Saturday, February 24, 2007
If you want a tourist attraction, you better make it a good one!
It seems that Roanoke City Council is firmly behind the proposal put forth by Valley Forward to rebuild the Rockledge Inn atop Mill Mountain . I can't see how a hotel alone can attract visitors to the area unless there are substantial recreational activities available - like an extensive mountain biking trail system that includes the Chestnut Ridge Loop.
So how about it City Council and Valley Forward;
If you build this hotel in an City Park, will you lobby the National Park Service to open the Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail to mountain bikers in order to help attract young professionals and tourists to Roanoke?