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We're Looking for the Best of the Southwest

11/05/2013 03:59PM ● Published by Steve

The Sun Runner, The Journal of the Real Desert, is starting off its 20th year in print with The Best of the Southwest: 2014 Desert Travel Issue.

This new issue marks the transition of The Sun Runner from The Magazine of the Real California Desert to The Journal of the Real Desert, expanding our editorial coverage and distribution across the American Southwest.

The expansion comes in the wake of the launch of The Real Desert, with Steve Brown, the PBS TV show now reaching 5.7 million households across southern California, and set to expand shortly to an additional 7 million households on the DISH satellite network, as well as to additional PBS stations.

The Best of the Southwest: 2014 Desert Travel Issue is designed to introduce The Sun Runner to the Southwest, as an independent regional publication (print and digital), and to highlight the region's offerings at the 2014 LA Travel & Adventure Show, the largest travel show in the country.

What we're looking for are your recommendations for the best attractions, destinations, hotels, resorts, inns, restaurants, tours, day trips, backcountry expeditions, art galleries, historical sites, theatre groups, bands and musicians, cultural experiences, natural beauty, and whatever strikes our readers as the best of the real Southwest. We'll have prizes for folks who participate, and we are seeking a title sponsor for the online/social media campaign for The Best of the Southwest.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Send your “Best of the Southwest” nominations to us at publisher@thesunrunner.com with “Best of the Southwest” in the subject line, by January 3, 2014. The earlier you send nominations, the earlier we can post them to this page. Please send suggestions with full information – ie: what category they belong to, and where they are located (include state – we're dealing with a large geographic region), as well as your contact information (for prize purposes), and tell us briefly why you think your nominee(s) are the best of the Southwest.

We'll post each nominee below and allow voting on each. After January 3, we'll tally up those with the highest number of votes in each category, in each state, and we'll use that information to help compile our Best of the Southwest: 2014 Desert Travel Issue.


As this is for The Sun Runner, The Journal of the Real Desert, we are accepting nominations from the following regions:

All of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico

California deserts

Western/Southern Utah

Southwestern Colorado

West Texas

Eastern Oregon

Southeastern Washington

Southern Idaho

Southwestern Wyoming

Mexican deserts (including Baja California)


Best of Categories Include:

 

LODGING

Best Resort

Best Hotel

Best B&B

Best Small Inn

Best Glamping

Best Campground

Best Hotel Restaurant

 

DINING

Best Southwestern Cuisine

Best Fine Dining Experience

Best Steakhouse

Best BBQ

Best Mexican

Best Food Truck

Best Breakfast Place

Best Coffee House

Best Coffee Roaster

Best Chef

Best Specialty Foods Maker

Best Dates

Best Date Shakes


NIGHTLIFE

Best Hangout Bar

Best Small Live Music Venue

Best Large Live Music Venue

Best Dance Club

Best Casino

Best Place to Party

Most Unique Place to Party

Best Drinks

Best Desert Drink

Best Poolside Dining

Best Honky Tonk

Best Live Theatre

Best Movie Theater

Best Special Events Venue

Best Bartender

ATTRACTIONS

Best Art Festival

Best Music Festival

Best Arts & Music Festival

Best Pow Wow

Best Tribal Cultural Event

Best Art Museum

Best Art Gallery

Best Local Museum

Best Air Museum

Best Car Museum

Best History Museum

Best Jeep Tour

Best Ghost Tour

Best Guided Tour

Best Mine Tour

Best Family Attraction

Best Place for a Date

Best State Park

Best National Park/Monument

Best Ghost Town

Best Place for Nature Photography

Best Zoo or Animal Park

Best Auto Racing

Best Motorcycle Racing

Best Off-Road Event

Best Place for a Hike

Best Place to See Wildlife in the Wild

Best Place on Route 66 in the Southwest

Best Place to Propose

Best Wedding Venue

Best “Real Desert” Experience

SHOPPING

Best “Real Desert” Shopping

Best Antique Shop

Best Boutique or Clothing Shop

Best Gift Shop

Best Music (CDs/Vinyl) Shop

Best Music Shop (Instruments)

Best Outdoor Shopping

Best Swap Meet or Street Fair

Best Independent Shopping Mall

Best Desert Product

CULTURE
Best Musical Group: Rock

Best Musical Group: Jazz

Best Musical Group: Latin

Best Musical Group: Folk

Best Musical Group: Singer/Songwriter

Best Musical Group: Desert Rock

Best Musical Group: Native American

Best Musical Group: Mariachi

Best Musical Group: Cabaret

Best Musical Group: Classical

Best Musical Group: Other (or suggest category)

Best Visual Artist

Best Metal Artist

Best Mixed Media Artist

Best Landscape Artist

Best Fine Art Photographer

Best Landscape Photographer

Best Wildlife Photographer

Best Jeweler

Best Performance Artist

Best Outsider Artist

Best “Southwestern” Artist

Best Dance Group

Best Tribal Dance Group

Best Theatre Group

Best Comedy (Improv or other) Group

Best Comedian

Best Filmmaker

Best Desert Advocacy Organization (advocates for preservation, history, etc.)

Please feel free to recommend additional categories (and we will add some as we go). Please feel free to nominate yourself if you or your business or organization fit within a category.

Please note: This is for fun. There is no way possible we could list every “best” everything across the Southwest in one issue of The Sun Runner. We look forward to many more issues highlighting many more people, places, and things that are the best of the Southwest. Thanks for participating!



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