Curio Local Guide


Authored by Reema Desai
Reema Desai
Professional Photographer

We sent Reema Desai to The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos and create a Roanoke, Virginia Curio Travel Guide. With The Hotel Roanoke’s beautiful setting, and being just a few hours from Washington D.C. or North Carolina, the hotel has a variety of great spaces for weddings, parties, meetings or just a perfect getaway. Reema’s Travel Guide is full of unique Roanoke tips and local secrets, just for you.

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What used to be a historic railroad town is now a city with a burgeoning arts scene, great food, and every type of outdoor activity imaginable just a stone’s throw away.

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

My perfect day would start off with a coffee on a patio somewhere before throwing on sneakers and heading out to explore the Blue Ridge MountainsMill Mountain is close to downtown and is the perfect escape from city life with a number of trails to explore. After your hike, head to Tuco’s Taqueria for a well-deserved lunch (the chorizo tacos are fantastic). Nearby Tuco’s is the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Head there and check out the Railyard to see some of the old, restored locomotives. Alternatively, a visit to the Taubman Museum of Art would also make for a fun afternoon if arts and culture are more your speed. Round out your day with a dinner and drinks at Lucky Restaurant, one of Roanoke’s local hot spots.

Where to Stay

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton

Built in 1882, this Tudor-style hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been beautifully restored. From the antique-filled lobby to the renovated guest rooms, you’ll find a unique blend of historic charm and modern comforts during your stay.

Step into Roanoke’s social scene at The Regency Room. Opened in 1938, this restaurant serves French-inspired Southern cuisine, including signature crab cakes and famous Peanut Soup. The Pine Room Pub offers craft beer and light snacks in a club atmosphere. Daily room service is another delicious option.

Enjoy the fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool, in-room spa services, and discounts for biking and kayaking along Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The Hotel Roanoke’s conference center is IACC-approved and provides 35 meeting rooms and two grand ballrooms. Reach downtown Roanoke easily with the hotel’s enclosed Market Square Walkway and use the complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius.


One of my favorite things about The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center was the veranda complete with rocking chairs… so let’s start there! Have a lazy morning there sipping coffee, enjoying Blue Ridge views and soaking in the relaxed, Southern vibe. From there, a dip in the hotel pool is a must. There’s no better spot for a long, truly memorable and distinctive meal in Roanoke than the Regency Room. Sit outside and make sure to ask for Drew, one of the most wonderful, engaging waiters we’ve ever dined with! 

My favorite thing about Roanoke is that the city has remained loyal to its historic past while still innovating and moving forward. Though there are lots of new things happening in Roanoke, a walk around the downtown area completely transports you back in time. Beautiful brick buildings, the Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton in the distance and the pride you sense in locals are all just part of what make it so charming.