Washington Family Magazine : July 2015
washingtonFAMILY.com July 2015 11 ReadeR Picks FoR the aRea’s Best! W e have been running the Best for FAMILIES survey in our magazine for more than 20 years! Two decades ago, we were a newspaper with only a print presence. Our survey had 84 categories, and voting was all done by mail – the old fashioned, stamp-on-it kind. Ten years ago, our 2005 survey grew to 127 categories. Even though we had a website, the voting was still old school: fill out a form, lick a stamp, find a mailbox. Fast forward to today – our 2015 survey is the biggest and best yet! We surveyed thousands of DMV moms and dads in over 200 categories and rounded up tens of thousands of votes completely online. Not a single stamp was harmed in the gathering of our data. We’ve gone to digital voting – but you can still leisurely browse the magazine to check out the winners. if your print copy isn’t on hand, we also have the results online for easy reference. You can find the complete Best for FAMILIES information on our website all year long. Just visit us at washingtonFAMILY.com and take a “scroll” down our home page. The listings are there - complete with links - so it takes just a click to access the D.C. area’s Best for FAMILIES restaurants, retail, activities, trips and more! We’ll be featuring news from our winners and runners-up on Facebook.com/WashingtonFamilyMagazine and Twitter (@FamilyMagDC) so be a part of our online FAMILY to get the latest updates! Follow us to be sure you’re the first to know about next year’s survey and nominate your favorite businesses for the 2016 honors. In the meantime, we’ll be posting images of some of our vintage issues from the past 20 years of Best for FAMILIES – you’ll be surprised to see who won back then, and who’s still winning today! Our Best for FAMILIES reflects the views of our readers and online followers. Your opinions count, and we’re glad to be able to share the wisdom of thousands of parent experts. All the survey results published in the magazine and on our website represent our readers’ choices. We’ve awarded the “Best” to our winners, and also listed those who were a close second as runners-up. Just to be clear, publishing the results does not constitute a public endorsement by Washington FAMILY or our staff. Our staff uses the Best for FAMILIES survey just like our readers use it – we find new family favorites every year!