You'll be ready for a weekend getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge, thanks to a recent story in Austin's EASTside Magazine.

The "A Weekend in Roanoke - Blue Skies & Breweries" piece was written by Jennifer Simonson, who visited the region in May 2017 as part of a media tour hosted by Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge.

EASTside Magazine is a lifestyle and entertainment publication that primarily focuses on the east side region of Austin, Texas.

Readers of the article will learn about the great ways to spend a weekend in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including experiencing the outdoors and visiting various craft breweries.

The following is an excerpt from the story:

"McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots along the trail because of its breathtaking 270-degree panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding valley. It’s a steady climb of 1,700 feet over the nine-mile loop, but don’t complain too loudly. You will likely be surrounded by a hiker or two who has been on the trail for weeks, possibly months. Because of its popularity, it is best to do this hike on Friday before the weekend rush.

Once you are back down, head to Ballast Point’s new tasting room. The San Diego Brewery opened its East Coast location last year. Choose a brew from more than 100 beers on tap."

You can read the full article and guide to a weekend in Virginia's Blue Ridge on the EASTside Magazine website.

Visit our Sample Itineraries section for more ideas and resources to help you plan your getaway.