Every year, we await the results of two popular polls – Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia and the Daily News-Record’s Best of the Valley awards. As always, downtown was well represented in dozens of categories, including being named the “best place to take visitors”.

Way to be the best, downtown!    

Best of the Valley Awards

Best Improvements

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance – Best Use of Taxpayer Money (7th year in a row!!)


Downtown – Best Place to Take Visitors
Ice House Studios: The Center Yoga – Best Yoga Studio

Best Eats

Black Sheep – Best Coffee
Bella Gelato – Best Dessert
Bella Luna – Best Atmosphere, Best Pizza
Billy Jack’s – Best Late Night Bites
Clementine/Ruby’s – Best Outdoor Dining
Food.Bar.Food – Best Brunch, Best Mixed Drinks
Heritage Bakery and Café – Best Bakery
Jack Brown’s – Best Burgers, Best French Fries
Kline’s Dairy Bar – Best Ice Cream
The Little Grill Collective – Best Breakfast, Best Vegetarian
Local Chop and Grill House – Best Appetizers, Best Downtown Restaurant, Best Steak  
Magnolia’s – Best New Restaurant
Pale Fire Brewing Co. – Best Brewery
Union Station – Best Happy Hour

Best Shopping & Services

Downtown Wine & Gourmet – Best Wine Shop
James McHone Jewelry – Best Jeweler
The Lady Jane – Best Downtown Shop
OASIS – Best Handcrafted Art, Best Gallery
The Yellow Button – Best Women’s Apparel

Best Entertainment

The Artful Dodger – Best Cheap Night Out
Clementine – Best Live Music Venue, Best Trivia Night
Explore More Discovery Museum – Best Museum/Historical Site
The Golden Pony – Best Dance Spot, Best Karaoke

Best Culture

Harrisonburg Farmers Market – Best Place to Spend a Saturday
New Creation – Best Nonprofit/Charity
OASIS Fine Arts and Crafts – Best Gallery

Best of Virginia Awards

Arts, Culture & Entertainment  

Cat’s Cradle – Best Charity, 3rd place
Clementine – Best Music Venue, 2nd place
Court Square Theater - Best Theater, 3rd place
Explore More Discovery Museum – Best Annual Charity Event (Night at the Museum), 1st place; Best Family Entertainment, 1st place & Best Museum, 2nd place
First Fridays Downtown – Best Art Event, 3rd place
Larkin Arts – Best Art Gallery, 1st place
OASIS Fine Arts & Crafts – Best Art Gallery, 2nd place
Ruby’s Arcade Woodfired Pizza & BBQ – Best Family Entertainment, 2nd place
The Golden Pony – Best Music Venue, 1st place

Living & Recreation

Breathe Pilates and Fitness – Best Fitness Program, 2nd place
The Joshua Wilton House – Best Bed and Breakfast, 1st place

Food & Drink

Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza – Best Dessert Menu, 3rd place; Best Italian Restaurant, 3rd place; Best Pizzeria, 1st place
Beyond Restaurant & Lounge – Best Asian Restaurant, 3rd place
Billy Jack’s Wing and Draft Shack – Best Place for Brunch, 3rd place
Black Sheep Coffee – Best Locally-Owned Coffee Shop, 2nd place
Brothers Craft Brewing – Best Local Craft Brewery, 3rd place
Clementine Café – Best Outdoor Seating, 2nd place
Cuban Burger – Best Burger Joint, 3rd place
Downtown Wine and Gourmet – Best Wine Shop, 1st place
Food.Bar.Food – Best Place For Brunch, 1st place & Most Creative Cocktail Menu, 1st place
Friendly City Food Co-Op – Best Grocery Store, 1st place & Best Local Gourmet Food Store, 1st place
The Golden Pony – Best Bar, 2nd place
Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market – Best Farmers’ Market, 1st place
Heritage Bakery & Café – Best Bakery, 1st place
The Indian & American Café – Best Indian Food, 2nd place
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint – Best Bar, 3rd place; Best Burger Joint, 1st place
The Joshua Wilton House – Best Outdoor Seating, 3rd place; Best Seafood Restaurant, 3rd place
Kline’s Dairy Bar – Best Local Ice Cream Shop, 2nd place
Little Grill Collective – Best Breakfast Restaurant, 1st place
Local Chop and Grill House – Best Dessert Menu, 2nd place; Best Restaurant, 1st place; Best Steakhouse, 1st place
Pale Fire Brewing Co. – Best Local Craft Brewery, 1st place
Taj of India – Best Indian Food, 3rd place

Shopping & Services

The Gaines Group – Best Architecture Firm, 2nd place
Good Wealth Management - Best Financial Planning Firm, 2nd place
James McHone Jewelry – Best Fine Jewelry Store, 3rd place
The Lady Jane – Best Gift Shop, 3rd place
PBMares, LLP –Best Accounting Firm, 1st place
Shenandoah Bicycle Company – Best Bicycle Shop, 1st place
The Sole Source – Best Shoe Store, 2nd place
Walkabout Outfitter – Best Men’s Clothing Store, 3rd place & Best Outdoor Outfitter, 1st place
White Unicorn Hair Salon – Best Hair Salon, 3rd place
The Yellow Button – Best Women’s Clothing Store, 2nd place