Each year, the Calaveras Visitors Bureau (CVB) recognizes an outstanding business that has gone above and beyond to attract visitors to Calaveras through new or unique ideas, products or services. In 2013 we expanded this program to recognize more businesses and to encourage more innovation by honoring a business in each of six categories:

• Event • Attraction • Lodging • Restaurant • Retail • Recreation

The CVB and CVB member businesses nominate businesses for the awards and vote on the nominees. This means the Innovators in Tourism for Calaveras County are now decided by their peers. The nominee that receives the most votes overall becomes our overall winner for the year. Winners are announced at the CVB Annual Dinner.

For 2013 the top honor went to Arnold Black Bear Inn (which also won in the Lodging category) for their development as a premiere wedding destination and their new Top Chef Challenge event packages.

Bruce and Wendi Davison (right) accepting their award from CVB Board president Stephen Kautz, and additional honors from State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow.

Bruce and Wendi Davison from Arnold Black Bear Inn (right) accepting their award from CVB Board president Stephen Kautz (left), and additional honors from State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (center).

 

Additional 2013 winners in other categories were:

EVENT – Twisted Oak Winery, for bringing a new venue to Calaveras’ evening entertainment scene with its Summer Concert Series.

ATTRACTIONCalaveras Big Trees State Park, for their interpretive programs, warming hut and new visitor center.

RESTAURANTSidewinders / Doke Sushi, for filling a culinary niche, offering live music, staying open late and being dependably high quality.

RETAILStories in Stones, for their unique retail experience and educational outreach.

RECREATIONArnold Rim Trail Association, for the planning and development of the Arnold Rim Trail and map.

For full details on the 2013 Innovations in Tourism Awards, see our blog: 2013 Innovations in Tourism Award-Winners Announced.

Outstanding businesses honored for innovation in prior years are:

2012Courtwood Wine Tours, Chris & Larry Parker

2011Calaveras Concierge, Suki Tuthill

2010Bear Valley Mountain

2009O.A.R.S. Whitewater Rafting, George Wendt

2008Cave & Mine Adventures, Stephen Fairchild

2007Ironstone Vineyards

2006 – Anna Gutierrez (Murphys Vacation Rentals) Motherlode Marketing

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