Kids, I live in a little town called Blacksburg.
At times, it doesn’t seem that little. That’s mostly because it’s home to Virginia Tech, which is our state’s largest university. Except that it’s not… actually… #alternativefacts
Anyway, when the students aren’t around, Blacksburg definitely has a small town feel.
But, really, it doesn’t matter if the students are in town or not. Blacksburg is amazing.
I was driving around last night and just looked out my car window at houses and businesses and it hit me just how much I love living here.
I grew up in Roanoke, which is only about a 45 minute drive down the interstate from here. And, growing up there, I never imagined that I would ever live in Blacksburg. As a kid, I never had a desire to attend Virginia Tech (too big for my tastes). And, honestly, aside from Tech, I had no idea what Blacksburg had to offer.
In fact, growing up, the only times I ever remember traveling to the New River Valley were to buy a car from the ginormous dealership in Christiansburg or to visit family in Radford. And then there was that unfortunate episode with the psych hospital in Radford during my freshman year of high school. But I’ve covered that extensively.
Blacksburg really is a great town. The downtown area is great to walk around in. There are amazing restaurants in those few blocks. For example: The Rivermill, home to the greatest tater tots in the world. That’s not a title they claim for themselves. It’s just a fact that I’ve discovered after trying every tater tot in the world. There are also several places to get some really good pizza. And if you’re in more of a spicy, south-of-the-border kind of mood, you can flip a coin between Chipotlé or Moe’s (but if it’s me choosing, it’s Chipotlé).
That’s just in walking distance of downtown. Keep going up North Main Street, you’ll hit Carol Lee’s. Blacksburg doesn’t have a Krispy Kreme or a Dunkin Donuts. But we do have Carol Lee. This place has some pretty friggin’ amazing doughnuts.
In the summer, when students have vacated, things slow down. It’s easier to find parking around town and you don’t have to wait to get into restaurants. In the fall, the town becomes supercharged with the excitement of a new semester and incoming students and football season. Winter is unpredictable, but that’s part of the fun of living in Blacksburg. One day it could be 72 degrees and sunny, the next could bring the snowpocalypse. And spring… y’all, it’s gorgeous right now.
Looking for things to do? We’ve got an IMAX theater/bowling alley, which is actually pretty great. We’ve got a driving range/miniature golf. We’ve got the Huckleberry Trail for walking, running, or biking. And if you like hiking, even a little bit, there are so many places to hike and they’re all only a short drive away.
I’m doing a horrible job with my Blacksburg sales pitch. But I’m not really trying to sell you on this town. I just had an epiphany last night when I realized how much I love living here. Writing about it seemed the right thing to do. So if you get a chance, you should visit. Let me know you’re coming, we’ll hang out.Do you love where you live? If so, tell me why!