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Thanksgiving Recipes from InnVirginia

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Although the holiday décor in retail stores seems to be favoring Christmas, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We all love Thanksgiving food, right? Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and stuffing. But maybe you need some new recipes for your 2014 Thanksgiving repertoire, and if that’s the case, InnVirginia can help. (After all, who does food better than a B&B?)

  1. Colman’s Mustard Dip from Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast
    3 eggs
    2/3 cup Colman’s Mustard (dry mustard in yellow tin)
    1 cup sugar
    2/3 cup cider vinegar

    Click here for the full recipe.

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  2. Potato Pancakes (Latkes) from The Oaks Victorian Inn

    4 large or 6 medium potatoes
    1 large or 2 small egg(s)
    1 small or half large onion
    Flour or matzo meal (rice flour for gluten free)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Click here for the full recipe.

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  3. Curried Rice and Chicken Salad Veronique from Oak Grove Plantation B&B

    1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 chicken bouillon cubes
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    1 cup finely chopped parsley
    4 cups cooked chicken diced
    1 cup seedless grapes
    1 cup sliced almonds
    Dressing:
    ¾ cup canola oil
    ¼ cup Tarragon vinegar
    1 clove crushed and chopped garlic
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Click here for the full recipe.

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  4. Mayhurst Inn Baked Apples from Mayhurst Inn
    6 Gala or Fiji apples (They don’t get mushy or fall apart when cooked)
    1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
    1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
    Raisins

    Click here for the full recipe.

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The Best Breakfasts in the Shenandoah Valley

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Picture yourself waking and stretching across a soft, four-poster bed, the Shenandoah Valley light streaming through the windows as if to greet you good-morning. You catch a sudden scent of hot pancakes, scrambled eggs and crispy bacon, making your mouth water and your stomach rumble. You make your way to the dining room and find that breakfast is served!

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Our Shenandoah Valley B&Bs will do all the work for you, offering you some of the best breakfasts in the area:

The Speckled Trout B&B, Waynesboro: Want a hearty, Southern, gourmet breakfast? That’s what you’ll enjoy at the Speckled Trout. With everything from spicy apple cake with maple sausage to blueberry sourdough cobbler with pepper crusted bacon, you’ll never want to eat cold cereal again.

The Buckhorn Inn, Churchville: Toast, eggs, bacon, pancakes, gluten-free selections—the Buckhorn Inn has it all. One TripAdvisor reviewer gushes, “Breakfast was superb!” Another reviewer says, “The breakfast was great and the owner makes great sausages.”

Strathmore House B&B, Quicksburg: Innkeeper Kay Payne will serve you breakfast fit for royalty. One TripAdvisor reviewer insists “don’t miss the orange butter,” while another raves “breakfast was fantastic.” Breakfast here is a three-course meal with fresh juice, fruit, and a daily entrée. Kay is also happy to accommodate any dietary requirements.

1868 Magnolia House Inn, Lexington: “At breakfast time, gather with other guests in the Dining Room for a meal served with china, crystal and silver, in keeping with the old-time gracious ambiance of the house.” Relax with a hot cup of a coffee, fresh fruit, orange juice, and a plate full of French toast.

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Eat and enjoy! To see a list of all of our Shenandoah Valley B&Bs, click here.

 

A Virginia Bucket List: 5 Restaurants to Visit Before You Die

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Many of you may have read through HamptonRoads.com’s recent article “The 30 places to eat in Virginia before you die,” so we’ve decided to compile a list of our very own, based on recommendations from a few of our Inn Virginia members. Virginia offers a huge range of fantastic, top-notch restaurants, so remember that these are only a few of our favorite eateries:

Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA: Step back in time with this historic restaurant, which is only a short drive away from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. You’ll get a taste of the 18th century with traditional southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw and corn bread. (Nearby lodging options): Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, Ebenezer House B&B, Ginger Hill B&B, B&B at Mountain Valley Farm)

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Something Different, Urbanna, VA: This aptly-named restaurant comes with the tagline “specializing in fine Neanderthal cuisine,” so you know you’re in for a unique experience. Try an applechain hotdog, a pork BBQ sandwich, or some homemade premium ice cream. (Nearby lodging options: Atherston Hall B&B, Bethany Inn at Leafwood)
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Buffalo and More, Riner, VA: This restaurant provides casual dining and a host of hearty meal options. Feast on a buffalo burger quesadilla, a brisket platter, or a buffalo bratwurst platter. You certainly won’t go hungry here! (Nearby lodging options: Ivycrest B&B, Oaks Victorian Inn)

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Cristina’s Café, Strasburg, VA: Owned and run by sisters, Wendy and Cristina, Cristina’s Café offers delicious food with a “Buy Fresh—Buy Local” emphasis. The café provides everything from beet risotto to grass-fed sirloin burgers to kale & quinoa salad. (Nearby lodging options: Inn at Narrow Passage, Old Waterstreet Inn)

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The Ashby Inn and Restaurant, Paris, VA- Not only is this B&B an Inn Virginia member, but, as its name suggests, it’s also a restaurant, and a high-quality one at that. Northern Virginia Magazine named The Ashby Inn as one of their “50 Best Restaurants,” labeling one meal as “stunning, with flavors as nuanced as its design.”

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B&B Breakfasts with Inn Virginia

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

What did you have for breakfast this morning? A bowl of cereal? A hastily ordered biscuit at a fast food restaurant? Nothing at all? If you’re tired of your usual morning food routine, then that just might be the only excuse you need for a bed & breakfast getaway. After all, breakfast makes up half of a B&B, and with our Inn Virginia members, you know you’ll be eating your fill of good, southern food.

At King George Inn in Roanoke, you’ll find a “breakfast fit for a king or queen.” Dine on everything from shirred egg with asparagus and cranberry pear balsamic vinegar to a ham and cheese omelet with lavender and lemon goat cheese. Ingredients are fresh and local, the products of a nearby farmer’s market, and if you have a particular dietary restriction, King George Inn is more than happy to accommodate you.

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King George Inn

 

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing in Hume presents its guests with The Huntsman’s Breakfast, “served family style” and including fresh berries and cut fruit, fresh biscuits, heritage bacon, and Greek yogurt. Savor the southern style French toast, made from deep fried challah bread and Virginia maple syrup. Sink your teeth into a seasonal vegetable frittata or a Chesapeake Eggs Benedict, served with a crab cake. You certainly won’t go hungry at The Inn at Vineyards Crossing!

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Inn at Vineyards Crossing

South Court Inn in Luray is ready to offer you a full, rich gourmet breakfast complete with chilled fruit juices and mineral water, baked goods, pancakes, eggs, croissants, and more. Indulge in lemon cloud pancakes, banana-stuffed croissant French toast, a fruit salad with lavender-infused honey, and a currant cream scone. These are only a few of the delicious options that South Court Inn offers, so you’ll just have to visit for yourself to experience their menu.

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South Court Inn

 

Gourmet Food at Virginia B&Bs

Friday, November 29th, 2013

We all know that “bed and breakfast” is synonymous with good food, but did you know that the morning meal is not the only dining option at some of our member inns? Not only can you feast offsite at nearby restaurants, but a few of our B&Bs actually double as both a place of lodging and a gourmet eatery:

With a name like The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, you know that this Paris, VA  B&B is as much about their food as they are about their lodging. Indulge in such menu items as octopus Carpaccio, miso-glazed black cod, and pistachio & agave baklava. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, or a specific dietary restriction, The Ashby Inn and Restaurant is at your service.

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The Ashby Inn and Restaurant

The Inn at Willow Grove’s Executive Chef Jason Daniels brings farm-to-table food to their Vintage Restaurant in Orange, VA. Feast on Gourmet Tapas Wednesdays or “Three on Thursday” Chef’s Tastings with everything from Hunter-style chicken and red wine linguine to seared duck breast and pepper-crusted butternut squash. Stay tuned for their winter menu, which will be released on December 4.

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The Inn at Willow Grove

The Hope and Glory Inn in Irvington, VA features the incredible cuisine of Chef Anne Kirkmyer, and their Dining Hall has been named the #1 restaurant in the city. If you plan to visit the Glory and Glory’s restaurant, be sure to make a reservation well in advance, as they stay full and busy!

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The Hope and Glory Inn

At The Boxwood Inn in Newport News, VA, “Dinnertainment” is a popular meal among guests. Each menu is specific to the dinner theme, which options like “Murder Mystery Evening,” “Showstoppers,” “Scottish Evening,” and “Those Fabulous Fifties.” Along with the deliciously themed food, the entertainment is fantastic as well. For more information about reservations at the inn’s Dinnertainment, call 757-888-8854.

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The Boxwood Inn

By Tara Stoll

Culinary Delights from The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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New cookbook released by The Oaks Victorian Inn

Part of what makes a great vacation is the delicious food experienced on your trip, but what about when you get home? Shouldn’t you be allowed to experience that scone you had for breakfast, the soup you had for lunch, or the cookies that welcomed you as you checked-in on a daily basis? Linda Wurtzburger, innkeeper of the Oaks Victorian Inn, Christiansburg, VA, agrees.

“One of my favorite things about staying at B&B’s is that every place seems to have its own style of breakfast and specialty dishes,” she says. So, when guests began asking Linda for recipes for her inn, she decided to write a cookbook.

“Inn-dulgences Culinary Delights from The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast” contains eighty recipes from breakfasts served at the Oaks and more. Linda always tries to make at least one dish from the book at every breakfast and also keeps a cookie jar filled with cookies made from one of the book’s recipes. However, thanks to Linda’s cookbook, you can experience these recipes at home for only $15; either visit or call (540-381-1500) The Oaks Victorian Inn to get a copy.

 Apple Cheddar Sausage Quiche

Oaks Victorian Apple Cheddar Sausage Quiche

Here is sample recipe from the book, Apple Sausage Cheddar Quiche:

Serves 6-8
1 pie shell
½ pound sausage (sweet, spicy or turkey)
½ cup chopped onion
¾ cup shredded tart apple
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs sugar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 ½ cups half-and-half
¼ tsp salt

Line a 9 inch pie plate with pie crust and set aside.
Crumble the sausage into a large skillet. Add onions. Cook over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onion is tender. Drain well. Return the pan to the stove and add the shredded apple, lemon juice and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat stirring constantly until the apple is tender and liquid has evaporated. Spoon the sausage apple onion mixture into the pie shell. Top with cheese. Recipe can be put in the fridge and kept overnight at this point if desired. In a medium bowl blend eggs half-and-half and salt. Pour over the sausage mixture. Preheat the oven to 375°. Bake 35-45 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let quiche stand a few minutes before serving.

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure

 

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.

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Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Healthy but Oh, So Good Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Bars

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Although the stores seemed to have skipped right from Halloween to Christmas, we know you haven’t forgotten Thanksgiving. Whether you are hosting a family get-together, or meeting your friends for a big, turkey-based shindig, you may be in charge a providing a portion of the food. Perhaps you are wondering, “Should I offer to be in charge of the turkey? Everyone loves my green bean casserole, so maybe I should just make that. But my pumpkin pie is always delicious too!” There’s no need for such stress, as we have the perfect recipe for you:

HEALTHY BUT OH, SO GOOD OATMEAL DARK CHOCOLATE BARS

1½ cups date sugar (or ¾ cup date sugar and ¾ cup brown rice syrup)

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp molasses

2 eggs (or the equivalent of egg substitute)

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups quick cooking rolled oats

1 cup what flour (unbleached)

1½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp salt

2 cups dark chocolate chips

¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan. In large bowl, blend the sugar, applesauce, coconut oil, and molasses together. Beat in eggs once at a time. Add vanilla and blend well. Stir in the oats. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then stir in oatmeal mixture and blend well. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Spread the mixture in the greased pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown and center is set. Serve warm with a glass of almond milk!

Thanks to Mountain Rose Inn for this deliciously healthy recipe! Find this recipe and more in your very own BBAV cookbook.

 

By Tara Stoll

Peach & Pecan Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sometimes the hot summer months do not lend themselves to a desire for a rich, hot meal. Rather, you would prefer to delight in something light and fresh to contrast with the heat and humidity of the season. One such recipe can be found in our BBAV cookbook:

Peach & Pecan Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp butter

½ cup pecan pieces

3 cups fresh baby spinach (use a variety of greens, if desired)

2 Tbsp thinly sliced red onion

1 fresh peach, washed and cut into ½-inch cubes

Raspberry Dressing

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1½ tsp minced onion

¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp paprika

½ cup mild olive oil

½ cup raspberry vinegar

Fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)

Directions:

Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add pecans and cook until fragrant and toasted. In a bowl, toss the spinach with red onion, peaches, and toasted pecans. Drizzle with raspberry dressing and serve.

For the raspberry dressing: Blend all dressing ingredients, except raspberries, in a blender. Top salad with raspberries for an extra burst of flavor, if desired.

Thank you to Greenock House Inn for this recipe!

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Cookbook, 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011


The name “bed and breakfast” conjures up many different mental images and most are related to cozy little getaways, luxurious rooms, and smiling innkeepers. But the one overlying image that almost immediately comes to everyone’s mind is the absolutely delicious food.

If you have ever wanted to re-create some of the decadent dishes that you have tried at a B&B, you’re in luck, because the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia has recently released a fantastic cookbook. From Apple Coffee Cake to Cheesy Potatoes, there are various recipes from each inn in the BBAV, instructing you on how to create desserts, main courses, holiday treats, and much, much more.

Each inn is also featured on a page with a brief description about their establishment, so besides being a wonderful culinary treasure, the cookbook serves as a quick guide to Virginia bed and breakfasts and their surrounding areas. As the BBAV website states, “This is not just a cookbook, but a travel companion. Each B & B is unique. Virginia offers historic Colonial homes, country manors, Victorian homes, old train depots, and former plantations. This book will help you discover a Virginia Bed & Breakfast that is perfect for you.”

One final aspect of this cookbook that makes it unique from all others is that many of the recipes are ones that are prepared in advance. Working at a B&B means that you must become an expert in time management, and preparing food ahead of time is often one way to do so. Thus, if you’re throwing a huge holiday party and you don’t have time to prepare food that day, check out our recipes and make them ahead of time!

(And don’t forget that this cookbook would make a wonderful Christmas gift!)

By Tara Stoll