Begin planning your Blue Ridge wedding day!
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The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge offers a tremendous selection of guest activities.
Between the beautiful mountain playground of outdoor amenities and the vibrant mix of arts, culture and events, the region features a diverse set of opportunities for fun for all your wedding guests.
We've also created sample itineraries your family and friends can use as guides for things to do in the Roanoke Valley.
No trip to the Roanoke Valley is complete without a visit to the Roanoke Star. This 100-foot-tall, iconic structure sits atop Mill Mountain and provides a breathtaking overlook of the surrounding valley and mountains. It's the world's largest freestanding, illuminated, man-made star.
You can't visit the Blue Ridge Mountains without making time for some outdoor adventures. Go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, take your picture at the ledge at McAfee Knob, relax on the water at Smith Mountain Lake, have a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and float your way down the James River.
Plan a refreshing day full of pampering and luxury with a fantastic experience at one of the spas or salons in the region. A relaxing treatment will have you fully prepared and feeling your best for all the fun festivities of a wedding. From a detoxifying facial to an incredible massage, relaxation takes on an entirely new meaning in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Whether you are interested in organizing a large outing or want to spend a leisurely afternoon round by yourself, our courses are perfectly suited to meet your needs. Take in the breathtaking views on the challenging greens of Hanging Rock Golf Club and Ashley Plantation Country Club, or the waterfront shots at The Westlake Golf & Country Club, located on Smith Mountain Lake.
Visit the major historical sites that let you walk in the footsteps of soldiers, explorers and statesmen who've had a presence in the region. Pay tribute to the allied forces of World War II at the National D-Day Memorial. Learn about one of the most influential leaders in American history at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. And be amazed at the history and stunning beauty of The Natural Bridge of Virginia.
It's always a great time to enjoy our local wineries and breweries. Sample the delicious fruit wines at the Peaks of Otter Winery or drink in the fine wine and wonderful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Chateau Morrisette Winery. If beer is your beverage of choice, the selection of IPAs, lagers, blondes, and porters from the breweries in the region will make any hour quite happy.
Virginia's Blue Ridge is the ideal destination for the family that likes to play together. With over 85 species of animals, you'll make some new friends at the Mill Mountain Zoo. Have a ball at a Salem Red Sox game. And take in all the fun of Center in the Square in Downtown Roanoke, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke Pinball Museum, Roanoke STARCADE, and Harrison Museum of African American Culture.