The Mountain Rose Inn Named as One of the Top Ten B&B Destinations in North America for Birders

>> Monday, September 21, 2009

We are delighted to post the following news article for you! We have always enjoyed the many birds on our property and are thrilled to be recognized by a national magazine for having a birder friendly B&B!

Birds & Blooms, North America's #1 bird and garden magazine, has named the Mountain Rose Inn as one of the top ten B&B destinations in North America for birders. The Mountain Rose was the only VA B&B to be chosen for this honor.

In its October/November 2009 issue, the national magazine recognized that B&Bs not only provide havens of peaceful rest but that they are often located in great natural settings and provide destination vacations for birders interested in spending their time away watching nature at its best.

The Mountain Rose Inn, located in the Southwest Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Rock Castle Creek and is secluded on 100 acres of forestlands. Innkeepers Mike & Dora Jane Barwick have used the Inn's spacious porches, creekside hammocks, Adirondack chairs and benches to create a spectacular front-row seat for watching the birds as they go about their daily activities.

Several hiking trails have been developed on the Inn's property to give better access to the hardwood forests and creekside habitats that exist. While hiking along the wooded trails, birders may spot a scarlet tanager, hooded and Kentucky warblers, and Acadian and great-crested flycatchers. The pileated woodpecker and the barred owl also make their homes on the Inn's property. A local bluebird monitor has a box on the property where bluebirds routinely nest. The Rock Castle Creek is the fishing grounds for the Inn's resident belted kingfishers, and the green heron is also a frequent visitor.

The Inn has many bird feeders, hummingbird sippers, birdhouses and bathing areas on the property. Innkeeper Mike Barwick stated, "We enjoy the birds as much as our guests and encourage birds to feed and live here on the property. They are fascinating creatures, and ones that we are always delighted to have as guests!"

Not only is the Inn's property attractive to birds, but the summer wildflowers on the property attract cabbage white, orange sulphur, eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails and great spangled fritillary as well as large number of skippers. Along the creek such treasures as the spring peepers, green frogs and salamanders may be found.

To celebrate the diversity of the many varied natural resources in the state, Virginia created the first state-wide program in 2003 of its kind - the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail - a trail that links wildlife viewing sites throughout the state. The Mountain Rose Inn is Site MSL10 on the Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop of this trail and is adjacent to the 600 acres of IC Dehart Park listed as Site MSL11.

The Inn is also located within 20 minutes of Rocky Knob outlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Every September, area birders gather at this location to watch the spectacular hawk migration, where 789 broad-winged hawks were seen in one day in Sept 2008. (

For birders staying at the Mountain Rose, the Inn provides field guides, binoculars, walking sticks and bird identification software on the Inn's guest computer. Tours of the area by local birding guides can be arranged for interested parties.

Come see the birds as they migrate South for the winter!

Happy Birding to You,
Dora Jane


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