The chic hotel close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Roanoke features a fitness center, two restaurants, and indoor/outdoor pools
Hotel at a Glance: Blue Ridge Hotel and Conference Center
The historic Blue Ridge Hotel and Conference Center sits amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short drive from downtown Roanoke. The award-winning hotel offers a host of amenities, from a stylish gourmet restaurant to indoor and outdoor pools where kids can splash around.
- Two restaurants: Chefs use ingredients from local farms to craft traditional southern entrees. Comfy digs: Stay in a room with view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and flat-screen high-definition TVs. Activities: Swim in an indoor or outdoor pool, work out in a complete fitness center, and bike or hike your way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Nearby attractions: Haley Toyota Field in Salem and Mill Mountain Discovery Center located on Roanoke’s mountain summit
Roanoke, West Virginia: Hiking, Golf, and Water Recreation on Stonewall Lake
In the heart of West Virginia’s lush mountain woodlands sits Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park. Created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1990, the namesake lake was designed to bring relief to the flood-prone hamlet of Roanoke, much of which now sits below the waves. These days, the centerpiece of Roanoke is Stonewall Resort, where guests come to hike, fish, and boat throughout the year. The resort is also home to an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course that the Washington Post calls “knock-you-back-on-your-heels beautiful.”
From Roanoke, you can easily take a side trip to Weston, a 15-minute drive to the north. Weston is known for its glassworks; visit the Museum of American Glass to see pieces prized for their color and delicacy, or learn about the glassmaking process during a tour of Appalachian Glass. Weston is also where you’ll find the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a decommissioned mental hospital where tour groups can learn about the fascinating (and often dark) early history of mental health care in the United States.