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Do you have ghosts at The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast?

October 30th, 2015 by Grey Swan Inn

And our standard answer is…….”Would you like for there to be?????”

 

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Jim and I have never seen, smell, felt, or heard the presence of a ghost but the grandson of the original owner once asked us “Have you met him yet?”  Of course, we then had to know more.  He shared that someone had died in the house on the second floor and his spirit was seen walking in the second floor hallway by several family members.

Another local visitor came to inn to see the previous innkeeper and could smell blueberry muffins baking.  She was so pleased for the treat of muffins during her visit, but the innkeeper said she was not baking nor had she recently. Where did that smell come from and why did only that visitor experience the smell?

Our last incident (that we’re aware of) is a guest said she felt the presence of a child spirit in her room that seemed to be attracted to a piece of furniture which is a family piece.  The spirit would come and go at will.  Curious, isn’t it?!

 

Veterans – Thank you for your service!!

October 14th, 2015 by Grey Swan Inn

It’s not just once a year that we are thankful, but it’s once a year that we and other Bed and Breakfasts around the US offer an extra savings to veterans.  November 11th is Veteran’s Day and veterans can stay free in at least one room of the select inns.

Here’s the link to find listings for a nice get-away:

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www.bandbsforvets.org   (keep checking back with this website as more listings are being added daily!)

Kathleen Panek, innkeeper in Shinston, WV at The Gilliam House Bed and Breakfast was the creator of this yearly event.  Thanks, Kathleen!

 

Independence Day Recipes

June 30th, 2013 by Grey Swan Inn

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be looking for some easy patriotic treats to serve for your barbeque, picnic, or gathering.  Here are just a few simple snacks, desserts, and appetizers to get you started.

Fourth of July Strawberries
(adapted from The Sisters Cafe)

Dip fresh strawberries in melted white chocolate, and then follow with a quick dip in blue sugar or sprinkles. For full recipe and instructions, visit the link above.

Patriotic Fruit Salad
(adapted from Chica & Jo)

Slice a watermelon in ½ inch to ¾ inch rounds, then use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes from the watermelon.Gently toss with fresh blueberries and strawberries for a colorful addition to any meal. Visit the above link for complete instructions.

 

 

Layered Patriotic Punch
(adapted from Our Best Bites)

Fill a glass to the top with ice.If you have star shaped ice cube trays, this would be a great time to use them! Next, fill a third of the glass with red Hawaiian Punch. Slowly pour another third of blue Gatorade down the side of the glass to avoid mixing colors. Top with Sierra Mist for a tri-colored Fourth of July refreshment!

Red, White, & Blueberry Muffins
(recipe from SophistiMom)

These beautiful muffins are not only patriotic but healthy, too! A combination of fresh blueberries and raspberries give these muffins their tasty flavor and gorgeous color. Visit the link above for ingredient list, instructions, and additional photos.

Patriotic Pancakes
(recipe from Tasty Kitchen)

Alternately layer plain and red velvet pancakes and top with blueberries for a delicious start to your Fourth of July. Full recipe located at link above.

Looking for a fun activity on the Fourth?  Come celebrate our nation’s independence in Downtown Blackstone with a parade!  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/420633011377014/ for more information!

Blackstone, Virginia Walking Map

February 26th, 2011 by Grey Swan Inn

Blackstone, Virginia is on the National Register of Historical Places and is a good walking tour for visitors to Blackstone. The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast is a part of the registered site, located at 615 South Main Street. Other places of interest include downtown Blackstone (which is a Virginia Main Street community), Schwartz’ Tavern and The Carriage Museum. Wear good walking shoes, bring your camera, and enjoy Blackstone’s history!!

Below is a walking tour map beginning at The Grey Swan Inn and outlines the residential areas that are part of the National Register:

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Blackstone Image Kick-Off

August 22nd, 2008 by Grey Swan Inn

Blackstone Image Kick-Off
Thursday, August 28th
6:00 PM

Blackstone Fire Department
Be a part of history in the making!
Enjoy FREE food samples at a “Taste of the Town”
Watch our local youth perform
Learn how you can become a Blackstone Ambassador!
Take home some FREE Blackstone gifts

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Come to Blackstone, VA in September 2008

July 23rd, 2008 by Grey Swan Inn

 

 

Sponsored by the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce, the Blackstone Arts & Crafts Festival attracts some of the best artists on the east coast with a wide variety of hand crafted products. There is something for everyone at this festival. Learn more…

  • Antique Tractor and Engine Display
  • Craft Demonstrations
  • Kiddie Korner
  • Face Painting
  • Trained Dogs Show

Lodging still available at The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast – 1 mile from the festival!

Things to See in Blackstone

July 21st, 2008 by Grey Swan Inn

Robert Thomas Carriage Museum
and
Schwartz Tavern

August tour hours:
Monday thru Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

September thru June hours:
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

For more information and for tours other than times posted call:
434-292-1459
434-292-7795
434-292-7251

Just 1 mile from The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast!

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Blackstone Virginia Restaurants

April 10th, 2008 by Grey Swan Inn

Are you visiting Blackstone, Virginia or planning to sometime soon?

Here is a list of restaurants along with address, phone numbers, & hours of operation in Blackstone and a couple within 10-13 miles of Blackstone. We haven’t eaten at all of the restaurants listed, but I did call each for their hours, or pulled the information from our newspaper, Courier Record. All of the Blackstone restaurants are within 1 mile of the Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Acapulco’s Mexican Grill, 209 S. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 am – 9:30 pm
Phone: (434) 292-3746

Blackstone Herb Cottage, 104 N Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Friday night (beginning 4/11) 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Seafood Buffet (reservations)
Sunday (beginning 4/13) 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Brunch (reservations)
Phone: (434) 292-7721

Brother’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 301 N. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: (434) 292-7249

Farmers Café, 213 S Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Thursday 5 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 5 am – 10 pm
Sunday 5 am – 7 pm
Phone: (434) 292-3236

Hardee’s Restaurant, 203 N Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Saturday 5 am – 10 pm
Sunday 6 am – 10 pm
Phone: (434) 292-4948

Hong Kong, 1507 S Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Sunday through Thursday 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:30 am – 11 pm
Phone: (434) 292-4412

Huddle House, 1407 S Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open 24 hours
Phone: (434) 292-3418

Louise’s Restaurant and Country Store, 31155 Christanna Hwy, Dundas, VA 23938
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday: Seafood Buffet
Sunday (beginning 4/6) 11 am – 3 pm Buffet
Phone: (434) 676-9029

McDonald’s, 404 N Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Sunday through Thursday 5 am – 11 pm
Friday & Saturdady 5 am – 12 midnight
Phone: (434) 292-4977

Mildred’s Meals, 109 E 5th Ave, Kenbridge, VA 23944
Open Monday through Saturday 6 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday 11 am – 8:30 pm
Phone: (434) 676-3060

Mitchell’s Restaurant, 403 N. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Thursday 6:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday 7 am – 3 pm
Phone: (434) 292-4100

Pizza Hut, 319 S Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: (434) 292-3336

Subway of Blackstone, 1501 S. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Saturday 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 9 am
Phone: (434) 292-5949

Sullivan’s Restaurant & Tavern, 100 1/2 N. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Saturday 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: (434) 292-7942

Virginia Barbeque, 1417 S Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday 10 am – 9 pm
Phone: (434) 292-3663

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 1419 S. Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824
Open Sunday through Thursday 10 am – 1 am
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 2 am
Phone: (434) 298-0808


Save the Armory Family Day

April 10th, 2008 by Grey Swan Inn

Come to Blackstone, Virginia this Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Harris Memorial National Guard Armory on High Street in Blackstone, VA from 10 am until 4 pm for “Save the Armory Family Day”.

This event is presented by The Friends of Blackstone to raise money and generate more support to save the historic building from being destroyed. Day-long events include live music, food (chili, hot dogs, cornbread, baked goods, Boston Butts, and Brunswick Stew), a silent auction, bingo, and more. The innkeepers of the Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast will be there with baked goods and items for the silent auction.

Here are directions from The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast, 615 S Main Street, Blackstone, VA. Some availability is still available for this weekend for those who would like to stay Friday or Saturday nights.

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To read more and about this event and other Blackstone, VA news visit: Courier Record newspaper

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