Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We closed this blog after the trip

Visit any of the links on the sidebar to find any of the amazing innkeepers on this road trip!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Innspiring Music

I have so much to say about this, it is Black History Month in Feb. This group has broken so many stereotypes... Carolina Chocolate Drops are old timey string music, the lead FEMALE Rhiannon plays Banjo...and more. They play here in Rocky Mount Virginia on April 26, 2014.

We are a new generation, ain't it grand! More here and to buy tix:

Stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B in Virginia and make it a Crooked Road Music Getaway Package, details here!

Monday, February 3, 2014

You decide: American owned and operated or...?

You decide, which shall it be?
McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast, Indiana

Can you guess where I took the above four photos? Just wondering if the B&B's need a pre-printed post-it note stuck to the head board, in case you were wondering if the linens were clean or not...

Yes those were real photos from where I stayed last week at a Hampton Inn in PA for $145 + tax per night.

Here are photos from where I stayed in December, at bed and breakfast inns:
Ivy House Bed and Breakfast, Indiana
Lodge at Mark Twain Lake, Missouri

Blue Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn, Georgia

Which has a personal touch, attention to details, and is a family owned-and operated American business?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bed and Breakfast Inns are the BEST WAY TO STAY!

Our visit to 11 bed and breakfast inns has truly been innspiring!
Click image for larger view (at Woodridge B&B in Slidell Louisiana)!
Thank you to each and every innmate and innkeeping family we met along the way who innhanced this Inspiring Innkeeper Road Trip.

Your hospitality was magnificent bar none! 

Some fun we had along the way

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I Almost Made it to Danville!

One of the unique instances along this Innspiring Road Trip was when we were enroute to Missouri from Indiana. The snow had fallen and the roads were a little bit icy and the temps barely above freezing. Used to driving the Blue Ridge Mountains, I soon discover there is no barrier to the wind in the midwest, it just comes up out of nowhere and whips your vehicle around on the interstate.
Earlier in the morning, Doctor Jane had a fairly eventful morning at the inn. As we were preparing to head out early for this 3200 mile road trip, a young guest, a very young one, decided it was time to come out, quite literally. Mommy walked in and said "It's time" and was ready to give birth.

So going beyond the hoopla of the morning, picture us now on the road, and Dr Jane, aka Innkeeper Jane finally able to rest her eyes. I am at the wheel and lo and behold I see a sign that says "Danville next three exits." I jump up and down in my seat smiling like a kid on Christmas morning "Danville!" I shout, "We are in Danville Indiana!"

Innkeeper Kathleen wonders aloud, "What the heck?" I tell her about my favorite author who was/is also a pastor of a Friends Church in Danville Indiana. She flips out her electronic concierge and says feeling my eagerness..."Yes! There is a Friends church in Danville! Take the next exit!" 

I proclaim with great enthusiasm and a lead foot "This is as good a place for lunch as any, we can refuel and I can just swing on by the Danville Friends Church and snap a photo."

I am on this like a rooster on a june-bug! Like my Dad would say.

As we are nearing the appointed exit we see the sign: 

Just as we are exiting the interstate on the off-ramp, Innkeeper Jane awakens and asks where we are? Why are we slowing down?

"Uh, just stopping for fuel..we can eat lunch here too if you want to?" I declare.

"Oh, you realize it's only ten o'clock?" She replies.

As we hit the road again...we remark on how just about every state has a "Danville" from the Danville which was the HQ of Dan River Fabrics not far from me in Virginia and also the "Last Capitol of the Confederacy," to Danville PA, and of course now we know there is a Danville in Illinois AND Indiana. (Oh, and I just saw this Danville, a tiny town inside a hangar!)

Well, I did make it to Danville, but the wrong Danville. So that has to count for something!
If you have not read the Harmony Series, I implore you! There is no better small-town midwest humor on the market today. Phil Gulley almost stayed with us here at The Claiborne House B&B in Virginia.

Here is a little something about "Appreciation" he wrote recently, I hope you will enjoy. I agree with my all-time favorite author, that the appreciative people are the people I want to be around, those who ponder the small things in life with great joy and interest. 

About Phil Gulley
Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana.  An eclectic writer, Gulley has published 18 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous essays.  Gulley’s memoir, I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood, recounts his coming-of-age years in Danville, Indiana. In addition, Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books, If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, followed by Gulley’s book If the Church Were Christian.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Is Food Safety Important to You?

Bed and Breakfast Inns who provide a hot-cooked meal to their guests are expected to know safe food handling methods, but do they?

We would love to see every bed and breakfast boast their food handling certificates/credentials online. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Food borne-illnesses are not only painful, but can also be deadly.

"This inn is been annually inspected and approved for your safety. Innkeepers have Serv-Safe Food Handler Certificate.

All breakfasts made especially for you by your innkeepers."

Most B&B's are required to post a certificate from the health department that they have passed inspection. This may not be in the guest area, but in the B&B office.