Top Ten: New River Valley

by Caitlin J

mccoy2014Top Ten:

Things to do in the New River Valley

  1. Get authentic El Salvadorian food on the cheap at Latino’s Taste in Radford
    • I recommend the pupusas and fried yuca! It’s large enough to split with two. Don’t forget to grab an ice-cold Mexican Coke to wash it all down.
  2. Go boating at Claytor Lake
    • Take your friends and rent anything from jet-skis to pontoon boats.
  3. Grab a BOGO burger Monday at Sharky’s

    The Cascades

    • Split the ticket with a friend to get a half-off burger (about $5, includes fries) or get a coupon for your next burger to be free. Go during Happy Hour (5-9pm) to score more savings on your drinks.
  4. Hike to the Cascades in Pembroke
    • Just outside of Blacksburg, hike four miles to see the 69ft. falls.
  5. Shop and eat in the Town of Floyd (my hometown!!)

    • Drink locally roasted coffee at The Loft after grabbing lunch at the Country Store (their pimento cheese sandwich is a classic southern thing that I highly recommend). Head there on a Friday to chat with the diverse locals and listen to bluegrass during the Friday Night Jamboree. Don’t forget to do some shopping at the locally owned stores in the town!
      Don’t leave without visiting Harvest Moon!
  6. Watch an indie flick at The Lyric movie theater in Blacksburg
  7. Swim in Montgomery County’s aquatic center in Christiansburg
    • New indoor facilities with slides and plenty of room in the pool for everyone. Very reasonable prices as well.
  8. Tube the New River at The Junction in McCoy
    • For just a few dollars rent a tube for the day. There are some baby rapids but the majority of it is just easy floatin’.


      Just some of the delicious sweet treats at Our Daily Bread

  9. Feel fancy eating authentic French pastries at Our Daily Bread in Blacksburg
    • Extensive selection of fine pastries and cakes. Also a great place to grab a coffee or light lunch. My favorites are the macaroons and éclairs!
  10. Visit Chateau Morrisette
    • Stunning winery with a wide selection of award-winning wines. Bring your dog here and enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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