Roanoke Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Roanoke Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with everything that makes a destination become one of our favorites. For the outdoor enthusiast it is America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. With over 400 miles of trails for mountain biking, ranging from easy downhill rides to challenging cross country treks.
Roanoke’s outdoor experiences include hiking and checking out the Roanoke star on top of Mill Mountain. The Roanoke Star is an iconic symbol of Virginia’s Blue Ridge that overlooks the valley and mountains. Plan to go up for one of the most instagramable pictures that you can take. At night, this large free-standing, illuminated star is the perfect spot for a photo. Roanoke is Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain destination.
Roanoke is also home of the Black Dog Salvage – DIY Network show for 11 seasons as Salvage Dawgs. You can go there, visit and of course buy too.
Taste the area with restaurants in Roanoke Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Places to eat:
-Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen where I saw my favorite on the menu – Tater tots -Bloom restaurants & Wine bar let me dive into several small plates created with locally sourced ingredients.
-The Green Goat was serves up delicious meals in a location that feel like you’re out in nature. The bar offers delicious cocktails to pair with your meal.
-Hotel Roanoke Pine Room restaurant and 1882 Lobby Bar
– The Liberty Trust Hotel – The Vault Restaurant
Place to stay:
The liberty Trust Hotel ……a newly renovated property in the center of Roanoke, close to great restaurants, shops and museums. Visit their website – thelibertytrusthotel.com
Roanoke Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain experience offers history and museums too.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture located inside the Center in the Square highlights the local history of African American who have made contributions to the community in education, medicine and the arts. Visit their website – harrisonmuseum.com
Roanoke Pinball Museum with pinball machines dating back to the early 1900’s to present day machines. Visit their website roanokepinball.org
The Taubman Museum -See the work of Betty Branch and her Retrospective art. Visit their website for hours and ticketing info – taubmanmuseum.org
Virginia Museum of Transportation. Featuring a special permanent exhibit From Cotton to Silk – it is an exhibit on African American’s contribution to the railroad. For more information visit vmt.org
Looking for travel gear – here’s your list of items to get for yourself or your favorite traveler:
Items made with recyclable material and just what you need when visiting Roanoke Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
It’s name – Greenlander, lets you know it’s all about sustainable production methods to help keep the environment clean. The Anti-Theft Greenlander 21L Backpack is made of recycled materials that are GRS certifies which insures they meet ISO standards along with strict social and environmental requirements to ensure no chemicals are used. The Anti-Theft security system includes slash-resistant mesh barrier on the front, sides and bottom to protect your valuables from prying hands. There is RFID blocking too! Pack with peace of mind.
Made from recycled materials, this 15.6 inch backpack is not only stylish but helps save the environment too. The Sangano EcoSmart Travel Backpack fits everything you’ll need for a weekend getaway. Pack your laptop and a few clothing items and you’re set to go. By using GRS-certified recycled materials, 9 plastic bottles were kept out of our waterways and landfills.
Origins Large Backpack is made from sustainable materials, has antibacterial properties, and it’s antitheft with four layers of protection from any attempt to slash your bag. This is your bag to take along with you for the style, sustainability, anti-theft for a fun weekend getaway.
Anyone looking to elevate their style? Here’s the backpack that will have everyone saying “who’s that with the cool backpack?” The weatherproof backpack made of 100% recycled 400D Nylon is built to hold your 16” laptop and all of your personal items for a weekend getaway. With hidden pockets your valuables are safe and the roller bag strap gives your a hands free stroll when you’re packing for a longer trip.
This 16 inch, light weight (only 3.5 lbs) backpack is built to GO! Here’s where cool meets function with Aleon Aluminum and Nylon Hybrid system for travel gear; it’s protective and stylish. The aluminum helps keep everything secure and well protected. Organized everything and carry it hands free on your suitcase on comfortably on your back. Easily fit a 13 Inch laptop or tablet into the padded sleeve and a change of clothes and you’re ready to go
Ooohh…Bamboo Stretch Knit Pajamas. They’re one of Oprah’s favorite things, so you know they had to make this list too. The Long Sleeve Bamboo Pajamas are a soft stretch-knit from bamboo-based viscose that’s both breathability and luxurious at the same time. The lightweight fabric helps you sleep cooler than cotton. Comfy for sleeping or lounging; either way, you’re sure to be the best dressed at home or while traveling.
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With a mission to stop single-use plastic, Hydaway collapsible cups, tumblers, and bowls have conservation as their number one mission. Easy to pack, use, wash and store, there is no need to grab the plastic when heading out on a trip, for a hike, boating, camping, or any activity you have in mind. And the collapsable bowl is perfect for your fur baby’s time on the road too. It makes a great water bowl.
Cup – $14.95
Pint – $17.95
Bowl – $21.95
Backpack – $39.95
Bring Fido along for the trip and help them stay clean after a romp around the dog park. The Duty Mitt fits most sizes of hands, and it’s easy to slip on and wipe the day’s dirt and grime from your favorite fur baby.
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