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Visit Loudoun honors 2012 Best in Tourism

Doug Fabbioli was honored as the Judy Patterson Tourism Award winner at the 17th Annual Visit Loudoun Annual Meeting and Tourism Awards at Belmont Country Club May 9. Courtesy photo/Joylyn Hannahs, Visit Loudoun
Members of the Loudoun County tourism community came together May 9 for the 17th Annual Visit Loudoun Annual Meeting and Tourism Awards at Belmont Country Club.

Highlighting the event were the announcements of several award winners for the 2012 year.

Doug Fabbioli, longtime owner of Fabbioli Cellars and member of the Loudoun County Rural Economic Council, was awarded the prestigious Judy Patterson Tourism Award.

The Judy Patterson Tourism Award, which recognizes the top individual or organization that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the Loudoun County Tourism Industry, is Visit Loudoun’s highest honor.

Patterson was a founding board member of Visit Loudoun and a creative, innovative, tourism professional with a passion for Loudoun County, its towns, historic sites and tourism opportunities. The Visit Loudoun Board of Directors established this award in 1998 to honor individuals and organizations that exhibit a passion for tourism and contribute to the tourism industry a legacy by which they will be remembered.

Fabbioli was one of the first winemakers to set up in Loudoun. When he arrived from his native California, there were only about five wineries operating in Loudoun. Loudoun's wine industry has skyrocketed since then, with a total of 41 wineries operating in the county.

Seven other awards were presented during the event.

Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit was honored as the 2012 Tourism Event of the Year under 3,000 participants.

Winning this award for the attendance above 3,000 participants was the Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza.

Taking home the 2012 Tourism Volunteer of the Year was Terry Corle, Sr., the superintendent of the Loudoun County Fair.

Winning the Tourism Front-Line Employee of the Year was the Manager of the Salamander Touch Fern Bratton. The Tourism Management Employee of the Year was Maria Canora, the hospitality and special events manager for Doukenie Winery.

The 2012 Humanitarian Award went to the Farm-to-Fork Loudoun and Visit Loudoun's 2012 Partner of the year was Tarara Winery.

Also introduced at the event was Visit Loudoun's Destination Restaurants, which include a wide range of delicacies.

In order to be considered restaurants had to feature local products or produce on their menus, offer a unique atmosphere and not be a part of a commercial chain.

Businesses named as Destination Restaurants include Clyde's Willowcreek Farm, Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza, Goodstone Inn and Restaurant, Grandale Restaurant, Hunter's Head Tavern, Lightfoot Restaurant, Magnolia's at the Mill, Market Salamander, Market Table Bistro, Red Fox Inn and Tavern, The Restaurant at Potowmack Farms, Tuscarora Mill and The Wine Kitchen.

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