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International Guests love The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

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International guests staying with us.

International guests staying with us.

We have been fortunate to have hosted guests from around the globe.  Most of our international guests have been from Europe and include people from England, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, but we have also had several from Australia.  Some come to visit the wineries, others to explore the outdoors, but the vast majority come because this area is rich in history to include Appomattox Courthouse, the site where our Civil War ended almost 150 years ago.

It’s interesting to get a different perspective on life in the US from those who are visiting from different countries.  Things that we seldom think about intrigue some of our guests, such as how inexpensive our gas is, how big our cars are, how wide our highways are or the interesting bugs and insects we have.  Of course ever once in a while politics come up or other serious topics.

One thing we have started doing when we have guests from different countries is flying their flag.  Everyone has loved pulling into our driveway and seeing their country’s flag.  Recently the stays of a family from England and a couple from Italy overlapped and we had their two flags flying (above photo).

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Front Porch

Typically we have two American Flags but if you drive by and you see one or more flags from different countries, you know we have international guests staying with us.  When you do see our two American Flags, one is our current flag (it has 50 stars) and the other one is the flag that would have been flown when this home was completed in 1878 (it has 38 stars).

If you will be visiting this this country, or if you are already here, consider booking at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The area is rich in history and there is so much to see and do.  Don’t make the mistake many of our guests do and book a two or three night stay, we can keep you busy for at least a week.  Give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on line.

Zucchini Muffins

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Hot Zucchini Muffins just out of the oven!

Hot Zucchini Muffins just out of the oven!

Zucchini Muffins make a wonderful breakfast treat but they can become a part of lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack.  Yes, we planted one zucchini plant in the garden this year and with a bumper crop of zucchinis we decided that our August recipe needed to use this often overlooked vegetable. The nice thing about zucchini is it really doesn’t taste like anything so you can use it in a variety of dishes and by altering the spices you can dictate how it will taste.

The first step is to grate two cups of zucchini, place it in a colander and it drain for at least an hour.  A zucchini is mostly water and you want to get rid of some of the water.  Just put a bowl  under the colander to collect the water.  We put ours in the refrigerator overnight and let it drain before we made these muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

Directions:

Make sure you have let your grated zucchini drain.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt,nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar.  In a separate bowl combine the oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice.  Mix wet ingredients into dry, then add the nuts and fold in.  Bake in two standard muffin pans that have been sprayed with  a non-stick spray for about 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  This makes 24 muffins.

Of course if you don’t want to go the muffin route, you can always do the traditional zucchini bread.  Following the same instructions above, this recipe will make 2 standard loafs but will need to cook for about an hour.  Alternately, you can make 5 mini loaf pans in about 45 minutes.

Zucchini Muffin

Zucchini Muffin

Every month, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg Virginia posts a recipe on our blog.  We try to use seasonal ingredients or tie the recipe into the time of year.   Please feel free to use these recipes and call them your own.  We enjoy creating new recipes or tweaking old ones.   Most of our recipes are breakfast related, after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Thanks for all the comments you have sent us the past couple of years,

Mike and Kathy

 

 

 

 

Enjoy our front porch

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Welcome to our front porch

Welcome to our front porch

Wow!  Our front porch was just featured in another blog post.  Last week, BnBFinder’s blog post featured properties with rocking chairs and porches.  There was the beach photo at Amelia Island, Florida, the mountains in Sautee Nacoochee, GA , The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast (that’s us!) in historic Lynchburg and the woods of Shepherdstown, WV,  The theme of the blog post was enjoying summer in a rocking chair of a bed and breakfast.  The blog post can be seen at:  www.BnBFinder.com/RockInnPorch.  All the photos were very inviting so if you are looking for a place to escape to this summer, why not try one of these properties!

It is an honor to be placed in the same category as these other great properties.  If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and enjoy our front porch!

 

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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A Breakfast Favorite,  Pumpkin Waffels

A Breakfast Favorite,
Pumpkin Waffles

If you have ever been to a bed and breakfast, then you know breakfast is one of the things that separates us from a hotel.  After all, breakfast is in our name!  Recently The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg was mentioned by the Virginia Travel Corporation (VTC) on their blog post, Everyone Loves Breakfast.  There are over 400 bed and breakfasts in Virginia and to be listed with 9 other great bed and breakfasts is truly an honor.

Since the VTC blog post (click the link above to see that post) mentioned our Pumpkin Waffles I have included a link to that recipe.  We hope you enjoy this recipe and the others on our blog as well as those of our fellow innkeepers.  Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so if you need inspiration please check out the blogs of those listed in the VTC blog.

Lynchburg Museum highlights local aviators.

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Chauncey Spencer,  Lynchburg's Tuskegee Airman

Chauncey Spencer, Lynchburg’s Tuskegee Airman

The Lynchburg Museum will be hosting an exhibit featuring Local Aviation Pioneers for First Friday, August 2,2013.   Lynchburg was the home of many great pioneers, most recently Leland Melvin who was aboard the 24th and 31st space shuttle flights to the International Space Station.   Before Leland made his historic flights the path was paved by other Lynchburg residents including Chauncey Spencer, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Vincent “Squeek” Burnett who is reported to save the B-26 Bomber program during World War II, by training pilots on how to properly fly the plane which had a reputation of crashing.  Other notables include Lieut James Roland Kyle, Jr,  Woody Edmundson, Dan Druen, Lucille Kent and George Loving.

There will be lots of photographs and displays showing the accomplishments of these aviation pioneers.  Additionally Charlie Burnette, who helped found the Virginia State Police helicopter program in 1968, Lawrence Falwell, co-founder of Falwell Aviation and member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, and Jim Rogers, who served in the US Air Force for 20 years and is author of: Planes, Pilots, and Gofer Tales of Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old Preston Glenn Airport will be on hand to answer questions.

The Lynchburg Museum is located at 901 Court Street and will be open free of charge on Friday 2 August from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.  The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions.  For more information, call 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about those from Lynchburg who made aviation history.

Note:  Guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast love to tour this museum.  It is small but it tells a great story about the area and it’s people.  This is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.

Lynchburg, The City of Seven Hills

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IMG_8661.1Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and IMG_8673.1 play, which is one of the reasons we moved here.  But what really sold us on Lynchburg was the home we purchased.  It just has character that you can’t find in a new home.  I was always in love with Victorian architecture and for years we looked for the perfect home.  In 2003 while searching the internet for old homes we found a listing in Lynchburg.  I must admit I had no idea where Lynchburg was or what was there, but we made the road trip and fell in love with the city.  The old buildings that lined the downtown streets, the historic districts full of architecture that today’s builders can’t replicate and the people.sold us on the city. Once we got here we learned about all the historic sites, the outdoor activities, the history, the vineyards and of course I had to learn the hard way about our fabulous medical facilities.  That was 10 years ago and it has been a great 10 years!  We live in the downtown area and it is great to be able to walk to restaurants, plays, the community market and much more.IMG_8722.1

On a recent walk through downtown I had my camera and started taking photos of  the architectural elements on some of the old buildings.  You would be surprised how much there is to see and amazed at the craftsmanship that went into the facades more than 100 years ago.  After walking up and down IMG_8771.1those streets for 10 years I realized that I, like many of us have blinders on and we oftentimes don’t slow down and see or appreciate the surroundings so I thought it would be a great idea to have a scavenger hunt.  This will be an architectural scavenger hunt.  I will provide photos of an architectural element and you will need to let me know by address (or name of the building) where it is.  All photos will be in downtown Lynchburg.  Hopefully this will get you out of your cars and cause you to slow down and enjoy the treasures that survived all these years.  We are going to kick this off the middle of September, hopefully the weather will be nicer and we willIMG_8679.1 announce the grand prize then.  But in the mean time I wanted to give you a taste of what is coming.  As you walk the streets from the riverfront up to Court and Clay Streets you will appreciate why Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills.  Can you name what buildings that are represented in this blog post?

For the purpose of this post, downtown Lynchburg runs from the James River to Clay Street and from 5th Street to 12th Street.  Good luck and happy hunting.

PS  Rome, Italy is also known as the City of Seven Hills.  In case you haven’t figured this out, these photos are of downtown churches.  I thought it would only be appropriate to start with churches.  I would guess that there are more churches in Lynchburg than there are in Rome.