What to do in Roanoke? 


Shop and Dine at Roanoke's City Market

“The Historic Roanoke City Market (popularly known as the Farmer's Market) is the oldest continuously operating open-air market in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It began in 1882, when licenses were issued to 25 area ‘Hucksters’ (vendors). The market area has since gained popularity for its amazing selection of locally grown plants, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Be sure to stop by and visit the market area’s oldest continuous vendor, Martin’s Plant Farm. The Martin’s have had a presence at the market since 1904!”

“Currently, there are 42 permanent tables covered by awnings that mark an inviting display of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants during growing season. There are additional spaces in Market Square where vendors erect tents to display their wares. In recent years, a number of artisans have joined the farmers and planters offering handcrafted items, unique jewelry, and other art objects.”

“In the heart of the city's Market District, the market is a great spot for lunch and to admire the architectural gem, renovated in 2011. Fork in the Market is a local favorite with wood-fired pizzas, gourmet hot dogs, and the best burgers in town.”

—— Quoted from Downtown Roanoke and Planetware


Wander in Elmwood Park

“City of Roanoke’s Elmwood Park is Southwest Virginia’s premier concert and festival venue. Renovations were completed in 2014 and the new Elmwood Park is a great addition to Downtown Roanoke!

Elmwood Park features a 4,000+ capacity amphitheater with cascading grass terraces for seating, a state-of-the-art illuminated fountain in front of the stage, tree-lined walkway with decorative fountains, and an art walk with beautiful sculptures.”

—— Quoted from Downtown Roanoke


Explore Center in the Square

“Find an 8,000-gallon Living-Coral Reef Aquarium, indoor multi-story Butterfly Garden, and unique museums including the Science Museum of Western Virginia, all at Center in the Square in the heart of downtown Roanoke.

Don't try and see everything in one visit to the Square; this central location also houses the Museum of African American Culture, Rooftop Gardens, shops, and even a game room for kids. Weekends offer the best crowd-watching, but midweek visits leave more opportunities to linger in exhibitions.

At the Roanoke Pinball Museum, visitors can try their hand at vintage machines from the 1930s all the way up to the classics of today - no quarters needed!”

—— Quoted from Planetware


Try a Local Coffee Shop

What do you want the most after a day of hard work? Good Coffee! Yet, it is always hard to find a coffee shop with quality coffee in a new place. Harder still is a coffee shop worth sitting in. Fortunately, we find you several local favorite coffee shops. Now, take a little sip and talk to your friend. You’ll find relaxation (and/or productivity) is just a drop away.

- Downshift Hand Crafted Bikes & Brews: 416 Campbell Ave SW #102, Roanoke

- Little Green Hive: 1402 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke

- Sweet Donkey Coffee House: 2108 Broadway Ave SW, Roanoke

For more information about hiking, kayaking and other outdoor events, please check the Wanderlust list (provided by the Hotel Roanoke&Conference Room).