Virginia Living recognizes Lexington in its annual guide to the Commonwealth's 'Bests'

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Jun 18, 2014, 09:18 ET from Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism

LEXINGTON, Va., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Best of Virginia 2014 issue of Virginia Living is the statewide guide to all that is 'best' in Virginia, from dining, to shopping to doing.

Virginia Living readers honored Lexington, and its surrounding attractions, restaurants and businesses with multiple awards.

"Lexington residents and merchants are known for their hospitality and small town charm," Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism Director of Marketing, Patty Williams said. "It is their passion for history, education and natural beauty–along with a growing music, art and food scene– that generates excitement and desire to share their stories and experiences with visitors, friends and family."

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More than 32,000 people voted in 91 categories covering the best in Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Living & Recreation, Shopping & Services and Food & Drink across the state.

Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County claimed top honors in the following Shenandoah Valley categories:

Friendliest Town: Lexington – Third
Best Bridal Salon: Becky's Bridal – Second
Best Burger Joint: Pure Eats – Second
Best Dessert Menu: Southern Inn Restaurant – Second
Best Farmer's Market: Lexington Farmer's Market – Third
Best Historic Site: Lee Chapel and Museum – Third
Best Horse Show: Bonnie Blue National Horse Show, Virginia Horse Center – First
Best Local Ice Cream: Sweet Things Ice Cream – Third
Best Local Microbrewery: Devils Backbone Outpost – Second 
                                         Blue Lab – Third
Best Men's Clothing Store: Alvin-Dennis – First
Best Performing Arts Company: Rockbridge Ballet – Second
Best Place for Lunch: Kind Roots Cafe – First
Best Retirement Community: Kendal at Lexington – First
Best Sushi Cuisine: Sushi Matsumoto – Third
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant: Kind Roots Cafe – Second
Best Wine Shop: Washington Street Purveyors – First
Best Winery: Rockbridge Vineyard – First

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About Lexington:

Lexington is listed as one Coolest Small Towns in America by Budget Travel and is ranked as one of the Best Small Towns to Visit by The small town has been named to several lists for great retirement, including a list by Forbes.  In November 2013, Travel + Leisure named it one of America's Best College Towns.  For more information on Lexington, visit

Media Contact: Patty Williams
Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism

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