Sunday, January 31, 2010

Most romantic husband? Valentine's Weekend Ideas

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Britain's most romantic husband?

An 87-year-old North Wales man has put a fresh rose at his wife's bedside every single day of the 60 years they have been married.    Tom Shovelton also kisses his 83-year-old wife Joan and first thing every morning and before they go to sleep each night, reports the Daily Mail.

The couple, from Pentre Halkyn in Flintshire, North Wales, have just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Mrs Shovelton said: "I still get a rose by my bedside every day and I always get a kiss in the morning and before I go to bed at night.

"We have lived and worked together all our lives, so we know how important give and take is. We've had a happy 60 years together. I wouldn't have changed a thing."

And Mr Shovelton believes that if more couples made a selfless gesture to their spouse or loved one, there would be fewer broken relationships.  "Everyone should do it," he said. "I love her to bits - I have done since the day we met."

They met by chance in a pub on New Year's Eve of 1946, discovered they shared a love of horticulture and went on to work together as market gardeners.  The couple, who have children, Susan, Tony, Mark and twins Jayne and Paul, also have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.    Story taken from here.

Find Romance at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. Pictured below is The Rocky Room - Victorian Eastlake Furniture, overlooks the gardens and ponds below.

See our special packages and add ons if you too would like to leave a rose on her pillow.

How about a romantic serenade from a barbershop quartet?   This singing quartet offers a gift package that your Valentine won’t soon forget. The Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers will serenade your loved one by delivering not one, but two love songs on February 12 – 14. Even better still your sweetheart will also receive a silk rose and a picture as part of the gift package. Honestly it would be hard to beat this combination for effect and making memories. The best part is that you get the whole deal for only $50.00!! Call 540-297-9231 for a reservation!

MORE VALENTINE'S WEEKEND IDEAS - Kirk Avenue Music Hall has two fantastic shows that weekend and is about 30 minutes from The Claiborne House:  

Fri., Feb. 12 Blueground Undergrass With: Blue Mule,  Sun Feb 14  Frank Vignola click here for reservations and more info at Kirk Avenue Music Hall  (This is the romantic jazz guitarist extraordinaire tickets just $15 per person) The Frank Vignola Trio with monster bassist, Gary Mazzaroppi and young guitarist extraordinaire, Vinny Raniolo travel the globe making stops in Canada, Singapore, Italy, England with Tommy Emmanuel, USA and more.

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Romance her socks off! Click here


We recommend RED CLAY Restaurant on our corner for a lovely V-Day meal.  Very reasonable and an intimate setting.   Red Clay (540) 482 - 0020

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia

(Top photo courtesy of White Cedar Inn, Freeport Maine by dkouznet. We highly recommend The White Cedar Inn while visiting Casco Bay area of Maine. Be sure to ask for Monica)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Equestrian, Pedestrian & Cyclestrians share the new trail at Fairystone State Park

Horse Camp Trail at Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park recently finished construction of a new trail.  The Horse Camp Trail extends from the Mountain View Trail to a newly purchased piece of property near the intersection of Highway 57 and Fairystone Lake Drive.  Named for a yet to be built equestrian camping facility, the Horse Camp Trail is slightly less than one and three quarters of a mile long and is blazed red.  The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is about 40 minutes from Fairy Stone State Park (fyi)

Horse Camp Trail

While unsigned at this time, it only intersects the trail system in one location, slightly past the wildlife plot on the Mountain View Trail.  The trail is considered moderate difficulty and has several hundred feet of elevation change.  It follows along a ridge, then drops down into a valley and crosses Hale Creek, passing through several fields before it reaches Highway 57.  It is a multi-use trail open to hikers, bikers and equestrian trail users.

Courtesy of the Virginia State Park Blog Website here
Virginia State Parks Website here

VIRGINIA STATE PARKS. You’ll find plenty of programs, events and activities at Virginia State Parks. Our 35 parks have thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, more than 500 miles of trails and convenient access to Virginia’s major waterways. Beaches, picnic shelters, family lodges, meeting facilities, festivals, concerts, nature programs, cultural happenings… the list goes on and on. From Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, there’s something for everyone at Virginia State Parks. Whether you’re after a relaxing picnic or a two-week vacation, leave life’s daily pressures behind and reconnect with nature and your family at a nearby state park.

Geocaching and GPS activities in a Virginia State Park Click here
Womens Wellness Weekends Click here
Virginia State Parks Facts and Trivia Click here

Numbers, numbers, numbers!

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation manages a diversity of lands:
  • 35 state parks
  • 4 undeveloped parks
  • 54 natural areas
  • More than 112,300 total acres (66,788 acres in state parks)
  • 500 miles of trails
  • 241 cabins (located at Bear Creek Lake, Belle Isle, Chippokes Plantation, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, First Landing, Hungry Mother, James River, Lake Anna, Occoneechee, Smith Mountain Lake, Southwest Virginia Museum, Staunton River, Twin Lakes, Westmoreland)
  • 19 lodges (Bear Creek, Belle Isle, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Hungry Mother, James River, Kiptopeke, Occoneechee, Westmoreland)
  • 1,834 campsites in 25 different parks
  • 87 picnic shelters
  • 23 visitor centers
  • 11 swimming beaches
  • 5 swimming pools
  • 2 restaurants; 19 snack bars

Links to Virginia State Park video on YouTube.
Click here to watch a short video about Virginia State Parks. (This is a great video - Shellie)


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia  
(PS Yes I made up the word Cyclestrians, but it did go well with Equestrians and Pedestrians)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trace Your Roots

Virginia Genealogy Information

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Do you suspect that your family roots extend into Virginia? If so, you'll be amazed that two of the nation's foremost genealogical resource centers are in Richmond — the Library of Virginiaand the Virginia Historical Society.You will probably find what you need at these two treasure troves of information.
Then, when you find out more specific information about your ancestors, you can visit theregional and county resources listed below and read about specific ethnic groups that settled in in Virginia.
The Library of Virginia
Visit the Library of Virginia online at and click on What We Have, for a listing of collections, including: publications; various government records; architectural drawings and plans; Bible records; business and organization records. A few records are available online, but you will probably have to visit the Library at some point in your research.

The Virginia Historical Society
Visit the Virginia Historical Society online at and click on Research, then click on Search the Collections. Of particular interest for genealogical research can be found at

Other Genealogy Resources in Virginia
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Article information courtesy of
Scots-Irish in Virginia
Farmers from Ulster Become Frontiersmen

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The Scots-Irish who immigrated to Virginia came
from the northern region (teal blue area) of Ireland.

The Scots-Irish were Scots who had settled in Northern Ireland — Ulster — after 1600. Most of them were Presbyterian farmers who had lived under oppressive English rule. They started migrating to Virginia in 1715.
During the 1740 famine in Ulster, many of them sailed to the port of Philadelphia, traveled down theGreat Wagon Road and settled in the mid-to-southern counties of the Shenandoah Valley —basically leap-frogging established German settlers in the northern counties.
The Scots-Irish soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia, not only because of their numbers, but because of their independent spirits, adventurous personalities and restless natures. They became the frontiersmen and cowboys of the Big Valley and the Wild West! And later, many Scots-Irish worked in the coal mines and on the railroads, producing the energy and mode of transportation that made this nation great.
Years of settlement: Big Valley 1715-1740 | Westward Ho! 1745-1770

Frontier Culture in the Shenandoah Valley
In the 1730s, Virginia's Governor William Gooch granted William Beverly more than 118,000 acres in Augusta and Rockingham Counties known as the Beverley Manor or Irish Track. Beverly sold this land to Scots-Irish immigrating from Pennsylvania for half a shilling per acre, primarily because the land would have reverted back to the English Crown if not cultivated within a certain period of time.
Also, Gooch needed the Scots-Irish as a "valuable buffer between the Native American tribes and the English planters."
This open range land was home to large herds of bison as well as deer, elk, bear and wild turkeys, making it advantageous for many settlers to earn their living as pack men — hunting and then selling animal pelts to settlers — and becoming ranchers as well as farmers.
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Westward Migration to Blue Ridge Highlands
and the Heart of Appalachia Regions

painting of Daniel Boone and other trailblazers
CREDIT: Kentucky Historical Society.
Daniel Boone was the epitome of the pioneer trailblazer.
He blazed the "Wilderness Road" through the Appalachians into Kentucky.
In 1745, Colonel James Patten from Donegal, Ireland, obtained 100,000 acres on the New, Holston and Clinch Rivers, further southwest into today's Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachiaregions. He sold parcels of land to other Scots-Irish settlers.
In 1769, Daniel Boone, a woodsman from Pennsylvania whose parents were actually English Quakers, traveled along wilderness trails and through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky with five other explorers.
Boone's explorations drew even more Scots-Irish to settle in the southern Appalachian valleys.

Scots-Irish Sites in Virginia

Enjoy visiting many Scots-Irish sites in the mountainous regions of Virginia:
Shenandoah Valley Sites
Town of Fincastle
Staunton - The Frontier Culture Museumfeatures Scotch-Irish (Ulster) farm buildings such as those once in the townland of Claraghmore in County Tyrone in the early 19th century.
These buildings show a traditional architectural form, the thatched one-story stone farmhouse. See an 18th-century blacksmith's forge and rare and minor breed animals who lived on the Ulster farms, too!
Ferrum - The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival takes place every October on the campus of Ferrum College. Celebrate like your Scots-Irish ancestors did, with plenty of Appalachian music, crafts and foods.
Fincastle - The Town of Fincastle is home to about 200 people. The County Courthouse and Museum are filled with records of the families who migrated through the Shenandoah Valley as early as the 1770s. William Clark, of Lewis & Clark, and who was born in Northern Virginia, married a resident of Fincastle, Judith Hancock.
Raphine - Wade's Mill is a working water-powered grist mill built in 1750 by a Scots-Irish family. Open April-mid-December.
McCormick's Farm in Steeles Tavern.
Lexington -Visit the Birthplace of Sam Houston, a son of Scots-Irish settlers, who served as commander of the Texas army and won the battle of San Jacinto, which secured Texan independence. He later became a U.S. Senator and Governor of Texas.
Lexington - The Campbell House is home of the Rockbridge Historical Society, where you can research the history of the Scots-Irish in Rockbridge County.
Staunton - Take a self-guided walking tour of Staunton's Historic Districts, such as the Beverley History District, named after William Beverley who sold land to Scots-Irish settlers in the early 1700s. The Gospel Hill area is where their camp meetings or field services took place. These meetings combined preaching with fighting and drinking!
Steeles Tavern - Visit Cyrus McCormick's Farm & Workshop. McCormick, of Scots-Irish ancestry, invited the first reaper that revolutionized the world of agriculture.
Strasburg - The Strasburg Museum features artifacts from Scots-Irish farms, homes and businesses during the Civil War and Railroad eras.
Winchester - The new Museum of the Shenandoah Valley tells the story of the art, history and culture of the Great Valley, which spotlights the Scots-Irish settlers.

Heart of Appalachia Sites
Historic Crab Orchard Museum
Appalachia - The Appalachia Cultural Arts Center in the Appalachia Town Hall on Main Street reflects the booming coal mining culture of the late 1800s. The town was the hub of eight coal camps, where many Scots-Irish settlers lived.
Big Stone Gap - The Harry W. Meador Coal Museumonce was a community center where the locals danced. Exhibits include photographs, mining equipment and tools used by the Scots-Irish miners.
Big Stone Gap - Visit the John Fox Jr. Museum, which was the home of the famous author known for his novels about the mountain people — Trail of the Lonesome Pine and The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, which became the nation's first million-copy seller! John Fox's Scots-Irish ancestors traveled down the Great Wagon Road in 1790.
Pocahontas - Step into the historic Pocahontas Exhibition Mine & Museum and learn the story of mining the famous Pocahontas Number Three coal and the miners who worked there.
Tazewell - Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park focuses on the history of Southwest Virginia with exhibits on Revolutionary and Civil Wars, agricultural and mining as well as homelife of the Scots-Irish settlers. See authentic log homes and barns on the property.
Tazewell - Thistle Cove Farm is an Appalachian homestead featuring rare breed horses and sheep. It is open for tours by appointment and during special events.

Blue Ridge Highlands Sites
Mabry Mill
Atkins - The Settler's Museum of Southwest Virginia tells the story of the people. See a 19th-century living history farm and one-room schoolhouse.
Blacksburg - Revolutionary War patriot William Preston was born in Ireland and came to Virginia as a young boy. He and his wife, Susanna Smith, lived at Smithfield Plantation, built in 1773.
Critz - Visit Reynolds Homestead, the restored 19th-century birthplace of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Galax - See two restored Appalachian log cabins furnished with period items and mounted North American game animals, both reflecting the Scots-Irish settlers' way of life, at the Jeff Matthews Memorial Museum.
Marion - Smyth County Historical & Museum Society features a Tour Through Time, which reflects the economic and social development of the county.
Meadows of Dan - See Mabry Mill, a community gathering place for the settlers in the early 1900s. Watch traditional rural skills being demonstrated, such as basket weaving, chair caning, spinning and weaving. See the restored gristmill, sawmill, wood working shop and blacksmith shop, too.
Meadows of Dan - Mayberry Presbyterian Church is one of five historic rock churches founded by Rev. Robert W. Childress in the early 1920s who was immortalized in The Man Who Moved a Mountain.
Newbern - The Newbern Historic District was founded in 1810 and features 26 of the original log or wooden buildings, including a jail, hanging house, store, churches, private residences and an inn!
Newbern - The Wilderness Road Regional Museum complex is a large home and several restored outbuildings, including three log buildings. See furniture, paintings and photographs of the era 1810-1865. This is a wonderful resource for your own family research.
Saltville - The Museum of the Middle Appalachians showcases the 70-year history of Saltville as a "company town" where the coal miners and their families lived.


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia

We have a very helpful Franklin County Historical Society here in town. Website Here.  They can research and find anyone and anything!  You can walk to their library and museum from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast.  Interesting fact from your innkeeper - there are more Scots-Irish in Franklin County than African Americans.  My sister and family live in no moonshine (we've got that here) they have music (also here).  

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Romantic Look Back at Some of our Special Guests

Your innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast was thinking back over some of the fantastic guests we have had these the past 6 years.  With Valentine's day approaching I could not help but remember a few of the more romantic ones.  I hope you will enjoy seeing who these guests are...

First I shall mention amazing Greek Tenor Mario Frangoulis - who has an incredible bio - see his website for more info on this incredible artist.  He is award winning and platinum in Greece. Here is a video of one of his performances in Thessaloniki.  He sings is 5 different languages and the ladies swoon over him.  He stayed with us briefly for some relaxation and rest while on tour.  Your innkeeper put a note in his shower "No singing in the shower unless you are trained tenor."   (I can tell you the rest of the story when you visit us. -Shellie)
We have also enjoyed having the gold and platinum Grammy award romantic piano sensation Jim Brickman.  Jim's songs are always top pick for weddings across the USA and world, 28 of them on the charts.  He is that romantic!  Visit his website to learn more about the Brickhouse. Don't miss Jim Brickman if he is ever on tour near you - usually Christmas and Valentine's tours that will really move you.   We got to meet his Dad too who is a really neat man!

The gorgeous and talented singer Anne Cochran was here as well.  The Claiborne girls were overwhelmed by her barbie-like beauty and stage presence. See the video below of Anne performing with lifelong friend Jim Brickman and renowned violinist Tracey Silverman.


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia
Here is Mario singing Music of the Night at Herod Atticus Theatre in Greece.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AirBnB "The eBay of Space" currently with rooms in over 2200 cities and 106 countries

You have heard me say variety is the spice of the innkeeper's life.  What am I speaking of?  Guests of course.  At The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast we are blessed with all variety of guests.  Someone would be hard pressed to define and pinpoint our niche, as our guests are here for all sorts of reasons.  

After reading an article with study recently I am determined to not let the Gen-Xers think of all B&B's as Granny's House.  This is not granny's house - sure we have antiques and the house is, um, old...built in circa 1895.  But being old is not always bad - she has character!  Her 9 foot walnut ceilings, her exposed stairway lined with beadboard, her grand 130' wrap around porch.  All these things give this old girl a stout disposition - some might call her fiesty.  She is not an old gray mare. Not as long as we are the owners-innkeepers here.

Within her walls and on her grounds you will find her lifeforce - it is the guests who wander around the gardens and relax by the ponds, lovers in a warm embrace, long lost friends reuniting with bubbly stories from years past, outdoor enthusistasts eager to hit the trails or paddle our blue ways.  The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail begins here - one block from the Claiborne House.  Some guests are here to perfect the art of doing nothing.  They want nothing more than to get away from their busyness - day in and day out of fighting the dragons in the workplace, harried lives, commuter just "be."

So what about AirBnB? Well 2010 is the year I market toward Gen-X as I feel they have been left out of the equation and a force to be reckoned with.   I already installed good quality iPod docking stations in the rooms - we have high speed WIFI throughout - even on the porch, and other modern amenities like cable tv, private baths, excellent coffee (something I find lacking when I myself travel) and a variety of quality teas.  The guest fridge is also stocked with sodas from coke zero, cheerwine (a regional favorite) to gingerale.  Distilled and chilled Shenandoah Springs also available 24/7.  BYO - we will provide the glasses and wine opener.   

You can sit out on the porch and take in the day with a book, laptop or cuddle up to a loved one.   Walk to our hip corner european pastry shop Edible Vibe where the organic coffee and local music are fantastic, or visit a few local music events in these hills from Floydfest to Blue Mountain Festival - just don't forget to bring a chair.

AirBnB is a new lodging directory geared to incite travel!  On this website you will find lodging in over 2200 cities and 106 countries - from boats down under to castles in France.  They have last minute specials and you can always get a great rate.  I signed up with The Shenandoah Room - often overlooked due to the private bath being detached and not in the room.  This lovely room is filled each morning with the eastern sunrise.  The country oak furniture and soft colors invite you to a good nights rest and peaceful start to your day.   I have also nicknamed it the book-nook as there is a bookshelf packed with books of all sorts.

So what are you waiting for?  Make it a driving getaway or scan Airfare Watchdog for some incredible deals overseas.  Don't let the moss grow under your feet. 


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Checkered Pig Wins First Place in Ribs!

BBQ guru gets second TV spot

The owner of restaurants in Martinsville and Danville was filmed during a competition.

Barbecue guru Tommy Houston and his wife, Lisa, in front of their championship pit.
Courtesy of Tommy Houston
Barbecue guru Tommy Houston and his wife, Lisa, in front of their championship pit.
Tommy Houston surpassed his 15 minutes of fame hours ago.
Now the 49-year-old Virginia restaurateur is about to be on national television yet again, this time during Food Network's "Great American BBQ Showdown," which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Houston, who owns the barbecue restaurants Pigs R Us in Martinsville and Checkered Pig in Danville, was filmed for the show in July while competing in the state barbecue championship at the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Greenwood, S.C.

Houston's competition team, which also goes by the name Checkered Pig, has been entering barbecue competitions all over the country since 2004 and has won dozens of awards. Most of the contests are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

In 2005, the Checkered Pig team appeared on another Food Network show called the "Reno Rib Cook-Off." The team won first place in the Nevada competition, taking home $7,500 plus bragging rights.

"I tell people all over the country: Food Network changed our life," Houston said in an interview earlier this week. "I can be in line at Hardee's and somebody will turn around and say, 'Didn't I see you on TV?' "

Houston said the awards and the television exposure have been good for his restaurants and catering business. Pigs R Us on Liberty Street in Martinsville has been around for 13 years, but Checkered Pig opened on Crown Drive in Danville within the past year, at a time when other restaurants were crumpling under the weight of a sour economy.

"The beauty of barbecue is barbecue is comfort food," he said. "In times of economic uncertainty ... people gravitate toward comfort food. It's just a national reaction."

It probably doesn't hurt that Houston never stops thinking about ways to perfect his product. Although his ribs, pork butt and brisket have scored well in many competitions, his chicken has lagged behind.

That's why, just the other night, he fed his family four different kinds of "practice chicken" for dinner.

"We try hard," he said. "We are fierce competitors and we take it very seriously."

Location and Contact Info:  Pigs - R - Us  Website -  1014 Liberty Street, Martinsville, VA 24112 - - PH: 276.632.1161    
Hours:  Monday-Thursday  11:00am - 8:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am - 9:00pm, Closed Sundays 
Checkered Pig aka Pigs - R - Us is 27 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast - especially handy if you are heading SOUTH from The Claiborne House.  It is located in Martinsville Virginia made famous for its NASCAR Track - the paperclip shaped track is a favorite for race fans! 

Don't forget what your innkeeper says "Pork is the food of the South!"  Tommy's St Louis Style Ribs are the best.  

I will always remember what a guest our first year said who was originally from New Jersey and now living in SW Virginnie "You are not a true southuhner until you tow a bbq behind your truck"  AMEN!!!


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia
article from Roanoke Times
Update from Shellie 01-18-10:  After watching 80 contestants vie for the win, and seeing our BBQ place win FIRST PLACE in RIBS and take Second overall - Tony said "Tomorrow we're going to Checkered Pig!"  So we did.  I am fighting a cold - but the sound of AWARD WINNING RIBS brought a bit of energy into this lifeless body.  We are featured in the article and below in the video - Tony was saying something as they zoomed in his empty plate of bones --"No, they're not bad, notice I didn't leave anything on my plate!"
Article here - video embedded below:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Road Less Traveled By and The Year of Me

The Year of Me 
by Monica the Innkeeper at White Cedar Inn, Freeport Maine
Relax at the White Cedar Inn, Freeport Maine
The title of this may have thrown you.  The 'Year of Me' sounds so positively decadent!  However, that wasn't the essential meaning. 

This is the time of year everyone looks back and looks ahead and attempts to change those things they don't like, either about themselves, their surroundings or the greater world.  My point in the Year of Me is to celebrate yourself. You're pretty fantastic just the way you are!

So, you might want to change a little, or big, something here or there, but you are essentially a good person. So, let's celebrate that!

Here's how...
  • Take the 'good' towels, linens, silverware, crystal, dishes out of the closet and use them. Yes,  you. You use them for yourself. Everyday. Because YOU are the special occasion those things are being saved for. 
  • Cash in those gift certificates you got for Christmas, your birthday, your anniversary. They are not worth more the longer you wait! Some may even expire while you are waiting. 
  • Cash in those frequent flier miles before they're gone. Take the trip. Maybe you can't take your fantasy trip, but you can go somewhere really nice. Go. 
  • Do something nice for you. Take a walk. Read a book. Stare out the window and let the phone ring. 
  • Everyday be thankful for one good thing that happened. Even if all you can think of is, 'Whew, thank goodness the cat didn't leave another hairbal!' 
  • Smile at strangers. Depending on where you are, they'll smile back or avoid you like the plague. But you will make yourself happy and that's what matters!
That's what the Year of Me is about. Celebrating the wonderfulness of you.

Along the same theme my innmate Monica wrote about I have this to say - instead of mobs of people - doing the same ol' overpopulated Disneyland, (or Pigeon Forge - which is the hillbilly disneyland for grownups) why not take the road less traveled by?  

This year is the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Blue Ridge Parkway.   The theme for this celebration is "More than a Road."   
If you get the chance to cruise along this magnificent road with absolutely no stops, no signage, nothing commercial to distract you for over 400+ miles - you will see why this is The Road Less Traveled.  

People are in a hurry to just "get there" they never slow down to see where they are - and what is right outside their window. 

Get off the interstate, get off the highways, stay away from the incessant stop lights and take this road - it is more than a road.  Click here for more information on this amazing 469 mile road.

Today's Inspiration for The Year of Me from your Innkeeper Shellie at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast:  
  • "Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God."  --Mary Manin Morrissey
  • "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." --St. Augustine 
  • "We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." -- Jawaharal Nehru 
  • "A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles." –-Tim Cahill
  • "Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else." –-Lawrence Block 
  • "Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by." –-Robert Frost
  • "Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones." --Anne Sophie Swetchine   
Use them, they will just rust and decay, enjoy them today!
Stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Va Visit our website here:

Visit White Cedar Inn's website here - and remember Freeport Maine is more than just shopping and lobstuh - stay with Monica at White Cedar Inn -- Freeport is also about rugged outcroppings meeting the sea and lighthouses with a fierce purpose.  

Visit White Cedar Inn's Blog here for more ideas of things to see and do in and around Freeport.