This summer, Robby and I went back to Virginia to visit his family. That’s where he is from, Roanoke, VA. This is one of my homes away from home. I’m fortunate to have many of these around the world, in France, New Zealand and the U.S. This western part of Virginia is especially pretty in the summer months, when the lush vegetation takes over everything and becomes candy for the eyes with all its different shades of green and the eternal Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. If you get a chance, do a portion (what I did) or all of the Appalachian Trail (one of my many dreams) that passes right outside of town. As for what to do in this town, here are some of my favorites…

EAT & DRINK ($–$$)
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje
Texas Tavern
Big Lick Brewing Company
Little Green Hive

I have no idea, I always stay with my in-laws.

DO ($)
Taubman Museum of Art
O. Winston Link Museum
Grandin Theatre
Jefferson Center

Peaks of Otter
McAfee Knob
Devil’s Marbleyard

SHOP ($)
Ronoake Co+op
Too Many Books
Ikenberry Orchards
New To Me Consignment Boutique
Black Dog Salvage
Jamisons’ Orchard Farm Market
Goodwill Stores - some excellent finds in the area

All photos in this post were shot using my Mamiya 7ii with Portra 400.