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was so excited when we
just about the
feel of the area
home for over 10 years, the East Coast promised plenty
of outdoor adventures with even milder seasons (per Jeff:
"It gets old being snowed into the valley"), access to larger cities (per Gina: "You can be in so many major cities
within just six hours!"), and tons of history and charm.
"There's just no history on the West Coast-everything is so much older here and there's so much to explore," Jeff explains.
For these veterans of the brewing industry-Gina is
Deschutes' Digital Marketing Manager and Jeff was a
lead brewer for a microbrewery in Bend-Deschutes was
certainly a draw, but not an end-all, be-all. For Gina, it
was the people who made her want to call Roanoke home.
"Everyone was so excited when we visited, not just
about the brewery, but the community feel of the area
brought me here," Gina says.
For Jeff, it was that community vibe and excitement
as well, but also the lure of the outdoors. As he put it,
"we wanted to find a place similar to Bend-a place
with a great community and affordability, as well as the
trails and outdoor activities."
Officially Roanoke residents as of October 2017,
Gina and Jeff bought a house at the base of Mill Mountain ("It's so awesome to hop on your bike and be at
a trail within minutes," Jeff exclaims) and have busied themselves in exploring everything Roanoke has
to offer-including the tight-knit community that first
attracted them to the city.
"Roanoke is a place where it's easy to meet people. Just find the influencers in the city," Gina says,
"and you'll instantly be connected with a great network." I
GINA & JEFF SCHAULAND
From warmer seasons to
the region's historic charm,
Roanoke was perfect for
these beer industry veterans.