WHAT IS THERE TO DO WHEN I VISIT?
4 night/5 day itinerary suggestion. Start each day with an inn-credible Blue Ridge breakfast at the Claiborne House including fresh fruit, juice, coffee, eggs, French toast topped with red ripe juicy strawberries and sausage or maybe blueberry pancakes and thick smokey bacon.
- Day 1 Check in, wander our beautiful grounds or sit by the pond, relax on the porch with an iced cold tea or soda. Dine at El Rio Mexican Grill on our corner (full bar), or walk to Hema’s Italian one block away (no alcohol). Then wander a couple blocks to The Harvester Performance Center for some live music (big name bands and performers play weekly).
- Day 2 Wine Tasting at Mountain Wineries – we recommend Chateau Morrisette Winery and Villa Appalaccia for magnificent views from The Blue Ridge Parkway and fantastic food. Chateau Morrisette is located 1 hour scenic drive from us up on the BRP at Mile Post 171 and Villa Appalaccia just one mile from that at MP 170 (or we pack you a romantic picnic).
- 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 fantastic food and the 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. Bedford is a 50 minute drive, Homstead Creamery is a 10 minute drive.
- Day 4 Visit downtown Roanoke for the fun Taubman Art Museum, transportation museum, O. Winston Link museum, and some fantastic restaurants (Shellie recommends Lucky and Fortuna downtown), many feature live music in the evenings. Don’t forget your camera and go to the famous Texas Tavern (trust us on this one). Park and walk to all of these places. Parking is free after 5pm in certain lots. Walk the famous Farmers Market, take in a live show at Mill Mountain Theater and end your evening at Mill Mountain Coffee.
- Day 5 check out, proceed to Black Dog Salvage (Salvage Dawgs) in Roanoke just 25 miles to Memorial Ave in Roanoke (closed Sundays). A must do without leaving Roanoke, if you do that then you need to have a burger at Jack Brown’s Burger and Beer Joint (to see the bar comprised of an old pick-up truck from Salvage Dawgs. Downtown Roanoke is a 25-30 minute drive.
Please see our sites of interest page for more information on places to visit, here’s a sampling – these are day tripping sites (not in our town):
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*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 innkeepers, so double check before firming up your plans. We hope you can get out and explore and learn more about the music and culture in these mountains.