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 15 products you have to try when you visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
1. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Get your pumpkin fix with a visit to Bubblecake Bake Shop! The bakery at the Towers Shopping Center specializes in cupcakes, but also has other delicious baked goods, including cookies, pies, and cake. The Pumpkin Cheesecake is the perfect dessert to get you into the spirit of the season!
2. Pumpkin Bread
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.
3. Pumpkin Beer
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. The brewery is also serving the “Muddy Pumpkin,” which is their unique take on a Black and Tan that combines the Legless Horseman with the Cocoborealis chocolate stout. You can also check out the Chocolate Pumpkin Porter at Big Lick Brewing Company in Downtown Roanoke. The brew features pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure maple syrup for a great combination of fall flavors. Cheers!
4. 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.
5. Pumpkin Butter
You can find pumpkin butter at a variety of local country stores and markets in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, but we recommend checking out Eli’s Provisions on Market Street in Downtown Roanoke. Eli’s offers spiced pumpkin butter from Rolling Meadows Farms in Martinsville. If you’re lucky, you’ll also find Tim from Rolling Meadows set up as a vendor just outside Eli’s at the Historic Roanoke City Market, where he sells locally grown produce.
6. Pumpkin Rolls
A pumpkin roll from the Cupcake Cottage 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!
7. Pumpkin Pie Martini
We’re buzzed on pumpkin goodness with this incredible Pumpkin Pie Martini at Billy’s! This hand-crafted cocktail features Stoli vanilla vodka, RumChata, Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, and pumpkin puree served in a graham cracker rimmed glass and then topped with whipped cream.
8. 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. On the Rise and CUPS Coffee & Tea are also making seasonal pumpkin bars.
9. 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.
10. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
You’ll have no trouble finding pumpkin spice at our local cupcake shops in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Kupkakery, Viva la Cupcake, Bubblecake, and the Cupcake Cottage all feature some variation of pumpkin spice cupcakes or pumpkin cheesecake. Can’t decide? Try one from each spot!
11. 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.
12. Pumpkin Candy
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!
13. 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, CUPS Coffee & Tea, Land of a Thousand Hills, 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.
14. Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Treat yourself to an elegant dinner at The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and enjoy the unique pumpkin creme brulee on the fall dinner menu. It’s a creative take on creme brulee that’s topped with elephant ears and a vanilla bean whipped cream.
15. Pumpkin Truffles
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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