The esteemed U.S. News & World Report, which has earned the trust of readers for more than 85 years through independent reporting and rankings through data journalism, published a list of the Top 15 Romantic Getaways in Virginia. Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge made this list as a "prime getaway for couples" looking for a metro mountain mix of adventure. 

The article praises the arts and cultural offerings, Roanoke's local food tour, the iconic Roanoke Star and local breweries including Big Lick Brewing Company. The following is an excerpt from the article:

"At it's heart, Roanoke is a mountain town - in fact, it's one of the few cities situated directly next to the Blue Ridge Parkway. As such, visitors will have plenty of access to hiking trails, mountain biking adventures, motorcycle tours, horseback riding, kayaking and more outdoor pursuits across 70 different parks."

Read the full article by Nicola Wood on U.S. News & World Report.