It's pretty neat when a big national magazine takes a closer look at your area and confirms just how up-and-coming-cool it really is. Garden & Gun Magazine wrote a terrific article on Roanoke and all it has to offer. Even better, the article was written by the phenomenal Beth Macy, a Roanoke celebrity in her own right!
From the Roanoke Region of Virginia:
"Another national publication has its eye on the Roanoke Region – this time Garden & Gun magazine, which features an eight-page spread on the Star City.
The October/November edition, which hit newsstands Tuesday, features Roanoke on the cover under the headline “City on the Rise: Roanoke, VA.”
The piece is a portrait of Roanoke – from the Mill Mountain Star and some history, to its natural beauty and outdoor events, and the recent explosion of downtown living. The series of three articles go on to highlight some of Roanoke’s hot spots and stars.
From the main story: “If you ask me, Roanoke’s star shines brightest when it elevates the authentic over the aspirational. The railroad can go to Norfolk and the textile plants to China, but folks are finally realizing that our natural amenities can’t be outsourced or outdone. A paved greenway that grows longer by the year snakes from Salem to Roanoke and Vinton, following the Roanoke River as well as the Tinker Creek made famous in the Pulitizer-winning book by Hollins University alum Annie Dillard. Visitors can rent bicycles at UnderDog Bikes and ride the rare-for-Roanoke flat path past herons, wildflowers, and a former silk mill that now houses entrepreneurial upstarts like the custom teardrop camping trailer company Silver Tears.”
Garden & Gun publishes six editions each year with a focus on how to live a life that is more engaged with the land, the literature, the music, the arts, the traditions, and the food of the Southern part of the United States. More than 740,000 people look at each edition of the magazine. You can pick up the edition featuring Roanoke now."