Favorite thing: Roanoke has held some things in its downtime area very sacred over the years, most notably, some of the advertising signs from the 50's and 60's. There were preservation groups formed in the last decade to raise money for some of these signs to be restored, oddly enough the only reason most of them are still there is because this town was too old fashioned and unchanged for decades to even remodel the building in its downtown area. If you will walk around the downtown area you will see many signs from the 50's and 60'd still dispalyed, from soda ads to coffee signs.
Favorite thing: Visit the Roanoke City Market on a weekend. The City Market is host to many quaint shops, deli's, coffee shops and art galleries. Also the Farmer's Market is the best place to get fresh produce and great flowers for the home. Also don't miss the local artisans that put their cratfs on display each weekend on the market.
Blue Ridge Parkway ! ! It is beautiful and fun. It goes through the state of Va and into NC. In the Roanoke area the best spot is Mill Mountain. There is a small zoo. Pinic areas, and an outdoor theater. Always alot going on but the Best thing is the awesome view from the mountain top. It over looks the city and the mountains that surround the Roanoke Valley.
Fondest memory: There is the hotel Roanoke where you can dine on spoon bread and peanut soup. Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere.
The picture below is of a misty morning fog rising off a mountain pond.