We spent the last day of our Blue Ridge Parkway trip in Roanoke. There is a really nice historic farmers market in the center of the downtown that reminded us a lot of the Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. It is open almost every day and is the oldest open air market in Virginia. We also checked out the free museum and art exhibits in an adjacent building that houses the Roanoke Arts Counsel.
After a bite to eat at the Little Dipper Restaurant, we headed across the train tracks to the St. Andrews Catholic Church, a beautiful church up on a hill overlooking the downtown. Unfortunately the doors were locked; we wanted to go inside because the stained glass windows looked like they would have been a sight to see. We went back downtown for Mexican food at Alejandro’s Mexican Grill which was absolutely amazing! They had a fresh salsa bar with about 10 different kinds of salsa, all of which were unique and tasty! I probably tried them all. After saying goodbye to our friend, we made the long drive back to Durham, taking a few too many curvy back roads and getting home around 1:30 am.