Best of WNC 2024


In 2024, Xpress is marking its 30th year of reporting on all things local. Help us celebrate by voting in the Best of WNC poll. What better way to recognize all the wonderful people, businesses and attractions that make our region such a special place to live!

Don’t get your party hats and streamers out just yet! Before we toast to 30 years, we’ve all got to do our part and vote. Each year, thousands of residents and visitors alike partake in our annual Best Of WNC survey to evaluate what stands out and shines in this wonderful place — Western North Carolina.

Celebrate your local passions and knowledge today. We’ve got hundreds of topics and issues to consider, but don’t worry — you can skip categories that you’re either unfamiliar with or uninterested in. Of course, we do ask that all participants complete at least 30 questions.

Once you’ve completed your vote, be sure to keep an eye out for this year’s winners. We’ll announce them in August. We’ll also be hosting our annual Best Of WNC party that month as well. That is when the celebrations truly begins!

These are the rules for the 2024 Best of WNC Readers’ Poll:

  1. The official voting period is Monday, April 1 , through 11:59 p.m. (midnight) Tuesday, April 30.
  2. Your ballot must have at least 30 valid answers completed to be counted (Responses like “don’t know” and “NA” don’t count).
  3. You have seven days to complete your ballot. After seven days, your ballot will be automatically closed and submitted.
  4. One ballot per reader. We reserve the right to reject any ballot we deem fraudulent.
  5. Read and follow section and category instructions.

Have a problem voting? Call us Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 251-1333. Or e-mail us at

A few important points before you get started…

    • All categories are free-choice write-in. However, the ballot has an autocomplete drop-down menu for most categories, to improve your voting experience (and our vote-tabulation process). When you type 3 or more characters in an answer field (for most categories), you’ll be offered a drop-down list of answers to choose from. If you don’t see the answer you want, just ignore the list and type your own answer.
    • You can take a break from voting by clicking the “Resume Later” button, which allows you to close your ballot and return later. You have seven days to complete your ballot.
    • Save your ballot-registration email — it contains the link you’ll need to return to your ballot (until you complete your ballot by clicking “Submit”).
    • To return to your unfinished ballot, click the link in your original ballot-registration email that you received when you initially registered.
  • To get started, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the link.

Got a business you think should be voted Best of WNC? Want to help promote your favorite places? Here are links to download printable promotional materials PDF and online “Vote Now” Web Graphics.