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Last Minute Gift Ideas

04 December, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

Happy Holidays Hokies! Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones? Dottie is here to save the day once again. I’ve got a few ideas that every Hokie would love to receive on Christmas morning!

Giving Back This Holiday Season

01 December, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

It’s the first week of December which means the holiday season is finally here! ‘Tis the season of giving. This holiday season is my favorite time of the year because it’s the perfect opportunity to give back to the local community. The spirit of giving is alive and well and there are so many ways you can make an impact on people’s lives this holiday season!

Friendsgiving Tips

20 November, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

It’s Dottie here and I’m back again with some more Friendsgiving tips! Friendsgiving is a special day to gather and celebrate the blessings of our friends. However, it can get stressful if you don’t plan correctly! So here are some tips that will make this year’s Friendsgiving the best one yet.

Fall in Blacksburg

01 November, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

It’s finally Fall! Everyone knows that Blacksburg in the Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The weather starts to cool down and the leaves start to turn maroon and orange! Being surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains leaves us with a ton of fun things to do with fabulous views. I have a few ideas on how to have the greatest Blacksburg experience this Fall season.

10 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

24 October, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

If you’re a procrastinator like me, you may have forgotten to look for a costume. Or maybe you were trying to avoid those SCARY expensive store-bought costumes. Whatever the reason, have no fear because Dottie is here to save the day! I have found some easy, DIY, last-minute Halloween costume ideas for YOU.

Dottie’s Spooky Ideas for this Halloween Season

03 October, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

Looking for some spooky things to do this Halloween season? It’s time to carve pumpkins, drink some cider, and watch the leaves turn bright hues of MAROON AND ORANGE! I have a few ideas that I’m sure will get you in the mood for one of my favorite holidays.

Dottie's Favorite Back-to-School Necessities

01 August, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

College… an unfamiliar world filled with new, life changing experiences. Whether you are moving 10 miles down the road or 1,200 miles across the country, these are the moments that make your youth feel valuable.
Those long-awaited months are now only days away as you realize there are still some things you may be missing. Today we want to share with you some of the best back-to-school necessities as well as some of the best deals from your favorite stores!

Chow Down with Dottie's Favorite 4th of July Finger Foods!

02 July, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey Hokies! It is that time of summer again! Grillin’, BBQ’s, and picnic’s!  I’ve discovered three delicious recipes that would be great for a fourth of July outdoor bash.  Check out my top 3:

  1. Grilled Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

These babies are packed with flavor and they make a great finger food! If you have vegetarian friends then these are perfect as they do not have any meat in them. These snacks are just plain scrumptious!

  1. Grilled Rueben Dogs

A meat lovers classic with a twist! Instead of using corned beef like the classic, swap it out for hot dogs. If you want to take a leaner twist on this recipe, substitute turkey dogs or chicken dogs.

  1. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Oh yes, you read that right. Cheesecake stuffed strawberries! These delicious finger desserts don’t require all the time and effort it takes to make a cheesecake, while still offering that rich and delicious cheesecake flavor with a refreshing strawberry bite.


These are just a few things I will be cooking up with my flock this week at our 4th of July get together! Of course, we will be using tofu instead of meat, since we are birds…


Let me know in the comments below if you make any of these tasty treats!


Bye for now,



Summer, Sun and All Things Fun in the Burg'

17 June, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment


Hi friends, Dottie here!

Summer is in full swing here in the ‘Burg, and what better time to stretch out your feathers and soak up some sun than right now? Blacksburg is home to all 4 beautiful seasons, but when the weather is warm all of the scenic outdoor features it has to offer really come out to shine! Here are some of my favorite activities for summertime in Blacksburg. feel Free to share some of your own in the comments below!


  1. Go fishing at Pandapas Pond

Surrounded by a number of excellent hiking and biking trails, Pandapas Pond is a favorite spot for many recreation goers in the Blacksburg area. On top of this, it also offers an excellent place to fish or canoe for those of you looking for a water adventure!



  1. Hike McAfee’s Knob

McAfee’s Knob is one of the most beautiful and scenic overlooks that can be found on the Appalachian Trail. It is located on Catawba Mountain and has views of many surrounding natural views, such as the Shenandoah Valley, Tinker Cliffs, and the Roanoke Valley.


  1. Take a winery tour

Blacksburg, the New River Valley, and the surrounding area has so many options in the way of wineries. Whether you’re looking to make a day of hopping from one winery to the next, or traveling a little further for a day trip to one of your favorites, Blacksburg has you covered! For all of your local winery options, check out: https://stepintoblacksburg.org/food-drink/wineries/



Blacksburg Partnership Hokies Fly the Nest

06 May, 2019 1 comment Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered about the faces behind some of your favorite Blacksburg accounts? This group of interns have been tirelessly working at the Blacksburg Partnership all year on Brew Do, Fork and Cork, Restaurant Week, Gobble de Art, and everything else Blacksburg related! They are getting ready to graduate in just a few days and although we will miss them, we are so excited to see what gobble-tastic things they will accomplish! Here’s a couple of our senior spotlights:

Senior Spotlight: Jamie Bell

Major: Business Information Technology

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

A: I’m coming back to Virginia Tech for grad school because I love Tech too much to leave!

Q: What is your favorite bird?

A: The "Traveling Hokie Bird," because I love to travel and I hope to after graduation.

Q: What will you miss most about Virginia Tech?

A: Just the entire experience of being here in Blacksburg, but mostly the relationships I’ve created and the Hokie experiences we’ve had together.

Q: What has been your favorite part about interning at the Blacksburg Partnership?

A: Being involved in the community that has welcomed me in as a student for the past few years and being able to help make this place better.


Senior Spotlight: Taylor Comer

Major: Natural Resources Conservation and Recreation Management, Marine Fisheries Conservation Management

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

A: I will be going to Colombia to do missions work through the Assemblies of God Church.

Q: What is your favorite bird?

A:  The "Gentleman’s Manor" Bird is my favorite because I love a man in a suit.

Q: What will you miss most about Virginia Tech?

A:  I will miss being really close to the people that have become my family for the past four years and seeing the beautiful mountains.

Q: What has been your favorite part about interning at the Blacksburg Partnership?

A: I love event planning and being able to help with our big festivals. I also love to laminate things.


Senior Spotlight: Cheyenne Keys

Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management


Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

A: I am doing a 6 month manager in training program at Cullasaja Country Club in Highlands, North Carolina.

Q: What is your favorite bird?

A: “Search for the Red Baron” bird because he’s cute and ready for adventure!

Q: What will you miss most about Virginia Tech?

A: The community that I have found at the BCM during my time with campus ministry, and just the experience of the warmth of other Hokies.

Q: What has been your favorite part about interning at the Blacksburg Partnership?

A: Coming up with ideas for Restaurant Week and taking pictures of all of the great food at the restaurants in town.


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