Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Looking for fall #10


The Claiborne House B&B is located on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. At the half-way point of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. We are just 15 miles to the BRP and 15 miles to Smith Mountain Lake with its 500 miles of shoreline in fall splendor! 

We have put together a scenic ride/drive for you when you stay with us "Rocky Mount Ride" here.

We would pleased to host you for your fall road trip. Book online here and save $10 using the code: BOOKONLINE. 

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Don't call me Kowalski!

I have referred to my car as O.D. which stands for "Old Dude Magnet." 

GUYS LOVE HEMIS

Today at the grocery store I as carefully loading the bags of goodies into my trunk when I guy startles me as he calls me Kowalski!

Admires my ride, tells me he always wanted one, and rambles on about how he is so glad they are making them again...and off he goes.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you have never seen my car, the Dodge Challenger R/T in the cult classic Vanishing Point. They "say" the reason they chose a white 1970 Challenger R/T is so it would stand out against the background in all the chase and smash up scenes.  But I say because white is the best color...Kowalski was the main character.
All that to say, America's love affair with the automobile began during the depression and folks decided it was awesome to go for Sunday drives in the country...escape the city madness.

So not only was "The Scenic" also known as the Blue Ridge Parkway built to give jobs during the great depression, it was also a car lovers concept, 469 miles with no stops...The Claiborne House B&B is located at the halfway point along this "America's Favorite Road" in Virginia. Just 15 miles to the BRP.
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Looking for fall #9


The Claiborne House B&B is located on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. At the half-way point of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. We are just 15 miles to the BRP and 15 miles to Smith Mountain Lake with its 500 miles of shoreline in fall splendor! 

We have put together a scenic ride/drive for you when you stay with us "Rocky Mount Ride" here.

We would pleased to host you for your fall road trip. Book online here and save $10 using the code: BOOKONLINE. 

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Top 5 Reasons for Active Parents to Stay at a B&B

There are many reasons people prefer bed and breakfasts over traditional hotels. But for those active parents out there, we have a list of our Top 5 Reasons you need to choose a B&B.
LET'S COUNT THEM DOWN TOGETHER:
5.  No picky kids to cook for (we will even cook your breakfast)
4.  No kids to battle getting up and ready for school, or to finally go to bed!
3.  No kids arguing over something, and interrupting you with incessant "Mom! Mom! Mom!"
2.  No kids to demand the cartoon network, with that square-pants heckling chuckling Bob every 10 seconds in the background


And the number 1 reason active parents should stay at a our B&B here in Virginia:

1. No kids to distract you as you reconnect with the one you love


LET THE ROMANCE BEGIN

The Claiborne House B&B is entirely and completely un-child friendly. No kids swinging their legs at the table, banging stuff around in the next room, slamming doors, running up and down the stairs...we are a couple's romantic getaway. 

Kids are little darlings, aren't they? They are all just sugar and spice and everything nice, they are beautiful little people, but every once in a while, you need a break. We're here for you. Trust us, we understand. Reserve your room right here.

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

A delightful guest or two

Joey and Shellie
We were honored to my parents' good friend Joey and her Mom stay with us last night here at The Claiborne House B&B.

Her Mom lives not far from Indianapolis Indiana, which I proudly share as I donned my Vera Bradley apron which I bought in Indiana a couple years ago (Vera Bradley is an Indiana designer). 

Joey went to Ball State University which is another place I saw when I was there visiting my dear innkeeper friend at McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast which is right across the street from Ball State in Muncie Indiana. 

I had the best ribs ever at Amazing Joe's in Muncie. I learned that much of the pork we eat is from Indiana. No wonder!  

We also toured the Ball family mansions, canning production being perfected there with the same Mason jars being used for our "liquid  corn" that is so well known here in Franklin County, Va.

While in Indiana we also went to lunch with another innkeeper I adore at Ivy House Bed and Breakfast, and that was when I got my Vera Bradley apron. Joey's Mom had a whole set of Vera Bradley bags and totes with her today. That is why I share these goofy photos of the my apron.
Although the visit was short here as they had to be on their way heading south, it was enough that I got to meet Joey in person and share some laughter with her and her Mom. 

I told her Mom that I just wrote the very same day "The day you stop laughing you stop living" and she whole-heartedly agreed. In her mid 80's she is still teaching line dancing to the other midwestern snowbirds in Florida. Way to go Maxine!
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?