Get a head start on your travel itinerary with a visit to Reines RV Center. Check out the inventory of new and used travel trailers, motor homes, camper travel trailers and accessories, and select what you need for a roadtrip to Roanoke.
Places of Interest
A trip to Roanoke wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the 88.5-foot neon Roanoke Star and Overlook lighting up the valley for over 70 years. It is Roanoke’s way of saying “welcome.” From the overlook, the city, known as the “Star City of the South” is a twinkling delight. The star is visible from nearly all areas of the city and shines brightly every night until midnight.
The Luray Caverns and Dixie Caverns provide an exciting look at massive structures of stalagmite and stalactite. Take the one-hour tour of Luray and explore the walkways through rooms towering 10-feet high, stone columns and crystal pools. Also onsite are the Car & Carriage exhibit, one-acre ornamental garden and Luray Valley Museum.
At Dixie Caverns, visitors take a 45-minute tour of these beautiful caves first opened to the public in 1923. Onsite are the rock and mineral shop, souvenir shop and an antique mall. Dixie Caverns also offers year-round camping.
Mill Mountain Zoo
Open year round, the zoo offers a look at more than 170 animals that include 21 species considered vulnerable and endangered. Plan your visit for the 3rd Saturday of any month between May and October to experience Breakfast with the Animals. Afterwards, take a ride on the Zoo Choo miniature train for a trip around the park.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Step back in time and learn about the history of the railroads through the museums 50+ exhibits including steam, electric and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and freight cars. The museum also includes vintage cars, trucks and horse drawn carriages and an area covering aviation.
Things to Do
Vineyards and Wineries
A “must do” for wine lovers is exploring The Wine Trail of Botecourt County. Visit three vineyards and enjoy the scenic views along the way and tours and wine tastings at each winery.
Visit Reines RV Center for last minute items and a service check-up then make your way to Roanoke, a city full of charm and history and enjoy museums, art galleries, Mill Mountain Park, hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern hospitality.
One of the great parts of traveling in motor homes and travel trailers is creating meals with recipes that may be a bit different than you may use at home. If you are going to try to minimize your intake of red meat while on the road this summer, here’s a little recipe that is easy to fix, and has a nice distinctive flavor. You can cook them inside your RV or outside on a grill. Here is a recipe for Sweet Turkey Burgers with grilled onions.
You will ultimately be creating two to four turkey burgers that will be basted in a sweet sauce, and ultimately topped with grilled onions.
1 lb of ground turkey
2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of A-1 Steak Sauce
¾ cup sugar
1 large Vidalia or sweet onion
Salt and pepper
Put the ground turkey in a bowl and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, egg and some salt and pepper. Once mixed, mold the mixture into burger patties. It will make two very large burgers or three or four smaller ones.
Create a basting sauce by putting the A-1 Steak Sauce in a small bowl and stirring in the sugar under you have a thick sauce.
Peel the onion and cut into medium slices. If you are cooking indoors, put a little olive oil in a pan, and grill the onion slices with salt and pepper until they are separated and caramelized to taste. If cooking on a grill, place foil on part of the grill, place the onion slices on the foil and sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Grill the onions by turning them over until they separate and are grilled to your taste.
Cook the turkey burgers as you would hamburgers, but begin basting them with the A-1 Steak Sauce mixture after about half-way thru the cooking process. This will create a little bit of a sweet crust on the outside of the burgers, while keeping the distinctive A-1 Sauce flavor.
Plate the burgers when done, and top them with a heaping helping of grilled onions. Drizzle any leftover sauce mixture over the onion covered burgers. Serve with your favorite sides like macaroni or potato salad and a vegetable.
Start to finish the meal can be prepared and served in 45 minutes, and even less time if you create and freeze your turkey burgers patties in advance. For an open faced sandwich, place a piece of rye bread on the plate and then top it with the burger and onions.