What to Do, See & Eat

The Roanoke Area

From a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to a hike on the Appalachian Trail, Roanoke is a popular outdoor destination! Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding are just minutes away from the conference site. Looking for a quick walk? Take a stroll through Roanoke’s Historic City Market and browse local shops and restaurants or visit one of Downtown Roanoke’s many museums.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Visit our friends over at Roanoke Mountain Adventures and rent a mountain bike, greenway bike, or stand up paddleboard and explore the Roanoke River, greenways, and 10 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails on Mill Mountain… all just minutes from the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Grab a Beer

Roanoke is a beer city! Deschutes and Ballast Point are here, but Roanoke also boasts great local craft breweries to satisfy any palate. Big Lick Brewing Company is a short walk from the conference site and Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers are just a few blocks farther on Shenandoah Ave. Deschutes just opened a new tasting room on the Roanoke City Market and Starr Hill has a Pilot Breweryand Side Stage just a short trolly ride or bike from Hotel Roanoke. If you head out to the Appalachian Trail for a hike or Carvins Cove for a mountain bike ride, be sure to stop by Parkway Brewing Co. Kessler Mill Road in Salem and have a Get Bent!.

Fleet Feet Sports Pub Run & Walk

All runners and walkers of all abilities and paces are invited to join Fleet Feet Sports every Tuesday night at 6pm for the Fleet Feet Sports Pub Run. Pub Runs are FREE and open to anyone! Run and walk on the Roanoke Valley Greenway with a 3 and 5 mile option.

Roanoke Old Time Jam Weekly Gathering

Weekly gathering of Oldtime Stringband musicians and friends in a family friendly venue. Bring an accoustic instrument and join in, slip on your dancing shoes, or grab a seat and listen. Plenty of seating (including five couches). They gather on the Salem Avenue mezzanine which is accessible by steps and a roomy elevator. Join every Wednesday for music and stay for the fun.

More attractions can be found here.



Roanoke is a foodie city. With local flare and ethnic diversity, Roanoke’s Downtown restaurants will have a little bit of something for everyone!

Located in The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

The Regency Room and Pine Room Pub are on site at #AORE2017 and offer gourmet style, farm to table options for guests as well as the public.

Roanoke Host Team Picks within 5-10 minute walk from Hotel

Renee's pick: Nawab - located on Campbell Ave in Downtown Roanoke, only a 5 minute walk from #AORE 2017, Nawab boasts amazing Indian food and one of the best lunch buffets in all of Roanoke.

Kat's pick: Cedar’s Lebanese Restaurant - Cedar’s is located on Campbell Ave only a few doors down from Nawab. Their authentic Lebanese cuisine boats 50% of their menu as vegetarian and has a great Middle Eastern flair.

Greg's pick: Wasabi’s - downtown Roanoke’s sushi place offers fantastic lunch specials as well as delicious and fresh sushi, sashimi, and teriyaki options for dinner. Wasabi’s is on Market Street only 5 minutes from #AORE 2017.

Patrick’s pick: Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint - Jack Brown’s offers over 100 craft beers and an award winner burger menu with some of the craziest combinations you have ever seen! Jack Brown’s is only a few doors down from Wasabi’s.

Mark's pick: Blue 5 - recently voted one of the best beer bar’s in Virginia, this southern inspired cuisine has a little bit of something for everyone. Blue 5 is located on 2nd street at the corner of Kirk Ave about 10 minutes walking distance from #AORE2017.

Jon Guy's pick: Lucky - offers a modern twist to local and regional favorites. Grab one of their signature cocktails and settle in for an experience that will feel more like Manhattan than Roanoke! Lucky is located on Kirk Ave just a few doors down from Blue 5.

Other restaurants include: Billy’s, The Quarter, Subway, On The Rise, Bread Craft, Martin’s Fortunato, and Macado’s. Roanoke’s City Market Building also offers some great grab and go options for lunch. Click here for all of the restaurant choices Roanoke has to offer!