The fall season means the arrival of pumpkin spice flavors! From pumpkin spice lattes to butter and beer, people are constantly refining classic pumpkin foods and drinks, while also creating some fun new ways to feature pumpkin spice.
In the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, you’ll have no trouble finding an incredible variety of pumpkin spice items.
With our assortment of local farmers markets, bakeries, breweries, restaurants, and artisan stores, the businesses in Virginia’s Blue Ridge put their own local spin on this popular seasonal item.
If you’re a fan of pumpkin spice everything, here are the products you have to try when you visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Pick up a few slices of freshly-baked pumpkin bread from the Happy Belly Deli at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op in Grandin Village. It's one of many baked goods and items prepared at the co-op, which specializes in organic and natural foods.
Two of the local breweries in Virginia’s Blue Ridge are featuring seasonal pumpkin brews. The Legless Horseman at Chaos Mountain Brewing in Franklin County features locally grown pumpkins that are roasted before they're brewed to bring out maximum pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Indulge in the rich, creamy pumpkin ice cream when you visit the Homestead Creamery in Franklin County. This farm market and ice cream shop in Burnt Chimney features ice cream that uses its locally-sourced dairy products and is full of flavor. Order a scoop of ice cream and then enjoy the crisp fall air with a seat in a rocking chair on the front porch.
A pumpkin roll from the Cupcakes & Canines in Botetourt County can serve as a great gift item or something to bring to a party! It’s a fantastic combination of pumpkin cake, cream cheese icing, and powdered sugar, and make sure to call ahead to pre-order yours because these go quickly!
Pumpkin Scones, Muffins, & Bars
Pumpkin scones, muffins, and bars are all on the menu in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Bread Craft offers a seasonal pumpkin cranberry scone that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee, and On the Rise Bread Company has a pumpkin spice muffin with a layer of cream cheese that is good enough to serve as breakfast or dessert.
Pumpkin Pie Snowballs
A snow cone with pumpkin pie syrup? Sort of. If you’ve never had a snowball, it’s similar to a snow cone, but a snowball has more finely shaved ice so the texture is softer. Bayou Snowballs is a Louisiana themed shop in the City Market Building in Downtown Roanoke that features a unique pumpkin pie syrup that can be poured over your snowball.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
You’ll have no trouble finding pumpkin spice at our local cupcake shops in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Kupkakery, Bubblecake, and Cupcakes & Canines all feature some variation of pumpkin spice cupcakes or pumpkin cheesecake. Can’t decide? Try one from each spot!
Pumpkin Pie Wine
Ever heard of pumpkin wine? It’s one of the many offerings at Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards. The Pumpkin Pie wine is made with pumpkin, apples and five spices and is a perfect blend that hits your savory tastebud.
The Candy Store is a fun, local shop in the Center in the Square building in Downtown Roanoke that features many of your favorite candies from your childhood, as well as interesting new products. Looking for pumpkin? They’ve got you covered with pumpkin spice caramels, pumpkin spice almonds, and even pumpkin pie soda!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes & Coffee
What better way to start a Blue Ridge Day than with a pumpkin spice latte from one of the great local coffee shops in Virginia’s Blue Ridge? Sweet Donkey Coffee, Little Green Hive, and Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea all feature pumpkin spice lattes for the season, as well as other fun combinations, such as Mill Mountain’s Headless Horseman, which is a pumpkin & hazelnut espresso cooler.
Whether it’s the pumpkin sea salt caramels, pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkin shaped truffles, or pumpkin fudge, it’s easy to pick up some pumpkin chocolates from Chocolatepaper you can take home with you after your trip. The only tough part is resisting the urge to eat them all before you leave the store!
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