The annual Best of the Best Awards celebrates the best businesses, organizations, people and more that the local community believe deserve to be named the best! This annual event is hosted and organized by the Observer-Reporter and warrants more than 450,000 nominations and votes each year!
Check out the 2023 winners in the Distillery, Antique Store, Museum, Tourist Attraction and Seasonal Attraction categories below.
For more on this year's winners, check out Part I (Best Craft Brewery, Best Farmers Market, Best Golf Course, Best Event, Best All-Around Restaurant) and Part II (Best Winery, Best Boutique, Best Hotel, Best Festival/Fair, Best Dining Experience).
Best DistilleryBack to Top of List
The best Distillery this year was Liberty Pole Spirits! Liberty Pole Spirits, nestled in the heart of Washington, Pennsylvania, is a haven for spirits enthusiasts. This family-owned distillery has a rich legacy of handcrafting premium small-batch whiskeys. The founders' commitment to quality is evident in every sip, as they source the finest ingredients and employ traditional techniques. Beyond the exceptional libations, Liberty Pole Spirits offers visitor's experiences, providing tours that delve into the intricate art of distillation. The warm and inviting atmosphere of their tasting room invites visitors to savor the flavors of the crafted spirits. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, Liberty Pole Spirits promises an unforgettable journey into the world of premium, locally crafted spirits.
Best Antique StoreBack to Top of List
The winning Antique Store was The Antique Loft at Trax Farms. Trax Farms Antique Loft is a treasure trove for enthusiasts of vintage charm and unique finds. Located within the scenic Trax Farms complex in Finleyville, this antique store invites visitors to step back in time and explore a curated collection of antiques, collectibles, and one-of-a-kind pieces. From rustic furniture and classic décor to timeless artifacts, The Antique Loft at Trax Farms captures the essence of the past. Whether you're on the hunt for a statement piece for your home or simply looking to stroll through the past, the Antique Loft promises a delightful journey through the pages of history.
Best MuseumBack to Top of List
The Bradford House Museum was crowned the best Museum in 2023. The Bradford House serves as a window into this region's storied past. This well-kept, preserved and restored historic site was once the residence of David Bradford, a prominent figure in the Whiskey Rebellion. Today, the Bradford House stands as a living testament to the rich heritage of Western Pennsylvania. Visitors can explore the beautifully appointed rooms, each designed with period-appropriate furnishings. The knowledgeable guides offer fascinating insights into the life and times of David Bradford and the pivotal events that unfolded within these walls. Whether you're a history buff, a student of the past, or simply a curious traveler, a visit to the Bradford House promises a journey back in time, providing a glimpse into the early days of America's westward expansion and the challenges faced.
Best Tourist AttractionBack to Top of List
Hollywood Casino at the Meadows was voted the best Tourist Attraction in 2023 and for a great reason! Hollywood Casino at the Meadows is a premier entertainment destination that combines thrilling gaming with a vibrant atmosphere. The casino has a vast array of slot machines, table games, and poker rooms. Beyond the casino floor, visitors can have lovely dining experiences, from upscale steakhouses to casual eateries. The venue also hosts live entertainment events, creating a lively and engaging atmosphere for guests. With its commitment to providing an all-encompassing entertainment experience, Hollywood Casino at the Meadows stands as a perfect tourist destination, offering a perfect blend of gaming, dining, and entertainment in the heart of Washington County
Best Seasonal AttractionBack to Top of List
Pony League World Series was selected as the best Seasonal Attraction. The Pony League World Series, a celebrated baseball event in Washington County, is a thrilling showcase of young talent and a celebration of baseball. Every year, teams from around the world gather to compete in this prestigious tournament, bringing together passionate young athletes and enthusiastic fans. The event not only showcases exceptional baseball skills but also fosters camaraderie and sportsmanship among players and spectators alike. The atmosphere, crowd and of course athletes make the Pony League World Series an unforgettable experience, creating lasting memories for participants and fostering a deep love for the game of baseball right here in Washington County.