Blowing Rock recently added another accolade to its already impressive kudos list, when readers of USA TODAY voted the Town to the newspaper’s 2017 Ten Best list of Southern Small Towns. Travel experts picked a list of 20 small towns from which to choose and readers voted Blowing Rock third.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the travel editors of USA Today and even more excited that the readers, our visitors, voted for Blowing Rock. When you look at the list of towns recognized and competing for this recognition, it’s pretty  impressive. Every town listed is deserving. They’re all beautiful, quaint towns. Blowing Rock is a special place to many folks across the country and polls like this just prove that. We’re proud of our people and destination,” said Tracy Brown, Executive Director, Blowing Rock TDA.

Of Blowing Rock, USA TODAY said, “A popular stop along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway since the 1880s, the town of Blowing Rock feels like a quiet New England village, complete with bark-sided buildings, an ice cream parlor and a picture-perfect  town park.”

For a list of all winners, go to 10best.com/awards/travel/best-southern-small-town-2017. States from which winners were selected include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The only other town in North Carolina honored with the
award was Highlands, which placed 10th. The 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award starts with 20 nominees selected by a panel of local and regional travel experts; readers choose from among the 20 in a four-week inline voting process that ends with the 10 winners selected in order.

USA TODAY is the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of 1.6 million daily.

May 2017
For information: Tracy Brown, Executive Director, Blowing Rock TDA
828.295.4636 tbrown@visitblowingrock.com