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THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017
actually a family suite, two smaller rooms with a shared
bathroom that works well for those with children.
Outside, however, is where real treasure resides. Just off
the back porch is a beautiful garden where guests can sit
and enjoy a sunny spot. Mitch made the fountain himself
and even has his own garden past the backyard. He grows
flowers, vegetables and fruit, such as cherries, strawberries
"We get to tell guests our breakfasts are organic!" Bobbie says. "Mitch is wonderful with the garden; he goes out
early every morning to tend to it."
People will often walk down the street and bump into
Bobbie or Mitch outside, and ask to see the inside. The
B&B is always on the Christmas home tour list as well.
They enjoy sharing the home with people, encouraging
9. Lily loves greeting
10. Mitch made the
11. Adirondack chairs
offer a relaxing seat.
12. The rocking chairs
show another view of
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them to take a peek. They've had guests from all over
the country, and even the world, including travelers as
far away as Scotland.
Because Fincastle is such a historic spot, the courthouse vaults have great records, and the local library has
its own genealogy room. The Botetourt Museum also
boasts wonderful resource books that visitors frequently
use for personal projects. There's no question the Bowmans love history too. They've even worked with a few
guests on their projects, providing their own resources
or taking them to the nearby cemetery to look for family markers.
Many of their visitors are wedding guests (the Kyle
House, a beautiful venue, is only half a block away).
Bobbie often finds herself helping busy brides with favors and enjoys the flurry of excited activity as their
guests prepare to celebrate special events. Talk about a
"We've met super people of all kinds. There's a sort
of wonderful person who comes to a B&B," Bobbie
says. "They come here because they're excited, and it's
really fun. There's always more to do, but we just enjoy
being here." I