Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yes, Virginia we really are for lovers

I titled this photo "Looking for love in all the right places" as we have the LOVE artwork here in Rocky Mount for a week. 

Meet our long time guests from Chesapeake Virginia. We insisted we get a photo of them in front of the Harvester Performance Center where the LOVE is...
We tried to recall when these lovely guests first began coming to stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B. They stopped off when they would visit their daughter at Hampton-Sydney in Farmville Virginia. She graduated 3 years ago. But it was before she went to college that they arrived here first on motorcycles. 

It was also just about the time Mayberry Drive-in in Moneta (near Smith Mountain Lake) installed Cosmo's Diner from Chesapeake in a paddock, I remember seeing it there, then it was here. 
Come and see us, and you will discover so many reasons to come back. Visit our sites of interest pages on our website for cool things to see and do in the area. Another couple are here from Massachusetts to visit Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke. We love the Dawgs!

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS Y'ALL

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Random Ramblings from an Innkeeper: Making it in America

I was able to spend the day just down the road in Bassett Virginia and discovered some amazing gems. 

Before getting there I stopped off at Fairy Stone State Park, which celebrates 80 years as a Virginia State Park this year, and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps 80+ years ago, it doesn't get more Made in America than that.
Beth Macy was there to sign her book "Factory Man" and I had the rare opportunity to tour the Design Center which is next door to the Bassett Headquarters.
Bassett Furniture
I encourage you to read the story of John D Bassett III and his refusal to give in and give up the fight to sell cheap made in China furniture, vs craftsman built made in America, specifically Virginia, by Virginians, furniture. 

Here is an overview in the Wall Street Journal:
Read the entire article here.

I also recommend a visit to the Bassett Historical Center - it is a wealth of information and a fun place to spend a couple hours. Genealogy not just for Henry/Patrick County, but all over.

How to get to Bassett, Va from The Claiborne House B&B:


And click here to get to Fairy Stone State Park passing through Bassett Virginia. Hike the trails, hunt for Fairy Stones, swim in the lake, fish, cook-out, just being outside feels so good.

Bassett is one story near and dear to many in this area, of why making it in America is what made us great.


GOD BLESS THE USA!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This is crazy fun, SUPS 2 Go!

If you want to go to Smith Mountain Lake for the day and don't have your own Stand Up Paddle Board, or maybe you do, and your friend doesn't...here's a solution from Matt, Jordon and Michael:
SUPS 2 GO
The Franklin County Community Park with free access, is open dusk to dawn and you can have a SUP delivered there (according to their delivery radius), or any other place within their 15 mile circle. 
Below is a map from The Claiborne House B&B of the community beach in Franklin County, this is on the western side of the lake and about 40 minutes drive. The Smith Mountain Lake State Park is across the water from it on the eastern side in Bedford County.

Visit SUPS2GO online here to reserve your Stand Up Paddle Board and have it delivered. Follow them on Facebook here.

LIFE'S A BEACH!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Take Mom out for a special Mother's Day Getaway

Mom deserves more than a brunch, bring her out for an overnight stay at The Claiborne House B&B and we'll cook the breakfast and even do the dishes.
Check availability here!
Psssst...The Legacy (Motown Revue) is playing at The Harvester on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday May 7 if you want a fun show you can walk to, tickets here.

New Shows just Announced at The Harvester

Harvester Performance Center current lineup will knock your socks off! 
Walk to the Harvester from  the Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Va

RECENTLY ADDED


THE RECORD COMPANY
TUESDAY, June 7

JON McLAUGHLIN
FRIDAY, June 10

HAL KETCHUM
SATURDAY, June 11

MELISSA DOUTY W/ ROB RUTHENBERG
COMEDY ON THE LANDING PAD!
SATURDAY, June 11

THE SMITHEREENS
FRIDAY, June 15
WALK TO THE SHOW
Sit a spell on the porch at the Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Va
Sittin' and sippin' at the Claiborne House
Walk to The Harvester from The Claiborne House B&B after some sittin' and sippin' on the porch