If you have ever been to a bed and breakfast, then you know breakfast is one of the things that separates us from a hotel. After all, breakfast is in our name! Recently The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg was mentioned by the Virginia Travel Corporation (VTC) on their blog post, Everyone Loves Breakfast. There are over 400 bed and breakfasts in Virginia and to be listed with 9 other great bed and breakfasts is truly an honor.
Since the VTC blog post (click the link above to see that post) mentioned our Pumpkin Waffles I have included a link to that recipe. We hope you enjoy this recipe and the others on our blog as well as those of our fellow innkeepers. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so if you need inspiration please check out the blogs of those listed in the VTC blog.
The Lynchburg Museum will be hosting an exhibit featuring Local Aviation Pioneers for First Friday, August 2,2013. Lynchburg was the home of many great pioneers, most recently Leland Melvin who was aboard the 24th and 31st space shuttle flights to the International Space Station. Before Leland made his historic flights the path was paved by other Lynchburg residents including Chauncey Spencer, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Vincent “Squeek” Burnett who is reported to save the B-26 Bomber program during World War II, by training pilots on how to properly fly the plane which had a reputation of crashing. Other notables include Lieut James Roland Kyle, Jr, Woody Edmundson, Dan Druen, Lucille Kent and George Loving.
There will be lots of photographs and displays showing the accomplishments of these aviation pioneers. Additionally Charlie Burnette, who helped found the Virginia State Police helicopter program in 1968, Lawrence Falwell, co-founder of Falwell Aviation and member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, and Jim Rogers, who served in the US Air Force for 20 years and is author of: Planes, Pilots, and Gofer Tales of Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old Preston Glenn Airport will be on hand to answer questions.
The Lynchburg Museum is located at 901 Court Street and will be open free of charge on Friday 2 August from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions. For more information, call 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about those from Lynchburg who made aviation history.
Note: Guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast love to tour this museum. It is small but it tells a great story about the area and it’s people. This is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.
Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and play, which is one of the reasons we moved here. But what really sold us on Lynchburg was the home we purchased. It just has character that you can’t find in a new home. I was always in love with Victorian architecture and for years we looked for the perfect home. In 2003 while searching the internet for old homes we found a listing in Lynchburg. I must admit I had no idea where Lynchburg was or what was there, but we made the road trip and fell in love with the city. The old buildings that lined the downtown streets, the historic districts full of architecture that today’s builders can’t replicate and the people.sold us on the city. Once we got here we learned about all the historic sites, the outdoor activities, the history, the vineyards and of course I had to learn the hard way about our fabulous medical facilities. That was 10 years ago and it has been a great 10 years! We live in the downtown area and it is great to be able to walk to restaurants, plays, the community market and much more.
On a recent walk through downtown I had my camera and started taking photos of the architectural elements on some of the old buildings. You would be surprised how much there is to see and amazed at the craftsmanship that went into the facades more than 100 years ago. After walking up and down those streets for 10 years I realized that I, like many of us have blinders on and we oftentimes don’t slow down and see or appreciate the surroundings so I thought it would be a great idea to have a scavenger hunt. This will be an architectural scavenger hunt. I will provide photos of an architectural element and you will need to let me know by address (or name of the building) where it is. All photos will be in downtown Lynchburg. Hopefully this will get you out of your cars and cause you to slow down and enjoy the treasures that survived all these years. We are going to kick this off the middle of September, hopefully the weather will be nicer and we will announce the grand prize then. But in the mean time I wanted to give you a taste of what is coming. As you walk the streets from the riverfront up to Court and Clay Streets you will appreciate why Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills. Can you name what buildings that are represented in this blog post?
For the purpose of this post, downtown Lynchburg runs from the James River to Clay Street and from 5th Street to 12th Street. Good luck and happy hunting.
PS Rome, Italy is also known as the City of Seven Hills. In case you haven’t figured this out, these photos are of downtown churches. I thought it would only be appropriate to start with churches. I would guess that there are more churches in Lynchburg than there are in Rome.
On Sunday, July 14th between 3:00-4:00 PM, at the Bicentennial Chapel on the Old City Cemetery grounds in Lynchburg a special concert will be performed.
The Soulsters from the Hill, based out of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, will present a free and informal music performance of late 19th and early 20th-century Negro spirituals in the style of Fisk Jubilee Singers. The majority of the songs are performed almost exclusively a cappella.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American tradition known today as Negro spirituals. “Slave songs” provided information, inspiration and hope to slaves. The songs represented survival.
Although this concert is free, reservations are required. Please contact Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg VA at 434.847.1465. For directions visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
If you would like to visit Lynchburg for the weekend stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We promise we won’t sing for you, either with music or a cappella!
When serving our legendary 4-course breakfast at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA, we alternate a sweet morning with a savory morning. Thus, this month’s recipe showcases fresh spinach (from our garden), fresh eggs and cream (from the farm up the road) as it gets our guests ready for their day of outdoor activities i.e. hiking, biking, tubing or kayaking the James River. Exploring historic sites i.e. Point of Honor, the National D-Day Memorial or Appomattox Courthouse National Park. Indulging in wine tastings at one of 20 wineries within a half-hour drive. Or just relaxing on the wraparound porch or patio with fish pond.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray 4 6-ounce ramekins with cooking spray.
- Arrange spinach leaves, loosely, in ramekin, making a “nest” of spinach. You need the spinach to fill the ramekin but enough space to allow the cream and eggs to cook into the “nest” without over flowing the ramekin. Place ramekins on foil covered baking sheet.
- In separate bowl break two large eggs. Lightly salt and pepper. Gently pour eggs into spinach “nest.”
- Add about 1-2 tablespoons cream to the spinach & eggs. Top with freshly shaved parmesan cheese, to taste
- Bake in oven about 20 minutes, or until egg whites are set and yolks are semi-firm. Carefully remove from oven and serve, in ramekin.
- Remember to warn guests that the ramekin is HOT and not to hold the ramekin when eating contents
- We serve this dish with hash brown sweet potatoes and roasted asparagus and tomatoes along with a corn muffin.
Enjoy in your own kitchen or visit us and request this breakfast dish when you make your reservation at 434.846.1388.
To celebrate summer our signature dish for the month of June is Blueberry Bread Pudding (or overnight blueberry French toast.) Blueberries are an abundant summer fruit, are good for your health and memory and can be featured in recipes covering all courses of a meal from appetizers, salads, breads, main dishes and desserts. We like to make this recipe when serving a full house at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast since it makes a large portion and must be prepared the night before, leaving time in the morning for last minute dishes. We have only made this using fresh blueberries, but we may experiment with other sturdy berries or even frozen berries. Enjoy!
- 12 slices white bread, cubed (1 inch cubes)
- 8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 12 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Bread Pudding Preparation:
Arrange 1/2 bread cubes in a well-greased 13X9 baking dish.
Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over bread cubes.
Top with remaining bread cubes.
Mix together eggs, maple syrup, milk and cream.
Pour over bread cubes, compressing bread cubes to absorb egg mixture. Cover pan with foil. Let chill in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove blueberry bread pudding from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes then bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing. Top with Blueberry Sauce. Serves 8-12.
Blueberry Sauce Preparation:
Cook water, sugar and cornstarch, over low heat, until thickened. Stir in blueberries and simmer 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve over Bread Pudding. Can be made ahead. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
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