Roanoke - It Might Surprise You
Roanoke? Why, after, Phoenix, New Orleans, Detroit (yes, Detroit), would I move to such a small city?
Well, it may be small, but its arms are spread wide open as if welcoming you home. Close to work (15 minutes maximum from just about any place you might want to live). Heck, close to everything outdoors- - mountains, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, hunting, and even skiing.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a spectacular drive when autumn leaves start burning, and the Appalachian Trail is, well, 15 minutes away for the more serious hiker. Smith Mountain Lake is a watercraft paradise right around the block from us.
The Hokies (it isn’t a turkey, but a native mountaineer of Virginia, as they say) ofVirginia Tech are competitive across most college sports. And let’s not forget the Salem Red Sox, who might not be as good at the parent club, but the atmosphere is close-in and the prices allow you to spend a summer evening outdoors without spending a small fortune.
The center of the city hosts a “real” Farmer’s Market throughout the week, and a collection of pubs, eclectic boutique shops, and both healthy (and not-so healthy) restaurants are interspersed throughout the city!
A trip to the Grandin Court area will remind your parents of their hippie days, complete with tie-dye shirts and health food stores.
For the more serious artist we have a great music scene, at venues such as theJefferson Center and Roanoke Civic Center, that often features major artists as they pass through on their way to larger cities (like Washington D.C., four hours north, or Richmond, three hours east).
If you really feel the urge to go big time, take the Amtrak to D.C. or New York. Coastal Virginia and the Carolinas are but short drives. But honestly, we believe we have enough right inside our little valley to keep most of you quite content with your surroundings.