Monday, September 15, 2014

D-Day Memorial was voted the most popular tourist attraction in Virginia

According to Trip Advisor the D-Day Memorial was voted the most popular tourist attraction in Virginia.

Click here to view the map of all U.S. attractions that made the list of "Most Popular Tourist Attractions" according to Trip Advisor.

The National D-Day Memorial is just 50 minutes from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in the next county North of us Bedford, County Va. Book your room online with us and enter the code: BOOKONLINE to save $10!

We highly recommend a visit to the D-Day Memorial when you stay with us. Take the very scenic Route 122 to get to the National D-Day Memorial. You will pass Booker T Washington's National Monument (birthplace) and also Smith Mountain Lake, and have some stunning views of the Blue Ridge over the pastures and farmland along the way.

The Lone Bellow comes to Rocky Mount in December

The Lone Bellow with special guest Robert Ellis
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 8:00pm Tickets are $18
Harvester Performance Center, 450 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA
Visit the Lone Bellow website here.

Walk to The Harvester from The Claiborne House B&B, we'll even cook ya breakfast the next mornin'!

Just a 5 minute walk .3 of a mile ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Foliage Driving Tour: Franklin County Virginia

For your travel planning we want to share that the Autumnal change is later here than in the Northeast. If you arrive in Virginia and travel the Blue Ridge Parkway early in October you are weeks ahead of schedule. Plan toward the end of October and even into the first week of November for the foothills.
The Claiborne House B&B is located in the heart of Rocky Mount, Franklin County Virginia. We are 15 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway, on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge. 

If hiking is not your thang, then consider a fall leaf peeping road trip through our Franklin County. All these photos taken here in Franklin County by your innkeeper Shellie.
From Boones Mill on Rt 220 (about 20 minutes South of Roanoke):

  • Turn west onto Rt. 739 (Bethlehem Road) on the north side of the Shell Station. As you travel along Rt 739, Cahas Mountain is on the right. Near Fairmont Baptist Church Rt. 739 turns right, but you should stay on Bethlehem Rd., which is now Rt. 643.
  • At Callaway Road (Rt 641) turn right. The Blue Ridge Mountains can be seen in the background as you drive to Callaway.
  • At the A & A Market in Callaway, stay on Callaway Rd, which now is Rt. 602.
  • At 0.2 miles, turn left onto Rt. 642 (Foothills Rd.) at the Piedmont Presbyterian Church.
  • Follow Foothills Road until it intersects with Five Mile Mountain Rd. (Rt.748)
  • Turn right onto Five Mile Mountain Rd. (Rt. 748). The Blue Ridge Mountains can be seen in the background.
  • At Rt. 640 (Turner’s Creek Rd.), you have the option of (1) turning left and traveling to Ferrum or (2) staying on Five Mile Mountain Road (now Rt. 640), which will take you into Floyd County.
  • At Ferrum you can visit the Blue Ridge Institute and/or Ferrum College, both of which are located on Rt. 40 to the left of the intersection of Turner’s Creek Rd. and Rt. 40. Note, at the Phoebe Needles Center, Turner’s Creek Road changes to Rt. 748. From Ferrum, take Rt. 40 east to Rocky Mount and Rt. 220 north back to Boones Mill to complete the loop or take a ride on Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, The Crooked Road, on Rt. 40 west.
  • You can pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway off Rt. 640, approximately 1.5 miles from the Floyd/Franklin county line. Left (south) on the Parkway goes to Mabry’s Mill and points south, and right goes back to Roanoke.

(This is a further out view from the little trailer on the pond photo at the top. Click any image for a larger view)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Got Fall?

We are located at the half-way point of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Just 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but please oh please don't miss the scenic ride down to Rocky Mount and The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, these eastern foothills are spectacular in the fall!

 The winding country roads of Franklin County with the old homesteads and dairy farms as as scenic as the scenic itself! (Trivia: The Scenic was the original name of the Blue Ridge Parkway).

The Claiborne House has a 2 night minimum stay on all October weekends, mid-week there is no min stay. Book your room online here and enter the code: BOOKONLINE to save $10! 

Click here to see our locations page to help plan your next getaway.