Where can you find a world class art museum, a museum of transportation and the oldest continually operated farmer's market in the Commonwealth of Virginia all within walking distance of one another? The answer: Downtown Roanoke, Virginia.
Roanoke is nicknamed the "Star City or the South" for the city's most visible attraction, a 100-foot-high illuminated steel star, a beacon at the top of Mill Mountain for over 40 years. Please click the image for a larger view of the gorgeous photo by Dan Smith, editor of Valley Business FRONT.
From Blue Ridge Outdoors, January 2010…
Roanoke's Forbes.com ranking comes as no surprise considering that nearly 90,000 undergraduate students are studying at 21 institutions of higher education. That's more undergrads per capita than the San Francisco bay area, the Research Triangle, and the Boston-Cambridge area.
The Roanoke Valley is a scenic jewel in the southern Appalachian mountains and attracts all types of outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and America's favorite byway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, provide breathtaking views on foot or by car. In 2010, the region premiered the Blue Ridge Parkway Marathon for extreme athletes with over 900 participants.
Cultural arts enthusiasts, retirees, medical researchers and entrepreneurs alike call the Roanoke Valley home. With an average commute of just 20 minutes, this metro area is one that richly deserves its star.
Donna Dilley is a business etiquette consultant based In Roanoke, Virginia. She writes a business etiquette column for Valley Business FRONT.