Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving is here!  There are a lot of different ways to celebrate this holiday.  Most people only think of hosting a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but you can add your own twist to dinner and turn this holiday into a true celebration of who you are.  Here are a few different ideas for putting your own mark on Thanksgiving. If you don’t like cooking or no one in your family feels like having their home invaded for the holiday, there are many restaurants that offer full Thanksgiving dinners.  The Inn’s Grand Thanksgiving Buffet, which takes place at The Inn at Virginia Tech, is one traditional option.  Note that many of these restaurants require reservations, so be sure to get yours in as soon as you can. Want to do something a little different for Thanksgiving?  Start with a run!  The 5K Drumstick Dash, a charity run for the Rescue Mission, starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  This run sends participants through downtown Roanoke on a race to help those in need. There are other options for dinner, of course.  In addition to offering dine-in options, some restaurants put together to-go Thanksgiving dinners.  They even include turkey!  Put your name in for one of these tasty meals, pick in up on Thanksgiving, and bam! instant Thanksgiving dinner!  Plus, most of them are reasonably priced.  You’d spend about as much on food, ingredients, and the turkey, but you don’t have to cook any of it! Who says Thanksgiving has to be all about the turkey?  While it is the traditional meal, there’s nothing that says you must prepare a bird.  Spice up your Thanksgiving.  If no one in your family wants a traditional meal, serve tacos and other Mexican foods.  Make a big pot of spaghetti or lasagna.  If it’s warm enough, have a cook out.  Celebrate your heritage and create a meal based on traditional dishes of your culture.  Come up with fun, unique takes on the traditional meal. Whatever you decide to do for...

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Hot Spots in Roanoke and Salem

Looking for the perfect date spot in Roanoke or Salem?  The two cities have a lot to offer for those looking to put together the perfect romantic date.  Here are just a few ideas. If you enjoy the theater, see what the Showtimers of Roanoke Valley theater is currently hosting.  They have some amazing shows all year round. There are great art exhibits going on all around these two cities.  The Smoyer Gallery, the Olin Gallery, the Taubman Museum of Art, and the History Museum of Western Virginia all have some great exhibits.  If you and your date love history, you could visit the History Museum.  Just be sure she’s into the exhibit before you go or this hot spot could become pretty chilly. There are many great restaurants in the area that are perfect for romantic dates.  There’s Alejandro’s, Table 50, and La Finca, just to name a few.  There are a ton of other restaurants catering to just about every pallet.  You’ll find everything from casual dining to five-star, four course restaurants.  There are also a number of clubs and bars in the area if you’re looking for some great evening entertainment. Looking for something a little less serious for a date?  How about going miniature golfing at the Putt Putt Family Fun Center or strolling through the Mill Mountain Zoo?  You could also go skating at the Skate Center of Roanoke Valley. Don’t forget to get your date off on the right start with a bouquet of flowers!  We’ve got many different flower arrangements in Roanoke,...

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