Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Highlands’

Culinary Delights from The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Cookbook

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.

Wedding Venues in Virginia

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Chesapeake Bay

Start your life together by the Chesapeake Bay.

If you’re looking for Wedding Venues in Virginia, you have many options. Virginia is not a large state (it’s the 35th largest in the country), but it is diverse. There are gorgeous mountains, fertile fields, and over 100 miles of coastline. There are remote islands, charming seacoast towns, and grand historic homesteads. Once you’ve both said yes, you’ll need to settle on a wedding venue in Virginia.

If you are drawn to the mountains, consider a wedding in the Blue Ridge Highlands. Hope Springs Farm, in picturesque Floyd County, sits on 100 lovely acres, and Rockwood Manor, 45 minutes west of Roanoke, specializes in weddings and receptions. If you prefer to hear the sound of the surf in the background as you say your vows, host your wedding on the Virginia Eastern Shore; the Bay View Waterfront Bed and Breakfast overlooks Occohannock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The Essex Inn, by the Chesapeake Bay, dates back to 1705 and was one of the first homes on the Tappahannock.

Planning for a wedding is an exciting time, whether you’re the bride, the groom, a member of the family or a good friend. There really is no bad choice of wedding venue in Virginia – the most important thing is the commitment.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
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Wonderful views from the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ride Parkway runs almost the entire length of Virginia. It joins the Skyline Drive just east of Waynesboro, VA, in the Shenandoah Mountains, and it slowly meanders its way for nearly 475 miles to Cherokee, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway is the type of road that requires a leisurely pace. Time slows down on the Blue Ridge Parkway if you let it. The views will take your breath away, whether they span valleys and mountains or reveal a small, almost hidden waterfall. As you travel, plan on staying at a number of Virginia bed and breakfasts near the Blue Ridge Parkway – that way, you’ll have plenty of time to fully enjoy each leg of your journey.

Virginia bed and breakfasts near the Blue Ridge Parkway have much to offer. Aside from being a place to sit and enjoy great views, they are great bases for exploring the area. The innkeepers can be your local insiders – people who know the area well and who can provide priceless travel tips.

Take advantage of your stay by heading out to listen to mountain music; opportunities for this include the Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree, Pickin’ Porch, and several festivals throughout the year. Spend a day or two visiting Blue Ridge Parkway area wineries, sampling wines produced in the fertile valleys. Vow to stop at every antique shop you see.

Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway when flowers are in bloom. the parkway website handily provides a Bloom Schedule, so you’ll know when your favorite trees, flowers and shrubs are at their most beautiful. These times can be ideal for hiking the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ask bed and breakfast Virginia innkeepers about favorite hikes near their inns.

You are sure to enjoy your time traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially if you treat yourself to lodging in Virginia bed and breakfasts.