Friday, November 2, 2012

A long story ends with a smile

We have fantastic guests at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast! 
A gift from Rocky Mount locals

The story goes like this, my parents snowbird to El Centro California every winter and return home in April. While there they meet really neat people from all over, many Canadian snowbirds from the western and central portion of Canada escaping the cold and enjoying the desert warmth. One of the couples they have been fortunate to meet is Darlane and Johnny from Campbell River BC.

Mom and Dad have not seen them for a few years, but they told them they will go to Virginia and stay at The Claiborne House one day, and they did!

What I innjoyed so much about these guests is that they wanted to be here. I know that doesn't make any sense to some of you, but innkeepers often encounter guests who are not happy to be here. Sometimes it is a graduation, reunion or wedding. Emotions are high as relatives see each other who may have been apart for many years. So when we have guests who are thrilled to be here and taking in our  mountain culture, wanting to learn and see as much as possible, it really is fun! It is the icing on the cake, so-to-speak for an innkeeper.

There are many who stop overnight and miss so much. They are busy, they are traveling from Point A to Point B and in the meanwhile miss the whole journey entirely. Not these guests, Darlane and Johnny were so delightful. They even went dancing at our local Redwood Community Club, where they were welcomed by everyone there with true Southern hospitality (which made me smile!)

Listen to local award winning Lonesome River Band, 5th year in a row Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor:
Are You Ashamed To Call Me Darlin'