Sunday, October 23, 2016

Best Picnic in Virginia

We aren't bragging, but we do have the best picnic package in Virginia, of all the bed and breakfasts who may happen to have a picnic package. 

Of course we don't really know of any other B&B's who do, but around here we're the tops.
Learn more about The Claiborne House Picnic On The Parkway Package here.  

With your picnic basket we will give you a personalized list of scenic pic-a-nic locations, some with hikes, some with water features or views. Fall is the perfect time of year when the leaves begin to drop to see even more of Virginia.

Here are just a few of our favorite picnic spots that your innkeepers love from past picnics:


Friday, October 21, 2016

Where is Black Dog Salvage?

This is a question that is often asked, "Where is Black Dog Salvage?" or "Where is Salvage Dawgs located?"
"Imagine how much bacon you could cook in this fry pan Mom!?"
Black Dog Salvage is just 25 miles from The Claiborne House B&B, they are close to downtown Roanoke Virginia in an area called SW Roanoke.
Claiborne House B&B has a one of a kind getaway package that includes Black Dog Salvage, you can learn more about it here
Black Dog Salvage has fans all over the world who stop by to say hi, and to meet the show's stars and check out the nifty salvage
The Dawgs' Digs
If you love architectural salvage you will want to put this on your must see places in Virginia with 40,000 square feet of treasures. 

Not only is the show fantastic, so is the family and staff at Black Dog Salvage, even the dogs Sally and Molly May are nice. 

Where to eat when you visit The Dawgs?

Click here for a list we put together.
There is cool stuff inside and out at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke Va
Look for the Memorial Bridge and then you will see Black Dog Salvage appear in all its ocher glory...
Monday - Saturday | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday | Closed
Closed on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day

We also love Black Dog Salvage as it also gives you something fun to do and explore in the colder months. Some of us have birthdays and anniversaries, er, in January. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Random Ramblings from an Innkeeper: The cranky guest

I was privileged to go see the fall colors and visit one of Virginia's most iconic natural sights, Natural Bridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

In the autumn season everyone and everything is so busy it is easy to miss out on it the changing of the leaves.

Natural Bridge State Park became Virginia's 37th state park officially on September 26, 2016 and it a wonderful place to visit. It is $8 per person and you even get a shuttle down or back up or both to the bridge floor.
Back to the cranky guest who got mad...

He said that I should be promoting local things. I laughed, yes, I actually did. Virginia is our local, we promote all things Virginia. And even moreso anything that is within an hour or two as day tripping means you will use The Claiborne House B&B as your base camp and go out and see the sights.

So for that purpose I have painstakingly put together pages and pages of things to see, do, hear and eat in these hills of Virginia. I hope you will utilize it for your travel planning.

We are about 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and about the half way of America's Favorite Road in Virginia. Waterfalls, historic sites, music and more.

We even have Black Dog Salvage, home to the DYI Show Salvage Dawgs a half hour drive from us, near downtown Roanoke. I highly recommend you go there and explore their huge dog-house and have more info here. We even have a special getaway package involving the Dawgs. Click here to view the episode guide, a few of them involved Virginia landmarks, and you might enjoy seeing them in person.

As for that guest, he wouldn't have to look hard to see The Claiborne House B&B promotes heaps of local things to see and do, and taste. In fact, we hope you will stay with us and walk to the Harvester Performance Center for live music. 

A visit to Virginia will make you less cranky, I think there is a bumper sticker somewhere that says that.

Natural Bridge State Park is Exit 175 off I-81, just go 2 miles follow the signs...we can even pack you a romantic picnic lunch.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Why Rocky Mount McDonalds Rocks

We learned something new today about our local Rocky Mount McDonalds that is owned and operated by the McCarty Family. 

Since we moved to Rocky Mount, I have boasted about our McDonalds being the best, from the fresh flowers on the tables, to the owner Larry McCarty allowing my West Coast Grandmother to go back behind the customer counter and make her own ice cream cone. 

Something she still talks about today, and how nice those Virginians are. Yes, we are nice.

Today I saw a sign and learned that our local McDonalds supports our local Ronald McDonald House. I don't know if this is what they all do, but it touched my heart. 

Pictured on the poster below is the local staff and family.
If you have ever had a child in the hospital, with all the worry, fear, and heartbreak, add to that an additional financial strain of having the parents paying for hotel rooms to stay close to their beloved child. It is just too much!  Their life savings could be drained in a matter of weeks.

Ronald McDonald House is half hotel and half home. Families can stay together and be near each other, this means the brothers and sisters too. 

Wouldn't this mean so much more to aid in recovery, having your family close? I think so.
Saturday they had a Change event there, bring in your spare change, and it goes to RMHC. 

They always have a coin drop near the register, and it is amazing how far a little spare change can go. An average $5.43 per coin drop equaled over $100,000 locally here in SW Virginia in 2015.

Junie has her eye on this charity for her choice next year, to show how your room rate makes a difference - and will be our pledge to you for 2017. 

If you are interested in Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, click here to learn more.

And until then, remember:
  • The first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1974 in Philadelphia, PA
  • There are now over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in over 30 countries

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why choose a bed and breakfast?

The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Virginia would like to show you why:
Harvester performance center guest areas extend outside into the gardens like this new pergola at The Claiborne House Bed breakfast rocky mount va
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When you choose a B&B you have additional space to enjoy vs a hotel room. 

We have the 130' porch as well as the ponds, gardens and pergola area. 

Owners (in this case, Outside Innkeeper Tony) work hard to make the guest areas especially nice. He built this pergola near the ponds for Claiborne House guests to innjoy. 

These photos were taken by Innkeeper Shellie today 10/13/16.
BYOB at The Claiborne House bed and breakfast in rocky mount va
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So come on out and enjoy them, BYOB (we can't sell it) but you can surely sit out here before a concert at the Harvester Performance Center or any time you like. Morning coffee? No problem. 
Enjoy the extra space at The Claiborne House bed and breakfast in rocky mount va
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View The Claiborne House B&B rooms here, and check availability here.

You can walk to the Harvester if you want to, we do: