I had the pleasure to visiting James Madison’s Montpelier, in Orange Virginia this week. A magnificent house , on 2,700 acres (originally almost 5,000 acres), with commanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Virginia countryside.
James’ grandfather acquired the land and originally built a modest house for his family. James was born March 16, 1751. Between 1763 – 1765 James’ father, James Madison, Senior had Montpelier built one-third of a mile from the original family home at Mount Pleasant. James attended the College of New Jersey (Princeton), served in the Continental Congress (1780-1783), participated in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1787), drafted the Bill of Rights (1789-1797), was a member of the House of Representatives (1789-1797), served as Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), was our fourth President-elected for two terms (1809-1817), James died at Montpelier, June 28, 1836.
James married Dolley Payne Todd, September 15, 1794. Together they added on to Montpelier as their family grew expanding the original house to the 22 rooms you see today. The tour of the mansion includes the Drawing Room, filled with various pieces of art, the Dining Room, where the Madison’s entertained important and influential guests, the Presidential Library filled with books and maps, the room where James Madison died and Dolley’s kitchen, which is in the basement of the house.
The impressive grounds contain the family cemetery, where James and Dolley are buried, a slave cemetery, Mr. Madison’s Temple (built over the year-round ice house), and a 200-acre old-growth forest, along with sites where the slave quarters were, the blacksmith shop site, a formal garden and the farm complex.
Although this historic house and property is about 2 hours north of Lynchburg guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn could easily combine a tour of this house with either Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Ashlawn and learn about two or three of our founding fathers, their lives, beliefs and what life was like at the dawn of our country. Additionally, Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest is just 20 minutes from us. — Kathy
Valentine’s day is right around the corner and what could be more romantic than waking up and being served breakfast in bed. Not just any breakfast, but chocolate waffles! We re-worked last years recipe and made these waffles a little lighter. You can serve these waffles with strawberries or raspberries or you can make a strawberry or raspberry syrup.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup of black coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the waffle iron per manufactures instructions. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, coffee canola oil and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients mixing until combined (small lumps in the batter is fine). Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray to avoid the waffles from sticking to the griddle. Ladle batter onto the griddle and cook per manufacture’s instructions until done. Remove and serve with sliced strawberries or raspberries and syrup. Hint: If you are making numerous waffles place the cooked waffle in a preheated 200 degree oven on the oven rack and continue making additional waffles. The warm oven will hold the waffles for 30-45 minutes.
Guys, if this sounds like too much work, then pick up the phone and make a reservation for you and your valentine at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ladies, if you don’t think your guy is into cooking just forward this blog post to him and he might get the hint . This is our signature dish for February so don’t worry if you can’t be here on Valentine’s Day, we serve it all month long. We don’t serve breakfast in bed but we will make this a memorable stay.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all from Kathy and Mike at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg Virginia!
Again this year, at The Carriage House Inn, we are offering a variety of Valentine’s Day Specials–both for an overnight(s) stay or in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio. And remember, every day is Valentine’s Day during February!
For a romantic getaway you can choose from:
- “One Night Love Affair”: one night stay with a rose in bud vase, chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco for the cost of your room plus $75.00.
- “Sweetheart Weekend”: 2-night stay with six roses in vase, 2 gourmet cupcakes, a chilled bottle of Prosecco accompanied by cheese & crackers for the cost of your room plus $150.00.
- “Romantic Rendezvous”: 2-night stay with one dozen roses in vase, a bottle of chilled Prosecco with cheese & crackers, a box of handmade truffles, a hand crafted stained glass heart keepsake and a $75.00 dining gift certificate to one of our downtown restaurants for the cost of your room plus $250.00.
- “The Total Eclipse of the Heart”: a 2-night stay, one dozen roses in vase, a bottle of chilled Prosecco with cheese & crackers, a basket of chocolate goodies, 2 Swedish massages in our on-site Massage & BodyWorks Studio and $100.00 dining certificate to one of our downtown restaurants for the cost of your room plus $550.00
All romantic getaways include your room of choice with generous room amenities and our legendary 4-course breakfast (featuring our decadent Chocolate Waffles). Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival. Call 434.846.1388 to discuss your reservation options.
- The Carriage House Inn Massage and BodyWorks Studio is offering a “Chocolate Delight” -chocolate sugar polish body treatment & massage using a chocolate butter cream for $150.00 (normally $175) with any 2-night stay during February. This treatment must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival.
We look forward to helping you celebrate Valentine’s Day–any day in February!!
Lynchburg, Virginia had been a major transportation hub (for the railroads) for the past hundred years when World War II broke out. After the attack on Pearl Harbor tens of thousands of men enlisted to help defend our country and the railroads played a major role in transporting the troops to the various ports where transport ships delivered them to their various assignments. During those years thousands of our soldiers, sailors, marines and merchant marines passed through Lynchburg on their way to fight or on their way home from the war.
Mary Watts, daughter of R.T. and Emma Watts, who had the home built shortly after the Civil War, sells the home to Lena Fore in 1928. Lena was a single lady and business person who saw a need during the war and for several years after the war to provide temporary lodging for people who were passing through Lynchburg so she opened her home up as the Cabell and D Street Tourist Home. The photo above was on the reverse of her business card (above). A tourist home was essentially a bed and breakfast before that term was coined. It was a place where a traveler could rest and unwind before resuming their travels and during the four years of the war it is estimated that over 1,000 members of our armed forces stayed at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home.
If you happened to be passing through Lynchburg during WW II and you stayed with Lena at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home we would like to invite you back for a return visit. In return for sharing any stories or photos you may have about your stay we will honor the rate you paid back in the 1940’s which we estimate to be $4.50 per day.
By the late 1950’s Lena became ill and her sister was appointed as her legal guardian In 1961 her sister had the home sold at public auction for $8,100.00. Mr. Johnson, a retired postman who delivered mail to the Daniel’s Hill neighborhood, converted the home into four apartments The carriage house was his workshop. The back part of the property was a large garden. After Mr. Johnson sold the property it went through a number of owners until 2003 when we purchased the home. About 3 years into our restoration we decided to do what Lena did 60 years earlier and open our home up to visitors passing through or visiting the Lynchburg area.
Today the huge trees that were on the property are gone but we still have the “Deluxe Accommodations with Private Baths” and we are “Away from the Noise” and of course we are still only 4 blocks to Main Street and all the shops and restaurants you will find there. Our phone number now has an area code plus four more numbers so give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on-line from our website at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.
One of the healthiest things we can do for our skin is Dry Brushing followed by a massage using an herbal cream. Using a natural-bristle brush skin brushing can sustain or re-establish the skin’s integrity and youthful glow. It aids in waste removal, helps slow the aging process, increases circulation, improves digestion and alleviates muscle tension.
Between January 23, 2013 and February 28, 2013 the Massage and BodyWorks Studio at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is offering a “Deluxe Dry Brushing Treatment” for only $75.00 (normally $95.00.)
The “Deluxe Dry Brushing” combines a 20-minute Dry Brushing plus body wrap with a 30-minute massage using a light, moisturizing herbal cream. This 50-minute treatment will leave you feeling renewed and relaxed.
While staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast you will experience our over-sized rooms with generous amenities, our legendary 4-course breakfasts featuring a signature dish each month plus all that Lynchburg, VA has to offer.
Fine Print: you must mention the Dry Brush Massage special when booking your two-night stay during January and February 2013. 20% gratuity, based on normal price of $95.00, will be added to the cost of each Dry Brush Massage. This special massage cannot be combined with any other special, package, discount or voucher. Massage is based upon availability.
Get rid of your dry winter skin, book your reservation and Dry Brush Massage today by calling 434.846.1388. Your body will thank you!
If you have been following our blogs you know by now that The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast tries to come up with a signature dish each month that is representative of the time of the year, season or uses a food item that is seasonal. Not much grows in Lynchburg in January but oranges are in season this time of year so we set out to use oranges in January’s breakfast. We started by altering our Ultimate Buttermilk Pancake recipe by changing the milk (not the buttermilk) to orange juice and adding about a tablespoon of orange zest to the batter. The altered recipe is below.
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar (white)
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 Cups buttermilk-room temperature
- 3 eggs-room temperature
- 1/2 fresh orange juice-room temperature
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
Sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt). In a second bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, orange juice, orange zest and melted butter). Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to make the pancakes.
Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix using a fork or wooden spoon. Mix until just blended together (it will be lumpy). Do NOT over blend the mixture. Using a scoop (I use an ice cream scoop) pour the batter onto the griddle or frying pan. Brown on both sides and serve with Orange Raspberry Syrup (below). This recipe should serve twelve people. If you are making them in batches you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees and store the cooked pancakes in the oven on the shelf until you have cooked all of them and are ready to serve them (will keep well in the oven for 30-45 minutes).
Orange Raspberry Syrup
The orange raspberry syrup adds a sweet and tangy taste and will wake up your taste buds – a great way to start your morning.
- 3 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup rinsed and dried raspberries
Make a simple syrup by combining the orange juice, sugar and orange zest in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the mixture to a low boil, in the uncovered saucepan, let it reduce by half (20-30 minutes). Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add the corn starch and stir continuously until dissolved and you have s syrup-like consistency. Add the raspberries and remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly (about 10 minutes) before serving.
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