Ideas For Beating The Winter Blues In Roanoke

on January 9, 2018 | By Larry Landolt

Feeling a little blue this winter? The holidays are long gone, it’s grey and cold.  You might think to yourself that there’s nothing to do in Roanoke. Well that’s where you would be wrong. Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery and a good plan to have some fun in the dead of winter.

Here’s a list of activities and events to keep the winter blues away. We know it’s not a complete list, so share your ideas with us!


Take In A Great Live Performance

Beating The Winter Blues at the harvester-performance-center

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Take in an intimate live performance of any genre at the Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount, VA. Over 175 musical performances held annually, it would be hard to find something you didn’t enjoy.   In downtown Roanoke, The Spot On Kirk has great performances scheduled through the winter as does the 5 Points Music Sanctuary well.


Gather The Ladies For A Sunday Brunch Tour

Tour Roanoke Sunday Brunch Tour

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Stroll historic Roanoke Downtown and enjoy iconic landmarks, satisfying aromas, delicious tastings with alcohol pairings on Tour Roanoke’s Sunday Brunch Tour. Fun, friends & adventure! Taste delicious samplings, served from locally owned eateries and legendary historic locations. Stops include one of the oldest farmers markets in the U.S., one of downtown’s most popular restaurants located in a colorful former hotel, a specialty shop specializing in Virginia made products and our most cosmopolitan dining establishment.


Stretch Yourself At The River Rock Climbing Wall

Beating The Winter Blues At River Rock Climbing

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Children friendly, The River Rock is an indoor rock climbing gym located on the first floor of the River House in the Wasena Village next to the Roanoke River Greenway.  It features over 8,500 sq. ft. of climbing with over 30 top-rope and lead routes, plus plenty of world-class bouldering.  Great for beginner and experienced adventurers. 


A one-of-a-kind Food & Cocktail hands-on adventure.  A Taste of Naples!

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Fortunato & Tour Roanoke team up and invite you to be the maker! Hands-on, in-the-kitchen and behind-the-cocktail-bar fun. A Taste of Naples. The next public tour is Saturday Feb. 17, 2018!

What’s one step better than sharing a delicious Naples-style pizza, a classic Italian cocktail, a glass of Chianti and a Processco toast with friends?  We know the answer! It’s making the pizza and cocktail yourself.  Of course, with the inspired guidance of a renowned local chef and a nationally recognized craft cocktail bartender.  It’s a perfectly tasty adventure!


Bring Out Your Inner Child At The Transportation Museum

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Image: Virginia Museum of Transportation

Spend a few hours looking through the Virginia Museum of Transportation enormous collection of trains and automobiles! Home of the 611 excursions, you’ll also find some of the finest locomotives ever produced and built in Roanoke by the Norfolk and Western Railway. See decades of automotive history, with cars, trucks, and even a Virginia Tech autonomous car.


Gather The Group For Adventure On The Roanoke Craft Beer Tour


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On Tour Roanoke’s Craft Beer Tour, you can discover the hopping Roanoke craft beer scene as you visit three local microbreweries. Go behind the scenes to explore brewing facilities, learn brewing 101, and uncover the roots of the nation and local craft beer movement. All while sampling award-winning beers! Whether you make a day of it or a weekend, this is the most convenient and fun way to discover Roanoke’s many breweries.


Spend A Night Tasting At The Taubman Museum


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Whether attending their International Wine Festival (Sunday Jan. 28, 2018) or the Bourbon + Bacon (Feb. 9, 2018) – the Taubman Museum is serving it up this winter!


Show Off Your Skills On Ice


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Skate your day or night away in Downtown Roanoke at Elmwood Park. Elmwood On Ice will be open from through January 28.  Includes an ice slide for even more fun! Admission is $6. Skate rentals are $2. Skate time is unlimited the day of purchase. Skating aids are available for those who are more on the novice level.


Learn Firearms Safety At Roanoke’s State Of The Art Practice Range


Image: SafeSide Tactical

Enjoy SafeSide Tactical, the state-of-the-art and family-owned firearms practice and training destination in the region.  Who knows you might qualify for the next Olympic Games!  The indoor range is among the largest east of the Mississippi and boasts the longest commercial indoor lanes at over 100 yards.  This modern facility is the the location of their firearms training and safety classes.

Get A Jump Start On Planning, Contact Tour Roanoke

For information on Tour Roanoke’s group tours and to check date availability, email or call (540) 309-1781.

Larry Landolt

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