Things to do: There's the Ice Station (ice skating, arcade games), Mill Mountain and Zoo, depending on the date you might find theater or concerts of interest -- tell me when and I'll look for you. You must go to the Circle in the Square. Here is the info on that:
One Market Square, SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 �� 540-342-5700
This restored 1914 facility houses the Art Museum of Western Virginia, the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, the History Museum of Western Virginia, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Hopkins Planetarium. The square is internationally recognized for its commitment to education and community development.
Places to eat: I'm sure there are nice places in The Square, but I don't know any since I don't live there -- I just pass through several times a year to visit my daughter in college nearby. Near your hotel is the Mall along with all the famous chain restaurants -- good variety and decent quality of typical American food (HA -- that means pizza and tacos in addition to steak, chicken and burger) at Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, Outback, Awful Arthur's, TGIFriday's.