Blue Ridge Country Ranks Northeast Tennessee Among “Best of the Mountains”

Seven Northeast Tennessee attractions were recently named among the “Best of the Mountains” by readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine, ranking the region as a top destination for travel and fun along the Southern Appalachian Mountains including Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky.

As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this portion of the country, Blue Ridge Country continued its year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2018 with the May/June issue, which was built around reader-poll results for the “Best of the Mountains,” saluting those readers’ favorites in the realms of people, places and much more. These such reader polls are conducted every five years to give the publication’s readers a chance to voice their opinions about the mountains they love so much.

The following Northeast Tennessee locations were awarded the following in the Blue Ridge Country 30th Anniversary “Best of the Mountains” reader poll:

1st Place: Best Appalachian Cuisine
Farmers Daughter in Greeneville
2nd Place: Best Music Festival
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
2nd Place: Best Non-Music Festival
National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough
2nd Place: Best Mountain-Made Spirit
Tennessee Hills Distillery in Jonesborough
3rd Place: Best Hiking Trail (non-AT)
Bays Mountain in Kingsport
3rd Place: Best Revitalized Downtown
Johnson City
3rd Place: Best Museum
Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol

The May/June issue of Blue Ridge Country can be found on newsstands. across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, or by calling the publishing office at (540)989-6138. Any questions regarding the reader poll or the magazine can be directed to Kurt Rheinheimer, Editor-in- Chief, at krheinheimer@leisuremedia360.com.

About Blue Ridge Country:
Blue Ridge Country Magazine was launched in the summer of 1988 with a goal to celebrate the culture, history, geography and wonderful travel opportunities of the Southern Appalachians from the Virginias south through the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. Over the ensuing 30 years, the glossy regional publication has lived up to that aspiration with each bimonthly issue, and along the way has won scores of state, regional, national and international awards for its content, design and photography. The magazine’s owner and editor have remained the same over those decades, with their sense of wonder over our beautiful region infused into each issue.

Through the magazine, generations of mountain-loving travelers have come to know and love the very best of these Southern mountains, from beautiful towns and stunning outdoor spots to quirky history and our bounty of culture and craft.

Tourism in Northeast Tennessee:
Tourism is the second largest economic driver in Tennessee, with Northeast Tennessee generating more than $800 million in direct tourist spending, more than $170 million in payroll while employing nearly 6,700 people, and generating more than $25 million in local sales tax receipts annually.

The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, chartered in 1977, is a non-profit tourism promotion and agency that serves and supports Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties in Tennessee, as well as portions of Southwest of Virginia. The organization also serves as one of nine statewide regional tourism organizations recognized by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. The organization’s mission is to serve as a catalyst to enhance regional economic and community growth through the promotion and development of tourism.