Best of Virginia Winners

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PETS

Dog Training Company

PETS

2nd
2SpeakDog LLC
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-440-2498

Dog Training Company

PETS

1st
All Dog Adventures
Established in 1996 as a doggie daycare, All Dog Adventures now focuses on pet training classes, with added grooming and daycare. Trainers are enthusiastic about helping dog owners establish loving relationships with their pups. Due to massive amounts of pet adoptions over the course of the pandemic, they offer more in-person training classes than ever while following safe COVID-19 guidelines.
Address:
4111 W. Clay St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Dog Training Company

PETS

3rd
Off Leash K9 Training
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
888-413-0896

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

2nd
All Dog Adventures
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

1st
Holiday Barn Pet Resorts
During Holiday Barn’s early years, Emerson and Kathy Hughes’ goal was to provide a safe, healthy, and fun vacation for Richmond area pets. Through the years this pet resort has seen great success and expansion, with amenities like an in-ground swimming pool, doggie daycare pavilion and play yards, luxury suites, and cat condominiums.
Address:
614 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond & 3800 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-794-5400

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

3rd
Toby Town RVA
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-799-0200

Dog Groomer

PETS

3rd
Bark and Sparkle
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-639-3600

Dog Groomer

PETS

1st
Dogma Grooming & Pet Needs
The staff at Dogma Grooming & Pet Needs consider their work a craft and are committed to providing the best care for your pet. They are also passionate about pet owner education and empowerment, advocating for only the best-sourced food, treats, and care possible. They have been serving and loving furry friends for 21 years.
Address:
3501 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-9267

Dog Groomer

PETS

2nd
Paws & Claws Grooming
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-740-0013

Dog Park

PETS

2nd
Barker Field Dog Park
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-239-0783

Dog Park

PETS

3rd
Dogwood Dell Amphitheater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-646-5733

Dog Park

PETS

1st
Short Pump Park
Short Pump Park has it all, a dog park, spray fountains, athletic fields, play equipment, picnic facilities, and a restored 1902 two-room schoolhouse. The dog park is a convenient spot for many owners, with separate areas for small and large dogs. Each area is surfaced by a synthetic grass specifically designed for dog parks.
Address:
3329 Pump Rd., Henrico
Phone Number:
804-501-7275

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

3rd
Cary Street Veterinary Hospital
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-9144

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

2nd
Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-8629

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

1st
River City Veterinary Hospital
River City Veterinary Hospital was founded in July 2014 by Drs. Anthony and Heather O’Sullivan. This small animal vet hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional client experience and the highest quality medicine and care for your pets. RCVH also offers animal rescue services, working closely with local SPCAs and humane societies to find forever homes for pets in need.
Address:
5305 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-308-8920

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
ACAC
In the midst of the 1980s fitness craze, Phil Wendel opened the first ACAC in a small shopping center in Charlottesville. The ACAC team emphasizes health and wellness in facilities known for their cleanliness and friendly team of professionals. This fitness center excels in its mission to meet the needs of individuals at every stage of life.
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville, Crozet, Glen Allen, Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-378-1600

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
American Family Fitness Locations
Address:
Fredericksburg and Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-1200

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
YMCA
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:

Hiking or Biking Trail

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Buttermilk Trail
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-646-8911

Hiking or Biking Trail

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
Pocahontas State Park
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-796-4255

Hiking or Biking Trail

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
Virginia Capital Trail
The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects Jamestown and Richmond along the Route 5 corridor. The trail stretches 52 miles along some of Virginia’s most scenic outdoor landscapes. Along the way, you’ll see historic sites, picnic spots, and lodging areas.
Address:
200 S. Third St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6453

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Independence Golf Club
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-601-8600

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
The Country Club of Virginia James River Course
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-287-1330

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
The Federal Club
The Federal Country Club’s mission is to provide members and guests with exceptional experiences and attentive service in a relaxed atmosphere. The golf course has bentgrass greens and fairways playable for experienced players and beginners alike. The Federal Club’s Golf Academy offers lessons for children ages 4-17, and PGA Junior Golf Camps are also available during the summer months.
Address:
13450 Palmers Way, Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-798-4996

Park

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
James River Park System
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
23225

Park

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
Maymont
What was once the Gilded Age estate of James and Sallie Dooley has become the beautiful and expansive Maymont park and museum. The 100-acre grounds and gardens are open to the public throughout the year and include the Dooley mansion, nature center, animal farm, Italian and Japanese gardens, mausoleum, and more.
Address:
1700 Hampton St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Park

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Pocahontas State Park
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-796-4255

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
800-514-3849

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
The Byrd Theatre
A state and national landmark, The Byrd Theatre was founded in 1928. Over the past 90 years, the theater has remained largely unaltered with breathtaking architecture and decor and offers occasional performances from its Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The theater has responded to the challenges of the pandemic by offering virtual screenings and private movie parties.
Address:
2908 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-9911

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
The Paramount Theater
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-979-1333

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
800-514-3849

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Innsbrook After Hours
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-273-6731

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
The National
With a state-of-the-art V-DOSC sound system and revered reputation, The National is a music lover’s fantasyland. You will have a great view of the stage from any angle with several video screens and monitors. Although the venue is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, it expects to be hosting your favorite musical artists again soon.
Address:
708 E. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-1900

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Art Works Inc.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-291-1400

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Crossroads Art Center
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-278-8950

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Quirk Gallery
Adjacent to the popular Quirk Hotel in Richmond’s Art District, Quirk Gallery features exhibitions of unique work by both established and up-and-coming artists. After perusing the gallery, stop into Quirk’s gift shop, which offers a curated selection of one-of-a-kind, practical, and decorative pieces, including apothecary items, jewelry, small housewares, stationery, and books.
Address:
207 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6036

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Arts in the Park
While 2021’s Arts in the Park was canceled due to pandemic restrictions, it remains a much-anticipated event for art lovers throughout Virginia. Originally held at the Carillon War Memorial, the beloved event was moved outside to the surrounding park. With exhibitors across many mediums, you will be sure to find high-quality and unique pieces every year.
Address:
1301 Blanton Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
No public phone

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
READ Art Show and Sale
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-266-2494

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
RVA First Fridays
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Arts in the Park
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2711

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Dominion Energy Riverrock
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Richmond Folk Festival
One of the largest events in the state, the Richmond Folk Festival takes place over three days every October, telling the story of American cultural diversity through music, dance, crafts, narrative, and cuisine. After celebrating cultural roots and richness virtually in 2020, festival personnel look forward to continuing this 16-year tradition for years to come.
Address:
200 S. Third St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6466

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Broad Appétit
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Carytown Watermelon Festival
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Richmond Greek Festival
This festival began in 1975 and has become a major draw for Richmond residents to celebrate Greek culture and food. Always highly attended, the festival features traditional music and dancing, a vendor marketplace, and food like souvlaki, spanakopita, and the popular loukoumades—fried balls of sweet dough soaked in honey.
Address:
30 Malvern Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-3697

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Children’s Museum of Richmond
Address:
Chesterfield, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-474-7062

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Science Museum of Virginia
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-1400

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Originally opened as a state agency and privately endowed educational institution, 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 that span more than 6,000 years.
Address:
200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1405

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Drive Shack
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-729-3778

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-557-5500

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Tang & Biscuit
Established in August 2018, Tang & Biscuit began as a free shuffleboard social club dedicated to providing a place for anyone to gather and enjoy. After a brief closure during the pandemic, it has reopened, shifting its focus to nightly live music entertainment in addition to shuffleboard and other games. The motto is, “We want everyone from everywhere!”
Address:
3406 W. Moore St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-362-8264

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Hollywood Cemetery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-648-8501

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Thomas Jefferson’s 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 nearly 100 years. Monticello is committed to sharing an honest, inclusive history of everyone who lived and labored on the mountaintop.
Address:
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Sports Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
John Paul Jones Arena
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-243-4960

Sports Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Richmond International Raceway
Address:
Phone Number:
866-455-7223

Sports Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
The Diamond
The Diamond originally opened in 1985 to host the Richmond Braves, as well as Virginia Commonwealth University’s baseball program. Since then it’s been host to many programs and events, most notably the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Since the pandemic, the venue has been transformed to accommodate many socially distant activities, such as outdoor movie screenings and a unique disc golf course.
Address:
3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-3866

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is to improve communities and connect people through flora and fauna. Covering 82 acres of land, the garden comprises more than a dozen themed areas, including a conservatory with an extensive orchid collection, a children’s garden, and the Kroger Community Kitchen Garden, which grows fresh produce for Richmond- area food banks.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Wedding or Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has always been a favorite for special occasions, due to its luscious gardens and exquisite flower displays. When the pandemic hit, the garden adjusted accordingly, offering new micro-wedding and elopement packages. Another new policy now allows couples’ dogs to attend and participate in wedding ceremonies hosted on the grounds.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Wedding or Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Wedding or Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
The Jefferson Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
LOVEwork at Bowman Distillery
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-373-4555

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
LOVEwork at IX Art Park
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-207-2355

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
LOVEwork at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The letters in the LOVE sign at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were developed by garden staff from all departments to highlight seasonal beauty, celebrate the ecosystem, and welcome guests. The sign is incorporated into the Garden’s popular yearly holiday lights show extravaganza, the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
READ Art Show and Sale
Address:
Phone Number:
804-266-2494

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Richmond SPCA Fur Ball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-521-1300

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k was first held in April of 2000 and has since become one of Richmond’s most-loved traditions, as well as the fourth-largest 10k in the country. With tons of fans and onlookers, live bands, and an additional race for kids, this annual event is always one to look forward to.
Address:
100 Avenue of Champions, Suite 300, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Richmond Ballet
Now in its 37th season, the Richmond Ballet boasts an expansive repertory that includes 19th-and 20th-century masterpieces and more than 75 new ballets by contemporary choreographers. Known as the State Ballet of Virginia, its scope also includes the acclaimed School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion community engagement program.
Address:
407 E. Canal St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-344-0906

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Richmond Symphony
Address:
Phone Number:
804-788-1212

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-2620

TRAVEL

Resort

TRAVEL

2nd
Boar’s Head Resort
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
844-611-8066

Resort

TRAVEL

3rd
Keswick Hall
Address:
Phone Number:
434-979-3440

Resort

TRAVEL

1st
Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen is the total package, with true four-season activities including skiing, golf, tennis, spa services, private lake access, and more. Whether you enjoy 30 miles of hiking trails, 1,000 vertical feet of skiing, or 45 holes of golf, Wintergreen provides a memorable resort experience for the whole family with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.
Address:
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Hotel

TRAVEL

3rd
Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1500

Hotel

TRAVEL

2nd
Quirk Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6040

Hotel

TRAVEL

1st
The Jefferson Hotel
The Jefferson Hotel is a true historic icon, serving Virginia residents and visitors for more than 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.
Address:
101 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

1st
Dominion Aviation
Dominion Aviation is a Richmond-based charter aircraft service, fixed-base operator, flight school, and Cirrus Platinum Partner. It was founded in 1983 and has grown over time to have the largest air fleet in Virginia. This year, there is a plan to add more aircraft to the fleet and continue to teach customers how to fly.
Address:
7511 Airfield Dr., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-271-7793

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

2nd
Martinair
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-222-7401

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

3rd
Million Air
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-222-3700

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

2nd
Museum District Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-2332

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

3rd
The Henry Clay Inn®
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-798-3100

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

1st
The Inn at Little Washington
The Inn at Little Washington was originally constructed in 1905 by Edward Thornton, who was inspired by the Ritz Hotel in Paris. This opulent country retreat is known for its high level of service and luxurious decor, as well as its exceptional value. Enjoy exquisite dining, afternoon tea, and more at this Michelin star venue.
Address:
309 Middle St., Washington
Phone Number:
540-675-3800

KIDS

Summer Camp

KIDS

1st
Camp Hanover
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.
Address:
3163 Parsleys Mill Rd., Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-779-2811

Summer Camp

KIDS

3rd
Passages Adventure Camp
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-897-6800

Summer Camp

KIDS

2nd
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-748-6714

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

3rd
Collegiate School
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-740-7077

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

1st
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Founded in 1910 as St. Anne’s School, the institution merged with the Belfield School in 1975 to become St. Anne’s-Belfield School for K-12 students. Its primary mission is to inspire and prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders. This year, they offered hybrid learning models and look forward to complete in-person learning in Fall 2021.
Address:
2132 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville & 799 Faulconer Dr., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-5106

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

2nd
The New Community School
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-266-2494

Playground

KIDS

1st
Deep Run Park & Recreation Center
Open daily from dawn to dusk, Deep Run Park has a little something for everyone with playgrounds, open play areas, ponds, walkways, a gazebo, and more. The park’s play equipment was recently replaced and upgraded to meet current safety standards, providing a fun and safe place for all children to get outside.
Address:
9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-652-1430

Playground

KIDS

2nd
Mary Munford Playground
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-780-6267

Playground

KIDS

3rd
PARK365
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-1874

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

2nd
Elizabeth’s Early Learning Center
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-528-5698

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

3rd
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-5106

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

1st
Westhampton Day School
Westhampton Day School provides full-day curriculum to more than 200 students and employs 40 dedicated educators in a Christian environment that is nurturing, safe, mutually respectful, and where every child’s intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development is prioritized. In 2021 they are excited to offer new outdoor learning spaces, including a classroom garden space.
Address:
6100 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-7459

Family Entertainment

KIDS

3rd
Goochland Drive-In Theater
Address:
Hadensville
Phone Number:
804-457-3456

Family Entertainment

KIDS

1st
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Families with children of all ages will enjoy walking the grounds of Lewis Ginter. The 82 acres of gardens include dozens of child-friendly themed areas, floral displays, and community spaces. Staff at the garden look forward to hosting popular events like the indoor Butterflies LIVE! exhibit once social-distancing restrictions are lifted.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Family Entertainment

KIDS

2nd
Metro Richmond Zoo
Address:
Moseley
Phone Number:
804-739-5666
June 14, 2024

Group Exhibition: Spiraling

Reynolds Gallery
June 14, 2024

Sweat

Keegan Theatre