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As a student at Roanoke College, you'll be able to find everything you're looking for within walking distance. Nightlife, dining, shopping — it's all right around the corner on Main Street.

Salem, Virginia


Students eating at Mac and Bobs

Great food is easy to find close to campus. From sandwiches to filet mignon — and all the pizza, late night goodies and coffee in between — you can enjoy the best.

Mac & Bob's
Enjoy a wide range of well-prepared classics. Also, Mac & Bob's is great for a night out with friends. Make sure to check out their outdoor area.

If you can't find something on Macado's seemingly endless list of sandwiches, you must not be very hungry.

Mill Mountain Coffee
You can't have coffee without a fresh muffin or pastry. Or free wi-fi, for that matter.

West Salem Diner
Whether you're in the mood for a smash burger or french toast, West Salem has you covered and serves breakfast for lunch. 

Come try American classics with European flair and southern influence in a beautiful dining room. 

Allsports Café
Allsports Café combines the sports you love with the area's most competitive prices, plus the best of American food, live entertainment and sports trivia games.

Frankie Rowland's Steak House
An upscale dining experience just across the street from the college and you can stay at their boutique hotel, too. 

Salem Ice Cream Parlor
A Salem classic — sit outside while you enjoy ice cream and spend time with your friends.


Ducks on a pond in a park

Salem is home to many great parks where you can relax during your free time or enjoy a peaceful outdoor setting to get a little studying done.

Longwood Park
Longwood Park is just down Main Street from Roanoke College. The park hosts many events, including a summer movie series, and has large picnic shelters and a walking trail.

Lakespring Park
The gazebo offers the perfect spot for photo opps, while the pond is a popular site for feeding ducks.


Salem Red Sox Stadium

You'll find a variety of activities and events happening in Salem.

Salem Red Sox
This minor league baseball team has its home stadium right across from Elizabeth Campus. Roanoke College students can get discounted admission and enjoy a night of popcorn and peanuts at the ballpark. 

Salem Fair
The Salem Fair is the largest fair in the state and has been recognized as one of the top 100 fairs and expositions in the country.

Farmers Market
Every Saturday you can find local farmers and bakers set up at the Farmers Market. It's the perfect place to buy fresh vegetables, baked goods and much more.

Olde Salem Days
Every fall, Salem hosts a premiere arts and crafts festival. Craft and artisan vendors, classic cars and food vendorspack the streets of downtown Salem for a fun-filled day that also raises funds for community service projects. 

Learn more about this favorite dish at a Salem institution.