Greenbrier County Organizations Nominated In Best of WV Competiton

The annual West Virginia Living magazine’s Best of West Virginia competition has returned and Greenbrier County businesses and organizations are among those that passed the initial round of nominations.

“Looking for the best wings in the state? How about the best place for a family vacation, or the state’s best ski resort? We’ll have those answers and more in this year’s Best of West Virginia contest,” reads the WV Living website. “Readers nominated candidates in 75 categories from July 26 to August 8, 2021. Top nominees have moved on to the final round that runs from September 13 to October 3, 2021. Winners will be announced in the Winter issue of WV Living magazine.”

The list contains both familiar entrants to the annual competition, with many Greenbrier County organizations taking prizes last year, and new local entrants to the annual competition.

“I really didn’t think I would make it to the final round, so to be nominated alongside seven other phenomenal artists, that I’m lucky to call my friends, is absolutely astonishing,” said local artist Kelsie Tyson, one of the nominees for Best Artist.

To vote on the competition, go to

The full list of Greenbrier County entrants to the Best of West Virginia contest categories include:

– Best Mayor – Beverly White of Lewisburg (2020 second runner up), Bruce Bowling of White Sulphur Springs

– Best Artist – Kelsie Tyson

– Best Chef – Jared Masters of The French Goat (2021 featured entrant), Brandon Kidd, The Humble Tomato

– Best Adventure Town – Lewisburg

– Best Downtown – Lewisburg (2020 winner), White Sulphur Springs

– Best Inclusive Community – Lewisburg

– Best Town for a Weekend Getaway – Lewisburg (2020 first runner up), White Sulphur Springs

– Best Town for Foodies – Lewisburg (2020 winner)

– Best Town for History – Alderson, Lewisburg (2020 first runner up), White Sulphur Springs

– Best Town for Leaf-peeping – Alderson, White Sulphur Springs

– Best Town for the Arts – Lewisburg (2020 first runner up)

– Best Bed and Breakfast Inn – General Lewis Inn (2020 winner), The Old Victorian Inn

– Best Casino – The Greenbrier Casino (2020 winner)

– Best Golf Course – The Greenbrier (2020 winner)

– Best Resort – The Greenbrier (2020 winner)

– Best Spa – The Greenbrier (2020 second runner up)

– Best Unique Tourist Attraction – Lost World Caverns

– Best Vacation Rental – Greenbrier River Campground, Cabins, and River Trips

– Best Art Gallery – Alderson Artisans Gallery, Cooper Gallery

– Best Charity/Non-Profit Organization – Fruits of Labor

– Best Fair/Festival/Event – Alderson Fourth Of July Celebration, State Fair of West Virginia

– Best Brewery – Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company (2020 second runner up), Big Draft Brewing

– Best Cidery – Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead (2020 winner)

– Best Coffee House – The Wild Bean, Tootsie’s Place

– Best Distillery – Smooth Ambler Spirits (2020 winner)

– Best Local Watering Hole – Big Draft Brewing, Briergarten

– Best Appalachian Cuisine – Stardust Cafe

– Best Bakery – Amy’s Market

– Best BBQ Joint – Road Hog’s Barbeque

– Best Brunch – The French Goat (2020 winner, 2021 featured entrant), The Humble Tomato (2021 featured entrant)

– Best Burger – Jim’s Drive-In (2020 second runner up)

– Best Butcher Shop – Swift Level Fine Meats (2020 winner)

– Best Donut Shop – Ben Ellen Donuts (2020 second runner up)

– Best Drive-In – Jim’s Drive-In (2020 winner)

– Best Farm-To-Table – Stardust Cafe (2020 winner), The French Goat (2021 featured entrant),

– Best Fine Dining – The French Goat (2020 winner, 2021 featured entrant)

– Best Hot Dog – Jim’s Drive-In (2020 second runner up)

– Best Italian Restaurant – The Humble Tomato

– Best Pepperoni Rolls – The Humble Tomato

– Best Pizza – The Humble Tomato (2021 featured entrant), Hill and Holler

– Best Sandwich – Big Draft Brewing, Jim’s Drive-In

– Best Wings – Hill and Holler

– Best Antique/Vintage Store – Aldersons Store (2020 winner, 2021 featured entrant), Patina

– Best Bank – The Bank of Monroe (2021 featured entrant)

– Best Gift Shop – Alderson’s Store (2021 featured entrant)

– Best Independent Bookstore – A New Chapter (2020 first runner up)

– Best Independent Jewelry Store – Lewisburg Diamond and Gold

– Best Law Firm – Wooton, Davis, Hassle, and Johnson PLLC

– Best Local Floral Shop – Gillespie’s Flowers and Productions

– Best Local Place to Buy Women’s Apparel – Wolf Creek (2020 first runner up, 2021 featured entrant), Alderson’s Store (2021 featured entrant)

– Best Local Place to Buy WV-made Products – Alderson’s Store (2021 featured entrant)

– Best Real Estate Agency – Foxfire Realty, Greenbrier Real Estate Service


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