EXPLORE VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE LIKE A LOCAL
STEP OUT ON THE TOWN
Just steps from your hotel room is Downtown Roanoke and a whole world to explore. Spend a day walking around town and discover the great local shops, restaurants, museums and more!
The Historic Roanoke City Market area is the oldest continuously operating open-air market in Virginia and just steps from your room. Visit the Market year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8AM to 5PM for produce of every sort and the finest regional crafts. The entire Market District includes unique shopping, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, museum shops, and much more!
The Taubman Museum of Art is part of the lively metro mountain mix of arts, culture and outdoor fun in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The Museum offers eleven galleries as part of the Fralin Center for American Art and hosts 15-20 exhibitions per year. The Taubman Museum of Art offers free general daily admission. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Step out the front door and discover a train lovers playground! Cross the railroad via the Market Square Walkway and discover the Roanoke's David Goode Walkway - Rail Walk, linking the O. Winston Link Museum, located inside the former Norfolk and Western Rail Station and the Virginia Museum of Transportation. If you're a true rail fan, book the Train Lover's Package! Don't forget to visit the Roanoke Rail Cam!
Home to three museums, three performing arts companies, and the region's arts council, with calendars of events, Center in the Square is a must see attraction to inspire, play and discover! Featuring a living coral reef aquarium, a butterfly garden and an amazing panoramic rooftop view of the Star City, Center in the Square is home to the region’s art, science, and history museums as well as live professional theatre, dance, and opera.
The Berglund Center is Western Virginia's premiere full-service facility with a 10,500 seat coliseum, 2,151 seat Performing Arts Theatre, 14,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, and a new 46,000 square feet Special Events Center. Home of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and located within walking distance to the hotel, the Berglund Center features live entertainment, sporting events and cultural and concert performances by some of the biggest names in the world.
City of Roanoke’s Elmwood Park is one of Southwest Virginia’s newest premier concert and festival venue. Elmwood Park features a 4,000+ capacity amphitheater with cascading grass terraces for seating, a state-of-the-art illuminated fountain in front of the stage, tree-lined walkway with decorative fountains, and an art walk with beautiful sculptures. Elmwood Park is about an 8 minute walk from the Hotel.
Downtown Roanoke is a showcase for the region's thriving arts community, featuring diverse galleries, museums and artist’s studios. A highly entertaining and insightful thing to do is to check out downtown Roanoke’s art scene across the Market Square Walkway to see paintings, sculpture, prints, photography and all kinds of art. Galleries are like hidden gems and you can be the first among your neighbors, friends and families to know ‘what’s happening’ and tell them all about it. Check out the listings and plan your visits!
Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge is the official source of information about visiting the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Located across the street from the hotel, the organization serves to help you plan your visit, business meeting, convention, sports event, or group tour in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The staff is eager to assist and are able to provide professional meeting planners and group tour operators with a wide array of services including step-on guides, suggested itineraries, site inspections tours and much more.
AROUND THE TOWN
No trip to Roanoke is complete without visiting the 100 foot neon star on Mill Mountain! The best part is that it is accessbile by hiking, biking or by car. Within the park boundaries you will find the famous Roanoke Star and two overlooks with stunning views of the city and Blue Ridge Mountains, Discovery Center, 10 miles of multi-use trails, Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden and outdoor classroom, a unique playground, the Mill Mountain Zoo, picnic area and pavilion with grills and acres of natural beauty.
An unknown gem to visitors of Roanoke accessbile by our complimentary shuttle service, is The Grandin Village! Home to Black Dog Salvage, shopping, restaurants and the Grandin Theatre! Known as one of the more eclectic and family-friendly areas of Roanoke, Grandin Village has been noted as one of Roanoke’s best examples of a mixed-use urban village.Visit the Grandin Village Community Market on Saturday mornings and browse an array of independently owned retail and dining establishments, including unique shops offering formal furnishings, fine jewelry, funky antiques and natural foods.
The Roanoke Region is home to more than more than 30 miles of urban trails connecting the area’s natural beauty to its charming neighborhoods and vibrant downtown. And these greenways, which are defined as open-space corridors reserved for recreational use or environmental preservation that connect urban centers, are growing all the time. Plan your adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway: Hike, bike, grab a beer or bite to eat, or do a little shopping. (Download and print the map.)
VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE ADVENTURES
No visit to Virignia's Blue Ridge is complete without visiting the Appalachian Trail and/or the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic scenic hiking trails in the world and McAfee's Knob is one of the most sought after experiences! There are plenty of trail heads around the region to get you on the longest footpath in the world! A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged Blue Ridge mountains, visitors will experience overlooks, hikes and amazing areas to picnic. It's a must-do when in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Just down the road from the hotel is a 45 minute cavern tour and unique shopping experience at Dixie Caverns! The caverns were found by a couple farm boys back in 1920 after their dog fell through a hole that led to the caves. They decided to name the caverns after their dog in honor of his discovery. Guided tours of the caverns were begun in 1923. The best known attraction is a bell-shaped flowstone formation known as the "Wedding Bell". Weddings have been held under the Bell. The cave is located in a hill overlooking the surrounding region. Adults - 13 and over: $14.00; Children 5-12: $6.00; Under 5: Complimentary.
From Carvin's Cove and the Roanoke Valley Blueways to world class mountain biking and cycling and state parks, you must get outside with Roanoke Outside in Virginia's Blue Ridge! Looking for adventure but not sure where to start? They will help. Create your own adventure and discover the Roanoke region’s various land and water activities and attractions. Looking for something more custom? Our exclusive partnership with Roanoke Mountain Adventures can help get you on the trails, water or anywhere you want to go with the guidance and equipment you need!
Virginia's most popular lake, Smith Mountain Lake, offers superb recreational activities, 500 miles of shoreline, and a wide variety of water sports. The area's great natural beauty--from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia--is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing. Be sure to visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument and the National D-Day Memorial, while visiting this beautiful slice of America.
20% Off Roanoke Mountain Adventures
All guests of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center receive 20% off all Trips, Rentals, or Shuttle Prices by showing their room key!
Roanoke Mountain Adventures is a full service outfitter based in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. Offering guided trips for mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, equipment rentals and an extensive area shuttle service for a variety of do it yourself outdoor adventures. Roanoke Mountain Adventures works to promote the region’s great outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors and residents. Learn more at www.roanokemountainadventures.com
10% Off Roanoke Food Tours!
The "Star City" is full of unexpected history, unique architecture and one-of-a-kind culinary treats. Experience the tastes, sights, and aromas during 3 hours of delicious fun! All Hotel Roanoke guests receive 10% off their tour by mentioning Hotel Roanoke when making your reservations!
Exclusive Access to Private Courses!
As a registered guest of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, whether it be a group outing or for individuals, there is an exclusive partnership available to you with several private clubs in Virginia's Blue Ridge! Guests of the hotel have access to The Roanoke Country Club, The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and Hidden Valley Country Club.