Proximity to assets like green spaces, hiking trails, waterfalls, and mountains played a big role in which cities made it on the list. This is one of the main things people mention when talking about the Roanoke hiking scene – some of the most beautiful hikes in the U.S. are just a 15-minute drive from downtown.
This is timely news considering the City of Roanoke just announced over 100 miles of trails and greenways within its limits, and they plan to celebrate with a trail work day and party on Mill Mountain, September 23. And that’s 100 miles solely in the urban core!
Below is your guide to the “Best of the Roanoke Region” over the Thanksgiving holiday. Share this with your college students, adult children, or anyone coming to visit this season – and show off everything your community has to offer.
Get2KnowNoke has hand-selected the trendiest cocktail lounges, the best outdoor adventures, the tastiest eats, breweries you may not have tried, cool new shops that just opened, and so much more. We tried to highlight everything new that your friends and family may not have tried, as well as all the old favorites.
Wed. Nov. 24
Plan your Friendsgiving at one of the region’s top restaurants or grab a craft cocktail to celebrate.
“Now that you can remotely work from anywhere in the world – why would you not choose a place with beautiful mountains, great dining, arts and culture, breweries for days, a huge outdoor community; where your commute is non-existent and adventure is endless.”
-Taylor Johnson, Director of Talent Attraction
Wednesday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Eve)
Plan Your Friendsgiving: Grab dinner with hometown friends at one of the region’s trendy new spots and Star City favorites.
Bloom (Wasena): Restaurant and wine bar serving seasonal small-plates and libations.
Sidecar (Downtown Roanoke): Located next to Martin’s Downtown, this mid-century, art deco designed modern bar and restaurant serving seafood, steak, and superior cocktails is a must do.
1772 Rooftop Bar on Main (Fincastle): A rooftop bar featuring a bar made out of an old prop plane, and views overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have Wine Wednesdays with $5 glasses, and award winning mixologists.
Thanksgiving Eve Downtown Roanoke: One of the biggest social nights of the year! See old and new friends at any of Downtown Roanoke’s bars. Our list of favorites will be pouring late so you can catch up with old and new friends.
#OptOutside on Black Friday: The movement started by outdoor retail company REI in 2015 is celebrated here in the Roanoke Valley, an outdoor wonderland. Instead of spending your day stressed out in crowded stores, enjoy a beautiful outing in the Blue Ridge Mountains .
PRO TIP: Bring a bag on your adventure to collect litter and keep our region beautiful.
Blue Ridge Parkway: Explore the beauty of the most visited park in the US at any of these local stops.
Peaks of Otter: Take a leisurely stroll around Abbott Lake and enjoy the views from the base or challenge yourself to a hike up Sharp Top Mountain to 360 mountain views.
Explore Park: Explore Park features hundreds of acres of trails, riverside views, and outdoor fun. Whether you want to get in a game of Disc Golf or take a bike through the 14 miles of trails, you are sure to get in some serious outdoor adventure. Finish the day at Twin Creeks brew pub.
Mill Mountain: Haven’t taken a visit to the city’s iconic star in a while? Take a trip up the Mill Mountain Greenway with a picnic at the star. With miles of hiking, mountain biking and running trails, the zoo and the botanical gardens – there is plenty to do for all ages.
Carvins Cove Natural Reserve: With 60 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, you are sure to find beautiful fall foliage at this outdoor hidden gem.
Roanoke’s Regional Greenways: The greenways that lie within the City of Roanoke’s limits include Roanoke River Greenway, Garden City Greenway, Mill Mountain Greenway, Murray Run Greenway, Lick Run Greenway, and Tinker Creek Greenway.
Jackson River Scenic Trail: Virginia’s newest and extremley scenic rails-to-trails project is just outside of downtown Covington. Easy access makes it popular for residents and visitors to walk, bike, or jog along the Jackson River in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands.
Star City Beer Tour: The Roanoke Region has 16 craft breweries to choose from but one cool little nook of town has three all within a few blocks. Head to the trendy West End to check out of Roanoke’s neighborhoods on the rise.
IPAs, Stouts, and Pale Ales – Oh My! Try them all at these West End Breweries
Twisted Track: Offers pub fare and craft beer and ciders with a twist.
Golden Cactus: Brewing daily at this colorful, kid-friendly brewery with a greenhouse vibe.
We had such a blast searching for LOVE with you last year that we’re doing it again in 2020 … and there are some new love signs to find! The #SearchForLove2020 Photo Contest starts now and runs throughout February.
With more than a dozen love signs in the Roanoke Region, you’ll have no problem getting in on this contest. Use clues posted on Instagram Stories @Get2KnowNoke to find them throughout the month of February. Take photos at locations you LOVE and share! Continue reading “#SearchForLove2020 Photo Contest”
August is Art Month in the Roanoke Region! #Get2KnowArt by participating in a month-long photo contest for sweet prizes and/or join us on an adventure to check out beautiful art installations, murals, and museums we have right here in our backyard.
Looking for a new activity? Expand Outside is heading to the Greenfield Disc Golf Course. The Roanoke Disc Golf Club will provide discs and instruction. After disc golf, we plan to hang out on the patio at Ballast Point. Continue reading “Expand Outside: Disc Golf”