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Holiday Events Around Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Holiday Events Around Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke VAThe Town of Blacksburg and the surrounding area hosts a number of festivals and events for people of all ages and interests. No matter the season, there is a holiday event on the schedule and there is something for everyone.

If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA and are looking for fun holiday events taking place throughout the region in the coming weeks, look no further. Here’s a preview of what’s on the calendar for the 2017 holiday season in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

Winter Lights Festival Holiday Parade

Held the first Friday in December. Featuring the Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa at the Lyric, and more. Downtown Merchants' annual open houses, late night shopping, free gift wrap, snacks and beverages, holiday specials.


The marching bands will put on a show and you can decide which group built the most creative float for the numerous holiday parades in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Santa has also been known to make an appearance!

  • Christmas Parade - Downtown Vinton, November 30
  • 61st Annual Salem Christmas Parade - Downtown Salem, December 1
  • Franklin County Christmas Parade - Downtown Rocky Mount, December 3
  • Buchanan Christmas Parade - Downtown Buchanan, December 9
  • City of Roanoke Christmas Parade - Downtown Roanoke, December 9

Holiday Festivals

Enjoy many of the classic holiday flavors and browse from an impressive selection of local gift items at these popular festivals.

  • Dickens of a Christmas - Downtown Roanoke, December 1, 8, 15
  • Gingerbread Festival - Salem Public Library, December 2
  • Ye Olde Salem Christmas - Salem Farmers Market, December 9
  • Historical Holiday Events

Many of our historical sites and museums in Virginia’s Blue Ridge join the fun of the holiday season with special events and features that take you back in time.

  • Fantasyland - O. Winston Link Museum, November 24 - December 21
  • Toys of Christmas Past - Salem Museum, November 24 - January 13
  • Holiday Candlelight Tours - Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, December 1-16
  • An Old Virginia Christmas - Booker T. Washington National Monument, December 2
  • Candy Cane Express - Virginia Museum of Transportation, December 2-3
  • Live Nativity Event - Camp Eagle, December 2-3, 9-10

Tree Lightings

The holiday spirit truly takes over when you join the crowd in the exciting countdown of lighting a Christmas tree.

  • City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting at Dickens of a Christmas - Downtown Roanoke, December 1
  • Roanoke County’s Christmas Tree Lighting - South County Library, December 4


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Happy Thanksgiving from Honeywood Apartments

Happy Thanksgiving from Honeywood Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke VAIt’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today, our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our residents, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our Day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!


Holiday Events in Roanoke, VA

Holiday Events in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 17, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke VAThe calendar has all kinds of great events during the holiday season for those who live in apartments in Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

The region is full of festive cheer as the region celebrates with parades, tree lighting ceremonies, festivals, holiday performances, and more.

Here are some of the most popular annual events to check out during your holiday visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Drumstick Dash

Described as “Roanoke’s Biggest Family Reunion,” thousands of runners and visitors gather every year on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the Drumstick Dash in Downtown Roanoke. The 5K is a fun, family-friendly event that raises money for the Roanoke Rescue Mission, which provides a variety of valuable resources to those in need.

Holiday Parades

Many communities in Virginia’s Blue Ridge host holiday parades that are great events for the entire family, including Downtown Roanoke, Grandin Village, Vinton, Rocky Mount, Salem and many others. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider, find a spot with a great view, and decide which parade float is your favorite!

Dickens of a Christmas

Recognized as one of the best annual holiday events in the Southeast, Dickens of a Christmas is one of the region’s biggest celebrations. The festival is held in Downtown Roanoke the first three Fridays in December and features all kinds of fun activities, including carriage rides, shopping, performances, caroling, costume contests and more.

Salem Gingerbread Festival

The great holiday tradition of building a gingerbread house is taken to another level at the Salem Gingerbread Festival. Check out the amazing designs that are submitted in the gingerbread house competition and enjoy live entertainment, craft activities for kids, and local vendors for holiday shopping.

Tree Lighting Celebrations

Which neighborhood has the prettiest tree and best decorations? It’ll be tough to choose when you take part in the various tree lighting celebrations held throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge. It’s an exciting time that highlights the strong community spirit of the region.

Holiday Home Tours

Tour historic homes and properties of Virginia’s Blue Ridge that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Old Southwest Parlor Tours and Historic Fincastle Holiday Home Tour are walking tours in two of the region’s most charming communities, and you can also take candlelight tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest estate.

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops

Sing along with your favorite holiday music at the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's annual Holiday Pops concerts. It’s a wonderful concert of timeless holiday songs, as well as a few numbers that have been originally written and composed by the director, and a musical performance that will be enjoyed by all ages.

Candy Cane Express

How can you resist the combination of Santa and trains? The Virginia Museum of Transportation's annual Candy Cane Express event features special model trains on display, holiday stories, and crafts. You can also experience the museum’s impressive collection of automobiles and railyard full of locomotives.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ring in the new year with a party in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. There are elegant dinners and galas, along with casual parties and live music, offering New Year’s Eve celebrations of all styles. Here’s to one final night of fun to end the year in the Blue Ridge Mountains!


Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 10, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke VAHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.



Retiring in Virginia

Retiring in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 03, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke, VAYou've probably been dreaming about retirement since the day you started working. But will your budget allow you to make those dreams a reality? It has a better chance if you pick an affordable retirement destination.

To identify some of the cheapest places in the U.S. where you will actually want to retire, we started by selecting a great place to retire in each state. We based our analysis on factors critical to retirees including lifestyle, safety, taxes, quality of health care and, of course, cost of living. Then, from that list of 50 picks we weeded out the places that, while otherwise promising, sport living costs for retirees that are above the national average. We were left with 23 appealing places that are particularly cheap for retirement. See for yourself if any of these destinations could be where you live out your dreams.

Roanoke, Virginia

Cost of living for retirees: 8.7% below U.S. average
Share of population 65+: 14.3%
Virginia 's tax rating for retirees: Mixed
Lifetime health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $388,548

Take a hike. Really. Retiring in Roanoke, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, provides outdoorsy types with more than 600 miles of nearby trails. For the less actively inclined, you can still enjoy the views with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or sample tastes from the wide selection of local breweries and wineries.

Retiree living costs look just as good, falling below average in every category. Housing-related expenses for retired residents typically run 11.7% below the national average. Across all ages, the median home value in the city is $134,700, far less than the $244,600 median for the state.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood.



Honeywood Apartment Homes

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