Posted on September 20, 2013

Best Places in the NC Mountains Award Winners

Every five years, the 325,000 readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine are asked to weigh in on their favorite mountain spots. The result is the super popular “The Best of the Mountains” issue. The results are in for the best places in the NC mountains to visit and we couldn’t be happier to share them with our Bed and Breakfast blog readers!

Blue Ridge Country magazine covers the mountain regions of nine southern states, showcasing history, food, festivals, travel, the outdoors and the environment. It’s a lovely publication. They’ve got an info-packed website and a very active Facebook page with lots of great eye candy that will have you hankering to head for the hills.

This year, the “Best of the Mountains” survey included many new categories:  best waterfall, best southern cooking, best scenic drives and more. Readers submitted their votes online for over two months.

To see all the winners, click this link for the online magazine. Here are a few highlights where North Carolina won readers’ hearts in a big way:

“Best Big City” honors went to Asheville, NC. For “Best Small Town,” top honors went to Boone, NC (platinum), Waynesville, NC (gold) and Hendersonville, NC (silver).

Bryson City won a Platinum Award for being the “Friendliest Town” and a Gold Award as the “Best Fourth of July Destination.”

Also, the Nantahala River won a Platinum Award for “Best Whitewater River” and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center shared a Platinum Award with Sugarlands for “Best Visitor Center.”

Chimney Rock State Park won top honors for “Best Birding Area” and “Best Hike to Take the Dog Along.”

Looking over all the winners is a lot of fun and you’re sure to get great ideas for places to include the next time you visit the North Carolina mountains. Of course, we hope you’ll stay at one of our wonderful member Bed and Breakfast Inns, scattered throughout the NC mountain area.

Just use the search feature to find nearby inns. Be sure to include a radius for best results.