Best of Summerlin winners announced

Twelve Summerlin businesses, popular outdoor venues and a school now carry a coveted title: They are 2013 Best of Summerlin winners.

More than 2,000 people cast votes on from Sept. 9 through Oct. 11, selecting from among three top nominees in each category.

This is the first time the competition has included a separate voting period, after about 500 people submitted nominations during the month of August.

Danielle Bisterfeldt, director of marketing for Summerlin, announced the winners at the Summerlin Art festival on Oct. 13.

The 2013 winners are:

■ Best Park: Gardens Park

■ Best School Spirit: Palo Verde High School

■ Best Swimming Pool: Willows Pool

■ Best Place to Work Out (gym or outdoor location): All trails and parks

■ Best Family-friendly Restaurant: BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

■ Best Happy Hour: Yard House

■ Best Restaurant for a Celebration: Vintner Grill

■ Best Locally Owned Restaurant or Eatery: Rachel’s Kitchen

■ Best Doctor: Dr. Matthew Brooks, Town Center Animal Hospital

■ Best Golf Course: TPC Summerlin;

■ Best Small Retail Business (nonrestaurant, 20 employees or fewer): Best Kept Secret Boutique

■ Best Community Event: Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.

“This ‘Best of’ competition gives residents a fun way to spotlight the Summerlin businesses and locations that best demonstrate the community’s goals for positive social engagement and healthy living,” Bisterfeldt said.

“This year, we added some new categories like Best School Spirit and Best Doctor to really engage the community on all levels, and it resulted in huge voting numbers and interest from people throughout the community,” she said.

Many of the businesses named as finalists promoted the campaign using specially designed Best of Summerlin marketing materials provided by The Howard Hughes Corp.

Winners receive either a Best of Summerlin 2013 winner’s sign or window cling for display.

The competition was open to all valley residents but only locations within the 22,500-acre master-planned community qualified as finalists.