THINGS TO DO
Want to take a break from the road, but still want to keep moving? Here are a few ideas:
- Look out the front door of the hotel and you'll see Mill Mountain, which has 10 miles of single track trails. Hop on the Roanoke River Greenway and you'll be on the dirt in less than 5 minutes.
- Explore Park is 1,100 acres and includes more than 14 miles of single track trails built by IMBA. It's located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 115) and is a 10 minute drive from the hotel.
- Don't miss the opportunity to ride the region's crown jewel of mountain biking, Carvins Cove. Outside TV put the trails in their top 5 mountain biking destinations and for good reason. Carvins Cove includes 60+ miles of trails ranging from cross country single track to free-ride downhill trails. It is 8 miles from downtown Roanoke and there is a $2 day use fee (payable at the entrances).
- Mill Mountain, Explore Park, and Carvins Cove are perfect for hiking, but so is the famous Appalachian Trail which spans 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine. And the most photographed point along the entire A.T. is McAfee Knob, one of the region's most-loved hikes. It's just a 20 minute drive to the trailhead and 3.5 miles later you'll be looking at a 270-degree panoramic view.
- Other great hikes include Dragon's Tooth (4.5 miles) and Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail (7 miles). Visit RoanokeOutside.com to find even more hiking options.
Legs tired from all these hills? Need a rest day? Here are some suggestions:
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- Downtown Roanoke is less than a mile from the hotel, so take the free shuttle or free trolley and explore the 50+ restaurants, shops, and museums. Admission to the iconic Taubman Museum of Art is free.
- Go for a drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the Peaks of Otter and/or Mabry Mill.
- The Roanoke River Greenway is located across the street (and through the field) from the hotel. This paved pathway parallels the Roanoke River and is perfect for an evening stroll or ride. Hop on the greenway and within minutes you can be at the River Rock Climbing Gym, Sweet Donkey Coffee House, HITS Ice Cream, and numerous restaurants including River & Rail, Green Goat, Wasena City Tap Room, and Fork in the Alley. You can also stop by Roanoke Mountain Adventures and rent a SUP, kayak, or mountain bike (they'll even take you on a guided trip).
- Stop by Black Dog Salvage and meet the cast of the TV show Salvage Dawgs (you can take the greenway directly to the shop.)
- Like beer? Hop on the beerway and sample a few from local breweries. Or how about a little vino? Check out one of the many wineries that call Roanoke home.
- Are you a foodie? Check out Roanoke Food Tours (they also offer brewery and winery excursions).