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! 
  Day 1 Check in at The Claiborne House, wander our beautiful grounds or sit by the pond, relax on the porch with some iced tea or soda. Dine at THE HUB restaurant just a block away - little southern home-cookin' diner, or Tres Amigos for a Mexican T-Bone Steak.
  Day 2 Tour the Booker T Washington national monument only 10 miles up the road. From there follow Route 122 and enjoy a Caribbean buffet on the water aboard the Virginia Dare Paddle Boat at Smith Mountain Lake as it cruises this large lake. Stop at a Mountain Winery for grape stomping or wine tasting. 
  Day 3 Prepare your heart strings as you visit National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, placed in Bedford as they lost more men per capita than any other place in the USA. Bedford Boys was the book written about this brave community; the movie Saving Private Ryan made after these boys. Enjoy dinner in an old train depot the Olde Liberty Station for the best hot pastrami and award winning cheesecake. Or stop at Homestead Creamery on the way home in Burnt Chimney for fresh home churned ice cream (no additives) you can see the dairy cows out back.
  Day 4 Visit downtown Roanoke for our new art museum, transportation museum, O. Winston Link museum, and somefantastic restaurants, many feature live music in the evenings. Don't forget your camera and go to the famous Texas Tavern. Park and walk to all of these places. Parking is free after 5pm in certain lots. Walk the famous Farmer’s Market, take in a live show at Mill Mountain Theater and end your evening at our local Mill Mountain Coffee.
  Day 5 Check out, Antique shopping awaits you! Our local Blue Ridge Antique Center is just 3 miles North of the B&B. (Check our list of local wing dings foot stompin' bluegrass)

Please see our sites of interest page for more information on suggested places to visit, here is a small sampling:

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  • Visit Patrick Henry’s house – instigator of the Revolution 
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Summer home – Poplar Forest 
  • Appomattox Courthouse – where the Civil War ended 
  • Montpelier – the lifelong home of Pres James Madison the Father of the Constitution 
  • Virginia Military Institute and the home of Stonewall Jackson
  • Lynchburg (ski year round, museums, civil war sites)
  • Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Mountain wineries with festivals and events 
  • Safari Park drive thru fun 
  • Drive Inn Theater with 50’s Diner 
  • Swimming and sun bathing at our lakes at our beach
  • Horseback riding 
  • Hiking 
  • Golfing World Famous Courses – Westlake at Smith Mountain Lake 
  • Kayaking, Pontoon rental, Speedboat, Jet Ski, Sailing, even Parasailing 
  • Fishing (Citation brown trout in our rivers or citation Striper in our lakes)
  • Tour The Blue Ridge Parkway – picnic and sightsee (lookout for bears and turkey and deer!)
  • Stock Car Racing – The Thunder in The Blue Ridge at Franklin County Speedway (Sat nights) and Martinsville Speedway
  • Crooked Road Music trail with their local wing-dings – walk to the Depot on Friday’s for Footlights of the Blue Ridge heritage music prgm, or drive up the famous Shooting Creek Road past the moonshiners to reach the Floyd Friday Night Jamboree. Dine family style at +The Historic Pine Tavern in Floyd or eclectic Oddfellas Cantina. 
  • Visit award winning Wineries up near Floyd on the Blue Ridge Parkway or near Bent Mountain. 
  • Enjoy the best Restaurants in downtown Roanoke. (Museums, Music and more)

Virginia, You Stunner!
We try to keep upcoming events listed on our blog and highlight annual events like Wine Festivals and Antique Farm Days. (Hours of operation are not controlled by the innkeeper, so please double check before firming up your plans!)  
See more on our Sites of Interest Page here

Learn more about the music and culture in these mountains - see this blog

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