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Artisan Trail Honored by Tourism Board

Courtesy of the Charlottesville Daily Progress

Albemarle County, Nelson County and the Waynesboro-based Artisans Center of Virginia were named joint winners of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 2012 Tourism Achievement Award.

The annual award honors entities in the region that have demonstrated leadership in supporting and advancing tourism. Begun last fall, the Monticello Artisan Trail is a collaboration of nearly 100 art studios, craft-related businesses, farms, restaurants, lodging and points of interest.

The initiative’s goal essentially is to provide a way for visitors to craft their own unique and authentic tourism experiences in the region.

Also this year, the CACVB began a new tradition of honoring individuals working in the local tourism industry. Those winners were:

  • Awilda Hayden, best server, The Boar’s Head
  • Tucker Yoder, best chef, The Clifton Inn
  • Joyce Kaswandik and Emily Whitworth, best customer service in lodging, Guesthouse Reservation Services
  • Travis Lively, best customer service in attractions, Monticello
  • Patty Pribus of the Blue Ridge Country Store received the You Made My Cville and Albemarle County Vacation award
  • Rex Marchman, best customer service, transportation services, Monticello

Bob Stroh, Ann Mallek, Greg McDonald, Susan Stimart, Maureen Kelley, Gary O’Connell and Susan Allen celebrate the Tourism Award to the Monticello Artisan Trail.

Read the full Daily Progress article by clicking here...

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