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VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS Roanoke River—Roanoke ADVENTURE Head to the East Coast Mountain Biking Capital to become a #Trailsetter in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Outdoor lovers will enjoy over 1,000 trail miles of mountain biking and hiking, plus blueways and water trails for paddling, kayaking and canoeing. While you’re in the area, pop over to recently expanded Explore Park for camping in yurts and pod cabins, and don’t miss a chance to soar through the trees on the new Treetop Quest aerial adventure course with zip-lines. TREK Take a hike to one of the healthiest, most biologically diverse forests in the world in Virginia’s Western Highlands. A stark contrast to one of the region’s many greenways, National Forest land features sightings of wildlife, such as black bears, bobcats, brook trout and songbirds, as well as rare and unusual plants. Trails throughout the Alleghany Highlands and the counties of Bath, Craig and Highland offer insights to the region’s rich heritage, gorgeous landscapes and friendly communities. You can even access the famed Appalachian Trail! VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS Dody Ridge Mountain Bike Trail—Roanoke The VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS region connects small towns and vibrant cities through scenic drives in the western reaches of the state. With breathtaking views and a wealth of fresh air adventures, this outdoor mecca invites you to explore and enjoy before kicking back to enjoy your favorite locally crafted beverage. SAM DEAN 134 C O N C E RT S B Y C A N O E ( H E N RY ) : M AT T R O S S / D O D Y R I D G E M O U N TA I N B I K E T R A I L ( R O A N O K E ) : S A M D E A N QUENCH FISH Concerts by Canoe—Henry SPLASH Taste-test delicious craft brews at Explore Park’s historic Brugh Tavern, where Twin Creeks Brewing recently opened their second location. A few hops away is Beale’s in Bedford, Chaos Mountain Brewing in Callaway and Hammer and Forge in Boones Mill. Prefer a more urban experience? Try Three Notch'd in downtown Roanoke, which is also family-friendly; Deschutes Tasting Room for a variety of flavors; or Big Lick Brewing, where your pups can enjoy the afternoon together, too! Time for kayaking, tubing and biking in the Alleghany Highlands, where you can explore the great outdoors along the Jackson River Blueway or Scenic Trail. The newly opened Alleghany Outdoors in Covington rents kayaks, tubes, bikes and rafts, and offers the ultimate outdoor experience for locals and visitors. Try a combo trip for the ideal day outside, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the back deck overlooking the river! Want to slow things down? Head east to Smith Mountain Lake for a houseboat excursion, thanks to Parrot Cove Boat Rentals and Sales, to explore the more than 500 miles of shoreline and hidden nooks and inlets of this unique man-made lake. Or head south to Philpoott Lake for Concerts by Canoe (or tube or SUP) – featuring live music on a floating stage for a floating audience! There’s plenty of outdoor fun to enjoy in the mountain hamlet of Paint Bank. Hunting and fishing enthusiasts can start at the state fish hatchery, capturing a unique look into the trout rearing and stocking process, with 1.6 million trout in all stages of development. Pack up your gear for a trip to Big Pine Trout Farm, where sportsmen test their skills for trophy-sized trout (and can even take home the catch for the evening’s supper!). Finish up your adventures by stepping across an actual swinging bridge in the Paint Bank General Store at The Swinging Bridge Restaurant, complete with wildlife displays, gifts and hunting and fishing supplies. VIRGINIA .ORG 13 5 Virginia’s Franklin County Learn H E R I TAG E Franklin County VIRGINIA'S Virginia's Franklin County is literally a vibrant confluence of gateways. It’s your gateway to a beautiful landscape, world-class outdoor recreation and incredible touchstones of Appalachian music and history. From the East, we are your gateway to Virginia's mountains. Heading west, we are the gateway to the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. We’re also a gateway to Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or looking to spend significant time here, there's something for everyone in Franklin County. Families will love the close proximity to two premier jewels of the outdoors – Smith Mountain Lake and Philpott Lake – where summer fun and seasonal events make for unforgettable vacations. Music lovers will marvel at the sound quality of the nationally acclaimed Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount. We also boast a passionate craft beverage industry of breweries, distilleries and wineries. SPONSORED CONTENT 136 Cahas Mountain elevation 3,571 ft Play OUTDOORS Plug into the vibrancy that is Smith Mountain Lake or quite literally unplug to feel the serene essence that is Philpott Lake. Coast with our mountain and trail biking, navigate five blueways, or experience miles of designated scenic byways. We are one of a handful of locations on the East Coast that offers two forms of wakeboarding: boat riding and cable riding. With two lakes and four rivers, fishing reigns. We are also home to the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Smartview Recreation Area. Experience C U LT U R E Sample homegrown harvests at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market, the Foothills Produce Auction in Boones Mill, and various farmstands that dot the landscape. A state leader in dairy cows, Franklin County gave rise to the nationally known Homestead Creamery. Take in Americana music via our presence on the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Peruse local shops for antiques and traditional handcrafted finds. M A I N : M AT T RO S S / L E A R N ( TO P ) : J E A N S K I P P E R / L E A R N ( M I D D L E ) ; M AT T RO S S / L E A R N ( BOT TO M ) : B LU E R I D G E I N S T I T U T E & M U S E U M AT F E R RU M CO L L E G E / P L AY: M AT T RO S S Known as the "Moonshine Capital of the World" during the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, there's much more to the area's history and much of it based on our connection to the land. Attend the nearly 50-year-old Blue Ridge Folklife Festival to experience captured regional heritage at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College. Agriculture is also presented with the Booker T. Washington National Monument, which honors the birthplace of America's most prominent African American educator and orator. Franklin County is a distinct outdoor destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a landscape woven with miles of roads, trails, and waters perfect for adventures of all kinds. Bike along nearly 50 miles of scenic byways. You can paddle on one of five blueways, including Philpott Lake. Or spend the day boating on one of two lakes, including Smith Mountain Lake. Finish the day with a craft beverage at one of our fine wineries, breweries or distilleries. (540) 483-3030 | VisitFranklinCountyVA.com q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c $ P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Welcome Center at Covington VG Virginia Tourism Corporation Mile Marker 2, I-64 Eastbound Covington 24426 540-559-3010 Monterey Hunter’s Raid Civil War Trail 816 Burks Hill Rd., 540-587-5681; civilwartrails.org. Bedford hosts four sites. Information at Bedford Area Welcome Center. bj 250 220 Clifton Forge 64 Covington 220 Fincastle New Castle Catawba 11 Salem 501 Lynchburg 81 221 460 Roanoke Bedford 221 460 Smith Mountain Lake Rocky Mount Historic Masonic Theatre 510 Main St., 540-862-5655; historicmasonictheatre.com. Constructed in 1905, now used as a performing arts center. $bI Peaks of Otter Milepost 86, Blue Ridge Pkwy., 866-387-9905; peaksofotter. com. Hiking, fishing, wildflower trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, spectacular mountain views. bj Jack Mason’s Tavern 400 E. Ridgeway St., 540-862-5624; jackmasonstavern.com. Open at 11am, seven days a week for lunch, dinner, craft beer and lots of fun!I BIG ISLAND Masonic Amphitheatre 513 Church St., 540-862-5655; historicmasonictheatre.com. A unique venue that offers entertainment in music and theater performances. I Sedalia Center 1108 Sedalia School Rd., 434-299-5080; sedaliacenter. org. Venue hosting concerts, festivals, workshops and more. Camping available. $bj BOONES MILL Town of Boones Mill 359 Boones Mill Rd., 540-3345404; townofboonesmill.org. Rail heritage, craft beer & spirits, art and great food. Boones Mill Historic District Downtown, Main/Easy Sts., 540-334-5404; nps.gov/nr/ feature/places/14000526.htm. Discover a vibrant community rich with local history. BUCHANAN Blue Ridge Parkway Association Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 0 in Afton to Milepost 215.8 in Galax, 828-670-1924; blueridgeparkway.org. #1 resource for Blue Ridge Parkway information. bj AXTON Turkeycock Wildlife Management Area State Route 619, 804-367-1000; dgif.virginia.gov/wmas. 2,679 acres, hiking and wildlife opportunities, dense hardwood covered mountain. j 138 BASSETT Philpott Lake-Franklin County 1058 Philpott Dam Rd., 276-629-2703; visitfranklincountyva.org/ philpott-lake. Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, campgrounds, six beaches, nine boat launches. BEDFORD VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Bedford Area Welcome Center VG U.S. 460 & 122, 816 Burks Hill Rd., 540-587-5681; destinationbedfordva.com. Bedford offers outdoor recreation, wineries, breweries, shopping and unique dining and lodging. RV hook-ups, Wi-Fi and meeting space available. bj The Bedford Wine Trail 816 Burks Hill Rd., 540-587-5681; thebedfordwinetrail.com. Savor the flavor of exquisite wine varieties and enjoy wonderful views. bj Big Otter Mill Rt. 122 North, 434-455-2308; bigottermill.com. Historic mill that hosts events and group tours by appointment. bj Bower Center for the Arts 305 North Bridge St., 540-586-4235; bowercenter. org. Cultural center with art exhibits, concerts, workshops throughout the year. b The Charles & Louise Wharton House 315 North Bridge St., 540-587-5681; bedfordhistory.org. 1883 Italianate house and gardens. Gardens open to public. b Clifton Forge School of the Arts 518 Church St., 540-862-7275; cfsota.org. Offers a large array of classes specializing in the arts. b National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Cir., 540-586-3329; dday.org. This national monument honors the Allied forces on D-Day. $b Historic Boones Mill N&W Depot 24 Depot Dr., 540-334-5404; townofboonesmill.org. National Register listed, built in 1892 and public restoration project. 220 Appalachian Trail 304-535-6278; nps.gov/ appa. A public footpath that follows more than 2,100 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines. VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M Buchanan Historic Theatre 19778 Main St., 540-254-1155; buchanantheatre.com. Big Screen in small town. National Register of Historic Places. $bI Historic Buchanan 19753 Main St., 540-254-1212; townofbuchanan.com. Small town with more than 200 years of history. bj CALLAWAY Franklin County Speedway 385 Speedway Ln., 540-238-9955; facebook.com/ FranklinCoSpeedway. Regional stock car racing on 3/8-mile paved oval track. CLIFTON FORGE C&O Railway Heritage Center 705 Main St., 540-862-8653; cohs.org. Railway heritage museum that tells the story of C&O Railway. bI COVINGTON Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 110 Mall Rd., 540-962-2178; visitalleghanyhighlands.com. Beautiful mountain views, endless outdoor recreation and two walkable downtowns with locally owned shops and restaurants. Historic treasures and a thriving arts community. Get away, enjoy - it’s uniquely Alleghany! bjI Alleghany Highlands Blueway 110 Mall Rd., 540-962-2178; alleghanyhighlandsblueway. com. Miles of scenic rivers and shoreline on two pristine lakes. Falling Spring Falls Scenic overlook on Rt. 220 north of Covington, 540-962-2178; visitalleghanyhighlands. com. Remarkable cascade falling about 80 feet to the valley below. bjI Main Street Park/Engine 701 420-432 W. Merry Ln., 540-962-6360; covington. va.us. Six-acre community park with the refurbished 701 Steam Engine. bjI Historic Humpback Bridge 1-64 Exit 10 to Rt. 60, 540-962-2178; visitalleghanyhighlands.com. The oldest bridge of this style in existence; wayside park. bjI River Rock Amphitheatre 870 West Edgemont Dr., 540-965-6360; covington.va.us. Seasonal entertainment in a unique venue. bjI Jackson River Scenic Trail 540-863-6622; alleghanyhighlandstrails.com. 14.4-mile trail for biking, hiking and horseback riding. bjI Jackson River Sports Complex 870 West Edgemont Dr., 540-965-6360; covington. va.us. State-of-the-art sports facility. Athletic fields, tennis courts, driving range and amphitheater. bjI Lake Moomaw, Gathright Dam South end of Lake Moomaw, Morris Hill Rd., 540-962-2178; visitalleghanyhighlands. com. Nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountains; camping, boating, fishing, swimming $bjI Wrightsville Heritage Museum 702 Wrightstown Rd., 540-962-6787; tmfndt.wix.com/ themcclintonfoundation. Historical artifacts, paintings, furniture, machinery, clothing. Some dating back to slavery. To the east and west are bustling cities, but in between is pure bliss. Beauty that will take your breath away and stories of bravery that will leave you speechless. EAGLE ROCK Roaring Run Recreation Area 450 Roaring Run Rd., 540-928-2130; visitvbr.com/botetourt. Early 1800s iron furnace; leisurely hike to exquisite water fall. bj Peaks of Otter ———— Where Ordinary Ends... ———— LIVE A MOMENT. Bedford Begins. Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society 515 East Pine St., 540-962-1501; ahgscov.org. Library and archives with hundreds of old photos and records. Alleghany Highlands Trails 110 Mall Rd., 540-962-2178; alleghanyhighlandstrails.com. Many miles of challenging trails with peaceful mountain views. j Alleghany Historical Society Covington Depot 149 Maple Ave., 540-965-0149; alleghanyhistorical.org. Restored 1908 C&O passenger depot and 1890 freight depot. bI Blue Spring Run Farm 3901 Blue Spring Run Rd., 540-747-2055; bluespringrunfarm.com. Tours, seasonal produce, baked goods and sweet treats available year-round. Children’s Forest State Route 18, James River Ranger District, 540-962-2214; visitalleghanyhighlands.com. Planted by children, a unique site offering an easy hike. b National D-Day Memorial FIND YOURSELF HERE. peaksofotter.com | 866.387.9905 DestinationBedfordVa.com 877-447-3257 | #DestinationBedfordVa Hospitality managed by Delaware North VIRGINIA .ORG 139 u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS q PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT SO MUCH MORE THAN A PR E S I DE N T SO MUCH MORE THAN A HO U S E Carvins Cove Natural Reserve—Botetourt County Peaks of Otter Lodge—Bedford FERRUM Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum Ferrum College, 20 Museum Dr., 540-365-4416; blueridgeinstitute.org. State center for Blue Ridge folklore. Folklife exhibits. b FINCASTLE Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce 13 West Main St, 540-473-8280; botetourtchamber.com. Visit Botetourt located in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Botetourt County Recreation and Facilities 16 East Main St., 540-928-2130; visitvbr.com/botetourt. Historic Botetourt, Appalachian Trail, James River, Parkway and more! 140 Botetourt County Historical Museum Courthouse Sq., 540-473-8394; bothistsoc.wordpress.com. Houses hundreds of artifacts and historic interpretations of Botetourt County. b Fincastle Historic District 20 West Main St., 540-4733077; hisfin.org. A virtual museum of American architecture from 1770s-20th century. bj Fincastle Library Genealogy Room 11 Academy St., 540-928-2700; botetourtva.gov/libraries/ genealogy.php. Botetourt once extended through seven present-day states. Genealogical resources available. bI James Matten Early Cabin 121 Murray St., 540-473-3077; hisfin.org. Furnished historic cabin, circa 1796, scheduled tours available. $b Upper James River Water Trail 16 East Main St., 540-928-2130; upperjamesriverwatertrail.com. Blueway with nine public access points, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, fishing. bj HARDY Booker T. Washington National Monument 12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy., 540-721-2094; nps.gov/ bowa. Birthplace of Booker T. Washington. Open daily, 9am-5pm. b Jubal A. Early Homeplace 455 Old Hollow Ln., 540-719-0511; jubalearly. org. 1814 home of General Jubal Early. Listed in National Register, no admission fee. bI Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas Morewood Rd., 540-719-0281; smithmountainlakefarm.com. Offers guided educational, hands-on, interactive tours daily by reservation. HENRY Jamison Mill Recreation Park 2000 Jamison Mill Rd., 540-483-9293; playfranklincounty.com. Scenic 300 acres along Philpott Lake, hiking/biking trails, camping and paddling. j Providence Raceway 3399 Providence Church Rd., 540-420-6833; providenceraceway.com. Competitive kart racing on dirt bullring. Season runs April-November. Twin Ridge Recreation Park 1052 Twin Ridge Marina Rd., 276-629-2703; visitfranklincountyva.com. Hosts such events as the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship. j HOT SPRINGS Garth Newel Music Center 403 Garth Newel Ln., 540-839-5018; garthnewel.org. World-class music, gourmet food, friendly people and breathtaking scenery. $b HUDDLESTON Smith Mountain Lake State Park 1235 State Park Rd., 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. bj Parrot Cove Boat Rentals 16441 Booker T. Washington Hwy., 800-488-4516; parrotcove.com Experience a Smith Mountain Lake vacation like none other! MILLBORO Smith Mountain Lake 540-721-1203; visitsmithmountainlake.com. 500 shoreline miles. bj Douthat State Park 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. $bj LOW MOOR Oakland Church & Cemetery Low Moor/Selma Rd., 540-962-2178; visitalleghanyhighlands.com. Served as hospital during Civil War; Confederate soldiers buried here. b MONETA MCDOWELL Highland County Museum 161 Mansion House Rd., 540-396-4478; highlandcountyhistory.com. Explore Highland County’s rich heritage and Civil War history!b McDowell Battlefield 540-396-4478; highlandcountyhistory.com. Experience unspoiled, mountain Civil War battlefield. Coursey Springs Fish Hatchery 300 Hatchery Ln., 540-925-2343; dgif.state.va.us. Free guided tours, 365 days a year. b NICHOLAS MOORE Blacksmith Shop/Wysong Park West Main St., 540-473-3077; hisfin.org. Circa 1840, it contains blacksmith tools and history of the family who owned it. Botetourt County Historic Circuit Courthouse 1 West Main St., 540-473-8274; hisfin.org. Original, primary source genealogy documents dating to the early 1700s. b SAM DEAN VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M Smith Mountain Lake Community Park 1480 Parkway Ave., 540-483-9293; playfranklincounty.com. Public beach access, fishing pier, walking trails, playground and more. bjI Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Bridgewater Plaza, Suite 2, 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., 540-721-1203; visitsmithmountainlake.com. “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” bj Highland County Visitor Center 61 Highland Center Dr., 540-468-2550; highlandcounty.org. Virginia’s Sweet Spot. Hiking, birding, barn quilt tours, Maple Festival. bj Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals 16410 Booker T. Washington Hwy. 540-721-1639; bwmarina.com. Everything you need to make your day on Smith Mountain Lake memorable. Fair Lawn Farm 3118 Mill Gap Rd., 540-468-3094; comehometofairlawnfarm.com. Vintage farm tour, sugar camp, heirloom orchard. Call for appointment. MONTEREY Highland County Maple Sugar Camps 540-468-2550; highlandcounty. org/for-the-visitor/highlandcountys-maple-sugar-camps. Visit a camp to learn about Maple Syrup! Call for appointments. Highland County Walk of Honor 165 West Main St., 540-468-2551. Highland County’s tribute to our area veterans. bj Designed and built as his private retreat, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is an extraordinary architectural achievement—a National Historic Landmark, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an award-winning historic restoration in progress. P L A N YO U R V I S I T T O DAY P O P L A R F O R E S T. O R G /M O R E Laurel Fork, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Laurel Fork, 540-468-2550; highlandcounty.org. Experience scenic beauty, untouched land, fishing, camping and native wildlife. bj NEW CASTLE Craig County Tourism Commission 108 Court St., 540-864-5010; visitcraigcountyva.com. Enormous outdoor playground, 300 square miles and no traffic lights! bj VIRGINIA .ORG 141 EXPLORE VIRGINIA’S WESTERN HIGHLANDS, where mountain views, charming towns and outdoor fun can be found around every bend in the road. Outdoor Adventures are just around the bend This #UniquelyAlleghany moment courtesy of Alleghany Highlands Trails. #OutdoorAdventure #SingleTrack Want big adventure? Check out the sprawling four county region known as Virginia’s Western Highlands. Find adventure ideas, driving directions and more for a great getaway at VaWesternHighlands.com Plan your Uniquely Alleghany getaway at VisitAlleghanyHighlands.com 540-962-2178 · 888-430-5786 · #UniquelyAlleghany Alleghany Highlands | County of Bath Craig County | Highland County NOT ALL magical BATH Journeys. ESCAPES EQUAL. ARE CREATED When you and your family travel, you bond. Whether you’re experiencing falconry, horseback riding, skiing or zip lining for the first time, each day together shows you that the best experiences are the ones you share. The back roads are winding and peaceful with stunning mountain views. The great food and legendary hospitality make the journey complete. That’s a Made in Bath County experience. OmniHotels.com /TheHomestead 800-838-1766 DiscoverBath.com · 540-839-7202 · #MadeInBathVA VaWesternHighlands.com Alleghany Highlands | County of Bath | Craig County | Highland County q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c Craig County Visitor Information 303 Main St., 540-864-8978; craiglibrary.com. Information on Craig County and historic New Castle. Start of The Craig County Barn Quilt Trail. Fenwick Mines Day Use Area 128 Old Jeep Rd., 540-552-4641; recreation.gov/ camping/poi/249913. Hiking and horse trails, pond, picnic areas, handicap accessible. bjI New Castle Town Park 210 Salem Ave., 540-864-2200; visitcraigcountyva.com. Play equipment, picnic area, open space, LOVEworks, restaurants, shopping nearby. bj Old Brick Hotel & Genealogy Library 141 Court St., 540-864-5004; visitcraigcountyva.com. Three floors of local history and artifacts. PAINT BANK Paint Bank Fish Hatchery 14505 Paint Bank Rd., 540-897-5401; dgif.virginia. org. Open 7am-3:30pm daily. Family-friendly trout viewing experience. bj P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT ROANOKE PENHOOK The 1769 Old Chapel Church 436 Old Chapel Rd., 540-483-0687; visitfranklincountyva.com. Restored historic church, oldest timber-frame structure in Southwest Virginia. I VAL LEY LIFE : INSI DER S AND NEW COM ERS 45 GUI DE JANUARY/F EBRUARY 2019 M U S T -D O ’S ROANOKE Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Information Center 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, 540-342-6025; visitvbr.com. Off I-81, Exit 143 and Parkway Milepost 120. Open daily. For 2019 PLUS: REMARKABLE MEDICAL CAREERS bj MUST-DO #9: Stay in a Yurt at Explore Park DINING: 202 SOCIAL HOUSE AND CARLOS BRAZILIAN Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, 540-342-6025; visitvbr.com. Virginia’s Blue Ridge, a metromountain visitor destination. VOTE FOR T OF BESPAGE 65 SEE S FOR DETAIL bj » TOP 100 BEST FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - Inc. Magazine » COST OF LIVING LESS THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE » BEST PLACE TO RETIRE IN VIRGINIA - Forbes Center in the Square 1 Market Sq. SE, 540-342-5700; centerinthesquare.org. Cultural complex housing history and science museums and a theatre. Crystal Spring Pump Station 2012 South Jefferson St., 540-982-5465; roanokehistory.org. View the great fly-wheel rotating and the pistons pumping. GET YOUR FREE PRINT OR DIGITAL COPY of the 100+ page complete Newcomer’s Guide! Smith Mountain Lake TheRoanoker.com/newcomers Your Free Retirement Guide In Rocky Mount, the only low notes VisitVBR.com SOUTHWEST & CENTRAL VIRGINIA | RETIRE-VA .COM RETIRE VA double bass. You’ll like the sound of a trip to Rocky Mount, Virginia. The Harvester Performance Center is one of the most prolific venues in the South, welcoming more than 150 acts from bluegrass to blues to heavy metal. MAINTAINING FINANCIAL SECURIT Y But that’s just our opening act. In Rocky Mount you’ll experience the heritage of the Crooked Road, history that dates back to the Revolutionary War, and hometown that will strike a chord. COMMUNIT Y SPOTLIGHTS: REGIONAL RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES PLUS A DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Historic Downtown Salem 540-375-4044 VisitSalemVA.com Hotel Floyd 540-745-6080 HotelFloyd.com Taubman Museum of Art 540-342-5760 TaubmanMuseum.org VBR Cheers Trail VBRcheersTrail.com The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton 540-985-5900 HotelRoanoke.com The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center 877-200-3360 InnatVirginiaTech.com Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage 540-685-2012 StarrHill.com/Roanoke Virginia Museum of Transportation 540-342-5670 VMT.org Retire in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Roanoke, Blacksburg, Lynchburg and Smith Mountain Lake. 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Wilson Museum at Hollins University 8009 Fishburn Dr., Wetherill Visual Arts Center, 540-3626532; hollins.edu/museum. Features the work of renowned, emerging and regional artists. Harrison Museum of African-American Culture 1 Market Sq. SE, 540-857-4395; harrisonmuseum.com. Showcasing the art and history of local/regional/national African Americans. $bIG Historic Roanoke City Market & Downtown 213 Market St., 540-342-2028; roanokemarket.com. Shop, eat, create, explore. There’s always something happening in Downtown. bj Explore Park VG BRP Milepost 115, 56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd., 540-427-1800; explorepark.org. Hiking trails, adventure course disc golf, camping and visitor center b Historic Grandin Village & Theatre 1310 Grandin Rd. SW, 540-345-6177; historicgrandinvillage.com. Quaint village area with shops & restaurants including Grandin Theatre. bj History Museum of Western Virginia 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, 540-982-5465; roanokehistory. org. Exhibits and programs on the history of Western Virginia. $bI b Jefferson Center 541 Luck Ave., Ste. 221, 540-345-2550; jeffcenter. org. Historic performing arts theater, art gallery and conference facilities. bIS Kids Square 1 Market Sq. SE, 3rd floor, 540-342-5777; kidssquare. org. Exhibits encourage play, education and development of gross motor skills. $bI Mill Mountain Theatre 1 Market Sq. SE, 540-342-5740; millmountain.org. A year-round live professional theatre since 1964. $bI O. Winston Link Museum 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, 540-982-5465; roanokehistory.org. Highlighting the photography of O. Winston Link. $bI Mill Mountain Zoo 540-343-3241; mmzoo.org. 183 animals, representing 70 species, miniature train, picnic area, views. $b Roanoke Pinball Museum One Market Sq., SE, 540-342-5746; roanokepinball.org. An interactive museum dedicated to the science and history of pinball. $bI Roanoke Star & Overlook Mill Mountain - Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 120, Roanoke 24016, 540-853-1236; playroanoke.com/ the-roanoke-star. 100-foot historic man-made star on Mill Mountain. Beautiful scenic overlook. bj Science Museum of Western Virginia 1 Market Sq. SE, Ste. 4, 540-342-5710; smwv.org. A variety of exhibits that span the spectrum of science. $b Easy access to I-81, Hollins University, and Roanoke Regional Airport Splash Valley Water Park 7415 Wood Haven Rd., 540-777-6300; splashvalleywaterpark.com. Outdoor water park featuring slides, a current river, children’s sprayground and more! b Taubman Museum of Art 110 Salem Ave. SE, 540-342-5760; taubmanmuseum.org. Original art exhibitions, special programs, fun events - family friendly! $bI Roanoke North, Near I-81 Reservations: (800) 225-3297 Stay Open At 11am Seven Days A Week For Lunch, Dinner and Lots Of • Cave mansion. Dine • Relax n See you irit Above all ! e g o F n o Clift • Brewery tasting room • Open on the weekends • Multiple craft beers on tap! • Full lunch/dinner menu • Gameroom is always open • Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 Roanoke Salem La Quinta Inn Newly Remodeled! You’ll feel special at our exceptionally friendly and clean hotel! 1-540-404-9659 | LaQuintaRoanokeSalem.com Newly Opened Hotel Tru by Hilton Roanoke Hollins Fun! LurayCaverns.com Stay • Dine • Relax Above it all Guests say, “Hillcrest Mansion is more than a place to stay, it’s an experience. A must see and enjoy destination where the views and the service, like the meals, are truly above it all.” The historic mansion sits high above Clifton Forge. It’s a happening place, for weddings, parties, and corporate meetings year-round. As a family-owned specialty hotel, we make an extra effort to enhance your comfort. Each afternoon guests enjoy our complimentary wine and tea reception on the wraparound porch, in season, to take in the breathtaking mountain view. connect to the outside world, high-speed WiFi beams through the mansion. We encourage our guests to enjoy the entire estate. Terraced grounds and gardens, a swimming pool, and secluded shaded sitting areas invite privacy and intimate conversation. Clifton Forge was named the 2018 “Top Small