Virginia's Blue Ridge is the perfect destination for a meeting in the mountains. Framed by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, the Roanoke Valley provides premiere meeting facilities and accommodations while offering fantastic dining and recreation opportunities, creating a memorable experience for any meeting, convention, or special event.
Location, Location, Location
Thanks to easy access from Interstate 81, Route 220, Route 460, Route 11, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia's Blue Ridge is a convenient destination within a day's drive of two-thirds of the nation's population. And with daily arrivals and departures, Roanoke Regional Airport offers more than 50 scheduled flights daily, providing nonstop service from Roanoke to nine major cities. The major airlines flying out of Roanoke Regional Airport daily include US Airways, United Airlines and Delta. Allegiant Air also provides full sized jets and frequent service to Florida. For those traveling by rail, the new SmartWay Bus Connector provides shuttle service to the Amtrak Train Station in nearby Lynchburg. Adding to the convenience, convention hotels, Roanoke Civic Center, Salem Civic Center, & The Conference Center of Roanoke are all no more than 8 miles from the airport and within 5-15 minutes driving time.
First Class Space
Meetings, conventions, conferences, trade shows, and every other kind of gathering are well accommodated in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Collectively, the Roanoke Valley has over 683,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including unique meeting facilities, and can accommodate groups of up to 11,000 attendees. A technologically advanced IACC-approved conference center, two civic centers with coliseums, a Special Events Center, and multiple education centers highlight the area's convention facilities. And with constant growth and development in the convention industry, the Roanoke Valley continues to design new facilities with state of the art technology for any sort of meeting or special event.
Many of the properties in our area have plans for future development regarding meeting space, and some of them have completed recent renovation projects. In the heart of downtown Roanoke, the recently completed renovations of the Historic City Market Building included Charter Hall, a fantastic new meeting space that can accommodate up to 350 people with over 5,000 square feet of space. Another recent addition involves one of our most iconic hotels, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The hotel recently completed a $200,000 renovation to its Garden Courtyard, making the area a very attractive option as an outdoor meeting space. Also, residents of the Valley are excited and proud of the newest branch of the Roanoke County Public Library System. The beautifully designed South County Library opened in December 2011 and provides over 4,000 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 360 guests And with additions being planned at properties such as Hotel Floyd and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the future is bright for meetings and conventions in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Work Hard, Play Hard
It's not all business in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Having your meeting in the Roanoke Valley also provides an opportunity to enjoy the luxurious accommodations, unique shopping and dining in our walkable downtown district, inspiring local attractions, and a variety of adventurous, outdoor activities. The Roanoke Valley offers some of the best hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, and kayaking in the country. Checking out the legendary N&W Class J 611 steam locomotive at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, exploring the caves of Dixie Caverns, or encountering the powerful history of the National D-Day Memorial are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your free time. All these experiences combined with more restaurants per capita than any other place in Virginia and your time in Virginia's Blue Ridge will feel more like a vacation than anything else.
Consider Virginia's Blue Ridge as your next convention or meeting destination. The Roanoke Valley hospitality industry is committed to make our destination, your meeting destination. The professional and experienced staff at the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau can provide you with a variety of complimentary support services to meet your particular needs. For specific meeting details, visit our website at http://www.visitroanokeva.com/meetingplanners/ or contact the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 800.635.5535.