Winchester Named One of the Top Friendliest Towns

Friendliest TownLeisure Publishing Company has confirmed what Winchester-Frederick County Tourism officials have long known. Winchester is one of the friendliest towns in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Region of the U.S.A.

The announcement was made yesterday by Sally Coates, Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The 16 Friendliest Towns in 10 states are listed in an article written by Cara Ellen Modisett for the July-August edition of the Blue Ridge Country Magazine, set to hit the newsstands the 4th week of June. The magazine is published by Leisure Publishing Company.

Winchester is one of two friendliest towns in Virginia, the other being Galax, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Rt. 77.

A quote by Maricarol Miller, Manager of the Old Court House Civil War Museum, a picture depicting a festival in Old Town, and the official www.winchesterva.gov website are featured in the magazine. Miller’s quote is, “I have traveled all over Europe and the U.S., and I really don’t think there is a more beautiful place.”

A contest to find the friendliest towns in the region was conducted by Leisure Publishing last winter. The Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau got the word out about the contest through email and social networking sites. Folks were asked to vote for Winchester or the Frederick County towns of Stephens City or Middletown.

“We are pleased with the results,” said Coates, who believes that the designation will increase visitation to the area. “It certainly gives us bragging rights,” she said. “Tourists appreciate warm, friendly people, and interesting small towns and villages. Local residents should be proud of this designation.”

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