Top 20 Things to Do in Salem, VA

Salem and Roanoke area locals and new residents alike! Because Salem, Virginia is our home, it seems fitting that we do a short study on our local area and share our findings with you, our neighbors! These are our Top 20 Things To Do in Salem.



Downtown Salem boasts several great locations for antique-ing, including the Charlotte’s Web Antique Mall, with over 40 vendors in its voluminous space. Of course, Salem is proud of its downtown Farmer’s Market, open Saturday mornings from 8am to 1pm, and Tuesday evenings from 3:30 to 7:30 in the summer.


Downtown Dining

Consider a walk around downtown Salem with a waffle cone from the Salem Ice Cream Parlor or a latte from Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea. Some of the best sandwiches in town are at Joe’s Deli, but be sure to check their hours! Of course, a local staple for Salem is the platinum award-winning Mac and Bob’s Restaurant, famous for its generously-sized calzones. Craving wings? Allsports Cafe and Bar has fantastic lunch and dinner choices, and is open late with a smoking bar in back. El Jefe boasts the best tacos in town with its urban outdoor patio and unique menu options. Looking for a great date night? The Blue Apron Restaurant offers a formal ambiance with chandeliers and a rustic menu, and is located merely a block away from our offices. After dinner, take a stroll around the corner for some rolled ice cream or bubble tea at Champloo Desserts!


Summer Events

One of the most popular summer events is Salem After 5, a recurring Friday night live music family experience; bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy the various local food vendors. Fun for the whole family in an indoor, quieter experience can be found at the Salem Public Library, where events are scheduled for every age range throughout the week.


Outdoor Adventures

The Roanoke area is known for its hiking and biking trails, particularly along the Appalachian Trail and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great hikes like McAfee Knob and Dragon’s Tooth are just up the road from Salem, and feature some of the best views in the Appalachians. Just southeast of Roanoke, Explore Park offers camping, hiking, and an ultimate frisbee course, among many other options. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Salem Municipal Golf Course in the heart of Salem, a par 34, nine-hole relaxing course for beginners and experts alike. Cruise your bike down the Greenway Trails, covering four miles of the city with plans to weave through all four localities in the Roanoke Valley.


Historic Tourism

Curious about the history of the Roanoke Valley? The Salem Museum offers a glimpse into the past nestled in the historical Williams-Brown House built in 1845. The oldest home in Salem, however, is Preston Place, now hosting the White Oak Tea Tavern. For an all-day excursion, drive east down I-81 to visit Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation retreat, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Whatever you choose to do around town, we’re thrilled to have you join us as our neighbors. There’s plenty more to do, and we encourage you to swing by our downtown Salem office to learn more. Welcome to Salem!