I stayed in Roanoke on the way back to Connecticut, as I did on the way south last October.
The Hotel Roanoke and Convention Center is a beautiful, classic hotel in downtown Roanoke, high on a hill across the tracks from the railroad station and the downtown.
The hotel connects with the downtown through a glass and steel elevated passageway across the tracks .
On the other side is the Taubman Museum of Art. It closes at 5. I arrived at 5:15.
A brick wall in the City Market area welcomes visitors with a simulated old-fashioned advertising sign.
Between City Market and the railroad station there were throngs of well-dressed young people who looked like they were coming from a graduation or going to a prom, or both.
In an upper level of the railroad station, there is a big round 2010 sculpture by Edwin White. Beneath the Roundhouse emulates the roundhouses that turned trains around.