Why I Love My Town

BlacksburgKids, 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.Blacksburg - LyricDo you love where you live? If so, tell me why!


4 thoughts on “Why I Love My Town

  1. HI! Is this anywhere near Covington, VA? I have a friend from there!
    And also, I really want to visit Blacksburg after reading this. Maybe Paul will meet me for donuts & pizza. That would be rad. and also, I love football. so there’s another reason for me to come. Plus, the whole time you were explaining it, I felt like I was in the town Gimore Girls was set in.
    Anyway – I’m glad you love your town. I really am.
    PS. How are things progressing with convenience store girl?

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    • Well… Covington isn’t close, but I wouldn’t say it’s that far either. Maybe a 2 hour drive from Blacksburg… maybe less…

      Yes, you should all come to Blacksburg! Jess can come up from Charleston, too. I’ll treat you all to pizza at Benny’s (ginormous slices that they give you with two plates because they won’t just fit on one!).

      If my description makes you think it’s like Stars Hollow, I’m doing it wrong. While I’d love to say we’re exactly like Stars Hollow, it’s really not. But if you passed through Blacksburg, you wouldn’t be disappointed.

      I saw the girl at the convenience store yesterday for the first time in about a month. Didn’t really talk to her though. She was busy talking to a coworker while she rang me up.


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