Ashland, Oregon Selected as Top Ten Finalist in Outside Magazine’s Search For The “Best Town In America”

Cast Your Vote For Ashland During Outside’s ‘Best Town Ever” Contest Starting TODAY, June 8th
ASHLAND, OREGON | JUNE 8TH Ashland has been selected by Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, as a finalist in its search to determine the best Outside town in America. The three week competition, held exclusively on Facebook, will kick-off on June 8, 2011 at
Outside scoured the nation to find dream cities that offered a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors; and Ashland is a top contender! Now Outside is calling on the public to help choose the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists that include:  Charleston, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Madison, WI; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Santa Fe, NM; Ashland, OR; Boulder, CO; Burlington, VT; Tucson, AZ.
“We are honored to be selected as one of the Best Towns, showcasing Ashland’s adventures in culinary, culture and outdoor experiences.  Our quality of life here is unmatched. Cast your vote for Ashland today!” said Ashland Chamber Visitor Bureau Director, Katharine Flanagan.
The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town in America” and will be featured on the October 2011 magazine cover, Outside Online, and an exclusive segment on Outside Television.
“These top ten towns ALL have the soul and the substance to be called Outside’s Best Town Ever. Our audience is extremely passionate about where they choose to live and travel – so we are thrilled to engage them in the process to help us determine the best,” said Outside’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Keyes.
As part of the contest, the public can vote, submit photos, video and comments backing up their selection; content that will have a chance to appear in the Outside magazine and on Outside Television. All voters will have a chance to win a five-day adventure to one of the top ten towns. The winning town will be determined through a combination of total votes; overall support as a result of content submitted; and creativity.

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About Outside Magazine
Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle magazine with 2.5 million readers every month. For more than 30 years, the magazine’s mission has been to inspire active participation through award-winning coverage of travel, sports, adventure, health & fitness, gear & apparel, personalities, the environment, and the style & culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at

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