg’s City Produce Exchange Building, originally built in 1908, and the People’s Bank of Buena Vista, built in 1907, for which the firm restored the façade. SECOND PLACE: Blue Ridge Architects, Harrisonburg

BlueRidgeArchitects.com, 540-437-1228

THIRD PLACE: The Gaines Group, PLC, Harrisonburg

TheGainesGroup.com, 540-437-0012

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shopping & services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST DAY SPA

24 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

426 N. ROYAL AVE., FRONT ROYAL

Along with the tiny dresses and sports coats at Grandma’s Bait, parents can pick up Under Armour gear for their kid on the go. With goods for newborns all the way up to older kids, Grandma’s also carries shoes, accessories, and toys for even the youngest of babes.

Restful Journey, Soothe Your Soul—the spa packages at Tres Bella will have you leaving, as William Wordsworth would say, “as peaceful as the morning.” Select from combinations of mani-pedi, facial, body salt glow, Swedish massage and reflexology.

SECOND PLACE: Once Upon a Child, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Breezy Hill Day Spa, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Baby’s First Gifts, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: High Tech Salon & Spa, Verona

BEST CONTRACTOR

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

15A N. RANDOLPH ST., LEXINGTON

80 W. 4TH ST., FRONT ROYAL

Welsh Construction approaches each project—including historic restorations, additions, and interior and exterior remodeling—as a comprehensive process. A key part of that process is communication; Welsh conducts weekly meetings with clients during the project to discuss progress and ideas.

Brother-sister duo Dr. Frederick Broadhead and Dr. Daisy Broadhead of Front Royal Dental Care provide preventative care such as exams and cleanings, and are tops at corrective procedures, including root canals. Customers cite short wait times and a friendly, efficient staff among the top reasons to pay the practice a visit.

SECOND PLACE: Sustainable Homes, Front Royal

SustainableHomesVa.com, 540-671-5898

SECOND PLACE: Exceptional Smiles Family Dentistry, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Bryan A. Nesselrodt Construction, Mount Crawford

THIRD PLACE: Dental Health Associates, Verona

Grandma’s Bait

GrandmasBait.wordpress.com, 540-886-2222

OnceUponAChildHarrisonburg.com, 540-438-5607 BabysFirstGift.com, 540-464-1522

Welsh Construction Inc.

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WelshConstruction.com, 540-464-1008

Wintergreen Resort.

Get Served Virginia’s tennis resorts.

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For the serve-and-volley set, the perfect getaway includes serious time on the court. Here is a guide to some of our favorite tennis resorts: Boar’s Head Inn Charlottesville BoarsHeadInn.com, 434-296-2181 Ten outdoor Har-Tru clay courts and 12 indoor Deco Turf hard courts. Keswick Hall Charlottesville Keswick.com, 888-778-2565 Five clay courts and two all-weather surface courts open from early spring to late fall. Kingsmill Tennis Club Williamsburg Kingsmill.com/recreation/tennis, 757-253-3945 Two hard courts and 13 clay courts. The Omni Homestead Resort Hot Springs OmniHotels.com/hotels/HomesteadVirginia, 540-839-7762 Three clay courts as well as a separate teaching court. Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen WintergreenResort.com, 800-266-2444 Three indoor and 15 outdoor courts for year-round play at Devil’s Knob.

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Tres Bella Day Spa & Boutique TresBellaSpa.com, 540-635-2255

BreezyHillDaySpa.com, 540-886-0887 HighTechSalon.com, 540-248-3333

Front Royal Dental Care FrontRoyalDentalCare.com, 540-635-4567

HarrisonburgFamilyDentistry.com, 540-434-5500 MyDentalHealthAssociates.com, 540-248-2500

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE

1502 BROOKHAVEN DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

1151 13TH ST., WAYNESBORO

Dr. Said Asfa has been nipping, tucking and contouring faces and bodies throughout the Shenandoah Valley for more than a decade. Though he specializes in facial, nasal, breast and abdominal surgery, Dr. Asfa performs plenty of less invasive procedures as well, using Botox, Juvederm and the Obagi skincare system.

Blue Ridge Dermatology has been taking care of skin in the Shenandoah Valley for nearly 40 years. There are currently seven doctors on staff, including a pediatric specialist. The doctors are experts at diseases of the skin, skin cancer, psoriasis and acne.

Asfa Plastic Surgery

AsfaPlasticSurgery.com, 540-432-0303

SECOND PLACE: Augusta Plastic Surgery, Fishersville

Blue Ridge Dermatology

BlueRidgeDermatology.net, 540-949-6934

SECOND PLACE: Harrisonburg Dermatology, Harrisonburg

AugPlastic.com, 540-932-5771

HarrisonburgDermatology.com, 540-434-2255

THIRD PLACE: Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa, Winchester

THIRD PLACE: Access Dermatology, Harrisonburg

Access-Dermatology.com, 540-434-1756

ExclusivelyFaces.com, 540-667-3223

BEST CYCLE SHOP

Shenandoah Bicycle Company

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM Edward Jones

22 W. WASHINGTON, LEXINGTON

135 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

EdwardJones.com, 540- 434-1756

Shenandoah Bicycle Company was founded by two men who are passionate about the valley’s mountain biking scene. Customers can look on as staff members fix their bikes while explaining the process. The shop stocks a wide variety of bikes, including plenty of commuter and cruiser bikes.

Edward Jones’ focus is on individual investors and small businesses. The Lexington branch is serviced by financial advisor Dan Vance, who has been fulfilling this mission for nearly 30 years. The hometown service extends to his online presence as well; check out his business Facebook page, where he shares helpful articles and financial tips.

SECOND PLACE: Black Dog Bikes, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Lexington Bicycle Shop

THIRD PLACE: Stern & Heatwole Financial Group, Harrisonburg

ShenandoahBicycle.com, 540-437-9000

BlackDogBikes.com, 540-887-8700 540-463-7969

BBTScottStringfellow.com, 540-886-2396

SternHeatwole.com, 540-438-0547

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shopping & services BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE

6 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

824 JOHN MARSHALL HIGHWAY SUITE 202, FRONT ROYAL

307 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

Crown Jewelers

CrownLTD.net, 540-885-0653

Crown offers a large selection of silver, platinum and gold jewelry, with precious and semiprecious stone settings, as well as two full cases of estate jewels ranging from baubles to silver pocketknives. On-site engraving is also available—a popular option for those in the market for personalized keepsakes and baby gifts.

Sustainable Homes SustainableHomesVa.com, 540-671-5898

LTD 7

LTDOnline.com, 772-226-0778

What started as a one-man operation five years ago has grown into an eight-person team specializing in constructing sustainable and energy efficient homes at affordable prices. The firm also provides remodel services.

LTD 7’s “eclectic” feel is achieved with a mix of vintage cabinets painted in bright pastel colors with glimmering new knobs, artfully weathered signs with inspirational phrases and hanging bottle vases. Candles and books complete the look.

SECOND PLACE: James McHone Jewelry, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Bryan A. Nesselrodt Construction, Mount Crawford

SECOND PLACE: Southern Girls Furniture, Accessories, Interior Design, Lexington

McHoneJewelry.com, 540-433-1833

540-438-0642

THIRD PLACE: Hess & Co., Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Welsh Construction, Lexington

HessJewelry.com, 540-463-1652

WelshConstruction.com, 540-464-1008

BEST FLORIST

BEST HOSPITAL

2211 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

2010 HEALTH CAMPUS DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

HoneyBeesFlorist.com, 540-887-1221

RMHOnline.com, 540-689-1000

The team at Honey Bee’s “never want customers to have to choose from a book of photos,” so custom orders are a special emphasis. The 10-year-old business arranges blooms for joyous occasions (weddings, anniversaries, graduations and babies) as well as sympathy flowers and everyday arrangements.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital has been serving the region for more than a century, but moved to its current location in 2010. Last year it was designated a magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credential Center, a recognition for outstanding patient care and innovation shared by 17 percent of hospitals nationwide.

SECOND PLACE: University Florist, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Augusta Health Care, Fishersville

UniversityFloristLexVa.com, 540-463-6080

AugustaHealth.com, 540-332-4000

SECOND PLACE: Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro

THIRD PLACE: Blakemore’s Flowers, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Valley Health - Winchester Medical Center, Winchester

THIRD PLACE: Pollywog Place, Woodstock

Honey Bee’s Florist

ValleyHealthLink.com/WMC, 540-536-8000

THIRD PLACE: Cherish Every Moment, Churchville

Facebook.com/CherishEveryMomentCrafts, 540-292-5365

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL Stuart Hall School

235 W. FREDERICK ST., STAUNTON

StuartHallSchool.org, 540-885-0356

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BlakemoresFlowers.com, 540-434-4461

Rockingham Memorial Hospital

SouthernGirlsVa.com, 540-464-3500

Stuart Hall School educates students grades Pre-K to 12. International students are welcome in the middle and upper school, where they can choose to participate in programs that emphasize the fine arts, math or sciences. Students may also take dual enrollment courses at Mary Baldwin or JMU. Fishburne.org, 540-946-7700

PollywogPlace.com, 540-459-6582

LTD 7

307 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

LTD7Online.com, 772-226-0778

Entering its second year of business, LTD 7 sells a unique set of wares with a Southern aesthetic. Products old and new can be found on its shelves, from photography, artwork and local artisan handiwork to freshly made cupcakes. Shoppers can enjoy lingering in the store with with a cup of coffee, on the house.

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BEST GIFT SHOP The Bryce Mountain Bike Park has eight trails and a new quad lift to carry thrill-seekers from the base of the mountain back up top for the next ride down. BryceResort.com

SECOND PLACE: SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Elkton

SoLaceInc.com, 540-298-5222

THIRD PLACE: Made; By the People, for the People, Staunton

540-255-6870

BEST HAIR SALON

High Tech Design and Day Spa 11 GREEN HILLS DRIVE, VERONA

HighTechSalon.com, 540-248-3333

Since opening in 1987, High Tech Design and Day Spa has made it its mission to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to product, knowledge and equipment. With brands like Jalyd, John Amico and L’ANZA, High Tech knows how to stay on-trend with the most current looks, like ombre coloring or extensions. SECOND PLACE: The Studio, Harrisonburg

TheStudioHairSalon.com, 540-434-8188

THIRD PLACE: Tres Bella Day Spa & Boutique, Front Royal

TresBellaSpa.com, 540-635-2255

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE

108 N. MAIN ST., WOODSTOCK

102 W. WASHINGTON ST., LEXINGTON

208 E. WASHINGTON ST., LEXINGTON

Though it specializes in creating living spaces for homes, PJ Designs works with a variety of institutions, from healthcare companies to universities up and down the East Coast. The firm strives to use materials made in the U.S., specifically sourced from the Shenandoah Valley whenever possible.

Alvin-Dennis has been outfitting men in the Shenandoah Valley for more than 40 years for both formal and casual occasions. It offers plenty in the way of Washington & Lee and VMI merchandise, as well as Hunter boots, Rainbow sandals and North Face jackets and backpacks.

Dr. Hammond’s office began seeing patients in 1992, with the goal of providing high quality care and treatment in a fun environment. The practice prides itself on utilizing the latest technology, including Invisalign and a digital scanner for impressions.

SECOND PLACE: Bell’s Fine Clothing, Winchester

BellsFineClothing.com, 540-667-1430

SECOND PLACE: Parrott Orthodontics, Fishersville

SECOND PLACE: Southern Girls Furniture, Accessories, Interior Design, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Classic Tuxedos & Suits, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Bluestone Orthodontics, Harrisonburg

BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER

205 SOUTH MAIN ST., LEXINGTON

50 MIDDLEBROOK AVE., STAUNTON

In many ways, a visit to Buck’s is like stepping into a time machine: The shop still feels like it did when it first opened 60 years ago. The barbers keep it simple by focusing only on men’s haircuts; popular styles include fades, “high and tight” and military cuts.

Plenty of trails are close to Wilderness Adventures headquarters, so it makes perfect sense that the store would specialize in shoes and clothes for camping and hiking, and backpacks and equipment to make your travels a success. Brands stocked include North Face, Patagonia and Clarks.

PJ Designs

Alvin-Dennis

PJDesignsVa.com, 540-459-8307

AlvinDennis.com, 540-463-5383

SouthernGirlsVa.com, 540-464-3500 THIRD PLACE: Cherish Every Moment, Churchville

Facebook.com/CherishEveryMomentCrafts, 540-292-5365

Buck’s Barber Shop

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

540-463-7468

Classic Kitchen & Bath shopping & services

1930 DEYERLE AVE., HARRISONBURG

ClassicKitchens.com, 540-437-1990

For nearly 15 years, Classic Kitchen & Bath has worked with contractors and homeowners from conception and design to installation and completion. Designer Gabby Koontz is the area’s only National Kitchen and Bath Association certified kitchen designer. SECOND PLACE: Absolute Kitchens at PJ Designs, Woodstock

AbsoluteKitchens.com, 703-771-3300

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ClassicTuxedos.net, 540-433-9966

SECOND PLACE: N2Hair Barber and Styling Salon, Harrisonburg

N2HairBarberAndStylingSalon.com, 540-434-4844 THIRD PLACE: Encore Salon and Day Spa, Lexington

Salon215DaySpa.com, 540-464-4215

Dr. A. B. Hammond, PC CMySmile.com, 540-463-7744

ParrottOrtho.com, 540-949-6600

BluestoneOrthodontics.com, 540-433-1060

Wilderness Adventures

WildernessAdv.com, 540-885-3200

SECOND PLACE: Walkabout Outfitters, Harrisonburg

WalkaboutOutfitters.com, 540-434-9900

THIRD PLACE: Rockfish Gap Outfitters, Waynesboro

RockfishGapOutfitters.com, 540-943-1461

THIRD PLACE: Fashion Floors and Cabinets

FashionFloorsAndCabinets.com, 540-464-1422

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

University Physicians Group, Augusta Pediatrics

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center

57 BEAM LANE #202, FISHERSVILLE

UVAHealth.com, 540-932-0980

Though Augusta Pediatrics places an emphasis on preventative care, monitoring the development, safety and nutrition of its young patients during regular visits, it also treats the illnesses, injuries and chronic health problems that can’t be avoided in childhood. Specialties include pediatric urology and pulmonology.

2032 W. MAIN ST., WAYNESBORO

WaynesboroGardens.com, 540-942-4646

A full service landscaping company, Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center takes on large and small-scale projects alike. Those who don’t mind getting their own hands dirty can also drop by the shop for flowers, seeds and gardening supplies. SECOND PLACE: Shreckhise Shrubbery Sales & Landscaping, Weyer’s Cave

ShreckiseShrubbery.com, 540-234-8500 THIRD PLACE: Fine Earth, Harrisonburg

FineEarthLLC.com, 540-432-7977

BEST LAW FIRM

Timberlake, Smith, Thomas and Moses 25 N. CENTRAL AVE., STAUNTON

TSTM.com, 540-885-1517

Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses has more than a dozen lawyers practings corporate, business, education, insurance and family law. Clients include banks, healthcare providers and businesses, as well as individuals looking for counsel in real estate and estate planning. SECOND PLACE: Hoover Penrod PLC, Harrisonburg

HooverPenrod.com, 540-433-2444

THIRD PLACE: Mann, Vita & Elrod, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Bluestone Pediatrics, Harrisonburg

BluestonePediatrics.com, 540-437-4800

SPORT BY DESIGN Golf course architect Lester George. Kinloch Golf Club in Goochland, designed in 2001 by Lester George, has been ranked the best course in Virginia by Golf Digest. But this is just one of the many award-winning courses, both public and private, that George has designed. Others include Ballyhack in Roanoke and the Colonial Course in Williamsburg. Golf course design, says George—a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond—is “a creative endeavor, like a sculptor looking into a piece of granite and seeing what will be left behind.” But, he says, “Fun is the most important thing.” GeorgeGolfDesign.com

THIRD PLACE: Harrisonburg Pediatrics, Harrisonburg

HarrisonburgPediatrics.com, 540-434-3004

BEST PET BOARDING

Creature Comfort Inn 1937 MILLNER ROAD, STRASBURG

CreatureComfortInn.net, 540-465-3307

At Creature Comfort Inn, visiting pups get plenty of walks and play time (and can even take a dip in the pool in the summer), or can opt for a more laid back snuggle session. Cats can exercise their independence with a play area full of toys and natural light. Creature Comfort Inn also boards caged exotic animals. SECOND PLACE: Rainbow Springs Kennels, Staunton

RainbowSpringsKennels.com, 540-885-7846 THIRD PLACE: Wellspring Farm, Fairfield

AWonderfly.Wix.com/WellspringFarmLtd, 540-348-4334

MVELaw.com, 540-463-7119

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BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

P.O. BOX 11, LEXINGTON

VisitStaunton.com, 540-332-3865

Kevin Remington describes himself as “a professional people watcher.” Along with snapping weddings, Remington serves as the university photographer for Washington & Lee and VMI. “My greatest joy comes from capturing people doing what they love, and spending time with the ones they love,” he says.

Downtown Staunton’s many small businesses make it an ideal location for shoppers looking for something off the beaten path: an abundance of antiques and collectibles, art galleries and clothing and accessory boutiques provide plenty of personalized gift options. After hitting the shops, the area has myriad dining options, including many international restaurants.

SECOND PLACE: Sera Petras Photography, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Valley Mall, Harrisonburg

Kevin Remington

KevinRemington.com, 540-817-6699

SeraPetras.com, 917-576-3964

THIRD PLACE: Monica Wilson Photography, Staunton

MonicaWilsonPhotography.com, 540-430-1010

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP Advantage Physical Therapy

313 NEFF AVE. SUITE C, HARRISONBURG

AdvantagePTSP.com, 540-434-1200

Downtown Staunton

TheValleyMall.com, 540-433-1797

THIRD PLACE: Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester

Simon.com, 540-665-0202

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE Dick’s Sporting Goods

1925 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

DicksSportingGoods.com, 540-433-1268

If you’re hiking or camping in the Shenandoah Valley, Dick’s has you covered. They sell tents, sleeping bags and survival supplies crucial for a successful trip, as well as kayaks, paddle boards and bikes. Dick’s also sells footwear and apparel, including Merrell hiking boots for men and women.

SECOND PLACE: Barren Ridge Physical Therapy, Fishersville

WildernessAdv.com, 540-885-3200

BarrenRidgePT.com, 540-949-5493 THIRD PLACE: Bethesda Physical Therapy & Wellness, Inc., Staunton

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM Kline May Realty

1962 EVELYN BYRD AVE., HARRISONBURG

KlineMay.com, 540-437-3500

Along with selling multi- and single-family homes, land, farms and commercial properties, Kline May and sister company Cottonwood Commercial actively engage in the community: Both firms work with local charities like the Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club. SECOND PLACE: J.F. Brown Real Estate, Lexington

JFBrownRealEstate.com, 540-464-1776 THIRD PLACE: Team Waller, Front Royal

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THIRD PLACE: Gander Mountain, Winchester

Pickleball finds an enthusiastic audience in the valley.

GanderMountain.com, 540-868-9312

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

Westwood Animal Hospital 15 MISS PHILLIPS ROAD, STAUNTON

WestwoodAH.com, 540-337-6200

Westwood Animal Hospital has been caring for animals large and small for nearly half a century. It will soon add house calls to its list of services, which includes annual check ups, surgery, microchipping and boarding for small animals, plus annual physicals and vaccinations for large animals. SECOND PLACE: Massanutten Animal Clinic, Harrisonburg

MassVets.com, 540-908-2367

THIRD PLACE: Augusta Valley Animal Hospital, Staunton

AugustaValleyAnimal.com, 540-851-1500

TeamWaller.com, 540-671-6145

BEST SHOE STORE Sole Source

1790 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

TheSoleSource.net, 540-564-2668

Sole Source, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary, uses a personalized fitting process specifically geared towards individuals with foot conditions. It also carries plenty of footwear for those with physical disabilities or specific activity or lifestyle needs. Brands include Teva, Dansko and Reef. SECOND PLACE: Design @ Nine, Staunton

540-886-0060

THIRD PLACE: Wilkin’s Shoe Center, Inc., Winchester

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE Fashion Gallery

111 LEE HIGHWAY, VERONA

FashionGalleryVa.com, 540-248-4292

The Fashion Gallery sells everything from scarves and bags to small household wares, as well as plenty of casual and contemporary attire. One of its areas of expertise is formalwear; the shop carries prom dresses for teens in addition to gowns for the mother of the bride. SECOND PLACE: Design @ Nine, Staunton

540-886-0060

THIRD PLACE: The Yellow Button, Harrisonburg

ShopTheYellowButton.com, 540-801-8110

“Pickleball can best be described as ping pong on steroids,” says Adam Stanley, the USA Pickleball Association’s ambassador to Augusta County. Played with graphite paddles and a whiffle ball on courts that most closely resemble those of badminton, it has taken off quickly in the valley. The Waynesboro Country Club began offering the sport last summer, and Augusta County Parks and Rec hosted the 2nd Annual Pickleball is Valley Pickleball Chaleasy on joints, lenge in early May. but heavy on strategy. The Staunton-Augusta YMCA is the latest to join in, recently hosting its first tournament and offering indoor play five days a week for members and nonmembers alike. The game seems to draw the silver-haired set “because it’s a low impact sport,” explains Stanley. “Many former tennis players and general athletes, some with knee problems, shoulder or elbow issues, still find great fun in this sport.” And you don’t have to be a Williams sister to win. “The most effective style of play is slower, calculated and deliberate,” says Stanley. “Basic hand eye coordination and a little will to learn and improve is all it takes.” USAPA.org, WaynesboroYMCA.com

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BethesdaPT.com, 540-213-1320

SECOND PLACE: Wilderness Adventures, Staunton

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“Our goal is to get you better than you were before your injury,” says Advantage Physical Therapy’s Patrick Paradzinski, citing quick appointment scheduling (Advantage tries to get patients set up within 24 hours of their call) and breadth of services, including post-surgical health, women’s health, and pre-surgery and post-op treatment.

WilkinsShoe.com, 540-667-5600

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