Roanoke, VA

Find your fun in Roanoke - top 5 things to see and do

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If you're looking for a fun-filled vacation, look no further than Roanoke Virginia! There are tons of things to do in this charming city, from exploring the historical sights to enjoying the excellent restaurants. Here are some of the top attractions that you won't want to miss during your stay.

The Mill Mountain Star (aka Roanoke Star)

The Roanoke star is one of Roanoke's most iconic landmarks. perched atop mill mountain, the Roanoke star has been a beacon of hope and a symbol of Roanoke's boundless spirit since 1949. at night, the Roanoke star is illuminated with more than 500 lights, making it visible for miles around. during the day, the Roanoke star is a popular spot for picnics, hiking, and simply taking in the stunning view. whether you're a Roanoke native or just visiting, the Roanoke star is definitely worth a visit.

Visit Black Dog Salvage
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Black Dog Salvage is a unique store in Roanoke, Virginia that specializes in architectural salvage and antique restoration. Founded in 1995, Black Dog Salvage has become a popular destination for antique lovers, DIY enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates unique finds. The store is filled with an ever-changing selection of items, including everything from vintage signs and doors to antique furniture and industrial salvage. Black Dog Salvage is also home to a popular TV show, Salvage Dawgs, which follows the store's owner, Mike Whiteside, and his team as they rescue items from buildings that are scheduled for demolition. See more behind the scenes at Black Dog Salvage on my Instaram here. Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind item or simply enjoying the unique atmosphere, Black Dog Salvage is definitely worth a visit.

Stay at the Liberty Trust Hotel
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The Liberty Trust is a brand new hotel in Roanoke. As the name suggests, this was once a bank. The hotel is located near all the downtown restaurants and attractions and is only about a 15 minute drive from the Roanoke Airport!
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The hotel has retained much of the original decor in the lobby from when it is was a bank, the including the vault itself. But now it is a private room for dining. However, many of the gorgeous details on the vault door are preserved for all to see. Plus, tours are free - just pop in the hotel and request one. There are both King and Queen size rooms available all with spectacular views like the mountains, Roanoake Star and St. Andrews Church.

Dine at River and Rail

If there's one restaurant you don't want to miss when you are visiting, Roanoke, it is the River and Rail. If you're staying at any hotel in town it is only a short drive away. Even on a Saturday evening we were able to snag some easy parking steps from the restaurant. Start with one of their lovely cocktails like the "What's in a Name" which is likely a lovely marriage of gin and rosewater. So glorious you may just have to have two.

The salads like the Vegetable salad with fennel, carrot and sunflower seed an the Burrata with a roasted pepper puree (delicious!) and English peas and asparagus. The oysters, are some of the freshest you'll ever have.
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While you can get steaks or chops here, the seafood is spectacular. A Striped Bass with pistachio and vinaigrette was prepared perfectly as was the Yellowfin Tuna.
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For dessert, unique items like a Goat Cheese Panna Cotta and a selection of ice creams and sorbets with flavors like sweet cream, spearmint are exceptional. But the banana pudding with lime zest, Coconut Jalapeño Sorbet will dazzle and dessert connoisseur.

Center in the Square
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Center in the Square is located in the heart of Roanoke, Virginia and is a hub of activity for both locals and visitors. There is parking conveniently located adjacent to the square in a deck. For a hint of nostalgia visit the Pinball Museum located inside the museum on the second level. For an instagramable view of downtown Roanake head to the top for 360 views. In addition to the Center's many amenities, it is also surrounded by a number of other attractions, such as the Millennium Park and the Taubman Museum of Art. As a result, Center in the Square is the perfect place to start exploring all that Roanoke has to offer. Make sure to pop into Chocolate Paper, just steps away for some delicious chocolate souvenirs.
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So what are you most looking forward to doing in Roanoke?

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