Thank you to all the people who voted in this year’s Hippo’s Best of 2015 readers poll, and congratulations to all the winners. It’s a sure sign spring is here.
This is the 14th year we’ve held this readers poll. and again it was the best Best of we’ve had, with thousands voting and thousands and thousands of answers and winners.
What impresses me is that readers take the time to tell us their favorites, and it’s amazing just how diverse those favorites are.
In Best Breakfast, for example, we had hundreds of different restaurants (and some private homes as well) that were chosen. In the end, that resulted in four best of choices (overall, Manchester, Nashua and Concord), but I really see that there were hundreds of winners. Winning is nice, but just being mentioned as someone’s best is really very special. The fact that voters chose hundreds of local restaurants, in just that one category, tells me that people have real passion for their favorite spots, and those people serving them do too. This is good news for our quality of life here in New Hampshire.
There isn’t the space to list everyone’s votes (and that might kill our editorial staff, which oversees the hundreds of hours of hand-vote counting — to count, we estimate, more than 500,000 votes). However, in our magazine, coming out in about four weeks, we take some categories and go deep, revealing, for example, the Top 15 Best Burgers and the Top 10 Best Places to Walk Your Dog. We also take the best restaurant list and go 50 deep (listing to top 50 vote-getters) in an issue that will hit stands at the end of April. Given that people chose more than 500 restaurants as their favorites, it’s quite an honor to be in the Top 50.
I noticed in this year’s overall winners more Concord places than in years past. It’s interesting to see the voting shift over time. There are lots of new winners this year as well.
What I like most about the Best of list is that it’s all of our favorite things about living here in New Hampshire. We can always pinpoint the things that bug us (like all the snow or those Massachusetts drivers), but what a different point of view you get when it’s what we love about our community. And that, at its core, is what our readers poll is all about — what we love.
So thank you, Hippo readers, for sharing with us what you love, and congratulations winners (and everyone who got a vote) on being loved.