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3rd Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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Once again this year you can celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine.  Held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, just 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA, this festival celebrates Jefferson as the “father of Virginia wine.”   Although largely unsuccessful in his day, his vision of great Virginia wines has been realized by wine makers throughout the state.

Showcasing 18 wineries, 13 artisans, 6 local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more, the day is filled with something for everyone.  House tours will be available throughout the day at a reduced rate.  Tasting tickets include a signature wine glass.  You must be 21 years or older to taste wines.  Festival will occur rain or shine in heated tents.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least two consecutive nights, including November 19, 2011 and your festival tickets will be complimentary.  Festival tickets must be reserved and purchased by November 16, 2011.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and festival tickets.  Subject to availability.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.

Enjoy our signature recipe one morning, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Poplar Forest Candlelight Tours

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Take advantage of the first afterhours, candlelight tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  Visit Jefferson’s private retreat for a special and unique tour.  Rarely open after hours these intimate tours will showcase what life was like when Thomas Jefferson and his family lived here.

Tour dates are November 3, 10 & 17, 2011, at 5:30pm.  Reservations and advance ticket purchase are required.  A matted print of Poplar Forest at night is included with each admission.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for at least two nights, including a tour night and receive two complimentary tickets to this special tour.  You may wish to stay November 17 & 18 and then enjoy the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, to be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 11:00-5:00.  This Candlelight Tour package cannont be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and tour date.

Breakfast one morning will highlight our signature recipe for November, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Old City Cemetery Candlelight Tours

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It’s that time of year again….when Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg Virginia, conducts it’s Candlelight Tours.  Visit various sites throughout the cemetery where professional actors will portray the lives of several of the cemeteries “residents.”  Always interesting, educational, moving and sometimes funny the stories told delight people of all ages.  And when else can you walk around a cemetery after dark?

The tours take place on October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, 2011 beginning at 6:30pm each evening.  The last tour will depart from the visitor center at 7:50pm.  Each tour lasts about one hour, travels over uneven ground, cobblestones and walkways so wear good walking shoes and bring along a flashlight.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at least two nights, including a tour night, will receive complimentary tickets to one tour (limit two per room.)  As in year’s past advance reservations and tickets are necessary and tickets will sell out prior to the 21st.  Call 434.846.1388, mention this package, book your accomodations and secure a tour time.  Your tickets will be waiting for you upon arrival.  This package cannot be combined with any other special, package, voucher or discount.  Subject to availability.

While staying with us enjoy a breakfast featuring our signature dish for October, Pumpkin Waffles (see post 10/4/11 for recipe.)   

 

Ghost Walks

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Are you intrigued by ghosts, spirits, things or events that can’t quite be explained?

Then you will want to attend one of the Ghost Walks presented by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and Tharp Funeral Home.  This years event will take place in the historic district, in Lynchburg, VA known as Diamond Hill.  On the nights of October 20, 21 & 22, 2011 walking tours will take place about every 30 minutes starting at 6:00pm until 8:30pm.  As these walks cover uneven ground and brick and slate sidewalks please wear comfortable walking shoes and perhaps bring along a flashlight. 

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for at least two nights, during this weekend will receive complimentary tickets to a Ghost Walk (limit two per room.)  Advance reservations are required.  Please call us at 434.846.1388, mention this package, arrange your accomodations and tour time.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.

And while here you will enjoy our signature dish for October, Pumpkin Waffles (see post for 10/4/11 with recipe to whet your appetite.)

Jefferson’s Passion was Literature!

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On Sunday, October 9th we took a break from working at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast to attend the final session of Thomas Jefferson’s “passion” series at his retreat, Poplar Forest.  A brisk but sunny day was the perfect backdrop for a wonderful late afternoon lecture by Richard Goodman, renowned author.  He spoke of and enlighted a full house about the time when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Adams were living in New York while working to put democracy into practice.  Can’t you just imagine the discussions, disagreements, suggestions and conversations these distinguished gentlemen participated in?  How might we use their knowledge and foresight to assist us with today’s problems?

The series of three lectures were educational, insirational and enjoyed by all who attended.  If history is of interest to you check the Poplar Forest web site, www.poplarforest.org/events or our blog for upcoming events in and around Lynchburg.  Located about 20 minutes from our inn in Lynchburg, Virginia we are the perfect place to spend the night when exploring this architectural treasure.  Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to check our availability.

Pumpkin Waffles with Apples & Spiced Maple Syrup Recipe

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA introduces it’s signature recipe for the month of October.  In the spirit of fall, colored leaves, pumpkins and warm spices this dish is always a crowd favorite.  Once you’ve enjoyed these fabulous waffles you too may request them upon your return visit, even if it’s not October!

Waffle Ingredients:

Pumpkin Waffle Recipe

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites

 

Apples & Spiced Maple Syrup

  • 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 crisp apples, Granny Smith, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Waffles:  Preheat Belgian waffle iron to medium heat, according to manufacturer’s directions.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.  In a separate bowl, beat together half and half, pumpkin puree, melted butter, oil and egg.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.  Whisk together lightly to make a slightly lumpy batter.  Allow to rest for 30 minutes.  In a third bowl beat the two egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into batter mixture.

Pour and spread about 1 cup batter into the center of the waffle iron.  Cover and cook until crisp on both sides and a rich golden brown.  Keep warm, on oven rack only, in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.  Repeat with remaining batter.  Serve garnished with hot apples and spiced maple syrup.

Apples and Spiced Maple Syrup

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add spices.  Add apples and let cook until slightly browned but still crisp, about 4 minutes.  Add pure maple syrup.  Toss to coat.  Keep warm until ready to serve atop waffles.

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 too pretty to eat, but they ate it anyway and loved it!  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.