Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Have the Top Reasons to Visit Us!

14 Things to Do in Maine - comes with a nifty slideshow! Take the Mail Boat on Casco Bay, visit birding hot-spots and discover the best lobster in the world with the many lobster shacks that abound along the coast of Maine! 

Each one of the 14 Things to Do in Maine on the list goes to a blog article with more information and more great things to do in Maine in 2014!  

--This list brought to you by White Cedar Inn B&B in Freeport Maine. 

10 Top Reasons To Visit Pocahontas and Randolph County in Arkansas! Another fantastic slideshow highlighting some fun and interesting things to from Pocahontas historic walking tours to incredible outdoor recreation on the Eleven Point River 
--This list brought to you by Lesmeister Guesthouse in Pocahontas Arkansas.

14 Reasons to Visit Rocky Mount in 2014! Starting the list is The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail and from there you can walk in the footsteps of history at Booker T Washington National Monument or sample some crafts beer at the new Chaos Brewing Company.
--This list brought to you by The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Virginia.

13 Reasons to Visit Gillum House in Shinnston West Virginia!
From the birthplace of a state to heart wrenching Mine Disaster Trail, you will find true blue Americana on this list of must see's in WV!

--This list brought to you by Gillum House B&B in Shinnston West Virginia.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

World's Weirdest Requests and Complaints at Hotel

From toilets filled with mineral water to baths of chocolate milk – we lift the lid on 10 of the oddest requests made by hotel guests ever. Plus, we reveal 10 of the strangest hotel complaints.

A DEAD MOUSE, goat bells and 16 pillows for a single guest are just a few of the bizarre requests that hotel staff from around the world have received from guests, according to our latest survey.
The majority of unusual requests relate to food, with staff reporting they have been asked to provide 15 cucumbers a day, only the right legs of a chicken and a single glass of water to be delivered to their room on the hour, throughout the night. The sound of goat bells to aid sleep also made the list of most unusual requests.
Read the rest here!

Innkeepers can relate
We typically do not share personal information such as this, and we don't want people to think we are complaining, but a fact is a fact! I had a guest who was a movie producer who required ten towels, not nine, not eleven, it had to be ten.

Stranger things have happened...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

We have curves...

And we know how to use them! 
Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia - stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount! Just 15 miles to "America's Favorite Road" The Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the road you take from us to get to the BRP!

Friday, March 7, 2014

6 Reasons Why I Love Living in Boston

Reason 1.  Boston museums are one of the finest in the country, if not the world. And in just one city, I can find an endless array of exhibits ranging from art to science museums and from sports to historical museums. There’s the maritime heritage museum Battleship Cove in Fall River, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and a lot more to fill up my schedule every weekend!
No, you're not in Europe. It's the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Reason 2. Parks and open spaces are like oases in the middle of a bustling city filled with skyscrapers and people. Whenever I want to relax, I can just take a long walk in any of the 30 parks in Boston. A must-see attraction is the Make Way for Ducklings bronze statue in Boston Public Garden. It’s so iconic a replica was installed in Moscow as a gift from former First Lady Barbara Bush.

      Reason 3. Our subway stations are the coolest in the world. So cool we call it “The T” (formally MBTA). And even though the MBTA officials are getting headaches from the graffiti, for us ordinary people, we can appreciate the bold, artistic efforts of train taggers.

      Reason 4.  Ice skating at the Common Frog Pond in the center of America’s oldest public park makes winter more endearing. No wonder the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships was hosted here with a total attendance of more than 100,000! And we expect the same turn out again in 2016!

      Reason 5. The Island Creek Oyster Bar got me hooked and no one else can take its place! They claim that they “bring the restaurant to the farmer” and I do agree on that wholeheartedly. The restaurant is sexy. The ambience is sexy. Even the food. It’s a top-notch restaurant that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Boston. Try the oysters (of course), the lobster roe noodles, and the lobster roll and you’ll thank me later for that one-of-a-kind, amazing seafood experience.

      Reason 6. Boston is only an hour and a half away from Cape Cod so during summer, most city dwellers take regular weekend trips to the lake for fishing, picnics, or any other water sports you can think of. Cape Cod also gets busy in the winter for ski enthusiasts. I stay at a bed and breakfast called Chatham Gables Inn, which I’m sure you will love too because of the surrounding atmosphere and luxury guest rooms.

Friday, February 21, 2014

King Cake - What is that?

There is always something delicious coming out of the kitchens in New Orleans and this time of year is no different.  With the festivities of Mardi Gras comes the tradition of King Cake.  A coffee cake of sorts with cinnamon and topped with icing in the colors of the season - purple, green and gold.  Some cakes are filled with cream cheese while others with strawberry or other rich berry flavors.

Oh, see that little baby resting in the center of that king cake?  That is the 'prize'.  When attending a king cake party, the baby is tucked inside the cake.  The lucky person that gets the piece with the baby gets to through the next party.  It is usually one each week through the season (season starts Jan. 6 and runs to Mardi Gras Day, aka Fat Tuesday or the day before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the Lent). 

I was lucky enough to get to see one bakery in action,  Big Easy Grill LLC located in Pearl River.  And even luckier to get a king cake (see above) fresh out of the oven.  Let me tell ya - YUM doesn't do it justice.  Best king cake ever!  Ok, my mouth is watering for another bite, gotta go!

B&B's are a better way to stay, so while visiting Southeastern Louisiana, stay at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast - play hard, sleep well! Debbi & Tim Keepers of the Inn and Concierge to your perfect getaway!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Smell Bacon!

Just thought you may want to know...
Brought to you by The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount, VA http://www.claibornehouse.net/

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What makes a B&B a Better Way to Stay?

B&B's – The Better Way to Stay

There are many reasons this statement is true but I am going to touch on one of them today. Innkeepers! Yes, innkeepers make it the better way to stay. I'm not just tooting my own horn here! As I mentioned in my last blog, I was recently visited by 4 experienced innkeepers and it was having this group of ladies here, each sharing information and items from their own town or region that got me thinking. 

We innkeepers spend a lot of our time promoting more than our own B&B's. We share a wealth of knowledge about our areas on any given day. Innkeeper Kathleen Panek of Gillum House was a walking, talking billboard for Shinnston WV while she was here and Shellie Leete of Claiborne House in Rocky Mount VA not only blogs about the Crooked Road but is a blogger for the VA State Parks. Jane McDowell of McDowell-Mearing House in Munice IN shared some wonderful wine made there, yes wine in IN, who would have thought! And Carol Wibbenmeyer of Lodge at Mark Twain Lake near Hannibal Missouri, well Mark Twain left his mark deeply embedded there but the real reason to visit the Lodge is Carol – she is a hoot!

Innkeepers of the Innspiring Road Trip enjoying breakfast at Woodridge B&B

We provide our current guests, as well as those reading our websites, a vast amount of information to make their trip more enjoyable. Whether it is the small town charms or less known local attractions in the big city, innkeepers are your source of that information.  We share this info with smiles on our faces, no blank stares like you may get at the hotel front desk!  We love where we live and we want to share it with the world. Come visit us, ask questions and we will be happy to assist you.

 B&B's are a better way to stay, so while visiting Southeastern Louisiana, stay at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast - play hard, sleep well! Debbi & Tim Keepers of the Inn and Concierge to your perfect getaway!