Seniors Can’t Go Wrong in Roanoke, the “Star City of the South”

Together we shinePerhaps best known for being a favorite stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway—America’s Favorite Drive, Roanoke, Virginia is big on natural beauty, with scenic mountain vistas and loads of outdoor recreation including fishing and watersports on Smith Mountain Lake. But the “Star City of the South” also has a few surprises in store. Indeed, amenities, unique attractions, and a rich assortment of cultural experiences impart the kind of big-city flair and flavor that make Roanoke the undisputed capital of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain area.

For big skies and mountain living amidst a metropolitan backdrop, Roanoke is the place to be. Here, a large selection of antique shops, farmers’ markets and more contemporary shopping destinations nicely complement art and cultural museums, galleries and historical sites. The Virginia Museum of Transportation, for one, explores the area’s rich railroad influence, while Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail offers a variety of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Foodies can choose from a number of nationally renowned dining destinations, which include The River and Rail, which has been voted one of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in America.” Or, for southern-style comfort fare, there’s nothing else like The Roanoker Restaurant, where the house-made biscuits may well knock your socks off. Locals and visitors alike rave about the nationally-renowned burgers at Texas Tavern, and many in and around our community love Table 50 for cocktails and fine dining.

In all, there’s plenty of bona fide destinations to enjoy in and around Roanoke, but just as much beauty and tranquility to take in while simply cruising the Parkway or enjoying a daytime jaunt to favorite out-of-town spots like Homestead Creamery. So whether enjoying arts and entertainment, indoor and outdoor recreation, or the many, unique shopping and dining experiences that comprise the best and brightest in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, TerraBella Pheasant Ridge makes a perfect home base for exploring the Star City and beyond.

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