Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ready for a Revival Virginia?

Holy Ghost Tent Revival is heart-throbbing, foot-stomping, good-time music.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival - photo by Kimberly Bowen

Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays downtown Roanoke at KIRK AVENUE MUSIC HALL Saturday January 7th, 2012

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Claiborne House in Virginia!

May the blessing of Christmas be with you today and always...
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but in is so delightful...
Your Innkeepers at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, Virginia
Tony, Shellie, Sierra and Raquel

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How do you prefer your pancakes?

I asked a group of innkeepers how they like prefer their pancakes, thin or thick?

Best answer was "with lots of maple syrup!"

Lesson to self: Be prepared for the answer you are not expecting when you ask innkeepers a question. Now get back to business...and remember, bed and breakfast inns are a better way to stay!

Shellie your innkeeper @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arkansas Guesthouse Blog

I would like to inntroduce a new blogger to y'all! 
Meet Patrick from the Arkansas Guesthouse Blog 
Visit Patrick's blog to see renovations in progress

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Year's Weekend at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

With New Year's Eve on a Saturday this year, and most folks getting that Monday as a holiday, you have the perfect opportunity to take advantage of our first ever New Year's weekend package. Book for two nights (either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday), any room, and enjoy the usual comforts of the Inn - our cozy rooms, spacious common areas, and convenient in-town location.

In addition, we'll gift you with two tickets to the New Year's Eve show of the Hillbilly Gypsies at the Shepherdstown Opera House, a welcome cheese plate in your room, an extended brunch buffet on Sunday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 (with our usual early Hypnocoffee service starting at 7:00) and a late checkout of noon on either Sunday or Monday. If you decide not to check out the show at the Opera House, we'll have a sparkling wine toast in the Inn's living room when the ball drops at midnight in front of the fireplace.
It's not too late to make your reservations; call us or book online now.

Jeanne & Jim at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

Friday, December 9, 2011

Finally starting a blog for your inn?

Here are the answers to some FAQ's about Inn Blogging
Guest blog by David Pearce from TRIPPO INC "An Inn Marketing Agency"

1. Should my blog be a separate entity or integrated into my website?

Both ways will benefit your business by driving additional traffic, however, I would strongly recommend hosting the blog on your own domain. The reason is simple, SEO. If you're going to spend the time (and it does take time) creating unique content for your blog then you want to make sure you're getting the credit for it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Introducing Trippo

Trippo is An Inn Marketing Agency

Shellie recommends you follow the Trippo Blog here for no-nonsense advice on online marketing!

About Trippo:

Welcome to Trippo, we’re a small and talented bed & breakfast website design and inn marketing agency. We help innkeepers grow their business through beautiful and engaging websites, social media marketing, and search engine marketing.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 31, 2011-

It's that time of year again, where did 2011 go?
If you're looking for a fun, laid-back way to spend New Year's Eve, Freeport, Maine is your place! Check out LL Bean's end of year celebration with family activities galore. Details here.

Lobster-trap Christmas Trees Dot the Coast of Maine

It's that time of year again! Lobster-trap trees pop up in communities all along the Maine coast. From Cape Neddick to Rockland to Jonesport, the trees are being assembled and lighted in what has turned into a friendly competition among the towns where lobstering is a way of life.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Mini Bar Stops Here!

If you have stayed at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Virginia or seen our online marketing you have seen our slogan.  

We have also tried to let you know that bed and breakfasts, unlike most hotels, do not serve gas station coffee! You know the coffee of which I speak, that sitting on the burner all day-heartburn inducing-foul taste on your tongue-black tar. The Claiborne House breakfast blend is a Dark Sumatra (rich and full in body but not bitter and pungent and low on acid) and you can have more than one cup, so FILLER UP OLD SPORT!