by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
The July issue of The Rivah Visitor’s Guide includes results for the Best of the Rivah 2018 contest. The third annual readers’ survey picked first-, second- and third-place winners in 38 categories.
“We’re delighted that the Best of the Rivah contest seems to increase in popularity each year with nearly double the votes coming in this year than last,” said publications coordinator Susan Simmons. “We added two new categories this year, best pizza and coldest beer, and they seemed very popular. We’re always looking for new and different categories specific to our area and we welcome any reader suggestions.”
Virginia Street Cafe and Something Different, both in Urbanna, were the big winners among restaurants, while River Birch in Locust Hill and The Rivah in Kilmarnock led the retail store awards.
Something Different was chosen by participating readers as the best place to have a cocktail and the restaurant with the coldest beer, while Virginia Street was voted the best place to get fried oysters.
Something Different also tied for second with Virginia Street and The Table in Deltaville as the best inland restaurant. Eckhard’s in Topping was selected as the best inland restaurant and The Oaks in Lively placed third.
Something Different and Virginia Street Cafe tied for second as the best place for breakfast/brunch behind category winner Car Wash Cafe in Kilmarnock. Willaby’s Cafe in White Stone was third.
Crazy Crab in Reedville repeated as the best place to get crab soup. Something Different placed second and Virginia Street, third.
Virginia Street also placed second for best soft crab and place to get a crab cake.
River Birch in Locust Hill was named the best nautical gift shop and the best place to find rivah home accessories.
The Rivah in Kilmarnock tied with Ross’s Rings and Things in Kilmarnock as the best place to find rivah-themed jewelry and The Rivah claimed, or shared, four second-place awards for place to find rivah art, place to find rivah attire, place for rivah home accessories and best nautical gift shop.
Merrior in Topping also won two categories including best waterfront dining and best place for a date.
Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock was a multiple first-place winner. It was chosen as the best winery and tied with Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville as the best wedding venue. The Deltaville Maritime Museum also was chosen as the best museum/historical site.
J&W Seafood in Deltaville was chosen as the best place to get bait/tackle and as the best fresh seafood market.
Terrie’s Place in Kilmarnock was voted the best place to get a crab cake and the best place for a soft crab.
Other category winners include RAL Art Center, Kilmarnock, best place to find rivah art; Mason Realty, Middlesex, best real estate company; Norman’s Produce, Saluda, best fresh produce stand/market; Main Street, Kilmarnock, best rivah main street; Stuck on a Name, best local band; Cedars Beach, Little Bay, best beach; Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Reedville, best oyster roast; NN Burger, Kilmarnock and Tappahannock, best place for a burger; and Bush Park Camping Resort, Wake, best campground.
Also, Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, best marina; Rivah Day Spa, Saluda, best place to get pampered; Capt. Billy Pipkin, Ingram Bay Marina, Wicomico Church, best charter boat captain; Tri-Star Supermarket, Kilmarnock, best fried chicken for a day on the boat; and Piankatank River Golf Course, Hartfield, best golf course.
Also, Lowe Tide, Urbanna, best place to find rivah attire; Cloud 9 Photography, Eric Deagle, best photographer; Stevie’s, Kilmarnock, best place to eat ice cream; Kilmarnock Inn, Kilmarnock, best hotel/B&B; Colonial Pizza, Urbanna, best pizza; and Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna, best festival.
For a complete list of winners, including second and third place in each category, pick up a copy of the July Rivah Visitor’s Guide, or visit www.RivahGuide.com.
Published jointly by the Rappahannock Record and Southside Sentinel, The Rivah Visitor’s Guide covers Essex, Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties.