Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recommended Restaurant in the Town on Bedford

One of my favorite restaurants in the nearby Town of Bedford is Liberty Station. This restaurant is in an historic railway station, so to find it follow the train tracks!  When we were there a few years ago a train was actually parked outside and the engineer came out the front door and hopped on the train and they pulled away. It was pretty funny!
Hours of operation and prices etc may change, so for this article, what I am sharing right now is accurate. We always have a hankering for Liberty Station on Sundays, when they are closed! Be mindful that here in the buckle of the Bible belt many businesses keep to the closed on the Sabbath tradition. 

Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford, VA (540) 587-9377. Mon-Thur 11AM to 10PM. Sat 12noon to 10PM
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One of the things I have to warn you about in advance is Harry's famous cheesecake, you need to save room to at least split one of these mouth watering NY style cheesecakes. I think the one we had was butterfinger, it was amazing!

Learn more about Bedford and the sights and sounds here. We highly recommend a visit the the National D-Day Memorial. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Both just 50-60 minutes North of The Claiborne House B&B! A very scenic drive through Virginia Farmland and past Smith Mountain Lake. Don't miss the wineries in the area if you enjoy wine tasting!

Speaking of Liberty, did you know the instigator of the American Revolution had a house not far from here? Yes, Patrick Henry. He is also buried there at Red Hill. Another day trip idea for you!
Long live Liberty


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updated Musical Line Up at The Harvester in Rocky Mount for 2014!

Here I am to update the lineup after a few more amazing performers have been added to the lineup for 2014 at The Harvester
The Bacon Brothers here July 25th at The Harvester
I can barely believe the line up of performers who will be playing a couple blocks from us here at The Claiborne House B&B!
24 Indigo Girls
25 Jerry Douglas Band
26 Carolina Chocolate Drops
29 Rodney Crowell
1 The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
2 David Mayfield Parade and Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
3 Clay vs. Levi
8 "Whispering" Bill Anderson
9 The Wailers with special guest Makua
10 Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
13 Spirit Family Reunion with The Deer Run Drifters
15 The Holiday Band
16 Jay Farrar (of Son Volt & formerly Uncle Tupelo)
17 Chris Knight w/ full Band with The Howlin' Brothers
18 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
22 Ashley Forrest
23 Hackensaw Boys
24 Shawn McDonald
30 Toad the Wet Sprocket with The Floorboards
31 The Black Lillies
3 Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat
4 Whitetop Mountain Band
5 Ken Knox & Company
6 Bill Kirchen & the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
7 David Wilcox
7 Blue Highway
11 Robert Earl Keen
12 Delta Rae
13 Smithereens
14 Eddie From Ohio
18 Bow Benders
19 The Entertainers
20 Jake Shimabukuro
26 Restless Heart
27 Chris Smither
2 Dry Hill Draggers
3 The Catalinas
11 Suzy Bogguss
16 Wolfe Bros. String Band
17 Jim Quick & Coastline
18 Lonesome River Band
19 Carbon Leaf
20 The Milk Carton Kids
24 Ty Herndon
25  Bacon Brothers 
6 The Mavericks
7 The Craig Woolard Band
10 FireFall
13 Tab Benoit
15 Desert Rose Band - Acoustic Concert
16 The Lost and Found
20 Crooked Road Ramblers
21 North Tower
29 7eventh Time Down
3 Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
4 The Legacy Motown Revue
9 Asleep at the Wheel
11 Marshall Tucker Band
13 Livingston Taylor
17 Mark Campbell and Mac Traynham
17 Gary Puckett & Union Gap
18 The Holiday Band
20 Ricky Nelson Remembered
26 BoDeans
16 The Embers
18 The Crooked Road Theme Show
15 The Boxcars


Recommended Spring Hike from The Claiborne House!

Rock Castle Creek Gorge
Hiking Upward shares: If you are ever near Floyd, VA, be sure to put this hike on your to do list. There is a heart pounding climb at the beginning of the hike, some gentle hiking through meadows on top of the ridge and then mostly down for the last 4.0 miles. You will see an old Appalachian Trail shelter, chimney of an old homestead and then the Austin House beside Rock Castle Creek. (This is if you start on top near the Blue Ridge Parkway)

There are multiple places to start this hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we recommend starting at the convergence of Rock Castle Creek and Little Rock Castle Creek in the gorge. Basecamp at the primitive camping area 0.25 miles upstream on Rock Castle Creek on fire road, and do it as a day hike. (This is where I will give you directions below):

It is not easy to find the small parking area, parking on Rock Castle Rd. 36.80759, -80.33105. 

It is a very scenic 35 miles drive from The Claiborne House B&B. If you continue up VA-8 you will arrive at the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
Directions here:
Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy near the river (details here). 
Three reasons why the Claiborne House innkeeper love this hike: 
  1. Flora and fauna. You will see woods, river, meadow and a variety of flora and fauna. Wildflowers and wild birds! 
  2. Historic. You will see old mills, homesteads and even a shelter from the Appalachian Trail before they moved it to the other side of Floyd! You can hike and think about the hard scrabble life these mountaineers had, and 
  3. Easy or difficult, you choose the pace and the distance. 
See our list of hikes here on The Claiborne House B&B website, put together with you in mind!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I don't know where to begin

That is rarely an issue for me. You may recall our Mother and Daughter getaway here a few weekends ago? Well typically people take photos and say they will send a few but never do, this is not the case with the Amazing Meg:
Meg on porch ready for church before their car was disabled on Main Street
I work really really hard to share things here on the blog and put lists together of "Off-the-beaten-track" things to see and do in the area. I don't want to brag, or anything, but I do not know many other innkeepers who go to these great lengths to make sure their guests find all the neat-ness there is in their community! Anyone can cut n paste a chamber website list. You won't find most of the things on our Sites of Interest page on any website!
Mother and Daughter with Mike of "Salvage Dawgs" at Black Dog Salvage in nearby Roanoke (this was on Mom's bucket list and Mike was even there!)
This is where they broke down, I think they were distracted by the moonshiners in front of our Franklin County Courthouse! (read Meg's blog to learn more about this!)
You will thoroughly enjoy Meg's blog, on twitter she says:  
Faith, Family, Thrifting, Outdoors-ing, and lots and lots of food. Southern as a turnip green :)

That is pretty accurate, not only were the Mother and Daughter team fun loving, God Fearing and Southern, but they were just plain fantastic! 

Read Meg's articles here about our area and The Claiborne House B&B: 

I cannot thank them enough for being above average guests! They had no moss grow under their feet, that is for sure! Every once in a while guests open their hearts to our little community and to be honest, we are the ones who get the biggest blessing! Thank you so much Meg & Mom!


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