A Luxurious Night at The Hotel Roanoke

I love hotels! That’s why I’m very excited to give away a free night stay to one of America’s top historic luxury hotels, the Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. Please scroll to the bottom for the giveaway details.

The moment I walked through the large front doors, I was struck by the hotel’s unique mixture of old southern art & architecture with stylish modern décor & furniture. Some places try to do it, but the Hotel Roanoke has succeeded.

True Southern hospitality seems to be a lost art these days, but this hotel staff has definitely been trained by professionals. Smartly dressed bellmen greet you with a smile at the front door, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies welcome every guest at the reception desk!

I was very pleased with the comfort of the beds and the cleanliness and layout of the guest rooms. My family was able to stay in two adjoining suites, and they were both top notch.

My boys also enjoyed the beds!

I happen to really like architecture and interior design, so I was thrilled to see that around every corner was a unique piece of beautifully crafted furniture. It appears that all of the furniture is covered with nice thick upholstery. After a long day, our rooms were a breath of fresh air.

Mmmm…warm cookies!

My two-year-old son Joseph was in awe when I pulled his Murphy bed from the wall!

The bathrooms were all spotless and everything was well-stocked and fully functioning.

A goofy shot of me hard at “work”.

I was very impressed by all of the little custom designs that are characteristic of the Hotel Roanoke.

Both of my boys were very comfortable in their beds!

The hotel is just a short walk from the many downtown shops, restaurants, and museums. My family especially loves the nearby Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link museum (famous train photographer of the 1950’s).

You really should take a walk around the hotel to see all of the historical memorabilia and decorations. Shoot, they even have customized Coke Machines!

Most higher-end hotels (like this) haven’t yet introduced free Wi-Fi internet in the rooms ($10/day), but you can get a free wireless connection in the lobby.

This may sound strange, but I really loved the upholstery on these chairs. It shows the quality of The Hotel Roanoke.

You’ll find many quiet lobbies if you need to get some work done. In the back of this photo you can see the doors of one of the many conference rooms. I found it interesting that the hotel has 63,000 square feet of conference rooms/ball rooms. This hotel is also one of the top locations in the area for weddings & wedding receptions. The catering is exceptional! I should know…6 years ago my wife and I had one of our wedding reception here! Click here for photos of Hotel Roanoke weddings.

In addition to the hotel’s catering, it has one of the nicest and oldest restaurants in the Roanoke area. The Regency Room opened in 1938 and has maintained a high standard of culinary excellence. This giveaway includes breakfast for 2 at The Regency Room! Because I love locally grown fresh food, I found this paragraph from the restaurant’s website very appealing:

“The restaurant, under the direction of Executive Chef Billie Raper, features continental cuisine and is open year-round, including holidays. The Regency Room is extensively involved in a shop local, buy local mentality, working with a Floyd County cooperative called Good Food, Good People, which helps business owners to purchase produce from area farmers. The foods are picked to order and delivered within 24 hours. Chef Raper has worked with local growers for more than six years, purchasing mostly locally grown fruits and vegetables and also buys lamb from Border Springs Farm in Patrick County.”

The breakfast and lunch buffets are my favorites because I get to try a wide range of fine cuisine at a fairly reasonable price.

Even the elevators have class!

It turns out that my little boys made it through the night…tough work testing out a nice hotel, huh?

Wake up!

If you have an appreciation for fine craftsmanship, the Hotel Roanoke will feel like a trip to your favorite museum.

If you want to get away from your room and read a good book, you’ll find many quiet fireplaces around the hotel.

You’ve gotta watch for all the small details

If you’re an art lover, you’ll appreciate the hundreds of original art pieces that dot the walls of the hotel. I really love how the art focuses on the culture of the Old South.

Please share your comments below & let me know what you think of the Hotel Roanoke!


This giveaway is for a free night’s stay at The Hotel Roanoke, in Roanoke, Virginia (valued at $189).   It also includes breakfast for 2 at the Regency Room. The more entries you complete below, the better your chance of winning!

***UPDATED 4/4/2011 *** Jeni Mitchell claimed her prize, so congrats Jeni!

***UPDATED 4/2/2011 ***And the winner is: Comment #30, Jeni Mitchell! Jeni has 72 hours to contact me with her mailing address, or another winner will be chosen, so everyone should check back again in 72 hours. Note: Comment #30 was randomly chosen by Random.org. Thanks for entering, and check back for my articles & other amazing giveaways!

ENTRIES (leave a separate comment below for each entry you do):

Here’s the super easy way to enter:

*Mandatory Entry: make sure you’re subscribed to JoshLovesIt.com (click here if you’re not), then visit The Hotel Roanoke’s website & leave a comment below this post telling me which feature you love the most (include page link)!


*Extra entries (increase your odds of winning):

*Optional Entry #1: Write about this giveaway on your blog (leave link to your blog post in a comment below)

*Optional Entry #2: “Like” JoshLovesIt on Facebook (if you already “like” me, that’s alright)

*Optional Entry #3: Follow JoshLovesIt on Twitter (if you’re already a follower, that’s alright)

*Optional Entry #4: Share a link to this giveaway on your Facebook wall (use the “Share the love” tool below)

*Optional Entry #5: Share a link to this giveaway on Twitter (use the “Share the love” tool below)

*Optional Entry #6: Leave quality comments on at least 3 of your favorite blog posts that I’ve written (list the 3 posts in a comment below)

*Optional Entry #7: Give JoshLovesIt.com a permanent link on your blog’s sidebar

*Optional Entry #8: “Like” The Hotel Roanoke on their Facebook page


***Contest ends April 1st @ 11:59 pm & will be announced right here within 24 hours. Winner must claim their prize by April 4th, or a runner-up will be announced. You must be 18 yrs. old to win.


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    I LOVE the Regency Room. Have only had the opportunity to dine there a few times but have NEVER been disappointed. Love it! Great review Josh 🙂

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    I’m a subscriber and I love the PURE allergy free Guest rooms!


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    I ‘like’ you on FB Jenna Marie Wood


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    I follow you on Twitter- pyrodamsel


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    I shared on twitter- pyrodamsel


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    I like Hotel Roanoke on FB Jenna Marie Wood


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    I subscribe and aside from the overall uniqueness and history of the hotel I like that the rooms are PURE allergy-friendly http://hotelroanoke.com/purerooms.php

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    I Like” JoshLovesIt on Facebook

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    I follow JoshLovesIt on Twitter

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    I shared on facebook

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    I like The Hotel Roanoke on facebook

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    Shannon Bohon says:


    I think all the different suite options are great. They are able to accomodate so many different needs, a sure sign of a high class hotel.
    Your pictures are wonderful, they highlight the hotel beautifully! Thanks for the review Josh.

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    Jeanie Stow says:

    I love Hotetl Roanoke, The rooms a equisite. The bulding design incedibel. When they were selling furniture back in 1989, my parents bought some. It is cool to look around the house and see a part of history. Great review Josh. You have a flair for writing.

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    Shannon Bohon says:

    I shared on facebook

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    So I visited the site. Is it silly that I love that it says (here http://hotelroanoke.com/accommodations/guest-rooms.php) they have Neutrogena in the bathrooms? I’m a big fan of Neutrogena.

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      No, that’s not silly Alysa…I noticed it too! It’s the little details that catch my attention & shows that a hotel is willing to go the extra mile.

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    I like Joshlovesit on Facebook

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    I like you on facebook. Awesome pictures! I want to go there so badly!

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    i subscribe via email. I really like the spa services -http://hotelroanoke.com/specials/spa-services.php

    thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    I love the city of Roanoke. It is where my dad lived. At the time of his passing, I flew in from WI and my sister and brother-in-law came down from northern VA. They stayed at The Hotel Roanoke. Even though I was in Roanoke that time under devastating circumstances, I can attest to the pure beauty and richness of The Hotel Roanoke. For me to be able to stay there would be wonderful. I would be able to see not only my sister and brother-in-law again, but I would get to meet my nephew who is turning one on April 5th. I would also get to see my other sister who lives in Roanoke. What a wonderful prize this is.

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      JoshLovesIt says:


      That is a great experience! To officially enter, please ensure that you at least follow the “Mandatory Entry” instructions. To increase your odds of winning, complete as many of the optional entries as possible. Very easy! Thanks for finding my website!

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    I also completed (for extra entries) Options 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8. I look forward to reading your reviews. Thanks again for a great contest!

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      Oops, I should have mentioned that you can create a separate comment for each entry that you complete. I choose the comment number via a random number generator. So the more comments you have, the higher your odds of winning! Just out of curiosity, how did you find my site?

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    What I love most about The Hotel Roanoke is the historic aspect of it. Although it is modern, amenity-wise, there is a rich historic feel about the hotel. You see it just looking at the facade of the building.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    Hi Josh, I found you as you appeared as an ad on the side of a FB page I was on. I was likely playing Frontierville.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    I completed Option 2 for an extra entry.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    I also completed Option 3 for an extra entry.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    Per Option 4, I shared a link on my FB page for an extra entry into this great contest.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    Tweet tweet tweet…Option 5 complete…extra entries are always nice. Thanks for allowing up the opportunity to get some.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    Option 8 is great (okay, bad rhyme)…I “liked” The Hotel Roanoke on FB. I look forward to seeing posts from them and being reconnected to Roanoke again.
    Thanks once more for an amazing contest.

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    Jeni Mitchell says:

    Ah, one last thing, I did subscribe to your email as well. 🙂

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    subscribed to joshlovesit.com

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    loves the fact that the murphy bed is there , when needed

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    Great place to have a wedding!

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    I am a email subscriber.

    My favorite feature is The Rooms Being Allergy Friendly. I have stayed in rooms before that made me so sick the next morning. This would be great!


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    I love the Pine Room Pub.

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    M O'Connell says:

    I love their Sweet Dreams beds, which you highlighted perfectly in the pictures of your sons. (http://www.hotelroanoke.com/accommodations/index.php)

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    Ashley Elaine says:

    subscribe & I love that there are 3 golf courses near by and they provide arrangements http://hotelroanoke.com/specials/golf/index.php

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    Ashley Elaine says:

    like” you on facebook. #Ashley Elaine

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    Ashley Elaine says:

    like them on facebook. #Ashley Elaine

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    Ashley Elaine says:

    follow you on twitter @Ashbug622

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    Ashley Elaine says:
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    Lori Ferguson says:

    http://hotelroanoke.com/about/index.php I love the Hotel Roanoke and have always wanted to stay there since I was a very little girl. When I was in elementary school we toured the historic places in Roanoke and of course we toured the HR. We also had lunch there. I thought I was all that getting to eat in such a fancy place! I love the beauty and elegance not to mention the history!

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      Thanks for your comment Lori! Be sure to complete the optional entries to increase your odds of winning!

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    Lori Ferguson says:

    I also Like the Hotel Roanoke here on Facebook!

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    As the Director of a Homeless Men’s Shelter the chances of me and my wife ever getting the luxury of staying at the Hotel Roanoke is slim to none, but it is nice to dream. This hotel to me is just a gorgeous display of beauty in the City of Roanoke. The English Tudor design is wonderful in this beautiful mountain back drop setting. The architecture and the attention to every detail seems like it would make this hotel an excellent back drop to a movie production. Josh has captured much of the splendor of this amazing place. I think that those beds and those fireplaces declare in a cozy way that “sweet dreams” are just a few clicks away.

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    Nathan Lewis says:

    I was impressed by your photos and description… I especially liked the hide-a-bed.
    Anyway, as allergy season has kicked in for me, I have to say I like the idea of their pure allergy-free guest rooms. http://hotelroanoke.com/purerooms.php

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    Helen Stamper says:

    I love that they have in-room filtration systems!

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    Helen Stamper says:

    I “Like” JoshLovesIt on Facebook.

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    Helen Stamper says:

    I follow JoshLovesIt on Twitter.

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    Helen Stamper says:

    I “Like” The Hotel Roanoke on their Facebook page

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    Hey Josh, I just loved the pictures of Hotel Roanoke. When I was in school for at Roanoke Catholic in grades 7-10 one of my friend’s Dad was the manager there and they lived on the fifth floor. N&W had some offices on the first level on the back side and my Dad worked there. I spent a lot of time there with my friend. We got to roam thru the kitchens and steal eclairs off of the carts. Hang out with the current Miss Virginia at the pool. (They used to stay there during their reign) There used to be portraits of each of them down one of the hallways. There also used to be a pool where the convention center is now. The magnolia trees outside the hotel always impressed me.
    One thing you have to mention whenever talking about Hotel Roanoke is their Peanut Soup. They have fixed it there since the Hotel opened. I hope you got to try it out!!
    It is a beautiful place in a beautiful city!

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      Hi Sandy,

      Those sound like great memories! Yes, I’ve tried the Regency Room’s Peanut Soup. Keep your fun comments coming!

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    i wanna win

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    Barry Booth says:

    Okay I have never stayed there…but heard great things about it. My wife and I could use a little getway

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    laura matta says:

    This is such a romantic hotel, such attention to detail, seems to have something for everyone. Would be a great annivarsary getaway for our 30th.

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    Christy Fralin says:

    I am a new email subscriber. Here is a link to one of my favorite features: http://hotelroanoke.com/specials/spa-services.php
    Ahhh, in-room spa services!!

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    Christy Fralin says:

    I “like” you on Facebook!

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    Christy Fralin says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Christy Fralin says:

    I “like” The Hotel Roanoke on Facebook!

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    Christy Fralin says:

    I shared on Twitter! 🙂

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    Jackie Preas says:

    I love the “Regency Room”…it is as beautiful today as it was many years ago.

    As a former resident of Roanoke I have always loved Hotel Roanoke.I can remember driving by at Christmas time just to show our kids the tree out front…it was always awesome.I even had 2 sisters that worked there for quite a few years.I also remember attending several VAVRS Conventions held there during the 70’s and 80’s.

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    Jackie Preas says:

    email subscriber 🙂

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    Jackie Preas says:

    Like you on Facebook.

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    Jackie Preas says:

    Twitter follower @Jackie241

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    Jackie Preas says:
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    Jackie Preas says:

    shared on Facebook

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    Jackie Preas says:

    I like Hotel Roanoke on FB

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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I subscribe to your email (with same email address as this entry form) and I LOVE that this hotel partners with some beautiful golf courses in the area to make special golf packages!


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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I like you on FB – Tricia Gatte Andrews

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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I follow you on Twitter – TriciaInRaleigh

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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I like Hotel Roanoke on FB – Tricia Gatte Andrews

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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I shared this on FB using your button – Tricia Gatte Andrews

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    Tricia Andrews says:

    I retweeted this using your button – TriciaInRaleigh

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    Heather McDonough says:

    I just love the decor and elegance. I’ve been there for work functions before for the day, but never had the opportunity to stay there. I’d love to win!

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    Melissa R. says:

    I am a subscriber…I love that they have pure allergy rooms. My stepdaughter and husband are both very allergic to dust and dust mites. http://hotelroanoke.com/purerooms.php

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    Melissa R. says:

    I am a facebook follower

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    Melissa R. says:
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    Melissa R. says:
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    Melissa R. says:

    I liked the hotel on Facebook….keeping my finger crossed. I really want to win because last vacation I went on was 2 years ago and our mini van was stolen so our trip was cut short. Haven’t have a vacation since

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    I “Like” JoshLovesIt on Facebook
    Miranda Ward


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    I Follow JoshLovesIt on Twitter


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    Kim Tylka says:

    I subscribed to your website.

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    Kim Tylka says:

    I like you on facebook.

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    Kim Tylka says:

    I loved this and shared it on facebook via your website.

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    Kim Tylka says:

    I liked the HOTEL ROANOKE on their facebook page.

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    I’m subscribed at a different email than I can be reached at regularly but its what I get blog subscriptions to and that email is myblogsubscriptions at gmail dot com

    i love the pics and accommodations on there page found here http://hotelroanoke.com/accommodations/index.php

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    I like you on facebook Danyale N

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    I follow you on twitter @evoluchun

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    I like Hotel of Roanoke on there fb page Danyale N

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    your on my blog roll at the bottom though and not the side

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    handonia says:

    i would feel blessed if i win

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    I like the history of the time capsule.

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      That is neat Joe. Make sure you increase your chances of winning by completing the optional entries before midnight EST!

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    Rosanne Morrison says:

    Subscriber and like that it’s list in the National Register of Historic Places

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    Rosanne Morrison says:

    Like Josh Loves It on Facebook Rosanne M

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    Rosanne Morrison says:

    Follow Josh Loves it on Twitter-rosannepm

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    Rosanne Morrison says:

    Shared on FB Rosanne M

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    Rosanne Morrison says:

    Like Hotel Roanake on FB Rosanne M

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    Rosanne Morrison says:
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    I subscribe. I like the year-round outdoor whirlpool – http://hotelroanoke.com/accommodations/index.php

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    I Follow JoshLovesIt on Twitter

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    Sarah Stultz says:

    Great giveaway!

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