According to TripAdvisor the top thing to do in Roanoke is the Mill Mountain Star and Park. This is the picturesque hill overlooking the city but I’d imagine that this isn’t the top attraction when there’s a foot of snow around. Number two is Black Dog Architectural Salvage and Antiques. This is featured on a DIY Network television show and looks like a cool sort of place if you’re doing up a house rather than travelling. Roanoke has quite a few museums but nothing that especially stood out for me. The most interesting was the Virginia Museum of Transportation, although it was closed due to the inclement weather. Nearby the hotel was Carlin’s Amoco Station, a historic Art Deco petrol station. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and has been nicely restored.
Getting an afternoon beer in Roanoke is easier said than done but I eventually spotted Flanary’s Pub. It’s not the fanciest establishment but the music was from a station called Reality Bites, playing all sort of stuff from the 1990s. The bartender and the only other customer in the bar were fans of Trainspotting and The Inbetweeners so we had a good talk about that.
Walking back to the hotel I noticed where Roanoke gets its Star City moniker from. At the top of Mill Mountain is a star that is illuminated at night and actually looks quite impressive. It certainly appears better with your own eyes than my dodgy picture below does!