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Clean the World Recycles Soap Donated by Hotels & B&Bs

Recycling has many faces. Big Mill B&B saves used soap for Clean the World. At Big Mill we just can't waste or throw anything away that might have a second life. Recycling soap is such a good idea! Big Mill B&B saves used soap and sends it to Clean the World; they are the world's [...]

Washing Berries in a Vinegar Wash

Does washing strawberries in a vinegar wash keep them fresh longer?  Everyone has an opinion.  I think you should at least give it a try, then decide. I know the vinegar wash works for me, but then I think white vinegar is “gold.” We use it here at Big Mill B&B for an eco-friendly cleaning [...]

Innkeeper’s Suet Recipe for Bird and Breakfast

Innkeeper's Suet Recipe Our special Earth Day gift to birds here at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast Earth Day 2013 is just around the corner, so it seemed like a perfect time to celebrate the birds we love with a suet recipe they delight in eating. When I am cooking for the bed and breakfast [...]

Light up with Wine Bottles

It's magic -- those tiny lights that twinkle in the wine bottles in the rooms at our own North Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Big Mill Inn-the perfect romantic getaway. The idea is really simple: just drill a hole in a glass bottle and push the lights in. Guests ask me all the time, "How do [...]

Eco Friendly B&B Doesn’t Choose Paper or Plastic

What do we do? Those thin plastic bags, called white pollution, are killing sea creatures and cluttering our beaches. I remember walking the beach on the Pamlico River and seeing hundreds of plastic bags hanging from cypress trees; these were the bags that would end up in our rivers and eventually pose a threat to sea [...]

Big Mill Wins Top 10 Eco-Friendly Inns Award!

Not one to toot my own horn, I just have to share this good news.  Big Mill B&B has been singled out as one of the Top 10 earth-friendly inns by BedandBreakfast.com.  And we are the only North Carolina Bed and Breakfast to make the cut.  WOW!  Of course, it was wonderful to be acknowledged last [...]

Cast Beeswax Ornaments

I saw my first Brown Bag Cookie Mold in the early eighties in a tiny shop in Virginia Highlands, a small Yuppie neighborhood in Atlanta, where I was living. This love affair has never ended. I have St. Nicholas from the 1983 collection, which was the first year they were made. The Brown Bag name comes from [...]

Big Mill Clothesline and the Washington Post

I hear Going Green is now trendy and it is high time. Big Mill has been Green long before the rest of the world noticed. But they notice now!   In May the Washington Post ran a story on Eco-friendly Inns and used a photo of the Big Mill Clothesline with the innkeeper hanging out [...]