September 19, 2018
By Featured Venues & Destinations

Not only will the services and expertise of Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge and the local hospitality industry make it easy on the planner, attendees will be excited to visit a destination with such a great combination of first-class facilities, scenic beauty, and leisure activities. These are the 10 reasons you should choose to have your next meeting in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

1. Transportation

Virginia's Blue Ridge is easy to reach. Air service is available through the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, and traveling by car is just as easy, with access via Interstate 81, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and U.S. routes. There is also train service, with Roanoke's position on the Amtrak Northeast Regional line.

2. Setting

Our climate and changing seasons provide the opportunity to enjoy an array of unique, seasonal attractions and activities. The spectacular beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is combined with the modern sophistication and luxury of our vibrant cities and communities. And our region features a rich history, deeply rooted and influenced by figures who helped shape the Commonwealth of Virginia and our entire nation.

3. Facilities

With over 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is full of facilities that can meet your needs. The region offers a variety of meeting hotels and unique meeting facilities, including a technologically advanced, IACC-approved conference center and two civic centers with a coliseum and special events center.

4. Things to Do

The region features a rich collection of exciting museums and galleries. There is always something on the calendar of events. And there will be plenty on your plate with the delicious cuisine of Virginia's Blue Ridge, which is served at an incredible assortment of restaurants. Hurry up — we've got things to do!

5. Services

Our Sales Team goes the extra mile to help you plan, promote, and conduct a memorable meeting in Virginia's Blue Ridge. We work hand-in-hand with area hotels and facilities to help coordinate and implement your vision. The staff members of our partner hotels and facilities will also work to accommodate you and deliver an experience of the highest standard. It's a true team approach — and you're the MVP.

6. Location

Located within a day's drive of two-thirds of the nation's population, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is easy to reach for meeting attendees. It is ideally located near the East Coast and is within 400 miles of some of the nation's largest population centers, including Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Philadelphia; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

7. Hospitality

The beauty of our region is seen in the surrounding mountains, but it is also shared by the people who call this area home. From the staff at Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge and others you work with to plan your event to the residents you encounter while spending personal time in the region, our people will make you feel like a guest of honor in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

8. Specialized for You

The variety of accommodations and activities provide us the opportunity to cater your meeting to the interests and needs of your group. The region features meeting spaces and environments of all types, allowing your group to enjoy a unique meeting facility that serves as a memorable backdrop. We work with you to create customized itineraries and tours to ensure that your attendees experience the parts of Virginia's Blue Ridge that most appeal to them.

9. Accessibility

For a region with such an incredible array of things to do, you will be amazed at how convenient everything is. You're never more than 45 minutes away from an exciting activity, including a walkable downtown district, Virginia's largest man-made lake, "America's Favorite Drive," "Virginia's Championship City," and more. Everything is conveniently located at the intersection of adventure and sophistication.

10. Adventure

Virginia's Blue Ridge will be a mountain playground for your attendees. The region features a wide variety of activities for outdoors lovers. Pick up a hiking, cycling, or water trail and enjoy the scenic beauty and peaceful surroundings. Climb a mountain and stand among the stars under the Roanoke Star, one of the region's iconic landmarks. Or hit a perfect drive off the tee as the mountain backdrop frames the fairway of one of our incredible golf courses. Experience what it means to enjoy a Blue Ridge Day.

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