Friday, August 15, 2014

Calling all men - breakfast is served

I have to say for all you men who love breakfast, and that is the majority of you I would guess, you need to stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B. Yes, I am putting it simply and boldly, you need to stay here.
Big fluffy fresh from the oven-biscuits in the kitchen at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast 

What the heck happened?
Not sure what happened in this world, we can blame technology, we can blame broken homes, busyness, we can even blame McDonalds for making those delicious egg mcmuffins, but whoever is to blame you men are missing out on great breakfasts.

How do I know this?
Growing up I was the tag along out of the three daughters with Dad. Being a Structural Steel Union Ironworker (translated = "tough guy") who got up at the crack of dawn weekdays,  he did not change his routine on the weekend. So what did I do? I went with Dad as we traveled around, went fishing and hunting and typically started off that day early in the am at a diner. Sure Denny's was okay when you traveled, but Dad knew the best counter breakfasts in every town. He still does. Maybe you can blame thank Dad for my love of cooking great breakfasts?

Why is Innkeeper Shellie mentioning this?
Because it is a fact, men love breakfast.

Men sit at counters at diners across America and sip their black coffee and eat their hash-browns and scrambled eggs with Tabasco. 

I am here for you
Yes, I am making another bold statement. I am the innside innkeeper here at The Claiborne House B&B and I will cook you breakfast! A hot home-cooked breakfast, not a reheated frozen delivery from a sysco truck. While I don't go out and slaughter the hog myself, I try to buy as much local and "Virginia Made" products as possible. I try to provide a delicious breakfast for all of our guests. 

Gluten Schmuten
Now with the gluten-free fad. Oh and the lactose-free fad. Oh and the meat-free fad. Oh and the sugar-free fad. Oh and the vegan-I can't even have dairy or honey fad, sorry I am rambling on here...but with all the fads, and we can call them fads as they are, I will still cook a breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage, ham, french toast, pancakes, fruit, dairy, cheese, vegetables, syrup, and other goodies. Those who follow those fads or truly have dietary restrictions we of course are happy to oblige. But for you men who just want a hearty home-cooked have come to the right place!


Pecan pancakes, crispy bacon and scrambled eggs at The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount, Va
This is how it all goes down
Book your room online and save $10 here (and hey that can go toward dinner). Tell the wife you are whisking her away to a romantic bed and breakfast (yes we are that too) but we won't short-change you men. 

If you want breakfast delivered to your room - choose The Wash House Cottage (aka The Love Shack) or The Sierra Suite. You won't even have to see another person if you don't want to!

What's cookin' good lookin'?
See what is for breakfast here. Although I have no photos of my latest real-hash-browns kick, maybe I can get a few photos when you stay with us.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nearby Martinsville Top 10 list!

Martinsville-Henry County Virginia has offered this Top 10 Must-See Attractions:

Top 10 Must-See Attractions:

Martinsville is just 30 minutes south of The Claiborne House B&B here in Rocky Mount. We recommend the Bike Barn for free bike rentals on the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail. Website with directions here.
*As always, the photos are ours, The Claiborne House B&B innkeepers having a picnic at one of our favorite places at the other end of the lake.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Get away just the two of you

There is an upcoming event in Portland and DC called "I STILL DO" and I wanted to borrow a line or two from their website:
"When was the last time you made a big investment in your marriage? Whether your relationship is strong, weak, or somewhere in between, one thing is true: Every marriage needs renewal and refreshment.  Perhaps it’s time for you to pull away from your daily routine and attend a marriage event."

Being in the bed and breakfast business is also being in the marriage business. We provide a place for a couple to getaway and leave their cares and concerns at home and just be, just the two of them!

We recommend a visit to The Claiborne House B&B for a place to rekindle and renew your relationship. I think if you have been to one of the I Still Do or Marriage Renewal Retreat type events you would agree that getting away, just the two of you is of utmost importance in this day and age of busyness and distraction.

What we offer

  • A place to relax and spend time together
  • Walk to our local music venue for a live show
  • Walk to restaurants
  • Sit on the porch and read a book
  • Hold hands by the ponds
  • Go for a hike, scenic or strenuous we have plenty of mountains, rivers, and lakes for you to enjoy nearby
  • We will do the cookin' and the dishes - just show up for breakfast
  • Privacy with no kids running around
  • We even offer romantic add-ons like fresh fragrant flowers, or a fruit cheese and cracker plate, or a picnic package for two

See our rooms page here, see our amenities page here, see our music packages page here, see our locations page here to find out where we are.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Random Ramblings from an Innkeeper

Where do you turn? 

I was swallowing a vitamin with a glass of water and looked down and saw an ointment left near the sink that read "protects soothes and helps promote healing" and I thought how interesting that was.

What occurred to me is that would be a great subtitle on a cover of the Bible. Why do we turn to so many other sources searching for something that the Word of God offers freely? 

If you have had troubles in your life, as we all have, then you want something that "protects soothes and helps promote healing." Fortunately for us, in this country it is as close as our nightstands. 

The other day I shared that I literally dusted The Bible in our bedroom. I felt bad, as I knew why there was dust on it and not grubby hand-prints and dog-eared pages from overuse. I had left it sitting there, unopened and the straw on the camel's back was my dusting it. 

Perhaps that is why most Bibles are black, so we can see the dust?

I thought about what Corrie Ten Boom said many years ago 

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." 

I also remembered something she said in her book "The Hiding Place" that my friend Maureen and I always said when bad stuff happened "Thank God for lice sister" if you know the story, you will understand why she said this. Romans 8:28 reminds us "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

As I am reminded today, I hope you too will turn to something that doesn't not come in a jar or a tube, but comes in black and white (and sometimes red) and it promises:

"protects soothes and helps promote healing." 

Current Line up at The Harvester Here in Rocky Mount!

Here is the current line-up, come on out for some live music and walk to The Harvester Performance Center from The Claiborne House B&B!
Tab Benoit tickets just $23!
Cajun spiced blues Grammy Nominated Best Traditional Blues Album Tab Benoit plays August 13, 2014
9Songs of Water
13Sammy Arriaga
13Tab Benoit
15Desert Rose Band - Acoustic Concert
20Crooked Road Ramblers
21North Tower
297eventh Time Down
3Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
4The Legacy Motown Revue
5Corey Hunley & The Millionaires & The Rutledge Band
6Jimmie “JJ" Walker
9Asleep at the Wheel
10Kris Allen
11Marshall Tucker Band
12Justin Townes Earle (w/ Full Band) & American Aquarium
13Livingston Taylor
16Byrne and Kelly
17Mark Campbell and Mac Traynham
17Gary Puckett & Union Gap
18The Holiday Band
18Ellis Paul
19Scott Miller
20Shawn McDonald
20Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
24Seán Keane
25Sons of Bill
26BoDeans w/ Honor by August
27Atlanta Rhythm Section
2The Entertainers
4The Duhks
7Judah & The Lion
8Jars of Clay
9An Evening with Logan Brill & Rob Baird
10An Evening With Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
11David Wax Museum
14The Secret Sisters
15Dom Flemons “The American Songster” (from Carolina Chocolate Drops)
16too MUCH SyLviA
16Kim Richey
17Love Canon
18Paul Thorn
18The Crooked Road Theme Show
23Todd Snider w/ Elizabeth Cook
25David Mayfield Parade
30Sam Bush
31Marty Stuart
6Band of Oz
6David Nail
7The Farewell Drifters
14Chris Knight w/ full band
15The Boxcars
16John Hammond
22Eclectic Guitar Featuring: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern
3An Evening With Riders in the Sky
4Fantastic Shakers
4The Dirty Guv’nahs
7Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Afternoon Show)
7An Evening with Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone
13The Embers (A Special Christmas Concert)
18North Tower
26Peaches & Herb w/ Groova Scape
20Don McLean


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