ROANOKE, Va. — Sample some Southern cuisine and warm Virginia hospitality at the Hotel Roanoke, where creamy peanut soup, and Hotel Roanoke Spoonbread are menu favorites.
A full yellow moon over the Blue Ridge Mountains makes a typical beautiful evening in Roanoke even better.
The town's recognizable lighted star sparkles at the top of Mill Mountain, where the gregarious mayor, David Bowers, sometimes greets visitors as he walks his dog.
Roanoke, situated 240 miles from Washington, D.C., and 40 miles from Blacksburg, site of Virginia Tech, is a gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most favored drives.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, established in 1936, runs 469 miles, mostly along the famous Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The parkway is a National Scenic byway and is the most visited site in the United States National Park Service.
The “Star City,” is a scenic vacation destination offering old-fashioned Southern hospitality, railroad history, arts and culture, fine dining and family-owned wineries.
An array of outdoor activities includes bird watching, hiking, biking, boating and fishing. The scenery is a nature lover's dream. Look for flowering shrubs and wildflowers in the spring, including rhododendrons and dogwoods, daisies and aster flowers in the summer.
Accommodations in the city and outlying areas are available to suit every taste. Choose from campgrounds, cabins and lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels and motels.
The stately and historic Hotel Roanoke is a popular choice for visitors who appreciate first class accommodations in the heart of the city.
The Tudor-style hotel was built in 1882, to shelter and sustain thousands of workers who flocked to the area to share in the prosperity of the Norfolk and Western Railroad, a combination of the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad with the Shenandoah Valley Railroad.
Since those early days the hotel has reveled in glory days, and survived the hard times. Through the years it has served as a gathering place for locals and visitors from throughout the world.