By Shaina Amienyi
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Known as the “Capital of the Blue Ridge” and the “Festival City,” Roanoke offers many interesting historical, recreational, and entertaining attractions. The scenic beauty of the Roanoke Valley, located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Virginia Alleghany Highlands, makes the city an enjoyable place to visit.

Those traveling by air will fly into Roanoke Municipal Airport (ROA), which is conveniently located ten minutes from downtown. Visitors can book a flight through using the following link ( Roanoke has charming hotels that vacationers are sure to enjoy. When booking your hotel with look below for our recommendations. Our top selection in the city is the Holiday Inn. Just book at hotel portion of our website (

Roanoke is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. There are several state parks within an hour driving time, including Smith Mountain Lake State Park, which has a beach; Fairy Stone State Park, which features unique stones called “fairy stones;” and Douthat State Park, which has a lake nestled in the Alleghany Mountains. Vacationers can also visit the portion of the Appalachian Trail that runs passed Roanoke. If you are looking for a place to go camping, visit Roanoke Mountain at mile post 120.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Carvins Cove is a good spot for fishing and for water sports and recreation, recommends visiting the Roanoke River, where you can camp, fish, hunt, or paddle down the river.

Roanoke has a lively arts and culture scene that is concentrated in downtown. The city has a diverse music scene, and you can hear live music almost every night at downtown restaurants and bars. If you love art, visit the Taubman Museum of Art. The architecture is so unique that you cannot miss the museum. One of its events, which we at recommend for art and music lovers, is Art at Night. This free event that occurs every Friday features a tour of the gallery and performances by a regional band. Other museums to visit are the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, O. Winston Link Museum, and the Harrison Museum of African American culture.

As far as entertainment goes, Roanoke is not lacking. It is named the Festival City because of the number of festivals the city puts on, such as the Roanoke Festival in the Park, Henry Street Festival, the Virginia Championship Chili Cook-off, and the Strawberry Festival, to name a few. Other enjoyable attractions can be found at the Center-in-the-Square, a complex with a theater, planetarium, and several museums. One attraction urges you to see is the Roanoke Star—an 88-foot high illuminated star that sits on top of Mill Mountain.

When you are ready to shop in Roanoke, suggests making downtown your first shopping destination. Retail stores line the market area, an area full of distinct and exciting shops where you will find specialty items found only in Roanoke. For department stores and a mix of local, regional, and national shops, venture outside of downtown to Tanglewood Mall.

Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is a city with great mountain views and numerous outdoor activities. Book your vacation to this historic city by clicking on the above link to
Hotels in Roanoke
By Adam J. Mohney
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center
2801 Hershberger Road Roanoke, VA
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Book your next Virginia vacation at Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center on With access to all of Roanoke's top attractions, such as the Booker T. Washington Monument, Taubman Museum of Art and Mill Mountain Zoo, Sheraton Roanoke also provides easy access to local shopping and golf excursions.

Rooms booked at Sheraton Roanoke Hotel include pampering amenities and connectivity throughout your stay. Guests will enjoy relaxing sleep on the popular Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and can cleanse themselves with Bliss bath Amenities. Starbucks coffee, a full-size refrigerator and in-room climate control maximize comfort and homeliness. Guests can also stay connected with the LCD television, a daily morning newspaper, a telephone with voicemail and a work desk. Wireless internet access is also available for a daily fee.

Guests of Sheraton Roanoke Hotel can also utilize the many facilities and services the hotel has to offer. The fitness facility provides a variety of workout options, while the Link@Sheraton powered by Microsoft keeps working travelers connected to the office. Guests can also swim or relax at the indoor heated pool, outdoor seasonal pool and soothing whirlpool. Also offered by Sheraton Roanoke hotel is a concierge service, providing tips for exploring area, and a complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off.

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel also provides a wide variety of dining options for all guests. Shula's 347 Grill offers a contemporary grill menu for lunch and dinner in a relaxed, casual environment. The Pi Kitchen provides contemporary dining, also in a casual setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Market features a wide variety of coffee brews for breakfast. Guests hoping to dine in their accommodations can also utilize Sheraton Roanoke's room service.

A vacation in Roanoke, Virginia offers history, adventure and wonderful golf getaways. Book your stay at Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center on by clicking the following link now (
Hotels in Roanoke
By Jaclyn Bealer
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, VA
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Experience the combination of American history and contemporary amenities when you stay at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. This award-winning hotel is positioned in the heart of downtown Roanoke and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Transportation is breeze with the Roanoke Regional Airport only minutes away. Check in is at 4 p.m. and upon arrival you’ll experience true Southern hospitality in the form of a friendly staff and warm chocolate chip cookie.

Originally constructed in 1882, this hotel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers accommodations to match the prestige. Whether you choose a standard room, suite, or executive room, all guests will enjoy the signature Sweet Dreams™ sleep experience beds, a flat panel HD TV, high speed Internet access (at a fee), and a spacious work area with executive chair. In addition to the comforts of home, all rooms come with either a view of the downtown area or surrounding mountain landscape. Accessible rooms as well as PURE allergy friendly rooms are also available upon request.

When you’re not in your room, be sure to take advantage of the complimentary wireless Internet in the lobby. In town on business? Stop by the hotel’s business center for all of your professional needs. Keep up with your exercise routine with the fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. Looking to relax? Book a spa service that can provide in the privacy of your own room. When it’s time to eat, indulge at the Regency Room or sample a lighter meal in The Pine Room Pub. Hosting an event? The hotel boasts a 63,000 sq. ft. conference center that features 35 meeting rooms as well a lecture hall and two boardrooms. Additionally, the ballroom can fit up to 450 guests, all under sparkling crystal chandeliers. knows that when you stay at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, you’ll understand the meaning of true Southern living. Let us help you book your room today; click the link to get started (