Thanks to Chris and Anna for joining us! For more information on Twin Creeks Distillery visit https://twincreeksdistillery.com/ 

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For more information or to download the VBR Cheers Trail App visit https://www.visitroanokeva.com/things-to-do/beer-wine-spirits/vbr-cheers-trail/ 

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To watch the movie Lawless, Stream on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/70213471 

 

Roanoke is a top adventure town!  https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/roanoke-virginia-blue-ridge-mountains-top-adventure-town-contest-winner/

Salem Crafty Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/salem-crafty-christmas/36084/

Buchanan Christmas Market https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-community-christmas-market/37213/

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

Thanks to Carey Harvecutter for coming on the show and telling us everything there is to know about the wonderful city of Salem

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Salem is excited to welcome home the Amos Alonso Stagg Bowl in 2021

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Salem Red Sox https://www.milb.com/salem 

Salem Fair https://www.salemfair.com/ 

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Roanoke is a top adventure town!  https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/roanoke-virginia-blue-ridge-mountains-top-adventure-town-contest-winner/

Salem Crafty Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/salem-crafty-christmas/36084/

Buchanan Christmas Market https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-community-christmas-market/37213/

Dickens of a Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/articles/post/dickens-of-a-christmas-details-announced/

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

On today's episode John talks with Brandt Bernat about the rescheduled Blue Ridge Ironman Triathlon 

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The 2021 event is sold out for participants but you can go to https://www.ironman.com/im703-virginia-blue-ridge to find out how to volunteer and how to watch

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Click Here for a message from the CEO of Ironman about getting racing back on its feet during and after Covid-19

Click here for more information about the Ironman Return to Racing program https://www.facebook.com/IRONMANtri/posts/10164600607735551 

 

Check out some other summer fun you can look forward to next summer. 

Salem Red Sox https://www.milb.com/salem 

Salem Fair https://www.salemfair.com/ 

 

Roanoke is a top adventure town!  https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/roanoke-virginia-blue-ridge-mountains-top-adventure-town-contest-winner/

Salem Crafty Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/salem-crafty-christmas/36084/

Buchanan Christmas Market https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-community-christmas-market/37213/

Dickens of a Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/articles/post/dickens-of-a-christmas-details-announced/

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

Buchanan, Virginia is a beautiful and historic town along the mighty James River. Known for its annual summer carnival, Buchanan also puts on the ritz every year for Christmas. 
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Things may look a little different this year, but the town certainly isn't stopping. They've re-invented their annual Christmas parade and found new ways to go ahead with their longstanding luminary celebration
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For more information on the  the Reverse Christmas Parade, The Luminaries and a full calendar of events visit www.townofbuchanan.com 
 
More holiday options in Virginia's Blue Ridge
The town of Rocky Mount in Franklin County is ready to celebrate the holidays.   And why not?  With a quaint, walkable business area (uptown and downtown!), a farmer's market, nearby hiking trails and even a place to sample and buy legal moonshine or a local craft beer -- there's something for everyone.
 
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In Episode 5 of the Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge Podcast, Rocky Mount's Beth Simms talks about how this small town has a lot to offer -- especially if you ae looking for a unique gift or one of a kind experience.
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Link to Grassy Hill Nature Preserve:

https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/natural-area-preserves/grassyhill

 
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 More holiday options in Virginia's Blue Ridge

For the 38th consecutive year, downtown Roanoke will ring in the holiday season with the annual Dickens of a Christmas festival. 

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Although things will certainly look a little bit different this year. Dickens is an event that typically brings around 40,000 people downtown over the course of Fridays in December.

The Downtown Roanoke Foundation has been hard at work looking for ways to accommodate so many holiday makers in a safe manner adhering to all Covid-19 precautions. 

We are happy to share their solution, The 25 Days of Dickens. Every evening starting Tuesday, November 24th until December 18th, downtown will come alive with Christmas cheer. 

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There will be something new and exciting for the whole family every day. Highlights include the Elf on the Shelf Adventure, Santa's Workshop, ice sculpting, and performances by the Southwest Virginia Ballet, Opera Roanoke, and Mill Mountain Theater. 

In addition, the beloved downtown tree lighting will be broadcast virtually this year on the 24th to make sure everyone can enjoy safely and responsibly. 

As a new feature this year, downtown Roanoke will be lit up for Christmas. To add extra incentive for folks to come see downtown, there will be hundreds of lights including many different hand crafted illuminated stars in place of the usual greenery. Come see the magic for yourself!

For a full calendar of events visit https://www.downtownroanoke.org/events/signature-events/25-days-of-dickens to see what's lined up for every night of the season.

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Looking for ways to spend your time in the Mountains?   Look no further than the Visit VBR website!

https://www.visitvbr.com/

Roanoke is a top adventure town!  https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/roanoke-virginia-blue-ridge-mountains-top-adventure-town-contest-winner/

Fall Festivals in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.VisitVBR.com/blog

Salem Crafty Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/salem-crafty-christmas/36084/

Buchanan Christmas Market https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-community-christmas-market/37213/

Dickens of a Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/articles/post/dickens-of-a-christmas-details-announced/

Christmas in Rocky Mount http://historicrockymount.com/franklin-county-christmas

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

The Nutcracker is back for 2020 in Virginia's Blue Ridge!

With precautions for COVID-19 The Southwest Virginia Ballet is once again presenting the holiday classic performance of the Nutcracker.

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In Episode 3 of The Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge Podcast Carol Jessee with the Southwest Virginia Ballet talks about how they are partnering with Blue Ridge Public TV to present the Nutcracker in spite of the Challenges posed by the pandemic.

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Interested in more information about the Southwest Virginia Ballet?  Here is a link to their website.

https://www.svballet.org/

Looking for ways to spend your time in the Mountains?   Look no further than the Visit VBR website!

https://www.visitvbr.com/

Roanoke is a top adventure town!  https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/roanoke-virginia-blue-ridge-mountains-top-adventure-town-contest-winner/

Fall Festivals in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.VisitVBR.com/blog

Salem Crafty Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/salem-crafty-christmas/36084/

Buchanan Christmas Market https://www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-community-christmas-market/37213/

Dickens of a Christmas https://www.visitroanokeva.com/articles/post/dickens-of-a-christmas-details-announced/

Christmas in Rocky Mount http://historicrockymount.com/franklin-county-christmas

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

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Explore your holiday spirit through a unique experience featuring over 500,000 lights, dazzling features, and memorable moments. Travel down the half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season at Illuminights.

 

In Episode 2 of the Visit VBR Podcast, guest Wendi Schultz tells you all about the additions to last year's popular display as well as extended hours and precautions for COVID-19.

All about Illuminights: https://www.roanokecountyparks.com/545/Illuminights

 

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A Family enjoys one of the displays at Illuminights at Roanoke County's Explore Park.

 

While you’re at Illuminights, shop for artisan crafts, roast marshmallows around the campfire, and enjoy additional family activities on select nights.

This year, due to COVID-19, Illuminights has special programming in place to protect the health of you and your family.

#Illuminights #ExplorePark #CenterInTheSquare #WSLS10

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But remember Explore park is a year-round attraction with zip lining, camping, hiking and mountain biking.  Wendi also reveals information about plans for expansion at the park including an eventual RV park, bike skills course and expanded network of mountain biking trails.  The famous Brugh Tavern is back this season, serving craft beer and holiday cheer from Twin Creeks brewing!

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Looking for ways to spend your time in the Mountains?   Look no further than the Visit VBR website!

https://www.visitvbr.com/

Fall Festivals in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.VisitVBR.com/blog

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

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The Hotel Roanoke, also known as the Grand Old Lady is the pride of Virginia's Blue Ridge.  Overlooking downtown, the beautiful hotel and conference center is a major attraction in the region -- and now it's even better!  Opening in October of 2020 is the newly expanded and improved Pine Room and the 1882 Lobby Bar.  In episode one of the Visit VBR podcast, host John Carlin interviews Hotel Roanoke General Manager Brian Wells about the new additions, Christmas at the hotel, and how the hotel is hosting conferences and meetings in a COVID-19 world.

 

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Hotel Roanoke Home Page: www.HotelRoanoke.com

https://www.hotelroanoke.com/i/downloads/Hotel%20Roanoke%20Completes%20Pine%20Room%201882%20Lobby%20Bar%20Renovations.pdf

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Looking for ways to spend your time in the Mountains?   Look no further than the Visit VBR website!

https://www.visitvbr.com/

Fall Festivals in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.VisitVBR.com/blog

Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge www.BikeVBR.com

 

 

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