Sunday, January 29, 2012

End Doily Discrimination

A Bed and Breakfast Grass Roots Effort is doing its part by demonstrating that not all B&B's are doily-fied. 
I agree, this is true, we are all unique! Not all inns are granny-esque with dolls, doilies and curfews. However, I think it is not-on to put down the traditional doily that was handcrafted by my grandmother, my great grandmother and so on. This is a hand-craft that is part of America! 
Sit a spell on our southern porch and take in the day

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Meet America's Favorite Drive: The Blue Ridge Parkway

Jenna Wolf of Weekend Today spent time dancing, strumming and in general just loving her road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
Called America’s Favorite Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010. It is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country and is a great place to get back to nature and enjoy time together. 
Drive the road - Claiborne House is at the half-way point of the BRP

Monday, January 16, 2012

35 Walnut Street, Shinnston, West Virginia is 100!! Come Help Us Celebrate!

First we need to know - there IS a State called WEST VIRGINIA. It has a birthday this year also - 149 years old on June 20. 35 Walnut Street is a whippersnapper by comparison.

Eve Douglass lived across the street when the current owners of the house at 35 Walnut Street moved in. She said her house was built in 1911 and the house at 35 Walnut Street, Shinnston, West Virginia was built in 1912. Evidence of this was found in the space under the stairs when it was converted from "wasted space" to storage area. A 1912 postcard and a newspaper were discovered there. Electricity did not come to Shinnston until 1913 so the light fixtures were both gas and electric as the builders wanted to be ready for the latest innovation. Evidence of this was found several years ago when the upstairs light fixtures were rewired - the electrician found a live gas line in the upstairs hall fixture. The plumber was called and the gas disconnected. (The house even had an indoor bahtroom! the original claw-foot tub is now located in the private bathroom in the Gillum Room.)

In 1996, current owners, John & Kathleen Panek, opened a bed & breakfast at 35 Walnut Street and called it the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in honor of the family that owned the house from 1918 to into the 1970s. Troy Gillum was the B & O Station Agent in Shinnston, coming as assistant agent in 1911. In 1918 he and his wife Anna bought the house for $2906.25!! And in 1919 their youngest child, Paul, was born in what is now Rosi's Room.

Being 100 years old is something that deserves a celebration! So Gillum House Bed & Breakfast (Sweet Sixteen in 2012!) is celebrating the Centennial Birthday of the house with any reservation in 2012 of 3 or more nights, the 3rd night is $19.12 + tax!! Make reservations online or call 888-592-0177. Come help us celebrate.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thomas Shepherd Inn is a mighty fine inn

People have said that perhaps innkeepers shouldn't write reviews of other inns or they would be innaccurate, but I say how can that be? 
If anything, an innkeeper is the harshest critic as we really do see and take in every little detail and know the inns and outs of running a bed and breakfast. We notice the odd stray hair on the bath mat, the flowers if they are plastic, silk or real and can confirm that the sheets really are 100% cotton!
Thomas Shepherd Inn (about 10 miles from Harpers Ferry WV)