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Apple Stuffed Croissant French Toast with Spiced Maple Syrup

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA

Apple-stuffed Croissant French Toast

  • Our signature dish for September, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, highlights locally grown apples and presents French Toast with a twist.  A favorite of our guests it is often requested by those returning.  Enjoy!

 

Apple Stuffing and Spiced Maple Syrup

  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • a dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Carmel Sauce

Core apple and slice into thin pieces, removing skin is optional.  Place maple syrup, butter and spices into a medium frying pan, stir; add apple slices.  Over low heat, stirring occasionally, bring mixture just to a boil.  Simmer about 1-2 minutes or until apples are tender but not soft.

Croissant French Toast

  • 2 large croissants, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • a dash each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

 

In a shallow pan combine eggs, half and half, flour, vanilla and spices.  Mix well.  Dip each croissant half in mixture until well coated but not soggy.  Place dipped croissant onto a hot buttered griddle or frying pan.  Cook about 3-4 minutes, flip and cook other side another 3-4  minutes, or until firm and a light golden brown.

Remove apples and soft caramel sauce from heat.  Strain apples and sauce, allowing sauce to accumulate into a measuring cup.  Place a croissant bottom on each serving plate.  Top with sliced apples.  Add croissant top to apples.  Dust with confectioners’ sugar.  Garnish plate with a few apple slices or caramel sauce.  Serve spiced maple syrup separately.

Serves 2.

Thomas Jefferson’s “Passion” was Hops!

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Spend an afternoon discovering why Thomas Jefferson was the master of the house at Poplar Forest, the brew master that is, when the second in the series  exploring Jefferson’s “Passions” takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

The terras roof will be the setting for learning about Jefferson’s brewing techniques.  You will have an opportunity to sample Jefferson-era beer recipes and tour the house and grounds after the presentaion is completed.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA for a minimum of 2 nights, including September 25th and tickets to this exciting lecture and demonstration are complimentary.  Reservations and advance purchase of tickets are required and limited.  Call 434.846.1388 to attend this exciting event.

“Jefferson’s Passion for Writing and Democracy” will be held in October, call for more details. 

Fine print:  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.  In the event of rain the series will relocate to another area on the Poplar Forest property.

Get Downtown 2011!

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Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week.  Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.

Crowds gathering downtown Lynchburg

The number of people that turned out was impressive!

Vice Mayor Cesar Johnson and his lovely wife

In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor.   I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.

 

I can see everything and it's great.

Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.

 

Roller Derby Babes, downtown Lynchburg

If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.

Chef Urs of Main Street Eatery fires up the grill

Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.

 

Susan Stoner helps a customer at The Corset Corner

Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer.  If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!

Happy Clown

The happiest clown downtown!

With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!

Music on the streets of Lynchburg

Clasical music for the masses.

If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.

 

There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video,  “Get Downtown.”

If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then.  As Tony says….Get Downtown.

 

One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area.   It is a great place that is within walking distance.  Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great.  While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!

 

 

2011 Home Tour

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The Lynchburg Historical Foundation’s Annual Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 1:00-4:30 pm.  Six homes in the Rivermont Historic District will be highlighted this year.

In an effort to support the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, guets staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast September 23, 24 and/or 25, 2011 (minimum 2-night stay) will receive complimentary tickets to the home tour. 

If you enjoy gazing back  into history and seeing homes rich in architectural detail then this is one weekend not to miss.

Fine Print: You must mention this package when booking your reservation at 434.846.1388.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.

Shrimp and Wine Festival

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Enjoy a day at Sans Soucy Vineyards, in Brookneal Virginina, where you can sample fine Virginia wines, indulge in local eats of farm-raised shrimp and bison dishes, shop artisans and craftspeople selling their wares, listen to live music and relax in the countryside with your loved ones and friends as the summer winds down.  The festival starts at 12 and lasts until 6pm.  $15 per person admission charge.  You’ll be glad you made the trip from Lynchburg!

For more information contact Sans Soucy Vineyards at 434.376.WINE or visit their web site at www.sanssoucyvineyards.com.

Thomas Jefferson’s Passion for Music

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As the summer turns to fall Poplar Forest is offering its “Passion” series during September and October, focusing on Thomas Jefferson’s personal interests.

Beginning with the inaugural event on Sunday, September 11, 2011, the roof of the wing will be transformed into a stage as you are entertained with “Jefferson’s Passion for Music.”  A concert by singer and Celtic harpist Eve Walters blending song, sound and story follows a concert by Lynchburg’s violinist Jasper Oliver.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception at 4:30pm during which attendees may wander through the house and grounds of Poplar Forest.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for a minimum of two consecutive nights including September 11, 2011, will receive complimentary tickets to this after-hours event.  Advance reservations are required and seating is limited to 100.  In the event of rain the series will relocate to another area on the Poplar Forest property.  Call 434.846.1388 for more details and to make your room and “Passion” reservation.

Future sessions will include “Jefferson’s Passion for Hops” to be held later in September and “Jefferson’s Passion for Writing and Democracy” to be held in October.  Call 434.846.1388 for information about these upcoming sessions. 

Fine Print:  this package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.  Advance reservations and event tickets are required and are subject to availability.