Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blue Ridge of Virginia - Leaf peepers hurry they won't last forever!

Meet Virginia she'll take your breath away~
Shellie took these photos today here in Rocky Mount Virginia
Cahas Mountain on the left

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Riding the Ridges of Beauty

We of the Gillum House Bed and Breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia took a ride on US Rte 250 North from Fairmont, West Virginia to Moundsville on the Ohio River and then WV Rte 2 North to Wheeling. It is beautiful in a car but it is a road that motorcycle riders love. As one "serious" motorcyclist put it, "It is just the right mix of scenery and technical riding." In the City of Hundred, one can turn left on Rush Run Road and drive across the Fish Creek Covered Bridge. Go back to Rte 250, turn left and continue north.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hungry for a road trip?

Please innjoy these regional foods when you hit the road for your next Americana Road Trip.  Get off the interstate and see what small town America has to offer!  Click the links below for more innformation on location, rates and availability at these wonderful Bed and Breakfast Inns from Louisiana to Maine.  We hope to see you soon!

Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
Rocky Mount, Virginia 
EAT A DAWG – It’s a NASCAR Tradition

Martinsville Hotdogs - Claiborne House B&B
Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon? A mint julep at the Kentucky Derby?  You can't call yourself a true NASCAR fan until you have bravely downed a Martinsville Speedway hot dog in Virginia.   The hot dog, a trademark at the half-mile paperclip track since who-knows-when, is one thing you don't mess with at a track known for heated tempers and bent sheet metal.   It's still a dog like no other, packed with cheese, onion, coleslaw and chili on a bun that melts in your mouth. The cholesterol-crammed delicacy is legendary at NASCAR's oldest track, a food tradition that has filled the stomachs of fans, drivers and crew members for more than 60 years.  "Yeah, I eat about three or four a day," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said when asked about how he dines on a Martinsville race weekend.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Natural Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Virginia

Relax and reconnect with loved ones in the beauty of nature this fall in Virginia!
Meet Virginia - She's Gorgeous! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fleeting Moments

It's been raining for days. I don't mind the rain; in fact I quite enjoy the cool rainy days of fall. But when the sun comes out after days of rain and quite suddenly and unexpectedly a rainbow appears, it's utterly breathtaking! This rainbow lasted for only a few moments, but in those moments I could not look away. Pure perfection.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

BnBs and Inns Give International Thank You

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Armistice was declared, ending World War I. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice Day to honor World War I Veterans. In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday in the United States.

In 1953, Al King, a shoe store owner in Emporia, Kansas began an effort to make November 11 honor ALL Veterans and in 1954, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day.

Members of the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association chose to show their appreciation to Veterans by providing at least one room on Nevember 10, 2009 to anyone with a valid Military ID - showing the ID was payment for that night. November 10 was chosen so the Veteran and guest would be on-site for any activities on Veterans Day, November 11.

In 2010, West Virginia invited bed & breakfasts and inn "from sea to shing sea" to join them. By November 10, 2010, 900 B & Bs and Inns in the United States, 11 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, and one each in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Paris, France, and Namibia were participating in B & Bs For Vets to show gratitude and appreciation to the military - past and present - for keeping freedom alive. Each participaring inn provided a minimum of one room FREE OF CHARGE on the night of November 10 to anyone providing a Military or Veterans Administration ID. It also gave the opportunity to thank the "unsung heroes", the spouses and partners of the Veterans who shoulder all the responsibilities on the homefront during deployments or a war.

November 10, 2011, participating innkeepers are again offering B & Bs For Vets. BBCanada is also honoring their military with B & Bs For Vets Canada.

To locate a participating B & B or Inn in the United States go to and in Canada go to