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One for the Record Books

Best of Virginia 2023 saw an all-time high number of votes cast.

EACH YEAR, as we gear up for the annual Best of Virginia ( BoV) issue, our statewide guide brimming with reader favorites—from restaurants to inns, music venues, breweries, and much, much more—our editorial team wades through mountains of category suggestions and reader feedback to fine-tune the survey for tens of thousands of voters.

But for our 2023 BoV survey, we switched gears. In our quest to improve the voter experience, we found a tech startup—SceneThink—that introduced us to their Best Of voting platform. And the cherry on top? It’s based in Virginia. The results tell us it paid off: a record number of users cast nearly a half million total votes.

I hope you’ll join us in welcoming the winners of our seven new or renamed categories. One to note—Best Record Store—comes directly from a slew of reader suggestions, and is inspired by our recent feature story on a new generation of record pressers in Virginia (“The Vinyl Revolution,” Dec. ’22). Because, have you heard? Vinyl sales ran circles around CDs last year, and there are more than 50 shops keeping the trend alive statewide.

Just as our beloved Virginia is constantly evolving, so too is our process for showcasing the best in the Commonwealth for food and

drink; living and recreation; services; and shopping. Have category suggestions, questions about the issue, or just want to shout out your favorite winner? We’d love to hear from you. Best of Virginia is all about championing the small businesses, the local haunts, and the mom and pop shops. Without you, the reader and voter, this special issue—now in its 12th year of celebrating the state—wouldn’t be the go-to reference that it is today.

A huge thanks to our crackerjack VL team: Angela Shapiro, office manager and spreadsheet guru extraordinaire; our editorial staff, Constance Costas, Madeline Mayhood, Konstantin Rega, and Shayé Powell; and our art department, headed by Ryan Rich with his able sidekick Cecilia Fellinger. This issue is truly a team effort each year, and we’re proud to share it with you.


NOTE: We checked all of the businesses and events to the best of our ability and believe they are all open, or open seasonally, as of publication. Please check websites or call ahead to understand any limitations or exceptions.

Virginia Living is published bimonthly by Cape Fear Publishing Company, 109 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219.
Cover art and illustrations by Sean McCabe; Best of Virginia 2023 logo and regional lettering by Sarah Barton


Follow the grid to find your favorites in your region and across the Commonwealth.


ƒ Asian Restaurant

ƒ Barbecue Restaurant

ƒ Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

ƒ Burger Joint

ƒ Caterer

ƒ Coffee Shop or Roaster

ƒ Fine Dining

ƒ Food Truck

ƒ Ice Cream Shop

ƒ Indian Restaurant

ƒ Italian Restaurant

ƒ Mexican Restaurant

ƒ Outdoor Dining

ƒ Pizzeria

ƒ Sandwich Shop

ƒ Seafood Restaurant

ƒ Steakhouse

ƒ Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare


ƒ Bakery

ƒ Chocolatier

ƒ Farmers Market

ƒ Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

ƒ Wine Shop


ƒ Brewery

ƒ Cidery

ƒ Cocktails

ƒ Distillery

ƒ Winery

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ƒ Annual Charity Event

ƒ Art Event

ƒ Art Gallery *

ƒ Entertainment Center for Adults

ƒ Festival

ƒ LOVE Sign

ƒ Movie Theater *

ƒ Museum

ƒ Music Venue

ƒ Performing Arts Company

ƒ Performing Arts Theater *

ƒ Special Event Venue


ƒ Dog Groomer

ƒ Dog Training Company

ƒ Pet Boarding/Day Care

ƒ Veterinary Hospital


ƒ Family Entertainment

ƒ K-12 Independent School

ƒ Preschool

ƒ Summer Camp


ƒ Bed & Breakfast

ƒ Historic Site

ƒ Hotel

ƒ Resort

ƒ State Park *

ƒ Tourist Attraction


ƒ Dance Studio

ƒ Golf Course

ƒ Gym

ƒ Specialty Fitness

ƒ Tennis Facility


ƒ Chiropractic Practice *

ƒ Counseling or Therapy Practice

ƒ Dental Practice

ƒ Eye Doctor *

ƒ Home Health Provider

ƒ Hospital

ƒ Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

ƒ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

ƒ Orthodontic Practice

ƒ Orthopedic Practice

ƒ Pediatric Practice

ƒ Physical Therapy Practice

ƒ Primary Care Practice


ƒ Cosmetic Surgery Practice

ƒ Dermatology Practice

ƒ Hair Salon or Barber Shop

ƒ Spa


ƒ Architecture Firm

ƒ Greenhouse and Nursery

ƒ Home Builder

ƒ Home Furnishings Store

ƒ Interior Design Firm

ƒ Kitchen & Bath Design Firm

ƒ Landscape Design

ƒ Plumbing/HVAC Company

ƒ Real Estate Firm

ƒ Retirement Community SERVICES

ƒ Accounting Firm

ƒ Auction Company

ƒ Bank/Credit Union

ƒ Car Dealer

ƒ Car Wash

ƒ Financial Planning Firm

ƒ Funeral Home

ƒ Law Firm


ƒ Antiques

ƒ Book Store

ƒ Consignment Shop

ƒ Fine Jewelry Store

ƒ Florist Shop

ƒ Gift Store

ƒ Men’s Clothing Store

ƒ Record Store *

ƒ Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

ƒ Women ‘s Clothing Store


Each year, we evaluate voting statistics and reader feedback to craft a category list that best reflects the businesses Virginians rely on.

From your hometown drive-in theater to the chiropractor you call in a pinch, we hope you’ll join us in welcoming the winners of our seven new or renamed categories. Have a suggestion for 2024? Email us at

* New or renamed category for 2023

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Solve our double-issue crossword puzzle on page 176!

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A hospital unlike any other, built by a community unlike any other.

We’re excited to announce that the Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball was voted one of just three Best Annual Charity Event winners in the Central Region of Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living.

Held to raise funds for the construction of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s new Children’s Tower, this event and win represents the tireless work and collaboration of community leaders, health care providers, and the families we serve to bring this one-of-a-kind hospital to life.

Now open in downtown Richmond, the new Children’s Tower features free on-site parking, family amenities, spacious private rooms and 24/7 access to highly-ranked pediatric specialists.

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41 Comfort and Community
43 The Benefits of Massage
45 Pawprints and
47 Smart Retirement
49 Letters From
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53 Stems and Sweets
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Asian Restaurant

1st: Mekong

6004 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-288-8929

This Vietnamese eatery is also a beloved craft beer bar. Start off with spring rolls or dumplings, then indulge in traditional pho or broken rice. Chef specialties include hot and sour catfish, seasonal soft shell crab, clay pot-style chicken, and beef sautéed in spicy lemongrass sauce. Be sure to order one of the many IPAs or sour beers on tap.

2nd: Peter Chang, Multiple locations, 804-728-1820

3rd: Fat Dragon Kitchen & Bar, Richmond, 804-354-9888

Barbecue Restaurant

1st: ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

3201 W. Moore St., Richmond, 804-528-5648

ZZQ began as a pop-up and catering operation helmed by native Texan and self-taught pitmaster, Chris Fultz. He later met pitmistress Alex Graf, and as business grew, they opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant together in 2018. Boasting the only authentic Texas-style barbecue in the Commonwealth, ZZQ uses all-wood cooking methods to create its popular sliced brisket, specialty meat sandwiches, spicy sides, and more.

2nd: Buz & Ned’s Real BBQ, Richmond, 804-346-4227

3rd: County Smoak, Lynchburg, 434-215-3311

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Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

1st: Bodo’s Bagels

3 locations in Charlottesville, 434-293-5224

You don’t need to leave the state to get authentically crafted, freshly baked New York bagels. Locally owned and operated since 1988, Bodo’s Bagels serves traditional bagels and cream cheese, baked from scratch in-house, every day, along with affordable sandwiches and salads at three locations in Charlottesville, satisfying locals, visitors, and the college community alike.

2nd: Mason Dixon Cafe, Fredericksburg, 540-371-1950

3rd: Boychik’s Deli, Glen Allen, 804-747-1030

Burger Joint

1st: Five Guys

Multiple locations, 866-345-4897

Five Guys’ famous patties were first flipped in Arlington, where the company began in the 1980s. Since then, the popular fast-casual burger and fries chain has expanded to more than 1,500 locations nationwide. Fan favorite menu items include the signature boardwalk-style fries cooked in pure peanut oil, and handspun milkshakes with a wide variety of mix-in options, from bacon to bananas.

2nd: Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, 804-285-1758

3rd: Burger Bach, Multiple locations, 804-359-1305

Your favorite ice cream sandwiches, available at 30,000 feet.

Next time you hop a JetBlue flight across the pond, look for this Richmond-made dessert on the menu. 2017 Made in Virginia winner Nightingale Ice Cream created CHOMP—or what director of marketing Erica Jacobs describes as “the same great Nightingale sammies you know and love, just smaller!” A broker working to curate JetBlue’s food and beverage options was familiar with Nightingale and made the connection, and in 2021 the airline began offering CHOMP on all London-bound flights. Currently, CHOMP is available in Classic, Cookie Monster, Chocolate Blackout, and Strawberry Shortcake flavors, and Birthday Cake is coming soon. CHOMP will also be available on Paris-bound flights later this year.


1st: MOSAIC Catering + Events

3001 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond, 804-525-2190

From humble beginnings as a Carytown café, MOSAIC now runs catering operations out of both Richmond and Charleston, South Carolina. From corporate luncheons to weddings, bar service options, and a full-scale production catalog, including lighting, décor, audio + visual, and custom design services, the MOSAIC team are pros at transforming an ordinary space into a spectacular one for good eats and good times.

2nd: Homemades by Suzanne, Richmond, 804-798-8331

3rd: Cater 2 Events, Richmond, 804-269-0359

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.

3 locations in Richmond, 804-687-9443

David Blanchard founded Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. in January 2005, and it wasn’t long before grocery store chains started selling his beans locally, transforming the company into a favorite wholesale coffee brand. With three café locations in Richmond—on West Broad Street, Morris Street in the Fan, and on Forest Hill Avenue on the Southside, Blanchard’s mission continues: Good work in the service of great coffee.

2nd: Joe Bean’s, Multiple locations, 434-237-0030

3rd: The Local Cup, Mechanicsville, 804-277-3689

Fine Dining


1st: Stella’s 1012 Lafayette St., Richmond, 804-358-2011

A Richmond staple since 1983, with a second location in Charleston, South Carolina, since 2017, Stella’s honors rustic and modern Greek cuisine. The charming and romantic space is a tribute to Stella herself, who, for many years, crafted her famed Greek recipes for all who walked through the doors. You’ll have a hard time choosing what to order from the authentic and thoughtfully crafted menu.

2nd: Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Richmond, 804-643-6900

3rd: L’Opossum, Richmond, 804-918-6028

Food Truck

1st: River City Wood Fire Pizza

3681 Speeks Dr., Midlothian, 804-339-2580

Started by Joe LaJoie, this food truck specializes in wood-fired, 10-inch, personal pizzas featuring fromscratch sourdough and red sauce recipes. Try the Sir Brussels white pizza with Brussels sprout leaves, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, Parmesan, and mozzarella, or the Chicken Bacon Ranch with house marinara, garlic-pepper ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, smoked bacon, white cheddar, and house-made ranch.

2nd: Boka Tako, Richmond, 804-928-2652

3rd: Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay Richmond 804-399-7197

Ice Cream Shop

1st: Gelati Celesti

7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-346-0038

Gelati Celesti has been producing its trademark “heavenly handmade ice cream” for nearly 40 years, with flavors churned in small batches using special Italian equipment. Boasting 24 house flavors, and a slew of others that rotate throughout the year, these ice cream experts also offer made-toorder ice cream pies, cakes, and cookies for any occasion.

2nd: Carl’s Frozen Custard, Fredericksburg

3rd: Scoop, Richmond, 804-918-4455

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Indian Restaurant

1st: Lehja

11800 W. Broad St., Suite 910, Richmond, 804-364-1111

With a menu offering a modern approach to the classics, Lehja has developed a solid following. Washingtonian magazine claimed it to be the “best Indian restaurant outside of Washington D.C.’s Rasika in the region.” Popular dishes include a deconstructed butter chicken and duck Salli Boti. An extensive wine list won praise from Wine Spectator

2nd: Lemon Cuisine of India, Richmond, 804-204-1800

3rd: Anokha Restaurant, Richmond, 804-360-8686

Italian Restaurant

1st: Edo’s Squid

411 N. Harrison St., Richmond, 804-864-5488

Edo’s Squid’s authentic, homemade Italian dishes have developed legions of foodie fans. A less-than-grand entrance—up a creaky, old staircase—belies the profound culinary experience waiting inside. Food is consistently delicious, with squid served every which way, and delectable pasta dishes (like broccoli rabe and puttanesca) and flavorful mains like hanger steak and rockfish are among customer favorites. But order anything—you can rarely go wrong.

2nd: Mama Cucina, Glen Allen, 804-346-3350

3rd: Orofino, Fredericksburg, 540-373-1352

Mexican Restaurant

1st: Mexico Restaurant

6 locations in the Richmond area, 804-559-8126

Mexico Restaurant opened in 1990 and has since expanded to six locations throughout the Richmond area. Serving fresh Mexican food of the highest quality in a casual atmosphere, Mexico is perfect for a family dinner, birthday party, or casual night out. The chain prides itself not only on food and service, but also its involvement with the community.

2nd: En Su Boca, Richmond, 804-359-0768

3rd: Mi Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant, Multiple locations, 804-716-7414

Outdoor Dining

1st: Portico Restaurant & Bar

12506 River Rd., Richmond, 804-784-4800

This Portofino-inspired restaurant features a cozy stone terrace nestled among gardens of fresh herbs and flowers. On colder evenings, outdoor diners can stay warm by the stacked stone fireplace. In addition to a casual Italian menu for lunch and dinner seven days per week, Portico also offers Sunday morning brunch with cocktails, pizza, and sweet and savory breakfast options.

2nd: The Boathouse, 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-404-9194

3rd: Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, 540-456-8020


1st: Bottoms Up Pizza

1700 Dock St., Richmond, 804-644-4400

A staple of Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom district since 1990, Bottoms Up has specialized in gourmet sourdough crust pizzas for nearly 35 years. Surviving floods, hurricanes, and a pandemic, this family-owned business is here to stay, maintaining its status as Richmond’s go-to for quality, delicious pizzas, savory sauces, generous pasta portions, and even a selection of juicy burgers.

2nd: Mary Angela’s Pizzeria, Richmond, 804-353-2333

3rd: Waterstone Pizza, Lynchburg, 434-455-1515

Sandwich Shop

1st: TASTE

5706 Grove Ave., Suite 100, Richmond, 804-362-0504

Whether you’re looking for catering service or a quick lunch, TASTE Westhampton has the perfect fresh sandwich menu. Favorites from the shop, which originated in Virginia Beach, include the Tidewater with classic chicken salad, Virginia country ham, Swiss cheese, and house dressing on French bread, and the Virginian with prosciutto, turkey, baked ham, provolone, romaine, tomato, banana peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta.

2nd: Boychik’s Deli, Glen Allen, 804-747-1030

3rd: Secret Sandwich Society, Richmond, 804-644-4777

Seafood Restaurant

1st: The Boathouse 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-404-9194

This longtime Richmond favorite for special events sports waterfront views

(the James River at Rocketts Landing and Smith Creek Reservoir at Sunday Park in Brandermill) combined with an extensive seafood menu. Start with raw oysters on the half shell or gooey crab and artichoke dip, and then dig into pan seared rockfish, classic shrimp and grits, or whole Maine lobster with drawn butter.

2nd: Rappahannock, Richmond, 804-545-0565

3rd: The Hard Shell, Midlothian, 804-643-2333


1st: Buckhead’s Chop House

8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-750-2000

Held to the highest standard of excellence, Buckhead’s Chop House has been a Richmond tradition since 1994, serving succulent Braveheart Beef and fresh seafood. A passion for culinary perfection is evident in every bite. As an added bonus, the Buckhead’s bar proudly highlights one of the largest selections of single malt Scotches and bourbons in the area.

2nd: Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Richmond, 804-643-6900

3rd: Hondos Steak House, Glen Allen, 804-968-4323

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare

1st: Goatocado

1823 W. Main St., Richmond, 804-464-8226

Once a single food truck, Goatocado now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant and a busy food cart available for large events and private parties.

A “conscious kitchen,” Goatocado is dedicated to sustainability and sourcing the freshest ingredients possible. The menu includes wraps, bowls, and ramen, with choices of bases and addons—like quinoa or mac ‘n’ cheese, and organic tofu or garlic ginger mushrooms.

2nd: Sammy T’s, Fredericksburg, 540-371-2008

3rd: Ipanema Cafe, Richmond, 804-213-0190

Get Tight

“Fresh local beef cooked over charcoal, sliced thin, served on a house-made roll, topped with paper-thin onion, horseradish, Duke’s mayo, and homemade Get Tight Sauce.” This Baltimore-style pit beef sandwich is the center of Get Tight Lounge ’s menu, explains co-owner Drew Schlegel.

Schlegel opened the Richmond spot with Randy O’Dell last summer. “We wanted to curate a fast-casual restaurant with a large patio to host live music and events while offering a unique style of food to locals, VCU students, and our friends in the Fan,” says Schlegel.

The menu includes Smithfield pit ham, pit turkey, and veggie “pit beet” (charcoalsmoked beets) sandwiches, as well as fries, chili, soups, and salads. The inside has a “cozy, retro-futuristic vibe,” says Schlegel, and the outside features a patio stage for a “backyard party feel.” Schlegel says they plan to open up the front of the building with roll-up, garage-style doors and add more bar seating, aiming for a Broadway in Nashville or Beale Street in Memphis feel.

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1st: Shyndigz

1831 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-938-3449

Famous for its substantial slices of cake, Shyndigz has a deliciously sweet selection of goodies. Cobblers, oatmeal cream pies, and crème brûlée are also on the menu, along with vegan desserts like banana brulée. A savory selection of small plates and charcuterie are recent menu additions. Follow along on their social media channels for updates on daily specials.

2nd: Baked on the James, Scottsville, 434-286-4683

3rd: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe, Richmond, 804-285-2253


1st: For the Love of Chocolate

3136 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-278-8950

After seeing fine chocolatiers on a trip to Europe, For the Love of Chocolate’s

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original owner wanted to bring that same luxurious experience to Richmond. Long-time customers Ron and Elizabeth Vranas took over in 2020, and this year the shop is celebrating 30 years as a haven for chocolate lovers, with gourmet and international items, Virginia-made options, rare retro candies, and much more.

2nd: Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Charlottesville, 434-972-9100

3rd: The Frenchman’s Corner, Culpeper, 540-825-8025

Farmers Market

1st: South of the James Market New Kent Rd. and W. 42nd St., Richmond, 804-814-2373

This open-air, producer-only market is the ideal spot for farmers and artisans to sell locally grown and handmade items. Open year-round, rain or shine, South of the James has an impressively extensive vendor list—from soaps to sausage, donuts to dog treats, and fruits to flowers. Find it in Forest Hill Park on Richmond’s Southside, every Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

2nd: Lynchburg Community Market, Lynchburg, 434-455-4485

3rd: Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, 434-970-3371

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

1st: Stella’s Grocery

6 locations in the Richmond area, 804-358-2011

This market offshoot of renowned Greek eatery Stella’s has locations all over the city, including Scott’s Addition, Westhampton, and across the street from the restaurant itself. You can pick up basics, such as olive oil or coffee, as well as prepared dishes, fresh sandwiches, gelato, beer and wine, in addition to candles and other lifestyle and décor items.

2nd: Yellow Umbrella Provisions Richmond, 804-282-9591

3rd: Ellwood Thompson’s, Richmond, 804-359-7525

Wine Shop

1st: Once Upon a Vine

4009 MacArthur Ave., Richmond, 804-726-9463

In addition to an extensive selection of Virginia wines, Once Upon a Vine offers bottles from all over the world, as well as beers from six continents. The shop is organized by price range rather than by region. The shop also carries cheese, chocolates, and other Virginia-made food goods. Stop by for a Friday-night tasting to learn more.

2nd: Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Provisions, Richmond, 804-612-9232

3rd: J. Emerson, Inc., Richmond, 804-285-8011

U.S.D.A.-graded meat sold at the retail level is one of three grades: Prime, Choice, or Select, with Prime being the top grade. For specific cuts, consider these distinctions:

Porterhouse vs. T-bone: The porterhouse is a bone-in loin chop with a large piece of tenderloin; the T-bone by contrast has a small amount of tenderloin.

Pork Loin vs. Tenderloin: “The loin and the tenderloin are distinctly different muscles located in different parts of the animal. They are not the same thing!” says Tanya in Richmond. “Pork tenderloins are about 1-1.5 pounds each; the loin runs the length of the pig and can weigh up to 9 pounds.”

Prime Rib vs. Standing Rib Roast: A prime rib is a standing rib roast of USDA Prime quality. “Prime rib has become a generic term for a standing rib roast, like saying Xerox, when you mean copying,” says Cauthen. Keith Lebor, of Olde Towne Butcher in Fredericksburg, agrees. “Prime rib is not a cut of beef,” he says. “Simply order a ‘standing rib’ or a ‘bone-in rib roast.’ If you want a prime-grade standing rib, let the butcher know.”

Pot Roast: A “pot roast” is any roast you put in a pot. “Customers should look at their options and choose something that looks fatty like a chuck or a shank,” suggests Lebor. “A lean cut, like a top round, will end up dry.”

Local: Always ask your butcher where the meat came from. “The 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, enacted by Congress, allows for products from as far as 400 miles to be called local,” advises Lebor.;

Terminology to keep in mind on your next trip
Keith Lebor of Olde Towne Butcher


DRINK Brewery

1st: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

2 locations in Richmond, 804-420-2420

Hardywood is sharply focused on brewing quality, sourcing locally, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. Famous for its Gingerbread Stout and other seasonal favorites like Farmhouse Pumpkin saison, Hardywood also always has the classics on tap, like Richmond Lager and Great Return, an American IPA. The Scott’s Addition location includes a pizza kitchen and outdoor patio with fire pits and a performance stage.

2nd: Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, 540-456-8020

3rd: Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, Roseland, 434-361-1001


1st: Bold Rock Hard Cider

Locations in Charlottesville, Nellysford, 434-361-1030

After opening its Nellysford Cider Barn a decade ago, Bold Rock has become a regional favorite as the nation’s largest independently owned cider company, racking up more than 100 awards. Enjoy sweet ciders in-person at the tranquil Nellysford or Carter Mountain locations, or purchase hard seltzers and canned cocktails to take home from regional grocery stores across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

2nd: Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, 804-231-0280

3rd: Buskey Cider, Richmond, 804-355-0100


1st: The Jasper 3113 W. Cary St., Richmond, 23221

The Jasper offers “full pours and honest prices,” as their slogan goes. Craft cocktails change seasonally but include libations such as Man After Midnight with Brazilian sugarcane rum, amari, blanco tequila, bay leaf, and bubbly; nitro bourbon and gingers; and Penicillin shots featuring Islay Scotch, lemon, honey, and ginger. During the holiday season, the bar turns into the Christmas-themed Miracle on Cary Street pop-up.

2nd: The Lobby Bar at Quirk Hotel, Richmond, 804-340-6050

3rd: Tazza Kitchen, Multiple locations, 804-415-6224


1st: Belle Isle Moonshine

615 Maury St., Richmond, 804-723-1030

Not just for bootleggers anymore: Belle Isle’s moonshine has gone mainstream, with flavors ranging from Yuzu Ginger to Cold Brew Coffee, and holiday specialities like Peppermint

Patty. Ready-to-drink canned cocktails are also available, like Cherry Lime Drive, a bubbly tart cherry and limeade concoction produced in collaboration with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Check out Belle Isle’s website for a slew of creative cocktail recipes.

2nd: A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Fredericksburg, 540-373-4555

3rd: Silverback Distillery, Afton, 540-456-7070


1st: Trump Winery 100 Grand Cru Dr., Charlottesville, 434-266-9909

Nestled among the rolling, verdant hills outside of Charlottesville, Trump Winery offers guests gorgeous views alongside award-winning wine. Enjoy a flight in the tasting room, a seated meal with seasonal fare, or a picnic on


the lawn with a glass or bottle of your choosing. If you can’t make it in person, purchase a wine club membership for quarterly deliveries.

2nd: Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, 540-832-3824

3rd: King Family Vineyards, Crozet, 434-823-7800

Southern Shine Moonshine and more in Southside Virginia.

Virginia’s urban meccas have more than their fair share of distilleries, but traveling outside Central Virginia’s city limits reveals a host of small-town makers and lots of tasty spirits.

Bondurant Brothers Distillery , Chase City

Run by the descendants of the Bondurant Boys, the subject of the 2012 film Lawless, this distillery makes corn-based moonshine. The tasting room is open one weekend per month, March through November.

Springfield Distillery , Halifax Housed in an 1840s cabin, Springfield Distillery offers unaged corn whiskey, bourbon, port barrel-aged whiskey, rum, and various flavored whiskies, including butterscotch and blackberry. The distillery also launched Blackberry Whiskey Sour and Strawberry Smash canned cocktails.


Crosses Distilling Co. , Powhatan

Powhatan’s first distillery, Three Crosses began “truly as a hobby that got out of hand.” Since its founding in 2017, it has racked up considerable awards for its handcrafted spirits like whiskey, rye, gin, and rum. Executive Chef Tara Powers runs The Table at Three Crosses, where she’s known for zhuzhing up Southern classics at the distillery’s restaurant.

Sandy River Distillery , Rice

Venture to Prince Edward County for Sandy River’s impressive aged bourbon, vodka, peach cobbler-flavored moonshine, and strawberry shortcake-flavored moonshine. Visit the 1840s log cabin tasting room (the structure was relocated from its original home in Charlotte Court House) for a guided tasting, a flight, or a cocktail.

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A sample of bottles from Three Crosses Distilling Co. in Powhatan.

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Annual Charity Event

1st: Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

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100 Ave. of Champions, Suite 300, Richmond, 804-285-9495

The 14th-largest race in the country, Richmond’s own Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k was first held in April 2000 and has since become one of the city’s most-loved traditions. With lots of live bands, costumes, porch parties, crowds on every block, and even a race for kids, this annual event is always one to look forward to.

2nd: Richmond SPCA Fur Ball, Richmond, 804-521-1300

3rd: Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, Richmond, 804-228-5826

Art Event

1st: Arts in the Park

3113 Rendale Ave., Richmond, 804-358-2711

Now in its 52nd year, Arts in the Park is one of Richmond’s largest and most popular outdoor events. Originally held inside the Carillon War Memorial, it’s grown to include more than 350 exhibitors from around the country, sprawled across the entirety of Byrd Park. This year’s event is planned for Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7.

2nd: RVA First Fridays, Richmond

3rd: First Fridays, Fredericksburg, 540-202-6655

Art Gallery

1st: Crossroads Art Center

2016 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, 804-278-8950

Crossroads exhibits the works of more than 225 visual artists from the local Richmond area and greater Mid-Atlantic region. The art center provides represented artists the opportunity to promote and sell their works through both in-person and online exhibitions. In addition, Crossroads offers educational workshops such as mixed media painting or acrylic and color classes.

2nd: Quirk Gallery, Richmond, 804-340-6036

3rd: LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg, 540-371-7255

Trail of Trails

The Fall Line makes connections in a Central Virginia corridor.

A new trail to be constructed this year will connect Ashland to Petersburg. The Fall Line will be “a multi-use trail facility that would enhance the active transportation network in the Richmond region, which includes the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico; the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Richmond; and the Town of Ashland,” according to VDOT—the Virginia Department of Transportation. The trail will connect existing transportation networks in these seven localities as well as portions of the Virginia Capital and Appomattox River Trails, six universities and community colleges, three rivers, and numerous parks, uniting rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Entertainment Center for Adults

1st: Topgolf

2308 Westwood Ave., Richmond, 804-977-6371

Practice your swing while sipping on a colorful cocktail or cold beer and snacking on pub food. Players can choose from range-style hitting or various games. Bays feature high-top tables and lounge seating, as well as heaters for chillier days. The Richmond location also offers a 14-hole minigolf course and a rooftop terrace with fire pits.

2nd: River City Roll, Richmond, 804-339-2580

3rd: Drive Shack, Richmond, 804-729-3778


1st: Richmond Folk Festival

200 S. Third St., Richmond, 804-788-6466

A three-day event held on Browns Island every October, the Richmond Folk Festival tells the rich story of American cultural diversity through music, dance, traditional crafts, and cuisine. Celebrating 19 years this fall (Oct. 13-15), the festival features six performance stages, showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from all over the world.

2nd: Richmond Greek Festival, Richmond, 804-358-5996

3rd: Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, Amherst, 434-946-5168


1st: LOVEwork at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887

The concepts for each letter in the LOVE sign at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were developed by garden staff from all departments to highlight seasonal beauty, celebrate the ecosystem, honor Garden volunteers, encourage recycling, and welcome guests. The sign is incorporated into the garden’s popular, yearly holiday lights show extravaganza, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

2nd: LOVEwork at Culpeper Depot Culpeper, 540-727-0611

3rd: LOVEwork in Farmville, Farmville, 4343-92-8465

Movie Theater

1st: The Byrd Theatre

2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-358-3056

Built in the 1920s, and still an architectural treasure, the 1,200-seat Byrd Theatre screens both contemporary and classic films. The theater features many series and festivals such as Studio Ghibli Fest, the Science on Screen series, the Family Classics series, and the Environmental Film Festival. Come early before Saturday showings to hear the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ playing.

2nd: Movieland at Boulevard Square, Richmond, 804-354-6008

3rd: Goochland Drive-In, Hadensville


1st: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, 804-340-1400

The VMFA is the only art museum in the U.S. open 365 days a year with free general admission. It offers a wide array of special exhibitions and access to a global collection of art. Permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 works spanning more than 6,000 years. A new wing, adding 170,000 square feet of museum space, is in progress.

2nd: Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, 804-864-1400

3rd: Children’s Museum of Richmond, Richmond, 804-474-7000

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Music Venue

1st: The National

708 E. Broad St., Richmond, 804-612-1900

Richmond’s downtown, indoor venue hosts up to 1,500 guests per show. Featured artists come from a variety of genres. Upcoming acts this summer include Chase Rice and Rival Sons in May, All Time Low and Declan McKenna in June, Young the Giant with Milky Chance and Flatland Cavalry in July, and Mary Chapin Carpenter and Jason Isbell in August.

2nd: Altria Theater, Richmond, 804-592-3384

3rd: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, 434-243-4960

Performing Arts Company

1st: Richmond Ballet

407 E. Canal St., Richmond, 804-344-0906

The Richmond Ballet’s 2022-23 season is the first to be co-planned by artistic director Stoner Winslett and associate artistic director Ma Cong.

Known as the State Ballet of Virginia, the company boasts an expansive repertory of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces, and more than 90 new ballets by contemporary choreographers. Its scope also includes the acclaimed School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion community programming.

2nd: Richmond Symphony, Richmond, 804-788-1212

3rd: Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond, 804-282-2620

Performing Arts Theater

1st: Altria Theater

6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, 804-592-3384

The Altria Theater opened in 1927 as the “Mosque,” named for its Moorish Revival style architecture and detailing, and has since hosted thousands of entertainers and performances. Today, you can see a variety of events at the theater, including comedy shows, concerts, children’s theatre, and Broadway tours like The Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof

2nd: Carpenter Theatre, Richmond, 804-592-3330

3rd: Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, 434-846-8499

Level Up

Level Up Dog Sports offers Central Virginia dog owners an 18,000-square-foot, turf-matted indoor sports complex for training and competition in Mechanicsville. Classes range from basic manners and obedience to sports, scent work, rally, and agility. “We have instructors and students who’ve been invited to the AKC Invitationals and Premier Cup, have attended the Westminster Masters Agility

Special Event Venue

1st: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 82 acres are open daily for perusing and learning, with a mission to build community and connect people through the beauty of nature. The garden includes more than a dozen themed areas, including a conservatory—the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic—a children’s garden, and Kroger Community Kitchen Garden, growing fresh produce for Richmond area food banks.

2nd: Altria Theater, Richmond, 804-592-3384

3rd: Browns Island, Richmond, 804-788-6466


Dog Groomer

1st: Dogma Grooming & Pet Needs 3501 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-358-9267

The team at Dogma, with more than 100 years of combined experience, takes pride in their groomers being calm and gentle, skilled and knowledgeable, creative, and holding high standards. Dogma offers both dog and cat grooming, with services including fur trimming, bathing, specialty sham-

Championship, and have even competed internationally,” says Carol Boggess, agility instructor and office administrator. This year, construction is set to begin on a new facility in Ashland, which will feature a 50-foot dog dock diving pool with bleacher seating, and for the human set, a fitness center and sleek bar and lounge—ideal for sipping a cocktail while your canine goes to class.

pooing, blow drying, teeth brushing, nail clipping, and more from its Carytown storefront.

2nd: Holiday Barn Pet Resort, Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-672-2200

3rd: The Barking Lot, Richmond, 804-358-4038

Dog Training Company

1st: Level Up Dog Sports

8438 Old Richfood Rd., Mechanicsville, 804-723-0602

Level Up offers both group classes and private options in a variety of focus disciplines, for dogs of all skill levels. Training areas include agility, manners, dog sport foundation, scent work, rally obedience, precision heeling, and competition obedience proofing. The 18,000-square-foot main building and 10,000-square-foot annex provide ample space and amenities for dogs and humans alike.

2nd: All Dog Adventures, Richmond, 804-355-7737

3rd: Holiday Barn Pet Resort, Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-672-2200

Pet Boarding/Day Care

1st: Holiday Barn Pet Resort

Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-672-2200

During Holiday Barn’s early years, original owners Emerson and Kathy

Hughes’ goal was to provide a safe, healthy, and fun vacation for Richmond-area pets. Now under the direction of their son Michael, Holiday Barn has seen great success and expansion, with added amenities like an in-ground swimming pool, a doggie day care pavilion and play yards, luxury suites, and cat condominiums.

2nd: All Dog Adventures, Richmond, 804-355-7737

3rd: Hanover Your Pet, Mechanicsville, 804-730-4616

Veterinary Hospital

1st: River City Veterinary Hospital 5305 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-339-2580

In addition to the usual dog and cat clients, River City Veterinary Hospital also serves small mammals like rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, even chickens. The veterinary hospital is led by husband and wife team Anthony and Heather O’Sullivan, with five additional veterinarians on staff, and has been serving the Richmond area for nine years.

2nd: Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital, Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-262-8629

3rd: Mechanicsville Animal Hospital, Mechanicsville, 804-559-9800

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Family Entertainment

1st: Maymont

1700 Hampton St., Richmond, 804-525-9000

Upcoming events at Maymont this summer include Toddler Time: Historic Gardens on Mondays in May, as well as summer camps like Living Alphabet for ages 4-5, Maymont Explorers for second and third graders, and Junior Animal Keeper Camp for fourth and fifth graders in June through August. Families can also visit the mansion, gardens, and nature center.

2nd: Flying Squirrels Baseball, Richmond, 804-359-3866

3rd: Kings Dominion, Doswell, 804-876-5000

K-12 Independent School

1st: The New Community School

4211 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, 804-266-2494

The New Community School is focused on students in fifth through twelfth grade with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Core classes–English, math, history, and science–average six to eight students per class. Elective classes include fine arts, visual arts, drama, woodworking, photography, and more. The school also offers a variety of athletics and clubs for well-rounded students.

2nd: Collegiate School, Richmond, 804-740-7077

3rd: St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, 804-288-2804


1st: Westhampton Day School

6100 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-282-7459

Westhampton Day School serves 180 full-day students in the two-year-old program, three-year-old program, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Students experiment and grow in a Christian environment that focuses on stimulating and hands-on experiences for young learners. Two-year-olds begin with numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and vocabulary; three-yearolds learn through thematic units, problem-solving, and both independent and group exploration activities.

2nd: River Road Church Preschool, Richmond, 804-282-4368

3rd: Weinstein JCC, Richmond, 804-285-6500

Four Seasons of Fun

Nellysford’s Wintergreen Resort isn’t just for skiing. It’s the perfect family vacation spot no matter the season.

Spring: Wintergreen is conveniently located near multiple rivers: the Shenandoah, James, and Jackson. Hit up the fly shop, then get to fishing for trout, bass, and more.

Summer: Tee off at the resort’s two golf courses—Devil’s Knob, the highest golf course in Virginia at 3,850 feet, or Stoney Creek, which features a trio of nine holes in the Valley.

Summer Camp

1st: Camp Hanover

3163 Parsleys Mill Rd., Mechanicsville, 804-779-2811

Sixty-plus years and tens of thousands of campers later, Camp Hanover continues its mission of education, outreach, and faith formation. The Christian camp offers both day and overnight programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth, utilizing a decentralized, small-group program model to cultivate strong relationships and focus on each child for unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.

2nd: YMCA Camp Thunderbird, Chesterfield, 804-748-6714

3rd: SOAR365 Summer Camp, Richmond, 804-665-1239

Fall: The resort’s home in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the perfect spot for hiking and enjoying gorgeous autumn foliage, with more than 30 miles of marked hiking trails in a range of difficulty levels.

Winter: Enjoy 26 slopes for skiing and snowboarding with a variety of terrain for beginners and those more experienced. When your legs get tired, check out The Plunge for snow tubing.


Bed & Breakfast

1st: The Inn at Little Washington 309 Middle St., Washington, 540-675-3800

Guests of the Inn at Little Washington are welcome to daily house breakfast in the dining room during their stay in one of the inn’s 23 sumptuously decorated rooms or suites. All guests are also guaranteed a dinner reservation at chef Patrick O’Connell’s 3 Star Michelin restaurant—the only Michelin rated location in Virginia—each evening of their getaway.

2nd: The Farmhouse at Veritas, Afton, 540-456-8100

3rd: The Henry Clay Inn, Ashland, 804-798-3100

Historic Site

1st: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 1050 Monticello Loop, Charlottesville, 434-984-9800

Designed by Thomas Jefferson and built using enslaved labor, Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation is a nonprofit that has maintained the estate for a century. Monticello is committed to sharing an honest, inclusive history of everyone who lived and labored on the mountaintop.

2nd: Maymont, Richmond, 804-525-9000

3rd: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, 804-648-8501


1st: The Jefferson Hotel

101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, 804-788-8000

The Jefferson is a true historic landmark, hosting its guests in style for over 125 years. With elegant décor, ornate architecture, and fine dining, it is no surprise that this hotel is known as one of the best in the country. The Jefferson’s staff is committed to world-class hospitality as part of an unforgettable experience.

2nd: Quirk Hotel, Richmond, 804-340-6036

3rd: Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center, Lynchburg, 434-455-1500


1st: Wintergreen Resort

39 Mountain Inn Loop, Nellysford, 434-325-2200

Spanning 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen is a four-season recreation destination. Known for exhilarating skiing and championship golf, the resort also boasts guest rooms and suites, condos, rental homes, four restaurants, snowboarding and snow tubing, racquet sports, hiking, swimming, fishing. Prefer to relax and recharge?

Schedule an appointment at Wintergreen’s mountaintop spa.

2nd: Boar’s Head Resort, Charlottesville, 844-611-8066

3rd: Keswick Hall, Keswick, 434-979-3440

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Wintergreen may have winter in the name, but it has year-round appeal.


TRAVEL State Park

1st: Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, 804-796-4255

Pocahontas State Park covers nearly 8,000 acres and includes more than 90 miles of hiking and biking trails and three lakes. Swift Creek Lake offers boat rentals, and visitors can also camp, picnic, visit the Aquatic Center with multiple pools, fish, and partake in history and nature programs. The park also has a 2,000-seat amphitheater for concerts and other live entertainment.

2nd: Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston, 540-297-6066

3rd: Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, 540-854-5503

Tourist Attraction

1st: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

1050 Monticello Loop, Charlottesville, 434-984-9800

Monticello offers 13 different types of tours, designed with everyone in mind, from the history buff to the family on vacation. Explore Jefferson’s lifelong interest in nature on a Garden and Grounds tour; test your knowledge with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt; or learn about the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the plantation on the Slavery at Monticello tour.

2nd: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond, 804-262-9887

3rd: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 804-340-1400


1st: Fred Astaire Dance Studios

100 Arboretum Pl., Suite 110, Richmond, Richmond, 804-476-8297

This studio teaches a variety of ballroom dances, including tango, bachata, cha cha, swing, foxtrot, mambo, merengue, quickstep, salsa, waltz, and offers both group and private lessons, as well as practice parties and children’s classes. For engaged couples, fathers and daughters, or bridal parties, the studio also offers customized wedding day programs and packages.

2nd: West End Academy of Dance, Henrico, 804-740-0842

3rd: Fred Astaire Dance Studios (Charlottesville Ballroom), Charlottesville, 434-227-4717

Golf Course

1st: The Country Club of Virginia

2 locations in Richmond, 804-287-1330

The Country Club of Virginia (CCV) sets the gold standard for championship golf in the Commonwealth.

Established in 1908, the private club offers members and their guests three courses: the James River Course, the Tuckahoe Creek Course, and the Westhampton Course. Each year, CCV hosts the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, welcoming 72 PGA Tour champions to Richmond for a threeday tournament.

2nd: The Federal Club, Glen Allen, 804-798-4996

3rd: Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, 804-601-8600

Comfort and Community

By day, it welcomes remote workers, seeking solace from the home office. By night, it’s a social hub, hosting movie screenings, networking opportunities, yoga classes, and more. This is Common House , a gathering space with personality.

With roots in Charlottesville since 2017, a second location in Richmond, third in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and others set to open in mid-sized cities across the Southeast, Common House seeks to foster community.

Founders Derek Sieg, Ben Pfinsgraff, and Josh Rogers—all University of Virginia alumni—set out to create “a hub for people of all backgrounds to socialize, learn, and grow,” in the spirit of “bridge clubs, neighborhood associations, and bowling leagues” of the past. “Above all, our goal is to make room for creativity, connection, and curiosity to flourish,” says Sieg.


1st: acac Fitness & Wellness Center

Multiple locations, 888-979-7870

In the midst of the fitness craze of the 1980s, Phil Wendel opened the first acac in a small shopping center in Charlottesville. Since then, it’s expanded to include 12 clubs in three states, with two locations in the Richmond area. The acac team emphasizes health and wellness in facilities known for their cleanliness and friendly professionals.

2nd: American Family Fitness, Multiple locations, 804-364-1200

3rd: Planet Fitness, Multiple locations, 844-880-7180

Specialty Fitness

1st: City Barre

1404 Belleville St., Richmond, 804-999-4227

City Barre offers a packed roster of barre classes, with a new flow and playlist daily. Workouts are designed to target all the major muscle groups, and clients can join with monthly or yearly unlimited memberships or with a variety of class packages. The studio hosts special events such as Boos and Brews, where you bring your partner and then enjoy local craft beer post-workout.


2nd: The Hot Yoga Barre, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-814-3067

3rd: Humble Haven Yoga, Richmond, 804-318-5395

Tennis Facility

1st: Westwood Club

6200 W. Club Ln., Richmond, 804-288-6028

This private club, established in 1927, provides members with access to 11 outdoor tennis courts (nine Har-Tru clay and two DecoTurf cushioned hard courts) and nine indoor tennis courts (seven clay and two hard courts). Members also have access to full-time tennis professionals, squash and racquetball courts, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant.

2nd: Boar’s Head Sports Club, Charlottesville, 844-611-8066

3rd: acac Fitness & Wellness Center, Multiple locations, 888-979-7870

Cornerstones of Common House’s community-minded mission are intentionally designed work and hangout spaces, thoughtful food and beverage programming, and a chock-full events calendar. Another cornerstone of Common House is membership, which includes an initiation fee and monthly dues. Membership provides access to all locations.

The flagship Charlottesville site is steps from the Downtown Mall in the historic Mentor Lodge, originally a social club for the African American neighborhood of Vinegar Hill built in 1913. The Richmond location, known as Common House No. 2, was a furniture factory, in what’s now the city’s Arts District.

All three Common Houses feature full-service bars and restaurants, with in-house sommeliers and seasonal fare made with local ingredients. “Our culinary program orbits

around the social connections happening in the club,” says hospitality director Joe Scala. “Dishes are sharable, nostalgic, and crafted to equally delight during a game of trivia, or an elevated 10-course wine dinner.”

Event programming is Common House’s calling card. “We have these beautiful spaces, but if we don’t give members a reason to come into our Houses every day, we’ve missed the mark,” says director of programming, Virginia Nelson. “Each month, we plan 20+ monthly events per location that are intended to bring people together—from live music and speaking engagements to wellness classes and wine tastings.”

Good food, new friends, and meaningful experiences—at the end of day, Common House is more like a Home.

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In Charlottesville and Richmond, Common House is a social club designed for connection.
The Library at Common House Charlottesville.


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Chiropractic Practice

1st: Spinal Correction Center

8536 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-404-9117

In practice for more than 15 years, Dr. Michael C. Mulvaney and the Spinal Correction Center staff offer a variety of services to patients of all ages and needs, including chiropractic consultation, back and neck pain relief, spinal decompression, physical therapy, massage therapy, pregnancy and pediatric care, car accident injury treatment, regenerative medicine, medical imaging, and functional integrative health.

2nd: Guarino Chiropractic Center, Glen Allen, 804-747-7474

3rd: First Choice Chiropractic, Richmond, 804-726-6810

Counseling or Therapy Practice

1st: Family Guidance Centers

6 locations in the Richmond area, 804-743-0960

Family Guidance Centers opened the doors of its first location in 1980. Today, with seven sites across Virginia, the team is made up of more than 50 licensed and experienced therapists. Services include individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, child/adolescent therapy, and play therapy, designed to help kids develop self-expression. Family Guidance offers both in-person and virtual counseling options.

2nd: VCU Department of Psychiatry, Richmond, 804-828-2000

3rd: Richmond Creative Counseling, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-592-6311

Dental Practice

1st: Virginia Family Dentistry

Multiple locations

Over the last 45-plus years, Virginia Family Dentistry has served generations of entire families in Central Virginia. Across 15 locations, more than 60 general dentists and specialists work together within the same practice, providing patients of all ages with a superior level of collaborative care. Staff specialists include those in periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.

2nd: Glen Allen Dentistry, Richmond, 804-261-1970

3rd: River Run Dental, Multiple locations, 804-262-1060

Eye Doctor

1st: Virginia Eye Institute

Multiple locations, 804-287-2020

The Virginia Eye Institute (VEI) was founded in 1976 and provides care from ophthalmologists and subspecialists at eight locations across Central Virginia. In addition to routine eye exams, the VEI team provides services such as cataract surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma treatment, and LASIK refractive surgery, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries at the Aesthetic Center in Short Pump.

2nd: Harman Eye Center, Multiple locations, 434-277-4858

3rd: Patterson Eye Clinic, Richmond, 804-285-7638

Home Health Provider

1st: Visiting Angels

Multiple locations, Richmond, 804-353-0000

Visiting Angels provides care through a network of providers across Henrico and Hanover counties. Services available in the Richmond area include companion care, private duty care, respite care, long-term care, end of life care, 24-hour home care, and assistance with a variety of afflictions like chronic illness, recovery from procedures, dementia and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more.

2nd: Advance Care, Richmond, 804-897-9056

3rd: Centra Home Health, Locations in Farmville, Lynchburg, 434-200-4111


1st: Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital 5801 Bremo Rd., Richmond, 804-285-2011

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital has served Central Virginia since 1966. The hospital was the first in Richmond to achieve Magnet® Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence in 2008. Among many other accolades, the hospital is best known for its birthing center, providing exceptional care for newborns and infants, in addition to comprehensive pediatric services.

2nd: VCU Medical Center, Richmond, 800-762-6161

3rd: UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, 434-924-3627

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

1st: Virginia Women’s Center

Multiple locations, 434-946-5168

Virginia Women’s Center is a full-service women’s healthcare practice with four locations in the region. The doctors on staff take a holistic approach to patient care and treat each woman as an individual, helping each person on their unique health journey. Each Center specializes in gynecology, obstetrics, urogynecology, weight and wellness, breast, bone, and mental health services, ultrasound, and surgeries and procedures.

2nd: Virginia Physicians for Women, 7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-897-2100

3rd: River City OB/GYN, Midlothian, 804-362-0808

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

1st: Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery

7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-673-8061

Over the last 35-plus years, Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery has emerged in its field as a top provider for the greater Richmond community. A dedicated staff of oral surgeons perform full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery—from wisdom tooth removal, root canals, and tooth extractions to sleep apnea treatments, jaw surgery, TMJ disorder treatments, and facial trauma recovery assistance.

2nd: Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery, Multiple locations, 804-354-1600

3rd: VCU Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Richmond, 804-628-6637

Orthodontic Practice

1st: James River Orthodontics

11934 W. Broad St., Suite 210, Henrico, 804-505-8435

Led by Dr. Larry Scarborough and Dr. Wyatt Loflin, two graduates of the VCU School of Dentistry, James Rivers Orthodontics is the highest and most reviewed orthodontic practice in the Richmond area, offering braces for both children and adults, including Invisalign®. The practice treats conditions like crowded teeth, overbite, and underbite with a variety of orthodontic appliances.

2nd: Virginia Family Dentistry, Multiple locations

3rd: Horsey Orthodontics, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-464-8711

The Benefits of Massage

Generally considered a part of integrative medicine, massage is increasingly offered with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. The benefits to massage include reducing stress and increasing relaxation, reducing pain and muscle tension, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and improving immune function.

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Orthopedic Practice

1st: OrthoVirginia

Multiple locations

OrthoVirginia helps patients reclaim their mobility, strength, and wellbeing by offering comprehensive care at 15 locations for those in need throughout the Farmville, Lynchburg, and Richmond areas. Each orthopedic specialist works with an on-site physical therapy and surgical staff to provide sports medicine care, diagnostic imaging, outpatient joint replacement, weight loss assistance, telemedicine consultations, and more.

2nd: Tuckahoe Orthopedics, Richmond, 804-285-2300

3rd: UVA Orthopedics, Culpeper, 434-924-2663

Pediatric Practice

1st: Pediatric Associates of Richmond

Multiple locations, 804-282-4205

Pediatric Associates of Richmond provides regular checkups, prenatal care, lactation support, and travel consultation and vaccines, as well as telemedicine visits for convenient care from anywhere. Patients have access to all providers and locations for a completely comprehensive healthcare experience. The practice has three Richmond area locations: Bell Creek in Mechanicsville, Short Pump in Glen Allen, and Three Chopt off of Patterson Avenue.

2nd: RVA Pediatrics, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-282-9706

3rd: Richmond Pediatrics Associates, Locations in Mechanicsville, Richmond, 804-559-0447

Physical Therapy Practice

1st: Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers

Multiple locations, 804-764-1000

Sheltering Arms includes an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and research facility, supported by seven outpatient therapy clinics throughout Central Virginia. This network offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy for conditions such as amputations, brain injuries, joint replacement, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and strokes. The center also offers specialty fitness and exercise programs.

2nd: OrthoVirginia, Multiple locations, 804-330-8165

3rd: Pivot Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 844-748-6878

Pawprints and Paint Cans

Pups and people alike are howling for Hound Paint , a family-owned paint manufacturer nestled in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. “We decided to call the company Hound because we feel like the underdogs of the paint world,” says founder Niki Milanovic Lowry. Hound’s nifty online Coverage Calculator can help determine exactly how much paint a project requires. Choose from nearly 100 colors, many with Virginia-inspired names like “Chesapeake Oyster,” “James the River,” and “Richmond Gray.” Portions of Hound’s profits are donated to animal rescues across the country, in honor of company mascots, Boomer and Meera.

Primary Care Practice

1st: Commonwealth Primary Care Multiple locations, 804-354-1600

Commonwealth Primary Care is a physician practice, made up of 41 board-certified primary care physicians and 15 physician assistants and nurse practitioners providing topnotch care to Central Virginia patients at eight locations in the Richmond area. Since 2002, the practice has focused on high-quality, patient-centered, whole-person medical care for individuals and families that is readily accessed and employed using the latest healthcare technologies.

2nd: VitalCare Family Practice, Locations in Chesterfield, Henrico, 804-256-8282

3rd: Midlothian Family Practice, Midlothian, 804-419-9760


Cosmetic Surgery Practice

1st: Niamtu Cosmetic Facial Surgery

13420 W. Salisbury Rd., Midlothian, 804-934-3223

Dr. Joe Niamtu is the face of the renowned Niamtu Cosmetic Facial Surgery practice, serving clients from all over the world from his award-winning Midlothian office. Offering facial lifts, reductions, scar removals, wrinkle treatments, and more, Niamtu passionately serves his patients, with an emphasis on cosmetic surgery education.

2nd: Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Henrico, 804-270-5028

3rd: Commonwealth Facial Plastic Surgery, Midlothian, 804-378-7443


Dermatology Practice

1st: Dermatology Associates of Virginia

Multiple locations, 804-549-4040

The Dermatology Associates team provides care for a number of skin conditions, including cancers, acne, psoriasis, warts, and eczema. The practice offers medical and surgical dermatology including cryosurgery, electrosurgery, excisional surgery, and Mohs surgery, as well as blue light therapy and laser treatments.

2nd: Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists, Richmond, 804-282-8510

3rd: Commonwealth Dermatology, Richmond, 804-282-0831

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

1st: Mango Salon

Locations in Henrico, Richmond, 804-285-2800

With locations at Westhampton, Gayton Crossing, and Greengate, Mango offers a large roster of stylists and services. Women’s treatments include haircuts, color services, Cezanne smoothing treatments, extensions, and botanical treatments. The salon also offers haircuts and coloring for men. Mango uses Aveda Full Spectrum Permanent Vegan Hair Color.

2nd: Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-342-0051

3rd: Salon Del Sol, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-323-9767


1st: Scents of Serenity Organic Spa

Multiple locations, 804-277-4498

Scents of Serenity provides purely luxurious treatments in a tranquil environment. Popular services include non-surgical facelifts, CBD massages, infrared sauna sessions, organic bath soaks, moisturizing HydraFacials, and spa parties, perfect for special events.

2nd: Sugar & Hive Beauty Bar, Locations in Henrico, Richmond, 804-491-4111

3rd: Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-342-0051

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Hound Paint owners Niki Milanovic Lowry and Brandon Newton with Boomer (L) and Meera.
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HOME Architecture Firm

1st: Poole & Poole Architecture

4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, 804-225-0215

Poole & Poole was founded in Richmond by husband and wife team

Michael R. and Nea May Poole, and has expanded to include outposts in Charleston, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm’s portfolio consists of single-family homes, multifamily housing units, and commercial spaces, and includes Overture at Point Chesapeake senior living community in Virginia Beach and a barn converted into a private residence in Rockville.

2nd: 3North, Richmond, 804-232-8900

3rd: Glavé & Holmes Architecture, Richmond, 804-649-9303

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Strange’s Wholesale Greenhouse & Plants

2 locations in Richmond, 804-360-2800

Founded in the early 1930s, Strange’s is Richmond’s go-to spot for flowers, plants, Christmas trees, and all greenhouse and gardening needs. The West Broad Street location sprawls more than 110,000 square feet of indoor greenhouse and retail space. Both locations offer a garden center and florist, and the West Broad Street site is home to Strange’s full-scale plant nursery.

2nd: The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farm Nurseries, Richmond, 804-320-1317

3rd: Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping

2 locations in the Richmond area, 804-378-0700

Home Builder

1st: StyleCraft

6225 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-234-4869

The StyleCraft portfolio includes 24 floor plans for single-family homes, townhomes, and 55+ communities in Goochland, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Midlothian, Woodlake, and Chester. The company is committed to its “Live Up” approach, a mission statement that guides not just the building of houses, but the construction of homes that customers will live and grow in.

2nd: Eagle Construction, Henrico, 804-741-4663

3rd: Biringer Builders, Midlothian, 804-897-8343

Home Furnishings Store

1st: Green Front Furniture

316 N. Main St., Farmville, 434-392-5943

With its humble beginnings in smalltown Farmville, Green Front now has a big footprint and has emerged as an industry leader in everything for the home. It encompasses four tobacco warehouses and six storefronts, selling everything from imported rugs to imported furniture. Spend the day (or weekend) roaming its one million square feet searching for the perfect find.

2nd: The Lazy Daisy Gift Store, Multiple locations, 804-364-2320

3rd: LaDIFF, Richmond, 866-452-3433

Interior Design Firm

1st: 3North

4015 Fitzhugh Ave., Richmond, 804-232-8900

This firm is made up of 30 architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and graphic designers, and projects span boutique hotels, schools, art galleries, and private residences. The 3North team recently completed restoration of the Jefferson Pools at the Omni Homestead in Warm Springs, and has been awarded several AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence in Architecture.

2nd: Thrill of the Hunt, Ashland, 804-368-0184

3rd: Janie Molster Designs, Richmond, 804-282-0938

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Multiple locations

Ferguson provides expertise, solutions, and products from infrastructure, plumbing, and appliances to HVAC, fire, fabrication, and more. The firm sells a variety of kitchen and bath items, plumbing supplies, water heaters, heating and cooling appliances, lighting and fans, and kitchen appliances. Ferguson’s wares are available to builders, as well as commercial and residential property owners.

2nd: Custom Kitchens, Inc., Richmond, 804-288-7247

3rd: RVA Custom Kitchen & Bath, Richmond, 804-368-3436

Landscape Design

1st: Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping

2 locations in the Richmond area, 804-378-0700

A nearly 50-year-old Richmond-area staple, Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping is a family-owned and operated business that offers a full-service nursery, landscape design/build service, grounds management, an on-site florist, and interior landscaping. Whether you want to spruce up your landscape or completely redesign it, Cross Creek has all the tools to help make it happen, beautifully.

2nd: Sneed’s Nursery & Garden Center, Richmond, 804-320-7798

3rd: James River Nurseries, Ashland, 804-798-2020

Smart Retirement

While $1 million may not be the retirement nest egg it was 50 years ago, Brian Ford, managing director and senior portfolio manager at RBC Wealth Management in Richmond would argue that goals-based investing is what’s important as you plan for your golden years. Ford and his team approach client-advisor relationships holistically, asking questions like What’s important to you? What’s your risk tolerance? What are your goals and objectives? “It’s a very personal conversation,” he says. “We factor all that into any investment plan, so our approach is less about a one-size-fits-all sort of equation.” Ford, named to Forbes’ “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list five years running, takes a client-centric approach that’s interactive and collaborative. He encourages clients to have an understanding of the big picture and how everything fits together. “More knowledge empowers people,” he says. “It’s where the greatest value is derived.”


Plumbing/HVAC Company

1st: James River Air Conditioning Company

11934 W. Broad St., Suite 210, Henrico, 804-358-9333

James River Air is a one-stop-shop for HVAC heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, and appliance repair service calls in the region – from installation, to preventative maintenance, to emergency service. In addition to residential services, James River Air also provides routine commercial, maintenance, emergency repairs, system replacement, refrigeration installation, building analysis, and more.

2nd: Woodfin, Richmond, 804-730-5000

3rd: F.H. Furr Richmond, Richmond, 877-225-5387

Real Estate Firm

1st: Long & Foster

Multiple locations, 804-288-8888

Founded with the core values of integrity, innovation, honesty, and good oldfashioned customer service, Long & Foster provides professional and trusted residential real estate expertise. The firm honors its sales associates and enhances its commitment to excellence with superior training, sophisticated marketing, and state-of-the-art technology, making the real estate process easier for all of its loyal clients.

2nd: Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville, 3 locations in Richmond, 804-288-2100

3rd: Joyner Fine Properties, Richmond, 804-270-9440

Retirement Community

1st: Westminster Canterbury


1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, 804-264-6000

Established in 1971 as a faith-based organization, Westminster Canterbury is home to more than 900 retirees living in residential, assisted living, memory support, and health care neighborhoods of the continuing care community. The 50-acre campus features a theater and many other amenities for residents to maintain an active lifestyle well into their golden years.

2nd: Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville, 804-569-4281

3rd: Brandermill Woods, Midlothian, 804-409-4962

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Accounting Firm

1st: Keiter

4401 Dominion Blvd., Glen Allen, 804-747-0000

With a large team of 20 partners, Keiter is able to provide assurance services such as audits, reviews, and due diligence; consulting and advisory services such as business growth, risk advisory, succession planning, and transaction advisory; tax services for individuals, families, partnerships, executives, businesses, and estate planning; valuation, litigation, and forensic services; and technology consulting including cybersecurity, data science, and IT audits.

2nd: Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham, Midlothian, 804-323-1313

3rd: Harris, Hardy & Johnstone PC, North Chesterfield, 804-560-0560

Auction Company

1st: Cannon’s Online Auctions

9125 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-325-8598

Cannon’s Auctions specializes in estate sales, online estate auctions, personal property sales, and liquidations, and accepts all manner of items for auction—from books to furniture, jewelry, and antiques. All items are marketed through specialty online platforms and social media in order to obtain the highest possible prices. Offering a competitive commission structure, Cannon’s works closely with sellers to tailor the experience to any specific requirements.

2nd: Dixon’s Online Estate Auctions

Richmond, 804-598-5099

3rd: Grindstaff’s Auction Marketing Group, Mechanicsville, 804-301-2488

Bank/Credit Union

1st: Virginia Credit Union

Multiple locations, 804-323-6800

Originally called the State Employees’ Credit Union, Virginia Credit Union was founded in 1928 and now serves Virginians statewide. The company is “in the business of confidence,” meaning that it strives to give each client the tools, education, and resources to make smart decisions with their hard-earned money, giving peace of mind that their futures are financially secure.

2nd: Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 804-990-4828

3rd: Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union, Petersburg, 804-748-3081

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Car Dealer

1st: CarMax

Multiple locations, 800-519-1511

Since opening its first store in Richmond in 1993, CarMax now has over 220 locations nationwide. As the country’s largest retailer of used cars, CarMax provides customers with a personalized, on-demand, and accessible experience, including the signature 30-day money-back guarantee and 24-hour test drives, that allows everyone to shop on their own terms, whenever and wherever it’s most convenient.

2nd: Haley Toyota of Richmond, Midlothian, 804-729-3097

3rd: McGeorge Toyota, Henrico, 804-655-0361

Car Wash

1st: Car Pool

Multiple locations, 804-726-5405

Car Pool has served the Richmond area for nearly 50 years and now has five full-service hand wash locations, as well as a professional detailing shop, located at 2900 Chamberlayne Avenue, the site of the first Car Pool that opened in 1977. This local chain’s philosophy centers around courtesy, speed, quality, value, and an unyielding

commitment to customer satisfaction.

2nd: Flagstop Car Wash, Multiple locations, 804-782-9274

3rd: Hogwash Express Car Wash, Richmond, 804-718-0444

Financial Planning Firm

1st: Davenport & Company LLC

Multiple locations, 804-780-2000

With locations in Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Farmville, all clients are supported by a large and top-notch team. The firm provides wealth management services such as brokerage services and equity research, as well as corporate finance services and public finance services. Asset management strategies include mutual funds, separate accounts, fixed income, and asset allocation.

2nd: Virginia Asset Management, Multiple locations, 804-330-0711

3rd: Hermitage Wealth Management, Inc., Richmond, 804-270-7877

Funeral Home

1st: Bliley’s 4 locations in Richmond, 804-355-3800

Bliley’s has served the Richmond

community since 1874. With a staff that are experts in family support, event planning, grief resources, and funeral customs and rituals, you can rest easy knowing your loved one is never without care. Bliley’s features the only cremation center in RVA that allows families to hold a service and/ or stay throughout the process.

2nd: Bennett Funeral Homes, Multiple locations, 804-359-4481

3rd: Woody Funeral Home, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-288-3013

Law Firm

1st: Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

Multiple locations, 866-895-5713

Founded in 1910 in Lunenburg County, what was once The Allen Law Firm is now known statewide as Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, a personal injury practice with more than a century of experience. Generations of Allens have worked to establish the firm as an authority in providing quality legal assistance to injured persons in the communities they serve.

2nd: Shaheen Law Firm

Multiple locations, 804-285-6406

3rd: McGuireWoods, Richmond, 804-775-1000

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1st: West End Antiques Mall

2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, 804-740-0842

West End Antiques Mall has consistently been named one of Richmond’s best vintage retailers. With more than 250 vendor booths and an ever-changing inventory, customers will find new treasures with every visit to the 53,000 square feet of shopping space. With styles ranging from mid-century modern to Virginia Colonial, industrial to rustic, West End has something for every antiquer.

2nd: The Lazy Daisy Gift Store, Multiple locations, 804-364-2320

3rd: RVA Antiques, Henrico, 804-716-4388

Book Store

1st: Shelf Life Books

2913 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-422-8066

Raindrops are Falling in Gordonsville

Homegrown and handmade, this shop is all about creating.

Raindrops in Virginia is a homegrown shop offering handmade goods in Gordonsville. After bonding over a shared passion for creating, Adam and Kathryn Krehbiel opened the store in 2017, capitalizing on the brand Kathryn started when she primarily sold her wares at pop-up shows and street festivals. Now married, the couple live in a Victorian-era home which doubles as their brick-and-mortar shop.

The Krehbiels create a vast range of goods, including jewelry, garden art, sculptures, and home décor. Their shop is like the loveliest, most quaint superstore you could ever imagine, chock-a-block full of whatever this super creative team conjures up—from lotions and potions to metal drawer pulls, wall art, industrial barstools, and everything in between.

Adam is a graduate of VCU’s Sculpture and Extended Media School. Kathryn stewards their line of all-natural body care products and restores furniture. The couple also has a studio for custom metal signs and railings. You can even take a peek behind the scenes at the creation process on their Raindrops in Virginia YouTube channel.

With their insatiable energy to create and deep well of curiosity, it’s a good thing the couple found each other. You could say it was divine intervention, which Kathryn would agree with. Upon meeting Adam, “I realized very quickly he had a passion for creating that matched mine,” she says. “All along God had a higher plan, I didn't need to choose. He provided me with someone who complements my strengths and upholds my weaknesses. We are stronger together than either of us were apart.”

In addition to handmade items, the couple also sells select vintage pieces in their shop, “mainly because we sometimes like to get some sleep,” says Kathryn. “Our goal is to provide quality, unique, American-made products.”

This year Raindrops in Virginia celebrates its 10th anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone, the Krehbiels—no surprise—are at it again. This time they’re creating a limited edition perfume.


Fine Jewelry Store

1st: Schwarzschild Jewelers

Multiple locations, 804-355-2136

Schwarzschild Jewelers was founded in the 1890s, when Richmond served as a hub for four major railroads. A watchmaking business was born, crafting timepieces essential for railroad workers to keep the trains on time. Since then, Schwarzschild has evolved into a full-service jeweler, offering extensive shopping options, jewelry and watch repair, custom designs, and appraisals.

2nd: Fink’s Jewelers, Multiple locations, 540-344-8697

3rd: Cowardin’s Jewelers, Richmond, 804-359-9277

Formerly known as Chop Suey, this charming and locally owned bookstore stocks nearly 50,000 new and gently used titles on topics from art to philosophy. Located in the heart of Carytown, Shelf Life is owned by longtime customers Chris and Berkley McDaniel, who bought the 20-yearold store last fall. The shop’s friendly feline mascot, the 17-year-old tuxedo cat Wonny, still wanders the stacks.

2nd: Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, 804-788-1594

3rd: Givens Books & Little Dickens, Lynchburg, 434-385-5027

Consignment Shop

1st: Clementine

3118 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-358-2357

Clementine has offered contemporary and designer fashion on consignment to the Richmond area for two decades, celebrating 20 years in 2023. Selecting every item by hand for quality and style, the staff is dedicated to offering customers a curated collection of unique clothes, shoes, and accessories. Both in-store and online, you’re sure to find something fresh and unexpected every time.

2nd: Ashby, Richmond, 804-377-3010

3rd: Revival Consignment, Richmond, 804-750-2200

Florist Shop

1st: Vogue Flowers

2 locations in Richmond, 804-353-9600

Vogue Flowers has the widest selection of fresh cut flowers in the region, perfect for everyday celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day. The shop also offers DIY supplies and seminars, and ample workspace for fashioning your own arrangements. Since its founding in 1985, Vogue has become the Richmond area’s go-to for fresh arrangements, cut loose flowers, and expert design and delivery services.

2nd: Strange’s Wholesale Greenhouse & Plants, 2 locations in Richmond, 804-360-2800

3rd: Coleman Brothers Flowers, Richmond, 804-262-8681

Gift Store

1st: Mongrel

2924 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-342-1272

A stroll through Mongrel is almost a guarantee that a) you’ll find something you can’t live without, and b) you’ll hear laughing out loud, mostly coming from customers browsing its always funny and sometimes racy collection of greeting cards. Filled with uncommon gifts for home, mind, body, and soul, Mongrel is a visual feast for the eyes on every shelf.

2nd: Tweed, Richmond, 804-249-3900

3rd: The Shops at 5807, Richmond, 804-288-5807

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Southside Stems and Sweets

This florist and gift shop specializes in hand-picked flowers…and candy.

At Wister’s , every day feels like a celebration. Amanda Day Rose’s Southside Virginia gift shop features “South Boston’s one and only candy bar and floral bar, where you can grab just a couple of stems for your desk at work or to brighten your home without having to invest in a larger arrangement,” Rose explains.

“With the candy bar we wanted to create an experience with a nostalgic feel,” she adds. “Wister’s is a comfortable space for families to shop together—kids can come and choose their favorite treats, and toys too, or adults can pick gourmet confections.”

Rose opened the shop after years of working in design and special events. The store, along South Boston’s Main Street—about halfway between Clarksville and Danville in Halifax County—is named for her grandfather, John Wister “JW”, who was known for his always-friendly face and “open-door-policy personality.”

The flower bar stays stocked with standards like roses and carnations, as well as more showy blooms like peonies, protea, quicksand roses, and ranunculus. Seasonal stems like dahlias, tulips, snapdragons, and strawflower are sourced from local flower farms. “The average customer can be intimidated walking into a florist if they don’t have a concrete idea of what they want,” Rose says. “Our DIY approach makes it a more comfortable space for people who aren’t as familiar with florals.”

At the candy bar, big sellers for celebrations like prosecco gummies, gourmet truffles, and candy coated Tootsie Rolls, (which can be personalized in specific color blends) mingle with classics like old-fashioned candy sticks, dipped lollipops, Laffy Taffy, Lemonheads, and jelly beans.

Rose shares that Mother’s Day is her biggest floral holiday of the year, “even bigger than Valentine’s Day!” Wister’s offers flower demos at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market as well as a kid-friendly flower bar for children to make arrangements for their moms.

Men’s Clothing Store

1st: Franco’s Fine Clothier

2 locations in Richmond, 804-264-2994

Founder Franco Ambrogi has earned a reputation as one of Richmond’s finest tailors, known for his expertise, craftsmanship, and friendly disposition. This men’s clothing store, long a fixture on Richmond’s fashion scene, provides customers with personalized attention as well as a vast array of menswear brands, from sartorial business clothing to modern sportswear, outerwear, shoes, and more.

2nd: Peter Blair Accessories, Richmond, 804-288-8123

3rd: Ledbury, Richmond, 804-793-8569

Record Store

1st: Plan 9 Records

Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, 804-353-9996

In business for more than 40 years, Plan 9 offers an extensive collection of new and used 45s, 78s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, and stereo equipment. As a supporter of the independent and local music community, the shop carries more than 300 titles from area bands.

The shop also hosts in-store performances and is a sponsor of the annual Richmond Folk Festival.

2nd: Deep Groove, Richmond, 804-278-9112

3rd: Vinyl Conflict, Richmond, 804-644-2555

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

1st: Green Top Sporting Goods 10150 Lakeridge Pkwy., Ashland, 804-550-2188

The pros at Green Top love the outdoors as much as their customers, and they’re known for equipping sporting enthusiasts of all levels with the proper gear to guarantee a memorable season. Green Top offers quality equipment and apparel for hunting, fishing, boating, and more. For die-hard fans, scope out Green Top’s Outdoors Podcast, launched in 2021.

2nd: Walkabout Outfitter, Richmond, 804-342-5890

3rd: Dance’s Sporting Goods, Colonial Heights, 804-526-8399

Women’s Clothing Store

1st: Levys

5807 Grove Ave., Richmond

Facebook: Levys, 804-673-0177

Levys has been a fixture “On the Avenues” for more than 30 years. This third-generation family boutique, with roots in Charlottesville, brings accessible fashion and upscale brands to Richmond’s dynamic Grove & Libbie neighborhood. With a reputation for superior customer service and a pledge to help customers find just the right look, Levys remains a favorite among its fashion-forward clientele.

2nd: Monkee’s of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, 540-368-2111

3rd: Nellie George, Richmond, 804-288-0894

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Asian Restaurant

1st: Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine

6724 Main St., Gloucester, 804-695-1177

Bangkok Noi has been a fixture in Gloucester since 2008, celebrating 15 years in 2023. Daily specials often incorporate local, dock-fresh seafood from the nearby Chesapeake Bay, like shrimp massaman with avocado, soft shell crab, and seafood paradise, a combination of fish in a panang curry sauce.

2nd: Chao Phraya Thai and Sushi Grill, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4261

3rd: Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant, Kilmarnock, 804-435-6333

Barbecue Restaurant

1st: Scoot’s BBQ

2091 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester Point, 804-993-7063

Scoot’s is the pride and joy of owners

Karen and Gary Ward. The pair—who also run Gloucester’s Olivia’s in the Village—are fixtures of the region’s culinary scene; they’ve got a General Assembly resolution commending Scoot’s to prove it. The Texas Trio is a must-try: fork-tender Texas-style brisket, savory pulled pork, and a quarterrack of St. Louis ribs.

2nd: Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg, 757-565-2955

3rd: Northern Neck BBQ at The Barn, Montross

Eat More Hole Foods

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

1st: Car Wash Cafe and Catering

481 N. Main St., Kilmarnock

Facebook: Car Wash Cafe, 804-435-0405

Car Wash Cafe & Catering gets its name from the building’s origins as a convenience store with an attached car wash. Since reopening as a restaurant in 2005, it’s been a gathering place for friends and family to meet for homecooked meals. Customer favorites include blueberry pancakes and Chesapeake Bay eggs Benedict with fresh crab meat for breakfast, and extensive seafood-studded lunch options.

2nd: Java Jacks Cafe, Tappahannock, 804-443-5225

3rd: The Art of Coffee, Montross, 804-493-9651

Burger Joint

1st: NN Burger

Locations in Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, 804-925-6100

Biting into an NN Burger is no ordinary experience—it’s a legendary one. Serving up fresh, never frozen beef patties on brioche buns baked fresh daily, all burgers are prepared in-house with an assortment of toppings. Also known for its juicy lobster rolls and decadently-topped handspun Freakshakes, NN Burger has a little bit of everything. Beat the line with the NN Burger Mobile Ordering App.

2nd: Old Rapp Taphouse, Warsaw, 804-250-2021

3rd: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone, 804-435-0000


1st: TASTE

Multiple locations, 757-425-3011

TASTE catering runs the gamut from fast casual to full-scale. The café option includes boxed lunches, sandwich and salad platters, and deli sides that are ready within 24 hours or less. Fruit platters or charcuterie boards are prepared-to-order, perfect for birthday or office parties. For large events, TASTE’s team will work with you to curate a menu for weddings, corporate events, and more.

2nd: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone, 804-435-0000

3rd: The River Market, White Stone, 804-435-1725

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Front Porch Coffeehouse

139 S. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-577-4103

Opened in 2016 as a friendly neighborhood spot, Front Porch exclusively brews Peet’s brand coffee. Customers can keep it simple with a café au lait, Americano, or cappuccino, or add a little flavor with a vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, or mocha. Iced coffee, frozen frappés, tea options, baked goods, and breakfast sandwiches are also available.

2nd: The Local, Irvington

Facebook: The Local, Irvington VA, 804-4389356

3rd: Java Jacks Cafe, Tappahannock, 804-443-5225

Fine Dining


1st: Relish Restaurant and Wine Bar

115 Main St., Warsaw, 804-761-6727

Serving contemporary, locally sourced Southern cuisine fresh from the nearby Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, Relish specializes in deletable seafood like soft shell crab lollipops and fresh yellowfin tuna with honey wasabi butter, ponzu, and pineapple-mango salsa. The menu honors the suppliers—watermen, farmers, and purveyors—who help make this Northern Neck spot a standout. Speciality cocktails and an extensive wine list are the cherry on top.

2nd: Adrift, White Stone, 804-577-4188

3rd: Hook @ Harvey, Cape Charles, 757-331-2275

Food Truck

1st: One Cracked Yolk

255 Northumberland Hwy., Kilmarnock

Facebook: One Cracked Yolk, 804-577-8505

This Northern Neck, egg-forward food truck offers “gourmet breakfast and brunch in a down home Southern tradition.” Build your own breakfast sandwich, or choose from a fried egg BLT, a three-egg omelet, avocado toast, a breakfast burrito, biscuits and gravy, or try the newly added menu option: turkey bacon. Sweeter options include French toast, Belgian waffles, and a three-pancake stack.

2nd: The Flippin Yellow Truck, Callao

Facebook: Flippin Yellow Truck

3rd: Terrie’s Place, Kilmarnock Facebook: Terrie’s Place, 804-435-0400

Ice Cream Shop

1st: Short Lane Ice Cream Co. 6721 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester

Meet Gabe del Rio and Jeff Ewing, founders of Chesapeake Doughnut Company . In March 2020, the duo was a month away from opening the doors to their new White Stone doughnut shop when the pandemic hit. With storefronts closing and social distancing the new norm, del Rio and Ewing shifted gears and set up a doughnut cart in their parking lot. Spoiler alert: Even COVID couldn’t keep customers from lining up for these delicious, locally sourced doughnuts. Today, Chesapeake Doughnut Company has expanded with a second Virginia location in Warsaw and a third in Waldorf, Maryland. Customers rave about the glazed yeast doughnut, but we have our eyes on the Samoan Delight—a cake doughnut with chocolate frosting, covered in toasted coconut and chocolate sauce.

Instagram: @shortlaneicecreamco, 804-695-2999

This family-owned ice cream cottage uses fresh cream to create classic flavors—like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry—and ever-rotating unique varieties like honey lavender and cereal-themed flavors: think Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. Come hungry; Short Lane also serves burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and soups.

2nd: Stevie’s Ice Cream, Kilmarnock Facebook: Stevie’s Ice Cream, 804-435-2252

3rd: Chitterchats Ice Cream Parlor, Reedville, 804-453-3335

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This White Stone doughnut shop keeps customers coming back for more.



Indian Restaurant

1st: Masala Craft Indian Kitchen

5223 Monticello Ave., Suite E, Williamsburg, 757-808-7045

At Masala Craft, chef Avinash Arora flavors his food with spices he grows himself from seed pods. Favorites include Sarson Ka Saag, spinach and mustard greens; butter chicken with creamed tomato; Dal Makhni, slowcooked lentils; and Baingan Bharta, smoked eggplant mash with garlic and onion. Many of the recipes come from what Arora learned growing up cooking with his mother and grandmother.

2nd: Spice Palace Indian Restaurant, Williamsburg, 757-220-3030

3rd: Saffron Indian Bistro, Locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, 757-321-7005

Italian Restaurant

1st: Tony & Milena’s Pizzeria

2364 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes, 804-684-0708

Started by a Sicilian family, Tony & Milena’s opened on Route 17 near Gloucester Point in 2007. The menu brings the food of their home country to fans of Italian cuisine and offers specialties like Veal Sorrentino, Chicken Cacciatore, and a selection of pizzas in a variety of styles—New York, traditional, or European. Home delivery is also available.

2nd: Angelo’s Restaurant & Raw Bar, Montross

Facebook: Angelos, 804-493-8694

3rd: Sal’s By Victor, Williamsburg, 757-220-2641

Mexican Restaurant

1st: Los Portales Mexican Restaurant

Multiple locations, 804-443-0132

Family-owned and -operated since opening in 2006, Los Portales has become an Eastern Virginia favorite for lunch and dinner with authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine. Serving up delicious Mexican favorites like gorditas and fajitas, and offering specialty cocktails like the Top Shelf Margarita, Los Portales now offers outdoor seating at the Callao and Tappahannock locations.

2nd: Mi Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant, Urbanna, 804-758-2011

3rd: Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina Multiple locations, 804-642-5401

Outdoor Dining

1st: Merroir

784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, 804-758-2871

Known as Rappahannock Oyster Co.’s “tasting room” on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Merroir offers delicious small-plate-style cuisine that is singularly focused, seasonal, and ever-changing. Paired with craft brews and world-famous wines, each menu item is prepared raw or cooked on an outdoor grill, ensuring fresh and surprising seafood options for everyone, from oyster lovers to the oyster wary.

2nd: York River Oyster Company Coastal Bar & Grill, Gloucester Point, 804-792-1511

3rd: Shanty, Cape Charles, 757-695-3853


1st: Deadrise Pies

425 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-331-6232

This Italian kitchen serves up brick oven-style pizza made with organic dough and marinara sauce made daily and topped with fresh, seasonal ingredients. House pies include the Andrea Lynn topped with meatballs and shaved pecorino; the Pound Netter with pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, and black olives; and the Titanic with pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, and jalapeño bacon. Deadrise now also offers weekend brunch.

2nd: Angelo’s Restaurant & Raw Bar, Montross

Facebook: Angelos, 804-493-8694

3rd: Southwind Pizza, Mathews Facebook: Southwind Pizza, 804-725-2766

Sandwich Shop

1st: The Cheese Shop

410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-220-0298

Tourists, William & Mary students, and locals alike flock to this popular Merchants Square staple for a superior selection of specialty foods and wines. The shop’s calling card is its made-to-order sandwich menu, busting at the seams with high quality meats and cheeses. And don’t forget the ultra-famous Original House Dressing, added to any sandwich or the perfect companion to a bag of bread ends.

2nd: The Local, Irvington Facebook: The Local, Irvington VA, 804-438-9356

3rd: TASTE, Multiple locations, 757-425-3011

Seafood Restaurant

1st: Merroir

784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, 804-758-2871

Situated on the mouth of the Rappahannock River, just steps from where Rappahannock Oyster Co. harvests oysters fresh from the water, Merroir’s delicious small-plate-style cuisine that is singularly focused, seasonal, and ever-changing. The influence of the mineral rich water is unmistakable and accounts for the oyster’s trademark sweetness, the cornerstone of the waterfront restaurant’s seafood offerings. Fresh shrimp, clams, fish, scallops, and ceviche are other staples.

2nd: The Crazy Crab, Reedville Facebook: The Crazy Crab, 804-453-6789

3rd: Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill, Gwynn’s Island, 804-505-1005


1st: The Oaks Restaurant

5434 Mary Ball Rd., Lancaster

Facebook: The Oaks Restaurant, 804-462-7050

Patrons of this Northern Neck go-to describe The Oaks as a “hometown restaurant with a family feel,” and the establishment touts itself as “home of the rib eye.” Weekly specials are posted on Facebook and include dishes such as steak and onion soup, blackened prime rib, veal scallopini, flamegrilled ahi tuna, crab-stuffed flounder, and flat iron steak.

2nd: Opus 9 Steakhouse, Williamsburg, 757-645-4779

3rd: The White Dog Bistro, Mathews, 804-725-7680

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare

1st: Food for Thought

1647 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, 757-645-4665

For the culinarily and intellectually curious, Food for Thought is the ultimate destination. The restaurant’s décor features renderings of inventors, scientists, and social leaders, and there are discussion cards on each table for initiating conversation. The menu is very veggie-friendly—consider the

Ultimate Vegetarian: roasted spaghetti squash tossed with sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted garlic mushroom sauce, marinara, or vegan pesto served atop jasmine mushroom rice.

2nd: The White Dog Bistro, Mathews, 804-725-7680

3rd: Culture Cafe, Williamsburg, 757-378-2556

Brewing History

A coffee shop that serves up pastries, lattes, and a historic walking tour.

Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters and Petite Cafe is known for more than gourmet sandwiches and cappuccinos. Located in a historic 1730s house in Yorktown, this coffee shop also offers guided walking tours through Yorktown National Park. Join a historical expert on a stroll through the last major battle of the Revolutionary War and learn about how the United States gained its independence, all while enjoying your caffeinated beverage of choice. The Petite Cafe offers fresh roasted coffee, teas, wine, and a variety of sandwiches and freshly baked treats. It’s the go-to place for a cup of joe with a side of Colonial America.

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Nostalgia at Nuttall’s

Long before Target and Walmart ruled the world, general stores were community epicenters. A number throughout Virginia still remain vibrant hubs, providing a welcome dose of nostalgia and windows into simpler times, where people still gather to chat and shop for household odds and ends, hardware, and groceries.

Nuttall’s Store , named for Rudolph Nuttall who bought it in 1947, is still bustling nearly 150 years after its founding in the small hamlet of Ware Neck in Gloucester County. It flourished for generations thanks to its profitable ties to the steamship lines that connected this part of the Middle Peninsula to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coastline.

The store is much the same as it always was, with “Rudy’s” original store signs, penny candy in glass jars, and local produce for sale in baskets. General manager Deanna Murphy made smart upgrades, adding a deli, store swag, commercial grade appliances, a coffee station, and popular Virginia-made goods like Nightingale ice cream bars, wine, and craft beer.

Another game changer came in 2019 when Chef Winslow Goodier arrived, bringing with him decades of experience in the industry and a giant network of suppliers and food service pros. He’s expanded the store’s social media reach and added specialty meat purveyors like Seven Hills in Lynchburg and Autumn Olive Farm in Waynesboro. “I want our customers to taste the difference,” he says. Goodier also exponentially expanded Nuttall’s prepared meals and catering services. Business has almost tripled.

Despite the changes, it’s still the same store locals love. “There’s a little magic at Nuttall’s,” says Carole White, who lived in Ware Neck for 40 years and still keeps her post office box there. “Where else can you borrow a lobster pot, mail a package, meet a friend for a sandwich, buy a crab net, and pick up dinner? Plus, they have the greatest pimento cheese in the world.”



1st: Out of the Oven Bakery

549 Rappahannock Dr., White Stone, 804-577-4187

Marie and Cedrick Sanders have been serving up goodies since 2017, creating a welcoming hometown bakery experience inspired by pride in their community. From classics like cookies, croissants, and cinnamon rolls, to seasonal specialties like hot cross buns for Easter and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day, you can count on quality ingredients used to make trusted favorites and custom orders.

2nd: Michelle’s Sweet Treats, Warsaw, 804-761-7565

3rd: Sweet Tooth Café & Bakery, Gloucester, 804-824-9898


1st: Country Cottage

795 Rappahannock Dr., White Stone, 804-435-3812

Country Cottage is a one-stop shop for flowers, ice cream, gourmet sweets, homemade fudge, and more. Boxes of assorted chocolates are popular, as well as chocolate-covered Oreos and turtles—giant, homemade, gooey clusters of pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Homemade fudge flavors include classics like caramel-chocolate-peanut. Watermelon, apple pie, and espresso crunch are just some of the more unusual varieties that are seasonally showcased.

2nd: Michelle’s Sweet Treats, Warsaw, 804-761-7565

3rd: Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop, Williamsburg, 757-229-4406


Farmers Market

1st: Irvington Farmers Market

98 King Carter Dr., Irvington Town.Irvington.Va.US, 804-438-6230

Open on the first Saturday of the month, May through November, this farmers market is located at the center of Historic Irvington at Irvington Commons. Vendors offer fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade bread and baked goods, artisanal cheese, local honey, local meat, fresh seafood, homemade soap, regional crafts, and fresh flowers. You’ll also find food trucks serving breakfast sandwiches; live music; and oyster gardening supplies.

2nd: Williamsburg Farmers Market, Williamsburg, 757-259-3768

3rd: Garner’s Produce, Warsaw, 804-493-3013

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

1st: The Cheese Shop

410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-220-0298

Several times a year, The Cheese Shop team travels to San Francisco, New York, and Europe to discover new olive oils, balsamic vinegars, mustards, salts, pastas, sauces, coffees, teas, honeys, chutneys, chocolates, and crackers to add to the shop’s impressive inventory. Tourists, William & Mary students, and locals alike flock to this popular Merchant’s Square staple for a superior selection of specialty foods.

2nd: Nuttall’s Store, Gloucester, 804-693-3067

3rd: Northern Neck Popcorn Bag, Multiple locations, 804-577-4200

Wine Shop

1st: Specials Wine Seller

52 S. Main St., Kilmarnock

Facebook: Specials Wine Seller, 804-436-9463

With an in-house sommelier and the largest selection of wines in the Northern Neck—more than 1,000 labels spanning a variety of origins, styles, and prices—Specials Wine Seller also offers a variety of gourmet cheeses, crackers, freshly baked bread, and handmade chocolate truffles. The shop hosts Free Friday wine tastings every week at its downtown Kilmarnock location.

2nd: Vine, Irvington, 804-577-0773

3rd: Kelsick Specialty Market, Gloucester, 804-693-6500

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1st: Cape Charles Distillery


1st: Gloucester Brewing Company

6778 Main St., Gloucester, 804-210-1407

A relatively new fixture of Gloucester’s historic Main Street, this hometown microbrewery has a country cool vibe and has been brewing from its brick-and-mortar location since 2018, a small building once home to a 1930s auto repair and tire shop. Founders Myron Ware and Mike Brewer are all about bringing people together. Here, a friendly environment, outstanding service, and quality beer rule.

2nd: Cape Charles Brewing Co., Cape Charles, 757-695-3909

3rd: Callao Brewing Company, Callao Facebook: Callao Brewing Company, 804-529-1042


1st: Ditchley Cider Works

1571 Ditchley Rd., Kilmarnock

This veteran-owned and operated cidery is also an event venue, surrounded by beautiful orchards and lush pastures that are home to Belted Galloway cattle and Tamworth and Large Black heritage hogs. In addition to its signature hard ciders, Ditchley Cider Works also sells standard cuts of beef and pork, and produces handmade, nitrate- and nitrite-free artisan cased sausages.

2nd: Buskey Cider on the Bay, Cape Charles, 804-355-0100

3rd: Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Hampton, 757-755-3130


1st: Dredge

4357 Irvington Rd., Irvington, 804-438-6363

Bryan Byrd’s restaurant serves fresh oysters, local seafood, and Caribbeaninfluenced fare, with refreshing cocktails to complement the menu. Try the Pandemic Painkiller, made with Pusser’s British Navy rum, pineapple and orange juices, creme de coconut, and nutmeg, or the Carter Creek Mule, a combination of Cirrus vodka, cranberry juice, Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer, mint, and lime.

2nd: Cape Charles Distillery, Cape Charles, 757-695-3737

3rd: Adrift, White Stone, 804-577-4188

12 Strawberry St., Cape Charles, 757-695-3737

Known as the first distillery on the Eastern Shore, Cape Charles Distillery sources locally grown ingredients for its handcrafted spirits. Inspired by Virginia’s picturesque mountains and coastline, the distillery cooks corn and grains with pristine Blue Ridge Mountain spring water. Belly up to the tasting room’s raw bar for oysters on the half shell washed down with a delicious cocktail.

2nd: Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, 757-903-2076

3rd: Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, Virginia Beach, 757-965-9652


1st: Good Luck Cellars

1025 Good Luck Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1416

Good Luck Cellars’ catchphrase says it all: “...luck is our middle name, and we strive to pour good fortune in each and every glass.” Owners Paul and Katie Krop envisioned a communitybased winery on what was once land

Waterfront Views and Brews


Dave Baum started home brewing as an after-work hobby in 2008; he loved the way beer brought people together.

In 2017, Baum quit his job working for Lumber Liquidators to open Billsburg Brewery . A short three years later, he died after a sudden heart attack. But on the brewery’s 10 acres overlooking a marina just off of the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg, his legacy lives on.

“He never met a stranger,” says Eric Williams, who now runs the brewery. “He had the ability to make everybody feel welcome, no matter if you knew him for five seconds, five minutes, or five years.”

Williams wants people to feel the same way when they come to Billsburg.

“We are wide open to visitors,” he says. “You could be new to the area or you could have lived here your whole life, it doesn’t matter.”

The brewery was founded on a love of traditional lagers, pilsners,


used for mining sand, gravel, and topsoil. Paul unexpectedly passed away in October 2020, but his passion for the beauty of winemaking lives on.

2nd: Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek, Machipongo, 757-678-5588

3rd: The Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg, 757-229-0999

and ales, “and we’re just mere miles from America’s original brewery,” Williams adds.

Billsburg sits across the street from a historic neighbor, the Jamestown Settlement. Visitors to Virginia’s Historic Triangle can stop in to refuel with seasonal brews, cocktails, slushies, and food truck eats. Billsburg is also right off the Capital Trail, making it a convenient pit stop for bikers.

Williams and his team recognize that not everyone is a beer person. They offer weekly events for the whole family, like live music, bingo, running club, trivia, a cornhole league, open mic nights, and more.

Billsburg is celebrating its five-year anniversary in 2023, continuing a commitment to honoring America’s rich brewing history.

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Billsburg Brewery, history, community, and craft beer collide.
Billsburg Brewery’s Radler, a nod to its location right off the Capital Trail.

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Annual Charity Event

1st: Community Oyster Roast

at Chesapeake Academy

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

Chesapeake Academy’s yearly fundraiser takes place every October to benefit the school’s academic and co-curricular programs. Sacks of fresh oysters are cooked over hot coals and served alongside fixings, clam chowder, and other accompaniments. This year’s event is the 46th annual.

2nd: St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival Heathsville, 804-724-4238

3rd: YMCA Festival of the Trees, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0223

Art Event

1st: Rappahannock Art League Labor Day Art Show

19 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-436-9309

Every September since 1961, the Rappahannock Art League transforms its gallery into an exhibit space for a juried art show. Last year, the show was judged by Richmond sculptor, painter, and muralist Matt Lively. Awards are given to the artists, and the works are on display to the public. Last year’s show included 132 pieces.

2nd: Gloucester Arts Festival, Gloucester, 804-824-9401

3rd: Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival, Urbanna

Art Gallery

1st: RAL Art Center

19 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-436-9309

This downtown Kilmarnock gallery features more than 50 member-artists. Recent exhibitions have included “Down Memory Lane”, which featured nostalgic cultural images, and “Weather or Not,” which celebrated Mother Nature in all her forms. The upcoming “Art in Transit” will see chosen works of two-dimensional art exhibited on the sides of buses.

2nd: Arts on Main, Gloucester, 804-824-9464

3rd: Bay School Community Arts Center, Mathews, 804-725-1278

Splash Zone

Searching for waves and wildlife along the Virginia Beach coastline? The Rudee Rocket is the only way to travel. Available May-September, these 60-minute tours almost guarantee sightings of bottlenose dolphins as a bonus—so you’ll want to have your camera ready. And once the gentle cruising is over and the Cape Henry Lighthouse photographed like a celebrity, the Rudee Rocket twists and turns in “the splash zone.” Easy to book online, Rudee Tours also offer dolphin and whale watching, as well as fishing trips.

Entertainment Center for Adults

1st: Compass Entertainment Complex

100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4386

A multi-purpose family center nestled in Virginia’s Northern Neck, Compass Entertainment Complex is a state-ofthe-art venue featuring the area’s only multi-screen movie theater, in addition to an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, and a fullservice restaurant and bar. Perfect for parties or casual group outings, friends can battle it out in bumper cars, on the minigolf course, or even go ice skating.

2nd: Topgolf, Virginia Beach, 757-544-9217

3rd: Vine, Irvington, 804-577-0773


1st: Urbanna Oyster Festival

390 Virginia St., Suite C, Urbanna, 804-758-2122

The Urbanna Oyster Festival has remained a treasured event in Eastern Virginia for 66 years—and counting. Featuring the Virginia State Oyster Shucking Championship and the popular Fireman’s Parade, the festival also features live music, waterfront activities like historic boat tours and marine science education, arts and crafts booths, wine and beer tastings, a variety of food vendors, and a children’s carnival.

2nd: Daffodil Festival, Gloucester, 804-693-2355

3rd: Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale (Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce), Kilmarnock, 804-435-6092

1st: LOVEwork in Cape Charles 21 Bay Ave., Cape Charles, 757-678-2303

With an L made of sea glass and seashells to represent the bayside community, a tractor tire as the O for agriculture, a V made of kayaks for outdoor adventure activities, and an E fashioned from crab pots for aquaculture, the LOVEwork in Cape Charles artistically reflects the town’s rich history and proud coastal community.

2nd: LOVEwork at Whitley’s Peanuts in Gloucester Point, Gloucester Point, 804-693-0014

3rd: LOVEwork in Warsaw, Warsaw, 804-333-3737

Movie Theater

1st: Compass Cinema Six 100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804884-4386

Compass Cinema Six screens firstrun movies, limited-release films, and special events. Movie-goers can enjoy dinner and a cocktail before or after the movie at the complex’s Meridian Bar & Grill, or snack on movie concession classics like popcorn, candy, or nachos. The entertainment complex’s other attractions include an arcade, ice skating rink, batting cages, minigolf, and more.

2nd: York River Crossing Cinemas, Hayes, 804-642-5873

3rd: Cinema Cafe, Multiple locations, 855-523-7469


1st: Virginia Living Museum

524 Jay Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, 757-595-1900

Learn about Virginia’s plants and wildlife through the museum’s living greenhouse and gardens, including a native plants garden, children’s garden, and butterfly garden; coastal plain aviary; and outdoor boardwalk across Deer Park Lake. The museum is also home to a planetarium and observatory and hosts stargazing evenings. Recent exhibitions included “Get Lost,” a deep dive into mazes, brain games, and illusions.

2nd: Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Reedville, 804-453-6529

3rd: Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington, 804-438-6888

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Music Venue

1st: Music on the Half Shell Stage

150 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1552

Music on the Half Shell Stage at Kilmarnock’s Town Centre Park hosts monthly live performances from May through October, staging a wide variety of genres every summer. Forthcoming live acts include R&B and Motown group 2nd Sole in June, Southern rock artist Steve Bassett in July, and Appalachian country group The Mullins Sisters in August.

2nd: Flat Iron Crossroads, Gloucester, 804-699-3361

3rd: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, 757-368-3000

Performing Arts Company

1st: The Westmoreland Players

16217 Richmond Rd., Callao, 804-529-9345

This nonprofit, amateur theatre group in the Northern Neck has been entertaining local audiences since 1979. Though the group got its start in Westmoreland County, Players Theatre has resided in Northumberland County for the last 23 years. Recent productions have included Noises Off by Michael Frayn, and this summer the Missoula Children’s Theatre will present King Arthur’s Quest

2nd: The Lancaster Players, White Stone, 804-435-3776

3rd: The Court House Players, Gloucester, 804-815-8504

Performing Arts Theater

1st: Westmoreland Players Theatre

16217 Richmond Rd., Callao, 804-529-9345

This summer, July 28-Aug. 12, the Westmoreland Players will stage the blockbuster Broadway hit, Matilda the Musical, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and inspired by the popular 1996 film adaption. Other recent productions of the theater’s 2022-23 season have included Deathtrap by Ira Levin, Noises Off by Michael Frayn, and Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.

2nd: The Lancaster Players, White Stone, 804-435-3776

3rd: Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles, 757-331-4327

Nature’s Playground

At Chesapean Outdoors , the motto is simple: Get connected. Unplug. And by offering activities for the whole family, Chesapean’s team makes it easy. This Virginia Beach-based eco-tour company is most known for its kayak dolphin tours. Visitors can paddle out into the Chesapeake Bay and, with a little luck, spot dolphins, ospreys, cownose rays, and even sea turtles. Founder Matt Redford recommends booking kayak adventures during dolphin mating season in July or August. Redford started guiding dolphin tours in 1996 and now, more than 25 years later, his company offers fishing camps, bike tours, surfing lessons, stand up paddleboard classes, and more.

Special Event Venue

1st: Menokin Road Farm 2709 Menokin Rd., Warsaw, 804-761-9429

Menokin Road Farm offers more than 3,000 square feet of rustic barn space and can host up to 150 guests, indoors or out. The venue can also provide tables and chairs, a bridal suite, parking attendants, a wedding ceremony arbor, a wine barrel bar, and more amenities. Owners Keith and Janie Peyton constructed the barn for their own wedding before renting it to others.

2nd: Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, 804-776-7200

3rd: Mimosa Barn, Cape Charles Facebook: Mimosa Barn, 757-572-8009


Dog Groomer

1st: 4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming

3413 Irvington Rd., Irvington

Facebook: 4 Leggers Day Care, Boarding and Grooming, LLC, 804-577-4280

Scroll 4 Leggers’ Facebook page, and you’ll see plenty of photos of happy customers—any number of dog breeds, each with their own unique style after a bubble batch or fresh cut. Whether your dog is tiny with long hair, or large

with short fur, 4 Leggers guarantees a neat and pristine coat after every session.

2nd: Bayside Pet Emporium, White Stone, 804-435-3548

3rd: Blue Collar Dog Services, Hayes Facebook: Blue Collar Dog Services, 804-993-7023

Dog Training Company

1st: The Good Dog

201 Production Dr., Yorktown, 757-527-2265

The Good Dog offers classes in obedience, trick training, and agility. Not sure which one is the right fit? Enroll your pup in the Try-It-Out course, where dogs spend a couple weeks in each type of class to figure out which one is right for their abilities and needs. The Good Dog also offers private lessons, therapy, puppy play time, dog walking, and boarding.

2nd: Eastern Shore Dog, Machipongo

Facebook: Eastern Shore Dog, 757-607-6069

3rd: Belroi Agility and Obedience Center, Gloucester, 804-693-2167

Pet Boarding/Day Care

1st: Bayside Pet Emporium

78 Whisk Dr., White Stone, 804-435-3548

This full-service facility, opened alongside Bayside Animal Hospital in 1987, offers boarding, grooming, retail,

and veterinary services. Bayside provides care for dogs and cats, even rabbits and other animals, and also offers a dog day care option that provides space for exercise and companionship with lots of other dogs. A remodeling and expansion project is currently underway.

2nd: 4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming, Irvington

Facebook: 4 Leggers Day Care, Boarding and Grooming, LLC, 804-577-4280

3rd: Anna’s Pet Sitting, Chincoteague

Facebook: Anna’s Pet Sitting, 757-894-5114

Veterinary Hospital

1st: Kilmarnock Animal Hospital

200 Lee Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-6320

Serving pet owners in the Northern Neck area since 1956, this animal hospital provides dentistry services like sedated tooth cleanings and tooth extractions, healthy pet wellness exams, routine procedures and advanced surgeries, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, vaccinations, and any number of pet care needs. The practice is led by veterinarian and Liberty University graduate Daniel Armstrong.

2nd: Heathsville Animal Clinic, Heathsville, 804-580-5135

3rd: Warsaw Animal Clinic, Warsaw, 804-333-3433

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Family Entertainment

1st: Compass Entertainment Complex

100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4386

The perfect destination for a family outing, Compass Entertainment Complex is a state-of-the-art venue with something for everyone. Featuring the area’s only multi-screen movie theater, in addition to an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, and more. Parents and kids alike will have a blast battling it out in bumper cars, on the minigolf course, or in the batting cage.

2nd: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, 757-229-4386

3rd: Yorktown Beach, Yorktown, 757-890-5900

K-12 Independent School

1st: Chesapeake Academy

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

Chesapeake Academy is an independent, co-educational day school serving the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Fourth and seventh graders participate in Oyster Festival Education Day, a program designed to engage students in environmental learning, cultivating an understanding of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecology, history, heritage, and future to Middlesex County students attending the annual Urbanna Oyster Festival.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214

3rd: Ware Academy, Gloucester, 804-693-3825


1st: Chesapeake Academy

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

Chesapeake Academy’s Early Childhood program nurtures students in a caring environment through fun, imaginative, hands-on learning that includes games, guided play, reading, and brain teasers. Children become happy, enthusiastic, and confident learners who develop socially, emotionally, and physically; art, music, physical education, and Spanish classes, library visits, and weekly whole school assemblies round out the Chesapeake Academy preschool experience.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214

3rd: Ware Academy, Gloucester, 804-693-3825

Movie Night

The Chincoteague Island Theatre opened its doors in 1947 and continues to serve residents and visitors today. Located on the Eastern Shore, the Island Theatre features classic family favorites to Oscar-nominated films. In 2011, the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization raised money to restore the Main Street attraction with new seating, improved lighting, and a new screen projector. If you visit the Island Theater today, you’ll notice two horse hooves imprinted in the concrete walkway outside. These hooves belong to Misty, the horse who starred in the 1961 popular film, Misty of Chincoteague. Today, the theater has become a hot spot for the Chincoteague community, offering game nights, plays, concerts, and more.

Summer Camp

1st: Chesapeake Academy

Summer Camps

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

The summer camp offerings at Chesapeake Academy have something in store for any child with any interest. Kids can expect a summer of fun, exploration, and discovery participating in activities like paddleboarding, soccer, astronomy, visits to zoos and farms, and a STEM program for girls, making full use of the school’s Arts & Innovation Hub.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214

3rd: Chanco on the James, Spring Grove, 888-724-2626


Bed & Breakfast

1st: The Hope & Glory Inn

65 Tavern Rd., Irvington, 804-438-6053

Located on the grounds of and inside a historic schoolhouse from 1890, the Hope & Glory Inn is home to 13 guest suites and cottages. Breakfast–think vidalia onion quiche, bananas foster French toast, ham and cheese croissants with orange marmalade, or brandied poached pears–is delivered in a picnic basket every morning, and guests can relax in the garden bath, a secluded outdoor clawfoot tub.

2nd: Kilmarnock Inn, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0034

3rd: Bay Haven Inn, Cape Charles, 757-331-2838

Historic Site

1st: Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, 888-965-7254

Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 600 reconstructed original buildings, two world-class museums, and an educational outreach program for grade school and college students, educators, and history buffs alike. Serving as the capital of the colony and later the Commonwealth from 1699-1780, the site now includes historic taverns, lodging, shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, regular reenactments, and more.

2nd: Stratford Hall, Stratford, 804-493-8038

3rd: Historic Christ Church & Museum, Weems, 804-438-6855


1st: The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000

Guest accommodations at The Tides Inn are a celebration of life on the water. Windows looking out onto sweeping views are the crown jewel of each room. Private patios are ideal for enjoying the picturesque Irvington shoreline. Interior décor is nautical but modern and minimal; deep blues and tranquil greens enhance the surrounding landscape, bringing the peaceful outdoors in.

2nd: The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, 757-220-7978

3rd: The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club, Virginia Beach, 757-425-8555


1st: The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000

Situated on a tributary off of the Chesapeake Bay, The Tides Inn offers large scale resort luxury with the warm hospitality of a small town stay. Whether embarking on an outdoor adventure with the resort’s resident ecologist—try beekeeping or an oyster harvesting tour—or whiskey tasting with the on-site spirit master, there’s a unique experience waiting around every corner.

2nd: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, 800-551-9653

3rd: The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club, Virginia Beach, 757-425-8555

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TRAVEL State Park

1st: Belle Isle State Park

1632 Belle Isle Rd., Lancaster, 804-462-5030

Home to seven miles of shoreline on the Rappahannock River, Belle Isle offers visitors boating opportunities, picnic shelters, and ample trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Campgrounds are available for overnight accommodations; canoe and kayak rentals are available seasonally. The park is home to eight types of wetlands and diverse habitats for wildlife like blue heron and osprey.

2nd: Westmoreland State Park, Montross, 804-493-8821

3rd: Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, 757-331-2267

Tourist Attraction

1st: Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, 888-965-7254

Colonial Williamsburg showcases Virginia tourism at its best, where history comes alive seven days a week at more than 600 reconstructed original buildings, two world-class museums, and an extensive educational outreach program for students, educators, and history buffs alike. Millions of visitors from around the world visit the country’s Colonial capital every year, eating, drinking, and exploring their way through the 18th century.

2nd: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, 757-229-4386

3rd: Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, 757-253-4838


Dance Studio

1st: Etudes Ballet School

56 First St., White Stone, 804-815-2695

Etudes offers dance classes for all ages, beginning with the Little B.I.T.s (Ballerinas in Training) class for 4 to 5-year-olds. Classes are for children ages 4-12+, as well as adults, and offer focuses in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. This studio also supplies dance shoes for all enrolled students.

2nd: Dawn’s School of Dance, Manquin, 804-241-9782

3rd: The Academy of Dance and Gymnastics, Multiple locations, 757-873-0454

Golf Course

1st: Piankatank River Golf Club

6198 Stormont Rd., Hartfield, 804-776-6516

This club’s 18-hole championship golf course features a front nine nestled among rolling hills and a back nine set along the Piankatank River. The course, covering 400 acres, was designed by Algie Pulley and opened in 1996. Club members also have access to the Steamboat Restaurant and special tournaments such as the Oyster Classic and Turkey Shoot.

2nd: Golden Eagle Golf Club, Irvington, 804-438-6640

3rd: Hobbs Hole Golf Course, Tappahannock, 804-443-4500


1st: Northern Neck Family YMCA

39 William B. Graham Ct., Kilmarnock, 804-435-0223

Members of the 13 YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas locations in the Eastern region have access to health and wellness training and programming, fitness classes, swimming, childcare and camps, sports and recreation,

and youth activities. Popular fitness classes include cardio, strength, group cycling, yoga, and pilates. The YMCA also offers personal training services.

2nd: BodyFit, White Stone, 804-436-2214

3rd: Richmond County Family YMCA, Warsaw, 804-333-4117

Specialty Fitness

1st: BodyFit

578 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone, 804-436-2214

BodyFit studio provides clients with options for group exercise classes, small personal training sessions, oneon-one personal training sessions, and wellness workshops. Classes include Fast Twitch, a 30-minute circuit class; pilates, for strength and flexibility; Bootcamp, a high-intensity interval training challenge; Rise & Grind, a total body workout; Senior Strength & Conditioning; Yoga & Wellness; and Hammock/Aerial Yoga.

2nd: Abilities Abound Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, Callao, 804-529-5178

3rd: InsideOut Yoga, White Stone, 804-436-2204

Tennis Facility

1st: The Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club Racquet Program

362 Club Dr., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1340

The club’s facilities include two indoor courts, which double for tennis matches or pickleball games, four lighted outdoor courts, a practice backboard, and a ball machine. Tennis professionals offer private and semiprivate lessons and group clinics. Club membership also includes access to the yacht club, the golf course, a pool, a restaurant, and social events.

2nd: Rappahannock Community College, Multiple locations, 804-333-6730

3rd: Kingsmill Tennis Club, Williamsburg, 757-253-3945

Must-Visit Museums

A roundup for your next family outing.

It’s no secret that planning a family vacation is a full-time job. With little constructive input but lots of opinions, it can be hard to please everyone. On your next trip to Coastal Virginia, consider making room to explore some of our favorite museums.

First up is VIMS, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Located at the mouth of the York River in Gloucester Point, VIMS is a worldclass marine research center, the southeast’s version of Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution, the famous marine science center on Cape Cod. VIMS researchers provide guidance on how to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and its marine life. Through hands-on exhibits, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and an appreciation for all the creatures that call it home.

Next, stop by the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. This museum is an aquarium, zoo, and botanical garden—all in one place— and its exhibits put Virginia’s natural heritage on display. Through its

discovery centers, visitors can explore the animals and plants that are native to different regions of Virginia. Come eye-to-eye with tiny sharks, touch live horseshoe crabs, and learn about 250 other living species.

Next up, climb aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin at the Nauticus Museum. At 887 feet of waterline, it's one of the largest battleships ever built. Permanently docked along Norfolk’s downtown harborfront, visitors can explore the ship’s inner workings and learn about its 50year history. See where crew members slept, ate, and even got haircuts at sea. Learn about the Wisconsin in action—from facing kamikaze attacks during World War II to launching Tomahawk missiles in Operation Desert Storm.

Whether you’re interested in the Chesapeake Bay and its rich environment, Virginia’s native species, or the maritime industry, these museums offer interactive exhibits the whole family can enjoy.;;

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Chiropractic Practice

1st: Knight Chiropractic

6171 Richmond Rd., Warsaw

Facebook: Knight Chiropractic, 804-333-3269

In addition to his chiropractic services, Dr. Joel Knight teaches safe lifting practices through how-to videos and helps golfers with safe swing form through the Titleist Performance Institute. An alumnus of Rappahannock Community College and still involved with the school’s nursing program, Knight is also very active in the local community, taking part in events such as WarsawFest, the town’s annual festival.

2nd: Northern Neck Chiropractic, Kilmarnock

Facebook: Northern Neck Chiropractic PC 804-435-3333

3rd: Pure ‘n Simple Family Chiropractic, Kilmarnock, 804-435-2273

Counseling or Therapy


1st: Chesapeake Counseling Associates, PC 7296 York Ave., Gloucester, 804-695-2557

Chesapeake Counseling Associates, PC believes that “growth is in your hands,” and that “everyone who walks through the door has the capacity to hope, change, and live life with purpose.” The licensed counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse mentors, and clinical psychologists on staff ensure a caring environment in which clients can identify and explore life’s challenges in a secure setting.

2nd: Family Guidance Centers, Virginia Beach, 757-974-1469

3rd: Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services, Locations in Gloucester, Tappahannock, 804-693-5057

Dental Practice

1st: Dahlgren Dental

5212 King’s Wood Ln., King George, 540-663-2221

Led by Dr. Grace La and Dr. Minh-Tam

Aaron Le, Dahlgren Dental offers a wide array of services, including general dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, implants, pediatrics, emergency care, snoring and sleep apnea care, Invisalign®, BOTOX®, and Juvéderm®. For those nervous about their visit, the practice also offers sedation dentistry as an option.

2nd: Lennon Dental Center, Deltaville, 804-455-8263

3rd: Lanigan Family Dentistry, Kilmarnock, 804-435-1220

Eye Doctor

1st: Hampton Roads Eye Associates

11800 Rock Landing Dr., Newport News, 757-643-8800

From routine eye care to complex medical conditions, the ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians at Hampton Roads Eye Associates (HREA) are the region’s most trusted team. HREA’s provided services include treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, red eye, trauma, cornea, and eyelid problems, along with retinal issues. Routine eye exams and pediatric ophthalmology are also available.

2nd: The Eye Site of Tappahannock, Tappahannock, 804-443-3901

3rd: Eastern Eye Associates, Locations in Gloucester Point, Williamsburg, 757-707-1676

Home Health Provider

1st: Visiting Angels

68 S. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-2229

Locally owned and operated, Visiting Angels provides care for seniors all across Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, with the goal of helping older adults live happily and safely in the comforts of home while providing their families with peace of mind. The company’s mission is to restore hope and independence by healing the individual’s emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

2nd: Riverside Regional Home Health, Multiple locations, 757-594-5600

3rd: Sentara Home Care Services, Multiple locations, 800-466-3227


1st: Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital

101 Harris Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-8000

Rappahannock General Hospital

(RGH) extends a variety of inpatient services, including acute and longterm care, along with many outpatient programs like oncology services, physical therapy, and more. The hospital has a Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and is also known for exemplary treatment of behavioral health and state of the art radiation and imaging technology.

2nd: Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, 804-693-8800

3rd: VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital, Tappahannock, 804-443-3311

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

1st: Virginia Women’s Center

102 DMV Dr., Kilmarnock, 804-455-8426

The Virginia Women’s Center Kilmarnock location is led by Dr. Matthew F. Vogel and Amy Mia Hall, certified nurse practitioner and midwife. The practice approaches care from a holistic perspective, caring for the body and mind through obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, breast health and mammography, and urogynecology, while also supporting general wellness and mental health care.

2nd: Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, Williamsburg, 757-253-5600

3rd: Williamsburg Obstetrics & Gynecology, Williamsburg, 757-253-5653

Oral and


Surgery Practice

1st: Patriot Oral & Facial Surgery

121 Bulifants Blvd., Suite B, Williamsburg, 757-707-8414

Dr. Brian P. McAndrew performs dental implants, bone grafting, tooth extractions, and more to patients in the Williamsburg area. The practice also offers 3-D imaging services. In addition to treatments like corrective jaw surgery, Patriot Oral & Facial Surgery also provides care for facial injuries and TMJ disorders.

2nd: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 757-253-2393

3rd: Schroer Periodontics & Implants, Hayes, 804-642-3558

Orthodontic Practice

1st: Faber Orthodontics

Locations in Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, 804-445-2045

Faber Orthodontics offers patient perks like complimentary consultations and extends a safe and welcoming environment for oral health services and education. With a team of personable professionals, this practice delivers top of the line care and ethical treatment recommendations tailored to age and specific needs.

2nd: Williamsburg Orthodontics

Williamsburg, 757-253-1200

3rd: Swihart Orthodontics, Locations in Gloucester, Newport News, 757-874-0990

Keep an Eye Out

Which eye care professional is right for you?

Know your options when it comes to eye health:

ƒ Optician: Technicians who are trained to fit eyeglass lenses, frames, and contact lenses.

ƒ Optometrist: Doctors of optometry (O.D.) who perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect eye abnormalities, and prescribe medications for eye diseases. While they are not medical doctors, they have an undergraduate degree and four years of optometry school.

ƒ Ophthalmologist: Medical doctors who’ve attended medical school, completed a residency in ophthalmology, and are licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery.

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Orthopedic Practice

1st: Hampton Roads Orthopaedics

Spine & Sports Medicine

Multiple locations, 757-873-1554

From sports injuries to broken bones, tired joints to spine care, the team at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine (HROSM) can treat any orthopedic-related aches and pains. HROSM is consistently recognized for comprehensive care, innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques, a compassionate patientcentered approach.

2nd: Riverside Orthopedic Specialists, Williamsburg, 757-534-9988

3rd: Tidewater Orthopaedics, Multiple locations, 757-827-2480

Pediatric Practice

1st: Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice

16681 General Puller Hwy., Deltaville, 804-776-8000

Led by Dr. Karen Ransone and Dr. Sterling Ransone, Jr. this practice offers comprehensive care for the entire family. Services include treatment of acute conditions, long-term management of chronic conditions, preventative care, wellness visits, medical screenings, and on-site laboratory services. The practice is part of the Riverside Medical Group network of more than 300 doctors in Eastern Virginia.

2nd: Family Medicine at Warsaw, Warsaw, 804-333-6400

3rd: Children’s Clinic, Multiple locations, 855-532-0912

Physical Therapy Practice

1st: Carousel Physical Therapy

Locations in Hartfield, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3435

Carousel Physical Therapy treats a variety of conditions, such as orthopedic and neurological conditions, balance issues, and more. Services include complimentary consultations offered through the American Physical Therapy Association’s “Move Forward” campaign, spine rehab, shoulder pain treatment, hip and knee therapy, concussion rehabilitation, dry needling, manual therapy, pre- and post-surgical care, massage therapy, and telehealth.

2nd: Belfield Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 804-333-8222

3rd: Pivot Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 844-748-6878

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Primary Care Practice

1st: Riverside Primary Care

Multiple locations, 757-595-6363

Riverside patients have access to the network’s more than 300 doctors spanning a wide variety of specialties. Services include treatment of acute conditions, long-term management of chronic conditions, preventative care, wellness visits, medical screenings, and diagnostic services. If you need to visit the emergency room, your primary care provider can help coordinate fast care at a Riverside hospital.

2nd: Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, Multiple locations, 757-345-4600

3rd: Bay Internists, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3103


Cosmetic Surgery Practice

1st: Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads Locations in Newport News, Williamsburg, 757-873-3500

Doctors Peter J. Vonu, Michael F. Zwicklbauer, T. Randall Blanchard, and Michael S. Lofgren offer comprehensive cosmetic surgery services including breast augmentation or reduction, tummy tucks and body

Does your dog need an eye exam? Ask Dr. Heather Brookshire, veterinarian of the Animal Vision Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, and she’ll likely say yes.

When Dr. Brookshire was in vet school, Whiskey, her basset hound, was diagnosed with glaucoma and quickly lost vision in both eyes. Whiskey’s journey prompted Dr. Brookshire’s interest in veterinary ophthalmology and she now dedicates her practice to treating pets experiencing vision loss. “Dogs and cats really live in a different sensory world than we do,” Brookshire explains. “When one sense falls short, they simply pick up the slack with another one.” As for scheduling an eye exam, Dr. Brookshire says the earlier the better. An eye exam in a young pet can pick up on predispositions and can help vets treat diseases before a window of opportunity closes.

sculpting, face lifts and rhinoplasty, and scar treatment. There is also a licensed master esthetician on staff, and nonsurgical treatments such as microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, and laser hair removal are available.

2nd: Pariser Dermatology Specialists

Multiple locations, 757-622-6315

3rd: Galardi Bowen Plastic Surgery, Virginia Beach, 757-330-8397

Dermatology Practice

1st: Pariser Dermatology Specialists

Multiple locations, 757-622-6315

Pariser has served the Hampton Roads community for more than 75 years. Now in six offices across Eastern Virginia, the practice has expanded to offer Mohs surgery, a variety of light therapies, and a full range of cosmetic dermatology services. Their ability to treat all skin conditions and concerns under one roof makes for a seamless patient experience.

2nd: Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester, Gloucester, 804-215-1292

3rd: Peninsula Dermatology, Locations in Newport News, Williamsburg, 757-873-0161

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

1st: Heads Up Hair Works

80 N. Main St., Kilmarnock

Facebook: @headsuphairworksva, 804-435-7507

Housed in a cozy, coastal-inspired cottage, Heads Up Hair Works is celebrating 28 years in business, marking nearly three decades of beautifying the good people of Kilmarnock. Heads Up is a fullservice Redken products salon, offering haircuts, coloring, styling, blowouts, and chemical treatments. In addition to hair services, manicures, pedicures, and waxing are also on the menu.

2nd: Sara Brown Salon, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0373

3rd: Split Enz, Gloucester, 804-693-5343


1st: The Spa at The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-4430

This resort spa offers a variety of massages, body treatments, and skincare treatments to help you relax during your stay. Try the 30-minute Wild Lime Scalp Massage, 60- or 90-minute Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, or the 60-minute Be Well Scrub with soothing lemon verbena or invigorating rosemary citron. Other services include facials, waxing, lash lifting and tinting, brow tinting and lamination, and bridal makeup.

2nd: Williamsburg Salt Spa, Williamsburg, 757-229-1022

3rd: Estetista LLC, Warsaw, 540-676-0614

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Architecture Firm

1st: Randall Kipp Architecture

81 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-6287

Randall Kipp Architecture’s vision as a team of designers is to provide the best architectural solution that satisfies the issues of space and context, combined with an artistic spirit. The firm specializes in modern designs featuring open floor plans and simple materials. Randall Kipp’s portfolio includes both residential and light commercial builds, made possible by a full-service staff of architects and interior designers.

2nd: Rave Design+Build, Gloucester, 804-824-2368

3rd: GuernseyTingle, Williamsburg, 757-220-0220

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Brent & Becky’s Bulbs

7900 Daffodil Ln., Gloucester, 877-661-2852

Brent & Becky Heath are third-generation bulb growers and horticulture superstars. Their eight-acre Chesapeake Bay Friendly Garden showcases plants that thrive in the region, and the nursery’s two seasonally published catalogs feature thousands of spring, summer, and fall blooming bulbs and plants to make any landscape stand out. Catch Brent on-site for some sagely plant advice and shop in the Bulb Shoppe, a gardener’s paradise.

2nd: River Birch Florist, Locust Hill, 804-758-3522

3rd: Anderson’s Garden Center Newport News, 757-599-3510

Home Builder

1st: Walker Homes Inc.

607 Rappahannock Dr., White Stone, 804-435-0050

Arthur and Bradley Walker are building professionals with more than 40 combined years of experience. Since 1988, Walker Homes has been a leader in Eastern Virginia in custom home building, renovation, and general contracting. The firm provides exceptional service in building, carpentry, electricity, and plumbing. In addition to new builds and renovations, Walker Homes can also assist with smaller projects, such as stand-alone garages.

2nd: Connemara Construction, White Stone, 804-435-1551

3rd: Jim Miller Construction, Saluda, 804-758-4315

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Home Furnishings Store

1st: W. F. Booth & Son Inc. 42 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1329

This fourth-generation owned store has furniture and accessories for everything from waterfront living to town or country homes, in addition to interior design services. W. F. Booth & Son Inc. is the region’s premier destination for decorating every room of your home, from outdoor porch or patio pieces to window treatments, including blinds and shades; rugs; and mattresses and bedding.

2nd: Feather Your Nest | Cindy Lloyd Design, Warsaw, 804-761-3715

3rd: Wyatt-Ogg Furniture, West Point, 804-843-2464

Interior Design Firm

1st: Feather Your Nest | Cindy Lloyd Design 5011 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, 804-761-3715

Cindy Lloyd’s services include design and fabrication of custom window treatments, furniture placement, assistance with purchasing furniture and accessories, and more. The firm specializes in window treatments, with expertise in draperies and valances, blinds, shades, and motorized window coverings. Visit the Warsaw showroom for even more possibilities, like light enhancing, room darkening, and sound absorption options.

2nd: Pillar & Peacock, Irvington, 844-625-6414

3rd: Randall Kipp Architecture, Irvington, 804-438-6287

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Jim’s Cabinet Creations

44 Whisk Dr., White Stone, 804-435-2061

Jim’s Cabinet Creations has serviced Eastern Virginia with exceptional service and expertise for both homeowners and business owners since 1984. Available cabinet lines include Omega, Waypoint, Homecrest, KitchenCraft, and Mantra. The firm also offers countertop installation, including granite, quartz, formica, and soapstone options for every price range and design style.

2nd: The Cabinet Works of the Northern Neck, Montross, 804-493-8102

3rd: Pillar & Peacock, Irvington, 844-625-6414

Landscape Design

1st: River Birch Nursery & Landscaping

5952 General Puller Hwy., Locust Hill Facebook: River Birch Nursery & Landscaping, 804-758-2316

River Birch Nursery & Landscaping sells a wide variety of plants, for all soil and sunlight types. Each season brings a new selection of flowers, trees, and shrubs, so stop by frequently. The nursery also has a gift shop that occasionally offers wine tastings, and a full-service on-site florist ready to design fresh flower arrangements, gift baskets, and much more.

2nd: Ransone’s Nursery & Maintenance, Weems, 804-435-3788

3rd: Green Planters Landscape & Garden Center, Hayes, 804-642-7505

Plumbing/HVAC Company

1st: Pritchard & Fallin

367 Northumberland Hwy., Callao, 804-529-7838

Pritchard & Fallin has been serving the Northern Neck for more than 43 year, providing excellent service that goes beyond just controlling your home’s temperature. Services for residential and commercial clients include equipment replacement, energy savings agreements, complete system installations, and duct work, for both new builds and remodels.

2nd: Hodges & Bryant, Gloucester Facebook: Hodges & Bryant, 804-693-2102

3rd: Crowther Heating and Air Conditioning, Kilmarnock, 804-435-1141

Real Estate Firm

1st: IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate

Multiple locations, 804-758-2430

IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate is a second- and third-generation owned and operated firm, with four locations and more than 30 agents. Represented properties are located in Lancaster, Middlesex, Mathews, Northumberland, and Gloucester counties and include both residential and commercial properties, ranging from luxury estates to open land for development.

2nd: Blue Heron Realty Co., Locations in Cape Charles, Machipongo, 800-258-3437

3rd: Liz Moore and Associates

Multiple locations, 757-873-2707

Retirement Community

1st: Rappahannock WestminsterCanterbury

132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, 804-438-4000

Located on 165 acres, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RW-C) boasts a thriving continuing care community for seniors. Services include nursing care, help with dressing, and a mental wellness program. Choose from a variety of continuing care options, including At Home with RW-C, a stayin-your-own-home program.

2nd: Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, 757-496-1100

3rd: Williamsburg Landing, Williamsburg, 800-554-5517

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It comes from the Greek words xeros, meaning dry, and scape, as in landscape, meaning view. A quick mashup nets xeriscape, the term used to describe water-wise gardening, a way to minimize reliance on water by using native and drought-resistant plants. Xeriscaping makes sense, but it also resonates with a homeowner's bottom line, reducing water bills by upwards of 60 percent.
Reduce water use with native plants.

Best of Virginia

Come for a visit to the quaint little town of Irvington and discover the best retirement community on the East Coast of Virginia. At Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, our residents enjoy an active, involved lifestyle in a beautiful, rural community close to the Chesapeake Bay. Our campus offers 165 wooded acres with plenty of groomed walking trails and a man-made lake for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. At RWC, four out of five residents take part in fitness activities at our state-of-the-art Life Enrichment Center. But what we love most is the close-knit community and the comfort of knowing that with Total LifeCare, we will be surrounded by fascinating fellow residents and caring staff for the rest of our days.

Call to schedule a tour or check out our 360-degree virtual tours.

RWC offers independent living with housing options including apartments, cottages and free standing homes. We also offer assisting living and licensed nursing care on site with the security of lifetime residency and pre-arranged health care including a Memory Care Center. 804-438-4000 | |


Accounting Firm

1st: Dehnert, Clarke & Co.

309 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5656

Dehnert, Clarke & Co. specializes in tax planning and preparation, also offering a full range of traditional accounting services to individuals and businesses in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. From basic tax management to more comprehensive services IRS representation and debt advising, the staff is up to date on tax laws and can make sense of your receipts, bills, and notices.

2nd: Hughes & Basye, Warsaw 804-333-3707

3rd: Chesapeake Accounting Group, Burgess, 804-453-7611

Auction Company

1st: The Big Red Flea

3611 Irvington Rd., Irvington

Facebook: The Big Red Flea, 804-577-7449

The Big Red Flea is a year-round, indoor flea market. You can find antiques, home furnishings, décor, coins, art, kitchen wares, and more. The Big Red Flea team can also come to you if you need to clear out a home, liquidate a business, or coordinate an estate sale. In addition to in-person sales, the company also runs online auctions.

2nd: The Urbanna Auction Company, Urbanna, 804-758-0909

3rd: Express Auctioneers and Appraisers LLC, Williamsburg, 804-832-8471

Bank/Credit Union

1st: Chesapeake Bank

Multiple locations, 877-436-9032

The roots of Chesapeake Bank reach deep into the sandy soil of the Northern Neck. What first started as Lancaster National Bank, with watermen, farmers, and small business owners among its first clients, has emerged as a well-respected leader in community banking. Now offering a myriad of services, including wealth management and merchant services, Chesapeake Bank now has 16 branches throughout Eastern Virginia.

2nd: Atlantic Union Bank,

Multiple locations, 800-990-4828

3rd: Langley Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations, 757-827-5328

Do Your Homework Choosing

When it comes to choosing a retirement community, Lauren White of Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury says it’s always good to have a plan and to seek a good fit. White shares her advice:

ƒ Find the right time: Consider your timeline to ensure enjoyment of amenities and make lasting friendships.

ƒ Location, Location, Location: Decide where you feel most comfortable. Are you a city person or do you relish a rural retreat?

ƒ Read the fine print: White encourages investigating Total Life Care Communi-

Financial Planning Firm

1st: Davenport & Company LLC

Multiple locations, 804-780-2000

Davenport & Company LLC is the trusted financial planning firm for generations of families and corporate institutions. The firm fosters a collaborative environment in which time-tested principles are combined with current analytical tools to create effective investment strategy, offering wealth management to all ages and means.

2nd: Chesapeake Wealth Management, Multiple locations, 877-436-9032

ties, meaning “no matter what level of care you need, you pay the same fee with no cost increases.”

ƒ Listen: Are you helping your parents pick a retirement community? White recommends having a backup plan. “Don’t tell your parents what to do,” she says. “Walk them through options and be a supportive resource.”

Car Dealer

1st: Ken Houtz Chevrolet Buick

6404 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester, 804-693-2300

Family-owned and -operated for more than 40 years, this dealership offers new Chevrolet and Buick vehicles, as well as used cars in a variety of makes, and is conveniently located to serve Roanes, Yorktown, and Williamsburg customers. The service department is staffed with Chevrolet and GM Certified Service Experts, and the dealership also offers in-house financing.

2nd: Northern Neck Chevrolet, Montross, 804-368-6547

3rd: Gloucester Toyota, Gloucester, 804-693-2100

Car Wash

1st: River Wash Car Wash and Lube 1750 Ball St., Tappahannock Facebook: River Wash Car Wash and Lube, 804-443-0884

This full-service car wash offers detailing, hand-washing, buffing, waxing, shampooing, and specialty products, such as the Rain-X body shield. River Wash also offers quick-lube services including oil changes, automatic transmission service, radiator service, and windshield wiper blade replacement, and interior cleanings to have your vehicle looking like new.

2nd: Autobell, Multiple locations, 800-582-8096

3rd: Buggy Bathe, Locations in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, 757-460-9274

3rd: Virginia Asset Group, Virginia Beach, 757-747-2556

Funeral Home

1st: Currie Funeral Home and Crematory

116 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1077

What originated in 1924 as A.C. Elmore Furnishing Undertaker is approaching nearly a century of serving Kilmarnock. Currie Funeral Home and Crematory has changed hands and names over the years, but consistently prioritizes professionalism and client courtesy. For funeral, burial, or cremation services, even grief counseling, the staff will guide you through the process with care.

2nd: Welch Funeral Home, Locations in Montross, Warsaw, 804-333-3770

3rd: Faulkner Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Multiple locations, 804-758-2315

Law Firm

1st: Hubbard, Terry & Britt

293 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5522

From land use to zoning laws, decoding workers’ compensation benefits to understanding estate planning jargon, the expert lawyers at Hubbard, Terry & Britt offer a variety of services that run the gamut of legal needs. Serving the Northern Neck and surrounding area since 1977, the practice takes pride in its commitment to clients and the Irvington community.

2nd: Rumsey & Bugg, Irvington, 804-438-5588

3rd: Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, White Stone, 804-435-4000

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the right retirement community.

Where the destination is worth the drive



1st: Kilmarnock Antique Gallery

144 School St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-6320

Lynn and Steve Bonner opened Kilmarnock Antique Gallery in June 1996 with only five vendors, worked seven days a week, and were closed only two days a year. Twenty-seven years later, it remains one of the most beloved antique galleries in the state, and is known as the largest seller of antique oyster plates in the country.

2nd: Williamsburg Antique Mall, Williamsburg, 757-776-0094

3rd: Acme Antiques, Tappahannock Facebook: Acme Antiques Tappahannock, 804-925-6471

Book Store

1st: The Book Nook

53 W. Church St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-3355

Kilmarnock residents describe this shop as a “local treasure.” The Book Nook is home to countless books, with something for readers of every age and interest. Opened in 1974, the shop maintains a relaxing atmosphere for both local and visiting patrons. Locally made greeting cards for all occasions and postcards are also available for sale at this bookworm’s paradise.

2nd: Peach Street Books, Cape Charles, 757-273-6449

3rd: Ye Olde Book Shoppe, Heathsville, 804-724-1757

Consignment Shop

1st: Rivah Consignments

27 Irvington Rd., Kilmarnock

Facebook: Rivah Consignments, 804-435-8999

You can find just about anything at this downtown Kilmarnock shop–from furniture and patio sets; to lamps, mirrors, and home décor; to clothing, purses, and other accessories. Rivah Consignments also offers antiques; locally made art and jewelry; and even some designer brands of clothing, bags, and keychains including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Dooney & Bourke.

2nd: Periwinkles Consignment Boutique, Cape Charles, 757-678-2481

3rd: The Velvet Shoestring, Williamsburg, 757-220-9494

Fine Jewelry Store

1st: Burkes Fine Jewelers

Locations in Kilmarnock, Warsaw, 804-435-1302

A Northern Neck staple since 1969, Burkes specializes in custom designs

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Meet the custom bootmaker in coastal Virginia.

Step into Perrin Creek Custom Cowboy Boots , and you’ll be greeted by the boot master, Steve Christo, who’s not your average cowboy. Ten years ago, Christo was working as a technologist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, a nuclear physics lab in Newport News. He turned to bootmaking after struggling to find a comfortable pair of shoes that would get him through the workday. “I always had to buy footwear two sizes too big to be comfortable,” Christo says.

and one-of-a-kind pieces, and offers remounts, repairs, appraisals, watch battery replacement, and engagement and bridal pieces. In business for more than half a century, this jewelry store provides nothing but the finest treasures, the most accommodating service, and friendly smiles when you walk through the door.

2nd: Ross’s Fine Jewelers, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3529

3rd: Vashti’s Jewelers, Gloucester, 804-693-3434

Florist Shop

1st: The Wild Bunch 18 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1044

The Wild Bunch specializes in European garden style arrangements only using premium, high-end florals. The shop’s courteous staff is always dependable, beautifully executing arrangements of any style and size for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, funerals, weddings, and more. The shop’s staff are big believers in supporting local nurseries and farms by offering the freshest flowers whenever possible. Delivery is available in the Kilmarnock area.


2nd: Smith’s Florist & Gift Shoppe, Gloucester, 804-693-2010

3rd: Seagrass Floral & Apothecary, Cape Charles, 757-695-2130

Gift Store

1st: Colonial Collectibles

5757 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, 804-333-0581

Since 1991, Colonial Collectibles has been the go-to gift store in quaint downtown Warsaw. Selling Scout bags in fun patterns, Northern Neck and fishing-themed apparel, plush stuffed animals for the little ones, and popular brands such as Swig, Southern Tide, and Kendra Scott, there’s a little something for everyone on every shelf. Owner and co-founder Julie Christopher cherishes relationships with every customer, old and new.

2nd: The Rivah, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4291

3rd: River Birch Gifts, Locust Hill, 804-758-8814

A few years later, he retired from Jefferson Lab and traveled to Texas to take a class on bootmaking from a secondgeneration craftsman. “I was hooked and never looked back,” he says of his experience in the Lone Star State.

Today, business at Perrin Creek Custom Cowboy Boots is booming. Christo has stitched boots for all shapes and sizes, and counts Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin as a customer.

For Christo, a custom boot is unlike anything boot you will find on a store shelf. Not only are the materials of higher quality, but everything—down to the elaborate stitching—is done by hand.

“We’re using the same machines that bootmakers used 100 years ago,” he says. “It gives the pattern a

unique character, and you can really see the hand of the artist at work.”

Christo takes his customer’s personalities into account when designing boots, which is why he says it’s so important for boot buyers to visit his Gloucester store. “I like to know how the boot design will fit into their lifestyle,” he says. “Is it a dress boot? A riding boot? Worn for construction?” Christo and his team take over 20 measurements for each foot and guide customers through the design process, picking leathers, choosing colors, and discussing design elements.

Perrin Creek boots are made to last, and as Christo says, “Once you go custom, you’ll never go back.”

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Wild Rides, Stellar Shopping, and Fine Food Busch Gardens Williamsburg has it all.

Lots of people head to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the thrill rides. Alpengeist will have you hurtling through six staggering inversions on one of the tallest, fastest coasters on the planet. And don’t forget Apollo’s Chariot, the coaster that drops a stomachlurching 210 feet. Pint-sized equestrians can saddle up on Li’l Clydes, a carousel-style ride on one of the world-famous Clydesdales. Spending days riding the coasters and cars and trains and swings isn’t uncommon.

Then there’s the food. With a dizzying array of options, it’s hard to go wrong. Grogan’s Pub features dozens of rotating draft beers and traditional Irish and American pub snacks. At German Pretzels & Beer, you guessed it—pretzels and beer are the stars. Mardi Gras is the time to tempt your taste buds with Big Easy-inspired offerings like a crawfish boil, shrimp étouffée, King Cake cinnamon rolls, and beignets. Enjoy mouth-watering beef brisket, slow-smoked for hours, at Trapper’s Smokehouse. And that’s just the tip of Busch Gardens’ culinary iceberg.

Men’s Clothing Store

1st: T-Town Tack Work & Western Wear

1309 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, 804-443-4614

T-Town specializes in work, Western, and equestrian ware. Popular brands include Carhartt, Wrangler, Weaver Leather, and Red Wing Shoes. In addition to clothing and boots, cowboy hats, jewelry, and gifts, the shop also carries horse tack and supplies such as saddles, stirrups, reins, and bridles. TTown also stocks scrubs for those that work in the medical field.

2nd: Weekends Fashions, Kilmarnock

Facebook: Weekends Fashions, 804-577-4041

3rd: Waterline, Kilmarnock

Facebook: Waterline, 804-577-4160

Record Store

1st: Vinyl Daze Records

958 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-963-6363

Since opening eight years ago, Vinyl Daze has expanded twice to accommodate its extensive and growing selection. You can hear samples of the vast music library playing throughout the store while you browse. Check out their Facebook page for regular updates on incoming shipments. Vinyl Daze also buys used vinyl and new and used music equipment.

2nd: Eastern Shore Record Exchange, Onancock, 757-387-7549

3rd: Birdland Records, Tapes & Compact Discs, Virginia Beach, 757-495-0961

But if retail therapy is what you’re after, a stroll through Busch Gardens’ myriad shops and boutiques just might be your ticket to bliss.

Enjoy hands-on experiences that are fun for all ages, like pottery painting at Caribou Pottery and panning for gold at Trapper Dave’s General Store. Find Canadian-inspired gifts and goods, along with home décor at Acadia Traders. There are also authentic specialty gifts throughout the park. At Emerald Isle Gifts, you’ll find sparkling Irish crystal, warm woolen goods like sweaters from Galway, Guinness® apparel, and other Irish-themed gifts that make it seem like you've reached the end of the rainbow. Wander and shop all things Bavarian at German Gifts for German-made steins, beautifully carved cuckoo clocks, authentic nutcrackers, and unique holiday decorations. And during the park’s Christmas Town celebration, peruse the traditional outdoor Mistletoe Marketplace, offering an array of handmade gifts from local craft vendors.

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

1st: RW’s Sports

1434 Northumberland Hwy., Callao, 804-529-5634

Once a simple shop with some saltwater bait, tackle, and t-shirts, RW’s Sports now boasts more than 10,000 square feet of store, stocked with turkey calls and duck decoys, rods and reels, clothing, Yeti products, and plenty of Northern Neck souvenirs. RW’s is known throughout the region as Callao’s one-stop-shop for hunting and fishing gear.

2nd: Bailey’s Bait and Tackle, Cape Charles, 757-331-1982

3rd: Sport Shack, Hayes, 804-642-0294

Women’s Clothing Store

1st: The Dandelion 4372 Irvington Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5194

The Dandelion has been a destination for fashion-forward ladies of the Northern Neck and beyond for more than 40 years. Housed in a charming former parsonage built during the Steamboat Era, The Dandelion has been described as a “living catalog” and a “treasure trove” of fabulous women’s clothing, accessories, and gifts from around the world, curated by owners Sheila Broderick Brown and Jean Ward-Smith.

2nd: Angie’s Strength & Style Boutique Warsaw, 804-761-0211

3rd: Up South, Gloucester Facebook: Up South, 804-693-2159

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Time flies when you visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. Explore the Museum’s vast and iconic collection, and you’ll feel like you’ve earned your wings. Free admission, parking $15.

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Asian Restaurant

1st: Peking Gourmet Inn

6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-671-8088

This highly acclaimed restaurant has a reputation for serving classics, including Peking duck, steamed sea bass, and kung pao chicken, all prepared by skilled chefs who use only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant is also known for its elegant décor, attentive service, and extensive wine list. With its renowned menu, Peking Gourmet Inn is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a top-notch dining experience.

2nd: Sisters Thai, Fairfax, 703-267-9618

3rd: Four Sisters Restaurant, Falls Church, 703-539-8566

Barbecue Restaurant

1st: The Bone BBQ

Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 540-751-9425

For winning barbecue, check out The Bone for delicious pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, and ribs. High quality meats, cooked low and slow over wood chips, are the secrets to the menu’s most mouth-watering items, particularly the epically delicious pulled pork nachos. Popular sides include mac ‘n’ cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, and collard greens. The Bone’s food truck happily caters neighborhood and office parties.

2nd: Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, 540-751-9425

3rd: Willard’s Real Pit BBQ, Locations in Chantilly, Reston, 703-488-9971

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Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

1st: Anita’s Multiple locations, 703-281-8580

Authentic flavors and generous portions make this Mexican restaurant a Northern Virginia favorite. Breakfast is epic, with 24 specialty burritos on the menu, along with New Mexicostyle items like enchiladas rancheras and huevos rancheros. Plus, there are plenty of American breakfasts, including omelets, steak and eggs, and pancakes. With eight locations, Anita’s has been a mainstay in the region for more than 40 years.

2nd: Bob & Edith’s Diner, Multiple locations, 703-594-0280

3rd: Ted’s Bulletin, Multiple locations, 202-544-8337

Burger Joint

1st: Five Guys

Multiple locations, 866-345-4897

This fast food burger joint got its start in 1986 in Arlington. It boasts nearly 1,500 locations nationwide, about 30 of which are in Northern Virginia. Its fresh, never frozen, made-to-order burgers with a seriously wide variety of toppings—from mushrooms to jalapeños, grilled onions, bacon, and sauces—as well as French fries made from real potatoes—set it apart from its competitors.

2nd: Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg, 703-443-2105

3rd: Foster’s Grille, Multiple locations, 703-519-0055


1st: The Bone BBQ

Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 540-751-9425

From graduations to office luncheons, block parties to summer soirees, check out The Bone for the best in barbecue catering. Barbecue “packs,” priced perperson, are perfectly suited for groups; consider the Backyard BBQ Pack that includes pulled pork, smoked chicken, plus buns and sides. Or make a splash at your next neighborhood party with The Bone’s food truck.

2nd: Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg, 703-771-9300

3rd: Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, 703-778-9663

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar

14013 Promenade Commons St., Gainesville, 703-754-0135

Make this coffee and wine bar whatever you want it to be, encourages coowner Victoria Trummer. From happy hour one day to breakfast the next, this quaint, Euro-style Gainesville café has it all. Pastries are made from recipes handed down by Stephen Trummer’s mother, Maria, and all food is made in-house from scratch. The mouthwateringly delicious menu features sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

2nd: Northside Social Coffee & Wine, Locations in Arlington, Falls Church, 703-465-0145

3rd: Grounds Central Station, Manassas, 571-379-7285


Fine Dining

1st: L’Auberge Chez François

332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls

L’, 703-759-3800

L’Auberge Chez François is touted for being one of the finest French restaurants in the country. In the Great Falls countryside, it is cozy, intimate, and authentically French; a crackling fireplace and candlelit tables contribute to the ambiance. With a wide range of traditional French dishes, the menu includes escargot, beef bourguignon, and crêpes. Impeccable service and an impressive wine list are restaurant hallmarks.

2nd: The Black Sheep, Manassas, 703-420-2028

3rd: Trummer’s, Clifton, 703-266-1623

Food Truck

1st: Ford’s Fish Shack

Multiple locations, 571-918-4092

This popular seafood restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes including lobster tails, fish tacos, and steamed clams. With a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, both indoor and outdoor seating options are available. Ford’s has been recognized for their commitment to sustainable seafood practices, as well as friendly service, with three locations in Northern Virginia and a food truck, “Ford’s On the Road.”

2nd: Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, 703-778-9663

3rd: The Bone BBQ, Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 540-751-9425

Ice Cream Shop

“My love for baking is rooted in nostalgia and family traditions,” says Bisnonna Bakeshop co-owner, Nicole Liberatore. After all, bisnonna means greatgrandmother in Italian. With her husband, Dominick, the couple has been pumping out pastries from their home kitchen since 2019. But after winning the DreamStart Competition at Tysons Corner Center in 2021, the flour really started flying; now they run a brick-and-mortar bakery in Fairfax.

“A lot of our recipes were taught to me by the women in our families,” Nicole notes. Bisnonna’s selection of delectable Italian treats include cannoli, biscotti, pizzelle, sfogliatelle, and more. The cannoli are fan favorites and come in sweetly surprising flavors like limoncello and cherry blossom. Nicole says, “We hope that every bake we serve brings our customers back to a cherished food memory.”

1st: Nathan’s Dairy Bar

8948 Mathis Ave., Manassas, 703-335-9051

Customers rave about Nathan’s ice cream flavors. Chocolate is especially popular but raspberry sorbet and pistachio are steadily gaining fans. The menu offers soft serve and hand-scooped varieties, along with toppings like gummy worms, brownie batter, Hershey’s Kisses, and standards like hot fudge and caramel. Special flavors change twice a week, and their Facebook specials offer BOGO and free upsize incentives.

2nd: Moo Thru, Locations in Hillsboro, Remington, 540-439-6455

3rd: Tipped Cow Creamery, Purcellville, 540-441-3835

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Indian Restaurant

1st: Rangoli Indian Restaurant

10223 Nokesville Rd., Manassas, 703-957-4900

Rangoli means colorful murals in Marathi, and this traditional folk art style is symbolic of warding off evil spirits. At this Manassas restaurant, colorful rangoli decorate the walls, and the extensive menu celebrates classic Indian cuisine. Catering options are available for large and small events, or reserve Rangoli’s Curry Truck for private parties or corporate lunches.

2nd: Haandi Indian Cuisine, Falls Church, 703-533-3501

3rd: Taste of India, Gainesville, 703-743-5169

Italian Restaurant

1st: Ciao Osteria

14115 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, 703-543-8955

It’s no wonder that this Centreville spot is one of the area’s most popular Italian eateries. Classically delicious and “obsessively authentic” Italian recipes and culinary techniques remain the cornerstone of the restaurant’s success, with particularly outstanding pasta and pizza dishes. The friendly and knowledgeable wait staff are accommodating and always happy to make recommendations. Ciao Osteria is perfect for date nights and family gatherings.

2nd: Trattoria Villagio, Clifton, 703-543-2030

3rd: Thompson Italian, Locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, 703-269-0893

Mexican Restaurant

1st: Uncle Julio’s

Mexican from Scratch

Multiple locations, 972-554-6886

Uncle Julio’s is dedicated to creating the area’s best Mexican food. From hand-selecting every ingredient to ensuring an incredible dining experience, this restaurant, with six NoVa locations, has a winning formula. Using only simple and authentic ingredients ensures that every bite and sip are bursting with flavor—from housemade salsas, tortillas, tamales, desserts, rich sauces, and craft cocktails.

2nd: Taco Bamba Taqueria, Multiple locations, 703-639-0505

3rd: Anita’s, Multiple locations, 703-281-8580

Outdoor Dining

1st: 2 Silos Brewing Co.

9925 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264

With a wide variety of craft beers, flights, and pub-style food, 2 Silos Brewing is popular among beer lovers and foodies alike. Customers rave about the exceptional beer quality, with Oktoberfest, Blueberry Wheat, and Main Street American Lager being crowd-pleasers. Located at Farm Brew LIVE at Innovation Park in Prince William County, 2 Silos is a premier destination for the ideal outdoor brewery experience.

2nd: Trattoria Villagio, Clifton, 703-543-2030

3rd: L’Auberge Chez François, Great Falls, 703-759-3800


1st: Tony’s New York Pizza

Multiple locations, 703-330-8909

Tony’s is known for its authentic New York-style pizza, featuring a thin, crispy crust and quality ingredients and toppings. With multiple locations throughout Northern Virginia, this popular pizza restaurant also features other Italian favorites like calzones, stromboli, and pasta dishes. Salads and classic appetizers like garlic knots and mozzarella sticks round out the extensive menu.

2nd: Pupatella, Multiple locations, 571-312-7230

3rd: The Italian Store, 2 locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266

Sandwich Shop

1st: The Italian Store 2 locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266

This family-owned gourmet Italian specialty shop specializes in hard-tofind Italian products sourced from Italy and a network of purveyors in Brooklyn—from fresh cheeses and meats to homemade pasta. At their two Arlington stores, an epic sandwich and sub menu have something for everyone, each served on a choice of bread, with a variety of meats and add-ons.

2nd: Lost Dog Cafe, Multiple locations, 703-553-7770

3rd: Santini’s New York Style Deli, Multiple locations, 703-214-4444

Seafood Restaurant

1st: Blue Ridge Seafood

15704 Lee Hwy., Gainesville, 703-754-9852

Seafood lovers gather ‘round: Blue Ridge Seafood is a BoV winner for a reason. With a mind-blowing menu— think Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, oysters, scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, plus fish prepared any and all ways—this Gainesville destination also features its own Seafood Steam Pots. Each is prepared to order, includes ingredients and instructions, and is designed for carry-out to share with friends and family. Pot included.

2nd: Ford’s Fish Shack, Multiple locations, 571-918-4092

3rd: King Street Oyster Bar, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, 571-442-8068



1st: Sweetwater Tavern

Multiple locations, 703-449-1100

Seasonal, site-brewed beers and tasty lunch and dinner entrées are why Sweetwater Tavern has expanded to three locations in Northern Virginia while its customer base has soared. The Drunken Ribeye Steak and a Southwest Chicken Salad are two of the many winning dishes on an impressive menu. Diners can enjoy meals inside or in the restaurant’s outdoor dining spaces.

2nd: Mike’s “American”, Springfield, 703-644-7100

3rd: The Palm, Tysons Corner, 703-917-0200

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare

1st: Founding Farmers

Locations in Reston, Tysons, 202-822-8783

Founding Farmers makes everything from scratch—from bread to booze and everything in between, including yogurt and granola, chicken and waffles, burgers, and apple pie. All ingredients are thoughtfully sourced, and active recycling and composting programs divert about 90 percent of restaurant waste from landfills. With eight versions of its restaurants, Founding Farmers is deeply connected to its neighborhoods and communities.

2nd: Busboys and Poets, Arlington, 703-379-9757

3rd: Silver Diner, Multiple locations, 301-770-0333

On ‘Cue

Williard’s BBQ represents the best barbecue from every region.

Barbecue is a true American invention. When the Spanish arrived in the New World, they observed Indians smoking meat on a framework of sticks they called a barbacoa. The result was so tasty that the settlers copied their method of cooking, using pigs and cattle from Europe. Over time and with the blending of cultures, distinct styles of barbecue evolved. Williard’s BBQ owner Chris Janowski has traveled the U.S. to perfect regional recipes, which he dishes up at his Chantilly and Reston locations. Featured are all types of barbecue, including North Carolina pulled pork with vinegar sauce, St. Louis ribs with a sweet tomato-based sauce, and Texas-style beef brisket with dry rub.

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1st: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, 703-527-8394

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings at this authentic European bakery. With roots in traditional German baking techniques, Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe has become a renowned fixture in Northern Virginia. The shop, which counts presidents and ambassadors among its customers, has garnered particular acclaim for its wedding cakes and pastries; breads, rolls, pies, and a deli menu round out its extensive offerings.

2nd: Red Truck Rural Bakery, Locations in Marshall, Warrenton, 540-364-2253

3rd: The Swiss Bakery and Pastry Shop Springfield, 703-321-3670


1st: The Conche

1605 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg, 703-779-1800

For chocolate lovers, chef Santosh Tiptur is your new best friend. His Leesburg restaurant, The Conche, offers savory menus with chocolate in starring roles. Braised short ribs with a chocolate burgundy reduction is a dinner option; for brunch, try the huevos rancheros with cocoa-infused black bean puree. Not surprisingly, desserts are to die for. A bonus is The Conche’s boutique, stocked with handmade chocolate confections.

2nd: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, Arlington, 703-527-8394

3rd: Artisan Confections, Arlington, 703-524-0007

Farmers Market

1st: City of Manassas

Farmer’s Market

2 locations in Manassas, 703-361-6599

This year-round, open-air market features fresh produce, meats, dairy products, and beverages, as well as artisan crafts and goods, plus farmfresh flowers, among its 100+ vendors. Weather permitting, live bands keep the crowds entertained. The market is consistently ranked among the best in the area. Check out its Facebook page where vendors are announced weekly.

2nd: Old Town Farmers’ Market, Alexandria, 703-746-3216

3rd: Falls Church Farmers Market, Falls Church, 703-248-5024

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

1st: The Italian Store

2 locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266

This gourmet shop with two locations in Arlington has been operated by the Tramonte family for more than 30 years. Featuring a variety of Italian staples and specialty items—from homemade style ravioli and pasta, to fresh cheeses and meats, to unique

Humble Pie

Italian wines—The Italian Store offers many hard-to-find items, directly imported from Italy and sourced from an extensive network of purveyors in Brooklyn.

2nd: Arrowine & Cheese, Arlington, 703-525-0990

3rd: Balducci’s, Locations in Alexandria, McLean, 703-549-6611

Wine Shop

1st: Arrowine & Cheese

4508 Cherry Hill Rd., Arlington, 703-525-0990

The region’s trusted source for the finest artisan wines, cheeses, charcuterie, craft beer, baguettes, chocolate, and gourmet foods, Arrowine is the quintessential neighborhood store. It’s where friends meet to sample wine selections or grab a snack or dinner for the weekend. With an extensive, highly curated selection of wine and beer from around the world, Arrowine has also gained a reputation for discovering up-and-coming winegrowers.

2nd: The Grapevine, Warrenton Facebook: The Grapevine, 540-349-4443

3rd: The Wine Attic, Clifton, 703-543-8406

It’s all about flavors at Mom’s Apple Pie Company.

This local chain of pie shops was founded by Steven Cox and Avis Renshaw. Farmers by trade, the couple was looking for a way to increase revenues and weren’t satisfied with store-bought pies. Mom’s Apple Pie Company was their answer.

“We are called Mom’s but it was actually my dad who started looking at recipe books, talking to family members, making changes to recipes, and perfecting that crispy, butter crust,” says Ansa Cox, who serves as general manager. “I remember first sampling his pies when I was about five years old and helping out my parents when I was just 10 or 11.”

The key to Mom’s pies is all in the ingredients, which come straight from the family’s Lost Corner Farm. “It’s on the Potomac River and the soil is just beautiful there,” says Cox. “We grow fruit like blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, and corn and spinach for quiches.”

The bakery offers its signature apple pie and other fruit pies along with creative variations like chocolate coconut, sour cherry, strawberry rhubarb, and bourbon walnut. Cox says her personal favorite is lemon chess because of its complexity of flavors and textures.

Now with close to 50 employees and three locations in Occoquan, Round Hill, and Leesburg, Mom’s is still owned and managed by the family. Cox works with her mother to handle the business side, while her brother and father work the farm. “Even my sister is in the pie business and runs her own bakery in New York,” laughs Cox.

The secret to Mom’s pies is how good they taste. Mom’s Apple Pie Company does not use preservatives and uses sugar sparingly, allowing the natural fruit flavors to shine.

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DRINK Brewery

1st: Lost Barrel Brewing

36138 John Mosby Hwy., Middleburg, 540-326-4631

This hunt country gem is all about brewing excellent beer and hard seltzer with state-of-the-art equipment and offering patrons an unbeatable view of the picturesque Fauquier County countryside. Flavor profiles range from citrusy and hoppy to smooth and malty, and wine flights, cocktails, and mocktails round out a bevy of beverages. An impressive chef-curated menu includes shareable plates, pressed sandwiches, salads, hot flatbreads, and more.

2nd: Bear Chase Brewing Company, Bluemont, 540-554-8210

3rd: 2 Silos Brewing Co., Manassas, 703-420-2264


1st: Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

207 W. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-8100

This Middleburg cidery and distillery creates handcrafted, small-batch hard ciders and spirits. Defiance cider, made in the rustic Cidery Barn just outside of town, is artisan-crafted using the finest quality Virginia apples. Defiance Distillery in downtown Middleburg focuses on the revival of classic spirits—from absinthe to gin nouveau and cassis—and showcases the best of craft distilling, focusing on locally sourced, quality ingredients.

2nd: Lost Boy Cider, Alexandria, 703-566-5737

3rd: The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Broad Run, 703-753-3548


1st: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

7961 Gainsford Ct., Bristow, 571-284-7961

The MurLarkey way says the best craft spirits make the best craft cocktails. Thirsty Thursdays at the distillery’s Tasting Room are when the best craft cocktails make a splash, featuring master mixologist George “Papi” Zwetkow, who whips up his creative best using MurLarkey’s spirits. Try Papi’s Mule Kick with MurLarkey’s Heritage Whiskey and ginger beer, or Irish Whiskey with MurLarkey’s Lemon Whiskey and lemonade.

2nd: King Street Oyster Bar, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, 571-442-8068

3rd: Trummer’s, Clifton, 703-266-1623



1st: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

7961 Gainsford Ct., Bristow, 571-284-7961

Striking the perfect balance between prestige and playfulness, MurLarkey’s spirits are 100 percent farm-to-flask, made with only locally and sustainably sourced ingredients and using the highest quality raw materials, grains, and botanicals. These small-batch spirits—many are winners in national and international competitions—can be enjoyed at MurLarkey’s tasting room in Bristow or purchased online or at Virginia ABC stores.

2nd: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Purcellville, 540-751-8404

3rd: KO Distilling, Manassas, 571-292-1115


1st: Stone Tower Winery

19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg, 703-777-2797

Stone Tower Winery’s (STW) mission is to create a world-class selection of complex and age-worthy wine. The property’s terroir, steep slopes, and constant airflow converge to create soil that gives STW’s vines the “struggle” to produce concentrated, intensely flavored grapes for its premium estate wines. Pay the vineyard a visit for tours, tastings, and a menu featuring salads, sharables, and pizza in the Harvest Barn.

2nd: Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont, 540-554-8439

3rd: The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, 703-815-2233

Seven years ago, Alexandria Restaurant Partners opened Palette 22 at Village at Shirlington. While dining or enjoying a drink at the bar, patrons can watch local sculptors, painters, jewelry-makers, and other artists at work and even purchase their art displayed throughout the restaurant.

“We have a really vibrant arts community and support about 40 local artists from various media,” says Dave Nicholas, managing partner of Alexandria Restaurant Partners.

Post-pandemic, the restaurant is busier than ever with diners flocking to the restaurant’s colorful scene. Specials like “Bottomless Dining” and extended happy hours encourage guests to linger and socialize. Fan favorites like sesame steak skewers, Cuban sliders,

shrimp tacos, and pork belly bao buns are all designed for groups to sample and share. The bar is constantly evolving its cocktail menu, which also includes a selection of nonalcoholic refreshers.

“There are a lot of great chains who haven’t changed their menu in 20 years, but we want to try new things, be a little edgier and bring global flavors,” says Nicholas. “We constantly listen to guests, and they love the evolution.”

The company, which runs Mia’s, Barca, and Ada’s on the River, has purchased a historic building at Union Market for a second Palette 22 location. “We fell in love with Union Market, and we’re doing some really cool and interesting things,” says Nicholas.

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Annual Charity Event

1st: Walk To End Alzheimer’s

9201 Center St., Manassas, 703-766-9025

An estimated 6.5 million people live with Alzheimer’s Disease, a number that is expected to triple by 2060. To raise awareness, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is held annually in over 600 communities, including Manassas. The largest event of its kind, it also raises funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The walk invites participants of all ages and abilities.

2nd: The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, Alexandria, 703-549-0111

3rd: Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital Annual Rummage Sale, Leesburg, 703-771-2985

Art Event

1st: Art on the Avenue


Held every October in the historic Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, this highly anticipated street arts festival has celebrated the diversity and vibrancy of the Northern Virginia cultural community for nearly 30 years. Patrons can peruse the wares of more than 300 artists, including silversmiths and pottery makers, or be entertained by myriad musicians and bands. There are plenty of food vendors and kids’ activities, too.

2nd: Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival, Alexandria, 561-746-6615

3rd: Tephra ICA Arts Festival, Reston, 703-471-9242

Art Gallery

1st: Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St., Alexandria, 703-746-4570

The former U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Old Town Alexandria was converted into an art center in 1974 and is now home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. Today it houses 82 artists’ studios, eight galleries, and workshops, with some 165 professional visual artists who work in a variety of media.

2nd: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, 703-584-2900

3rd: Artists in Middleburg, Middleburg, 540-687-6600

Where the Wild Things Are Leesburg Animal Park offers hands-on experiences.

For up close animal interaction, head to Leesburg Animal Park . In operation for nearly 25 years, the family-friendly destination offers intimate experiences visitors won’t find at larger zoos. Discover bunnies, goats, donkeys, pigs, and more at the petting zoo. Check out zebras, camels, squirrel monkeys, and porcupines in the exotic animal exhibit. Take the younger kids for a pony ride or let them burn energy on the indoor playground. For the ultimate hands-on experience, courageous visitors can even touch a live snake!

Entertainment Center for Adults

1st: Farm Brew LIVE

9901 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264

This 12-acre campus—Farm Brew

LIVE—in Prince William County is a hub for craft beer, food, and live music. Its multiple venues include The Black Sheep Restaurant, 2 Silos Brewing Co., the YARD outdoor live music stage, the Pit BBQ, 2nd Stop Ice Cream & Coffee Bar, and La Gringa handmade comfort food truck—all featuring great food, great drinks, and great times.

2nd: Tally Ho Theater, Leesburg, 703-777-1665

3rd: The State Theatre, Falls Church, 703-237-0300


1st: Christmas in Middleburg

200 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-266-3115

Bedecked and bedazzled, the charming town of Middleburg pulls out all the stops at Christmas. Join one of the most fun-filled family festivals of the year with special events, activities, and delicious food, where the town’s cafés and restaurants join in the spirit. A tree lighting, shopping, caroling, and the Middleburg Hunt Review, the famous mile-long Christmas parade, celebrate the best of the season.

2nd: Art on the Avenue, Alexandria

3rd: Fall Arts and Crafts Show, Occoquan, 703-491-1918


1st: LOVEwork in Manassas

9201 Center St., Manassas, 703-368-1873

Virginia is all about LOVE. From the state’s iconic Virginia is for Lovers slogan to the 300+ LOVE sculptures around the Commonwealth, LOVE signs dot cities and towns throughout the state. The LOVE sign concept was launched by the Virginia Tourism Corporation to highlight Virginia as a family destination with love at its heart. This Northern region’s fan favorite is in downtown Manassas.

2nd: LOVEwork in Leesburg, Leesburg, 703-777-2420

3rd: LOVEwork in Purcellville, Purcellville, 703-669-2009

Movie Theater

1st: Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic

2911 District Ave., Fairfax, 571-512-3301

This film center and café exhibits the highest quality art, independent, and specialty film in the area. Featuring the latest in digital projection and sound technology, plush velour stadium-designed seating, and a cuttingedge theatrical environment, the facility boasts eight auditoriums, a stylish lounge, traditional movie snacks, and a diverse selection of food and beverage packages.

2nd: Airbus IMAX® Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, 703-572-4118

3rd: Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse Arlington, 703-486-2345


1st: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, 703-572-4118

This Smithsonian annex at Dulles International Airport holds many exhibits that were once in storage from the National Air and Space Museum. Included are the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Air France Concorde, the Enola Gay, and the Boeing 367-80, the prototype for the popular Boeing 707 airliner.

2nd: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, 703-780-2000

3rd: Manassas National Battlefield Park Manassas, 703 361-1339

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Music Venue

1st: Wolf Trap

1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900

Performances at Wolf Trap span the creative arts—from the R&B and soul sounds of John Legend, to productions by the American Ballet Theater and Wolf Trap Opera, to the best voices in comedy. Its three venues— the Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and Children’s Theatre-in-theWoods—offer superior acoustics and are designed to be in harmony with its national park setting.

2nd: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, 703-754-6400

3rd: The Birchmere, Alexandria, 703-549-7500

Performing Arts Company

1st: Hylton Performing Arts Center

10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, 703-993-7550

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is the primary performance home to a number of community-based arts organizations, including Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre, The Creative and Performing Arts Center, Asaph Dance Ensemble, and Youth Orchestras of Prince William. These dynamic organizations present performances at the Hylton Center and represent the region’s extraordinary talents and resources.

2nd: Signature Theatre, Arlington, 703-820-9771

3rd: Little Theatre of Alexandria, Alexandria, 703-683-5778

Performing Arts Theater

1st: Hylton Performing Arts Center

10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, 703-993-7550

Presenting vital arts experiences that expand cultural awareness and integrate the arts into the region’s social, economic, and community fabric is Hylton Performing Arts Center’s mission. From bluegrass to Beethoven, acrobatics to salsa—all presented through its various series—performances feature international, national, and local artists in comedy, dance, music, and theatre in venues throughout Hylton’s vast Manassas campus.

2nd: The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, 703-255-1900

3rd: The Birchmere, Alexandria, 703-549-7500

Front and Center

Tysons Corner hosts touring Broadway shows in a beautiful new venue.

The stunning, $11 million Capital One Hall opened in late 2021. Rising 11 stories, the LEED gold-certified building features Carrera marble, beautiful woodwork, a brass escalator, and rooftop beer garden. Traveling Broadway shows have included Hairspray, Waitress, Tootsie, and R.E.S.P.E.C.T., with more musicals on the docket as part of the venue’s Broadway in Tysons lineup.

“When you go inside, there’s definitely a wow factor,” says Meghan Trossen, marketing and community affairs manager for Capital One Center. “The atrium has sweeping 60-foot ceilings, and yet the theater is intimate—every seat is 100 feet or less from the main stage.”

Special Event Venue

1st: Stone Tower Winery

19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg, 703-777-2797

From weddings and rehearsal dinners to corporate events and team building experiences, Stone Tower Winery provides the perfect balance of comfort and sophistication set in the rolling hills of Loudoun County. Indoor and outdoor spaces are perfect for small gatherings and larger affairs—from the rustic elegance of the Harvest Barn to the elegant warmth of Wild Boar Hall.

2nd: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, 703-255-3631

3rd: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, 703-746-4570


Dog Groomer

1st: Paws Awhile Pet Motel

7353 Woodlawn Ln., Warrenton, 540-347-4855

Paws Awhile grooming salon offers a wide range of salon services—from nail trimming to tooth brushing to complete haircuts. In addition, medicated baths, conditioners, and cream rinses are available that promote healthier and more lustrous coats. The invigorating HydroSurge animal bathing system is used for thorough cleaning. Christian

Orthodox Monastics are behind Paws Awhile, which all but guarantees your fur baby is in good hands.

2nd: A Pup’s Valley, Haymarket, 703-596-3647

3rd: The Polished Pooch, Haymarket, 703-753-2400

Dog Training Company

1st: Olde Towne School for Dogs

529 Oronoco St., Alexandria, 703-836-7643

Carlos and Sandy Mejias opened the Olde Town School for Dogs back in 1975. Since then, it’s become a community fixture and one of the area’s most well-respected facilities for educating dogs and their owners. Its current space is dedicated entirely to training and grooming your furry friend, as well as a retail shop that offers the latest in dog and cat supplies.

2nd: Off Leash K9 Training, Multiple locations, 571-252-5536

3rd: WOOFS! Dog Training Center, 2 locations in Arlington, 703-536-7877

Pet Boarding/ Day Care

1st: Paws Awhile Pet Motel

7353 Woodlawn Ln., Warrenton, 540-347-4855

There’s something quite right about entrusting your fur baby to a trio of

Christian Orthodox nuns. Mothers Eirene, Raphaela, and Evdokia run Paws Awhile Pet Motel, along with a dedicated staff of nearly 30. The business includes pet boarding and daycare and is an extension of the Sisters’ call to service and community, providing the best care to God’s creatures and their families.

2nd: A Pup’s Valley, Haymarket, 703-596-3647

3rd: Olde Towne Pet Resort, Locations in Springfield, Sterling, 888-475-3580

Veterinary Hospital

1st: Caring Hands Animal Hospital

Multiple locations, 703-942-8800

With five locations in Northern Virginia, Caring Hands places a high value on preventative care and wellness. From puppy and kitten stages through adult life and into senior years, preventative care can help your pet live a longer, healthier life by thwarting disease and catching illness in its early stages. Preventive care is tailored to each pet based on their age, location, and lifestyle.

2nd: Pender Vet Animal Hospital, Multiple locations, 703-591-3304

3rd: Stonewall Veterinary Clinic, Gainesville, 703-754-9888

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Family Entertainment

1st: Wolf Trap

1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900

Wolf Trap is the only national park dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts. More than 7,000 visitors can enjoy a world-class experience at the dynamic Filene Center where each year 70-80 shows are produced— from rock concerts to ballets, to folk performances, musicals, dance, opera, jazz, and popular and country music concerts.

2nd: Cox Farms, Centreville, 703-830-4121

3rd: Great Country Farms, Bluemont, 540-554-2073

K-12 Independent School

1st: Foxcroft School

22407 Foxhound Ln., Middleburg, 540-687-5555

With a founding mission to instill high purpose, integrity, leadership, understanding, and empathy into its students, Foxcroft School, started in 1914 by Charlotte Haxall Noland, continues to attract girls from across the country who benefit from an academic experience that highlights rigor and exceptional proficiency. Foxcroft is a nationally recognized leader in STEM education for girls and its outstanding equestrian program.

2nd: St. Paul VI Catholic High School, Chantilly, 703-352-0925

3rd: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, 703-237-1400


1st: Hunters Woods Cooperative Preschool

11550 Glade Dr., Reston, 571-350-9499

In a caring and positive atmosphere, Hunters Woods creates a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn. The school’s environment is designed to bridge the gap from home to school, where positive self-images are nurtured while building social skills. Through exposure to natural elements, kids learn to care more deeply about nature and conservation, while building independence, selfconfidence, problem-solving skills, and friendships.

2nd: Willowcreek Academy, Locations in Centreville, Gainesville, 703-815-3000

3rd: Haymarket Baptist Church Preschool & Kindergarten, Haymarket, 703-753-9561

Summer Camp

1st: Tiny Dancers Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, 703-385-5580

Tiny Dancers’ summer dance camps are specially designed for children ages 3 to 9. Each camp offers a fun and exciting week of dance, crafts, and activities grouped around a theme such as “Enchanted Castles,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Under the Sea,” where your child can be a prince or princess, swashbuckler or swan, bear or ballerina.

2nd: Camp Highroad, Middleburg, 540-687-6262

3rd: ARTfactory, Manassas, 703-330-2787


Bed & Breakfast

1st: The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

692 Federal St., Paris, 540-592-3900

Steeped in history and loaded with charm, this Northern Virginia bed and breakfast offers 10 beautifully appointed guest rooms, all with private baths. The main house has a cozy parlor and several dining rooms, where the inn’s award-winning restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also gather for breakfast on the stylish enclosed side porch. A charming covered patio overlooks the garden and grounds.

2nd: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast, Manassas, 703-216-7803

3rd: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn, Middleburg, 703-327-5911

Historic Site

1st: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mt. Vernon, 703-780-2000

This outstanding American landmark is the former plantation of Founding Father and first U.S. President George Washington. The mansion, built of wood in a loose Palladian style, is on the banks of the Potomac River and was originally built around 1734. Now a historic landmark, the estate and its gardens and grounds are open to the public.

2nd: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, 877-907-8585

3rd: Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, 703-838-5005


1st: The Red Fox Inn & Tavern

2 E. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-6301

The beloved Red Fox Inn & Tavern has been a pillar of the charming village of Middleburg since 1728. This extraordinary relic to bygone times is where modern touches and classic Virginia character fuse to create this Hunt Country gem. Stay in one of the inn’s five charming buildings, offering secluded cottages or luxuriously appointed suites and guest rooms, or dine in the award-winning tavern.

2nd: Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, 703-729-8400

3rd: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly, 703-818-0300


1st: Salamander Resort & Spa

Something Big Is Brewing

Farm Brew LIVE offers ultimate entertainment in Manassas.

Located on 12 acres of Prince William County’s Innovation Park, Farm Brew LIVE brings in more than 10,000 weekly visitors. The indoor-outdoor entertainment complex features 2 Silos Brewing Co., The Black Sheep restaurant, and the YARD outdoor performance stage, as well as a food truck park with The Pit BBQ, 2nd Stop Ice Cream & Coffee Bar, and La Gringa. The venue hosts special events throughout the year, from weekly concerts to Oktoberfest, and a rocking New Year’s Eve party.

Last spring, the rustic-chic Brentsville Hall opened as an on-site wedding and special events space, complete with a cigar lounge and bridal suite. And in recent news, nearby Bristow-based MurLarkey Distilled Spirits has announced plans for an $8.1 million distillery and tasting room for its craft vodka, gin, and whiskeys, coming soon to further expand the Farm Brew LIVE footprint.

500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-751-3160

This acclaimed resort offers the ultimate place of discovery amidst the epitome of luxury and unparalleled experiences among its 340 acres, framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, lush vineyards, and horse farms. Featuring 168 guestrooms and suites, an awardwinning spa, equestrian center, culinary program, and an abundant amount of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that the Salamander is a Forbes FiveStar and AAA Five-Diamond property.

2nd: Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, 703-729-8400

3rd: Airlie, Warrenton, 540-347-1300

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TRAVEL State Park

1st: Sky Meadows State Park

11012 Edmonds Ln., Delaplane, 540-592-3556

Rich in history, Sky Meadows provides recreational offerings that engage visitors and showcase farming practices that formed its unique pastoral landscape. With scenic views, woodlands, and rolling pastures throughout its 1,860 acres, the park offers nature and history programs yearround with hiking, biking, and bridle trails, picnicking, fishing, and primitive hike-in camping, and Appalachian Trail access—all in the picturesque Crooked Run Valley.

2nd: Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, 703-730-8205

3rd: Mason Neck State Park, Lorton, 703-339-2385

Tourist Attraction

1st: Old Town Alexandria, 703-838-5005

Old Town is Alexandria’s beloved downtown and nationally designated historic district on the Potomac River waterfront. The King Street Mile and surrounding brick-lined sidewalks are studded with centuries-old architecture, historic attractions, and charming, independent businesses.

Old Town Alexandria is located just minutes from Washington, D.C., and is consistently recognized as one of the top cities in the U.S.

2nd: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, 703-780-2000

3rd: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, 703-572-4118


Dance Studio

1st: Center Stage Dance and Performing Arts Center

11094B Lee Hwy., Suite 104, Fairfax, 703-385-3396

From beginner through professional level instruction in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop, Center State Dance and Performing Arts Center also offers musical theatre, drama, and voice classes. The studio’s competition dance teams have received special choreography awards and hundreds of regional and national titles at competitions. Former students perform nationally with dinner theaters, cruise ships, amusement parks, and touring companies.

2nd: Centreville Dance Academy, Centreville, 703-815-3125

3rd: Gainesville Dance Center, Locations in Gainesville, Haymarket, 703-257-5000

Golf Course

1st: Army Navy Country Club Locations in Arlington, Fairfax, 703-521-6800

On more than 500 acres of rolling, wooded, landscape at sites in both Arlington and Fairfax, the Army Navy Country Club challenges members and guests with 54 championship golf holes, award-winning tennis facilities, pickleball courts, swimming pools, and a fitness center. Golf and tennis pro shops, along with dining facilities, are also at both locations.

2nd: Trump National Golf Club, Potomac Falls, 703-444-4801

3rd: Dominion Valley Country Club Haymarket, 571-222-6900

Better With Age

Discover upscale antiques, funky finds, and quirky collectibles.

With Virginia’s rich history and classic Southern style, it’s no surprise the area is a hotspot for unique collectibles and fine antiques. In NoVa, we found some standouts:

Suzanne Eblen opened The Old Lucketts Store in 1998 after lovingly restoring the original general store and Luckett family home in Leesburg. There, shoppers can peruse more than 35 vendors with an array of antiques and vintage items and see the latest home interior trends at the Design House. And don’t miss the spring and fall markets at Clarke County Fairgrounds nearby.

Alexandria’s charming Del Ray neighborhood comes alive with a range of colorful vendors at Del Ray Vintage and Flea Market the second Saturday of each month.


1st: The St. James Locations in Reston, Springfield, 703-239-6870

The St. James features personal training sessions, complementary wellness evaluations, more than 100 fitness classes, and a high-performance training center at its 50,000 square-foot facility. This state-of-the-art gym has daycare options, an Olympic pool, a full gym with cutting-edge equipment, locker rooms, a steam room and sauna, spa treatments, and access to basketball courts, an ice rink, and an Active Entertainment Center.

2nd: Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, Manassas, 703-993-8444

3rd: Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, Leesburg, 703-777-1368

Specialty Fitness

1st: Halo Fitness Experience

10400 Premier Ct., Suite E, Burke, 571-655-5554

Halo’s flexible fitness options can be tailored to individual needs and schedules. From everyday workouts to just a few times a week, memberships, programs, and hours are designed to fit various lifestyles. With a training facility intended for all fitness levels and ages, Halo’s team programs


include CrossFit703; Peak Strength; CrossFit for Kids; and more.

2nd: Excel Pilates Northern Virginia, McLean, 703-623-8100

3rd: Native Barre, Middleburg, 540-454-6304

Tennis Facility

1st: Burke Racquet and Swim Club 6001 Burke Commons Rd., Burke, 703-250-1299

With five indoor tennis courts, plus pickleball and racquetball, it’s no wonder this racquet and swim club is tops in the region. Burke Racquet and Swim Club (BRSC) provides tennis instruction for beginner to advanced players, including aerobic tennis, private lessons, class lessons, and team practices and instruction for kids. BRSC offers a variety of membership options, and discounts for special groups.

2nd: Ida Lee Park Tennis Center, Leesburg, 703-777-1368

3rd: Fairfax Racquet Club & Fitness Center, Fairfax, 703-273-9276

The market was founded in 2019 by “The Junk Queens,” Dr. Lauren Fisher and Amy Eggers, who encourage everyone to take part in the fun.

From valuable coins to vintage signage and coveted antiques, shoppers are sure to find a treasure at Iron Horse Antiques in Manassas. Now featuring 40 vendors, the shop has been a big draw since opening in 1997.

Leesburg’s On A Whim specializes in an eclectic mix of repurposed, refined, vintage, and antique furniture and home décor, all stylishly displayed. Facebook: On A Whim

Founded in 2006 in an old firehouse in The Plains, Baileywyck Antiques is a go-to destination in Virginia’s Hunt Country. The curated selection of period furniture, light

fixtures, Oriental rugs, heirloom pieces, distinctive gifts, and equestrian-themed art satisfies the most discerning shoppers.

With over 600 booths and 275 dealers, The Big Flea Antiques Market at Dulles Expo Center is the region’s largest indoor flea market, open just four weekends a year. “Vendors come from all over the country with so many different things from jewelry, antiques, and silver to Tiffany lamps and vintage Prada shoes,” says office manager Keleigh Chepy.

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Chiropractic Practice

1st: Young Chiropractic & Rehab

10400 Eaton Pl., Suite. 410, Fairfax, 703-246-0025

The team at Young Chiropractic and Rehab is committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address the unique needs of its patients—from back and neck pain, to headaches and muscular tightness and tension. Whether seeking relief after an accident or injury, or for those with a specific condition like chronic back pain, Young’s experienced professionals can help patients achieve everyday wellness goals.

2nd: Clegg Chiropractic, Leesburg, 703-777-8884

3rd: Active Family Wellness, Fairfax, 703-373-7113

Counseling or Therapy Practice

1st: The Women’s Center

133 Park St. NE, Vienna, 703-281-2657

For 50 years, The Women’s Center has provided mental health counseling, support, and education to help people live healthy, stable, and productive lives. Servicing families, young adults, and children, the center treats more than 5,000 people annually. As a teaching facility for mental health professionals, it provides one of the most prestigious training programs in the region.

2nd: Dominion Center for Behavioral Health Services, South Riding, 703-348-0030

3rd: Alexandria Place Therapy, Alexandria, 703-963-4261

Dental Practice

1st: Gainesville Dental Associates

7521 Virginia Oaks Dr., Suite 230, Gainesville, 703-570-6589

From general preventive dental care to cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, fillings, crowns, and implants, the professionals at Gainesville Dental Associates (GDA) are experts in all areas of dentistry. Ongoing training in the latest techniques, along with an office featuring state-of-the-art equipment and technology, are hallmarks of the practice. The team at GDA helps their patients learn effective dental hygiene to promote overall health.

2nd: Dental Associates of Northern Virginia, Multiple locations, 703-398-1242

3rd: Greater Washington Dentistry, 2 locations in Fairfax, 703-992-9222

Eye Doctor

1st: Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates

Multiple locations, 703-534-3900

Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates (NVOA) is a multidisciplinary practice that provides medical and surgical care for eyes. With three locations, the NVOA team offers many services, including optometry for contact lens fittings and eye exams; an array of surgical procedures, including Lasik to treat glaucoma and cataracts; as well as emergency eye care.

2nd: The Retina Group of Washington, Multiple locations, 301-441-4577

3rd: Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, Multiple locations, 703-413-1400

Home Health Provider

1st: Visiting Angels

15A Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg, 571-350-3814

Visiting Angels caregivers help older adults live happily and safely in the comfort of home while providing their families with peace of mind. Each provider has made it their mission to put seniors first, prioritizing the safety, security, and personal well-being of each and every client in their care. Each home care program is comprehensive, customized for each senior, based on their individual needs.

2nd: Fauquier Health Home Care Services, Warrenton, 540-316-5000

3rd: Home Instead, Leesburg, 703-485-0453


1st: Inova Fairfax Hospital

3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, 703-776-4001

Inova Fairfax Hospital is part of the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, a 923bed medical center serving the Metro D.C. area and beyond. The facility consistently receives accolades for its high quality of patient care and safety in both national and regional rankings. The campus is also home to the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and offers heart, kidney, lung, and pancreas transplant programs.

2nd: VHC Health, Arlington, 703-558-5000

3rd: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, 703-391-3600

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

1st: Capital Women’s Care

Multiple locations, 301-340-8339

The providers of Capital Women’s Care seek the highest quality medical and ethical standards in an environment that nurtures the spirit of caring for every woman. As the largest and most successful private Ob/Gyn practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Capital Women’s Care network enables rapid coordination with specialists to address any of your needs.

2nd: UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology Haymarket, Haymarket, 571-261-3239

3rd: NOVA Group for Women, Fairfax, 703-560-1611

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

1st: Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Multiple locations, 703-385-5777

With expertise including dental implant surgery, wisdom tooth removal, and corrective jaw surgery, Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practices the full scope of surgeries for facial pain, injuries, fractures, and more. The surgical team has had advanced anesthesia training that provides pa-

tients with the most comfortable and safe anesthetic options. The practice has been serving and treating the Northern Virginia community since 1980.

2nd: Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Multiple locations, 703-634-4230

3rd: Gainesville Dental Associates Gainesville, 703-570-6589

Orthodontic Practice

1st: Northern Virginia Orthodontics

Multiple locations, 703-327-1718

This community-centric practice has the double distinction of being ranked the Number 1 Invisalign® provider in North America and the official orthodontist to the Washington Capitals. But there are lots more reasons to smile about Northern Virginia Orthodontics (NVO). Since 2017, the team and its founder, Dr. Zach Casagrande, have donated more than $1.5 million to fight pediatric cancer through its NVO Foundation.

2nd: Orthodontics by Crutchfield, Chantilly, 703-263-0575

3rd: Greater Washington Dentistry, 2 locations in Fairfax., 703-992-9222

Modern Medicine

Telehealth is here to stay.

Once a pandemic-driven, stop-gap measure, telemedicine is now a healthcare cornerstone. According to a study released in September by the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of physicians using telemedicine more than doubled—from 43.1 percent before the pandemic to 88.4 percent after the onset of COVID-19. Telemedicine reduces the spread of infections, helps manage staff shortages at doctors offices, and increases patient access and convenience. While not every symptom can be treated virtually, telemedicine can be most effective for skin conditions, coughs and colds, mental health, follow-up appointments, and prescription management.

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Orthopedic Practice

1st: OrthoVirginia

Multiple locations

OrthoVirginia delivers patient-centered, outcome-focused care, powered by the latest research, innovation, and a team of more than 130 specialists. With more than 30 locations, OrthVirginia is the Commonwealth’s largest provider of orthopedic care, offering on-site therapy, surgery, advanced imagery, joint replacement, sports medicine, and weight loss assistance.

2nd: Nirschl Orthopaedic Center, Arlington, 703-525-2200

3rd: Arthritis & Sports, Locations in South Riding, Sterling, 703-444-5000

Pediatric Practice

1st: Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates

107 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church, 703-532-4446

The goal of this pediatric practice is to provide care for the physical and mental health of children from birth until age 21, as well as support and guidance for parents and family members. With a philosophy that involves caring for the whole child and includes support and guidance to patients’ loved ones, the practice prioritizes healthy bodies, stable emotions, and the fulfillment of potential.

2nd: Virginia Pediatric & Adolescent

Center, Locations in Fairfax, Springfield, 703-569-8400

3rd: Capital Area Pediatrics, Multiple locations, 703-723-3201

Physical Therapy Practice

1st: Arthritis & Sports

Locations in South Riding, Sterling, 703-444-5000

The team at Arthritis & Sports are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional care—from injury through rehabilitation. Each physician is board- certified and fellowshiptrained, and is recognized for their expertise in treating orthopedic issues, including those related to sports and arthritis. Therapists contribute to recovery by helping patients fully heal and return to an active lifestyle

2nd: Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute, Locations in Arlington, McLean, 703-525-5542

3rd: The Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 540-687-8181

A Cut Above

Stick around after a shave or cut at The Neighborhood Barbershop , where regulars and barbers alike will tell you, “loitering is encouraged.” This traditional shop in Falls Church is known for top-notch service, friendly barber banter, and laid-back rockabilly vibes. In January, the Neighborhood team debuted their own reality show, Running with Scissors, following the everyday antics and endless haircuts of barbers Dustin, Jay, Will, Bronwyn, Tom, and their loyal regulars.

Primary Care Practice

1st: Inova VIP 360°

Multiple locations, 855-694-6682

The concierge medicine program and executive health exams from Inova VIP 360° provide comprehensive, one-on-one care using evidence-based principles and a personalized, focused approach. Inova VIP 360°’s philosophy is based on providing a high-level, personalized approach to healthcare with a focus on better total health— with an emphasis on preventative care and plenty of individual attention being its cornerstone tenets.

2nd: Fairfax Family Practice, Fairfax, 703-391-2020

3rd: Leesburg Sterling Family Practice

Multiple locations, 703-724-7530


Cosmetic Surgery Practice

1st: The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery

45155 Research Pl., Suite 125, Ashburn 703-546-9100

Dr. Michael J. Brown and his team of aesthetic professionals provide a variety of procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin through surgical and

nonsurgical methods. From breast augmentation, reduction, and reconstruction, and treatment for gynecomastia, the Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery also provides a variety of procedures including facelifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, and Brazilian butt lifts.

2nd: Cosmetic Dermatology Center, McLean, 703-873-7700

3rd: Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute, Ashburn, 703-858-3208

Dermatology Practice

1st: Cosmetic Dermatology Center

8377B Greensboro Dr., McLean 703-873-7700

Dr. Nicole Hayre, founder of McLean’s Cosmetic Dermatology Center, leverages her significant training in dermatology and extensive scientific background with innovation to treat patients’ individual needs. Among her many specialities include injectable and laser treatments, microblading and body contouring, as well as Kybella™, Sculptra®, and TempSure™ Envi. Her two skincare lines, Schön and Cutocin®, include cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.

2nd: Renewal Dermatology and MedSpa Locations in Gainesville, Reston, 703-753-9860

3rd: Prince William Dermatology PC, Gainesville, 571-261-1234


Hair Salon or Barber Shop

1st: Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa

7917 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville, 571-284-5986

Three Ways Beautiful Salon provides high-end products and services to soothe your skin and suit your individual needs. Whether you’re heading to an elegant dinner, the prom, or just want a confidence booster, the professional team at Three Ways Beautiful can give you options to fit your face and suit your style—from keratin treatments, to extensions, hair styling, coloring, and cuts.

2nd: Studio B Salon & Beauty Bar, Haymarket, 571-284-7951

3rd: PR at Partners, Multiple locations, 703-734-9680


1st: Salamander Resort & Spa

500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-751-3160

This extraordinary resort offers a unique health and wellness journey tailored to a client’s specific wellbeing needs. Featuring integrative and regionalized treatments as well as holistic and result-driven therapies, Salamander’s wellness experts provide insight to a better, healthier lifestyle. Among its many features are private stone treatment terraces, aromatic steam rooms, luxurious changing areas, and a secluded spa courtyard with an elegant infinity-edge pool and cabanas.

2nd: Tranquility Day Spa & Salon, Haymarket, 571-248-4150

3rd: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, Alexandria, 703-549-9940

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HOME Architecture Firm

1st: Loveless Porter Architects

9000 Center St., Manassas, 703-368-1600

Good design, grounded in practical knowledge of construction and detailed construction documents, are hallmarks of Loveless Porter’s work. With myriad commercial clients in the mid-Atlantic, this full-service architecture firm offers programming, design development, bidding, and construction contract administration. Projects include medical facilities, churches, breweries/distilleries, schools, fitness centers, manufacturing facilities, renovations, and tenant build-outs.

2nd: O’Neil Architects, Leesburg, 703-777-577

3rd: RWR Design Services, Warrenton, 540-347-9239

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Merrifield Garden Center

Multiple locations, 703-560-6222

Merrifield Garden Center attracts customers from all over the country in search of the highest quality plants and garden supplies. Merrifield also offers complete landscape design and installation services, staffed with specialists who work hand-in-hand with customers to create beautiful outdoor spaces. Horticulture experts can help customers select the right plants for any location, along with the right supplies to help get the job done.

2nd: Meadows Farms Garden Centers, Multiple locations, 703-450-4240

3rd: Greenstreet Gardens, 2 locations in Alexandria, 703-998-3030

Home Builder

1st: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

8630A Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-991-2942

This experienced team of residential building and home remodeling professionals has been providing unique, high-performance work for kitchen, bathroom, and basement remodeling, as well as home additions, for 30 years. This award-winning design-build firm is dedicated to making clients’ dreams come alive by handling every phase of a building or remodeling project—from design to construction and interior decorating.

2nd: Daniels Design & Remodeling, Fairfax, 703-239-2700

3rd: Marks-Woods Construction Services

Alexandria, 703-838-9788

Home Furnishings Store

1st: Belfort Furniture 22250 Shaw Rd., Dulles, 703-947-0853

Belfort Furniture offers the largest selection of home furniture in the area with pricing for every budget. Knowledgeable design consultants provide exceptional service that results in exceptional in-store and online customer experience. With sofas, recliners, chairs, leather furniture, dining sets, kitchen storage, office furniture, and outdoor furniture included in its vast inventory, Belfort can help with any home design and decorating project.

2nd: The Old Lucketts Store, Leesburg, 703-779-026

3rd: Green Front Furniture, Manassas, 703-396-8560

Interior Design Firm

1st: Daniels Design & Remodeling 3920 University Dr., Suite 100, Fairfax, 703-239-2700

Providing bespoke home renovations in Northern Virginia for more than 25 years, Daniels Design & Remodeling is the area’s trusted premier residential remodeling contractor for families looking to reimagine their space. The firm’s superior reputation is built on its expertise and proven methods that deliver stunning results, on time and under budget. Customers rave about Daniels’ boutique, customer-focused process that creates luxurious, treasured home renovations.

2nd: SK Interiors, Leesburg, 703-282-1851

3rd: GreyHunt Interiors, Chantilly, 703-344-7345

Kitchen & Bath Design Firm

1st: The Kitchen Guru

268 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon, 703-855-2140

The Kitchen Guru is Joey Olson, a nationally recognized, award-winning designer with 15 years of experience and a portfolio that includes numerous private clients and a collaboration on the design of The North Face Beverly Hills. His work has been featured in national magazines and premier design catalogs. He designs kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces where functionality, style, and quality are priorities.

2nd: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax, 703-991-2942

3rd: Daniels Design & Remodeling, Fairfax, 703-239-2700

Landscape Design

1st: Merrifield Garden Center

Multiple locations, 703-560-6222

For homeowners looking to jazz up their landscapes, Merrifield Garden Center offers design services that can create the perfect outdoor spaces. Landscape designers and plant specialists work in tandem with Merrifield customers to extend the inside out, creating stylish custom patios and outdoor kitchens, or relaxing shade gardens and woodland walks, complete with landscape lighting and irrigation systems.

2nd: Meadows Farms Garden Centers, Multiple locations, 703-450-4240

3rd: Rosemont Landscaping & Lawncare, Alexandria, 571-215-1275


Plumbing/HVAC Company

1st: F.H. Furr

Multiple locations, 888-603-6405

From whole-house HVAC systems to plumbing repair, the certified staff at F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, & Electrical is dedicated to getting the job done right, the first time. Known for being knowledgeable and courteous, the F.H. Furr team is equipped to provide a myriad of services. Satisfied customers rave about their efficiency and timeliness.

2nd: John Nugent & Sons, Sterling, 703-832-4567

3rd: Marines Service Co., Multiple locations, 804-886-1685

Real Estate Firm

1st: Washington Fine Properties

Multiple locations, 703-317-7000

Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized worldwide as a leader in the Capital region’s residential sales market, successfully connecting clients to their desired market locally, nationally, and internationally. WFP’s offerings include all price ranges coupled with the industry’s most seasoned real estate professionals, a team known for having the expertise, professionalism, and personal service who offer sellers and purchasers unparalleled service.

2nd: Long & Foster, Multiple locations, 703-437-3800

3rd: Samson Properties, Multiple locations, 703-378-8810

Retirement Community

1st: Heritage Hunt Active

Adult Community

6901 Arthur Hills Dr., Gainesville, 540-322-3397

An active adult community for residents 55 years and older, Heritage Hunt in Gainesville is located on 750 acres of beautiful, natural landscaping with its own Arthur Hills-designed, 18-hole championship golf course, two clubhouses, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor swimming

Road Ready

With multiple choices of home styles, Heritage Hunt is a gated community close to shopping, health facilities, and cultural opportunities.

2nd: Greenspring, Springfield, 800-853-0748

3rd: Falcons Landing, Potomac Falls, 703-404-5151

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Accounting Firm

1st: VTA Advisors

Locations in Fairfax, Vienna, 703-272-7894

VTA Advisors provides a full range of accounting, bookkeeping, consulting, outsourcing, payroll, and business services. Founded on the principle that each business has unique needs, VTA can create custom accounting, document management, and storage solutions specifically tailored to fit any business. A helpful online Learning Center offers additional reading on topics such as elder care planning, healthcare issues, and retirement.

2nd: Matthews, Carter & Boyce, Fairfax MCB.CPA, 703-218-3600

3rd: Hollins and Hur CPAs, PLLC, Locations in Manassas, Sterling, 571-222-4765

Auction Company

1st: The Potomack Company

1120 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, 703-684-4550

The Potomack Company is a leading live and online auction house noted for its passion for excellence and professionalism. Based in historic Old Town Alexandria, it serves an upscale international clientele of collectors, dealers, estates, historic institutions, and museums. Driven by an impressive team of specialists with years of appraisal, art advisory, and auction art market experience, Potomack’s representatives are located coast to coast.

2nd: Rasmus Auctions, Alexandria, 703-768-9000

3rd: Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, 703-532-5632

Bank/Credit Union

1st: Navy Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations, 888-842-6328

The Navy Federal Credit Union is by far the largest credit union in the United States, with total assets of nearly $160 billion. Founded at the end of the Great Depression by seven Navy Department employees wanting to help coworkers reach their financial goals, it continues to encourage building security for its customers from its headquarters in Vienna.

2nd: Apple Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 703-788-4800

3rd: Northwest Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 703-709-8900

Car Dealer

1st: Pohanka Lexus

13909 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly, 703-968-9100

The Pohanka family of dealerships is firmly entrenched in the Washington, D.C., metro area. With roots dating to 1919, it now encompasses 17 dealerships and 11 service centers throughout the DMV region. As a premier Virginia Lexus dealer, Pohanka Lexus has a huge selection of new and used vehicles and offers Lexus service and parts, an online inventory, and financing options.

2nd: Joyce Koons, 3 locations in Manassas, 703-782-3839

3rd: Shannon Auto Sales, Manassas, 703-361-3040

Car Wash

1st: Flagship Carwash

Multiple locations

Give your car the extra love it needs at one of Flagship’s many Northern Virginia locations. Your car will be looking its best through memberships to Flagship’s Unlimited Wash Club, or detailing services that offer various interior and exterior packages—from a Basic Package to the premium Flagship Package, which includes wheel cleaner, Rain Repel, and Air Purge for console, dash, and cupholders, and more.

2nd: White Horse Auto Wash, Multiple locations, 540-316-6019

3rd: Mr. Wash Car Wash, Multiple locations, 703-205-0777

Financial Planning Firm

1st: TCV Trust & Wealth Management

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 205, McLean, 703-462-2530

This asset management firm focuses exclusively on service to individuals, endowments, and foundations. This stability of purpose allows TCV to provide a high level of personal service, including trust administration and estate services to individuals and families through objective advice, competitive results, and personal service. With experience in the trust, financial, and investment services industry, the TCV team is supported by a seasoned administrative staff.

2nd: Northwest Financial Advisors Multiple locations, 703-810-1072

3rd: Toth Financial, Leesburg, 703-443-8684

Funeral Home

1st: Pierce Funeral Home & Cremation Services

9609 Center St., Manassas, 703-257-6028

This Manassas-based funeral home offers dignified, affordable services to families of all faiths—from in-ground interment to cremation or preplanning. With an experienced and compassionate staff and a commitment to assist families with the logistics of planning a service, memorial, or burial, the professionals at Pierce can accommodate any size or type of

Green Thumb How to Become a Master Gardener.

Post-pandemic, more people are gardening than ever. The Fairfax Master Gardeners can help every plant-lover become an expert. To become certified, Master Gardeners need 50 hours of training and 50 hours of volunteer service. Currently, more than 5,000 Master Gardeners work through Virginia’s county extension offices to promote research-based horticulture.

“It’s a wonderful way to get outdoors and nurture something,” says Janet Scheren, Fairfax Master Gardeners board member. “Classes are phenomenal. There is so much to learn, from basic botany to integrated pest management, soil pathology, vegetable gardening, composting, and more.”

service, each individually planned according to the family’s religious faith and specific wishes.

2nd: Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, Fairfax


3rd: Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Nokesville, 703-368-3116

Law Firm

1st: Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

Locations in Leesburg, Vienna, 703-777-7319

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig is a veteran-owned law firm with outcomefocused attorneys who represent clients in national and international legal matters. With a global presence and a strategic mindset that boasts over 80 attorneys licensed to practice in over 40 states and multiple foreign countries, the team prides itself on prioritizing practical and efficient outcomes for its clients by offering a full array of legal services.

2nd: Geller Law Group, Fairfax, 703-679-7067

3rd: BenGlassLaw, Fairfax, 703-591-9829

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1st: The Old Lucketts Store

42350 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, 703-779-0268

Enjoy the hunt at The Old Lucketts

Store. From antiques to vintage finds, this restored general store and family home was built in 1879 by the Luckett family. Now it houses more than 35 dealers who sell antiques, vintage finds, and just plain cool stuff. Can’t get there? Shop online on their Facebook and Instagram pages where new items are posted daily.

2nd: Iron Horse Antiques, Manassas, 703-335-6676

3rd: Vintage Magnolia, Leesburg, 703-777-6760

Book Store

1st: McKay Used Books

8345 Sudley Rd., Manassas, 703-361-9042

Since 1983, McKay Used Books has turned over hundreds of thousands of titles, including fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as other types of entertainment media, all from the local community. From CDs to puzzles, Legos, Beanie Babies, vinyl

records—in addition to every type of book—McKay’s inventory is staggering. Check out their website for specifics on trading, selling, and buying policies.

2nd: Busboys and Poets, Arlington, 703-379-9757

3rd: Old Town Books, Alexandria, 703-647-9749

Consignment Shop

1st: The Copper Cricket 15026 Washington St., Haymarket Facebook: The Copper Cricket Consignment Shop, 703-743-2346

The Copper Cricket’s ever-changing inventory of consignment furniture and décor means that every visit is different, providing plenty of opportunity to find that special something. From pillows to brass beds, rugs, lamps, mirrors, and dressers—even wreaths and figurines—it’s the perfect place to shop for gently used home furnishings. The store’s painless process makes it easy to be a consignor.

2nd: DejaVu Apparel, Warrenton, 540-347-7743

3rd : Re-Love It Consignment, Purcellville, 540-751-0707

Fine Jewelry Store

1st: Quinn’s Goldsmith

14901 Potomac Town Pl., Suite 170, Woodbridge, 703-878-1622

Quinn’s Goldsmith focuses on fulfilling the needs of its customers. While many jewelers are merchants, Quinn’s philosophy is different. The shop buys products as needed, but Quinn craftsmen create from scratch and imagination, making the store an industry stand-out. Serving the Northern Virginia community for 30 years, Quinn’s is the area’s premier fine jewelry offering the highest level of service, attention, and integrity.

2nd: Ketterman’s Jewelers, Leesburg, 703-777-0033

3rd: Ashby Jewelers, Manassas, 703-368-4653

Florist Shop

1st: The Flower Gallery

10816 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas

The, 703-361-5186

The Flower Gallery offers only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by friendly and prompt service. Its professional staff is dedicated to making customer experiences

pleasant, going the extra mile to make the perfect floral gift. Recently recognized by Teleflora as a President’s Club “Top 100” florist, The Flower Gallery offers an extensive gift line and a variety of floral arrangement styles.

2nd: Karin’s Florist, Vienna, 703-281-4141

3rd: Conklyn’s Florist, Alexandria, 703-299-9000

Gift Store

1st: Shining Sol Candle Company 9109 Center St., Manassas, 571-719-3957

With three East Coast locations, Shining Sol Candle Company shows no sign of a slow burn. Founded in Manassas in 2012, it’s been on fire, selling clean-burning, eco-friendly soy wax candles. Shining Sol’s creative team invents new and exciting scents, while taking pride in producing a home-grown product. Candles feature a wood wick in a variety of collections.

2nd: The Things I Love, Manassas, 703-335-7711

3rd: Details, Haymarket, 703-940-9251

Liquid Gold

Just a short walk from the main drag of charming Old Town Manassas is a gourmet market with exquisite products and a knowledgeable staff. Alex Thomson and his children opened

Manassas Olive Oil Company in 2014. “We’re proud to be veteran-owned,” says Emily Thomson, Alex’s daughter and store manager. “My dad was in the Navy and my sister was in the Army.”

Manassas Olive Oil Company offers more than 50 types of high-end olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as Virginiamade products like cheese, crackers, honey, hot sauce, eggs, spice blends, and other cooking essentials. The family loves

educating buyers on the flavor profiles and health benefits of quality oils and vinegars.

Thomson says that similar to wine, olive oil carries different bouquets of scents and flavors. The shop hosts special events and blind tastings to demonstrate the difference between its products and the grocery store variety. Shoppers may taste before they buy to make sure they love what they’re getting.

“Your grocery store olive oils claim to be EVOO but a lot of times they’re lower quality and not single-sourced,” says Thomson. “We know exactly where our products come from, and we source from all over the world, depending on the season, to ensure the freshest olive oil. It’s fun to train buyers on what to smell and taste for.”

Thomson says when olive oils start getting stale, they can smell musty and even a little like crayons. Fresh olive oils should carry fruity or herbal notes. Manassas Olive Oil Company is planning a group trip to Italy in the fall for its customers to learn more about the olive oil making process and even bring home their own unique bottle.

Manassas Olive Oil Company is a local gem for global products.
photo by costa dino photography


Men’s Clothing Store

1st: Davelle Clothiers

11921 Freedom Dr., Reston, 703-904-0011

High-quality fabric, craftsmanship, the perfect fit, and personal style are the four priorities of Davelle Clothiers. This American success story has been thriving for three decades, providing exceptional personal service and staff expertise. The work of true master tailors is found in every Davelle garment. From suits to shirts, each is made from the most exquisite cloth sourced from the world’s finest fabric mills.

2nd: Britches Great Outdoors, Warrenton, 855-420-2437

3rd: Highcliffe Clothiers, Middleburg, 540-687-5633

Record Store

1st: Mobius Records 10409 Main St., Suite D, Fairfax, 703-865-0039

This mom-and-pop record shop in Fairfax City specializes in new releases and reissues—a little something for everyone. Established in August 2014, Mobius Records carries records, cassettes, and CDs in all genres of music—from rock and indie, metal and punk to hip-hop. Mobius is a Record Store Day participant.

2nd: Dig! Records & Vintage, Leesburg Instagram: @Digrecordsvintage, 703-402-8120

3rd: CD Cellar, Falls Church, 703-534-6318

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

1st: Potomac River Run & Walk

Multiple locations, 703-913-0313

With nine stores throughout Northern Virginia, the founders of Potomac River Run & Walk believe in the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. It’s a philosophy that has inspired them to support countless races and walking/ running-related charities throughout the region. The stores offer a wide range of gear, apparel, accessories, and advice, not to mention the best selection of walking and running shoes around.

2nd: The Running Store, Gainesville, 703-753-4470

3rd: Pacers Running, Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, 703-836-1463

Women’s Clothing Store

1st: Urban Posh Boutique

203 Washington St., Occoquan, 703-910-4233

Explore an array of unique women’s apparel and accessories at this independently owned boutique in the heart of Historic Occoquan. This trend-setting shop carries affordable and chic clothing, accessories, and gifts—from jewelry to handbags, shoes, candles, and books—and even includes something for Little Posh shoppers.

2nd: The Lucky Knot, Multiple locations, 703-549-1797

3rd: Totally Vintage Design, Manassas, 703-282-6925

Stylish Interior Consignment

In Middleburg, Another Blue Moon shares a trove of must-haves for the home.

The window at Another Blue Moon on West Washington Street in Middleburg is enough to stop passing shoppers in their tracks. One week, it’s a pretty skirted dressing table with matching slipcovered chair; the next, co-owner Kerry Dale waves from a cane-backed armchair. Either way, this high-end interior consignment shop is a rare find.

Unlike most consignment shops, inventory at Another Blue Moon often comes from interior designers or their well-heeled clients, who are re-feathering their nests. Inside, you’ll find top brands like Schumacher, Herend, Maitland-Smith, Limoges, Starck, and Restoration Hardware.

“It could be an upholstered piece that didn’t fit the intended space—or a client changed their mind about something,” says Jennifer Andrews, who founded the shop with Dale, a longtime friend and business partner.

“Whatever the reason, these pieces are often new or very gently used.”

Andrews says consignors and customers are the best things about the shop. They love the variety—vintage, antique, traditional, modern, even trendy sometimes.

“They appreciate quality for less, and the fact we’re playing a small part in helping the environment by giving a new life to furnishings that have a lot of life left,” she says. “Why buy new if you don’t have to?”

What began as a pop-up shop was so popular that Andrews and Dale upgraded to their charming Middleburg shop in 2019. Inventory resides in a barn at nearby Blue Sky Farm—and savvy customers know to watch for Barn Sales and spot incoming treasures on their Instagram.

We love the shop’s sassy sense of humor. A handwritten sign, taped to the window next to a decorative fox, reads: “It’s OK people, it’s 72 degrees and I have water.” The shop’s fall sale mascot is “Rumpkin”—a pumpkin dressed in a black lace thong. And as Christmas nears, shoppers who turn up wearing an ugly Christmas sweater get a discount. Instagram: @anotherbluemoon

photo courtesy of another blue moon consigment store
Another Blue Moon’s White Barn location.


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Asian Restaurant

1st: Taste of Thai

917 S. High St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-8878

From the streets of Thailand to the heart of Harrisonburg, Taste of Thai serves up authentic, handcrafted dishes from this culinary rich Southeast Asian country. Menu items include chicken satay, spring rolls, pad Thai, papaya salad, penang, tom yum goong, and more. The longest-standing Thai restaurant in the area, it also serves other regionally inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. With catering too.

2nd: Napa Thai, Lexington, 540-600-2115

3rd: Mashita Food Truck, Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875

Barbecue Restaurant

1st: Hank’s Grille & Catering

49 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville, 540-289-7667

Pride without pretension is the culinary philosophy of Hank’s Grille in McGaheysville, where taste rules supreme and everything is made from scratch using only top-of-theline ingredients. With an enormous menu, breads and desserts are baked in-house, sides are home-cooked, and meats are smoked slowly over hardwood. Hank’s catering and the Fly’n Pig food truck are available for events of all sizes.

2nd: The Fishin’ Pig, Waynesboro FishinPig.comWaynesboro, 540-943-3474

3rd: Bar-B-Q Ranch, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3296

Scenic Sips

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

1st: Magpie Diner

85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, 540-383-4813

One look at Magpie’s weekend brunch menu and your head just might explode. Off-the-chart deliciousness is their winning formula—from a Guinness Chocolate Cake Waffle, poutines, tartines, frittatas, and more. This corner service station-turned-diner also has a bakery with fresh breads and pastries and is open for all-day breakfasts and lunch with equally delicious and frequently changing menus. A relaxing outdoor patio is dog-friendly.

2nd: Kathy’s Restaurant, Staunton, 540-885-4331

3rd: Mr. J’s Bagels and Deli, Locations in Elkton, Harrisonburg, 540-564-0416

Burger Joint

1st: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

80 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-5225

This burger joint-bar has a passion for craft beer and terrific burgers. The 100 percent Wagyu beef burgers can be ordered plain or wildly tricked up. The Elvis comes with peanut butter, mayo, bacon, and American cheese, and the Dr. Gonzo is piled with sauteed ‘shrooms, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and house-made JB sauce.

2nd: Wright’s Dairy-Rite, Staunton, 540-886-0435

3rd: Cuban Burger, Harrisonburg, 540-820-6486


1st: C.H.E.F.S. Catering Company

302 Stoneridge Ln., Lexington, 540-462-7182

From themed menus to barbecue blow-outs, intimate dinner parties and formal soirees, the experts at C.H.E.F.S. Catering Company create the most memorable events around. Menus can be personalized by incorporating a favorite recipe or they can showcase a certain regional cuisine. Offering hors d’oeuvres, lunches, cookouts, buffets, bar menus, and more, packages can be customized for all events and tastes.

2nd: Mashita, Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875

3rd: Hank’s Grille & Catering, McGaheysville, 540-289-7667

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Roadmap CoffeeWorks

2345 Lee Hwy., Lexington, 540-462-3990

Roadmap CoffeeWorks, a stop just off I-81, has racked up so many accolades, it’s hard to keep track. Touted by heavies like Forbes, USA Today, and Food & Wine, Roadmap consistently wins competitions for its superior beans. Enjoy a tasting flight or a cuppa Joe, plus pastries, sandwiches, and more in their tasting room, outside coffee garden, or from the drive-thru.

2nd: Bridgewater Coffee Co., Bridgewater, 540-237-4408

3rd: Pronto Caffè & Gelateria, Lexington, 540-464-1472


Fine Dining

1st: Mill Street Grill

1 Mill St., Staunton, 540-886-0656

This 19th-century mill in downtown Staunton was reinvented in the 1990s as a restaurant, specializing in good comfort food with variety and friendly service. Mouth-watering ribs, plus steak, chicken, and seafood entrées guarantee plenty of returning customers. Their slogan says it all: “At the Mill, no one is a stranger. We treat you better than family, and we don’t ask you to do the dishes.”

2nd: Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505

3rd: The Waterwheel at Gristmill Inn, Warm Springs, 540-839-2231

Food Truck

1st: Mashita

105 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875

Meaning “delicious” in Korean, Mashita has made a seismic impact in Harrisonburg, expanding from a humble food truck to a bona fide restaurant. But the food truck still makes its rounds and is available for catering gigs—from neighborhood block parties to corporate events. Menus are customizable, featuring traditional Korean food like japchae, bulgogi, and bibimbap.

2nd: Grilled Cheese Mania, Harrisonburg, 540-746-7515

3rd: Gloria’s Pupuseria, Staunton, 540-487-2428

Ice Cream Shop

1st: Smiley’s Ice Cream

205 Don Litten Pkwy., Bridgewater, 540-271-2805

“Older Ways. Better Days,” is Halcyon Days motto. This Natural Bridge cidery touts a selection made from 100 percent Virginiagrown heirloom apples—and sometimes pears, too. Try InspiRed for a sweet, nutty, fruity rosé cider, or choose Occam’s Razor for a sharper and crisper taste. When you visit, you’ll see the nod to older ways in the 1860s log cabin-turned-tasting room and the production facility that was once a 1940s milking barn. Continue your better days with a scenic stroll through the cidery’s apple orchard labyrinth under the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop.

Smiley’s ice cream starts out with fresh cream and milk from nearby Mt. Crawford Creamery. Then, using cane sugar, plus the best locally sourced ingredients available, ice cream and sorbet flavors start taking shape. From strawberry to pineapple, lemon and lime, to butter pecan, chocolate, salted caramel chocolate chunk and vanilla, everyday and special flavors make Smiley’s a Valley favorite.

2nd: Kline’s Dairy Bar, Multiple locations, 540-434-4014

3rd: The Split Banana, Co., Staunton, 540-712-0721

Halcyon Days Cider Co. is a Valley oasis.
photo courtesy of halcyon days cider



Indian Restaurant

1st: Taste of India

106 S. New St., Staunton, 540-213-8882

Fragrant, zesty, and warm, the iconic spices of India are delicately blended to create a memorable culinary experience at Taste of India. Delicacies from Northern and Southern India— from cumin to cardamom, turmeric, and coriander—combine to create dishes like tandoori, jalfrezi, and tikka masala. Each dish boasts its own distinctive flavor and aroma thanks to the fresh spices that are prepared daily.

2nd: Taste of India, Harrisonburg, 540-213-8882

3rd: Taj of India, Harrisonburg, 540-615-5888

Italian Restaurant

1st: Vito’s Italian Kitchen

1047 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113

Born in a small town in the Italian province of Palermo, Vito Pellerito and his wife, Katharine, started Vito’s Italian Kitchen in 2007. The restaurant offers Italian favorites made from the highest quality ingredients in a warm and welcoming environment.

Popular menu items include shrimp scampi, garlic knots, and the wide selection of hot and fresh pizzas.

2nd: Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366

3rd: Little Maria’s, Verona, 540-248-0026

Mexican Restaurant

1st: El Charro

Locations in Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, 540-828-4027

With a mission to bring Mexican food and the vibrancy of its culture and cuisine to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, El Charro now operates six locations throughout Virginia in a family-friendly atmosphere. The substantial menu includes quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, tortas, chalupas, and other traditional Mexican fare, in addition to extensive cocktail and beer offerings.

2nd: Chicano Boy Taco, Staunton, 540-569-2105

3rd: Don Tequila, Locations in Buena Vista, Lexington, 540-463-3289

Outdoor Dining

1st: Stable Craft Brewing

375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro, 540-490-2609

Visitors get the inside track to a farm and brewery experience at Stable Craft Brewing. Housed in a stable that once raised and trained Tennessee Walkers, the brewery is now an event space, taproom, and agri-pub-style brewery and restaurant. From its scenic setting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the horse and the hops fields, Stable Craft offers an authentic experience.

2nd: Byers Street Bistro, Staunton, 540-887-6100

3rd: The Cracked Pillar Pub, Bridgewater, 540-237-4563


1st: Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366

Bella Luna’s wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, fresh salads and sandwiches, and delectable desserts are hallmarks of this Harrisonburg favorite. Center stage is the 900°F oven that uses white oak as its fuel source. The result is ultra-delicious, thincrust pizzas in true Napolese fashion, using a technique that’s unmatched by conventional pizza ovens. With local microbrews, ciders, hand-selected wines, and artisan cocktails.

2nd: Vito’s Italian Kitchen, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113

3rd: Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House, Staunton, 540-213-0008

Sandwich Shop

1st: Lola’s Delicatessen

122 S. Main St., Suite 103, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3253

Lola’s co-founder Logan Strawderman says that whenever he travels, he always ends up at a deli. So he teamed up with Lauren Penrod to open Lola’s in Harrisonburg, the closest we may all get to Carnegie Deli. The menu is epic, with freshly grilled sandwiches like the Treuben (a turkey reuben) and signature sammies and hoagies, all available in small to large sizes.

2nd: Mr. J’s Bagels and Deli Locations in Elkton, Harrisonburg, 540-564-0416

3rd: Macado’s, Multiple locations, 540-434-2106

Seafood Restaurant

1st: BLU Point Seafood Co.

123 W. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-712-0291

With daily deliveries from its purveyors and farm partners, freshness is always on the menu at BLU Point Seafood Co. Seafaring types will love the seafood-centric menu options—from lobster rolls to oysters and seasonal catches, and land lovers will appreciate plenty of options too, including classic burgers, salads, and sandwiches. BLU Point will please eaters of all kinds with its coast-in-the-Valley vibe.

2nd: The Fishin’ Pig, Waynesboro, 540-943-3474

3rd: Mill Street Grill, Staunton, 540-886-0656


1st: Mill Street Grill

1 Mill St., Staunton, 540-886-0656

For over three decades, Mill Street Grill has served foodies of Staunton with a consistently delicious menu. Favorites include their famous ribs, the New York strip, oysters, and prime rib. Offering a cozy atmosphere in a turn-of-thecentury flour mill, Mill Street’s quality food and efficient service have firmly secured its position as one of the Valley’s standout steakhouses.

2nd: Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505

3rd: The Depot Grille, Staunton, 540-885-7332

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fares

1st: Bowl of Good 831 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-437-9020

Prioritizing local and all-natural ingredients and healthy cuisine, A Bowl of Good brings international flavors and a community-minded spirit to Harrisonburg. Dishes from Thailand, Nigeria, India, Greece, Vietnam, Mexico, and more are featured on the café’s healthy menu. Heat at Home dinners to go are available, too—single-portioned or family-size frozen meals for convenient freezer stocking.

2nd: Globowl Cafe, Lexington, 540-464-1200

3rd: Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, Staunton, 540-885-4755

Virginia’s Black Forest

Schnitzel, spaetzle, and more in Staunton.

Looking for comfort food on a chilly Shenandoah Valley day? Head to Edelweiss in Staunton for authentic German fare. Ingrid Moore, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Walter, says that she chose the area because it reminded her of the Black Forest in her home country’s southwest region. Edelweiss recipes are generations-old, hams are cut in-house for schnitzel, and there’s plenty of German beer. Steins and other Deutschland décor line the walls in homage to the family’s origins in Karlsruhe, and some nights you can even catch a live polka band.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY photo courtesy of edelweiss Wiener Schnitzel, served with Bavarian cabbage, green beans, and spätzle.

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1st: Sweet Treats Bakery

19 W. Washington St., Lexington, 540-463-3611

This bakery and eatery in Lexington is open for breakfast and lunch, offering a sumptuous menu—from traditional breakfast fare, to delicious soups, sandwiches, and burgers for lunch. Cakes are Sweet Treats’ signature—from special occasion cakes to wedding cakes, all custom-made in a wide range of flavors and decorating options—and perfect for celebrating life’s important moments.

2nd: Reunion Bakery & Espresso, Staunton, 540-569-2819

3rd: Anita’s Decadent Delights Bake Shoppe, Bridgewater, 540-828-3155


1st: Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company

123 W. Nelson St., Lexington, 540-464-8400

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company has

been recognized as one of the country’s leading artisan chocolatiers. Applauded by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, and more for producing confections with superior quality and taste and for its fair-trade policy, Cocoa Mill is particularly known for its truffles, chocolate-dipped fruits, caramels, bark, and assorted boxes.

2nd: Warfels Sweet Shoppe, Dayton, 540-879-9598

3rd: Giancarlo Fine European Pastries Staunton, 540-885-8919

Farmers Market

1st: Staunton Farmers’ Market Byers St., Staunton, 540-448-1937

The bustling Staunton Farmers’ Market is a hub of activity downtown that showcases local produce and handmade goods from Shenandoah Valley farms. The market contributes to a prosperous and vibrant downtown, promoting a sense of community within the city. From fresh veggies and just-picked flowers, artisanal breads

and cheese, vendors at this market showcase the best of the Valley.

2nd: Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Harrisonburg, 540-476-3377

3rd: Lexington Farmers Market, Lexington, 540-460-2516

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

1st: The Cheese Shop Country Market & Deli

2366 Tinkling Spring Rd., Stuarts Draft, 540-337-4224

What started on the original owner’s back porch in the 1960s has grown into an expansive community market, showcasing a wide variety of high quality and unique cheeses, deli meats, gluten free products, jams and jellies, old-fashioned candies, snacks, bulk foods, and hard-to-find-baking ingredients. A sandwich shop, which opened in 2018, includes a seating area, perfect for relaxing over lunch.

2nd: Friendly City Food Co-op, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8882

3rd: Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, 540-453-4168


Wine Shop

1st: Yelping Dog Wine

9 E. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-885-2275

Named for the owners’ three dachshunds—Charlie, Franklin, and Oscar— Yelping Dog, in the heart of downtown Staunton, is the quintessential neighborhood wine bar and bottle shop. Featuring a wide range of local, domestic, and international wines, along with craft beers, and nonalcoholic beverages, Yelping Dog also offers a delectable selection of charcuterie boards, cheese plates, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more.

2nd: Purveyors on Main, Lexington, 540-464-9463

3rd: Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, 540-453-4168

60 Years of the Apple House

Celebrating more than half a century of hospitality.

Near the Front Royal entrance to Skyline Drive, the Apple House in Linden has been a stop for travelers for 60 years. Apple House put down roots in 1963 as a shipping point for orchardists Ben Lacy and Orville VanDeusen’s apples. “This also included a small roadside market and convenience store,” says CEO George McIntyre. “From the beginning, we’ve served locals and tourists alike.”

These days, the Apple House is still run by Lacy’s family, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, with barbecue, Virginia ham, local beef, buffalo, and more on the menu. The gift shop offers an array of local wares—from jams and jellies to peanuts, hot sauce, pies, Virginia wine and beer, and ice cream. There’s even a pub, a food truck, and catering services.

Perhaps the most famous Apple House staple is its apple butter cinnamon doughnut. They’ve become so popular, they’re now available to order online.

What’s kept the Apple House so dear to travelers’ hearts all these years—besides the doughnuts, of course?

“First and foremost the search for local, small-town American offerings and genuine hospitality of a time gone by,” says McIntyre.

photo by the apple house


DRINK Brewery

1st: Devils Backbone Outpost

Tap Room & Kitchen

3303 50 N. Wind Ln., Lexington, 540-817-6071

Devils Backbone founders Steve and Heidi Crandall fell in love with craft beer years ago on a skiing vacation in the Alps. They returned home and launched Devils Backbone, an authentic brewpub that serves Europeanstyle beers. The name, an homage to the surveyors who named this hardto-summit mountain region, now has a Nelson County Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows and the Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen in Lexington.

2nd: Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro, 540-490-2609

3rd: Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, 540-217-5452


1st: Sage Bird Ciderworks

325 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-607-8084

After a deep dive researching the cider making process, Amberlee and Doug Carlson launched Sage Bird Ciderworks in 2020 in a former tire store in downtown Harrisonburg. With apples being their most important ingredient, they use many lesser-known varieties—big on flavor, if not so luscious to look at—in their recipes. Mr. Scout, an SPCA alum, joins in as Sage Bird’s official overeager greeter.

2nd: Ciders From Mars, Staunton, 540-416-2120

3rd: Old Hill Cidery at Showalter’s Orchard, Timberville, 540-896-7582


1st: Zynodoa

115 E. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-885-7775

Cocktails are a dynamic part of Zynodoa’s menu, especially over weekend brunch. Morning Buzz, with Crucible cold brew, Belle Isle cold brew moonshine, Frangelico, hickory syrup, and sweet cream, is a guaranteed wake-up call; Spicy Mary, made with cucumber turmeric-infused Virginia-made Cirrus vodka, bacon, aji amarillo hot sauce, and tipsy onion is a cranked-up version of a Bloody Mary, only hotter.

2nd: TAPS at The Georges, Lexington, 540-463-2500

3rd: Jimmy Madison’s, Harrisonburg, 540-432-1000


1st: Filibuster Distillery

80 Maurertown Mill Rd., Maurertown, 540-436-3900

Naturally spirited conversation is in the blood of the brains behind Filibuster. What began as a liquor store near Capitol Hill morphed into a new chapter: Filibuster Distillery. An innovative approach to the blending and finishing process—illustrated with Filibuster’s unique flavor profiles— reflects an homage to freedom of expression.

Enjoy Filibuster spirits neat, on the rocks, or as a cocktail base.

2nd: Blue Shepherd Distillery, Luray, 540-316-0056

3rd: River Hill Distillery, Luray, 540-843-0890


1st: Bluestone Vineyard

4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, 540-828-0099

The Shenandoah Valley provides the climate, topography, and soil to grow great European wine grape varietals. With its picturesque countryside, it’s also the perfect destination for wine


aficionados. This family-owned and operated winery is committed to crafting small-batch wines from its locally sourced and estate-grown fruit. The vineyard’s outside tasting room is a wonderful place to sip a glass of wine and watch the sunset.

2nd: CrossKeys Vineyards, Mt. Crawford, 540-234-0505

3rd: Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, 540-248-3300

To enter, knock on the gray door behind 92 South Main Street. You’ve stumbled on Harrisonburg’s only speakeasy, Jack’s Hideaway Open Thursday-Saturday nights, it’s the perfectly tucked away tavern, beckoning you for an after dinner cocktail. Choose from a lineup of classics or try something totally unique—house mixologist Tim Mongold creates a new specialty drink each weekend. To whiskey

lovers’ delight, the speakeasy’s spirits selection includes more than 100 bourbons, ryes, and Scotches, not to mention wines and an impressively extensive beer menu for such an intimate space. Love the Prohibition-Era feel and want an extra flair of exclusivity? The hideaway is also available for private bookings.

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With a Safari Drive-Thru experience like nowhere else in Virginia and amazing exhibits in our Safari Village, the Virginia Safari Park o ers a world of wonder and discovery every time you visit.

Get up close and feed animals on three miles of safari roads in our Safari Drive-Thru. With more than 1,000 free roaming animals, including bison, elk, a wide variety of deer and antelope, zebras and more, you're sure to find a favorite! Meet a rhino. Feed a gira e. Touch a sloth. See our king cheetahs, and so much more in our Safari Village! There's always something fun to do at Virginia's only drive-thru safari park.




Annual Charity Event

1st: Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9993

This annual event raises money for Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that works with people to ease oppression, poverty, and conflict. They lead natural disaster relief efforts, community development, and peace initiatives. Held every October at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, the event includes a 5K race, children’s activities, entertainment, an auction, and a marketplace that sells plants, food, and handcrafted items.

2nd: Rockbridge Christmas Baskets, Rockbridge

3rd: Night at the Museum, Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900

Art Event

1st: Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill

20 S. New St., Staunton, 540-885-2028

On Sept. 2-3, don’t miss this 56th annual art festival, showcasing the fine art and fine crafts of local and regional artists. This family-friendly festival features a weekend of art, food, music, and art activities for everyone. Sponsored by the Staunton Augusta Art Center, which is celebrating its 61st year promoting arts education and the visual arts within the community.

2nd: Dayton Days Autumn Celebration, Dayton, 540-879-2241

3rd: Fall Foliage Art Show, Waynesboro, 540-949-7662

Art Gallery

1st: Oasis Fine Art & Craft

103 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-442-8188

Harrisonburg’s premier artist cooperative, Oasis Fine Art & Craft exhibits and sells the work of about 35 Shenandoah Valley area artists and artisans. Visitors rave about the quality, price, and diversity of work on display and available for sale. Open seven days a week, Oasis is located in the heart of the city’s historic downtown in its Arts & Cultural District.

2nd: Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, 540-839-2985

3rd: CoArt Gallery, Staunton, 540-886-0737

Glassblowing in Staunton

You don’t have to be a medieval craftsman to take up glassblowing. “Watching 2000-degree molten glass cooled into endless shapes is mesmerizing,” says Sunspots Studios owner Doug Sheridan. Sheridan, whose designs have been featured at the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden, began his artistic endeavors as a copper designer. But in 1991, when he moved his Charlottesville Designs in Copper store to Staunton, he began incorporating glass into his work. Sheridan’s studios have four on-site glassblowers who conduct live demonstrations every week. From toadstools to glasses, vases, decorative flowers, and more, all are available for purchase. And workshops are available for those interested in learning the craft.

Entertainment Center for Adults

1st: Ruby’s Arcade

165 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-615-5351

Ruby’s Arcade is an action-packed, sprawling hangout with duckpin bowling, pool tables, darts, foosball, shuffleboard, arcade games, and more. The gang at Ruby’s rustles up delicious food, including sandwiches, pizza, and shareables, and the space can accommodate all kinds of events, regardless of size and budget. Don’t miss bingo at Ruby’s on Tuesday nights with assorted prizes, plus food and drink.

2nd: Visulite Cinemas, Staunton, 540-885-9959

3rd: Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999


1st: Highland County Maple Festival

61 Highland Center Dr., Monterey, 540-468-2550

Experience a cultural and culinary adventure at the Highland County Maple Festival, where visitors flock to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and watch the process of maple syrup-making. With sugar camp tours, pancake dinners, doughnuts, arts and crafts, and more than 100 juried vendors, the Library of Congress has designated the Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy.”

2nd: Dayton Days Autumn Celebration

Dayton, 540-879-2241

3rd: Queen City Mischief & Magic, Staunton


1st: LOVEwork at Harmony Harvest Farm

201 Little Run Rd., Weyers Cave, 800-218-8152

The Love Sign at Harmony Harvest Farm in Weyers Cave celebrates living a better life through flowers. It was proudly constructed by the Blacksburg High School Agriculture Department class of 2022. Each month, farm staff decorates the sign with fresh seasonal blooms. Head to their Facebook page to find dates that the sign will be adorned with fresh-cut flowers.

2nd: LOVEwork in Waynesboro, Waynesboro, 540-942-6644

3rd: LOVEwork in Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, 540-432-8935

Movie Theater

1st: Hull’s Drive-In

2367 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington, 540-463-2621

The nation’s first nonprofit, community-owned drive-in theater, Hull’s is one of seven drive-ins still operating in Virginia. With 319 spaces, it shows family-friendly movies every weekend between March and October. When the big screen remained dark during the summer of 1999 because needed upgrades were too costly, in swooped Hull’s Angels, a local nonprofit group which preserved the beloved drive-in.

2nd: Visulite Cinemas, Staunton, 540-885-9959

3rd: Zeus Digital Theaters, Waynesboro, 540-416-0536


1st: Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton, 540-332-7850

The Frontier Culture Museum, an open-air living history museum, is one of the highest-rated family-friendly attractions and tourist destinations in Virginia. Costumed historical interpreters re-create the life and customs of indigenous tribes in Virginia and European settlers who traveled the Great Wagon Road. Blacksmiths, woodworkers, tailors, and yarn spinners provide interactive experiences.

2nd: Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900

3rd: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, 540-662-1473

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Music Venue

1st: Lime Kiln Theater

607 Borden Rd., Lexington

Since 2014, Lime Kiln’s Summer Concert Series has created unforgettable experiences for more than 45,000 people across 80 concerts. The Bowl, Lime Kiln’s main stage, seats 675, selling out nearly every show over the past seven seasons with performances from notable national acts. Rooted in the magic of a natural, outdoor theater, Lime Kiln showcases passionate performers to equally passionate audiences.

2nd: Garth Newel Music Center

Hot Springs, 540-839-5018

3rd: Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg, 540-568-7000

Performing Arts Company

1st: American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

10 S. Market St., Staunton, 877-682-4236

Virginia’s premier classical theater, located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, is both intimate in scale and epic in imagination. Creating vital, sophisticated, and accessible seasons built around a company of versatile actors performing in repertory yearround, it’s a center for shared discovery by audiences, scholars, and artists of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and classics old and new.

2nd: Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999

3rd: Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Hot Springs, 540-839-5018

Performing Arts Theater

1st: American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

10 S. Market St., Staunton, 877-682-4236

As the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor Jacobean theater, this modern-day venue was built in 2001 after years spent researching the original Blackfriars Theatre in London, a 16th-century playhouse and former Dominican monastery, as well as other surviving halls of the period. Since its opening, Blackfriars Playhouse has welcomed nearly one million guests to more than 6,000 performances.

2nd: Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9189

3rd: Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington

Dinner on the Mountain

A meal with a view.

Venture to Bryce Resort in Bayse for an alfresco dinner experience with an exceptional view. The resort’s Dinner on the Mountain series offers a monthly five-course dinner in the summer and fall. Enjoy a glass of Champagne as you ride the chairlift to the mountaintop, where your meal will be cooked, plated, and served. Take in the panoramic views as you enjoy seasonal dishes—from stuffed pork tenderloin with apple cider demi-glace, seared scallops with spinach and pancetta, to cannoli filled with chai-infused cream. After dessert, watch the sunset along your elevated journey back to the base of the mountain.

Special Event Venue

1st: Bluestone Vineyard

4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, 540-828-0099

Bluestone Vineyard is located in the center of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This family-owned and operated vineyard and winery make a picturesque locale for memorable occasions—from intimate gatherings to larger events. Bluestone’s inside and outdoor venues include the Manor; the Vineyard and the Ridge; and the Meeting Hall, all nestled in the Valley’s rolling hills with stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains.

2nd: The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, Staunton, 540-712-0601

3rd: Cross Keys Barn, Harrisonburg, 540-820-1744


Dog Groomer

1st: Pampered Pups

508 Taylor St., Lexington

Facebook: Pampered Pups Mobile Dog Grooming LLC, 540-319-1503

Five-star reviews on Google praise Pampered Pups’ courteous and fast service—from nail trims to summer cuts, soothing shampoos to styling. Plus, it’s applauded for its animal-loving staff. Furry customers include dogs and cats, and discounts are offered for

multiple pets. And a tip for those who live in the country: try the emergency skunk odor relief!

2nd: Four Paws Grooming, Rockingham 540-437-7455

3rd: Dog Grooming by Kelli, Staunton Facebook: Dog Grooming by Kelli, 540-280-0593

Dog Training Company

1st: Love On A Leash

3225 Harpine Hwy., Harrisonburg, 540-833-8118

Classes in agility and pet obedience are just some of what Love on a Leash offers. With a mission to help people live in harmony with their dogs, the company’s experienced dog trainers include owner, Sheli Rhodes, who is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.

2nd: Anything is PAWSable, Lexington, 540-649-1023

3rd: All Phase K9, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1964

Pet Boarding/ Day Care

1st: Home Away from Home Dog Boarding

333 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro, 540-363-3540

One goal makes Home Away From Home a stand-out in the canine boarding world: to make your dog’s stay a

wonderful experience so they look forward to returning time and time again. Dogs get frequent, supervised exercise time and lots of personal attention. This means they’re content and relaxed, so they go home happy and healthy versus a stressed and exhausted alternative. With doggie daycare too.

2nd: Happy Hounds Doggy Daycare, Harrisonburg, 540-560-8530

3rd: All About Paws, Harrisonburg, 540-208-7540

Veterinary Hospital

1st: Anicira Veterinary Center

1992 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1980

The goal of this nonprofit veterinary service provider is to end animal suffering by improving access to care and by providing patients with excellent, quality-driven treatments. Founded on the belief that pets are important members of the family and should stay with families who love them, the practice provides free veterinary care and pet food to thousands of furry friends each year.

2nd: Staunton Veterinary Clinic, Staunton, 540-885-1915

3rd: Ashby Animal Clinic, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9174

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Family Entertainment

1st: Virginia Safari Park

229 Safari Ln., Natural Bridge, 540-291-3205

The Virginia Safari Park is, a 180-acre drive-through zoo. Take your time driving along the three miles of road, and feed the animals through your vehicle windows. At the Village WalkThru, stroll and get up close to the animals who live there—from giraffes to kangaroos and llamas. Rhinos, tigers, and cheetahs also live at the park.

2nd : Hull’s Drive-In, Lexington, 540-463-2621

3rd: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, 540-332-7850

K-12 Independent School

1st: Blue Ridge Christian School

100 Dinkel Ave., Bridgewater, 540-828-2233

With a reputation for its balanced programs that focus on the whole student, Blue Ridge Christian School (BRCS) offers small classes, hands-on learning, excellent academics, service and leadership opportunities, fine arts exploration, and athletic rigor. Serving Shenandoah Valley families since 1990, BRCS educates more than 300 students at its Lower School in Bridgewater and its Upper School in Dayton.

2nd: Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro, 540-946-7700

3rd: Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown, 540-437-0880


1st: Blue Ridge Christian Preschool

100 Dinkel Ave., Bridgewater, 540-828-2233

Blue Ridge Christian Preschool offers well-balanced academic and social experiences with biblical integration. Through music, prayer, arts and crafts, playtime, storytelling, and Spanish immersion, preschoolers receive a Christ-centered, early childhood education. Hands-on learning opportunities like field trips and community service projects encourage students to discover and interact with the world around them from a formative young age.

2nd: Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown, 540-437-0880

3rd: Yellow Brick Road

Early Learning Center, Lexington, 540-463-7344

Star Gazer

Where and how to check out the constellations.

When the day turns dark and the mountain views are hidden, turn your eyes upward to the clear night skies of the Shenandoah Valley. On select summer and fall Fridays, head to the Big Meadows Area of Shenandoah National Park for Night Skies events, where amateur astronomers teach park visitors how to properly turn a telescope to the stars. Prefer to stargaze from your own backyard? Check out NASA’s Night Sky Planner—just type in your zip code for a map of current constellations. And be on the lookout for stargazing events in your area: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest hosts special events with ties to the third president’s astronomical studies, and Star in the Valley Winery in Strasburg welcomes guests for Wine Under the Stars.

Summer Camp

1st: Camp Strawderman

2494 Dellinger Acres Rd., Edinburg, 540-984-4738

No one complains that this unique camp for girls in the Shenandoah Valley—with a focus on riding—isn’t plugged in, connected, or hard-wired. It is, however, engaging, challenging, thrilling, exciting, fun, nurturing, authentically rustic, and wonderfully traditional. Like a cool dip on a summer day, stories told around a campfire, nuzzling with a favorite horse, and forming lifelong friendships, Strawderman hits the sweet spot.

2nd: Camp Mont Shenandoah, Millboro Springs, 540-997-5994

3rd: Camp Maxwelton and Camp Lachlan Rockbridge Baths, 540-348-5706


Bed & Breakfast

1st: The Inn at Gristmill Square

118 Old Germantown Rd., Warm Springs, 540-839-2231

Bath County’s premier boutique inn, in the heart of the George Washington National Forest, boasts 18 comfortably appointed rooms and suites with beautifully selected antiques and modern furnishings. A continental breakfast is delivered to guests each morning complete with a basket full of chef’s goodies, freshly squeezed juice, and hot coffee. The area’s many attractions make this a popular destination.

2nd: Vine Cottage Inn, Hot Springs, 540-839-2422

3rd: The Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4464


Historic Site

1st: Downtown Staunton, 540-332-3867

With historic and cultural sites, dozens of restaurants, specialty and antique stores, salons, and galleries, downtown Staunton is a booming destination for locals and vacationers alike. With highlights that include the Farmers’ Market, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, the Virginia Scenic Railway, and Blackfriars Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center, it’s no wonder Staunton’s nickname is Queen City of the Valley.

2nd: Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge, 540-291-1326

3rd: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, 540-332-7850


1st: The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

Book a stay at the Omni Homestead Resort, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountain town of Hot Springs, the Homestead is the place of legends. Relax in true Southern luxury in the resort that boasts more than 250 years of historic hospitality. Offering a worldclass spa, wintertime skiing, plus hiking, golf, tennis, archery, falconry, and more.

2nd: Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg, 540-564-0200

3rd: The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, Staunton, 540-712-0601


1st: The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

Long known as “America’s First Resort,” the Omni Homestead began as a small wooden lodge in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains in 1766. Since then, the four-season destination has exponentially expanded over the years, welcoming 23 presidents and numerous world leaders. The Homestead offers a golf course, shopping, and spa, and more than 30 recreational activities, including falconry, skiing, horseback riding, zip-lining, fly fishing, and mountain biking.

2nd: Massanutten Resort, Massanutten, 540-289-9441

3rd: Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm, Millboro, 540-925-2314

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TRAVEL State Park

1st: Natural Bridge State Park

6477 S. Lee Hwy., Natural Bridge, 540-291-1326

The 215-foot-tall Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County is a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek. The 1,500-acre park boasts beautiful forests and rolling meadows showcasing the area’s karst terrain. Vistas of the surrounding mountains and the James River Valley display nature’s splendor. Seven miles of hiking trails lead to the Monacan Indian Village and Lace Falls with its 30-foot cascade.

2nd: Douthat State Park, Millboro, 540-862-8100

3rd: Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr.

Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, 540-622-6840

Tourist Attraction

1st: Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park, 540-999-3500

Skyline Drive, the 105-mile, two-lane national parkway that runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, has 75 overlooks providing views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east. With numerous trails, including the Appalachian Trail, and access to campgrounds, visitor centers, and resorts such as Skyland Resort and Big Meadows, it’s a popular drive for fall leaf peepers.

2nd: Downtown Staunton, 540-332-3867

3rd: Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, 540-291-3205


Dance Studio

1st: Staunton Academy of Ballet

105 N. Augusta St., Staunton, 540-886-9355

Staunton Academy of Ballet creates a supportive environment for young artists. Each student receives training that coincides with their physical and intellectual development. Students experience the joy of movement with discipline, responsibility, commitment, and ambition being core tenets. With classes in six divisions—primary, junior, intermediate, pre-senior, senior, and adult—and 16 levels.

2nd: Rockbridge Ballet, Lexington, 540-463-3436

3rd: Dance & Co., Harrisonburg, 540-810-3631

Golf Course

1st: The Cascades at Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

Regarded as one of the finest mountain courses in the country, The Cascades offers challenging links set against the backdrop of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. Sam Snead launched his career on this fabled Virginia course. Nationally ranked, The Cascades frequently tops best Southern courses lists.

2nd: Shenvalee Golf Resort, New Market, 540-740-3181

3rd: Lexington Golf & Country Club Lexington 540-463-354


1st: Sentara RMH Wellness Center

2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-564-5682

This hospital-owned, medically-based fitness pavilion offers programs and classes designed to improve the health of the Harrisonburg community. Founded in 1984 as the first of its kind, the center offers classes and amenities for all ages and life stages including yoga, aquatic fitness, cycling, two indoor pools, Bodypump, an indoor track, a dedicated Pilates studio, childcare for its youngest members, and more.

2nd: Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, Staunton, 540-885-8089

3rd: Harrisonburg 24/7 Family Fitness, Locations in Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, 540-432-6076

Specialty Fitness

1st: Phoenix Fitness and Yoga

58 Myers Corner Dr., Staunton, 540-649-1671

Phoenix Fitness and Yoga’s goal is to empower and encourage its members to be stronger and healthier. With superior yoga and fitness classes and nutritional programs designed to relieve stress and anxiety, detoxify, and renew, Phoenix’s experienced team


offers the best instruction that also includes Barre, Pilates, and Sculpt classes. Customized programs are also available.

2nd: The Center, Harrisonburg, 540-383-9052

3rd: fLex Fitness Studio, Lexington, 540-817-9308

Tennis Facility

1st: Gypsy Hill Park

600 Churchville Ave., Staunton CI.Statunton.Va.US, 540-332-3945

Gypsy Hill Park is a sprawling 214acre multi-use recreational facility located in the heart of Staunton. The park includes a dog park, swimming pool, a skate park, baseball fields, and basketball courts. Tennis is a popular sport at Gypsy Hill, with three lighted courts. Take advantage of its Automatic Player Matching Service, where players can connect with each other based on skill levels.

2nd: Doug Will Tennis Center, Bridgewater, 540-908-4212

3rd: Augusta Health, Fishersville, 540-332-5433

Hikes for Beginners

The best trails for maximum views and minimum experience.

You don’t have to be an expert mountain climber to enjoy the natural beauty of Virginia’s best hikes for beginners:

Big Schloss: The 4.2-mile there-and-back Mill Mountain Trail in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests near Woodstock borders West Virginia’s state line, running along the ridge to Big Schloss’ outcrop and then over a land bridge to the outermost lookout.

Corbin Cabin Loop: This 4.3-mile loop near Luray in Shenandoah National Park starts on Skyline Drive, follows the Hughes River, and leads to the historic Corbin Cabin. The route then continues along the Nicholson Hollow Trail to a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Plus, you can rent the cabin for overnight stays.

Sky Meadows: This 2.3-mile loop in Sky Meadows State Park resides on a historic farm in Paris. The loop starts on the Piedmont Overlook Trail and winds through woods and meadows to North Ridge Trail and Gap Run Trail.

Rowland Creek Falls: Hike 3.4-miles there-and-back from Mount Rogers Recreation Area near Marion. Follow along Chestnut Ridge, leading to Rowland Creek’s 50-foot stair-step cascade waterfall.

Bark Camp Lake Loop: Loop around Bark Camp Lake near Coeburn in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, beginning at the main recreation area on Lakeshore Trail. Hike 3.6 miles along the water by Kitchen Rock, cross the long boardwalk over the upper wetland, join Chief Benge Scout Trail, and then cross over the top of the lake dam.

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Big Schloss in George Washington National Forest.

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Chiropractic Practice

1st: Valley Spine Chiropractic

1950 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Suite C, Harrisonburg, 540-383-9123

Evidence-based treatment that improves quality of life is the core of Valley Spine Chiropractic’s mission. From chiropractic adjustments, to exercise prescription and soft tissue therapy, the practice’s goal is to ensure that each patient is empowered to better understand the treatment they receive and has a greater knowledge of the functioning of their bodies.

2nd: Nieder Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Harrisonburg, 540-434-6400

3rd: The Amato Clinic, Locations in Staunton, Waynesboro, 540-213-3904

Counseling or Therapy Practice

1st: Valley Hope Counseling Center 20 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 202, Waynesboro, 540-941-8933

Difficult situations and stressful times are a part of life, but if reactions to those stressors are barriers to living life fully, they may be a signal to consider counseling. Valley Hope, a nonprofit agency and partner of the United Way of Greater Augusta, offers professional counseling services to area residents and provides affordable, equitable, and quality mental health care to the community.

2nd: Journey Counseling, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3464

3rd: Tasso Counseling, Staunton, 540-255-9559

Dental Practice

1st: Dental Health Associates

Multiple locations, 540-248-2500

This full-service dental care clinic offers convenience, value, and a commitment to technology and outstanding dental care for the whole family— from general dentistry to teledentistry and the most sophisticated restorative and cosmetic techniques. Using the newest technology available, the team at Dental Health Associates offers superior dental care and a path to a winning smile, while keeping you comfortable and relaxed.

2nd: Cardinal Dental Specialists, Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195

3rd: Smiles For Life Dental Care, Locations in Bridgewater, Staunton, 540-828-2312

Eye Doctor

1st: EyeOne

Multiple locations, 540-213-7720

From ophthalmologists to optometrists and opticians, this is your onestop-shop for all eye care needs. The highly skilled practitioners at EyeOne uses state-of-the-art technology and proven procedures to help patients with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retina disorders, and more. Plus, EyeOne performs routine eye exams and sells most contact lens brands. Their optical shops carry brands like Ray-Ban® and Kate Spade.

2nd: Rockingham Eye Physicians & Associates, Rockingham, 540-433-2485

3rd: Lexington Eye Care, Lexington, 540-463-1600

Home Health Provider

1st: Augusta Health

64 Sports Medicine Dr., Fishersville, 540-332-4900

Studies indicate that the comfort and security patients find at home maximizes well-being and accelerates the healing process. And given the choice, most people prefer to recuperate in familiar surroundings. Augusta Home Health gives patients the opportunity to remain at home and receive treatment under the supervision of their physician with plans that include family participation for optimal outcomes.

2nd: ConnectionsPlus Healthcare + Hospice, Lexington, 540-463-1848

3rd: First Choice Home Health & Hospice, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3916


1st: Augusta Health

78 Medical Center Dr., Fishersville, 540-332-4000

Augusta Health fills a critical need in the Shenandoah Valley by offering personalized healthcare and small town hospitality to the region. The hospital’s highly trained physicians and staff utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality health services. Augusta Health recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network and received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of “A.”

2nd: Sentara RMH Medical Center Harrisonburg, 540-564-5682

3rd: Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, 540-536-8000

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

1st: Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare

240 Lucy Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-438-1314

The team at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare provides compassionate, personalized women’s healthcare corresponding to every stage of life. Consisting of experienced certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, aestheticians, as well as top-rated, experienced physicians, the practice provides unwavering support and guidance, considering themselves your partners in health. Specialists work together to help patients take control of their physical and holistic health.

2nd: Augusta Health Care for Women, Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-213-7750

3rd: Harrisonburg OBGYN, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3831


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

1st: Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-886-2956

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Todd Brandt and Corey Burgoyne manage a wide variety of issues relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. With expertise including dental implant surgery to wisdom teeth removal and corrective jaw surgery, the experts at Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice a full scope of procedures in a state-of-the-art office setting.

2nd: Cardinal Dental Specialists, Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195

3rd: Legacy Surgery, Harrisonburg, 540-437-1230

Orthodontic Practice

1st: Giardina & Kray Orthodontics

2505-A Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-433-8814

Drs. Frances Kray and Julia Giardina are passionate about orthodontics and care deeply about each patients’ experience. As a family-oriented practice, the team knows that each individual, regardless of age, is unique. Patients are provided with safe, accurate care that integrates their concerns and oral health goals in order to provide top-tier orthodontics care to the Harrisonburg community.

2nd: Parrott Orthodontics, Staunton, 540-949-6600

3rd: Weiler Orthodontics and Invisalign Harrisonburg, 540-433-3790

Soothing Salt Therapy

Step into Ziba Medical & Day Spa’s Halotherapy sauna and be transported to the detoxifying ambiance of a Himalayan salt cave. The warm, salty interior releases natural, negative ions that treat immune deficiencies and can relieve asthma, allergy, and other respiratory symptoms, in addition to opening up the skin’s pores; reducing inflammation, redness, and dryness; and increasing blood flow. Multicolored LED lighting relieves stress and boosts serotonin, can treat insomnia, and gives skin a healthy glow.

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Orthopedic Practice

1st: Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center

2509 Pleasant Run Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-689-5000

When an injury interferes with doing what you love—from gardening and golfing to running marathons—life becomes challenging. The experts at Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center specialize in getting lives back on track, offering a variety of orthopedic procedures, including surgeries, sports medicine, joint replacement, spine care, hand surgery, and more. Strong patient outcomes and satisfaction define this practice.

2nd: Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Locations in Fishersville, Harrisonburg 540-932-5850

3rd: Augusta Health Spine Clinic, Fishersville, 540-245-7400

Pediatric Practice

1st: UVA Pediatrics

Multiple locations, 540-434-3004

UVA Pediatrics provides medical and developmental care for children and adolescents from birth through age 21. Available services include routine checkups and tests, immunizations, sports and college physicals, and gynecologic care. This nationally recognized practice works with families to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of its young patients.

2nd: Bluestone Pediatrics, Rockingham, 540-437-4800

3rd: Valley Pediatric Group, Locations in Verona, Waynesboro, 540-949-0118

Physical Therapy Practice

1st: Synergy Rehab and Wellness

Multiple locations, 540-932-0333

The team of physical therapy Ph.D.s and licensed PT assistants at Synergy Rehab and Wellness offer specialized treatments for any pain, injury, or discomfort. Using sophisticated diagnostic methods designed to discover root causes, the top-notch staff works with you to determine the most beneficial services, with an ultimate goal of maximum pain relief, healing, self empowerment, and future injury prevention.

2nd: Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Multiple locations, 540-434-1200

3rd: Augusta Health Outpatient Therapy, Fishersville, 540-932-5935

Primary Care Practice

1st: Augusta Health Primary Care

Multiple locations, 540-332-4000

When you feel healthy, physicians at Augusta Health Primary Care work to keep you that way with regular physical exams, immunizations, and health education. If you feel sick, they’re ready to diagnose and treat your condition. Whether you have a cold or the flu, need treatment for a chronic condition, or need to see a specialist, providers will get you the care you need.

2nd: Carilion Clinic Family Medicine, Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

3rd: Harrisonburg Family Practice, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9151


Cosmetic Surgery Practice

1st: Asfa Plastic Surgery

3302 Albert Long Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-432-0303

From cosmetic or reconstructive procedures performed by board-certified surgeon Saied Asfa, M.D., FACS, to a customized spa treatment with highly trained aestheticians, Asfa Plastic Surgery provides services of the highest standard to all its patients and spa clients. In a comfortable, safe environment, all are treated with the utmost respect, dignity, and compassion.

2nd: Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics, Multiple locations, 540-686-1634

3rd: Augusta Plastic Surgery, Fishersville, 540-932-5771

Dermatology Practice

1st: Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics

Multiple locations, 540-686-1634

Shenandoah Dermatology provides western Virginia with the highest quality patient-centered care possible. In comfortable offices, staffed by superbly competent and attentive physicians and staff, the practice offers a variety of dermatological services including skin cancer treatments, BOTOX®, skin rash treatment, acne treatment, laser hair removal, and more, all performed by certified dermatologists.

2nd: Harrisonburg Dermatology

Penn Laird, 540-433-8700

3rd: Forefront Dermatology, Locations in Fishersville, Harrisonburg, 540-451-2833


Hair Salon or Barber Shop

1st: The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa

353 Neff Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-434-8188

Clients are The Studio’s top priority, a commitment that’s illustrated by high quality services in a clean and professional atmosphere. From haircuts, styling, and color to makeup and extensions, exceptional experiences are hallmarks of this Harrisonburg salon.

2nd: High Tech Salon & Spa Studios, Staunton, 540-248-3333

3rd: Omar’s Hair Salon & Barbershop, Harrisonburg, 540-282-2575


1st: The Spa at the Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

At this one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains, The Omni Homestead Resort’s spa is legendary. Offering a state-of-the-art facility for guests to experience wellness activities, decadent spa treatments, and unique features, including a year-round, adults-only Serenity Garden, services such as Swedish and deep tissue massages, classic European facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and salon services are on the extensive spa menu.

2nd: Cedar Stone Spa, Harrisonburg, 540-437-0411

3rd: Breezy Hill Day Spa, Staunton, 540-886-0887


Auction houses offer more than you might expect.

Thought auctions were all about bidding and buying? Think again. Elizabeth Evans of Green Valley Auctions in Mt. Crawford says that in addition to live and online auctions, the company also has a consignment shop. “Through this avenue we can offer high-end furnishings directly to the buyer without the rush and split decision making of an auction,” she says. Green Valley also assists with moves—helping to sell certain items and move the rest to the customer’s new home—as well as cleanout services, donations, and trash removal.

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HOME Architecture Firm

1st: Frazier Associates

213 N. Augusta St., Staunton, 540-886-6230

This full-service architecture and planning firm specializes in downtown revitalization, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation, in addition to urban infill, community planning, wayfinding, corridor planning, and residential design. Since 1986, Frazier Associates has been a leader in helping communities and individuals enhance their downtowns, neighborhoods, homes, and buildings. Kathy Frazier, FAIA, is co-founder and principal in charge.

2nd: Gaines Group Architects

Harrisonburg, 540-437-0012

3rd: Blueline, Harrisonburg, 540-437-1228

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Milmont Greenhouses

48 Milmont Dr., Waynesboro, 540-943-8408

Milmont Greenhouses humbly began with two small greenhouses used for growing vine-ripened tomatoes. Now a thriving family business with a greenhouse, outdoor growing space, and garden center, Milmont stocks everything you need for gardening and landscaping. Founders Willis and Salina Miller say that houseplants and vegetable sales have become even more popular in recent years.

2nd: Blue Ribbon Nursery & Landscaping, Broadway, 540-896-6358

3rd: Evergrowin’ Greenhouses, Bridgewater

Facebook: Evergrowin’ Greenhouses, 540-828-2434

Home Builder

1st: Herr & Co.

141 W. Bruce St., Suite 202, Harrisonburg, 540-208-2874

Herr & Co., run by the father-son team of Jim and Mike Herr, delivers full service, Class A contractor services with an emphasis on fairness and integrity for quality, long-lasting remodels and new construction. Serving the Shenandoah Valley since 1988, Herr & Co. cultivates subcontractors with whom they develop long-term relationships, ensuring their projects deliver the high standards that define their philosophy.

2nd: Welsh Construction, Lexington, 540-464-1008

3rd: Sustainable Solutions of Virginia, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8001

Home Furnishings Store

1st: Grand Home Furnishings

Multiple locations, 866-472-6343

What started as a Roanoke piano store in 1911 is now one of the largest furniture and mattress businesses in the South, with stores in Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Grand Home Furnishings boasts the area’s best selection of the latest styles and designs, all at affordable prices. The company offers a total satisfaction guarantee on all of its sofas, beds, recliners, and more.

2nd: House of Oak & Sofas, Harrisonburg, 540-432-1383

3rd: Dayton Interiors, Harrisonburg, 540-432-9144

Interior Design Firm

1st: Curated Interiors

19 W. Nelson St., Lexington, 540-227-4749

As interior designers and curators of vintage wares, Curated Interiors lives by the good design principles of scale, symmetry, and balance. The business eschews trends, and instead focuses on coaxing preferences from its clients, urging them to think instinctually and try mixing styles. Services include vision boards, design consulting, architectural design, and purchase recommendations. Shop their vintage furniture and home décor retail store, too.

2nd: Sustainable Solutions of Virginia, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8001

3rd: Queen City Salvage and Design, Staunton, 540-910-026

Kitchen & Bath Design Firm

1st: Classic Kitchen & Bath

1930 Deyerle Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1990

Founded with just two designers and two installers, Classic Kitchen & Bath is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year. Now with a second location in Wilmington, North Carolina, co-owners Jill and Chad McGlaughlin maintain the firm’s primary mission of delivering exceptional customer experience, while providing professional design and valuable material solutions, ensuring that every client loves the end result.

2nd: Fashion Floors & Cabinets, Lexington, 540-464-1422

3rd: Mill Cabinet Shop, Inc., Bridgewater, 540-828-6763

Landscape Design

1st: Shreckhise Landscape & Design

967 Keezletown Rd., Weyers Cave, 540-234-9911

Shreckhise Landscape & Design helps property owners not only enhance their landscapes but also solve privacy issues, visual imperfections, and eyesores such as electrical boxes, waste bins, and HVAC units. Third-generation owners Jim and Trent Shreckhise are involved in every step of the design and installation process.

2nd: Blue Ribbon Nursery & Landscaping, Broadway, 540-896-6358

3rd: Waynesboro Landscape & Garden Center, Waynesboro, 540-942-4646

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Plumbing/HVAC Company

1st: Landes Heating & Air Conditioning

101 W. Mosby Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-434-5988

This family-run business started in a converted chicken house that Rev. Olen B. Landes turned into the Landes Sheet Metal Shop. His first job, in 1948, was to fix a mailbox for which he charged 25 cents. Today, Landes is one of the Valley’s most successful HVAC companies, installing heat pumps, oil and gas furnaces, indoor air quality products, and more.

2nd: Blauch Brothers, Inc., Harrisonburg, 540-434-2589

3rd: Valley Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, Staunton, 540-302-5186

Real Estate Firm

1st: Kline May Realty

Multiple locations, 540-437-3500

Kline May Realty was founded in 1970 and now has four offices and nearly 100 agents available to serve the community. The team believes that residential real estate has more to do with service than sales, which is why they seek out agents with “servants’ hearts,” in order to establish the best relationships possible with clients.

2nd: Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Multiple locations, 540-434-2400

3rd: KK Homes (Long & Foster), Fishersville, 540-241-0065

Retirement Community

1st: Bridgewater Retirement Community

302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, 540-828-2550

Bridgewater Retirement Community offers four levels of living: independent, assisted, memory support, and a nursing home that provide long-term care and rehab. The community welcomes everyone aged 55 and older. On-site amenities include a fitness center, a billiards room, styling salons, and a thrift shop, for a vibrant, active lifestyle.

2nd: Sunnyside, Harrisonburg, 540-568-8411

3rd: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, 540-564-3400

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Accounting Firm

1st: Didawick & Company, P.C.

117 Mactanly Pl., Staunton, 540-885-0855

Founded in 1979, Didawick’s blend of personalized care and innovative thinking helps clients maneuver the challenges of taxes and accounting. The practice was built one client at a time, and promises to treat everyone like more than a number. With a staff of seasoned professionals armed with extensive technical knowledge and the latest information, Didawick offers tax, payroll, bookkeeping, auditing, eldercare services, and more.

2nd: PBMares, Harrisonburg, 540-434-5975

3rd: Miller, Jameson & Brake, LLP, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3825

Auction Company

1st: Enlisted Auctions

1210 Cold Springs Rd., Stuarts Draft, 540-337-3446

Whether downsizing, closing a business, settling an estate, looking for extra money, or moving, Enlisted Auctions can help. Owner Kervin Yoder is known for his distinctive touch with customers, providing that personal connection that makes Enlisted Auctions one of the Valley’s most successful auction houses. The firm’s main focus is real estate, estates, firearms, equipment, and vehicles.

2nd: Green Valley Auctions, Mt. Crawford, 540-434-4260

3rd: Bowman Auctions, Harrisonburg, 540-434-7653

Bank/Credit Union

1st: DuPont Community Credit Union Multiple locations, 800-245-8085

What began in 1959 in the basement of an employee’s house as Waynesboro DuPont Employees Credit Union, Inc., now serves over 115,000 members across the Shenandoah Valley as DuPont Community Credit Union. The business “believes in people, not profits,” providing personal banking, loan, and business services, and is also an active partner in community events.

2nd: F&M Bank, Multiple locations, 540-896-8941

3rd: Park View Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 540-434-6444

Car Dealer

1st: McDonough Toyota

918 Richmond Ave., Staunton, 540-886-6201

McDonough Toyota’s philosophy is all about customer satisfaction, believing that a happy customer is the best advertising money can buy. Priding itself on customer service, McDonough prioritizes customers before everything else. A highly trained sales staff has earned a credible reputation with many years of service and commitment whose goal is to ensure that all customers are happy customers.

2nd: Steven Toyota, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1400

3rd: Bob Wade Autoworld, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3900

Car Wash

1st: Peterson’s Soft Cloth

Car Wash

Multiple locations, 866-509-3021

This trifecta of convenience includes a soft cloth car wash, a Dairy Queen, and an oil and lube center. With locations in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester, car washes begin at a basic exterior wash—the Express Wash—and escalate in price and services to top-of-the-line Shop Shine

Packages, which include interiors, window, and door jam cleaning. While you’re there, grab a soft-serve cone and an oil change.

2nd: Valley View Express Wash, Harrisonburg, 571-279-6590

3rd: Miracle Car Wash, 4 locations in Harrisonburg, 540-433-5800

Financial Planning Firm

1st: Davenport & Company LLC

Locations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, 540-383-6550

With information accessible at the click of a mouse, there is no shortage of news and opinions on investing. But investment information is not necessarily knowledge, and Davenport’s strengths come from quality research, analysis, and deep industry know-how that help clients grow their portfolios. Applauded for building trust and personal relationships, partnering with Davenport helps create solid financial plans.

2nd: Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors, Waynesboro, 540-943-1221

3rd: Bookkeeping & Management Systems, Inc., Waynesboro, 540-943-4193


A Return to the Earth

Green burials in Penn Laird.

The team at Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird are stewards of the circle of life, providing a place for deceased loved ones to return to nature. On the 113-acre site of a former dairy farm, bodies are buried in biodegradable caskets or burial shrouds, embalmed using natural materials, or cremated and scattered in dedicated gardens. Natural burials can save money that otherwise would’ve been put towards expensive caskets and memorial services. And the trend is catching on: the National Funeral Directors Association 2019 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study revealed that 51.6% of respondents were interested in pursuing green burial options.

Funeral Home

1st: Kyger Funeral Home Locations in Elkton, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1359

Kenny Kyger and Donald Trobaugh worked together to start Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home in 1975. After Trobough’s retirement, Kyger Funeral Home continues to serve families of the Shenandoah Valley with attentive care and compassion. Among many achievements, Kyger Funeral Home became the first funeral home in the state certified by the Green Burial Council of Virginia.

2nd: Johnson Funeral & Cremation Service, Locations in Bridgewater, Grottoes, 540-828-2542

3rd: Grandle Funeral Home, Inc., Broadway, 540-896-3231

Law Firm

1st: Clark & Bradshaw, P.C. 92 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-2601

Clark & Bradshaw’s guiding principle has always been that its clients need, expect, and deserve prompt, efficient, and expert legal services. With a team of professionals highly qualified in numerous areas of the law, individual attention, participation in community affairs and the local economy, and a versatile, knowledgeable staff enable the firm’s team to maintain its standing as one of the Valley’s most successful practices.

2nd: Flora Pettit, Harrisonburg, 540-437-3100

3rd: TimberlakeSmith, Staunton, 540-885-1517

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1st: The Factory Antique Mall

50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, 540-248-1110

The 135,000-square-foot Factory Antique Mall is the largest in the country. This sprawling space accommodates the inventory of more than 250 vendors that attract shoppers of all varieties. While you shop all day (and it will take that long to rummage through the place), stop by Tasty Bites café, serving made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, and soups.

2nd: Duke’s Lexington Antique Center Lexington, 540-463-9511

3rd: Stuarts Draft Antique Mall, Waynesboro

Facebook: Stuarts Draft Antique Mall, 540-946-8488

Book Store

1st: Green Valley Book Fair

2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, 540-434-0309

More than 50 years strong, this discount book outlet has adjusted its hours and is now open year-round.

Green Valley Book Fair is stocked with everything from children’s books to adult titles and carries categories for all ages and interests. The Fair has a steady supply of new titles, gifts, and games at bargain prices.

2nd: Downtown Books, Lexington

3rd: The Book Dragon Shop, Staunton, 540-712-7941

Consignment Shop

1st: Gift & Thrift

731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844

With new treasures arriving daily, Gift & Thrift offers a large variety of items at affordable prices, from furniture to puzzles, and books to electronics. This “thrift store on a mission” supports and donates proceeds to the Christian faith values of the Mennonite Central Committee. Gift & Thrift also has a boutique department, Thriftique, that sells brand-name and vintage clothing.

2nd: Karis, Weyers Cave, 540-248-4511

3rd: Livy’s Closet, Clifton Forge, 540-865-0373

Treks and Trails

This shop has everything for your next adventure.

Mountain Trails , with deep roots in the outdoor community, is the area’s major outfitter for hikers, climbers, and trekkers. Its two locations—in Winchester’s pedestrian mall and a newer site in Front Royal—are staffed with real-life climbers, hikers, cross-country skiers, and mountaineers who live, work, and play outside. They know what they sell because they’re customers too.

The Front Royal location has become a major resupply stop for Appalachian Trail (AT) hikers—from thru-hikers, attempting its 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, or those who pop in and out for shorter stints.

But AT hikers aren’t Mountain Trails’ only customers. “We outfit clients on a daily basis heading to trek in Nepal or perhaps climb Kilimanjaro,” says owner Garry Green. “For the casual user, we offer unsurpassed quality, goods, advice, and a one-on-one tailored outfitting experience. The industry is highly specialized in the nature of the goods we sell and the technical expertise that we bring to the customer.”

Green, a longtime outdoor and wellness enthusiast who bought the store in 2014 from veteran mountaineering pros Arthur and Diane Kearns, says that the true value of what Mountain Trails sells is a combination of performance, durability, and the knowledge base to help guide customers to the product that best suits their needs. With a customer-

Fine Jewelry Store

1st: James McHone Jewelry

75 Court Sq., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1833

From ring resizing to repairs, GIA appraisals, and custom designs, James McHone Jewelry may be tiny, but it’s mighty. This gem of a jewelry store in Harrisonburg also buys, sells, and trades fine antique and estate jewelry—one spin on their website will have you swooning. Plus the shop offers cash for unused, unwanted, or broken jewelry and is always buying gold and silver.

2nd: Christopher William Jewelers, Locations in Harrisonburg, Weyers Cave, 540-234-9075

3rd: Crown Jewelers, Staunton, 540-885-0653

Florist Shop

1st: Honey Bee’s Florist

2211 N. Augusta St., Staunton, 540-887-1221

Melissa Swan and the team at Honey Bee’s Florist take pride in being a tiny flower shop with a big heart. Honey Bee’s design styles range from contemporary to traditional, English


garden to Japanese ikebana, and everything in between. Whatever a client can brainstorm, the shop will transform an idea into a reality.

2nd: University Florist, Lexington, 540-463-6080

3rd: Blakemore’s Flowers, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4461

Gift Store

1st: Latitudes Fair Trade Store

16 E. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-887-9670

Latitudes specializes in hand-made, artisanal goods from around the world. With a goal to foster economic relationships between American consumers and marginalized artisans from developing nations, the shop carries jewelry, clothing, kitchen essentials, textiles, home goods, body products, and more.

2nd: Shops At Agora, Harrisonburg, 540-705-1047

3rd: New Creation, Harrisonburg, 540-208-7446

centric philosophy, the company’s credo is about providing top-quality equipment and clothing at competitive prices— which goes well beyond price tags. Before investing in a vendor and recommending brands to customers, a battery of questions is asked: Will the item last? Is it made to

withstand years of wear? Will it do the job as advertised?

Because Mountain Trails sells products that are more durable without the need to be frequently replaced, ultimately they’re a better value and are more environmentally sound.

photo by garry green (owner at mountain trails) Mountain Trails’ Winchester location.


Men’s Clothing Store

1st: CFO Trading Company

13 E. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-466-5078

Owners John and Nancy Reese named this store after their three dogs, Charlie, Franklin, and Oscar. The store carries men’s apparel but also sells a number of gifts, like watches, cocktail mixes, and pint glass sets. John and Nancy’s other store, Yelping Dog Wine, sits right next door so you can browse with a drink in hand!

2nd: Alvin-Dennis, Lexington, 540-463-5383

3rd: Walkabout Outfitter, Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900

Record Store

1st: The Vinyl Asylum

240 N. Central Ave., Suite 2, Staunton

Facebook: The Vinyl Asylum LLC, 540-461-0126

With vinyl making a huge comeback, The Vinyl Asylum is a true record store right out of the ’80s. The store’s inventory is stocked with all genres of music, many formats, and the players that play them, and reviews praise the store’s “decent” prices and great selection. Shipping is offered, as well as a service that sources player parts.

2nd: Wonder Records, Harrisonburg

Facebook: Wonder Records, 540-442-7528

3rd: Switz-Mix Records, Luray Facebook: Switz-Mix Records, 540-843-2522

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

1st: Walkabout Outfitter Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900

Owners Kirk and Tina Miller opened the first Walkabout Outfitter in 2005. Kirk, an Eagle Scout and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and Tina, an experienced small retail business owner, combined their knowledge to create an outdoor outfitter with quality merchandise and an inclusive environment. Walkabout Outfitter has all the gear you need for hiking, camping, trail running, water sports, and more.

2nd: Dominion Outdoors, Fishersville, 540-337-9218

3rd: Wilderness Adventure, Staunton, 540-885-3200


Women’s Clothing Store

1st : The Fashion Gallery

111 Lee Hwy., Verona, 540-248-4292

With 25,000 square feet of sales floor, The Fashion Gallery is your one-stop shop for classic clothing and accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, and shoes. The store carries a wide selection of formalwear for weddings and special events, so guests, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride can all find the perfect dress for their special occasion.

2nd: The Yellow Button, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8110

3rd: Gift & Thrift, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844

Shopping at the Omni Homestead Resort

Splendid stores and beautiful boutiques in Hot Springs.

The Omni Homestead Resort isn’t just known for being one of the country’s most elegant hotels. Or for its legendary hot springs and picturesque setting in the Allegheny Mountains. Yes, it’s hosted U.S. presidents, and it’s the state’s first alpine ski resort. But it’s known for serious shopping too.

Consider the Homestead’s Great Hall, from which a promenade of posh and practical boutiques radiate down the giant West Wing Corridor. There’s the 1766 Shop , full of custom logo apparel like shirts, hats, and fleece jackets, along with toiletries and tote bags. Allegheny Outfitters carries all manner of outerwear, footwear, and women’s casualwear for your next mountain hike or fireside chat.

First Lady , with its generation-spanning chic and trendy

fashions, plus accessories and jewelry, can take you from casual lunch to cocktail party in style. Charming children’s toys, gifts, and books are at Hobby Horse . Satisfy sweet tooth cravings at Maybelle’s with a mouth-watering array of chocolates, vintage candies, and lollipops. Shop for kitchenware and seasonal gifts at Seasons . Pick up savory or salty Homestead snacks, jams or jellies, or a bottle of Virginia wine at The Homestead Market . Brands like Vineyard Vines, Peter Millar, and Bills Khakis are at William S. Flynn , a gentleman’s shop. The Classic Bath offers luxurious bath and body products, candles, and sleepwear. Tucked in and around the Homestead proper, the Virginia Wine Experience combines a retail shop and a

tasting parlor where only Virginia wines are showcased. Peruse the Shooting Club where you’ll find Barbour jackets, Beretta clothing, and gloves and sweaters to keep you warm. Homestead signature spa products, along with exercise wear, are at The Spa Boutique , conveniently adjacent to the resort’s luxurious spa. The Cascades Golf Shop has everything a golfer could dream of. Stop by Martha’s Market for grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, coffee and fresh pastries (tip: don’t miss her doughnuts. They’re legendary). The Mountain Lodge Ski Shop is the perfect place for skiing apparel and accessories, while golf and tennis equipment is available at the resort’s Casino Sports Shop

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Located in Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands, Abingdon encompasses historical sites and attractions, cultural events, outdoor recreation, and world-class art venues. We are home to Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, one of the longest-running professional theatres in the nation.

Congratulations to all these outstanding businesses in Abingdon for being voted as one of the Best of Virginia by Virginia Living readers!

• The Barter Theatre

• The Virginia Highlands Festival

• The Tavern Restaurant

• Trained Wright K9

• The Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center • 276-676-2282 • 208 W. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210
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1st: Thai This Express

1401 Tyler Ave., Radford, 540-838-2329

When Jang Lawson moved to America from her native Thailand, one of the biggest changes she faced was adjusting to the food. She and her husband, Brian, began serving up Thai cuisine at festivals and breweries from a humble food truck. Now, the Lawsons offer a full menu of flavor from their brickand-mortar restaurant. Enjoy specialties like pad see-ew, cashew chicken, or a spicy tofu bowl.

2nd: Peking Chinese Restaurant, Wytheville, 276-228-5515

3rd: Red Flower Chinese Restaurant, Richlands

Facebook: Red Flower Chinese Restaurant 276-596-9921

Barbecue Restaurant

1st: Checkered Pig

1014 Liberty St., Martinsville, 276-632-1161

The Checkered Pig is an accidental success—founder Tommy Houston once volunteered to roast a pig for his fire department. All who tried his low and slow cooked recipe were hooked, and many years later, the restaurant he runs with his wife, Lisa, is serving up Southwest Virginia’s favorite meats. The secret? Bone-in, uncured hams for leaner, more flavorful barbecue.

2nd: Bluegrass BBQ, Pembroke, 540-626-2271

3rd: Buddy’s BBQ, Rocky Mount, 540-482-0369

Cosmic Coffee

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

1st: Tha’ Dawg House

1060 E. Main St., Pulaski


A local favorite for a hearty breakfast or good ol’ fashioned hot dog, Tha’ Dog House is the ultimate greasy spoon. Get comfortable and take a big bite out of a biscuit with your choice of meat: country ham, bologna, and chicken are favorites. Breakfast platters are served with a biscuit or toast, hash round or tomato slices, and choice of grits or gravy.

2nd: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro Multiple locations, 540-953-2815

3rd: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

Burger Joint

1st: Dude’s Drive-In

1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, 540-382-7901

Pull up to Dude’s for an authentic, old-fashioned drive-in dining experience. You’ll be greeted by a car hop and then face the ultimate task of choosing what to eat from their menu of epically delicious burgers and sandwiches. Must-tries include the eponymous Dude Burger—a classic configuration of meat, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a soft bun—crispy onion rings, and a milkshake to finish.

2nd: Rocky Mount Burger Company, Rocky Mount, 540-456-2337

3rd: Fenderz Drive-In, Collinsville Facebook: Fenderz Drive-In, 276-647-4555


1st: Hethwood Market

820 Heather Dr., Blacksburg, 540-951-0990

Whether you’re ordering a bunch of small bites for tailgating a Virginia Tech football game, hosting a holiday party, or planning a sit-down dinner for a wedding reception, Hethwood Market has a slew of options to satisfy any group or gathering. Ready-made trays, individually packaged meals, or buffet-style catering are all sure to please a hungry crowd.

2nd: Your Grate Escape, North Tazewell, 276-988-7867

3rd: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Radford Coffee Co.

333 W. Main St., Radford, 540-838-2399

Established in 2015, this New River Valley roaster was founded to impact lives locally and internationally, by donating a percentage of sales to school-aged children in Nicaragua through Project Ezra—a K-12 education fund—as well as Radford-area kids and teachers. Enjoy a classic coffee or a specialty drink like the Vanilla Bean Scream (vanilla and espresso), or take home a bag of whole beans.

2nd: Red Rooster Coffee, Floyd, 540-745-7338

3rd: Space Rabbit Coffee, Pulaski, 540-509-1416

Fine Dining

1st: The Palisades Restaurant

168 Village St., Eggleston, 540-626-2828

“Southern hospitality, sophisticated cuisine.” That’s what’s at The Palisades, formerly Pyne’s General Store, where contemporary fare is served up in a countryside Giles County setting. Come hungry for elegantly plated, fresh-as-can-be meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, made with provisions mostly sourced from New River Valley purveyors. Visiting diners and regulars alike relish in supporting the local economy, while embracing the charm of historic Eggleston.

2nd: The Tavern, Abingdon, 276-628-1118

3rd: Ippy’s Restaurant, Rocky Mount, 540-489-5600

Food Truck

1st: Cabo Fish Taco Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-552-0950

The food truck version of Cabo Fish Taco transports customers to California’s sandy beaches, where surfing culture rules. With a menu that stars tacos, wraps, and burritos, served out of a funky, converted delivery truck, the food is what reigns supreme. Partnerships with local businesses like Long Way Brewing in Radford and Old Salem Brewing Company enhance the experience.

2nd: Tammy’s Grill LLC, Martinsville Facebook: Tammy’s Grill LLC, 276-201-2187

3rd: Thai This Food Truck, Radford, 540-838-2329

Ice Cream Shop

1st: Homestead Creamery

7254 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz, 540-721-2045

For out of this world coffee, Space Rabbit is a galaxy all its own. This mobile coffee shop-trailer posts its roving locations on Instagram for the week—from the parking lot at Virginia Tech’s Vet School in Blacksburg to Davidson’s Pharmacy in Christiansburg. All drinks can be made hot, iced, or cosmicfreeze style. Flavors are galactic too, like Butter Bunny, with caramel and hazelnut, and Astro-Nut, with white chocolate and coconut. And they can change with the seasons.

Peppermint and marshmallow coffees are Christmas favorites, maple and pumpkin appear on fall menus, and specialty coffees like Salty Rabbit Cookie Crunch—with salted caramel toffee, cookie dough, chocolate chip cookie pieces, whipped cream, and sea salt—are delicious in springtime.

Homestead Creamery was founded in 2001 by two dairy farmers wanting to preserve their family’s property for the next generation and provide the community with what they deemed “the way milk should taste!” The cream starts with happy cows and a family-run business that values freshness and minimal pasteurization, and ends with excellent ice cream and satisfied customers.

2nd: The Soda Fountain at The Floyd Country Store, Floyd, 540-745-4563

3rd: Dippers Ice Cream, Ridgeway, 276-956-6600

photo by abby joy photo llc Space Rabbit owners Lindsey and Tanner Ratcliffe.



Indian Restaurant

1st: India Garden Restaurant

210 Prices Fork Rd., Blacksburg, 540-951-5100

India Garden Restaurant offers a rich menu boasting all fresh, natural ingredients, wholesome sauces, and flavorful spices. Whether you prefer a tandoori-style meat grill, one of the fine vegetarian dishes, or if you’re a first-timer to Indian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. Each dish is prepped with freshly ground herbs and spices suited to individual tastes.

2nd: Nawab Restaurant, Roanoke, 540-345-5150

3rd: Taaza Indian Cuisine, Roanoke, 540-342-4773

Italian Restaurant

1st: Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

709 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-9669

Founded in 1978, Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has been a favorite spot for families, college students, and the greater Radford community for nearly 50 years. Family-owned and operated, this upscale, distinctly Italian space serves a full menu of seafood, sandwiches, pizza, and pasta dishes, perfect for a casual, filling lunch or a romantic evening out.

2nd: Mickey G’s Bistro & Pizzeria, Floyd, 540-745-2208

3rd: Jerry’s Pizza, Martinsville, 276-638-3990

Mexican Restaurant

1st: Rocas Mexican Grill

7523 Lee Hwy., Fairlawn, 540-731-4111

Whether you’re craving chips and salsa with coworkers or a full-on fiesta with friends and family, Rocas is the place to be for authentic Mexican cuisine in Southwest Virginia. Some kitchen specialties include the Veracruz, grilled tilapia and shrimp seasoned with garlic sauce, paired with broccoli and rice; and the Huarache, a wheat tortilla topped with beans and a combination of salsas, steak, and cheese.

2nd: El Parral Mexican Restaurant, Martinsville, 276-632-6408

3rd: El Bronco Mexican Bar & Grill, Christiansburg, 540-381-0674

Outdoor Dining

1st: The Farmhouse

285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, 540-251-7600

A true Southwest Virginia landmark, The Farmhouse has been the area’s go-to date night, special occasion, and post-Hokie football win eatery since 1963. The sprawling outdoor dining area is the perfect spot to settle in for a drink before tucking into a courtyard menu special, like Shrimp and Grits, a Farmhouse Burger, or a serving of the house favorite dessert, Farmhouse Bread Pudding.

2nd: 3rd Bay, Martinsville, 276-666-8414

3rd: The Cellar Restaurant, Blacksburg, 540-953-0651


1st: Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

709 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-9669

Sal’s has been a Radford-area favorite since 1978. Pizzas are made fresh and New York-style—large, hand-tossed, crispy thin crust with a soft center. Choose from a variety of specialty pies, like the Popeye’s Pizza with spinach, basil, broccoli, garlic, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese; or the sauceless Pompeii, with artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil.

2nd: Brick House Pizza, Radford, 540-639-5793

3rd: Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd, 540-745-6836

Sandwich Shop

1st: Macado’s Multiple locations, 540-342-7231

Popular with college crowds and locals alike, Macado’s cartoon, antique, and local nostalgic décor, and its lineup of hearty yet modestly-priced sandwiches, subs, and entrées guarantees a good time. Some fan favorites are the Babe Ruth—turkey, melted muenster, bacon, and tomato, on a hot buttered croissant—and the Dr. Watson—grilled chicken, melted provolone, ham, lettuce, tomato, and mayo served on a bagel.

2nd: The Bread Basket, Floyd, 540-745-5382

3rd: Lefty’s Main Street Grille, Blacksburg, 540-552-7000

Seafood Restaurant

1st: Cabo Fish Taco

Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-552-0950

Cabo’s fusion of fresh seafood and original Baja Mexican cuisine is a Southwest Virginia staple. Try the tasty Tavarua Tuna Tacos: blackened lemon rubbed Ahi tuna in a kiwi-pineapple sauce, stuffed with fresh greens, tomato, guacamole, and mixed cheese, topped with honey wasabi sauce; or the Jamaican-inspired Rasta Pasta: Jerk chicken and jumbo shrimp tossed with bow-tie pasta and veggies in a pineapple cream sauce.

2nd: Captain Tom’s Seafood, Martinsville Facebook: CAPTAIN TOMS, 276-666-0326

3rd: Greene’s Seafood, Bristol, 276-466-6836


1st: The Farmhouse

285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, 540-251-7600

When you’re craving a classic steak dinner, look no further than The Farmhouse’s lineup of angus beef, hand-cut, and aged portions of filet mignon, sirloin, and rib eye. If prime rib is more your speed, tuck into a Queen (10 ounces) or King Cut (14 ounces), served slow roasted to medium rare and carved, with au jus, horsey mayo, or horseradish for an extra kick.

2nd: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

3rd: Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse, Roanoke, 540-527-2333

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare

1st: Gillie’s 153 College Ave., Blacksburg, 540-961-2703

Originally opened in 1974 as an ice cream shop that then became Blacksburg’s first place to buy soup and fresh bread, Gillie’s is now the go-to spot for inspired vegetarian dishes. For breakfast, go for the Gillie’s Special, potatoes topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and fresh salsa. At lunchtime, try the tofu reuben on rye with sauerkraut, swiss, and a tangy Russian dressing.

2nd: White Birch Food & Juice, Abingdon, 276-608-0541

3rd: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Multiple locations, 540-953-2815

Something Fresh in Appalachia

Originally hatched as an idea to bring delicious coffee and provisions to the Appalachian town of Abington, The Girl and The Raven is now so much more. Café owner Hugh Belchor saw an opportunity to not only keep a piece of history alive—the 1886 building the café calls home—but to brew up something new and wonderful. The shop is outfitted with a drive-thru, sleek brewing bar, and outdoor dining space.

Besides a bevy of caffeinated beverages to jumpstart the day, The Girl and The Raven offers pressed juices, beer, and wine. You can buy house coffee roasts by the bag, too. The menu is brimming with filling comfort food—think handmade biscuits, grits, kale, and quinoa bowls, and sandwiches made with croissants, sourdough, and baguettes.

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1st: Carol Lee Donuts

1414 N. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-552-6706

Out of an unassuming, just-off-campus shop in Blacksburg come the sights and smells of delectable yeast raised and cake doughnuts, cinnamon twists and rolls, and made-to-order cakes. This is Carol Lee’s—a can’t-miss dessert destination for the college community and locals alike. Grab a dozen doughnuts for a late-night study session or pick up a personalized birthday treat. Don’t forget a cup of Joe to go.

2nd: Blackbird Bakery, Bristol, 276-645-5754

3rd: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Multiple locations, 540-953-2815


1st: Cocoa Trail Chocolates

3368 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, 276-647-1980

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Cocoa Trail creation. Chocolate truffles are a customer favorite, with a range of fun flavors like bananas foster, banging blueberry, dulce de leche, peach brandy, red velvet, tiramisu, and more. Be sure to try other signature treats like chocolate covered banana pudding bites, peanut butter melts smothered in milk or dark chocolate, or a classic slab of rich fudge.

2nd: The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, Christiansburg, 866-953-5378

3rd: Cocoa Mia, Floyd, 540-695-0224

Farmers Market

1st: Blacksburg Farmers Market

108 Roanoke St., Blacksburg, 540-239-8290

The Blacksburg Farmers Market operates every Saturday from JanuaryMarch, and twice-weekly the rest of the year. A cornerstone of the Virginia Tech and local community, the market’s mission is to support small businesses, promote the purchase of locally and sustainably grown meats and produce, provide access to affordable food, and bolster the vitality of downtown Blacksburg.

2nd: Floyd Farmers Market, Floyd, 276-229-9017

3rd: Rocky Mount Farmers Market, Rocky Mount, 540-488-2023


Specialty/ Gourmet Food Shop

1st: The Bread Basket

2167 Webbs Mill Rd. N., Floyd, 540-745-5382

The Bread Basket specializes in “the essence of homemade breads and rolls, cookies, cakes, and pies.” Owned and operated by the Yoder family since 1998, this country kitchen is one part bakery, one part deli, and all around delicious. Stop in for a madeto-order sandwich piled high with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, or pick up a pastry hot from the oven, made with love.

2nd: Harvest Moon Food Store, Floyd, 540-745-4366

3rd: Hamlet Kitchen, Martinsville, 276-336-4473

Wine Shop

1st: Vintage Cellar

1338 S. Main St., Blacksburg, 800-672-9463

Stocked with a variety of flavor profiles and price points from around the world, the Vintage Cellar offers onestop shopping for any wine imaginable. Whether you’re grabbing a bottle for a housewarming gift or stocking up on warm reds for the winter months, the possibilities are endless. Throwing a party or hosting a tailgate? The Vintage Cellar also offers beer keg rentals.

2nd: Blacksburg Wine Lab, Blacksburg, 540-605-7291

3rd: Hamlet Kitchen, Martinsville, 276-336-4473

Well Inspired, Solar Fired

Blacksburg’s Rising Silo Brewery is authentically “farm fresh.”

At Glade Road Growing in Blacksburg, you just might see a cold glass of beer pushing up out of the ground, among the rows of fresh produce. But if that’s the case, you might have had one too many.

Glade Road’s on-site brewery, Rising Silo , is farm brewing at its finest, producing beer made with Glade-grown and other Virginia fruits and vegetables, “with an emphasis on the senses and the seasons.”

Virginia Tech grad Greg Zielske planted the seed for Rising Silo Brewery in 2014. Its catchphrase—“Well Inspired, Solar Fired”—rings true to the operation’s two most vital natural resources: well water straight out of the New River Valley, and 113 solar panels that generate more than 40,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year, about 40 percent of the farm’s annual usage.

On the outside, Rising Silo’s tasting room looks like a humble farm stand, and in fact, it is, offering up fresh eggs, meats, honey, flowers, and produce. Inside, the vibe is rustic, warm, and welcoming. Vintage hops and feed sacks hang like buntings from the ceiling, and a crackling, wood-fired brick pizza oven beckons by the bar.

Rising Silo’s tap rotation changes often, ebbing and flowing depending on which ingredients are ripe. Try Blue Heifer during blueberry season, a German-style hefeweizen brewed with the tiny tart berries. In the fall, a Sasquash Spiced Ale, made with 40 pounds of Gladeraised squash varieties, spices, and orange peel, pairs perfectly with a chilly autumn breeze.

photo courtesy of rising silo brewery
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DRINK Brewery

1st: Eastern Divide Brewing

3175 Commerce St., Blacksburg, 540-577-6877

If you thought breweries were just for beer, think again. At Eastern Divide, head brewer Brandon Roberson and his team brew craft sodas—try blueberry lemon or a classic cola—nitro coffee, and a variety of craft beers, from classics like porters, honey wheats, and Irish reds, to trendy milkshake IPAs, smoothie-flavored sours, and spicy saisons, all brewed on-site using a 10-barrel system.

2nd: Long Way Brewing, Radford, 540-838-2229

3rd: Mountain Valley Brewing, Axton, 276-833-2171


1st: LUSH Lounge

317 E. Main St., Floyd, 540-745-5874

This Prohibition Era-style bar will take you all the way back to the 1920s with its speakeasy-style décor and dreamy drinks. Witness the art of the craft cocktail as bartenders dazzle and delight, serving up drinks like the Chanel No. 5—gin, elderflower, lillet blanc, lemon, and honeysuckle—or the Cuban Cigar, made with dark rum, black amaro, hazelnut liqueur, lemon, and finished with oak smoke.

2nd: The Bad Apple, Pembroke, 540-626-2232

3rd: Twin Creeks Distillery, Rocky Mount, 540-483-1266


1st: Twin Creeks Distillery

510 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, 540-483-1266

Twin Creeks owner and head distiller

Chris Prillaman is a direct descendant of the Franklin County bootleggers that made moonshine famous. Today, his daughter Anna presides over the distillery’s long-standing tradition of crafting whiskeys, apple and peach brandies, sugar moonshine, and more. Stop into the Rocky Mount tasting room for a flight of house made cocktails or pick your poison and enjoy a stiff pour.

2nd: J.H. Bards Spirit Co., Fairlawn, 540-952-9658

3rd: Five Mile Mountain Distillery, Floyd, 540-745-4495



1st: Chateau Morrisette

291 Winery Rd. SW, Floyd, 540-593-2865

Affectionately known as “the winery the dogs built,” Chateau Morrisette is a pup-friendly and human favorite vineyard situated just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Winery tours are offered daily, and healthy pours are always available in the tasting room. Longtime favorites like The Black Dog—a slightly spicy red wine blend— and Our Dog Blue—a semi-sweet Riesling—are just some of the winery’s selection of signature styles.

2nd: Iron Heart Winery, Allisonia, 540-320-0203

3rd: Hamlet Vineyards, Bassett, 276-629-2121

The Spirit of Damascus

Appalachian Heritage Distillery is carrying on a family tradition.

By the time Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers reach the tiny mountain town of Damascus, they’ve trekked nearly 500 miles. Time for a drink.

Appalachian Heritage Distillery (AHD) is a watering hole for hikers and locals alike. “The sidewalk right in front of our patio is the AT, so it’s hard for hikers to miss us,” says Tyler Irving, AHD’s general manager.

The distillery traces back to early 20th-century Appalachia, where Grandpa Bud Justus’ hobby of crafting spirits turned into the family business, drawing customers from

Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Owner Tim Nichols opened AHD in Bristol, Tennessee, and his son, T.C., took over when they moved across state lines to Damascus in 2018. These third- and fourth-generation distillers are still involved in all aspects of operation.

Nowadays, head distiller Kevin Forrester oversees production of AHD’s four specialties: gin, bourbon, rye, and an award-winning vodka, made with corn and a blend of red grapes, before it’s distilled eight times and charcoal filtered for ultra purity and a clean finish.

The distillery’s tasting room is an intimate respite from the trail, nestled in among the looming mountains. “We’ve got cozy Chesterfield sofas, dim Edison bulbs, and old paintings—a real speakeasy vibe,” says Irving. “It’s the perfect atmosphere for a single acoustic guitar to pick away as guests chat. There’s a great group of locals that come to us as their go-to liquor store instead of making the drive to Abingdon, and they keep coming back for their favorite cocktails.”

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Annual Charity Event

1st: Illuminights - Winter Walk of Lights

Explore Park, Roanoke, 540-772-7529

A signature Southwest Virginia holiday spectacular, Illuminights is a family-friendly winter wonderland featuring more than 650,000 lights, in partnership with Carilion Children’s Hospital. Wander down a tree-lined trail in Roanoke’s Explore Park while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Parents can shop the local artisan market or visit nearby Twin Creeks Brewpub for a festive pint on select weekends.

2nd: Chance Harman Classic, Willis, 540-230-7746

3rd: Roanoke Valley Guns & Hoses Hockey, Roanoke, 540-853-2241

Art Event

1st: Steppin’ Out

Downtown Blacksburg, 540-951-0454

Every summer, Steppin’ Out brings more than 200 artists and crafts people from around the country to downtown Blacksburg for a celebration of creativity. All mediums are represented— jewelry, pottery, textiles, metalwork, basketry, stained glass, fine art, and furniture—and more than 25 live musical acts make this the premier Southwest Virginia street celebration. This year’s festival is planned for Friday-Saturday, Aug. 5-6.

2nd: Floyd County Arts and Crafts Festival, Floyd, 540-250-8486

3rd: Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, 276-623-5266

Art Gallery

1st: Piedmont Arts

215 Starling Ave., Martinsville, 276-632-3221

Housed in the heart of Martinsville’s Arts and Cultural District, Piedmont Arts is a small town gallery with the cred of an award-winning museum. The space features a performance hall, seven galleries, a large classroom, a reference library, and a Discovery Room for children. Running this June 3-July 28: Expressions 2023, an annual exhibition of work by artists from Southern Virginia and the surrounding regions.

2nd: Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, 540-745-2784

3rd: Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, 540-231-5300

Take Aim

Shoot straight with target practice at Primland.

Test your skills at archery, air rifle, or tomahawk throwing—a target practice trifecta—at Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection . An on-site instructor will show you the basics, or take your skills to the next level. Then draw your bow and take aim at the bull’s-eye or pump up your air rifle and draw a bead on spinner targets, balloons, and silhouettes on the range. Barroom axe throwers can test their skills with an authentic tomahawk, and Primland’s experienced guide will share the history and culture behind this traditional Indian weapon. With practice, you’ll perfect the grip and stance to throw right on target.

Entertainment Center for Adults

1st: Uptown Pinball

35 Church St. E., Martinsville, 276-224-7139

Martinsville’s Mike Haley is a wizard. A pinball wizard, that is. A $20 wristband at his popular Uptown Pinball buys you unlimited plays at this classic arcade for all ages. From giant PacMan to glow-in-the-dark minigolf to, of course, a wall of pinball machines, Uptown Pinball is the perfect place for a birthday party or maybe a parents’ night out.

2nd: McClain’s at First & Main, Blacksburg, 540-242-5246

3rd: Wine & Design, Christiansburg, 540-381-6964


1st: FloydFest

5826 Floyd Hwy. N., Check, 888-VA-FESTS

Every July since 2001, a sea of tie-dye floods into the heart of the Blue Ridge when more than 15,000 fans converge for FloydFest, where musicians from all over the world gather for four days of performances. This year’s fest runs July 26-30. Headliners include The Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow, and Goose.

2nd: Steppin’ Out, Downtown Blacksburg, 540-951-0454

3rd: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, 423-573-1927

[Editor’s Note: At press time, we learned that FloydFest 2023 is cancelled, but will return in July 2024.]


1st: LOVEwork in MartinsvilleHenry County

1000 Irisburg Rd., Axton, 276-638-5200

Built locally by Lawless Welding in Fieldale, Martinsville-Henry County’s LOVEwork sculpture lives at the Smith River Sports Complex in Axton. With a golf-themed L, soccer ball for the O, a football goal post-shaped V, and an E made up of a lacrosse stick, kayak paddle, and field hockey stick, the sign celebrates outdoor recreation and the importance of sports to the local community.

2nd: LOVEwork in the Town of Rocky Mount, Axton, 540-483-0907

3rd: LOVEwork at Draper Community Park, Draper Facebook: Draper Community Park, 540-616-5217

Movie Theater

1st: Starlite Drive-In

275 Starlight Dr., Christiansburg, 540-382-2202

For a cinematic trip down memory lane, pull up to Christiansburg’s Starlite Drive-In. Tune your car radio to 90.3 FM, grab some candy and popcorn from the concession stand, get comfy in the backseat or in the bed of a truck, and enjoy a nostalgia-filled film viewing experience. Movies show on Friday and Saturday nights shortly after sunset.

2nd: The Grandin Theatre, Roanoke, 540-345-6177

3rd: The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, 540-951-0604


1st: Virginia Museum of Natural History

21 Starling Ave., Martinsville, 276-634-4141

With award-winning exhibitions, ground-breaking scientific research and more than 10 million cataloged items in its collections, educational programs for all ages, including outreach and distance learning programs, online resources, and traveling exhibits and displays, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is truly the state’s “Museum Without Walls,” extending a reach far beyond its Martinsville home base.

2nd: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, 540-342-5760

3rd: Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, 423-573-1927

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Box Office 540-484-8277

April 27 - The Machine Performs Pink Floyd

May 1 & 2 - Morgan Wade with Harper O'Neill

May 6 - Kendell Marvel and A Thousand Horses

May 12 - Corey Smith with Jeb Gipson

May 13 - Steep Canyon Rangers with Seth Walker

May 14 - Railroad Earth

May 20 - The Gibson Brothers

May 21 - Sierra Hull

June 2 - Sara Evans

June 3 - Martin Barre

June 16 - The Connells

July 13 - The Weight Band

July 22 - Homegrown Series: Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee

August 11 - Yellow Brick Road: A Tribute To Elton John

September 12 - Eric Johnson

September 16 - Sister Hazel

October 13 - Lady Supreme Diana Ross Experience

November 18 - Zoso



Music Venue

1st: Floyd Country Store

430 S. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-4563

Appalachian to its core, the Floyd Country Store is the perfect spot for lunch or ice cream. But the main attraction is the music. Join guest musicians and vocalists for the weekly Friday Night Jamboree, or come for Honky Tonk Thursdays and do a little boot scooting. Music lessons, camps, and workshops are available to all ages and skill levels.

2nd: Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, 540-484-8277

3rd: Elmwood Park, Roanoke, 540-853-2236

Performing Arts Company

1st: Barter Theatre

160 Cummings St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown, the Barter Theatre’s bevy of resident artists live and work year-round in downtown Abingdon. From directing, design, and stage management professionals, to three acting companies, as well as in-house drama instructors for adults and children, the playhouse is truly the beating artistic heart of Southwest Virginia.

2nd: Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, 276-223-0891

3rd: Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, 540-342-5730

Performing Arts Theater

1st: Barter Theatre

160 Cummings St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

The Barter Theatre opened its doors in 1933, proclaiming, “with vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh,” referring to the ticket price being equivalent to a piece of produce. A long history of innovation, big dreams, and the Appalachian culture of tenacity has ensured the theater’s survival and prosperity for 90 years.

2nd: Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, 276-223-0891

3rd: Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, 540-484-8277

Drive-In Movies Are Back!

The nostalgia of drive-in movie theaters may be a thing of the past to some, but several spots in Virginia still steward this historical experience for modern audiences. Central Drive-In in Norton is the longest running drive-in theater in Virginia, opening for 70 consecutive seasons since 1952. Marion’s Park Place Drive-In Theater dates to 1954 and is nestled in a beautifully manicured landscape that includes a mini-golf and ice cream parlor. Starlight Drive-In , a Christiansburg landmark since 1953 is just a few miles from Virginia Tech. The theater converted to a digital projector in 2012 and shortly after, installed a new sound system in 2016.

Special Event Venue

1st: Mountain Lake Lodge

115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, 540-626-7121

Whether hosting a wedding or work retreat, Mountain Lake Lodge’s 2,600 acres of scenic nature preserve delivers the perfect combination of beauty, privacy, and rustic charm for your celebration or conference. The resort’s on-site events team is passionate, creative, and excited to share the mountain resort’s views and amenities with you and your esteemed guests.

2nd: Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg, 540-382-4647

3rd: Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, 540-985-5900

PETS Dog Groomer

1st: Little Wet Noses

Dog Grooming

1544 Franklin St., Rocky Mount Facebook: Little Wet Noses, LLC, 540-243-9247

Owned and operated by Lisa Head, this full-service Southwest Virginia pet groomer has been serving the region since 2015. Bring your furry friend to Little Wet Noses for a doggy spa day at this downtown Rocky Mount shop; bathing, nail clipping, and fur grooming are just the tip of the iceberg. One Google reviewer said,

“I wouldn’t want my dog groomed anywhere else!”

2nd: Retro Rover Grooming Salon, Radford Facebook: Retro Rover Grooming Salon 540-505-2584

3rd: M & J Pet Grooming, Pearisburg Facebook: M & J Pet Grooming, 540-921-2836

Dog Training Company

1st: Off Leash K9 Training Locations in Christiansburg, Vinton, 540-750-1955

Off Leash K9 Training offers world renowned dog obedience coaching and behavioral modification classes from instructors across the country, with two locations in the Southwest region. Pups of any age, level of athleticism, and breed will excel under the leadership of Off Leash professionals, who specialize in nosework/detection, protection, service and therapy dog certifications, and K9 tracking training.

2nd: Flying Fur!, Newport, 540-544-9663

3rd: Trained Wright K9, Abingdon, 423-646-7153

Pet Boarding/ Day Care

1st: Spunky’s Spa

1645 Virginia Ave., Martinsville, 276-638-1111

A relatively new doggie day care at just about four years old, Spunky’s Spa has built quite the following in the

Martinsville-Henry County area. This family-owned business cares for pets with compassion, as if the fur babies they board were their own. Rates start as low as $10/day, and basic grooming services like baths and nail trimmings are also available.

2nd: Flying Fur!, Newport, 540-544-9663

3rd: Doe Creek Kennels, Pembroke, 540-293-4521

Veterinary Hospital

1st: Town & Country

Veterinary Clinic

200 Central Ave. NE, Christiansburg, 540-382-5042

Since 1992, Dr. Kelly Burdette and her team of animal lovers have treated every pet with compassionate care. Equipped with diagnostic digital radiography, an in-house diagnostic laboratory, surgical laser and ultrasound machines, dental equipment, computerized records system, and one of only a few 24-hour emergency care centers in the state, Town & Country Veterinary Clinic creates a comfortable, calm environment for all humans and animals that enter.

2nd: Crab Orchard Veterinary Services, Tazewell, 276-988-8080

3rd: King’s Mountain Animal Clinic, Collinsville, 276-647-3714

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Historic Site

1st: Mabry Mill


Family Entertainment

1st: Floyd Country Store

430 S. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-4563

From live music to old-fashioned hand dipped ice cream, the Floyd Country Store has something for every member of the family to enjoy. Join guest musicians for the Friday Night Jamboree, or come for Honky Tonk Thursdays and do a little boot scooting. Music lessons, camps, and workshops are available for all ages and skill levels.

2nd: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, 276-781-7400

3rd: Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991

K-12 Independent School

1st: Carlisle School

300 Carlisle Rd., Axton, 276-632-7288

This independent, college preparatory school offers a transformative learning experience with a balanced curriculum from prekindergarten through Grade 12. Small class sizes afford teachers the ability to focus on individual attention, where the uniqueness of each student is recognized and fostered. Carlisle’s philosophy is to guide children’s curiosity and fuel their desire to learn through discovery and project-based learning.

2nd: Christian Heritage Academy, Rocky Mount, 540-483-5855

3rd: Main Street School, Tazewell, 276-979-4091


1st: Carlisle School

300 Carlisle Rd., Axton, 276-632-7288

Carlisle’s Preschool provides a transformative learning journey of discovery for every child. With a focus on the whole child’s physical, social, and academic needs, preschoolers gain independence in a safe environment that is nurturing, enriching, and diverse. Faculty engage students in child-centered learning experiences that foster collaboration with their peers while immersed in discovery-based activities.

2nd: Central United Methodist Church, Radford, 540-639-3529

3rd: Milestones Childcare, Floyd

Facebook: Milestones Childcare Marie Angie, 540-745-2445

Getting Down and Dirty

It’s time to step into Johnny and Baby’s shoes. For diehard fans of the 1987 movie, Dirty Dancing, Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke is almost a historic site. The lodge itself dates back to 1851 and sits on a 2,600-acre nature preserve about 10 miles from Virginia Tech.

The lodge’s monthly Dirty Dancing themed weekends are sure to please with activities like professional dance lessons, dance parties, and movie screenings. For those who can’t get enough Dirty Dancing, the movie also plays on a loop on the lodge’s bar TV.

While there, visit the real film locations like Kellerman’s Mountain House, Baby’s Cabin, and the location of the iconic lake lift. Guests can also enjoy 22 miles of hiking and biking trails, and regional arts and culture.

Summer Camp

1st: Southwest Virginia 4-H

Educational Center

25236 Hillman Hwy., Abingdon, 276-676-6180

Located in Washington County, the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center has been serving all ages and the surrounding community at its historic 79-acre facility since 1960. Situated on a property of rolling meadows and lush woodlands, the Center provides affordable, accessible day and residential camping programs that focus on educational and cultural enrichment and outreach.

2nd: Alta Mons Summer Camp and Retreat Center, Shawsville, 540-268-2409

3rd: Camp Ottari, Hiwassee Facebook: @campottari, 540-980-4762


Bed & Breakfast

1st: Early Inn at the Grove

50 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount, 540-524-2525

Tucked under a cover of pine trees, Early Inn at the Grove is an 1854 Greek-revival bed & breakfast that rests on 10 scenic acres. Take a stroll through the wildflower-covered property, settle into the historic library with a good book, or enjoy drinks on the patio from the Breezeway Bar. Every guest leaves feeling pampered and well-rested.

2nd: Lilly Valley Inn, Pearisburg, 540-910-3123

3rd: Rockwood Manor, Dublin, 540-674-1328

Blue Ridge Pkwy., Meadows of Dan, 276-952-2947

Located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, this 115-year-old gristmill-sawmill-woodworking and blacksmithing shop is now home to a seasonally open homestyle restaurant—fluffy pancakes made with on-site milled grains are a menu favorite—and popular gift shop selling goods and treasures from Virginian artisans and farmers, as well as classic souvenirs. Take a tour of the property and watch blacksmithing, looming, and spinning demonstrations.

2nd: Mill Mountain Star, Roanoke, 540-853-2000

3rd: Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991


1st: Hotel Roanoke

110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, 540-985-5900

With 329 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and ample convention space to hold meetings, conferences, and special events, on-site amenities also include two restaurants, a coffee bar, spa services, and a business center. In 1993, a multimillion-dollar restoration of this sprawling, 19th-century Tudor Revival hotel guaranteed its position as the grand centerpiece of the city.

2nd: Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, 540-626-7121

3rd: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161


1st: Mountain Lake Lodge

115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, 540-626-7121

Set in the middle of a 2,600-acre nature preserve and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Mountain Lake Lodge is the ultimate retreat. With a variety of lodging options available for booking—rustic cabins, cozy cottages, and the historic Main Stone Lodge—every corner of this famous Dirty Dancing filming location is warm and inviting.

2nd: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161

3rd: Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection, Meadows of Dan, 855-876-6593

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TRAVEL State Park

1st: Claytor Lake State Park

6620 Ben H. Bolen Dr., Dublin, 540-643-2500

Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a fullservice marina with docking slips, fuel, boat rentals, and refreshments. Planning a waterfront event? The Water’s Edge Meeting Facility is ideal for weddings, reunions, and more. For-rent lodges and cabins overlook the scenic 4,500-acre lake, where guests can also rent bikes and enjoy a seasonal snack bar, playgrounds, and gift shops.

2nd: Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart,, 276-930-2424

3rd: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, 276-781-7400 / 276-783-3422

Tourist Attraction

1st: Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-670-1924

The majestic highland boulevard of the Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Appalachian Mountains and sees about 15 million annual visitors. Along with providing scenic corridors of the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, the Blue Ridge Parkway also offers a broad range of recreation, shopping, lodging, dining, and support services to the community.

2nd: Cascade Falls, Pembroke, 540-552-4641

3rd: Floyd Country Store, Floyd, 540-745-4563


Dance Studio

1st: Raise the Barre Dance Studio

1455 Franklin St., Rocky Mount Facebook: @rtbdancing, 540-420-1994

Whether you’re looking to enroll your child in their first ballet class, or are up for the challenge of learning a new skill yourself, look no further than Raise the Barre. This small but mighty Rocky Mount studio offers many styles of dance for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, recreational to pre-professional, for ages 3 and up.

2nd: Tazewell Dance Center, North Tazewell Facebook: Tazewell Dance Center, 276-202-7761

3rd: Performing Arts, Blacksburg, 540-961-6666

Golf Course

1st: Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

8400 River Course Dr., Radford, 540-633-6732

A world-class course with a distinctive clubhouse that’s perfect for hosting special events, the Pete Dye River Course was built in 1998 and acquired by Virginia Tech just over 20 years ago in 2002. Book a tee time for all 18 holes or improve your game at the practice complex that includes a chipping green with bunkers and a 10,000-square-foot putting green.

2nd: Great Oaks Country Club, Floyd, 540-745-2189

3rd: Chatmoss Country Club, Martinsville, 276-638-2484


1st: Gym 24

730 E. Church St., Martinsville, 276-638-2170

A 24-hour fitness facility serving the residents of Martinsville and Henry Counties, Gym 24 offers personal trainers, free weights, cardio equipment, customized fitness plans, and much more. Group classes range from kickboxing to kettlebell training, power sculpting to Zumba. With various memberships and discounts for first responders, teachers, and military, it’s a gym that’s sure to accommodate everyone’s budget.

2nd: Anytime Fitness, Multiple locations, 540-951-1340

3rd: Four Seasons YMCA, Tazewell, 276-979-0280

Specialty Fitness

1st: Performance 276

730 E. Church St., Suite 6, Martinsville, 276-632-3276

Performance 276 is a fitness facility with free weights, machine weights, cardio machines, fitness studios, and more. Their special “programmed workouts” will have you in and out in about an hour—warm-up through cool down. Something for every fitness level, they offer women’s only programs (Boot Camp Babes), 55 and


older (Golden 276), as well as ones for kids.

2nd: Just Breathe Yoga & Bodywork, Martinsville, 276-340-9621

3rd: Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness, Blacksburg, 540-315-3231

Tennis Facility

1st: Chatmoss Country Club

550 Mt. Olivet Rd., Martinsville, 276-638-2484

With six outdoor clay courts open annually from April 1-Nov. 30 and three indoor climate-controlled courts, Chatmoss Country Club offers yearround tennis programming, clinics, and tournaments for all skill levels. After a lesson or a friendly match, feel free to take a dip in the Chatmoss pool, or visit the Boxwood Grille for a bite to eat.

2nd: Lincolnshire Recreation Park, North Tazewell, 276-988-5404

3rd: Blacksburg Country Club, Blacksburg, 540-552-9165

Dance, Stomp, and Holler

The Carter Family fold is stuff of country music legend.

In 1920s rural America, it was radio that connected communities with world news, weather, and market reports. But it also brought music. Though country music has roots in British folk, it morphed and blended with Southern gospel and spirituals. What emerged was a genre all its own, becoming a staple of rural radio.

And it was Virginia’s Carter Family—Sara Carter, her husband A.P., and her sisterin-law Maybelle—nicknamed “The First Family of Country,” that brought this music to the masses. The group was part of The Bristol Sessions, a set of historic 1927 recordings, considered the Big Bang of modern country music. And by the end of 1930, the Carter Family had sold 300,000 records in the U.S.

Today, The Carter Family Memorial Music Center honors old-time country and folk music through performances every Saturday evening at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. Like jam sessions at the Floyd Country Store, this jamboree is in the same ballpark.

Established by Janette Carter, A.P.’s daughter, in 1974, it’s now run by Janette’s daughter, Rita Forrester. And it keeps with traditional music styles of time gone by—no electric instruments are allowed, only acoustic. Tickets are usually $10, and admission comes with plenty of room for dancing, stomping, and hollering.

Nearby is the mid-1800s cabin and birthplace of A.P.—where it was moved from its original location in Little Valley. Restored in the early 2000s, it now stands beside the Carter Family Museum, run by A.P. until his passing in 1960.

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Chiropractic Practice

1st: Tuck Chiropractic Clinic

Multiple locations, 540-90-1444

The team at Tuck Chiropractic has been serving the New River Valley and surrounding area since 1979. Now with 10 clinic locations, the practice still maintains a single mission: to see that you receive the very best care, so you can enjoy the pain-free life you deserve. Available treatments cover everything from lower back pain and herniated disks to pregnancy support and sports injury rehabilitation.

2nd: Foothills Chiropractic Clinic, Pulaski Facebook: Foothills Chiropractic Clinic, PC, 540-980-1425

3rd: Chiropractic First, Multiple locations, 276-525-1777

Counseling or Therapy Practice

1st: New River Valley

Community Services

700 University City Blvd., Blacksburg, 540-961-8300

New River Valley Community Services provides behavioral health support that promotes independence and improved quality of life for citizens in the New River Valley. The agency offers an array of programs and options for both children and adults diagnosed with mental health and/or substance use disorders, as well as those living with developmental disabilities.

2nd: Dandelion Counseling LLC, Martinsville, 276-634-8304

3rd: Floyd Counseling, Floyd, 540-772-8043

Dental Practice

1st: Henritze Dental Group

Multiple locations, 540-989-6600

Creating an atmosphere where patients feel comfortable and at ease is a goal of the team at Henritze Dental. The practice’s skilled dentists offer a wide variety of services for the whole family—from simple cleanings and exams to more complex treatments like root canal therapy. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures can guarantee health and lifelong smiles.

2nd: Dr. Cynthia M. Southern, Pulaski, 540-980-5129

3rd: Real Life Dental, Locations in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, 540-553-5433

Eye Doctor

1st: Vistar Eye Center

Multiple locations, 540-855-5100

The team at Vistar Eye Center believes that ocular health requires a twopronged approach: preventative care and opticals. The Vistar professionals can provide both. With routine eye care available at offices throughout Southwest Virginia, specialists are also available to treat conditions such as glaucoma, retinopathy disease, cataracts, and more. Pediatric ophthalmologists are also available for younger patients.

2nd: Martinsville Eyecare Center, Martinsville, 276-656-2021

3rd: Eye Physicians of Southwest Virginia, Multiple locations, 276-628-3118

Home Health Provider

1st: Carilion Clinic Home Care

Multiple locations, 800-964-9300

Because many studies have found that some patients recover faster in familiar surroundings after a hospitalization or surgery, physicians may recommend home health post-discharge to provide comprehensive in-home care and support. Carilion Clinic’s Home Care team of experienced and trusted providers, dedicated nursing and therapy professionals, and other experts work together to develop high-quality, personalized care in home settings.

2nd: Warm Hearth at Home, Christiansburg, 540-443-3428

3rd: Visiting Angels, Roanoke, 540-904-7104


1st: Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

1906 Belleview Ave. SE, Roanoke, 540-981-7000

The Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital opened in 1900 as the Roanoke Hospital and joined the ranks of Carilion Clinic network in 1996. One of the largest hospitals in the state and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Roanoke Memorial is dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves and training tomorrow’s physicians.

2nd: Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg, 540-731-2000

3rd: LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, Blacksburg, 540-951-1111

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (Ob/Gyn)

1st: Carilion Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology

Multiple locations, 540-961-1058

Carilion Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology offers excellent gynecologic, prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care to parents in the Southwest region. Screening mammograms and Pap smears are available to all women, regardless of the ability to pay. For prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care, the Carilion Ob/Gyn team gives mom the birthing experience she and her new or growing family deserve.

2nd: Physicians to Women, Roanoke, 540-982-8881

3rd: LewisGale Physicians, Multiple locations , 540-443-0500


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

1st: NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Locations in Blacksburg, Radford, 540-951-8777

Drs. Richard P. Boyle and James E. VanGilder are highly skilled and trained to manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. They practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise and caring attention to their patients.

2nd: Roanoke Oral Surgery, Roanoke, 540-362-5900

3rd: Martinsville Family Dentistry, Martinsville


Orthodontic Practice

1st: Jones & DeShon


25 Cleveland Ave., Suite E, Martinsville, 276-638-8888

Founded in 1978 by Dr. David C. Jones, the practice specializes in traditional braces and Invisalign® services. With a mission to provide the best quality smiles one patient at a time, the practice is the largest provider of Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® in Southwest Virginia and is proud to serve the small-town community it loves.

2nd: Dennis L. Vaughan, D.D.S, Radford 540-639-3002

3rd: Snyder Orthodontics, Martinsville, 276-632-4144

Scoop That Poop Leave the dirty work to NRV’s K-9 Crew.

After stepping in too many piles of pet poop while cutting grass as a landscaper, Jason Price realized the potential of a pet waste removal service—to scoop the poop from yards he was working in. “I stepped in poo—a lot,” he recalls. After he cleaned his shoes for the 2,000th time, he had an idea: “I wondered if I could get people to pay me to clean up their yards,” he asked himself. “After all, you can only mow grass seven months of the year, and dogs poop everyday.” So he recruited his wife, Sherra, and together they launched K-9 Crew . Servicing commercial and residential properties throughout the New River Valley, they offer weekly and biweekly cleanup plans or a one-time service.

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Orthopedic Practice

1st: Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Multiple locations, 540-510-6200

The team of surgeons at Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics are proud to provide topnotch care at the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences throughout the Southwest region, and have been doing so for more than 50 years. Their board-certified, fellowship-trained reconstruction surgeons evaluate and treat thousands of patients annually with a vision of collaboration, innovation, and a teambased approach to healing efficiently.

2nd: OrthoVirginia Sideline Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Blacksburg, 540-552-7133

3rd: LewisGale Orthopedics, Multiple locations, 540-772-3530

Pediatric Practice

1st: New River Valley Pediatrics

202 Eighth St., Radford, 540-639-5188

As a Patient Centered Medical Home, the physicians and staff at New River Valley Pediatrics (NRVP) believe that effective health care is achieved when all parties work together and all parties agree on mutual care goals, and philosophies—from vaccine policies to use of technology, appointment protocol and billing. NRVP has been serving the area for 60 years.

2nd: Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine, Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

3rd: BPT Kidz, Stanleytown, 276-694-0124

Physical Therapy Practice

1st: Carilion Clinic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Carilion Clinic offers physical, occupational, and speech language therapy, and rehabilitation to patients at all stages of care. Cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary and respiratory therapies are also available. Inpatient rehabilitation offers personalized programs that help patients transition from hospital acute care programs. Outpatient programs after an inpatient stay help patients continue to recover.

2nd: Bassett Physical Therapy, Stanleytown, 276-622-3636

3rd: University Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 540-774-0729

Primary Care Practice

1st: Carilion Clinic

Family Medicine

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Carilion Clinic delivers a patient-centered approach to primary care that includes an entire medical care team dedicated to prevention and wellness.

Based in Roanoke, Carilion Clinic Family Medicine works with a comprehensive network of hospitals and specialty practices to provide quality care and to advance family health care through medical education, community health and safety, and low costs.

2nd: LewisGale Physicians Family Medicine, Multiple locations, 540-626-4343

3rd: Martinsville Family Medicine, Martinsville, 276-638-7205


Cosmetic Surgery Practice

1st: Stateline Aesthetics

435 Commonwealth Blvd. E., Martinsville, 276-403-4278 Stateline Aesthetics offers medicalgrade skin care services that complement your natural beauty. From CoolSculpting® treatments to Morpheus8®, BOTOX®, Lumecca®, and Restylane® designed to target specific areas of concern, to Latisse® for fuller lashes, Stateline Aesthetics uses only the highest quality products in a comfortable and relaxing setting with personalized, attentive care. The spa also sells skincare lines from SkinMedica® and ZO® Skin Health.

2nd: New River Dermatology

Multiple locations, 540-953-2210

3rd: Carilion Cosmetic Center, Blacksburg, 540-951-8885


Dermatology Practice

1st: New River Dermatology

Multiple locations, 540-953-2210

The team at New River Dermatology understands how hectic life can be. With that in mind, the practice is committed to making your experience convenient and accessible. New River offers the full gamut of dermatological services—from offices in Blacksburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Wytheville—like skin cancer care, Mohs surgery, acne and rosacea treatments, as well as aesthetic services like CoolSculpting®, BOTOX®, and laser hair removal.

2nd: River Ridge Dermatology, Multiple locations, 540-951-3376

3rd: Derm One, Multiple locations, 276-326-3376

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

1st: The Hair Loft

702 W. Main St., Radford, 540-629-3952

With a team of experienced hairdressers, The Hair Loft offers an assortment of hair coloring and cutting services. During your first visit, a stylist will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your lifestyle, budget, and ultimate goals to customize the perfect experience for you. Owner Alysha Shorter says, “My goal for every client is to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience.”

2nd: Reflections Salon & Day Spa, Martinsville, 276-632-2222

3rd: CharMarie Salon, Blacksburg, 540-251-3350


1st: Vintage Spa

Horses Lead the Charge

Equine therapy nets real benefits.

Blue Mountain Therapy (BMT) provides a full range of coordinated therapeutic services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy, family training, and autism support. Expanding its footprint, BMT in Abingdon has introduced hippotherapy—the use of horses—in two therapeutic riding programs.

Horses and trained equine therapy specialists work with children who have physical disabilities, cognitive delays, or emotional and mental challenges, with benefits that include improved motor skills and movement, and enhanced social skills and verbal communication. BMT’s at-risk youth program uses horses to teach life skills; build confidence, relationships and trust; and learn responsibilities and respect—all in a safe and nurturing environment free of judgment.

5 N. Main St., Rocky Mount, 540-489-7721

The Vintage Spa wants its clients to look great and feel even better. Housed in a charming Victorian-style building with a relaxing atmosphere and soothing melodies, the spa offers nail and hair services, facials, massages, seaweed detox wraps, and hot stone treatments. Owners John and Anna Kim say many of their clients have become like family.

2nd: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161

3rd: Allure Spa and Skin Health Boutique, Blacksburg, 540-553-0510

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HOME Architecture Firm

1st: Thompson & Litton

Multiple locations, 276-328-2161

Headquartered in Wise, Thompson & Litton does business with this motto in mind: “Firms don’t design projects; people do.” This team of professional architects has been providing its clients with creative solutions for more than 50 years. More than just an architecture firm, Thompson & Litton also offers civil engineering services, land surveying, transportation-related planning and inspections, structural evaluations, and more.

2nd: Balzer and Associates

Christiansburg, 540-772-9580

3rd: Mid Atlantic Architects Group, Roanoke, 540-685-2722

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Crow’s Nest Greenhouses

1811 Brooksfield Rd., Blacksburg, 540-552-5550

In 1972, Crow’s Nest was a small greenhouse operation and strawberry farm. Today, the nursery and retail shop carries a wide variety of ornamental and fruiting trees, shrubs, and locally grown perennial plants, as well as decorative garden art and tools. With a knowledgeable and friendly staff, Crow’s Nest has an expansive selection to satisfy your green thumb.

2nd: Poor Boys Produce & Plants, Pulaski

Facebook: Poor Boys Produce, 540-980-1180

3rd: Kimberly’s Greenhouse, Tazewell, 276-988-4700

Home Builder

1st: Dollman Construction

5219 Peters Creek Rd., Roanoke, 540-765-9700

Beautiful homes, stylish offices, and updated remodels fill Dollman Construction’s prolific portfolio. This fully licensed and insured general contractor and architecture firm specializes in new construction, office expansion, home additions, and more for both residential and commercial spaces. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, the team at Dollman can meet any of your building needs.

2nd: Twin Enterprises Inc., Richlands, 276-963-8946

3rd: Varney Construction Inc., Wytheville, 276-223-1163

Home Builders vs. Contractors

What’s the difference between a contractor and builder? Both industry words are commonly interchanged and misused. A contractor is hired by a client or construction project owner to plan and coordinate all construction activities and is responsible for the entire project—from planning, tracking, and handling regulatory legal issues. A builder, on the other hand, manages the actual construction responsibilities of a project, including excavation and demolition, plumbing and ducting, insulation, and framing.

Home Furnishings Store

1st: Virginia Furniture Market

Multiple locations, 540-334-3876

The Virginia Furniture Market has an impressive inventory of home goods and furniture with brands like Selly and Briarwood. From mattresses to dining room tables and cutlery to office desks and lamps, this locally owned and operated store strives for an inventory that speaks of quality and variety. Their website also provides room styling examples for design inspiration.

2nd: Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke, 540-343-6200

3rd: Grand Home Furnishings, Multiple locations, 866-472-6343

Interior Design Firm

1st: Lou Harris Interiors

1085 Spruce St., Martinsville, 276-632-1881

Lou Harris Interiors specializes in both commercial and residential design, offering a full spectrum of services—from consultation and drafting to custom window coverings and furniture. Whether aiming for a contemporary aesthetic or a more traditional look, Lou Harris strives to help each client find their personal style. What started out in Martinsville in 1973 has evolved into a firm with projects from Palm Beach to New York.

2nd: Unique Interiors by Easterly Coleman, Bristol, 276-889-1244

3rd: Wild Orchid Design Studio, Abingdon, 276-619-5654

Kitchen & Bath Design Firm

1st: Dublin Home Store

112 Trade Circle Dr., Dublin, 540-643-6082

This family-owned kitchen and bath design studio has over 40 years of experience in creating dreamy kitchens and baths, typically the most highly trafficked areas of a house. With a Class A contractor license, Dublin Home Store provides full remodels—from subfloor replacement to new cabinet installation, sinks, backsplashes, and more. A helpful blog includes articles on topics like granite vs. quartz countertops.

2nd: Dollman Construction, Roanoke, 540-765-9700

3rd: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Roanoke, 540-345-2044

Landscape Design

1st: Valley Landscaping

750 Den Hill Rd., Christiansburg, 540-382-6710

Whether you need a stump removed or a driveway bricked, Valley Landscaping does it all. The firm’s prodigious portfolio features hardscaping and landscaping projects for both residential and commercial clients—from solving drainage issues to installing custom flower beds and water features. Valley Landscaping’s major objective is to create spaces that inspire and empower.

2nd: Beegle Landscaping & Lawn Care, Floyd, 540-745-6507

3rd: Back To Nature Landscaping & Construction, Blacksburg, 540-739-3947

Plumbing/HVAC Company

1st: Wisler Plumbing and Air

Locations in Rocky Mount, Salem, 540-483-9382

From drain cleaning to water treatments and heating and cooling services, Wisler Plumbing and Air offers knowledgeable options and fair estimates by qualified technicians who are not only experts in their field, they’re also customer-focused. Serving the area for more than 35 years, the team at Wisler is consistently praised for its professionalism and quality of service.

2nd: Davis Heating & Air, Rocky Mount, 540-269-4559

3rd: Bryant’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Martinsville, 276-638-2321

Real Estate Firm

1st: Berry-Elliott Realtors

18 Starling Ave., Martinsville, 276-656-1111

Berry-Elliott Realtors is a full-service real estate and property management agency in the Martinsville/Henry County area. Co-owners and brokers Doris Berry and Mary Rives Brown marshaled their collective experience and customer service and marketing backgrounds, along with their extensive knowledge of the area’s history and housing inventory, to help countless people across the region achieve their real estate goals and dreams.

2nd: Long & Foster, Multiple locations, 888-536-0216

3rd: Tazewell County Realty, Tazewell, 276-988-3500

Retirement Community

1st: King’s Grant 350 King’s Way Rd., Martinsville, 276-634-1000

For more than 100 years, Sunnyside Communities have built a legacy of stability and trust, pioneering modern, retirement living for vibrant lifestyles. King’s Grant, a 120-acre continuing care campus for seniors, offers residents the opportunity to take charge of their own lifestyles with an everexpanding variety of fun and stimulating activities—from a wellness center to a pool and woodworking shop.

2nd: Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg, 540-552-9176

3rd: Brandon Oaks, Roanoke, 540-776-2600

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Accounting Firm

1st: Brown Edwards

Multiple locations, 540-345-0936

Brown Edwards has been a part of the Virginia and West Virginia communities for more than half a century. Tax professionals assist families with financial planning, offering knowledgeable accounting, assurance, tax, and management and financial advisory services. The firm is also engaged in the business community, working with financial institutions, nonprofits, employee benefit plan programs, and closely-held entities.

2nd: Spiegler Blevins & Company

Abingdon, 276-628-8700

3rd: Sells, Hogg & Associates, CPAs, Martinsville, 276-638-3904

Auction Company

1st: Lucky Dog Auction & Realty

770 Cornell Rd., Rocky Mount, 540-238-2255

A member of both the National Auctioneers Association and the Virginia Auctioneers Association, Lucky Dog Auction & Realty deals in everything from rare coins to estate sales. In addition to Lucky Dog’s annual Spring Equipment Auction every March, the company is constantly updating and adding to their calendar of sales. The business’ mobile app provides easy access to the sale schedule, news, and bidding options.

2nd: Linkous Auctioneers, Blacksburg, 540-961-2608

3rd: Blue Ridge Land & Auction Co., Inc. Multiple locations, 540-745-2005

Bank/Credit Union

1st: Carter Bank & Trust

Multiple locations, 833-275-2228

With a proud, 50-year tradition of caring for the customers and communities it serves, Carter Bank & Trust strives each and every day to deliver convenience, localized service, and custom banking solutions with a smile. The bank regards its value in the success of its customers, the strength of its communities, and the trust of those they’re privileged to serve.

2nd: Truist, Multiple locations, 844-487-8478

3rd: Member One Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 540-982-8811

Car Dealer

1st: Shelor Motor Mile

2260 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, 540-605-9959

This locally owned dealership has been selling Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles since 1974. Besides new cars, Shelor Motor Mile has a huge selection of pre-owned automobiles, and their service center offers oil and tire changes as well as vehicle inspections and new parts. The customer lounge has free WiFi, beverages, and snacks, and a children’s play area and shuttle services.

2nd: Duncan’s Hokie Honda, Christiansburg, 540-381-3200

3rd: Autos by Nelson, Martinsville, 877-900-5001

Car Wash

1st: Ultimate Shine Car Wash

Multiple locations, 423-581-2005

Ultimate Shine Car Wash provides a variety of treatments using their wash

tunnels’ special Neo Tex foam brushes, as well as offering free vacuum services and mat and glass cleaner to customers in Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Salem, Christiansburg, and Bristol. Of their many positive reviews, one happy customer says, “Love this car wash. It always does a great job.”

2nd: Martinsville Laser Wash, Martinsville Facebook: Martinsville Laser Wash, 276-666-9274

3rd: Shores Express Car Wash, Locations in Christiansburg, Radford, 540-251-5364

Financial Planning Firm

1st: Horace Mann Favero Agency

407 Church St. E., Martinsville, 276-632-3962

Veronica Favero is the area’s Horace Mann representative, a local offshoot of the nation’s largest multiline insurance company focused on the financial needs of educators. The Favero Agency also offers financial consulting and planning around auto, home, and life insurance, as well as retirement an-

Access to Home Health Services

Home health services involve medical care provided by medical professionals, like registered nurses, occupational or physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

For short-term medical help after a hospital discharge or for people with chronic conditions or disabilities, access to these services can be critical. And for those living in rural communities, access can mean the difference between getting well and loss of independence—or sometimes between life and death.

Particularly in those rural areas, the barrier to access is often a lack of providers. “Many of Virginia’s rural areas are federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas for dental health, mental health, and primary care, meaning the area lacks enough providers for the population,” explains Heather Anderson, director of the Virginia State Office of Rural Health.

To incentivize health care professionals, she adds, “the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity provides loan repayment and scholarship opportunities to those who agree to serve in one of Virginia’s underserved areas in order to prioritize health resources in areas most in need.”

For post-acute care and for longer term treatment, access to home health services can delay hospitalization (or sometimes eliminate the need altogether), costs can be kept down, and patients can remain in their homes as long as possible, improving recovery times and overall well-being., VDH.Virginia.Gov/Health-Equity/Incentive-Programs

nuities. Favero shares Horace Mann’s commitment to providing quality service and lifelong financial well-being to educators and their families.

2nd: Evans Financial Services, Locations in Marion, Roanoke, 276-781-7856

3rd: Davenport & Company LLC

Locations in Abingdon, Roanoke, 540-345-1909

Funeral Home

1st: Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory

120 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-2456

As a family-owned and -operated funeral home, the staff at Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory takes pride in offering a welcoming atmosphere of support and guidance to families and loved ones during their time of need. Caring and experienced professionals understand that each family is unique, with their own personal requests and traditions. With a large chapel, a visitation area, and an on-site crematory.

2nd: Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount, 540-483-3835

3rd: Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory, Locations in Roanoke, Vinton, 540-982-2100

Law Firm

1st: Patrick K. Moore, PC

520 W. Main St., Locations in Blacksburg, Radford, 540-633-1590

From business law to real estate and estate planning needs, the experts at Patrick K. Moore, PC, make your goals their priority. The firm fully understands the need to prepare for and protect what is most important, with diligent, accurate, and careful legal advice and guidance. With three decades of experience, Patrick K. Moore, PC has the knowledge to help clients make informed legal decisions.

2nd: The Reliance Law Group, Cedar Bluff, 276-522-1220

3rd: Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe P.C., Martinsville, 276-638-2455

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1st: Black Dog Salvage

902 13th St. SW, Roanoke, 540-343-6200

Dealers, home renovators, sentimentalists, and the generally curious are encouraged to visit Black Dog’s retail and salvage warehouse. Throughout its 44,000 square feet is an interior design showroom that features architectural details, custom upcycled designs, furniture paint, regional artisans, and salvage-inspired furniture. With a podcast, their own paint line, an event space, and a guesthouse, Black Dog should be on your short list.

2nd: Antiques on Main, Christiansburg

Facebook: Antiques On Main, 540-381-0539

3rd: Finders Keepers, Floyd

Facebook: Finders Keepers, 540-745-5336

Book Store

1st: Blacksburg Books

401 S. Main St., Suite 106, Blacksburg, 540-315-9650

In the heart of downtown, Blacksburg Books will excite booklovers with the latest reads as well as a well-stocked secondhand section featuring a number of genres—from kids books to

literary fiction—all thanks to a generous trade-in policy. The store’s active book club and author nights are worth exploring. Pottery, handmade jewelry, chocolates, candles, and more made by local artists are on display.

2nd: Books and Crannies, Martinsville, 276-403-4380

3rd: Emmanuel Christian Bookstore, Pulaski

Facebook: Emmanuel Christian Bookstore, 540-994-9077

Consignment Shop

1st: BloomingDeals

275 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

Facebook: BloomingDeals, 540-814-0694

The brains behind BloomingDeals were out to destigmatize bargain, thrift, and consignment store shopping, and since opening in 2014, they’ve hit their mark. Over the years, it’s become a community general store of sorts, with a constantly rotating selection of gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, and home décor, all donated to churches and women’s shelters at the end of each season.

2nd: Treasure Trove Thrift Store, Christiansburg

Facebook: Treasure Trove Thrift Store, 540-200-7012

3rd : Bee-N Thrifty Consignment, North Tazewell

Facebook: Bee-N Thrifty Consignment, 276-979-4480


Fine Jewelry Store

1st: Haywood’s Jewelers

Locations in Hardy, Rocky Mount, 540-721-2210

Mindful of tradition and focused on service, the jewelry experts at Haywood’s also keep abreast of trends, innovation, and customer needs. With an inventory that includes bridal sets, fine diamonds, custom jewelry, designer jewelry, and watches for men and women, Haywood’s has a GIAcertified staff, offering appraisals, ear piercings, and on-site repairs.

2nd: P.R. Sturgill Fine Jewelry

Locations in Radford, Wytheville, 276-335-2131

3rd: Goodman Jewelers, Abingdon, 276-676-3110

Florist Shop

1st: Simply the Best, Flowers & Gifts

105 Broad St., Martinsville, 276-666-2378

With more than 100 years of combined floral experience between its team members, Simply the Best, Flowers & Gifts provides flowers for all occasions—from tulips to roses, for special occasions ranging from anniversaries to Valentine’s Day. Spe-

cializing in fruit baskets, funeral and wedding designs, and silk flower arrangements, this family-owned shop is committed to offering only the finest florals and gifts to the community.

2nd: Northside Flower Shop, Radford, 540-639-9351

3rd: Gates Flowers & Gifts, Christiansburg, 540-382-2939

Gift Store

1st: Sugar Magnolia

Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-739-3724

A family-owned and operated business since 2018, Sugar Magnolia is a local favorite for gifts, candles, and paper goods like cards and pencils. The two Southwest region locations are also known for hand-dipped ice cream scoops as well as assorted caramels, chocolates, and gourmet popcorn. The owners, Tom and Michelle Raub, are on a mission to build community through shopping and sweet treats.

2nd: Between Friends Gifts, Tazewell, 276-988-8235

3rd: The Orange Bandana, Christiansburg, 540-250-7945


Need to Read Rainy Day Reads brings bookish bliss to the region.

“For me, the way we want to connect with each other is through stories,” says Katrina Hill, co-owner of Rainy Day Reads . With her husband, Jason, this pop-up bookstore’s quest is to travel to different communities, sharing a love of reading at each stop. Though the inventory may be small, it’s carefully curated for all types of readers—from romance fans to YA-loving teens.

“In the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to have a bookstore,” Hill says. It was in August 2021 that this English teacher’s dreams came to fruition.

The first pop-up took place at Gatewood Rose, a plant nursery in Roanoke, and the partnership continues to grow. “It’s been amazing to get to know the community here,” she notes. “They’re so supportive of one another.” Popping up throughout the Roanoke Valley was Rainy Day Reads’ first goal, but their geographical reach is expanding around the state. They also drive to Glen Allen’s Intermission Beer Company, where the brewery’s book club gave them an idea.

“We are starting an adult book club the first Monday of the month,” Hill says. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver and Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift were first on the club’s list. “Connecting people with a book, putting together individualized book lists, is my favorite thing,” she says. The couple is also looking forward to interactive events for children, like story hours.

Their latest surprise came in March 2022, when they hosted a Readers’ Retreat at Wilderness at Eagle Landing, a summer camp and group retreat venue in New Castle. Twelve book lovers enjoyed a weekend working on their to-be-read list, enjoying Eagle Landing’s rustic ambiance, a roaring fireplace, and hearty meals. Swapping recommendations and even books, the experience “was a way to bring folks together who shared a love for reading and literature in a space that was comfortable,” Hill notes. Other retreats are on the horizon, and Hill looks forward to many more. “I get to help people find books and that’s the best feeling in the world.”

photo by devin johnson Rainy Day Reads owners Jason and Katrina Hill.


Men’s Clothing Store

1st: Davidson’s Clothing for Men

412 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, 540-343-3734

With a focus on high-end gentlemen’s clothing—from sportswear to business attire and formal wear—Davidson’s takes pride in forming long-term relationships with every customer. A specialty is custom clothing; seasoned professionals measure and help create one-of-a-kind pieces from select vendors that are uniquely yours. Larry Davidson is a third-generation owner of this family-run business now in its 113th year.

2nd: Garrett’s Menswear Depot, Radford, 540-639-3841

3rd: Carter’s Fine Clothing, Martinsville 276-618-0407

Record Store

1st: Old’s Cool 285 Franklin St., Rocky Mount Facebook: Old’s Cool, 540-484-0804

For fans of Miles Davis to Metallica, even Leonard Bernstein, Old’s Cool has something for everyone. Whether you’re just getting into vinyl or looking to walk down memory lane, there’s always a new find to discover. This Rocky Mount shop also offers oldschool toys, board games, and other vintage paraphernalia, and are happy to buy, sell, or trade items.

2nd: County Sales, Floyd, 540-745-2001

3rd: John’s Cameras & Records, Blacksburg, 540-552-2319

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

1st: Mast General Store

401 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, 540-566-5661

The newest of the North Carolinabased general stores, and the only location in Virginia, Roanoke’s Mast General Store opened in 2020 and stocks everything from specialized outdoor recreation clothing and gear to cast iron products, a wide assortment of candy, knives and other blades, and more. “If you can’t buy it here, you don’t need it,” is a longtime store motto.

2nd: Walkabout Outfitter, Multiple locations, 540-739-3263

3rd: Southeastern Outdoor Supplies, Inc., Martinsville, 276-638-4698

Women’s Clothing Store

1st: J. Chris Locations in Collinsville, Rocky Mount, 276-403-1907

J. Chris specializes in up-to-date men’s and women’s fashions, from hats to shoes and everything in between that won’t break the bank. Not only are J. Chris stylists knowledgeable and personable, they are available for private appointments to help style your next look. The boutique also offers private shopping experiences, ideal for birthdays and other events.

2nd: Southern Hearts Boutique, Dublin, 540-320-2736

3rd: Hey Helen, Floyd, 540-239-2169

History and Heritage

Culture and creativity happily collide at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace.

A gateway to the region, the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon is the perfect way to discover the area’s unique people, places, and history. Tucked in the ancient Appalachian Mountains, it showcases the best of the Southwest—with its spectacu-

lar views, abundant outdoor recreation, and rich natural resources—in a 29,000-square-foot hub that serves as a visitor center, retail mecca for local crafts, music venue, and community space.

Southwest Virginia’s connection to crafts is a story with deep roots. As America’s first frontier, the region was a stop along The Great Road, the original migration route the pioneers traveled on their way west. A need arose for materials and supplies that coastal colonies were sourcing from Europe, so a craft industry was born, as makers fashioned pots for cooking, quilts to keep warm in winter, toys for children to play with, and necessities for daily life in the mountains of Appalachia. More than 300 years later, these same crafts have been passed down through

generations—often from parent to child.

The Cultural Center’s soaring retail space is home to the arts and crafts of nearly 200 local artisans. From home décor to fashion jewelry, traditional pottery and quilts to paintings and glasswork, the selection of handcrafted pieces is unmatched. Virtually all types of media are represented—from clay, fiber, glass, man-made, and metal, to mixed media, natural material, two dimensional, and wood. More than 5,000 pieces are for sale.

The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace showcases a rich culture and creative economy. It’s where the treasures of the Southwest—its artisans and musicians, its history and heritage—are on display for locals and tourists alike.

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE a good back page puzzle?

For this year’s Best of Virginia (BoV) finisher, we took inspiration from a cream of the crop crossworder with a Virginia connection (see clue 17). See if you can solve these clues, a combo of info from our 2023 June and BoV issues.

1. Brent & Becky’s in Gloucester famously sells these seasonal, showstopping blooms.

4. UVA Professor Danielle Citron argues in her book, The Fight for Privacy, that this type of privacy should be a civil right.

6. This Alexandria art gallery once housed what kind of munitions for the U.S. Navy?

9. The popular four-letter photo op signs with 300+ sites statewide (2 wds)

10. L.A.-based, Vienna-born architect who designed a mid-century modern masterpiece in Richmond. (2 wds)

12. The number of Best of Virginia issues published, as of 2023.


won the jackpot on HBOMax’s The Big Brunch hosted by this Schitt’s Creek star. (2 wds)

17. UVA Law ‘77 grad turned New York Times crossword puzzle editor. (2 wds)

18. This Eastern region winner scored first place in three categories. (2 wds)

19. This town, with Revolutionary ties and home to two BoV-winning businesses, comes near the end of the alphabet.

20. The home base for repeat BoV logo designer and typography artist Sarah Barton.


2. The name of a theater in Abingdon where patrons could once “buy” tickets with a basket of veggies.

3. The restaurant at the Inn at Little Washington boasts three of these stars.

5. The Fashion Gallery, with legions of fashionista fans, is located in this Augusta County town.

7. The Urbanna Festival that celebrates this famous Chesapeake Bay bivalve.

8. This two-category winner in the Central region—for Fine Dining and Specialty/ Gourmet Market—is all about Greek food.


With illustrations featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Time, Sean McCabe’s many clients also include Apple, Macy’s, and JetBlue. In addition to his design, photography, and illustration work, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Tyler School of Art + Architecture at Temple University. McCabe and his wife, Annie, currently live in Philadelphia with their two dogs, Mei Mei and Pippi.

11. Camp Strawderman in the Shenandoah Valley has a focus on activities with this particular animal.

13. A current Virginia War Memorial exhibit profiles veterans of this war.

14. The top three ingredients in the quintessential summer sandwich.

16. Plastic building blocks, designed for kids of all ages, currently on exhibit in the garden at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.


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