Late October is when we start to see peak fall color in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. It's the ideal time for a fall getaway, as the calendar is full of unique seasonal festivals and events, the temperatures are perfect for enjoying the outdoors, and the changing colors of the leaves on the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a stunning backdrop.

In this month's newsletter, we offer a few suggestions for fun ways that you and your family can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in the region, including a helpful list of 10 of the best hikes for seeing fall colors. Check each one off your list and take in the stunning views from places such as McAfee Knob, Sharp Top Mountain, and Roaring Run. If hiking seems a little intimidating, you can gaze in awe of the colors from the comfort of your own vehicle by checking out the scenic drives in the region.

Don't forget to bring your pet along for the fun and visit some of our great pet-friendly patios in Virginia's Blue Ridge, which includes many of our local breweries, wineries and restaurants.

If you're interested in learning more about the local arts scene, Open Studios Botetourt is a free, self-guided tour that provides the opportunity to visit local art studios and meet with artists who share more about their craft, while also experiencing the natural beauty of Botetourt County. The tour takes place October 29-30.

We're also excited about the start of hockey season in Virginia's Blue Ridge with the new Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs set to begin their first season in Roanoke! The team hosts its season opener on Friday, October 21 at Berglund Center, and it will serve as another great option for a night of entertainment during your next visit.

If you like sports, you should also sign up for our current Sweepstakes! We're giving away an incredible Hokie Gameday experience for the Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game on Saturday, November 26. The prize includes overnight accommodations, dining, VIP tailgating, Virginia Tech gear, on-field access as the team takes the field to Enter Sandman, and premium seating. Enter now!

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