Blacksburg, Virginia | Outside Online

Being in the vicinity of one of the prime areas we are researching for our move to the mountains, this article from Outside Magazine caught my eye…

Blacksburg’s setting in the New River Valley is as unpretentious as its inhabitants: an uncrowded ground zero for backpackers, boaters, climbers, and cyclists—with a cost of living sharply discounted from that of many towns so topographically blessed. Precious gift shops and nouveau delis have barely infiltrated Blacksburg’s small, brick-faced downtown, where commerce sticks to the essentials: cheap eats, cheap drafts, and outdoor toys. But lest you think this is a Blue Ridge backwater, take note: The college pipes in enough non-Appalachian influence don’t be surprised to hear snippets of Chinese or German at the trailheads to put the Deliverance jokes to rest.

I particularly enjoyed their take on the climate…

Seasons stop just short of extremes but stay wet enough to keep things lush.

To be expected, I suppose,  coming from the New Mexico mountains of Santa Fe. Coming from my part of the world, the climate looks downright sublime…

via Blacksburg, Virginia | Outside Online.

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