Awards & Designations

Awards and Recognitions
  • Massanutten WaterPark Named Top 10 Best Water Parks of 2016 – Parents Magazine, 2016
  • Shenandoah National Park is listed in the 50 Most Beautiful Places in America – Conde Nast Traveler, 2016
  • Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint ranked #19 of 50 Best Burger Joints in America – Business Insider, 2016
  • Little Grill Collective ranked #123 of 240 Reaseons to Celebrate America Right Now – Time Magazine, 2016
  • CubanBurger is listed as the Most Over-The-Top Burger in Virginia – Esquire, 2016
  • By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is listed in the Top 10 Little Known Inns in VA – Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Corgans’ Publick House is listed as one of the 9 Extrememly Tiny Restaurants That Are Actually Amazing – Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Harrisonburg ranked #6 in America’s Favorite Towns – Travel & Leisure, 2016
  • Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza is listed in the Top 10 Italian Restaurants The Will Make Your Taste Buds Explode – Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Harrisonburg ranked as one of the 10 Best Blue Ridge Bike Towns – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2016
  • Harrisonburg ranked #3 in Happiest Towns in the Mountains – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2016
  • Harrisonburg is considered the Pizza Capital of Virginia – WTVR-TV, 2016
  • FoodBarFood among the 14 Restaurants that Prove Brunch is the Best Meal of the Day – Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Xenia Kebab Grill is listed in the Top 13 “Hole in the Wall” Restaurants that will blow your taste buds away- Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Harrisonburg Farmers Market is one of the 14 Incredible Farmers Markets in VA that is a Must Visit – Onlyinyourstate.com, 2016
  • Harrisonburg named one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic Society, 2015
  • Harrisonburg ranked #32 for Best Small Places for Business & Careers – Forbes, 2015
  • Harrisonburg ranked #6 in Virginia’s Safest Cities From Severe Weather – HomeownersInsurance.com, 2015
  • Harrisonburg named one of 10 Most Exciting Places in Virginia – Movoto, 2015
  • Harrisonburg named the Best Place to be a Millennial – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2014
  • Massanutten Resort named among Top 10 Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Summer Fun – Fodor’s Travel, 2014
  • Harrisonburg Honored with 2014 Great American Main Street Award – National Main Street Center, 2014
  • Harrisonburg named one of 5 Top U.S. Towns for Romance – The Municipal, 2014
  • Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presented a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award – The Virginia Main Street Program, 2014
  • Harrisonburg named 19th Most Exciting Small City in America – Movoto, 2013
  • Harrisonburg named #5 Best College Town in America – Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2013
  • Harrisonburg named one of 2013’s Best Mountain Towns; Voted Best Beer Town in the Blue Ridge – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • Harrisonburg named one of America’s Top Mountain Bike Towns – USA Today, 2013
  • Harrisonburg among top 15 Most Secure/Safe Small Cities in the U.S. – Farmers Insurance Survey, 2013
  • Harrisonburg ranked among top 50 Best Small Places in the U.S. for Business and Careers – Forbes Magazine, 2013
  • Harrisonburg listed under 25 Great Fall Destinations – Blue Ridge Country, 2013
  • Shenandoah Mountain Touring named one of the Best Guided Trips in the South – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • New Leaf Pastry Kitchen and The Little Grill listed among top breakfast spots in Virginia – Virginia Tourism Corporation, 2013
  • Harrisonburg among top 20 Best Places for a Working Retirement in 2013 – Forbes Magazine, 2013
  • Stonewall Jackson Inn B&B receives Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital among top 100 community hospitals in the U.S. – Becker’s Hospital Review, 2013
  • Kline’s Dairy Bar voted top ice cream shop in Virginia – Virginia Tourism Corporation, 2013
  • Harrisonburg listed among 10 best places to get ice cream (Kline’s Dairy Bar) – Cooking with Paula Deen, 2013
  • Harrisonburg listed among 20 best fishing spots in the country – Peter Greenberg Worldwide, 2013
  • Harrisonburg listed among top 10 cycling destinations – Virginia Living, 2013
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award – Virginia Main Street Program, 2013
  • Chef Ryan Zale of Local Chop & Grill House included in Best Chefs America book – Best Chefs America, 2013
  • Harrisonburg listed among top 10 mountain biking towns – The Active Times, 2013
  • Massanutten Hoo-Ha Named Top Mountain Biking Event – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, Tour de Burg, and Shenandoah Valley Century Named Top Road Cycling Events – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • Best Biking Community – Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • Nine Harrisonburg eateries voted First Place in the Shenandoah Valley for various food categories – Virginia Living “Best of Virginia” Issue, 2012
  • Bridgeforth Stadium Named Number 1 Stadium Experience in Virginia – Stadium Journey, 2012
  • James Madison University Voted Best College or University in the Shenandoah Valley – Virginia Living “Best of Virginia” Issue, 2012
  • Downtown Harrisonburg voted Second Place Best Shopping Destination of the Shenandoah Valley – Virginia Living “Best of Virginia” Issue, 2012
  • Rockingham County Fair recognized as the top agricultural fair in North America for the 18th year – International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), 2012
  • Stonewall Jackson Inn awarded Guest Favorite – BnBFinder, 2012
  • Massanutten Waterpark named among Top 10 Best Indoor Waterparks – Budget Travel, 2011
  • Milestone Award for private investment and volunteer commitment in downtown revitalization efforts – Virginia Main Street, 2011
  • Dave’s Downtown Taverna awarded Bronze Environmental Excellence award – Virginia Governor’s office, 2011
  • Dave’s Downtown Taverna recognized with Blue Ribbon Small Business Award – US Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • One of the ten best places to start a second career in retirement – US News, 2010
  • JMU ranked third in Regional Southern Universities – US News & World Report, 2010
  • Second place for Best Overnight Stop – The Great Race rally Prize Committee, 2005

Designations and Honors

  • Honored as a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community – League of American Bicyclists, 2015
  • Downtown Harrisonburg named Virginia’s first Culinary District –  City of Harrisonburg, 2014
  • By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages Joins Diamond Collection – Bedandbreakfast.com, 2014
  • Home to over 33 Virginia Green businesses, organizations, and events – Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • James Madison University honored as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University – League of American Bicyclists, 2013
  • Eastern Mennonite University honored as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University – League of American Bicyclists, 2012
  • Downtown Renaissance receives National Trust Main Street Accreditation, 2011
  • Elevated to a Bronze Level Ride Center – International Mountain Bicycling Association, 2011
  • Honored as a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community – League of American Bicyclists, 2011
  • Designated an Appalachian Trail Community – Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 2011
  • Designated a Preserve America Community,  2009
  • Designated a National and Virginia Historic District – National Park Service, 2004
  • Designated a Tree City USA Community – Arbor Day Foundation, 2004
  • Designated a Virginia Main Street Community, 2004
  • Designated an Arts and Cultural District in Virginia, 2001