If you’re a Roanoke local you have probably visited or driven past the large yellow, salvage-filled building near Grandin Village hundreds of times. You thought nothing odd about the massive rocket sitting outside the building
However, many people only know Black Dog Salvage through their popular DIY Network TV show, Salvage Dawgs.
Black Dog Salvage has been a local Roanoke business for more than 15 years, but it is now welcomed into the homes of tens of thousands thanks to the popularity of Salvage Dawgs.
With this momentous popularity, Black Dog Salvage is driving visitors and tourists to the Roanoke area. People from all over the country come to Roanoke to explore and shop at Black Dog Salvage, but also in the hopes of getting a glimpse and photo with Robert, Mike and their amazing crew.
But what is there to do when the Black Dog Salvage adventure is over and you have a day or so to spend in our beautiful Star City of the South? That’s why we’ve created this list of activities and things to do and see and discover during your visit!
1. Explore The Roanoke Valley Greenways
Black Dog Salvage is situated right off of one of Roanoke’s most popular Greenways – The Roanoke River Greenway. Start your trek from Black Dog and walk along the riverbank to the Wasena area. Stop The River House, where you can dine at the Wasena City Tap Room or spend some hours indoor rock climbing at River Rock Climbing. From there you can continue your journey down the greenway to enjoy a frozen custard treat at HITS Ice Cream parlor or even rent a bike at Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
2. Take Your Taste Buds On A Wine Tour
What’s better than enjoying breathtaking views while sipping on award-winning wines? Not much I would think! Did you know Virginia is ranked #5 in the U.S. in the number wineries. An easy and convenient way to visit these small family operated wineries is to schedule a Blue Ridge Wine Tour and allow expert guides to escort you on local farm wineries, where you’ll taste wines, go behind the scenes, and explore the legacy of Virginia’s wine history. OPen to the public Blue Ridge Wine Tours are held weekly (except in winter) on Sundays. Private group tours are available any day day of the week based on availability.
3. Lose Yourself In An Exhibition At The Taubman Museum
The world-class Taubman Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Roanoke. This modern museum features 10 galleries, a soaring 77-foot glass Atrium, spectacular balcony overlooking iconic landmarks, and a pop up café. The exhibitions are drawn from collections around the world, regional artists, and the museum’s permanent collection of American art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is open on Sundays now and general admission is free, so make sure to take full advantage during your visit.
4. Taste Your Way Through Iconic Downtown Roanoke
Fancy yourself a foodie? Discover a bustling downtown and the tastes, sights, and aromas of our food scene as we stroll and eat our way through the “Star City.” Take a Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Walking Tour to visit seven tasting locations within the vibrant downtown community. Enjoy a glimpse into “The Magic City’s” untamed early days and see how this impacted Roanoke’s local food scene and culture. Explore how the local food scene is repeating historical patterns.
5. Walk Your Way Through Historic Salem
Salem, VA is just 15 minutes or less outside of Downtown Roanoke, and offers the quaint hospitality, culture, and history that helps make Virginia’s Blue Ridge such a unique destination. Take the Historic Salem Walking Tour and experience some of the iconic places that has helped shape the city over the years. Walk from the luxurious 18-room Longwood Mansion to the Old Courthouse, and make your way to the Downtown Salem Historic District. With over 22 historic locations, this tour is made for all who consider themselves history buffs.
6. Spend A Lazy Sunday Brunching
Roanoke is rich in colorful history, culture and one-of-a-kind culinary treats. Combine these with a leisurely stroll and an opportunity to make new friends – and you have a unique and fun way to experience Roanoke! Discover Roanoke’s off-the-beaten-path areas, culture and food artisans on the Roanoke Sunday Brunch Tour. Visit six food-tasting locations within Roanoke’s Downtown Historic District while you stroll through the main streets and alleyways of the historic downtown. Enjoy a glimpse into Roanoke’s rail heritage and landmarks celebrating Roanoke’s unexpected diversity and culture.
7. Take A Selfie At The Historic Roanoke Star
The Roanoke Star is an iconic symbol of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and a must-see spot when visiting the region. The star sits perched atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the surrounding valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, serving as a beacon and welcoming sign to visitors. As the largest, freestanding, man-made, illuminated star in the world, the Roanoke Star is one of the most photographed attractions in the area and the scenic overlook at the base of the structure is a popular stop for an incredible view of the region.
8. Discover Roanoke’s Craft Beer Scene
With seven craft breweries operating in our region and more on the way, Roanoke’s local beer scene is hopping! Take your own self-guided adventure or join the Roanoke Craft Beer Tour held weekly on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. You can hop on the “Half Pint” bus and visit three local microbreweries while leaving the driving to someone else. Roanoke is proud of our local breweries and you’ll be impressed!
9. Train Enthusiast? Experience Roanoke’s Rail History
Take a self-guided tour of the Virginia Museum of Transportation or wander through the O. Winston Link Museum’s exhibits. Both are located in Downtown Roanoke and are a 10 minute walk from each other. At the Transportation Museum you can explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, model trains and hands-on exhibits, or stroll among antique automobiles, and explore truck, bus, and aviation exhibits! Walk over to the O. Winston Link Museum and peruse the collection of photographic and auditory works developed between 1955-1960.
10. Treat Your Inner Child To A Few Games Of Pinball
The Roanoke Pinball Museum is located in the latest addition to the Center In The Square in Downtown Roanoke. This interactive museum features over 50 pinball machines ranging from the 1950’s to 2014. Pinball players young and old can spend the afternoon achieving their high scores, while enjoying the science behind the game!
11. Want Even More Fun? Visit Historic Lexington, VA.
If you’re coming to Roanoke from points North, you may want to consider stopping in Historic Lexington, VA. From food tours to carriage rides, there’s always something going on in this historic and charming little city. The Lexington, VA Food Tour blends unmatched history and an amazing local food scene with Lexington, VA’s charm, vibrancy and lore of food! You’ll discover unexpected culinary gems, iconic historic landmarks and the local southern culture.