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Top of the Town 2021

As always, 5280 readers are in the know when it comes to restaurants, happy hours, ski resorts, and everything in between.

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Even the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm 5280 readers feel for their favorite restaurants, cultural spots, shops, spas, and recreation destinations: This year, nearly 26,706 votes were cast to determine our Top of the Town readers’ choice recipients. We anointed winners in 82 categories across our Culture & Nightlife; Dining; Services; Shopping; and Sports, Outdoors, & Fitness sections. Although each won for a different reason, the victors all exhibited the ability to shine through difficult times. (The ongoing coronavirus outbreak, however, did make selecting editors’ picks impossible this year once again. We hope to be back for 2022!)

For Your Information

All the details you ever wanted to know about how we selected this year’s Top of the Town honorees.

How does 5280 pick Top of the Town winners?
Our readers select their favorites by casting votes via our online ballot. (The businesses that receive the most votes win.)

Don’t your advertisers automatically win?
No. Top of the Town recognition is based only on our readers’ votes; there is zero connection between advertisers and winners. The fact that some winners happen to be advertisers, or later decide to advertise in the magazine or online, does not influence our selections. Sure, we could make some folks happy by “selling” winners, but in the end, we’d lose a lot more than we’d gain—like our integrity and credibility with you.

How can my business get on the ballot?
Our ballot is a write-in format, meaning we don’t provide multiple-choice options. Voters can suggest whatever restaurant, store, person, or service they deem worthy for every category.

I have a business that deserves an award. How can I win?
Let people know about Top of the Town voting. Encourage your customers to vote for you next year (the readers’ choice ballot opens on in February). To help you spread the word, we can make a Top of the Town tool kit available to you; it includes downloadable marketing materials and links to our site and the ballot.

How do I vote?
Visit (voting occurs online in February and March), sign in with your name and email address, and cast your ballot. It’s that simple.

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