Have you ever been kissed underneath the Roanoke star? They say Virginia is for lovers and for me it was love at first site. I LOVE to travel and as a traveling nurse and as a writer, I get the opportunity to experience all of the beauty in our great country. The best part, is now I get to share it with you! On my bucket list of things to do, I plan to visit all 50 states and my goal is to share my journey and my adventure with you. How cool is that? I am ready for an adventure, are you ready to join me?
When my plane landed in Roanoke Virginia my breath was literally taken away. Roanoke is nestled in South West Virginia and is affectionately called ” The Star City.” It is the home of Mill Mountain, where the Roanoke Star is proudly and prominently displayed. From the meticulously manicured landscaping to the illuminating Roanoke Star, the stunning mountain top views and captivating waterfalls, Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Although, I may not have found the love of my life in Roanoke, pieces of my heart were definitely left there. I fell in love with it’s beauty and it was love at first site..Below you will find a few of my favorite places in Roanoke and the surrounding area and my recommendations for a great Virginia get away!
The Roanoke Star sits on top of Mill Mountain in the heart of the city. The star is the largest Man Made star in the world. It was erected in 1949 and is 88.5 ft tall and weighs 10,000 pounds and is illuminated with several different color patterns every night until 12:00 am. It consumes 17,500 watts of energy.. It has been said that you haven’t lived until you have been kissed underneath the Roanoke star. I’m going to leave that one, right there…:-)
One can not possibly visit Roanoke VA with a visit or to stay at the Historic and Elegant Hotel Roanoke. This stately hotel was built in 1847 and was listed on the Virginia Register of Historic Places in 1990. From the moment I walked through the door, I knew I had arrived at very special place. The service is upscale, the food is delectable and the ambiance is magical. The Moneta Mango Martini is to die for, at least what I can remember of them.. After the second one, things did start to become a little fuzzy. This is hands down one of my favorites place to visit and to get treated like Royalty. This luxurious hotel has both elegance and old world charm. The past famous guests have included Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Mahalia Jackson, Shania Twain, and Jerry Seinfield. Sunday brunch is the best!
If great live music, delicious food, and a funky electrifying vibe is what you’re looking for, the Blue 5 restaurant in Roanoke is the place to be.. The Blue 5 was a favorite hang out of mine. The food and service is top notch and the music is down home. One of the things on my bucket list of things to do was to perform on stage… WELL, I can check that one off. On a night out with friends, we decided to join the one man show performance of Lipbone Redding. It was the most spontaneous thing, I had ever done but also one of the most fun.. Li[bone said he had never had such pretty back up singers… Now that’s living life out loud !
Nothing screams Virginia like a beautiful hike on a beautiful day…If you love hiking, Virginia is for you. Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a challenging hike, yet the panoramic views at the top is well worth your efforts. Being from Alabama, this southern girl, had never hiked in her life… Peaks of Otter was my very first hike and once I got to the top…… the view left me speechless.
The view from Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views are breath taking….
Taking some time to horse around on top of Sharp Top Mountain..Who ever said going mountain climbing was all work and no play never hiked in Virginia.
Another great hike to experienceis Catawba Mountain on the Appalachian Trail near Salem VA. The hike is 3.7 miles and is of moderate intensity. Getting that iconic shot that is coming up after this photo is well worth the climb.
Yep, this is that iconic shot.. At Mcafee’s Knob on Catawba Mountain
Virginia held many firsts for me and seeing this beautiful and mesmerizing waterfall didn’t disappoint. The scenery on this hike to Cascade Falls in Pembroke VA leave you wanting more…. The pay off with the natural beauty of this waterfall at the end of the hike is priceless…
The majestic sounds and the stunning beauty of this waterfall, simply can not be captured in pictures..
Truly you have the see it to believe it!
It will be an experience you’ll always remember….
An amazing experience for sure !
The views of stunning in Rich Creek Virginia.. Rich Creek is a small town in Giles County. Although, there is not much recreational activities in Rich
Creek, it is close to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. I was fortunate enough to visit a close friend of mine and was treated to this hidden treasure. This
photo was taken to highlight one of the Appalachian Mountains and the New River. The Appalachian Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The New River is also one of the oldest river systems in the world. The picture depicts the spot where these historic wonders intersect. It was truly an experience in history..
You didn’t think I could visit Virginia without winding down at a winery. During my time in southwest Virginia, This in one of my very favorite wineries . The scenery is stunning, the wine is world class and the owners Yvan and Joyce Believeau are as down to earth as they come. The Believeau Estate Winery is a treasure..
My second favorite winery is Chateau Morrisette in Floyd VA. Taking time to enjoy dinner at the restaurant on the property is also worth the trip. The food and the and the wine is amazing. The fact the owner David Morrisette graduated from Mississippi State and the fact that this winery is dog friendly and our four legged furry friends are very welcomed here, even on the patio at the restaurant… It is a wonderful experience
The reason, Chateau Morrisette is one of my all time favorites… For dog lovers everywhere…. Need I say more?
Another quaint place reminiscent of the past is a town called Meadows of Dan. The town’s motto is actually ” A simpler place in time”, and indeed it is. Meadows of Dan is made of up country shops and restaurants. Jane’s Country Café is a casual local favorite that is unassuming, but the food is down home good. Meadows of Dan is located off of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and both The Cockram Mill and Mayberry Presbyterian Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of my favorite places to visit in the area is The Mabry Mill below. It is probably one of the most photographed structures off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meadows of Dan is in close proximity to Chateau Morrisette Winery and there is also a restaurant on the property that and the food is highly recommended as well. So spending some tome in Meadows of Dan and taking in wine tasting and dinner at the Chateau Morrisette would make a winning combination.
The thing you’ll love most about Virginia is it’s people. There you will find people who are friendly and hospitable. There you will find beautiful surroundings, friendly faces and memorable times, nothing could be better than that!
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