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Cantaloupe Cooler

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Cantaloupe Cooler

Cool and refreshing Cantaloupe Cooler

July is cantaloupe month in central Virginia.  They are ripe and ready for picking in our vegetable garden or at the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg.

To take advantage of the freshness of this gourd we are serving Cantaloupe Coolers as our fruit dish this month at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Yummy plus full of vitamins and minerals what’s not t love?  It’s an easy drink to make in just a few minutes.  Give it a try, or come stay with us and we’ll fix it for you!

Cantaloupe Cooler:

Puree 4 cups chopped cantaloupe, 1 cup coconut water, and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice in a blender until smooth.  Pour over ice in a tall glass, garnish with a wedge of cantaloupe and a fresh mint sprig.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

Having trouble deciding what to cook for breakfast.  We have over 50 breakfast entrees (and a few favorites) posted on our website.  Click here to see our other recipes.


Lockn’ Music Festival 2015

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Lockn’ Music Festival is just a couple months away and now is the time to think about purchasing your tickets and if you opt not to camp out at the festival book your rooms at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. The dates are September 10-13.  Check their website above for ticket prices (students and military discounts are available).  If you attended The Woodstock Festival in August 1969, this is similar in many ways but better organized with food vendors, camping options and much more, but if you didn’t attend and you want to experience thousands of fans enjoying great music from some top name entertainers then you won’t want to miss Lockn’ Music Festival 2015.

At the Lockin’ Music Festival you can rent a tent or a space for your RV (check their website for pricing) or if you prefer to sleep in a comfortable bed, have a hot shower and enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning, all in air conditioned comfort then you may want to consider booking your room at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Downtown Lynchburg.  Stay at least 4 consecutive nights while enjoying the Lockn’ Music Festival and get one room night free!  The Lockn’ Music Festival is held in Nelson County and is only about 30 minutes north of Lynchburg.

This year there will be many well known artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Carlos Santana and Jefferson Airplane (from my generation) but check out the list below to see if any of your favorite performers will be there.

The Lockn’ Music Festival 2015 Line up includes the following artists:

To take advantage of this special call 434-846-1388 to book your reservation.  You must mention that you will be attending the Lockn’ Music Festival to qualify for the special package rate.  This special cannot be combined with any other discount, special, package, or promotion and gift cards cannot be accepted for payment.  These reservations must be paid for when the reservation is made and are non-refundable.

Food Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg.  Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS).  Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success.  The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs.  Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park.  They are there from 11:00 to 3:00.  This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them.  Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area.  You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early?  Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park.  We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays!  If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  Check out our availability and book your reservations here.


Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Streusel

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Our blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins are always a big hit for breakfast, but if you want to add a little sweetness and tartness at the same time, add our lemon streusel to give it a little more of a twist on this breakfast favorite.  These blueberry muffins are moist and cake-like.  When biting into the blueberries you get a juicy burst of flavor.  Try our blueberry muffins for a breakfast treat or you can eat them for desert after dinner.  Fortunately you can buy fresh blueberries year-round, but spring/summertime they are more likely to be grown locally/regionally and usually have a little more freshness and sweetness.  If you absolutely can’t find fresh blueberries you could use frozen ones, but they aren’t as juicy and can turn your batter a blueish tint.The sour cream in the muffins makes these muffins moist.

Ingredients for the muffins:

  • 1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup room temperature sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups washed and dried fresh blueberries

Direction for the muffins:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light-colored and fluffy
  • Next beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between eggs
  • Next beat in the sour cream and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and hand mix batter until just combined
  • Gently fold in the blueberries
  • Spoon the batter into a muffin tin
  • Sprinkle each muffin with the streusel (optional)
  • Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and cool for 20-30 minutes and serve the blueberry muffins warm or cooled.

Ingredients for the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter (3/4 of a stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel
  • 3 to 4 drops of lemon oil

Directions for the Streusel

  • Whisk together the sugar, flour and salt.
  • Stir in the candied lemon peel until well coated
  • Work in the butter until you have clumps (large and small) of streusel
  • Sprinkle the lemon oil and toss to combine
  • Note, while you can make lemon oil and candied lemon peel it may be easier to buy some.

We hope you enjoy these blueberry muffins.  Our guest rave about them.  They are not only a great breakfast treat, but they are good all day.  Don’t forget to check out our other recipes on our website. This is a great time to visit Lynchburg.  There is always something to see or do so pick up the phone and call 434.846.1388 and make your reservation or book on-line.



Grandin Theatre shows vintage movie, Jaws!

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The newly renovated Grandin Theater in Roanoke

In 1931 construction began on Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre.  The movie palace opened its doors in 1932 where shows were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.  The first theatre in Roanoke to show “talking pictures” it operated as a cinema for over 40 years before it closed (for the first time) in 1976.  Reinventing itself as a live theatre, until 1985, it produced shows, screened classic movies and art films, hosted musicians and comics.  The theatre closed again in 2001.

The Grandin Theater, the early days

The Grandin Theater, the early days

In late 2001 the Grandin Theatre Foundation was formed.  An aggressive funding campaign was launched and in October 2002 the theatre was able to reopen after raising the funds to buy and renovate the theatre.  Theatre history has been taking place ever since.

Don't miss the special showing at the Grandin Theater

Don’t miss the special showing at the Grandin Theater

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM the Grandin Theatre will show Jaws, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary!  Do you remember when Jaws was first shown?  Does the opening music and scenes of vicious sharks remind you of when you were afraid to get into the water?  Did you imagine yourself assisting the police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman when they set out to stop the great white shark menancing the small island community of Amity?

The show is free and will only be shown at 11:59 PM on the 20th of June.  The Grandin Theatre is located at 1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke.  Call 540.345.6177, if you have any questions.

The Grandin Theater

The Grandin Theater

Prior to the movie you should explore Grandin Village, which surrounds the Grandin Theatre.  A revitalized business district that was formed in the 1920’s is now home to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, a Saturday farmer’s market, boutiques and the farm-to-table hot spot, Local Roots restaurant.

Serving modern American cuisine and using as many sustainable, organic, local and ethical meats and vegetables as possible the food does not disappoint.  Preferring small batch, family-owned wines, the wines served are of great flavors and do not impact adversely upon the earth.  The menu varies almost daily, based on what can be sourced locally, but always includes petite, modest and substantial dishes.  A chef’s tasting menu can be arranged with prior reservation.  Call for more information 540.206.2610.  Located at 1314 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA.

Enjoy your dinner and a show!

Pine Knot, a Presidential Retreat

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Pine Knot

Pine Knot, President Theodore and Edith Roosevelt’s Retreat (front of home)

Virginia has dozens of presidential homes, be they their birth place or one of their residences or retreats.  Many of our presidential homes are very grand but Pine Know is the exception,  For all practical purposes, Pine Know is a little cabin in the woods that was purchased by Edith, President Roosevelt’s wife in 1905 as a place for “rest and repairs.”  This cottage in the woods stands unchanged since 1905 and offers a rare glimpse into one of our nations premier preservationists.

Pine Knot

Pine Knot showing the large back porch Edith added and one of the 2 fireplaces.

Pine Knot was being built for a farm worker when Edith saw the home and purchased the home plus 15 acres for $280.00.  Edith had fireplaces, on both ends of the home added, and a large “”piazza” (covered porch) on the back of the home.  On the interior the wall separating the two rooms on the main level was removed and the center staircase was moved to against the southern side of the home making the lower level one large room.  In the above photo the upper level window was so that there could be light into their daughter’s room.  By today’s standards the room is the size of a small walk in closet.  Later the Roosevelt’s purchased an additional 75 acres.

There was (and there still isn’t) running water or electricity in the home.  When staying at the home, it was Archie’s (son of President Roosevelt and Edith) job to haul water to the home and it was President Roosevelt’s job to empty the chamber pots in the morning.  The two fireplaces are what warmed the home and Edith used one to cook their meals when visiting Pine Knot.  There is evidence that there once as a pot belly stove on the main level (probably for heat in the winter). The walls were never insulated, nor was lathe and plaster ever applied to the interior studs giving the guest a great view of construction techniques of the early 1900’s.  The posts (actual tree trunks) holding up the roof of the porch are the same posts that were installed 110 years ago.

When President Roosevelt first saw the home he wrote to his son  saying he was “immensely pleased with Mother’s Virginia cottage and its name.”  The Roosevelts stayed at Pine Knot less than a dozen times.  It took about 8 hours for them to get there from the White House, the first 4 hours was by train and the next four hours was by carriage.

The home is open to the public by appointment only.  The day we toured Pine Knot our guide was Paula Beazley, Chair of The Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundations.  Paula is a walking encyclopedia of facts about TR and his family as well as the property.  Without her explanation and stories this property appears to be just another cabin in the woods.  Rather than fill this post with stories about the Roosevelt’s stays at Pine Knot I will leave that up to Paula or one of the other volunteers guides to share with you once you take the tour.  I know this is off the beaten path, but it is well worth the trip.  .

To schedule a visit to Pine Knot call (434) 286-6106 or email  I would recommend calling several days in advance.  Pine Know is approximately 90 minutes north of Lynchburg or about 30 minutes south of Charlottesville.  It is a half mile walk from the parking area to the cabin. There is no charge to visit, but donations are accepted and are tax deductible.

Pine Knot is just one of many Presidential homes that are near The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  If you are interested in Presidents and Patriots this is just one of the homes we can recommend you tour.