Emily Nussbaum, a staff writer for The New Yorker, was just watching television on Monday, which she does for living, when she came up on a 1970 episode of The Dating Game. Karen Carpenter (yes, that Karen Carpenter) won a date to Roanoke (yes, that Roanoke). Nussbaum’s Twitter post said “a trip to Roanoke seemed more like a punishment” which launched an avalanche of posts setting her straight on Roanoke.
Everyone from City Hall to VDOT to Hotel Roanoke to Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul posted in support of Roanoke. Transplants, natives, and visitors effusively praised the region. Posts drew attention to the region’s beauty, livability, outdoor activities, restaurants, arts, and more.
We invite you and @StephenKing to bring your Valentine and experience Virginia’s Blue Ridge! You may not want to leave!
— The Hotel Roanoke (@TheHotelRoanoke) February 9, 2021
Found this 2017 article pic.twitter.com/TV72IMTmJr
— sabrina squire (@sabrinasquireva) February 9, 2021
Some claimed we might be a little “sensitive” due to the number of responses Nussbaum’s tweet received. But let’s think of it as an overwhelming sense of community pride in a region that’s attracting people and business for all the reasons posted.
Moved to Roanoke from Washington DC about 2 years ago. It is a beautiful city with some great food and amazing access to the outdoors. Love it for the road, gravel, and mountain biking
Come visit! pic.twitter.com/QIbZDUYe1b
— Ken McLeod 🚴🚵🏃🚲 (@Kenmcld) February 9, 2021
A medium-sized city nestled in the mountains – what more could you want? pic.twitter.com/estJ8HRPOf
— Chris “Standard Time is tyrannical” Ford (@CT_Ford) February 8, 2021
We ❤️ it here in #RoanokeVA, and you will too. Come visit sometime!
— Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (@FralinBiomed) February 9, 2021
Of course, there was the obligatory post confusing Roanoke and The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. It’s not even the same state! It’s six hours away! And we’re still here enjoying all the Roanoke Region of Virginia has to offer.