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3/19/2015 March 2015 - Make Memories in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Virginia is a state known for its rich history and heritage, which is something we celebrate and value in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. A visit to our region offers the opportunity to experience many historic sites and attractions that offer a glimpse into what life was like centuries ago. more>

2/26/2015 February 2015 - A Unique Mountain Getaway

The African American Heritage of Virginia's Blue Ridge isn't something to be celebrated solely in February for Black History Month. With the unique landmarks and impact of African American culture on the region, it's something you can experience during any visit to the Roanoke Valley. more>

1/14/2015 January 2015 - Your Blue Ridge Adventure

Experience what is quickly becoming one of the premier music festivals in Virginia by entering our Blue Ridge Music Festival Sweepstakes. This two-day event will feature some of the biggest names in country music, including Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, and many more well-known acts. more>

12/17/2014 December 2014 - Holiday Fun in Virginia's Blue Ridge

We'll be ringing in the new year in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge with many exciting New Year's Eve events. You can dance the night away with New Year's Eve at Mountain Lake Lodge. more>

11/18/2014 November 2014 - It's the Holiday Season in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Come celebrate the holiday season in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The natural beauty of the region makes the area a winter wonderland, and we have an exciting variety of events the entire family will enjoy. more>

10/15/2014 October 2014 - The Peak Fall Experience in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Plan the perfect getaway this fall by booking one of our vacation packages! It's the best way to plan your trip to Virginia's Blue Ridge and helps take care of all the details, including hotel reservations, tickets to attractions and more. more>

9/25/2014 September 2014 - Autumn Lasts Longer in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful throughout the year, but the colors of fall will leave you speechless. With convenient access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous other scenic drives, you can plan a road trip full of stunning vistas that provide perfect views of our colorful fall foliage. more>

8/21/2014 August 2014 - Your Getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge

There is incredible variety with all the things to see and do in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. To help plan your trip, we've created sample itineraries to feature activities and experiences to match your interests. more>

7/24/2014 July 2014 - What's on the menu in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Delicious food is one of the things we remember most about a great vacation, and our new sweepstakes is a celebration of the incredible cuisine in Virginia's Blue Ridge. more>

6/19/2014 June 2014 - It's Time for Virginia's Blue Ridge

The 4th of July is a great time to visit the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Our rich history and culture combined with our spirit of celebration make the region a wonderful place to be as we celebrate our nation's independence. You'll have plenty of opportunities to proudly show your patriotism at events throughout the region... more>

5/15/2014 May 2014 - Plan Your Trip to Virginia's Blue Ridge

We love our animals in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and we think you'll love our animals, too! Get up-close and personal with all our friends at the Mill Mountain Zoo, including the red panda, snow leopard, African pygmy hedgehog and wolverine! more>

4/17/2014 April 2014 - Time to Play in Virginia's Blue Ridge

You could win a free trip to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge by signing up for our Now Playing Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will be selected to receive a free trip for four to Virginia's Blue Ridge and have the opportunity to experience a memorable mountain getaway. more>

3/18/2014 March 2014 - Your Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a mountain playground full of great hiking trails. It's why the region recently earned the title of "Best Trail Town" from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. more>

2/18/2014 February 2014 - Blue Ridge Romance

Virginia's Blue Ridge is the perfect destination for a mountain getaway filled with fun and romance. Enjoy an intimate dinner at a farm-to-table restaurant, sampling locally-grown ingredients by skilled chefs. more>

11/5/2013 November 2013 - Make Virginia's Blue Ridge Your New Holiday Tradition

Sometimes the best way to bring on holiday cheer is to break out of your routine. The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is the perfect place to do just that. more>

10/22/2013 October 2013 - Attend Nature's Most Magnificent Show

Throughout October and into early November, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge puts on a fabulous show of fall colors. From the spectacular displays of culture, shops and nightlife in our cities to the vibrant natural sites and history of our mountains, the entire region comes together to paint a picture perfect getaway. more>

9/16/2013 September 2013 - Multiple Elevations of Fun

From the scenic trails of the mountains to the vibrant shops and restaurants of our cities, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge offers countless ways for you to create a getaway filled with the perfect metro mountain mix of attractions. more>

7/25/2013 July 2013 - See the Beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a region with a vibrant arts community. From museums and galleries to theaters and performance halls, the arts help create a distinct and exciting culture that offers many unique experiences. more>

6/20/2013 June 2013 - Summer Blue Ridge Days

The colors of fall will be arriving in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains before you know it and it's a sight you won't want to miss. Sign up for our Colors of Fall Sweepstakes and you could be selected as the winner of a free trip to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge during one of the most beautiful times of the year. more>

5/16/2013 May 2013 - Experience Virginia's Blue Ridge

It's perfectly natural to want to getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains this spring. Sign up for our Natural Wonder sweepstakes and you will be entered to win an incredible trip to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. more>

4/18/2013 April 2013 - Spring to Virginia's Blue Ridge

Celebrate the beginning of spring by participating in our Spring to Salem Sweepstakes and receive a chance to win a getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. This contest, which runs until April 30, will provide one lucky winner and three additional guests with an amazing experience in the City of Salem. more>

3/20/2013 March 2013 - Hit the Trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Virginia's Blue Ridge features an incredible collection of trails to experience for all interests. Music lovers can listen to the eclectic sounds of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. History experts can discover the region's Civil War history by following a scenic driving tour of David Hunter's 1864 Civil War Raid. more>

2/21/2013 February 2013 - All Aboard to Virginia's Blue Ridge

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a region with a rich railroad history. The City of Roanoke grew as a railroad town in the 1800s and retains a unique railroad identity today with the presence of Norfolk Southern Railway. We are celebrating this identity with our Rail History Sweepstakes. more>

1/17/2013 January 2013 - Romance in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Still searching for what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Sign up for a chance to win the Romance in the Mountains Sweepstakes and you could win a free trip for two to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winner of this contest will receive an incredible prize package that includes: a two-night stay at Bella La Vita Inn - a Bed & Breakfast Inn near the Blue Ridge Parkway, a tour, tasting a... more>

12/12/2012 December 2012 - Celebrate in Virginia's Blue Ridge

2012 is coming to an end, meaning it's time to celebrate this past year and embrace the new year. In Virginia's Blue Ridge, you can join the New Year's celebrations at a variety of venues and types of events. Ring in the new year with your family in charming Downtown Fincastle in Botetourt County at the Fincastle New Year's Eve Celebration. more>

11/15/2012 November 2012 - Holidays in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Enter our Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Christmas gift you will never forget. The winner of our "Here for the Holidays Sweepstakes" will receive a free trip to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The prize includes a two night stay for four at the Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View, which features comfortable guest rooms, free wireless internet, indoor swimming pool, and complimentary... more>

10/18/2012 October 2012 - It's a Blue Ridge Holiday

There are no tricks and plenty of treats in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge during the fall season. The season produces a bountiful harvest, including some fantastic local wines, which will be featured at a variety of events including: the Wine & Unwind Festival, Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, Fall for Autumn Lunches at Chateau Morrisette, Peak Foliage Open House at Peaks of Otter ... more>

9/18/2012 September 2012 - Fall in Love with Virginia's Blue Ridge

The breathtaking fall colors are on their way to Virginia's Blue Ridge yet again. With the leaves beginning to change and peak fall foliage expected in the coming weeks, now is the time to begin planning a fall getaway to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Bright, beautiful colors paint the landscape of the surrounding mountains, serving as a perfect reflection of the vibrant life and... more>

8/14/2012 August 2012 - Your Perfect Blue Ridge Day

Time is running out to sign up for a chance to win a free trip to Virginia's Blue Ridge. Tomorrow is the last day to register for our Escape to the Lake Sweepstakes, so don't miss your chance to win. The winner will receive a prize package for four guests: including accommodations at Mariners Landing Resort, a DVD of Lake Effects, a cruise on the Virginia Dare, and a VIP pass for many local att... more>

7/10/2012 July 2012 - Escape to Virginia's Blue Ridge

Experience the perfect getaway by signing up to win a free trip to Smith Mountain Lake. Our Sweepstakes package will provide you with an incredible adventure in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The prize includes: lodging at Mariners Landing Resort, a cruise on the Virginia Dare, a signed DVD of Lake Effects, and regional attractions passes. Don't miss your chance to win. more>

6/13/2012 June 2012 - Blue Ridge Days of Summer

The Salem Fair, one of the area's most beloved annual traditions and largest fair in the state, returns for its 25th anniversary this summer. Make your plans now to experience all the festivities visitors have been enjoying in the City of Salem for the past 25 years. more>

5/16/2012 May 2012 - Explore Virginia's Blue Ridge

Looking for the perfect destination for a summer getaway where you can cool off? Sign up for our summer splash sweepstakes and you could win a free trip for four to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. more>

4/25/2012 April 2012 - Now Playing in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge is receiving worldwide recognition with the premiere of Lake Effects on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Sunday, May 6. The movie, which was filmed at Smith Mountain Lake, tells the story of a girl who reconnects with her family after the loss of her father at the lake where she grew up. more>

3/27/2012 March 2012 - Swing for Virginia's Blue Ridge

Come start your own tradition unlike any other by experiencing the outstanding golf courses in the Roanoke Valley. The comfortable weather and scenic backdrop of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains combined with challenging fairways and undulating greens will make for a memorable golf getaway. To help plan your trip, we encourage you to take advantage of our Golf Packages. more>

2/23/2012 February 2012 - Virginia's Blue Ridge Sweeps You Away

In the mood for a special trip to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge? There is still time to sign up for our Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway Sweepstakes. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive: 4 weekend passes to the Blue Ridge Bike Fest, 4 attractions passes valid for (10) regional attractions, $100 dining gift card to Corned Beef & Co., and up to two rooms for two nights at the Coun... more>

1/25/2012 January 2012 - Plan a Perfect Blue Ridge Day

The Roanoke Valley now offers a mobile website to help meet your travel needs. This new site is your go-to resource for information on dining, shopping, accommodations, attractions, outdoor adventures, events and more. Now, with the touch of a button, you can look up listings, hours of operation and directions, link directly to websites, and download special offers and packages. more>

12/7/2011 December 2011 - Christmas in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Looking for somewhere to visit over the holidays? Virginia’s Blue Ridge will deck the halls with special experiences and magical memories. Whether you have been naughty or nice, the Roanoke Valley has a variety of reasons for you to visit this holiday season. Come enjoy Virginia’s Blue Ridge and everything it offers: delicious dining, vibrant entertainment, fantastic local shopping, affordable ... more>

11/17/2011 November 2011 - Catch the Holiday Spirit in the Blue Ridge Mountains

With the sound of sleigh bells ringing and the scent of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, it really is the most wonderful time of the year in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Beginning next week, you'll find plenty of holiday activities to fill your Blue Ridge Days and Nights. more>

10/27/2011 October 2011 - Bring Your Appetite

After a fun-filled Blue Ridge Day, pull up a chair and enjoy the many flavors of the Roanoke Valley. With more restaurants per capita than any place in Virginia, the Roanoke Valley has a delicious choice to satisfy every taste. We have everything from down home Southern cooking to exquisite international cuisine and everything in between. Many area chefs choose locally grown products to bring y... more>

9/27/2011 September 2011 - Cruising With the Top Down

Fresh mountain air, endless views and blazing colors of autumn are what you'll find around every glorious curve on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Consistently named one of America's favorite drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of the National Park Service. There are numerous access points throughout the region, so make the Roanoke Valley your hub as you explore the one-and-o... more>

8/31/2011 August 2011 - Classic Blue Ridge Downtowns

There is something special about old-fashioned downtowns. The buildings, shops and eateries reflect the very best of the community and its people. When you visit the Roanoke Valley, you'll discover several charming and pedestrian-friendly downtowns, including vibrant downtown Roanoke with its museums, galleries and eclectic shopping. Cruise over to Salem for great restaurants, antique shops and... more>

7/28/2011 July 2011 - Summer Fun

It's summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains and everyone is looking for a way to relax and have fun. You're in luck because the Roanoke Valley has lots of ideas for how to fill your Blue Ridge Day with fun and adventure. As the recreational, cultural and business hub of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we have more festivals and cultural opportunities than any place west of Richmond. And the m... more>

6/26/2011 June 2011 - Jane Seymour

Last fall, Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jane Seymour spent some time in the Roanoke Valley filming her newest movie Lake Effects. What did she think of the region? The breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the serenity of Smith Mountain Lake and the charm of Roanoke all made a lasting impression on the Hollywood star. She talked about her experiences on a recent return to visit... more>

6/2/2011 June 2011 - Outdoor Fun, Arts and the Salem Fair

12,000 Acres of Outdoor Fun At 12,700 acres, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the United States. Not only is the reservoir the primary water source for the City of Roanoke, it's also a treasure trove of outdoor adventure. Carvins Cove offers opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Over 40 miles of trails means the... more>

4/26/2011 April 2011 - Festivals, Hiking Trails and Red Sox Baseball

Festival Time When spring rolls around, festival season kicks into high gear. We have upcoming festivals celebrating chili, strawberries and shrimp, not to mention Local Colors, a major event honoring diversity in our communities. The cities and towns that make up the Roanoke Valley have more festivals and unique special events than any other place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Co... more>

3/3/2011 March 2011 - Biking, Dining and St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Leave the winter season behind and get outdoors for some fresh mountain air. One of the best ways to explore the region is by bike. If you like to cruise the open road, hit the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, the TransAmerica Trail or any one of the many scenic byways in the Roanoke Valley. If you prefer the fat-tire experience, Carvins Cove is renowned by mountain bikers for its variety of terrain.... more>

1/26/2011 January 2011 - Valentine's Day Packages, Greenways and the NEW Online Visitor's Guide

Romance is in the air It's true that Virginia is for Lovers. And the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains offer the most romantic place in the state to spend Valentine's Day weekend. With beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air and charming cities and towns, the Roanoke Valley provides the magic for a great getaway with someone special. There are Valentine's Day packages at several hotels and inns t... more>

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