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Blue Ridge Country editorial mention

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is proud to announce we have been mentioned in the October issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine!

The featured article this month is “50 Great Things to Do and See this Fall.  Starting in North Carolina and working their way through the eight states highlighted each month that make up Blue Ridge Country (Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and of course, Virginia) a treasure trove of suggestions are included.  Beyond viewing leaves and luscious fall colors there are peaks to climb, rivers to forge or float, wine trails to taste, farms to purchase fresh produce or cheese, trails to hike or bike, campgrounds and parks to explore, relaxing places to stay and delicious places to eat.  As promised, 50 things to see, do or experience all within a drive from where you live.

Suggestion number 13  is “Learn More.”  The Anne Spencer House & Garden is suggested.  Isabella’s Italian Trattoria is recommended for dinner.  And, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is suggested as a “romantic, historic inn walking distance from downtown.”

What are you waiting for?  Get your copy of the most recent issue, decide where you would like to travel to this fall and make your plans.  If you’re lucky enough to live in Lynchburg you don’t even need to travel.  Why not plan a vacation without leaving Lynchburg?  Check in to our magnificently restored mansion, indulge in our 4-course breakfast each morning, take the time to explore all that Lynchburg has to offer (arts, trails, museums, wineries, outdoor activities) and spend some time, quality time, with your loved one.

Call us 434.846.1388.  We have a variety of packages and specials offered this fall.  We’re looking forward to seeing you enjoy Lynchburg and the surrounding counties.  Don’t delay, rooms are booking up!

Christ Episcopal Church-215 Cabell Street

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Christ Episcopal Church, Lynchburg Virginia

Interior of Christ Episcopal Church today

This post is a continuation of posts about the homes/businesses that were built in Daniels Hill during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1870 as one of four satellite chapels to serve Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.  Built in a simple Gothic style, the arched windows of the former nave and chancel are still visible.  The building has a stepped gable roof of standing seam metal and brick siding (5-course American bond) with a brick and stone foundation.  According to insurance maps a two-story brick tower stood on the front of the building and a small one-story wing was on the rear, neither of which are present today.

By 1898 its use as a church was abandoned and it was no longer used as a place of worship.  In 1900, the property came into possession of William H. Baldcock, a grocer; and the firm of Baldcock & Thornhill, Grocers occupied the building.  In 1902 a two-story storefront, that is on the building today, was constructed.

In 1913 Baldcock sold the property to Macie White, wife of grocer James White.  The structure continued to serve as a grocery store until sometime between 1920 and 1925 when it became the Cabell Street mission for the Salvation Army.

In 1950 the Standard Notion Company began using the structure as a warehouse.  In 1954 Macie White left the property to her daughter, Estelle White McDaniel.

Christ Episcopal Church

View of Christ Episcopal Church interior from balcony.

The McDaniels continued to operate the Standard Notion Company through 1960.  Then, after years of neglect the current owner’s purchased the building.  They contemplated converting it to a residence but later decided to finish the space into an event venue for smallish (50-70) events such as weddings, showers, corporate events, etc.  The brick balcony on the front of the building and iron staircase were added by the current owners.  They installed new hardwood flooring and cleaned up the walls leaving the exposed brick and the remains of some of the old plaster. Work on the project has stalled but the hopes are that it will soon be operational and that once again people will be able to use and enjoy what was once Christ Episcopal Church.

Christ Episcopal Church is just one block from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so if you are in need of a larger event space than we can hanlde let us know and we will see if this venue is available.  Of course we would be happy to address your overnight needs.

 

Chilled Peach Soup

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Peach Soup at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg

Chilled Peach Soup, a summertime favorite

The peaches this summer are fresh and ready for picking at the farms just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast or at the Lynchburg Community Market.  If possible we like to use local, fresh fruits and vegetables, when preparing our 4-course legendary breakfasts.  We serve our Chilled Peach Soup as our fruit course.  During the warmer summer months, having a bowl of our chilled peach soup is very refreshing.  The recipe for our chilled peach soup couldn’t be any easier (its only 4 ingredients!), so go to your local farmer’s market or fruit stand by the road, get some peaches and enjoy this refreshing soup–for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender.  Blend for approximately 1 minute, or until well combined and smooth.  If mixture seems too thick add a bit more orange juice.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh mint leaf or a sprinkling of nutmeg.  You can substitute plain yogurt for Greek yogurt to make it a little more healthy.

Peach Smoothie–A bonus recipe:

For a great twist, our chilled peach soup can become a great smoothie.  After peeling and removing he pit, slice the peaches into 6-8 pieces and place in the freezer for an hour or more.  Using the ingredients and directions above, blend until smooth, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy.  This is especially great on those hot summer afternoons.  It is also a great way to get fruit into your diet, and who doesn’t love a good smoothie!

Unfortunately, not everyone lives near a farm or farmer’s market.  While we have never used frozen peaches for chilled peach soup, I don’t see any reason that wouldn’t work.  At the local big box store you can purchase a bag of frozen peaches at a reasonable price.  To make the soup thaw the peaches for 20-30 minutes and follow the instructions above.  I wouldn’t recommend using canned peaches because of all the sugar that is added in the canning process and any leaching of chemicals from the can..

Serves 2.

To aid our customers, we publish our recipes in our blog and then we move them to our bed and breakfast recipe page on our web site.  Just click the link and you have access to dozens of recipes that are separated by categories.

Jefferson Heritage Trail

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Map of the Jefferson Heritage Trail

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Map

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is proud to announce it’s affiliation with the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is a group of businesses, museums and attractions along the Route 29 South corridor between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.  Thomas Jefferson lived and traveled between Monticello and his retreat, Poplar Forest.  The Jefferson Heritage Trail honors his legacy while introducing both locals and visitors to Virginia to various experiences in this region.  Explore wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, museums, attractions,  bed and breakfasts and restaurants.  Learn about regional music, art, theater, history, nature and events.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Coupon Book is now available at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, free of charge to our guests that request the book. Valued at more than $500, the Coupon Book offers specials at most of the members of the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are offering a Tuesdays are FREE! special.  Stay three (3) consecutive nights, one of them being a Tuesday and Tuesday is FREE.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling 434.846.1388.  You must mention this coupon when making your reservation.  Coupon cannot be combined with any other special, coupon or discount.  This special is valid through Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Come and discover all there is to do on the Jefferson Heritage Trail and travel the route Thomas Jefferson would have taken from his home in Charlottesville to Popular Forest near Lynchburg.

Fresh Fruit Tart

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Our fresh fruit tart recipe is a bed and breakfast favorite

Easy to make Fresh Fruit Tart

This is a great time of year to make our fresh fruit tart because you can buy, grwo or pick lots of fresh fruits.  There is no right or wrong way to make this when it comes to choosing fruits.  Use what you like or what is fresh then be creative with the design.  We have served our fresh fruit tart as a breakfast fruit course, for desert for an evening dinner or we have taken it to a pot-luck dinner engagement.  It is versatile and colorful and always gets lots of comments.  It is also super easy to make, especially if you cheat like we do and use a refrigerated pie crust.  If you are a great baker then make your own crust, but if you don’t have the time to make the crust this is an easy alternative.  We hope you enjoy this colorful treat that can be made year round, but is especially good when the fruit is fresh.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box

Filling:

  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

Topping:

  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450°F.  Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.  Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2.  In medium bowl, mix filling ingredients with wire whisk until well blended.  Pour into cooled baked shell.  Arrange strawberries, kiwifruit and blueberries on filling.

3.  In small microwavable bowl, microwave marmalade uncovered on High 5-10 seconds or until melted.  Brush over fruit.  Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set before serving.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining tart.

Serves 6-8.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts one recipe per month on our blog so keep checking to see our latest recipes.  Once they are posted we add them to our recipe page on our website so if you are looking for something special we would suggest checking our website where all our recipes are categorized.  The recipe page is:  www.thecarriagehouseinnbandb.com/ recipes.  We currently have over 40 recipes listed, most, like our fresh fruit tart are breakfast recipes but not always.  The orange marmalade that is brushed onto the fruit adds a little gloss.  You can’t screw this one up and if you are having a party it makes a great dish and is a great conversation piece.  Put it on the table whole and slice it in front of your guests!

Visiting Lynchburg?  Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast to book your room.  With back to school, parents weekends, wine festivals and soon the fall leave colors, we will be booking our rooms so don’t miss out and plan early.  Call 434.846.1388 NOW to make your reservation or book online.

Zucchini Pancakes

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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes served at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast with maple syrup.

It’s that time of year, the garden was planted this spring and now things are starting to get ripe.  If you have ever grown zucchini the question that comes to mind is what do you do with all those zucchinis.   After you have given your neighbors several zucchinis and you have made zucchini bread why not try making zucchini pancakes!  (If you didn’t plant a garden check with the neighbors, chances are they did and they have zucchinis to give away.  As a last resort you can purchase one from the grocery store.)  These zucchini pancakes are a great way to get people to eat vegetables, especially for breakfast!  The recipe will serve 4 people so if you have a larger group you will need to double the recipe. As a point of reference, we used about 1/3 of the zucchini in the picture below to get the 2 cups of shredded zucchini. Note, the seeds typically will not be shred so they are easy to pick out.  The above photo was my test batch and I ended up eating all of them!

zucchini pancakes

Garden grown zucchini will become zucchini pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely shredded fresh zucchini
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil plus more for griddle
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter/margarine (for rub)

Directions:

  • Preheat the griddle to 400-425 degrees F  If you are using a heavy duty frying pan, preheat the pan to medium high heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 200-250 degrees F
  • Wash the zucchini before shredding
  • Using a fine shredder shred the zucchini until you have 2 cups (DO NOT PEEL the zucchini and–Do not drain the mixture)
  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl then add the shredded zucchini and mix
  • Add the flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, cinnamon,vanilla and baking powder and mix ingredients again
  • Note, you are NOT adding milk or buttermilk.  The fresh zucchini and eggs provide enough liquid
  • Because you are using high heat  put oil on the griddle or pan, not butter as it will burn.
  • Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle or pan (this is less than a normal pancake)
  • Cook until bubbles on the top of the pancake almost stop (about 1 1/2 minutes) then flip over and cook for another 1-1 1/2 minutes or until golden brown and done.
  • Brush each pancake with the melted butter and place in a warm (200-250 degree) oven until the remainder of the batter is used then serve immediately
  • Serve with your choice of syrups or jams or eat them plain.

We served zucchini pancakes this past weekend and they were a big hit so we promised the guests that we would post this recipe on the blog this week.  If you have a vegetarian in the family this is also a great recipe that the whole family can enjoy.  If you have a picky eater, don’t tell them these are zucchini pancakes, just call them pancakes!

We hope you enjoy this unique recipe and if you don’t feel like making them for yourself, you can book a room at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and ask that we prepare them for you.  We should have zucchinis from our garden for the next several weeks!