A Surprise in Floyd


I’m staying at this great little property in Floyd, Virginia. For those of you not familiar with Floyd, it’s one of the larger towns on the Crooked Road, with a population of about 14,000. The property I’m staying in has just 12 rooms, however the access is great. Why? Well, I have to say in part, it’s because of the owner’s attitude.

The lodge, which was built by the owner, is located right next to her own house. It has one accessible room with good pathway access, wide doorways, a low-step shower, a portable shower chair and grab bars by the toilet and in the shower. The owner can even provide a portable commode chair on request.

But that’s not the end of the story. The owner also has a small assisted living facility in her own home, so she understands access issues. In fact, one of the accessible rooms is in her home. When she built the lodge she wanted to make sure it was accessible as she understood the need, because of her work with her assisted living clients.

Understanding the need. That’s a phrase I keep hearing more and more. Not just in metropolitan areas, but in rural places as well. And that’s a very good thing.

So the next time you find yourself on Virginia’s Crooked Road, check out the Oak Haven Lodge in Floyd. You’ll find a very accommodating proprietor and an accessible place to rest your head.