In order by distance from MHC, here’s a completely random list of places we want to go and things we want to do:
RoosterWalk – This multi-day music festival is held annually in Martinsville each May. Judging by the 2016 Recap Video, it appears to come alive at night.
Kayaking the Smith River – We are anxious to try all the access points of the Smith River where it runs through Henry County. We are still looking at access points, if we have to have our own kayaks, how to get out, etc. Smith River Outfitters has teamed up with Hamlet Vineyards to have wine tasting float trips down the river. That’s an idea.
Korner’s Folly – This is an amazing house in Kernersville, North Carolina, so we’ve heard. This is less than an hour away.
Doe Run Farm Fall Corn Maze – This farm in Ararat, VA, has the most amazing corn mazes each fall. An hour from home, this is definitely on the to-do list!
FloydFest – Another multi-day concert, the Floydfest is up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With Floyd’s reputation for, well, let’s just say folks have told us that Floyd is full of hippies, Floydfest has been explained to us as anything from an East Coast Burning Man to a modern day Woodstock. #wemustgo
Carolina Zip Lines Canopy Tour – Under an hour from MHC, this looks absolutely awesome. Despite a fear of heights, I want to do the high course.
Roanoke to Lynchburg 611 Steam Engine Excursions – Offered for a limited time in the spring.
Mount Airy/Pilot Mountain – We’d love to do the whole “Andy Griffith thing”. Mount Airy, NC is about an hour from MHC. Pilot Mountain is about a quarter an hour more.
The D-Day Memorial – In Bedford, VA, this is about an hour and a half away and looks like it might be a several-hour activity.
Natural Bridge Caverns – Natural Bridge is just under 2 hours away, between Roanoke and Lexington.
Galax Fiddler’s Convention – Just under 2 hours away, this is an annual gathering in Galax every August. We aren’t fiddlers but it looks like a blast.
New River Trail Park – This crosses four counties and Galax, so it might be a good combination with the Fiddler’s Convention.
Barter Theatre – I swear that Mother and I are going to go. They have great shows every year.
Krispy Kreme Challenge Race This 5-mile race in Raleigh, NC is a bucket list run for a lot of people. Raleigh is a little over two hours from MHC. In the Krispy Kreme challenge, you run 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh, then attempt to eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, then run back.
Lockn Festival – In Arrington, VA, the Lockn Festival is around 2.5 to 3 hours from MHC.
Grandfather Mountain/Swinging Bridge – This mile high bridge in the North Carolina Blue Ridge is about 3 hours from MHC.
James River Rambler – These railroad excursion tours leave out of Dilwyn, VA, just about 3 hours from MHC.
Wicked 10K, Virginia Beach – I’ve been dying to go to this ever since we got to Virginia. It looks like a huge 10K with lots of people in costume and lots going on. Virginia Beach is roughly five hours from MHC.
Grandfather Mountain – This is a good way from us, probably an overnighter, in North Carolina. I’m terrified of heights but this is still on the list.
And there are still some local craft breweries that we haven’t made it to yet. I can’t wait to be able to move these to the “Did That” page!
- 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company (Danville)
- Ballast Point Tasting Room (Roanoke)
- Deschutes Roanoke Brewery & Tasting Room (Roanoke)
- Flying Mouse Brewery (Troutville) just north of Roanoke 15 minutes from Appalachian Trail
- Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company (Greensboro)
- Soaring Ridge (Roanoke)