If you ever wanted to party like there was no tomorrow and enjoy a drink or two, or three or four or… then the Seven Hills Hash House Harriers is an organization that you need to look into. They call themselves a drinking club with a running problem. I guess if you want to work off that extra beer or justify drinking an extra beer a three mile run through Lynchburg is a good place to start. This past Saturday, 11 February 2012, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast was one of their refreshment stops on their jog through the city. This was their 17th annual Valentine’s Red Dress Run.
My experience as being a pit stop for the joggers is this is a group of guys and gals that enjoy having fun and sharing their enthusiasm with folks along the run. After all, why would you spend the coldest day of the year running around town in not much more than a red dress? Yes, girls aren’t the only ones that want to have fun which was very evident by the guys in their red dresses.
The Seven Hills Hash House Harriers, as they are officially known, was started in June 1992 and meets every Wednesday and often on Sundays. For more information on the club you can check out their website at: www.7h4hash.com. The organization has clubs around the globe and several of the runners I met were from out of town. Hard to believe that there is a drinking club in conservative Lynchburg. I know this isn’t for everyone, but you’ve got to admire their fun loving attitude.
Happy Valentines Day! Chocolates and flowers are traditional gifts for Valentines day so if you really want to surprise that special someone give them a delicious chocolate waffle. This recipe uses yeast so it takes a little longer to prepare than most of our other recipes, but the wait is worth it!
Step 1, The Starter
- 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk (between 100-110 degrees F) Use whole milk or 2% milk.
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 package instant yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
Combine the starter ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Make sure the milk is not to hot (the hot will kill the yeast) or too cold (they won’t do their job). Put the bowl aside for at least 20-30 minutes while making the rest of the batter.
Step 2, The Batter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup of chocolate mocha baking cocoa-can use all purpose cocoa if desired
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of natural sugar (Turbinado)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3 room temperature eggs
- 1 stick of unsalted butter (melted) that has cooled down, but not re-hardened
- 2/3 cup of mini chocolate chips. If using regular chocolate chips coarsely chop them. If available use dark chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, wheat germ, cocoa, salt and natural sugar).
After the starter has sat for 20-30 minutes add the ROOM TEMPERATURE eggs, melted butter and vanilla to the starter and gently mix. Next, add the dry ingredients, the chocolate chips and natural sugar gently mixing until ingredients are combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for a couple hours. This batter can be stored overnight in the refrigerator.
After batter has sat for a couple hours, lightly stir the batter and scoop the appropriate amount onto a hot waffle iron that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. NOTE: If batter was refrigerated overnight, remove batter and let it come to room temperature (about 90 minutes on the kitchen counter). Then lightly stir the batter and cook per the waffle iron’s instructions.
Hot waffles can be served with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries and/or raspberries. This is also great with a strawberry or raspberry syrup. Sprinkle a couple of chocolate chips on the plate as garnish. Enjoy!
Your mother was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, an award winning bed and breakfast in Lynchburg Virginia, we try to make your breakfasts memorable.
Prior to the Civil War, Lynchburg, also know as the City of Seven Hills, was a bustling little city on the James River. Several railroad lines passed through the city as well as the city’s canal system made Lynchburg a transportation hub in its day. Being a transportation hub made it easy for the tobacco farmers, lumber barons and factory owners to transport their products to market. As the anti-slavery movement started gaining momentum the economy of Lynchburg was changing from agricultural to manufacturing. The riverfront and downtown saw massive tobacco warehouses, often four or more stories tall taking up the better part of a city block, as well as huge brick factories and foundries supporting the local economy. The population of Lynchburg was approximately 6,853 and enjoyed a good standard of living. Local doctors working from their store front offices made house calls to keep the population healthy as there were no hospitals in town.
When the Civil War broke out, Lynchburg’s population dropped by about a quarter as many of the able-bodied men enlisted in the Confederate Army. Those that remained behind ran the factories and worked the fields. Train loads of food, clothing, ammunition and supplies left the docks and trains of Lynchburg. As war raged on, the boxcars returned to Lynchburg full of wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Prior to the Civil War, the wounded were treated on the battlefield. Due to the extensive network of railroads throughout the South, the wounded during the Civil War were transported to hospital cities. Lynchburg went from a city with no hospitals to a city with 32 hospitals. 19 of the huge tobacco barns were converted to hospitals as were other factories and warehouses. The few doctors that were in Lynchburg were assisted by the remaining townspeople, mostly women, who oversaw the care and treatment of the wounded. At any given time during the Civil War, the hospitals were treating 3,000-4,000 soldiers. Unfortunately, many of them never made it back to the battlefield or home as we didn’t have the lifesaving technologies we have today.
Today, only two of these tobacco warehouses stand and soon there may be only one. Over the decades most of them were torn down. The Miller Building, circa 1845, on Dunbar Street was a tobacco warehouse which operated as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War. For the last several years it has been vacant and as water leaked through the roof the building became unstable. Last week a four story section of the exterior wall collapsed. The owners of the building would love to save this part of history but have indicated they don’t have the financial resources to restore the building and may be forced to tear it down if they can’t figure out a way to save it.
Lynchburg and the surrounding area if full of history. On your next visit to the area plan on staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lynchburg. The home was built by Richard Thomas (R. T.) Watts who served in the Civil War. R. T.’s horse was shot out from under him near Fredericksburg, Virginia during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. He was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Delaware. After the war he returned to Lynchburg and built this fine home. Rather than just visiting historical sites, plan on spending the night in one of them. For reservations call: 434-846-1388 or visit our website: http://www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com
Statistical information for this blog was taken from “A Prototype of a Confederate Hospital Center in Lynchburg Virginia” by Peter Houck.
Everyday in February is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA!
Visit and celebrate a “One Night Love Affair” anytime during February with your special someone. Enjoy a one night stay in your choice of rooms, our delicious 4-course champagne breakfast, a rose in bud vase, 6 chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco. Cost of room of choice for one night ($179-$219) plus $75.00.
You must mention this package add-on when booking your stay, call us at 434.846.1388. A delightful mini-getaway to show your special someone they are loved.
Fine print: reservation must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your arrival date. Package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, special, voucher or discount. Call for details.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a “Top 10 B & B in the US” of BedandBreakfast.com in the best of BedandBreakfast.com awards.
The Carriage House Inn is recognized as tops in the country providing the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service, according to the seventh annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com awards, 2011-2012.
Award winners are selected based on the quaility and quantity of the traveler reviews from the past year on BedandBreakfast.com, as well as the quality of the inns’ photos, listing descriptions and overall online customer experience on BedandBreakfast.com.
“The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, including The Carriage House Inn, really exemplify the special experience that travelers expect from staying in a bed and breakfast,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc, which owns BedandBreakfast.com. “Take one look at The Carriage House Inn’s reviews and you’ll see guests who share stellar accolades for its accommodations, breakfasts, amenities and outstanding hospitality and service.”
Is it time for you to discover why we have been honored to recieve this special award? Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com. We look forward to welcoming you as you travel to/through Lynchburg or as a close to home getaway for the locals.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg Virginia, proudly presents it’s signature recipe for the month of January. Filled with antioxidants but at the same time decadently delicious this breakfast is good for you and a treat!
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 large sweet potato, roasted and cooled
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Candied Pecans: recipe follows
Toasted Coconut: recipe follows
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Separate eggs. Beat egg whites until foamy and soft peaks form.In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolks and melted butter. Gently fold egg whites into wet mixture. Add wet mixture to the dry. Peel and mash sweet potato, in a separate bowl, add honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, mix well. Gently fold sweet potato mixture into the pancake batter. Let batter stand at least 1 hour (or you can make it a day ahead).
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add batter by the ladleful and cook the pancakes, in batches, until golden brown on each side. Serve immediately garnished with candied pecans and toasted coconut.
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients and cook until the pecans are lightly browned and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, store in an airtight container.
- 1 cup sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut onto sheet pan, with sides. Place in oven for about 3-4 minutes, turn coconut. Return to oven for additional 3-4 minutes, watching carefully so coconut does not burn. Coconut will be lightly browned. Store in airtight container.
Makes 24 3 1/2-inch pancakes.
We hope you enjoy this recipe from the kitchen of Lynchburg’s award winning bed and breakfast, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our last guest that had this said it was the best pancake she ever had! If you hate to cook breakfast give us a call and reserve a room. We would love to serve you our legendary breakfast each morning of your stay.
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