Aren’t you thankful for seasons? A change in foliage and temperatures triggers a desire to travel and experience places in a different way than you may have before. 

The flavors of each season are as distinct as the shades of autumn rolling across Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 

If you’re not already sold on roadtrippin’ our way, we’ve gathered a few compelling reasons why you should. Come get away with us!

1. Fall Colors

Fall Couple at the Peaks of Otter

Like a kaleidoscope, the range of colors that dance across the Blue Ridge Mountains, valleys, and hollows coerce ooh’s and aah’s. No matter the number of times you’ve spied currant, garnet, marigold, and ginger hues, your breath is surely stolen once more. Don't forget to check our list of the Best Spots to See Fall Colors.

2. Fall Festivals


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Days hovering in the mid-60s to 70s are ideal for fall festivals, and the crisp evening air is a signature sign of the season in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Some of our best festivals are occurring now, and trust us, they’re worth the drive. Take a look at our Calendar of Events to find out what's going on during your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

3. Virginia Tech Football


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Faithful alumni, parents, and die-hard residents of Hokie country pilgrimage to Blacksburg multiple Saturdays annually in a rush of orange and maroon. It’s no coincidence that the same colors of fall typically top the charts of NCAA football, as well. You can also sign up for our Sweepstakes to be entered to win an unforgettable Hokie gameday experience!

4. Camping

Camping in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Streams and woods are great camping sites any time of the year, but there’s something about a crackling fire on a chilly evening that makes a s’more taste even better. Oh, and a chilly evening undoubtedly calls for a little cuddling, too. Consider Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart, Peaks of Otter Campground in Bedford, or Rocky Knob Campground in Floyd.

5. Scenic Drives

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Colors

Meandering backroads lead to historic sites, great hiking, waterfalls, orchards, and wine. When memories are more important than the rat race, slow your pace and seek out a road less traveled. Along with the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway, there are numerous other scenic routes to enjoy in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

6. Fall Flavors

Seasonal, fresh food and beverage is unbeatable. ‘Tis the season for pumpkin-spiced everything, and apple cider never goes out of style. Whatever your palate desires most this season – culinary, wine, or beer - you’ll certainly find it in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

7. Southern Comfort Food

Cooler weather calls for heartier bites, and we have a few southern comfort mainstays that warm us up year after year. Try The Homeplace in Catawba for a true, family-style, home cookin’ experience. The Roanoker Restaurant is known for their incredible biscuits, and nothing says southern comfort like soft, fluffy, homemade biscuits. Make it a biscuit-filled Blue Ridge Day and head to Scratch Biscuit Co. for more, plus freshly roasted (in-house) coffee.

8. Water Adventures

Fall - Smith Mountain Lake

Have you noticed the magical beauty of fall’s foliage reflecting on a body of water? Placid portions of the James River and the four season destination of Smith Mountain Lake are perfect for paddling and fishing. Consider booking a trip with Twin River Outfitters or South Valley Anglers for a guided water adventure.

9. Fun Runs


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Sure, you’ll sweat, but fall in Virginia is not nearly as sweltering as summer. Grab a friend or two and add some spice to life with a stint on the Roanoke Zombie 5K or the Spooky Sprint just before Halloween. The more miles the merrier? Add the Vinton Fall Festival 5K, the Inaugural LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, 8K, and Kids Run, and the Star City Half Marathon & 10K to your list. 

Are you convinced that fall in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a season you can’t miss? Yes, yes of course you are. Book your room and we’ll see you soon!

Check out this video to get an idea of what it's like to have a fall getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge.