Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
September 9, 2007
We saved money by staying in
usually involves travel. But with the price of gas so high, travel these days
is very expensive. So this summer my wife and I chose to stay in
Of course we
were tempted to escape the hot, dry weather of the hottest August on record in
All of the
above justified our decision not to leave
until we arrived! It rained both days we were there and in the late afternoons
we enjoyed a nice cool breeze. We sat on a bench overlooking the vast
Our last stop was completely unplanned. We got off the busy highways and decided to ride awhile on state highway 25. That took us through Wilsonville and soon to a wonderful little town we had never visited before – Columbiana.
Having noticed on the map that there was a museum in Columbiana, we decided to check it out. Much to our surprise the museum housed a fine collection of George Washington memorabilia. While there we inquired if there were any bed and breakfast inns nearby.
hostess first said no; there were none in Columbiana. Then her face lit up as she remembered that a
new one was about ready to open for business just down the street. She called
on our behalf and gave us directions to the stately DuBose home on
There we met Andrew and Diane Moore who kindly invited us to be their first guests in the beautiful home they had been renovating, off and on, for five years. They did practically all the remodeling work themselves. The result is most impressive – a marvelous old home built in 1889 completely restored, sharply decorated, and ready for guests to enjoy its exquisite Victorian flavor. An appetizing breakfast is such surroundings, along with gracious southern hospitality, can make the heart sing.
The Moores, who live upstairs, have named their bed and breakfast the Columbiana Inn though the sign for the front yard is still at the print shop. Six bedrooms, each with a private bath, are available for use. Each room is equipped with cable television and wireless connectivity.
One room, with a private entrance on the front porch, is called “The Visiting Parson’s Room.” We stayed in the lovely bedroom next to it but the room has not been named yet. Diane laughed and said she might call it “The Backslider’s Bedroom.” We thought that was a great idea. We are experienced backsliders.
Soon we hope
to return to Columbiana, one of