by Caitlin Saniga
I’ve been putting off this post for awhile now because, like the quote from “The Wonder Years” goes:
Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.
I made a huge leap of faith a couple of months ago when I packed up what few belongings would fit in my car and drove away from Roanoke, eastward toward Providence, R.I. Flip ahead to the happy ending of this story, and you’ll find that I’m settling in nicely in this new city, in a new job and with my terrific boyfriend, Joel, by my side. I’ve traded in my familiar, beloved mountainous surroundings for a spot near the ocean in the smallest state in the country. Who knew my next adventure would be in New England? I certainly didn’t, but I’m so happy I’m here. There’s so much to explore and so many new things to experience.
But I can’t move on without first looking back and paying tribute to Roanoke, the place that shaped my foundation as an independent adult, as a food lover, as an outdoors enthusiast, etc. So here they are, my favorite hidden and understated charms of the Star City of the South, a place I’ll always consider home. Go ahead — poke around: