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Lynchstock Music Festival

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Lynchstock Music Festival

The sixth annual Lynchstock Musical Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  This year’s location is Riverfront Park, located at 1000 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  This rain or shine event will take place between 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Lynchstock Music Festival

Produced this year by the Academy Center of the Arts the list of performers, entertainers, vendors and food trucks is outstanding!  There will be over 30 bands, musicians and performers.  A few notable mentions are Dr. Dog, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Nicole Miller and Lynchburg’s own Tony Camm and the Funk All-Stars.  More than 20 local craft and art vendors will be displaying their wares.  A variety of food trucks will be assembled to feed you and provide liquid refreshment.

Tickets are available as general admission or VIP admission tickets.  The general admission ticket costs $25.00 each and allows you entry into Lynchstock.  The VIP admission ticket costs $65.00 each and allows you a VIP entrance, premier covered seating with outdoor patio and private bar, light refreshments and 2 drink tickets.  Tickets can be purchased through www.lynchstockmusicfestival.com.  Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even better!  Remember, guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are within a sort walk to Riverfront Park.

Asian Pear Salad with Pecans and Radicchio

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Asian Pear Salad

Asian Pear Salad.  Have you heard of Asian Pears?  Have you tried an Asian Pear?  As you know by now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a fruit course each morning and when serving a savory entrée we sometimes serve a salad.  This month’s recipe is just one of those salads. Pictured above is the Asian Pear Salad served with Canadian bacon and our wamlet (an omelet made in our Belgium waffle maker.

But first, let me tell you about the Asian Pear.  It is also known as the “apple pear” as it is crunchy, juicy and round like an apple, but it has an unmistakable pear flavor.  Even when ripe they’re crunchy so hold up well in a salad or when baking.  Originally from East Asia, they are now grown in California, Oregon, and Washington in the United States.

When purchasing an Asian Pear choose one that is the most fragrant and with little to no brown spots.  When ripe they are hard and do not soften (unlike a traditional pear.)  They are ready to eat when purchased.  You can store them for up to a week at room temperature or up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Now let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups pecan halves, cut into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small head radicchio, cored, leaves separated and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 3 oz. frisée, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 1 medium Asian Pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise ( about 1 cup)

Directions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

Put the pecans on a small, rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant and pale golden on the cut sides, 6-8 minutes.  Add the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss with 2 heatproof spatulas until the butter is melted and absorbed by the nuts.  Set the nuts aside (they can be added to the salad warm or at room temperature.)

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in the oils until well combined.

Combine the radicchio, frisée and pear in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to coat.  Add the nuts, toss and serve.

 

Crisp

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Crisp is well known for its salads and smoothies.

Crisp, originally started as a food truck in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Then it morphed into a small brick-and-mortar shop on Church Street.  And now they have expanded once again into a great spot at the corner of 12th and Church Streets.

The new space, at 1124 Church Street, allows plenty of seating for dine-in guests, large windows on all sides and plenty of space to expand the menu offerings.  In addition to their delectable and varied salads, juices and smoothies they are now offering locally roasted coffee, gourmet soups and house baked breads.  Soon they will be opening a catering division of Crisp.  They would love to add a beer garden in the garage space that is attached to their building.

As before, the restaurant is an assembly line style service featuring customizable salads, wraps, juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls.  When possible the ingredients are locally sourced and are sustainable ingredients.

Menu options include:  Salads or Wraps

  • the Baja: romaine with tomato, sweet yellow corn, black beans, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla strips and spicy chipotle ranch dressing
  • The Moroccan: romaine with shredded carrots, cucumber, golden raisins, feta cheese and falafel
  • the Superfood: romaine/spinach/kale with shredded carrots, organic quinoa, edamame, walnuts, fresh berries, and honey apple cider vinaigrette

Prices range between $6.50 to $9.00

Smoothies or Smoothie Bowls

  • the Triple Berry Detox: mixed berries, beet juice, almond milk and chia seed
  • the Peach Cobbler: peaches, cinnamon, honey and apple juice
  • the Blue Jay Smoothie Bowl: blueberries, banana, peanut butter and milk, topped with fresh berries, sliced almonds and shredded coconut

Prices range from $5.75 to $7.50

Fresh Made Juice

  • the Green Drink: spinach, apple, lemon and cucumber
  • the Revital Eyes: orange and carrot

Juices come in 8, 12 or 18 ounces.  Prices range from $3.50 to $$7.50

The next time you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, and wander to downtown Lynchburg to explore all that it has to offer, you now have a great spot for a snack or late lunch.  We are excited to see this company grow and offer something that Lynchburgers are asking for.

Apple Crostata

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The Carriage House Inn's Apple Crostada

Our apple crostata is easy to make and delicious.

It’s September again and you know what that means in Lynchburg and Central Virginia?  Apples are found in abundance at farm stands, in the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg and in the local grocery stores.  It’s one of the times of year we can buy local fruits in our grocery stores.  This months recipe is one we serve as a fruit dish during September and October at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  I have also made this as a dessert for a family dinner or when having friends over for just coffee and dessert.  Anyway, you serve it, it is delicious!

Apple Crostata served with whip cream and a mint leaf.

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 pounds McIntosh or Empire apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, diced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.  Transfer it to a baking sheet.
  3. For the filling, peel, core and cut the apples into 8 wedges, which are then cut into 3 chunks.  Toss the chunks with the orange zest.  Cover the crostata dough with the apple chunks leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.
  4. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and allspice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.  Pour into a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts holding together.  Sprinkle evenly on the apples.  Gently fold the border over the apples to partially enclose the dough and apples, pleating it to make a circle.
  5. Bake the crostata for 20-25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.  Allow to cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:

  • You can use a blender to make the crumb topping, just watch carefully not to pulse it too finely.
  • We serve this with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream when serving as a dessert.

Lynchburg Tour of Homes 2018

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The Historic Foundation of Lynchburg, VA is hosting it’s Tour of Homes on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  This year’s historic neighborhood is Daniel’s Hill.  Daniel’s Hill was first developed as a residential neighborhood in the late 1840’s, when Judge Daniel began subdividing and selling his plantation.  In the mid-1870’s Daniel’s Hill began a building boom that transformed the neighborhood from largely rural farmland into a bustling residential suburb.  Among Lynchburg’s historic districts Daniel’s Hill is unique for the diversity of its architecture.  Styles range from Federal to Italianate to Georgian Revival to Queen Anne.  Types of buildings include opulent mansions, modest working class homes, rowhouses, servant’s quarters, stores, factories and churches.

Carriage House Inn

The Carriage House Inn will be one of the homes on the Tour of Homes

1. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 404 Cabell Street, is one of the homes open for tour.  This Italianate mansion was designed by R.C. Burkholder and built between 1875 and 1878.  Richard Thomas (RT) had the mansion built, after purchasing the double lot for $2,150.  He married Emma Hurt and they had eleven children, with only five growing into adulthood.

The massive brick home is predominately a rectangle with both exterior and interior walls constructed of three courses of brick.  Today’s 3-sided wraparound porch and porté cochere were added in the late 19th century, Queen Anne’s influence.  A sweeping staircase is found in the entry foyer.  Romanesque arches framing windows and doors, pediments, scrolled brackets, pilasters, overhanging eaves and pillars distinguish this mansion as Italianate in style.

Dabney-Scott Adams House

The Dabney-Scott Adams House will be open for the Tour of Homes

2.  405 Cabell Street is known as the Dabney-Scott-Adams house.  Built in 1852 it bears much evidence of its original configuration-a standard three-bay, hipped roof Greek revival with a one story porch.  In 1882 the house was stuccoed, the attic was made usable with the addition of dormers and a glass conservancy was added to the left of the front parlor.  The parlor to the right of the foyer still contains the original plaster mouldings and ceiling ornaments.  The 2-story brick servants’ quarters remain, as a separate building to the left of the house.

The house is known in Lynchhburg history as “Dabney’s Folly”.  Built by Albert Dabney, who also owned the Phoenix Foundry, he spent lavishly in the construction of the house.  Ultimately he went broke and had to sell both the house and the foundry.  The home has recently been purchased and the new owner will be restoring the home to its original grandeur.

Waldren-Hancock House

Waldren-Hancock House will be on the Tour of Homes

3.  211 Cabell Street.  The Queen-Anne style Waldron-Hancock House was built in 1874.  The house retained most of its fireplaces and fireplace tiles, moldings, banisters and wainscoting, a corner cabinet and a servants’ bell hanging over the doorway into the dining room.  The exterior of the house has been painted blue with lavender trim.  Be sure and notice the curved clapboard above the upstairs sleeping porch, in graduated shades of lavender and purple.

The backyard contains a brick patio with ample space for entertaining around the fire pit, several vegetable gardens and numerous fruit trees.  The owners envision rebuilding a carriage house, as was there in the late 1800’s.

A smaller home on Cabell Street

 

4.  123 Cabell Street.  A renovation of a fine, but smaller, house that has improved upon the original house with modern amenities while still preserving as many original and architectural elements as possible.  Gutting an older house, reimagining rooms and traffic flow, removing walls, adding windows and reconfiguring kitchens and baths are the fun of “starting over.”  The historic character remains but you can imagine yourself living here in 2018.  When possible architectural features such as original moldings, mantles, claw foot tubs and detailed paneling are preserved.  Located walking distance to all that downtown Lynchburg has to offer-dining, the theater and opera, museums, shops and the vibrant art scene Cabell Street is quickly becoming the place to live!

Tour of Homes

The Patrons Party will take place at the Rivermont House on F Street

This year’s tour will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018, between the hours of 1:00 until 4:30.  Tickets can be purchased at the old church located at 217 Cabell Street.  The Patron’s Party will take place at Rivermont House, located at 205 F Street, between 6:00 until 8:30.  Ticket prices for the tour are $20.00.  The Patron’s Party requires a separate ticket at $75.00.

 

Scenic Fall Hike

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Hiking Fallingwater Cascades Loop

Fallingwater Cascades a great Scenic Fall Hike

Lynchburg, Virginia is located within a 60 minute drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and numerous other smaller trails found along the mountain ridge and the James River.  Are you ready for an invigorating walk in the woods?  This time of year is the ideal time to do a scenic fall hike and enjoy the colors!  Looking for an easy walk or a more strenuous hike?  Either can be found and will allow you to enjoy the beautiful fall colors, scents and sounds.  Remember to pack your sunscreen, snacks, plenty of water and your camera.  You never know what beautiful or unexpected sight you may see.

Peaks of Otter Trails.  There are seven trail options to choose from, ranging in length from .8 to 3.3 miles.  Most are easy to moderate hikes.  They can be accessed from Peaks of Otter parking at the Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 86.  You can research these trails by searching “Peaks of Otter Trail Map” online.  There you will find the trail names, lengths and difficulty ratings.

The James River Footbridge trail is an easy hike that follows the James River, then a tributary that leads to an Appalachian Trail overnight hut  Wonderful, peaceful scenery will be found.  This hike is about 4 miles in length, out and back.  The trailhead is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Snowden, about 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg.

Crabtree Falls.  This moderate to strenuous hike is about 4 miles long, each way.  Offering views of the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, the five major cascades and several smaller drop a total of 1200 feet.  The first overlook is near the parking lot along a gentle paved trail.  More adventurous hikers can continue along a 3mile trial to spectacular views of Crabtree Falls and the Tye River Valley.  Please beware and heed the signs, do not go off the trail to get a better picture or to see the falls up close.  Every year at least one person falls to their death on the slick rocks and uneven terrain.

View from Blue Ridge Parkway

Apple Orchard Falls.  a challenging 2.5 mile hike-out and back.  The trail descends 2000 feet to a 150-foot waterfall, but remember the return hike is all uphill!  Be sure to take water and food with you.  This trailhead is located about 7 miles north of Peaks of Otter.

We have hiked most of these trails.  Some are more of a challenge than others, but all offer spectacular scenery, beautiful woodlands and some days views to eternity.  As mentioned earlier, do not forget to take your water with you.  And remember to stay on the trail, so that nature can be saved to be enjoyed by others.  Have fun and hike safely!

If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can make arrangements to provide you with a picnic lunch, snacks and drinks or other back-packable items to make your day in nature more enjoyable.  Just ask us when you make your reservation.