I’m going to tell you a little secret: I didn’t always love the Star City so much.
Back when I moved to Roanoke, Virginia four years ago, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I didn’t fit.
There was a lot to like about our little town: the sunsets flamed over the blue hills. The leaves crunched on the sidewalks each Fall, scattering through Roanoke’s tree-lined neighborhoods. There was bluegrass at the corner bar and fresh produce at the downtown market; a greenway and a railway and a Christmas Parade.
Where was the art? Where was the culture? Why did people wear jeans and flip-flops all.the.time? Most importantly: where the heck could I find Ethiopian Yirgacheffe? (More on that later.) I spent a lot of time griping and watching too much Netflix, feeling lonely and snobby and cranky, and woefully out-of-place.
And then one day I realized that I wasn’t much fun to be around.
So I decided to change that.
I crossed my own threshold, got out into the city and explored. I ate. I drank. I hiked. I took photos. And most importantly, I met people: ballerinas. Musicians. People who liked to talk about art, or about books, or about God. And I’m not sure when it happened, exactly, but somewhere along the way I fell head-over-heels for the Star City.
And suddenly I started thinking: maybe I DO belong here.
This blog is my way of telling you that *you* belong here, too.
If you’re new to Roanoke and searching for some citified sparkle, then this blog is definitely for you.
If you’ve spent a lifetime here and want to see it from a fresh perspective, then this blog is for you, too.
If you like to read about good places to grub and good places to hike, you’ll find lots on those subjects, right here. If you want to read about upcoming festivals and symphonies and operas and ballets, concerts and volunteer opportunities and fitness opportunities — by all means, bookmark this page.
But most of all, I hope you feel like you fit here, and that you find others who fit alongside you.
Keep sparkling, Slickers. This is your town, and it looks fabulous on you. ❤