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Appomattox Courthouse Sesquicentennial

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Appomattox Court House

Appomattox Court House (reproduction)

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, between April 8 to 12, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and throughout Appomattox, Virginia.

Beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 8 and ending at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015 a variety of special programs, lectures, activities and events will be held at the National Park and at various locations within the town and county of Appomattox, Virginia.

A real-time program featured on Wednesday the 8th, starting at 3:30 until7:30, will include a lecture and presentation on the Battle.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Park between 11:00-12:30 on Thursday, the 9th.  Between 2:00-3:00 Lee will surrender to Grant at the McLean House within the National Park grounds.  Lee will leave the McLean House between 3:00-3:30, another real-time event.

On Friday, the 10th, Lee and Grant will meet, the Commissioner’s Meeting will be re-enacted, the Confederate Cavalry will surrender and the first Stacking of Arms will take place.  Friday evening, starting at 6:30, a special program the “Footsteps to Freedom” Memorial Ceremony (accompanied by spiritual music) will take place within the National Park.  4500 luminaries will be arranged along a country road to symbolize the slaves living in or near Appomattox when the war ended.

Saturday, the 11th and Sunday the 12th have various lectures, events and programs, held at numerous sites within the National Park, the City of Appomattox or the Museum of the Confederacy.  The last Stacking of Arms Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 1:00.

Directions, times, locations and more information can be found at the following websites.

  •     www.appomattox1865foundation.org
  •      www.nps.gov/apco
  •      www.appomattox150th.com

Complimentary shuttle buses will run throughout the day between Lynchburg and Appomattox.  Parking will be extremely limited.  Separate shuttle buses will take you to the Sesquicentennial venues in the National Park and Appomattox.  Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn will be able to walk to one of the shuttle bus stops to Appomattox Court House.

 

Marmalade Panini

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Marmalade panini recipe

Marmalade Panini

We had guests from England and they mentioned marmalade was a staple of an English breakfast.  Not wanting to put some toast on their plate with a dish of marmalade we decided to turn bread/toast and marmalade from a side dish to the entree.  We created a marmalade french toast and a marmalade panini (The only difference is the marmalade panini was cooked in a panini maker and the french toast on a griddle).  Personally, I think the marmalade panini is a little more unique (being served a breakfast panini is a little more unique than french toast).  Taste wise, they are identical.  If you don’t have a panini maker then make french toast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz. container whipped cream cheese
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 3/4 cup marmalade
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup marmalade
  • 12/ cup maple syrup

Directions:

Spread cream cheese over six slices of bread.  Spread a generous amount of marmalade  on remaining  six pieces of bread and combine the two slices of bread (one with cream cheese and one with marmalade)  In shallow bowl, whisk eggs, cream and orange zest.

Lightly grease Panini pan, heated to medium.  Dip both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture.  Place sandwiches onto Panini pan; cook 4-6 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt marmalade in small saucepan, add maple syrup, stir to combine.  Pour over sandwiches when serving.

Makes 6 servings.

bed and breakfast recipe for marmalade french toast

Marmalade French Toast

Our English guest loved our twist on toast and marmalade and so will you!  Our marmalade panini is a quick and easy to make.  You can add a side of bacon or sausage to make this meal complete!

For more recipes from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast check out our recipe page on our website.  If you would rather have someone else do the cooking (and clean-up) give us a call at 434-846-1388 to book your reservation or you can book on-line.

dish small plates and wine bar

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Dish

Dish Restaurant, Downtown Lynchbueg

Dish small plates and wine bar is one of downtown Lynchburg’s delicious, fun and unique dining establishments.  With cozy seating for only 32 patrons, the dining tables and stools at the bar keep you in the right in the middle of it all.  The owner-operated staff promises a great meal plus camaraderie and relaxation.

By choosing local and organic ingredients, whenever possible, dish features the finest food and beverages that are offered from many cultures around the world.  You might choose to explore diverse foods and experience something new, or stick with a familiar ingredient prepared in a new way.  The menu is designed for sharing.  Order a variety of small plates to share or to be combined as a complete meal.  Featured entrees are offered each day, found on the chalkboard.  Combine them with a selection of side dishes to design the meal you’d like.  The desserts offered are all house-made pies served ala mode of on their own.

The menu is divided into two main sections.  Small Plates features salads, soups, mussels, littleneck clams, tamales, meatballs, Thai beef, jerk chicken, spring rolls and oftentimes duck (which gets rave reviews from all of our guests who try it).  A separate Cheese menu is offered that features cheese made in Lynchburg and other towns in Virginia, Vermont, Iowa, Spain, Italy, and France.  Pair the small plates or cheeses with a great wine or beer and you’ll be satiated until morning.

Located at 1120 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA.  As the restaurant is small and cozy reservations are always recommended, 434.528.0070.  Serving dinner Monday 5:30-9:00, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00-9:30, and Friday & Saturday, 5:00-10:00.  The bar is often open later on Friday & Saturday nights.

Cold Weather Hiking

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Cold Weather Hiking

Cold weather hiking

Each season in the Lynchburg, VA area offers something unique to hikers & walkers.  Spring offers brilliant colors breaking through after the cold winter, summer offers lush greenery, fall offers a beautiful show as leaves start to change and winter-early spring offers magical things. But in the winter we have some marvelous ice sculptures for those who are hearty  enough to do some cold weather hiking.  Since spring is almost here these cold weather hiking features will soon be disappearing.

Trees are vacant of leaves allowing your eyes to see views hidden when the leaves are present.  One of winter’s most dazzling works of art, and perhaps it’s most spectacular, is ice.  Small formations crunch underneath your feet as you gain elevation, when hiking in the mountains.  Mossy boulders and rock formations grow “teeth” as their summer drips are frozen in time.

Silent scenes present themselves throughout most late winter-early spring hikes.  Look up and you may catch the silent flight of an owl or hawk.  Walk through bare trees and imagine them as the remnants of buildings in a town long lost.  Silence can be empowering, relaxing and rejuvenating.  Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computers, phones and other hand-held devices and just enjoy being.

Lynchburg has a hidden treasure in it’s hiking trail system.  The trails of Blackwater Creek offer a variety of landscapes, water views, wildlife and space to reflect, see ice sculptures post 1/6/15.  Just north of Lynchbrug is Crabtree Falls.  We posted about Crabtree Falls on 7/17/12, a strenuous hike any time of the year, winter offers special sites, sounds and things to experience.  High Bridge State Park in Farmville, posted 9/11/12, follows an old railroad bed so is relatively flat.  Walk to the bridge and be treated to the seemingly endless views in every direction.  For those true hikers that want a bit more of a challenge Falling Water Cascades Loop, posted 8/28/13, Flat Top Mountain and Sharp Top, in the Peaks of Otter just outside of Bedford, will challenge you and charm you at the same time.

When done hiking return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We’ll have hot coffee or cocoa waiting for you along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  And if you have hiked especially strenuously we can serve you our signature Peppermint Pattie Hot Cocoa, it’ll warm you up inside and out!  Our on-site massage and BodyWorks Studio offers a variety of massages, so tired and sore muscles should not be an issue after an invigorating day.  Don’t delay, book your room now for the last of our cold weather hikes or get here in time to see the beauty of spring happen.

March Massage Madness

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Enjoy a free Swedish massage during our March Massage Madness Special

March Massage Madness

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is offering one free Swedish Massage in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio with every 2-night stay during the month of March during our March Massage Madness month..  Take time to explore all that Lynchburg has to offer: hiking/biking the Blackwater Creek Trail, historic sites & museums, wineries & wine tastings or antiquing.  Enjoy our delicious downtown restaurants.  Take time to relax and reconnect.  You will rest well in our comfortable rooms with sumptuous amenities, enjoy our legendary 4-course breakfast each morning and enjoy your time away together.

Visit our website at, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room then call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation and massage appointment.  You must mention this March Massage Madness package when making your reservation, At least 48 hours in advance of your arrival is required to schedule your massage.

Cost of package is based upon room selected for 2 nights plus applicable taxes and service fees.  Gratuities are not included.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials.  This is for new reservations made between February 24, 2015 and March 29, 2015.  Sorry gift cards cannot be used to pay for the cost of the room with this special.

This March Massage Madness Special has been popular in previous years so book early and don’t forget to mention this March Madness Special.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Lobster mac and cheese recipe

Enjoy our Lobster Mac and Cheese dish

This decadent lobster mac and cheese was prepared when we had a group of friends stay with us and we wanted something that was special.  Mac and cheese is one of those comfort foods that everyone loves but when you add lobster and Gruyere cheese to the recipe you have elevated this dish to a new level.  Add a salad and a bottle of wine (OK, lots of bottles of wine), a group of friends and you have an evening of great food, conversation and friendship.  Lobster mac and cheese is also a great dish to serve if it just the two of you, maybe for Valentine’s Day, but cut the recipe or you will be eating this everyday for the next week or so.  Enjoy! Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups. Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 cups extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook elbow macaroni in a pot of salted, boiling water according to package directions, about 6-8 minutes.  Drain well. Heat milk in a small saucepan (DO NOT boil it).  In a large pot melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add flour.  Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk.  Still whisking, stream the hot milk into the butter and flour mixture, cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened and smooth.  Remove from the heat, add Gruyere cheese, Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Add the cooked macaroni and lobster.  Mix well.  Place in 13×9 baking dish or 8-12 individual gratin dishes (depending on the size of the dishes) that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Melt the remaining butter.  Combine with panko bread crumbs and sprinkle on top of macaroni.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and macaroni is browned on top.  Let it set for about 5 minutes then serve hot. Serves 10+ Once a month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe on its blog and then it gets added to our recipe page on our website.  The recipe page is the single best place to go to for a list of all of our recipes and is organized by category.  We hope you enjoy our lobster mac and cheese as much as our friends did.  If you are looking for a place to re-connect with your friends or if you want a girls-get away weekend we are the perfect spot to gather.  Call us at 434-846-1388 to schedule your get away.