2014 Best in the Valley Winners • Partner of the Year • Volunteer of the Year
CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (November 22, 2013) - The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau (CVVB) announced the winners for the 2014 Best in the Valley, Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at the annual Cumberland Valley Tourism Conference on November 13, 2013 at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University.
The Tourism Conference is held annually to update area businesses and organizations about the CVVB's previous year highlights, plans for the future and the economic impacts of tourism. This year the Tourism Conference featured a State of Cumberland Valley Economy & Tourism Panel and, Keynote Speaker, Judy Randall from Randall Travel Marketing.
2014 Best in the Valley Winners:
The CVVB has been collecting votes throughout the year for the best place to eat, shop, sleep and play in Cumberland Valley. Voters were encouraged to submit their votes online at www.visitcumberlandvalley.com. The CVVB also facilitated 2014 voting at the Cinco de Mayo Mixer and Mega Mixer, and voting for 2015 at this year's Business & Industry Night event.
Here are this year's winners:
Best Restaurant (Eat) - Boiling Springs Tavern: "We have been enjoying the food and ambiance at Boiling Springs Tavern for more than 25 years. We've watched Geoff and Debi grow and expand their service and menus. The value for your $'s spent is always top shelf!" - Karen, Mt. Holly Springs, PA
Best Shop (Shop) - American Artisan Gallery: "It is delightful to buy beautifully crafted items that are MADE IN AMERICA." - Beatrice, Wirtz, VA
Best Attraction (Play) - Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse (Winner 3rd Year in a Row): "What a gem in central Pennsylvania. I travel a lot for business, and any time I'm close, I'm off to see what the Allenberry Playhouse has to offer me this trip." - Joseph, Huntsville, AL
Best Lodging (Sleep) - Shippen Place Hotel: "The staff at the Shippen Place are awesome!" - Lizzie, Shippensburg, PA
The 2014 winners will receive a cling to display at their establishment, recognition on CVVB collateral including VisitCumberlandValley.com, features in Visitor & Partner eNewsletters, recognition in the December issue of First Choice Magazine, inclusion on a Route 11 Billboard, inclusion in the Spring 2014 Win a Getaway package, and a feature in the 2015/2016 Visitor Guide. The CVVB will continue the Best in the Valley campaign in 2014 and voting has already begun. The CVVB encourages businesses to seek votes from their customers and friends on www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.
Partner of the Year:
The CVVB announced the staff-chosen Partner of the Year Award at the Tourism Conference. The staff selected the Cumberland County Planning Department Staff to receive this year's award. The CVVB awarded the planning department with a plaque featuring a piece of trolley track salvaged during the Walnut Street Bridge Renovation Project in 2007 from the Gateway Historical Society. They also received a historic book of Cumberland County Maps from Canaday's Book Barn. They were selected for this year's award for their assistance on projects such as the Annual Farm Tours and for helping create the Cumberland Valley Map and Local Food Farm & Outdoor Attractions Guide. They were also recognized for bringing new ideas to the CVVB including the Yellow Breeches Creek and Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail Guides, two of the most popular collateral pieces among visitors and residents.
Volunteer of the Year:
The CVVB also awarded Volunteer of the Year to Lisa Brousse. She has contributed nearly 90 hours to the Cumberland Valley Visitor Center in downtown Carlisle since 2011 and also volunteers at five other community organizations.
The mission of the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau is to promote Cumberland Valley as a tourist destination, attract visitors to the area, enhance the visitor's experience, and to encourage and promote overnight stays.