April 11, 2018 - Blue Ridge Country magazine was launched in the summer of 1988 with a goal to celebrate the culture, history, geography and wonderful travel opportunities of the Southern Appalachians from the Virginias south through the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky.
Over the ensuing 30 years, the glossy regional publication has lived up to that aspiration with each bimonthly issue, and along the way has won scores of state, regional, national and international awards for its content, design and photography. The magazine’s owner and editor have remained the same over those decades, with their sense of wonder over our beautiful region infused into each issue.
Through the magazine, generations of mountain-loving travelers have come to know and love the very best of these Southern mountains, from beautiful towns and stunning outdoor spots to quirky history and our bounty of culture and craft.
As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this part of the country, Blue Ridge Country is proud to continue its year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2018 with the May/June issue, which is built around reader-poll results for the “Best of the Mountains”, saluting those readers’ favorites in the realms of people, places and much more. These such reader polls are conducted every five years to give our readers a chance to voice their opinions about the mountains they love so much.
We are proud to announce that Greenbrier has won the following in our 30th Anniversary “Best of the Mountains” reader poll:
3rd Place: Best Biking Trail (Greenbrier River Trail)
2nd Place: Best Hike to take the dog along (Greenbrier River Trail)
3rd Place: Best Rail to trail system (Greenbrier River Trail)
3rd Place: Best Swimming Hole (Blue Bend)
3rd Place: Best Mountain-made spirit (Smooth Ambler Spirits)
3rd Place: Best Inn or B&B (General Lewis Inn)
2nd Place: Best Golf Resort (The Greenbrier)
3rd Place: Best Festival – non-music (Lewisburg Chocolate Festival)