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Breakfast Tortilla Bowl

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Breakfast Tortilla Bowl

Breakfast Tortilla Bowl

Our Breakfast Tortilla Bowl is an easy twist on eggs and sausage..  The dish featured each month is something we have served to our guests at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  The featured monthly recipe uses ingredients that are fresh and in season that month, are reminiscent of the season or celebrate a holiday that is celebrated that month.  This year, as last, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the B & B when we serve breakfast on Thursday, May 5th.

Our Cinco de Mayo entré this year is a Breakfast Tortilla Bowl.

We make the tortilla breakfast bowl using a special tortilla baking pan.  The shape of the pan is fluted, allowing you to place a 6 or 9-inch tortilla inside.  Pressing the tortilla to conform with the shape of the pan results in a fluted bowl.  We have used both flour and corn tortillas.  If using corn tortillas this recipe can be gluten-free.

The tortilla bowl can be filled with any breakfast items you like.  We brown sausage, onions, and peppers.  We then make scrambled eggs, which are added to the meat mixture when they are almost set.  To the egg-sausage mixture we add black beans, roasted kernel corn and shredded cheese.  Once combined we place the mixture into the tortilla bowl and top with a bit more cheese. The plate is dressed with sliced mango and avocado, along with some sliced tomatoes (for a bit more color).  We serve this dish with a side of sour cream and salsa plus hot sauce.

Tortilla Salad

Tortilla Salad

Since we are serving this for breakfast we have adjusted the ingredients toward breakfast foods.  I have made the tortilla bowls and filled them with taco salad fixings, shrimp (above) or chicken salad, or any other ingredients you think go well with tortillas.  Use your creativity.  And happy Cinco de Mayo!  Olé!

 

Antique Rose Festival

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Antique Rose

Mme Isaac Perriere Introduced: 1881 Class: Bourbon

Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, is hosting the 21st Annual Antique Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016.

The Antique Rose collection was planted in 1986 on both sides of the 800 foot remains of the 1860’s old brick wall.  The 60 varieties planted here are representative of rose history from before 1581 thrrought the 19th century.  The roses chosen include the full range of classes and colors exhibited by these ancestors of modern day roses.  The original plants were gathered from across the United States and Canada, including local gardens.

Antique Rose

Jessica’s Rose early 20th century

The “mother roses” have been grown locally.  They are cut and rooted by local volunteers, who take care of them throughout the year.  These cuttings, showcasing about 120 varieties of roses this year, will be for sale on both May 7 & 8.  Prices will be dependent upon the size of the rose plant.  Old City Cemetery is also selling some perennial off-shoots this year.  Some of the perennials will be clematis, snowball, deutzia and rosemary plants.

The roses and perennials will be sold starting on Friday, May 6th at 5:00 pm.  The sales continue until Sunday, May 8th at 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 8th at 3:00 the Mother’s Day Rose Walk will take place.  This walking tour of the roses growing along the brick wall will describe and explain the history of these roses.  Some will be in bloom, while others will be in bud.  The walking tour should delight your senses!

For more information you can contact Old City Cemetery at 434.847.1465 or visit www.gravegarden.org.

The pictures of the roses, found in this blog post, were taken by Mike Bedsworth during last year’s rose festival.

Historic Garden Week 2016

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Garden Week

Flowers at The Carriage House Inn by Mike Bedsworth

The Garden Club of Virginia is proud to welcome you to Historic Garden Week, April 23-30, 2016. This year 30 tours have been organized and hosted by 47 Garden Club of Virginia member clubs.  Nearly 250 private homes, gardens and historic sites will be open throughout the state.  You might tour just the homes and gardens in your town, a nearby town or you might travel across the state touring various areas and locales to explore more of Virginia.

Garden Day

Flowers at The Carriage House Inn by Michael Bedsworth

Garden Day in Lynchburg, VA., hosted by the Lynchburg Garden Club and Hillside Garden Club, will be held on Tuesday, April 26 between 10 until 6.  This year’s tour, a walking tour, will highlight five private homes located on or just off of Peakland Place, in the Boonsboro section of Lynchburg. The houses, all built in the 1920’s and 1930’s and their gardens vary in size and formality.  Some of the homes have had extensive renovations or restoration work done.  Others are virtually unchanged from their original grandeur.  The gardens are also varied, some have had years of history while others are in their infancy.

Garden Week

Flowers at The Carriage House Inn by Michael Bedsworth

In addition to touring the homes and gardens five special activities, lectures and demonstrations will be taking place along Peakland Place.  Between 10 until 2 a lecture on the variety and care of hybrid boxwoods will take place at 3908 Peakland Place.  At 11 and again at noon a lecture on growing grapes will be held at 3890 Peakland Place.  Growing, harvesting and using lavender will be discussed at 3850 Peakland Place at 1 and again at 2.  3840 Peakland Place will host two lectures about raising bees, at 3 and at 4.  Between 11 until 4 Blenheim Vineyard will host a wine tasting at Oakwood Country Club.

Garden Day

Flowers at The Carriage House Inn by Michael Bedsworth

Local food trucks will be parked along Peakland Place to serve you sweets or savories throughout the day.

In addition to the homes and gardens along Peakland Place various historic sites will be open to those who have purchased a Garden Day tour ticket.  These include Anne Spencer House and Garden, Miller-Claytor House and Garden, Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Sweet Briar House and Garden and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

Tour tickets can be purchased at various locations throughout Lynchburg prior to the 26th or at Oakwood Country Club on the day of the tour.  Full tour tickets are $30, single site tickets are $10 and tickets purchased in advance are $25.

The photos were taken here, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast over the past couple of years.  Enjoy!

Plein Air Painting (Paint Out)

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Old City Cemetery

Dayspring at Old City Cemetery by Annette Kinsey

The Lynchburg Art Club is hosting their first annual “Paint Out Lynchburg” starting on Friday, April 29 and ending Sunday, May 1, 2016.

What is a “Paint Out?”  This “open air” painting festival is reminiscent of late 19th century French Impressionist painters, such as Monet and Manet, combining their love of nature and creativity when painting out of doors.

Downtown Lynchburg and its historic districts are known for its architecture, gardens, the James River and more.  You set up your easel and paints and become inspired by our unique city.  Using acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolors you will be able to paint at Old City Cemetery, in downtown Lynchburg and at Point of Honor.

Paint Out

Lynchburg College Chapel by Ranny Aultice

Old City Cemetery has 27 acres in which you can set up on Friday, April 29th.  Ancient trees, antique roses (which should be blooming!), various gardens, a fish pond and five historic museums provide many painting options.

Downtown Lynchburg will host the painters on Saturday, April 30th.  Paint the Academy Theatre, The Allied Arts Building, The Krise Building, any of the tobacco warehouses that now are loft apartments or even the Texas Inn.

On Sunday, May 1st Point of Honor will offer the painters panoramic views of downtown and the James River or the historic mansion and cooking kitchen,

In addition to you painting there will be demonstrations, a quick paint competition and a juried art show that will showcase the paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts between May 6th and May 22, 2016,  More than $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Registration is now open.  You may select a 3 day package or an individual day of painting.  A three day painting package is $40.  Day painting fees are as follows: Friday $15, Saturday $15 and Sunday $10.  Checks should be made out to the Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24504.  For more information contact the Lynchburg Art Club at 434.528.9434.

The above images in this blog are by members of the Lynchburg Art Club, but you don’t have to be a member to participate in the Paint Out.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 2-night minimum, and we will provide you with a boxed lunch on Saturday.  Call us at 434.846.1388 to select your room and make your reservation.  Or come stay with us during the gallery exhibit and enjoy all of the paintings completed during this three day event.

 

Amherst County Mill Tour

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Brightwell Mill

The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society will be hosting a tour of various mills and mill sites found in Amherst County, VA.  Wear comfortable shoes as there will be hiking to some of the mill sites.

The Mill Tour will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  A car pool group will meet at the Amherst County Museum (154 South Main Street) at 9:00, sharp.  The tour is being led by Chris Anderson, known as “Mr. Mills”.  Mill sites will include Amherst Mill–the only continuously operating mill in Central Virginia, two Campbell Mills, Pedlar Mill, Valley View Mill, Myers Mill, the Miller’s House and Stapleton Mill.  Some of these mill sites are standing, others are in ruins.  The tour will conclude about 1:00.  Bring a bagged lunch, snack and a drink to eat in the car while traveling between mills.

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Amherst Milling Company, one of the stops on the Mill Tour

To get on the tour list please call the Amherst Museum, 434.946.9068.  In the event of rain, the Mill Tour will take place on April 16th.

“The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County, VA.”  The society conducts lectures, tours, exhibits, workshops  and more throughout the year.  To join the society  call the museum 434.946.9068 or visit their website www.amherstcountymuseum.org.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for 2-or more nights, the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2016 and we will provide you your bagged lunch.  Call us 434,846.1388 to discuss room availability and rates.

The J 611 Rides Again!

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Ride the 611 Photo by Casey Thomason, Norfolk Southern Corporation

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is pleased to announce that the Norfolk & Western J 611 steam passenger locomotive will have another run.

The powerful and sleek Class J passenger locomotives were designed and built in Roanoke, VA in 1950 by the Norfolk & Western Railway.  They were known as the finest steam passenger locomotives in the world.

The first trip in 2016 will be hosted by the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  Using the Norfolk Southern rails it will run on Saturday, April 9 from Spencer, NC to Lynchburg, VA and return, on The Virginian.

On May 7 and 8 the 611, The Powhatan Arrow, will return to Roanoke to run half-day excursions from Roanoke to Lynchburg and back, following the Blue Ridge grade.

Seating options on all of the excursions include coach, first class and dome cars.  A dining car and observation car will also be available.

Last year, June 14, 2015, we traveled on the 611 between Lynchburg and Petersburg (see blog post dated June 1, 2015.)  The train ride was something to experience along with the scenery between the two stops.  Last year all seats sold out in record time, so if you’re interested in this unique train trip make your reservation early.

For more information contact the Virginia Museum of Transportation at 540.342.5670 or click here for the schedule and costs.  It’s a mode of travel like none other.