Best of Virginia Winners

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Best Gym

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ACAC
Founded in 1984, ACAC offers comprehensive health services for the whole family. After working out solo in the fitness center or sweating in a group class, members can take advantage of the club’s spa services, including body wraps and polishes, facials, massages and even alternative healing treatments like Reiki and Craniosacral energy therapies.
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-3800

Best Gym

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Gold’s Gym Willow Lawn
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-4653

Best Gym

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YMCA Downtown
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-9622

Best Fishing Guide Company

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Albemarle Angler
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-977-6882

Best Fishing Guide Company

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Angler’s Lane
Scouting for trout on the Jackson River or fly-fishing for bass on the James can be tricky, which is why Angler’s Lane offers classes for aspiring fishermen. The company’s International Federation of Fly Fishers-certified instructors and experienced guides will help you learn the basics, or for the seasoned angler, direct you to fish-abundant waters.
Address:
Forest
Phone Number:
434-385-0200

Best Fishing Guide Company

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River Rock Outfitter
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-372-8708

Best Special Event Venue

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Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-592-3673

Best Special Event Venue

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Brown’s Island
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6466

Best Special Event Venue

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Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
An event’s every detail is accounted for at the Craddock Terry, a former shoe factory in Lynchburg’s re-energized and newly chic downtown district. Converted into a boutique hotel and event destination, kitschy shoe-themed décor remains as a salute to its past life, including a giant red shoe perched on its façade that welcomes guests.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Family Entertainment

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Amazement Square
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Best Family Entertainment

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Maymont
A visit to Maymont is like stepping into a fairy tale. Children and adults alike awaken imaginations with a stroll through the magnificent Gilded Age home, a visit to the goats and other barnyard animals at the Children’s Farm, or a carriage ride across the 100-acre estate—Maymont offers all the fun of Cinderella, sans the hassle of magic pumpkins.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Best Family Entertainment

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Wintergreen Resort
Address:
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Best Museum

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Amazement Square
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-845-1888

Best Museum

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Science Museum of Virginia
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-1400

Best Museum

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The VMFA has had a busy year. After expanding its collection with the new McGlothlin Collection of American Art and hosting special exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, the museum will continue breaking new ground this June with Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a retrospective of the New York artist known for his Old Masters-style portraits of contemporary African-American subjects.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1405

Best Art Event

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Arts in the Park
Now in its 45th year of showcasing the work of artists and craftsmen from across the country, Arts in the Park celebrates creativity from weaving and woodwork to painting and sculpture. An event for both art connoisseurs and crafters, it appeals to even the most discerning tastes.
Address:
The Carillon at Byrd Park, Richmond
Phone Number:

Best Art Event

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First Fridays Art Walk
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Best Art Event

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InLight
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-643-1708

Best Fishing Outfitter

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Bass Pro Shop
Bass Pro Shop has an extensive stock for saltwater and freshwater fishing. The store possesses the Central region’s largest selection of salt- and freshwater rods, and nearly 5,000 square feet of fly-fishing gear alone in its White River Fly Shop. Just beginning to wade in? Bass Pro Shop offers fishing workshops to sharpen your skills, including 7-week fly-tying courses.
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-496-4700

Best Fishing Outfitter

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2nd
Green Top
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-550-2188

Best Fishing Outfitter

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Orvis
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-975-0210

Best Hunting Outfitter

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2nd
Bass Pro Shop
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-496-4700

Best Hunting Outfitter

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3rd
Dance’s Sporting Goods
Address:
Colonial Heights
Phone Number:
804-526-8399

Best Hunting Outfitter

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Green Top
Since its beginning as a gas station and gun store in 1947, Green Top has grown to offer one of the largest selections of outdoor and hunting equipment in Virginia, including top brands like North Face. If you’re looking to pick up a bow sometime soon, Green Top’s Archery 101 class can get you on target.
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-550-2188

Best Food Festival

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Broad Appétit
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Best Food Festival

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Carytown Watermelon Festival
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Best Food Festival

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Greek Food Festival
Pronounce it correctly—YEE-row, not JIE-row—and maybe you’ll get an extra bit of delicious haloumi cheese on your gyro at one of Richmond’s favorite festivals. It’s all Greek with tours through Richmond’s Orthodox Christian Church and traditional folk dancing and music throughout the week, and of course, the food. Dine in or drive-thru.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-5996

Best Bed and Breakfast

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Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast
Explore Charlottesville and Orange while enjoying all the comforts of home. Whether you’re looking for history, adventure, or a romantic retreat, Chestnut Hill ensures that you’re well-informed about things to do in the area, and well-fed with dishes like Grand Marnier orange blossom French toast.
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-661-0430

Best Bed and Breakfast

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Inn at Willow Grove
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-317-1206

Best Bed and Breakfast

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Walden Hall
Address:
Reva
Phone Number:
540-509-1440

Best Annual Charity Event

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Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-228-5814

Best Annual Charity Event

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Richmond SPCA Fur Ball
You might have heard that the Fur Ball has gone to the dogs, but that’s only because it’s one of the few black-tie events where guests include both people and pets. Featuring the Parade of Pets down the Jefferson Hotel’s grand staircase, the event raises money for the SPCA’s Cinderella Fund, which cares for orphaned, sick and injured animals.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-521-1300

Best Annual Charity Event

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Best Movie Theater

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CinéBistro
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-0460

Best Movie Theater

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Movieland Bow-Tie Cinemas
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-354-6008

Best Movie Theater

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The Byrd Theatre
Just visiting the historic Byrd Theatre is an event, given that the movie palace has remained almost unchanged since opening in 1928. But the Byrd doesn’t rest on its laurels. The theater frequently hosts events like filmmaker John Waters’ one-man show, and updated screenings of old classics, even live scoring of silent films.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-9911

Best Retirement Community

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3rd
Covenant Woods
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-569-8716

Best Retirement Community

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The Summit
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-582-1500

Best Retirement Community

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Westminster Canterbury
Since 1975, Westminster Canterbury has provided affordable care through its fellowship program, awarding $3.9 million in assistance last year. The community unlocks residents’ creativity through classes and stimulates their minds through regular artistic performances and exhibitions, such as those from the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Opera.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-264-6000

Best Hotel

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Craddock Terry Hotel
Address:
Phone Number:
434-455-1501

Best Hotel

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Quirk Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6040

Best Hotel

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The Jefferson Hotel
You can’t help but make an entrance worthy of Scarlett O’Hara when you descend the Jefferson’s grand staircase. The hotel’s Beaux-Arts style architecture, premier dining and storied history makes it a must-see for Richmonders and out-of-towners alike, and as it completes the last stages of its extensive guest room renovations this year, it’s a must-stay, too.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

Best Equestrian Event

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2nd
Deep Run Horse Show
Address:
Manakin-Sabot
Phone Number:
804-677-5691

Best Equestrian Event

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Foxfield Races
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-293-9501

Best Equestrian Event

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Montpelier Hunt Races
It’s been said that in Orange, “you might miss Christmas, but you never miss the Montpelier Races.” Held at the lifelong home of former president James Madison, the event features seven horse races as well as other activities like Jack Russell terrier races, a ladies’ hat competition and stick horse races for kids.
Address:
Montpelier Station
Phone Number:
540-672-0027

Best Golf Course

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3rd
Devil’s Knob at Wintergreen
Address:
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Best Golf Course

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The Country Club of Virginia
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-287-1335

Best Golf Course

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The Federal Club
The Federal Club’s 18-hole bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways make for a lengthy 7,023 yards of play. The Club will soon add a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse and pro shop to its grounds, including dining rooms and a ballroom, allowing members to unwind and shop or enjoy a meal after a day of play.
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-798-4996

Best Charity

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FeedMore
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-521-2500

Best Charity

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Richmond SPCA
The Richmond SPCA is all about the care and well-being of animals, but it’s also interested in matching up new best friends. Happy and colorful, its facilities make for a fun day of meeting potential furry companions. The SPCA even hosts kids’ birthday parties that include—you guessed it—lots of time to play with the animals.
Address:
Richmon
Phone Number:
804-521-1300

Best Charity

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3rd
VCU Massey Cancer Center
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-828-0450

Best Summer Camp

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Grymes Memorial School
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-672-1010

Best Summer Camp

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Passages Adventure Camp
“No whining” is Passages Adventure Camp’s motto, but after a day of whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, rappelling and wilderness survival training, you’d be hard pressed to find an unhappy camper anyway. Kids spend their days exploring Belle Isle or mastering more advanced wilderness skills outside of Richmond at the overnight camp.
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-897-8283

Best Summer Camp

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Richmond Traditional Martial Arts
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-730-0905

Best Historic Site

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Hollywood Cemetery
Set atop rolling hills overlooking the James River, Hollywood Cemetery is a Richmond (and national) treasure. Monuments like James Monroe’s Gothic Revival-style tomb, nicknamed “The Birdcage,” the 90-foot Monument to the Confederate Dead and the gravesites of Virginia notables make the cemetery a destination for a day of quiet reflection.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-648-8501

Best Historic Site

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Monticello
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Best Historic Site

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3rd
St. John’s Church
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-648-5015

Best Music Venue

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3rd
Innsbrook After Hours
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-423-1779

Best Music Venue

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2nd
The Jefferson Theater
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-245-4980

Best Music Venue

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The National
Above all, the National aims to please a variety of tastes. Hosting shows as diverse as Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers to Slayer, the National’s vintage vibe, top of the line sound system, and seven full service bars provide the perfect setting for almost any performance.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-1900

Best Outdoor Adventure

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1st
James River Park System
RVA is truly wild at heart. The only urban setting to have class III and IV rapids, the city has a hidden wilderness of rivers, rocks and forests that comprise the James River Park System, offering activities for the adventurous hiker, climber or whitewater kayaker as well as for the leisure-seeking sunbather.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-646-8911

Best Outdoor Adventure

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Wintergreen Resort
Address:
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Best Outdoor Adventure

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3rd
X-Team Fitness
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-920-8086

Best Resort

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2nd
Keswick Hall
Address:
Keswick.com, 434-979-3440Third place: Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville, BoarsHeadInn.com, 434-296-2181
Phone Number:

Best Resort

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Wintergreen Resort
Swing clubs and ski the slopes at Wintergreen, a four-season, 11,000-acre resort located in the temperate Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort also offers a month-long summer music festival, featuring lectures, seminars and full orchestra performances each weekend.
Address:
,
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction

General

2nd
Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction

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Monticello
Monticello, the neoclassical home and 5,000-acre plantation belonging to our nation’s third president, welcomes more than 400,000 visitors every year. Explore Monticello through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jefferson family quarters, or attend annual events like the Heritage Harvest Festival, celebrating Jefferson’s agricultural legacy.
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction

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3rd
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1405

Best Hunting Preserve

General

1st
Orapax
Orapax Hunting Preserve’s 700 acres of forest and marshlands are abundant with quail, duck and pheasant, making the preserve a top area destination for the seasoned hunter. Patrons are welcome to bring their own bird-dogs (areas to train your dog are available year-round). Or, for a small fee, dogs and professional handlers can be provided.
Address:
Goochland
Phone Number:
804-526-2261

Best Hunting Preserve

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3rd
Powhatan Wildlife Management Area
Address:
Phone Number:
804-367-1000

Best Hunting Preserve

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2nd
Rasawek Hunting Preserve
Address:
Goochland
Phone Number:
804-467-9000

Best Fitness Program

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3rd
ReDefine RVA
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-213-0000

Best Fitness Program

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1st
X-Team Fitness
Break down your traditional expectations of a workout with a program that calls itself the “anti-gym.” X-Team Fitness consists of boot camp-style group workouts at rotating indoor and outdoor locations around Richmond. Designed to make the experience more than just a gym class, X-Team Fitness is a team working towards a goal of overall fitness.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-920-8086

Best Fitness Program

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2nd
Zacharias Ganey Health Institute
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-1000

Best Performing Arts Company

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1st
Richmond Ballet
Virginia’s state ballet anchors an exciting 2016-2017 season with its first ever performance of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and excerpts from Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere. The ballet has introduced new initiatives like In Studio, which invites audiences into the company’s black box theater to enjoy an interactive rehearsal viewing.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-344-0906

Best Performing Arts Company

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3rd
Richmond Symphony
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-1212

Best Performing Arts Company

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2nd
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-2620
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