Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to B&B a Super Blogger!

Some basic ideas to get you started, blogging is a free marketing tool and it's fun! 
Bee on Flannel Flower
Be Bold Be Fun Be a B&B Blogger

Learn more about your area, its people and culture and see things through new eyes.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter living together in a cake, sinful!

Chocolate Chip - Peanut Butter Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze
From The Recipe Girl - Dishing out the BEST recipes!
It’s Chocolate Chip Week here on the Recipe Girl blog. It’s not official or anything, but since pretty much everything tastes better with chocolate chips added to it, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite chocolate chip treats with you. First up is a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake.

Read more:

Shellie your innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA is always happy to pass on drool-worthy recipes!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Heat Wave in June

Heat Wave is the latest book by New York Times Bestselling Author Nancy Thayer!

Exciting new novel By Nancy Thayer
Unerringly perceptive, superbly written, every page packed with the warmth and compassionate wisdom that have become Nancy Thayer’s trademark, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.

Making the startling discovery that her family finances are in dire straits is only the latest shock endured by Carley Winsted after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack. Resisting her in-laws’ well-meaning overtures to take in Carley and her two daughters, the young widow instead devises a plan to keep her family in their beloved home, a grand historic house on the island of Nantucket.

Monday, March 21, 2011

This Innkeeper Ties One On!

“You can never have too many aprons or too many memories.” EllynAnne Geisel
One of the few your Innkeeper Shellie Ties on!
According to essayist, apron expert and apron archaeologist EllynAnne Geisel, aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back . . .

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In the Doldrums?

Did you know that the Doldrums is not just descriptive of a mood but is actually a place?  Have you ever been there?
In the Doldrums

Intertropical Convergence Zone:  In the seamen's speech the zone is referred as the doldrums because of its erratic weather patterns with stagnant calms and violent thunderstorms.

a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds

But did you know this?
A region of the globe found over the oceans near the equator in the intertropical convergence zone and having weather characterized variously by calm air, light winds, or squalls and thunderstorms. Hurricanes originate in this region.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Featured Inn: McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast in Muncie Indiana

Offering guests the comforts of home away from home
Breakfast is served!
This is part featured inn and part B&B review from Shellie your Innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia.

I was privileged to visit this fantastic B&B, McDowell-Nearing House in November.  I met a friend from Georgia in Indiana and we had the greatest visit!

The overall atmosphere of this lovely bed and breakfast if described in just one word is "COMFORT."  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Save fuel, save the planet, PARK IT AND SAVE!  
After seeing a slew of gas promotions to "DRIVE" guests to certain B&B websites/online directories, it was suggested that instead of encouraging people to consume fuel by baiting the hook with free gas cards and such, what we really need is to encourage them to drive less! 

How about walking or biking? Or a little bit of this?
Park it by the water when you stay at The Maguire House Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Your Michigan Innkeepers ask you "Is it Myth? Or is it One of the Beauties of a Bed and Breakfast Inn?"

YOUR MICHIGAN LAKE TO LAKE BED AND BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION IS AT IT AGAIN! They want to debunk the myths on breakfasts at B&B's! You know THE SECOND B!

This week, we’re tackling the “myth” that if you stay at a B&B, you have to have breakfast with strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper puts in front of you.  But we have a little problem with busting this one. These “objections” are not total myths; they are, in fact, traditions that are celebrated in the world of B&Bs.
Breakfast at Serendipity Bed and Breakfast Inn“I don’t think this perception should be treated as a ‘myth’ at all,” maintains Elizabeth DeWaard, innkeeper at The Inn at Old Orchard Road in Holland. “In fact, to me it speaks to the very essence of the Bed and Breakfast concept. The most decadent of main dish recipes and pastries have always brought sounds of delight from my guests.”
“My guests tell me what they love most about B&Bs are the breakfasts and the interesting table conversations.  I am very concerned to think we could be swallowed up by the motel/hotel mentality and all end up being the same.”

How to be a Super Hero

Here in Virginia we boast the oldest tourism slogan in the United States "Virginia is for Lovers."
Virginia is for Wine Lovers says The Claiborne House B&B

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wine Tasting Adventure in Minnesota

The Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast is located just a few blocks from the Cannon River Winery. I had noticed they were having a tank tasting this weekend. A tank tasting is a chance to sample the unfinished wine directly from the tank. "Why would you want to do that?" Well it is fun and in this case free. A couple tasted really amazing and well ... you get the idea. I had not done this before and was amazed at how busy it was for a cold March day in Minnesota and how much fun it really was. One of the perks of staying at a B&B is that we are much more likely to be aware of semething like this and will give you a heads up to improve your stay.

Note from Editor: We welcome The Quill and Quilt B&B to Innteractive Inns! We hope you will visit their website and learn more about their fantastic B&B in Cannon Falls Minnesota! They have terrific reviews on Trip Advisor!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book review: “Blood, Bones & Butter”

Blood, Bones and Butter
"A chef's story should be--delectable, dripping with flavor"

BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef  By Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. 291 pages. $24

By Nona Nelson

The blurb on the cover of Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir is attributed to writer and chef Anthony Bourdain, and it declares that her book is “Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever.”

Bourdain has a habit of hyperbole, but praise of Hamilton’s work is indeed well-deserved.

“Blood, Bones & Butter” is more than a history of a noted chef’s rise to prominence in the toughest of all American dining scenes, New York City. It is more than a recap of the 45-year-old writer, mother and restaurant owner’s life.

It is a painfully honest look at pivotal moments that shaped this woman, the mistakes she made and the work ethic that guided her, and how her respect for food — and the loving act of feeding people — is intrinsically woven into all of it. ...

Read more from this book review at the Roanoke Times here.

Purchase this book from and read more reviews here. Amazon price at time of this article is $14.30 with free super saver shipping, a savings of 45% off the cover price of $26!

This review is shared by your innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia - just a stones throw from Roanoke VA.

Friday, March 11, 2011

B&B Mystery Spoof Gets Screening at International Film Fest!

Screening at the Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival
by Tina Czarnota
Prelude To the Country Inn, Dead & Breakfast Series
Just got word that my mystery spoof, "Prelude To the Country Inn, Dead & Breakfast Series" has been accepted to screen in the short category at the first Palm Beach Women's International Film Fest early April 2011

Prelude... can be found at  See red bar at top, click 2011, films, shorts and then Prelude To the Country Inn, Dead & Breakfast Series.

This life long dream is becoming a reality.  Please wish me and Black Onyx Productions a win in our category.

Thank you and don't forget to live your dream!

Innteractive Inns wishes this very talented writer all the best at this Film Festival, we hope to see her mysteries on the big screen soon!

Get Ready to Bloom!

These of course all smell much lovelier inn person...we innvite you to come out and walk the gardens at our inns!

Something that sets bed and breakfast inns apart from hotels is the attention to detail. This translates to beautiful gardens, small intimate places to relax inside and out. Your innkeepers want you to innjoy the fruit of their labors "Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration."
Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, Rocky Mount Virginia
Virginia: Hold Hands and Kiss Your Sweetie by our Water Gardens

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Our friends in the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association are blogging about five myths that have grown up around bed and breakfasts. Last week we read about decor choices. This week it's about bathrooms.

The first question I'm asked by many prospective guests calling to make a reservation at our B&B is if their room has its own bathroom. In our case, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" The trend in 2011 is toward offering private bathrooms. Many innkeepers who own 100+ year old houses have done a yeoman's job of finding space and plumbing to provide today's travelers with ensuite facilities.

Heartland Trails Antique Tips: Fiestaware

Known as the first United States ceramic manufacturer to produce American china in the mid-1880′s, Laughlin Brothers’ whiteware was known as being of exceptional quality. The Ohio clay harvested near East Liverpool was ideal for the production of whiteware, turning bright white when fired, and this china was primarily sold to hotels and restaurants as cheap, yet attractive dishware. In 1886, the Homer Laughlin China Company was founded. Later, the company hired Frederick Hurten Rhead as Artistic Director, and Rhead designed a series of streamlined, geometric Art-Deco china which was introduced in 1936 as the Fiesta line of dishware.
The Art-Deco ideals of simple geometric shapes and bold colors were well-welcomed after the period of Victorian decorative excess and Art-Nouveau that followed on its heels, and the Fiesta line was an immediate hit. Aiding its success, Fiesta was introduced at very attractive prices, making it affordable to the mass market with pieces, and sometimes sets, commonly sold for less than a dollar. The original line, introduced in 1936, included over thirty items in five different colors, with new colors added throughout the years.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's in a name?

Naming "things" is a part of our general communication using words and language
It is an aspect of everyday taxonomy as we distinguish the objects of our experience, together with their similarities and differences, which we identify, name and classify. 
Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in VA Signage
Giving a boat or ship a name is a centuries old tradition that started out of a combination of fear and superstition. As history proves, the oceans and seas of the world are well known for their treacherous storms, claiming the life of many a sailor. Early Europeans believed that naming and blessing a boat in honor of the God that was popular at the given time, protected them from potential harm while at sea. Both the Greeks and Romans held elaborate ceremonies when their ships were christened, not much different from our ship launches of today. 

Does this same tradition apply to Bed and Breakfast inns? Could the name of the B&B innfluence its guests? Could it be a blessing or a curse?

Did you ever wonder how innkeepers chose the name for their inn? I have listed a few different ideas below:

Sunday, March 6, 2011


5 Day Itinerary for Rocky Mount Virginia

WHAT IS THERE TO DO WHEN I VISIT?Hiking Blue Ridge Mountains Virginia from The Claiborne House

4 night/5 day itinerary suggestion. Start each day with an inn-credible Blue Ridge breakfast at the including fresh fruit, juice, coffee, eggs, French toast topped with red ripe juicy strawberries and sausage or maybe biscuits and gravy. Life is too short for bad coffee! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old-Fashioned Southern Teacakes and a Lifetime of Food Memories

Recipe from Never Enough Thyme...When Lana's Cooking  (By the way I think I am in Love, this is one foodie website I cannot get enough of! Southern Comfort food...nuff said)
Southern Teacakes
Everything that I know of childhood comes from one tiny, rural town in Southwest Georgia. Thinking about it today, it seems almost like a fairytale. It was a place where children could roam around the neighborhood playing all day or get on their bikes and ride “uptown” without worry. There was practically no crime at all. People never locked their car doors and rarely locked their homes. It really was like growing up in the mythical town of Mayberry. Or maybe I’m just remembering it through a child’s eye. If that’s true, then I hope I never wake up to reality.

Read this fantastic recipe with step by step photos here

This Innteractiveinns blog is about all things inn related, so there are recipes we love to sample and share, and bloggers and foodies we love to follow and emulate.  I have added Lana's website to the right side of favorite food blogs and hope to get more drool action on my keyboard. -- If someone would just cook for me!

Bed and Breakfast inns are "A Better Way to Stay!"
Shared by Shellie at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, Virginia

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy National Pancake Day March 1st!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

by TWOPEAS on FEBRUARY 28, 2011
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
National Pancake Day and we are celebrating a day early to make sure you have the recipe for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce. These pancakes are heavenly. Make sure you get up a little early tomorrow morning so you can enjoy a special breakfast. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these delightful pancakes.

See full article with more delicious photos and recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod here!

Bed and Breakfasts are "A BETTER WAY TO STAY!"
Article shared by Shellie at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, Virginia