Anne Marie Poore

I’m not sure when I fell in love with summer, but it seems it’s been a life-long love affair. Typically, I am a fairly structured person, however, there is something about June through August that lends itself to a slower pace, a stop-to-smell-the-roses mindset. Is it the longer days? The heat? A break from school schedules? It’s probably the combination of all of the above. Whatever it is, this issue of Roanoke Valley HOME will provide you with many reasons to squeeze every drop from the summer of 2022!

I’m not sure when I fell in love with summer, but it seems it’s been a life-long love affair. Typically, I am a fairly structured person, however, there is something about June through August that lends itself to a slower pace, a stop-to-smell-the-roses mindset. Is it the longer days? The heat? A break from school schedules? It’s probably the combination of all of the above. Whatever it is, this issue of Roanoke Valley HOME will provide you with many reasons to squeeze every drop from the summer of 2022!

Summer means more time cooking outside. Maybe you’ve been thinking about replacing your grill or adding a smoker or pizza oven. HOME will make sure your outdoor cooking situation is the latest and greatest! Summer desserts are definitely their own genre. The bounty of the growing season means fresh fruits are in abundance. Sarah Nicholas indulges our sweet tooth with recipes for pavlova, fruit tarts and fruitful shortcake plus more scrumptious summertime delights.

The less harried schedules make it easy to take those long postponed day trips in and around the Roanoke Valley. There are so many fun places to visit locally: Wineries, breweries, kayaking, tubing, hiking, the list is infinite. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a diverse albeit urban region? The greenways (there are six in our valley) allow us to walk, run, and bike for miles and miles. Adventure awaits; get going and enjoy a great day out and about!

HOME Magazine has been a part of the Roanoke Valley for 15 years. We look forward to the next 15! I am excited, as I hope you are, to see what the future in interior design, home improvement and gardening holds. There is a lot to love about Roanoke, and Roanoke Valley HOME is proud of the people, places and innovations pushing our region forward in the most thoughtful and amazing ways.

Have a great summer, and, as always, thank you for reading.

Anne Marie Poore
annemarie@westwillowpublishing.com


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