Nevada City nominated “the best town ever” by Outdoor magazine

Each year, Outside Magazine scours the nation to find those dream cities that offer a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors. This year, for it’s 35th Anniversary issue October, Outside is calling on the public to help select the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists in their Best Town Ever Facebook app.

To select the finalists, Outside partnered with the non-profit American Rivers to find great places to live that have the usual dreamy quality-of-living criteria and also an active recreational engagement with nearby waterways-kayaking, fishing, boating, walking and bike paths, and riverfront parks – and a positive environment story.

The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town in America” and will be featured in the October 2012 magazine cover, and on Outside online.”

The towns nominated include – Hood River, OR; Missoula, MT; Boise, ID; Nevada City, CA; Durango, CO; Ithaca, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC.

Voting officially begins at 12:00am EDT June 12, 2012 and ends at 11:59PM EDT July 9, 2012.

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

11 thoughts on “Nevada City nominated “the best town ever” by Outdoor magazine”

  1. N.C. certainly deserves this honor, but since the category is towns, I’d scratch Milwaukee & Richmond immediately, replace them with neglected, and IMO, much more versatile and beautiful towns from VT or other N.E. states. All of N.C. could probably fit in the Vanderbilt Mansion in Asheville–with its 4 story high chandelier hanging in the gap of a spiral staircase. I’d call Nashville a city, too. Ithaca is in the heart of the former Iroquois Confederacy territory and finger lakes, and has lots of history. Cheers to the winner!

  2. This is very cool. I wonder what the econimc value of this type of national and international “PR exposure” is worth in promoting Nevada City, I bet a lot!

    1. It is! And it is not the traditional way that tourism has always been promoted here. Outdoor magazine is calling out our success to save the Yuba River, and citing our environmental poets like Gary Snyder. Geotourism is on fire.

      1. I have been saying for years that the road for economic recovery in our county is not to try to resurrect the home building/home selling business model (its gone and will not be back in our lifetime). But by doing what Costa Rica has done. Promote our environment, Nevada County should be the outdoor sport capital of the West and we all know that Nevada City is the heart of Nevada City.

  3. Thanks John. It’s interesting to see that Outdoor magazine, Lonely Planet and others see us that way too. Memo to our county: Hint, hint!

    1. Jeff:

      I went to the link, but could not vote. Apparently a person has to have a Facebook account in order to vote? Or am I missing something?

  4. Jeff:

    Thanks — I’ll have a go at it through the mag’s contact info. Maybe others w/o a Facebook account will do the same?

    Thanks for the suggestion and the link.

  5. Jeff/All:

    Rc’d the following from Outdoor in response to my question about non-Facebook people voting:

    “Sorry Steve. This time it’s Facebook only.”

    Oh, well — maybe it’s time for me to join the 21st century?

      1. Michael:

        Thanks — interesting article. Doubt if I will ever become a Facebook user anyway, but appreciate the link.

        For me, e-mail is about as sophisticated as I think I’ll ever get. Have a friend who suggested I Twitter, but after I set up the account I really couldn’t figure out how to use it. So there it sits.

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