Family adventures take many forms. Sometimes they involve wandering the great outdoors; sometimes, exploring a new small town; sometimes, venturing underground. And sometimes, they involve rewarding yourself and your family for surviving a tougher-than-expected adventure… or just a tougher-than-expected week. Krispy Kreme has a long and storied history of soothing people with simple carbohydrates after…

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If your family is looking for a new outdoor adventure and you’re up for a drive, here’s an option our family discovered recently: Brush Creek Falls, near Athens, WV.  A few miles north of Princeton, only a couple minutes off I-77, yet secluded and beautiful, Brush Creek Falls is a perfect day trip destination for…

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On some cold, dreary, miserable winter days, you just want to crawl into a hole. Fortunately, you can do just that and still entertain the whole family at Dixie Caverns! Dixie Caverns is not just any hole. This long standing attraction of the Roanoke area celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Back in 1920, the…

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Adventure #29: Cascade Falls One of the most treasured local destinations is also one of the most well-known and beautiful waterfalls in the state: the Cascades. The Cascades lies about an hour’s drive from Roanoke, west of Blacksburg, tucked back in the mountains of Giles County. It is one of the most visited places in…

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The mountains of Appalachia hold many hidden treasures and tell many incredible stories. One of the most fascinating stories of the mountain past is told in the tiny town of Bramwell, West Virginia. Bramwell lies tucked in a bend of the Bluestone River, north of Bluefield, just miles from the Virginia border. But though it…

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While there are myriads of opportunities for adventure and fun in Roanoke and the surrounding mountains, we’ve found there are some familiar, comfortable places we return to again and again. One of those is the Virginia Museum of Transportation, or, as our kids call it, the “train museum”. We’re far from the only family for…

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Secluded in the forested foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains lies a beautiful piece of land concealing rare treasures: Fairy Stone State Park. One of the first 6 original Virginia state parks to open in 1936, Fairy Stone was built through the combined efforts of the CCC and the Virginia Conservation Commission. Many of the…

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Carvins Cove, the nationally acclaimed conservation area adjoining Roanoke’s fresh water reservoir, is a gift that keeps on giving. Renowned for its 60+ miles of trails, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve draws mountain bikers and horseback riders from across the country. Its 12,500 acres of forest and mountain win it the prize of the largest conservation…

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Adventure #24: Mountain Lake Hidden away in a mountain hollow only an hour from Roanoke lies an iconic resort in a unique and beautiful location. Mountain Lake is truly a one-of-a-kind destination on many levels. Known as the setting of the 1987 coming-of-age movie Dirty Dancing, Mountain Lake has a rich history. The famous stone…

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In the bleak Covid winter, when the days are chilly, night falls by 5 pm, and you’re looking for a Christmas activity that is socially distanced, warm, and cheery, may we suggest taking a drive through Grandin Village? Grandin Village is an interesting little sub-community within southwest Roanoke. Centered around the historic Grandin Theatre, this…

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