Blacksburg named a Best Mountain Town

Montgomery County and surrounding New River, Roanoke valleys rack up
over 50 awards through Best of the Mountains poll by Blue Ridge Country

July 8, 2013


Montgomery County, VA.
Economic Development Dept.

Montgomery County, VA
Regional Tourism Office

Montgomery County, Virginia - Blue Ridge Country magazine readers have voted Blacksburg a winner in multiple categories in this year’s Best of the Mountains poll. Located in scenic Montgomery County, Blacksburg received gold awards in the following categories: Best Medium Town, Best College Town and Best Retirement Town.

Blacksburg and the rest of Montgomery County racked up 15 awards through the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll. Here is a list of some of the most notable ones.

Platinum Award:

Gold Award:

Silver Award:

Best of the Mountains Interactive Map,
Montgomery County & Surrounding Region, 2013

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The 2013 Best of the Mountains award winners can be found in the July/August edition of Blue Ridge Country. With a readership of over 325,000, Blue Ridge Country is a bimonthly regional magazine that covers the mountain regions of nine southern states.

The Best of the Mountains poll is conducted once every five years. Readers submitted votes online over two months, producing almost 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions, people and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region.

Blue Ridge Country isn’t the first publication to recognize Blacksburg as a top mountain town. Virginia Business featured it in a 2008 article titled, “Blacksburg offers outdoor adventure and technology jobs.” Outside Magazine has also recognized it as a top 10 Dream Town to work, play and live the outside lifestyle.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Montgomery County’s small-town charm, natural beauty and urban appeal make it an attractive place to live or visit. Home of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, the first and fourth largest towns in Virginia, Montgomery County offers all the luxuries you’d expect to find in a larger metropolitan area. There’s great shopping and dining, an award-winning public transit system and an emerging arts and music scene.

The scenic beauty of the Montgomery County countryside offers ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The community is home to some 19,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest, over 20 miles of the New River – the oldest river in North America – and the award-winning Huckleberry Trail system. There are also a number of local wineries and farms for patrons to enjoy.

Virginia Tech – a top 50 research university located in Blacksburg – has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and fosters a culture of creativity and innovation that spurs entrepreneurship and a thriving technology sector. Home to one of the largest research parks in the nation - the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, visionary entrepreneurs and an innovative workforce, Montgomery County is quickly gaining an international reputation as a high-tech hot spot.


About: Montgomery County, VA Economic Development Department
The Montgomery County Economic Development Department is a local government agency dedicated to supporting the startup, retention and expansion of companies in Montgomery County, Virginia - home of Virginia Tech and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg -

About: Montgomery County, VA Regional Tourism Office
The Montgomery County, VA Regional Tourism Office was established in 2011 to encourage and promote tourism in Montgomery County, Virginia and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg -

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