The Virginia Mountains region is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with scenic views and outdoor adventure. In Virginia, the mountains offer so much more. Discover scenic drives that connect charming towns and vibrant cities each with its own genuine brand of local culture, historic sites and delicious food.
WHAT TO DO
- The Carilion Clinic IRONMAN® 70.3® Virginia’s Blue Ridge triathlon will be held on June 7, 2020 in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The race will include a 1.2-mile swim at Carvins Cove, a 56-mile bicycle ride through Botetourt County and a 13.1 mile run on the Roanoke River Greenway.
- The historic Jefferson Pools, owned by The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, are undergoing renovations and scheduled to re-open late summer 2020.
- Hinchee Park Trail, a 235-acre park that opened in Roanoke County in Sept. 2019, is a woodland preserve consisting of a two-mile trail connecting Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail with Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
- Twin Creeks Brewing Company will expand to a second location at Roanoke’s Explore Park, inside the historic Brugh Tavern, in 2020. They plan to serve freshly brewed beer, specializing in farmhouse ales, as well as flagship beers from their Vinton location. Alongside the taps, a lineup of local cider and wine will be offered.
- Twin Creeks Distillery re-opened a new store front in Historic Rocky Mount in late 2019..
WHERE TO STAY
- The Jackson River Sports Complex in Covington is adding upscale camping options and a proposed small tiny house community to use as additional lodging options in June 2020.
- Foremost B&B recently opened in Franklin County in late 2019 and features queen bed suites with amenities including a fireplace, television, deluxe full bath, and full kitchen.
IN OTHER NEWS
- Botetourt County celebrates its 250th Anniversary in 2020 and will be hosting events throughout the year to mark the milestone.
- Franklin County, an area considered to be the Moonshine Capital of the World, will be celebrating the Centennial of Prohibition.
- The Historic Downtown Improvement plan for Salem begins January 2020 that will revitalize the area. Plans include additional landscaping, historic lights and a new brick paved sidewalk.