Piedmont Airlines offers daily service from Washington to Roanoke with four direct flights, two of them nonstop. A special weekend excursion fare is available for $154 round trip.

Alternatively, driving from Washington to Roanoke (approximately 250 miles) takes four to five hours. From Washington, take I-66 West to U.S. 29 South, which goes through Charlottesville. Then, take I-64 West to Rte. 81 South, a scenic highway nestled in the Blue Ridge. Take Rte. 581 directly into Roanoke. where signs will lead you to the unmistakable brown-and-white Tudor gables of the hotel.

As part of its 100th birthday celebration, The Hotel Roanoke is offering a Centennial Weekend package; two days and one night for $54.95 a person, based on double occupancy. The package includes a welcoming cocktail, dinner in The Regency Room with a complimentary bottle of champagne and Sunday breakfast.

The daily room rates for the hotel range from $44 to $49 for singles and $50 to $55 for doubles. Two-room suites are available upon request. Children under 12 stay free, and pets are allowed for one night only.

Dining in southwest Virginia is said to be among the finest in the state, and at reasonable rates. The hotel's Ad Lib room, which will feature jazz guitarist Herb Ellis the last two weekends in November, offers a selected menu for dinner as well as drinks.The Whistle Stop, a cozy bar also in the hotel, features soups and sandwiches. The Regency Room offers casual dining for breakfast and lunch, with formal dining at dinner. Entrees include roast chicken, veal, fresh seafood and beef dishes and range from $9 to $35, with most meals in the moderate range. Coat and tie for men are requested at night.

Meals also are available poolside at the indoor/outdoor, olympic-size pool. Valet parking is available, as well as laundry and dry cleaning service.