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Ghost Walk–Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Virginia

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Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

October 22, 23 & 24, 2015, in the Garland Hill Historic District of Lynchburg, VA, the annual Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Walk will take place.  Each year the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and one of Lynchburg’s historic districts collaborate to present a Ghost Walk.  Guides, dressed in period costumes, will escort you through Garland Hill and relate stories of various ghost sightings and happenings in many of the fine historic homes found in Garland Hill.

The first ghost walk tour begins at 6:30 PM each evening, with several more tours offered each evening in about 20 minute intervals.  Tickets go on sale at 6:00 PM each evening in Garland Hill, right off of 5th Street (look for the signs) at 300 Harrison Street.  Tickets cost $10.00 per person and can be purchased the evening you wish to take the walking tour or, for groups of 10 or more, in advance through the Historical Foundation.  The Ghost Walk covers uneven ground, at dusk or in the dark, so bring along a flashlight.  There are no rain dates.

Garland Hill is one of Lynchburg’s more distinctive and well-preserved historic neighborhoods.  Much of the land that comprises Garland Hill was originally part of the farm owned by John Lynch.  Garland Hill was fully incorporated into the city in 1870.  During the mid-19th century, the area was so populated with Garland family members that the hill took the family name.  Madison Street was among the first residential streets in the city to be paved in brick in 1895 (along with Court Street and Cabell Street–where The Carriage House Inn Bed & breakfast is located).  Much of the original curbing, as well as flagstone and brick walks, along with original brick paving remain.

There are 70 structures and approximately 15 outbuildings, including carriage houses, in Garland Hill.  Garland Hill contains the largest percentage of Queen Anne style homes in Lynchburg.  Greek Revival and Classical Revival make up the remaining majority of house styles.  Original lots were an entire block in size.

Garland Hill was designated a Lynchburg Historic District in 1978 and is listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apple Spice Bread

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Enjoy our apple spice bread.

Enjoy our apple spice bread.

September and October in Lynchburg and Central Virginia means apples.  Lots of apples.  Just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Amherst County, are several large orchards.  They sell fresh fruits and produce during the growing seasons and their apples in late August until mid-October are fabulous.  You can even pick them yourself, if you are willing and they make a fabulous  apple spice bread.

We serve this Apple Spice Bread as our fourth breakfast course, during September, when we have served a savory entrée.  Yes, you read correctly, we serve a four course for breakfast each morning.  Generally we start with a Smoothie Shot, then a Taste of Yogurt topped with fresh fruit, followed by the Entrée and accompaniments.  The last course is something sweet, or dessert-like.  Our Apple Spiced Bread certainly hits our fourth course note.

If you don’t live near an orchard or farmer’s market then you can purchase apples at the supermarket, but if you want the total experience of picking the apples and then baking them this is a great area to get that experience!  Below is a list of near by orchards in the event you want to plan your stay here with a stop at one of our orchards.

Ingredients for Apple Spice Bread:

Apple Spice Bread

Apple Spice Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (corn or canola)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnut)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 nut halves (pecan or walnut)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with waxed or parchment paper.

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of the sugar with the oil; add eggs and vanilla.  Stir in apples, raisins and nuts; add flour mixture, stir until mixed.

Pour batter into pan and level the top.  Bake 20 minutes.

Remove gently from the oven and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar onto the top, press the nut halves down the center of the bread.  Return to oven, bake an additional 30-40 minutes (or until tester comes out clean).  Turn onto a rack to cool.

Makes 1 loaf.

Wow, this smells great!

Wow, this smells great!

This bread freezes well and makes a delightful addition to a bagged lunch.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Remember, you can always request a dish you have read about on our blog to be served anytime you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  As long as we can get the ingredients we are happy to make your breakfast dreams come true.

Near by Orchards.  Please click on each orchard to get their hours of operation as well as directions.

Rebec Vineyards

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Welcome to Rebec Vineyards

Welcome to Rebec Vineyards

Just north of Lynchburg, VA, in Amherst County, is Rebec Vineyards.  A 70 acre estate covering rolling hills, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, growing European varieties of grapes the plantings were started in 1980.

By 1987 the wine produced began selling under the Rebec label.  What is a rebec?  A medieval stringed instrument, a forerunner of the modern violin.  The rebec represents the owners commitment to old-world craftsmanship in winemaking.

The winery and tasting room is built from rich weathered chestnut siding and exposed beams from a 200-year old barn, which was once part of the historic farm.

Rebec Vineyard's Tasting room made from reclaimed lumber from property.

Rebec Vineyard’s Tasting room made from reclaimed lumber from property.

Visitors can enjoy 16-18 wines, depending on the season.  Rebec says it has a “wine for everyone”.  Wines range from the usual Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Riesling to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.  In addition you might try their Sweet Briar Rose, a semi-sweet blush, Autumn Glow, which combines Riesling and reds or their niche herb-infused wine called Sweet Sofia.  All will tempt your palate  to take some home with you.

Rebec Vineyards has a wine for everyone!

Rebec Vineyards has a wine for everyone!

Rebec wines can be purchased at the winery, while attending festivals and at local restaurants and retail stores.  Rebec has a wine club which allows you to automatically receive wine four times each year.  The club offers selections under the following categories: Rebec select, Rebec White, Rebec Red and Rebec Sweet.  The tasting room is open everyday between 10:00-5:00.  Call 434.907.1859 to confirm hours or to get particulars about their wine club.

Let's make some wine!

Let’s make some wine!

Rebec Vineyards is perhaps best known as the host of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival.  Held the second full weekend each October, this year October 10 & 11, the festival is always much fun.  9 wineries, 5 garlic growers, 35 artists and crafters, 21 specialty food vendors, live music and lots of crazy people will be found at the festival this year.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least 2 nights, during the festival, and your one-day tasting tickets will be complimentary.  Prices start at $239 per night.  Call 434.846.1388 to book your stay and festival.  Booking must be made at least 48 hours in advance.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Rebec Vineyards is located just off RT 29 about 30 minutes from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Guests traveling towards Richmond, Charlottesville, DC and points beyond will pass them on their way to Lynchburg!  Stop in and pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy on our front porch or patio.

Remember to drink and drive responsibly. Hope to see you soon!

 

Golden Gazpacho

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Cool and refreshing Golden Gazpacho

Cool and refreshing Golden Gazpacho

As the dog days of summer are alive and well in Central Virginia we are celebrating the end of season’s heirloom tomatoes this month in our monthly recipe post.  As most of you know we post a recipe monthly.  Usually the recipe is something we have served at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This month, although our guests would probably love this, we didn’t feel it fit into a breakfast menu, but we’re sharing with you anyway because it is delicious!

Recipe hints:

  1. For the best color and flavor be sure and purchase the freshest and most colorful heirloom tomatoes.  We used dark orange tomatoes, but you can use whatever you find at your local farmer’s market.  The most colorful golden yellow squash is also recommended.
  2. To make this recipe takes only about 15 minutes.  Remember though that you need at least 2 hours to chill the soup in the refrigerator.

Enjoy this refreshing bowl of cold soup and beat the heat!

The ingredients for Golden Gazpacho

The ingredients for Golden Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds yellow heirloom tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash (6 ounces), halved lengthwise and thickly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into large chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice, fresh or canned
  • 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small red heirloom tomato

In a food processor or blender, working in batches, combine yellow tomatoes, onion, squash, bell pepper, garlic, carrot juice, vinegar and oil.  Pulse until finely pureed.  Season with salt.  Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.

At serving time, halve, pit and dice avocado.  Core and dice red tomato.  Serve soup in chilled bowls topped with avocado and tomato.

 

Federal Hill Historic District Tour of Homes

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1121 Harrison Street will be open for the tour of homes

1121 Harrison Street will be open for the tour of homes

The Lynchburg Historic Foundation Annual Tour of Homes will take place Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 1:00-4:30 PM.  The tour this year will be in the Federal Hill Historic District.

Tour of Homes will be in the Federal Hill Historic District

Tour of Homes will be in the Federal Hill Historic District

Federal Hill was Lynchburg, Virginia’s first residential suburb.  Annexed in 1852 many of the district’s earliest houses were built in the 1820’s.  Federal Hill developed slowly.  This slow development allowed it to consist of a variety of architectural styles.  You will find Federal, French Second Empire, Georgian Revival and Queen Anne styles.  Areas at opposite ends of Federal Street make-up distinctive sub-districts, owing to topography.

Federal Hill is one of the smallest and most compact historic districts in Lynchburg.  67 structures plus 25 outbuildings comprise the district.  Frame vernacular dwellings make up the majority of the structures.  25% of the dwellings are brick.  85% of the homes have some type of front porch.  Federal Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

1115 Federal Street will be open for the tour of homes

1115 Federal Street will be open for the tour of homes

There will be four homes open to tour on the 27th:

1121 Harrison Street, built in 1876.  This brick, French Second Empire sits high on a hill with excellent views of downtown Lynchburg.  Designed by Robert Burkholder it has its original Mansard roof, built of Virginia slate.

1014 Harrison Street, built in 1878.  A unique turret is one of the special features of this brick home.  Also designed by Robert Burkholder it was built for a prominet tobacconist.

1115 Federal Street, built in 1890.  This home was also built by a tobacconist in a transition between a Queen Anne and First Colonial revival style.

1012 Federal Street, built in 1910.  This frame home overlooks downtown Lynchburg from it’s large deck.  This Colonial Revival has kept many of its original fixtures and all of its character.

Tickets for the tour are $20.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, lynchburgtickets.com or by calling the Historic Foundation Office at 434.528.5353.  The annual tour is always a huge success for the Historic Foundation and serves as it’s major fund raiser.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and we’ll let you enjoy our historic home.  Call 434.846.1388 to discuss package details.  We look forward to welcoming you to Lynchburg.

 

Saunders Brothers turns 100!

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Fresh tomatoes at Saunder's Brothers

Fresh tomatoes at Saunders Brothers

Just north of Lynchburg, VA, in Piney River, you will find Saunders Brothers.  Saunders Brothers is an orchard, a farm market, a flower and vegetable farm, a bakery, a retail store for plants and shrubs, cattle farm plus so much more.

We visited 10 days ago when they were having their baking contest.  The pies, cakes, breads and other goodies sure did look good.  Mike wanted to know how he could be a judge!

Apples and Peaches are ripe at Saunders Brothers

Apples and Peaches are ripe at Saunders Brothers

Starting in 1915 five of the Saunders brothers formed a partnership to develop Saunders Brothers. Originally they grew apples, lots of apples, most of which were shipped overseas in three-bushel barrels.  During World War II peaches became very popular so Saunders Brothers stared selling peaches, at $3.66 a bushel.  In 1947 they began selling boxwoods, from plants propagated by Paul, one of the brothers.  Between 1967 to 1999 they maintained a registered herd of Angus heifers and bulls.  Today they sell steaks, roasts, hamburger and other cuts.  All are free of hormones and antibiotics.

The farm market sells almost everything you can imagine.  In season you will find several varieties of apples, many varieties of peaches, asian pears, fabulously fresh vegetables, hand-made pies and breads (oftentimes using the freshest of fruits available), jams, jellies and flavored butters, ciders, salsas, local honey, relishes, pickles, barbeque sauces and locally made ice cream.  Just outside the farm market are annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and the infamous boxwoods.

You won't go away empty handed at Saunders Brothers.

You won’t go away empty handed at Saunders Brothers.

Saunders Brothers is open Monday through Saturday, between 9:00-5:00, starting about May 10th and remain open until December 21st.  Their phone number is 434.277.5455 if you have questions. Directions to Saunders Brothers, plus a current listing of what they are selling, can be found on their website www.saundersbrothers.com.  Their address is 2717 Tye Brook Highway in Piney River.

When staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we oftentimes use their fresh fruits and vegetables when preparing our 4-course breakfasts.  In season we use their apples and peaches when making various pancake, waffle or French toast recipes.  And their vegetables make the best side dishes to our savory main courses.  If you stop by the farm market on your way to stay with us we may even cook you something fresh from the farm!