Inspiring vistas, peaceful tranquility and breathtaking natural beauty are just part of what makes our corner of the Blue Ridge so special. The Glebe is located in the heart of it all with easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you haven’t explored the area, now is the perfect time to do it. Make the most of the colorful season this year and get plans in place. Discover some of the other things that make this region so wonderful for both residents and travelers from all over the world.
Here are FIVE great ways to see the sights and get a feel for the lifestyle in our neck of the woods.
Be inspired by the Blue Ridge Parkway:
Cardinal flowers, black-eyed susans and goldenrod wildflowers bloom right into fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway. More than just a road – it’s a visual journey that fills the senses. It’s easy to see why it draws tourists from around the world. The views are breathtaking. In fall, you’ll see an unforgettable palette of colors—golden hickory trees, ruby red maples and flashy orange sumac—all against the backdrop of silvery blue granite.
See historic points of interest:
Critical to both sides during the Civil War, the Valley is a significant part of the Civil War story. Here you can retrace steps of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Philip Sheridan. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest. See the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and Booker T. Washington National Monument in Moneta. Historic Lexington is just up the road with Stonewall Jackson’s house, VMI and Washington and Lee.
Try apple picking:
The orchards in the area are bursting with different varieties of apples. Many towns celebrate the harvest season with festivals, events and fresh markets. Area specialties include ready-to-eat treats like homemade apple cider donuts and fresh pressed apple ciders. Most area orchards welcome visitors to pick their own.
Imbibe in fine local wines or visit a craft brewery:
There are many craft brewers in our area including Parkway Brewing Company, Soaring Ridge and Big Lick in Roanoke. Tours, tastings, and events happen regularly in the fall. The region is also home to a burgeoning wine community. You can drink in delicious wines with amazing views at Botetourt vineyards like Fincastle Vineyard and Winery, Virginia Mountain Vineyards or Peaks of Otter Winery and Orchards.
Sample the ultimate in fresh farm-to-table cuisine:
Try a farm-to-table restaurant such as Pomegranate in Botetourt or Local Roots and The River and Rail in Roanoke. Visit the source at the area’s largest farmers’ market, Farm to Table, or the unusual Heritage Family Market which bakes breads and cinnamon rolls and stocks Amish products. Botetourt Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning at Daleville Town Center or at the larger Greenbrier Nurseries market on the other side of town. Local ingredients worth seeking out include handmade cheeses, pesticide-free peaches, lamb, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, and broccoli.