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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to a baking sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
MayLynn’s Creamery opened in the Boonsboro Shopping Center in June 2013. Since then it has become a favorite spot for ice cream in the Lynchburg area. Working out of a food truck they are able to offer a rich, creamy, soft-serve ice cream that has an old fashioned feel. There is plenty of seating to enjoy your ice cream treat, socialize with your friends and enjoy the warm summer nights.
Now the owners, Josh and Becky Kirk, are proud to announce the opening of a storefront in downtown Lynchburg, VA. Located at 1016 Jefferson Street, they are excited to be a part of the downtown revitalization.
Like their location in Boonsboro the downtown store will offer soft serve ice cream, locally sourced smoothies, edible cookie dough ice cream and rolled ice cream. These treats are served as cones or cups, dipped–ice cream dipped in a hard candy shell–as a float, mixed with your topping of choice into a mixer, stacked like a sundae but with all of the ingredients stacked or layered, milk shakes and double shake flavors and the ever popular and unique rolled ice cream–a thin layer of ice cream spread into a thin layer and rolled up.
Flavors, toppings, dips and floats are combined into yummy treats just for you and as you like them! Choose from 30 “everyday toppers.” Or, be a bit more adventurous and choose from an additional 9 “special toppers.” Stackers come in cheesecake, brownie, bacon-bacon or lickety split, too name a few. The shakes are sold in small, medium or large. Flavors include: the all-time favorites of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. But, why not try a caramel, mint, peach, cherry or cookies and cream. Looking for more flavor? Choose a double shake flavor such as chocolate banana, Oreo hot fudge or mint Oreo.
MayLynn’s Creamery has added an Event Trailer that visits festivals, Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park, various events in the Lynchburg area or private parties. All of the same delicious ice cream brought to you.
The food truck is located at 4925 Boonsboro Road. It is open Monday through Saturday 12 until 10 and Sunday 3 until 10. The new downtown location is found at 1016 Jefferson Street. The brick and mortar store is open Monday through Thursday between 12 until 9, Friday and Saturday 12 until 10 and Sunday 2 until 9. Visit www.maylynnscreamery.com for more information.
The downtown location is within walking distance to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We are happy to assist you with walking directions, just ask.
Do you like to ride your bike? Do you enjoy riding in a unique setting? Are you up for a fun evening of a bit of exercise, community togetherness, nature and fun? Then the Glow Ride on Percival’s Island is just for you.
On Friday, August 24, 2018 you will pedal under a full moon. Meeting at Percival’s Island, you will ride 3 miles down the trail, turn around and ride back, for a total ride of 6 miles. Dress up. Wear bright colors, funny hats, unique shirts, have fun with it. Decorate your bike with glow sticks and lights. What about streamers? Flowers? Bows? Bells and horns? Again, have fun with it. A prize will be awarded for the most festive bike, so let your imagination run wild!
The ride starts at 8:00 pm and lasts until 9:00 pm. It is open to riders of all ages and abilities. All bikes MUST be decorated in lights of some sort to participate. The Glow Ride is free but you must register at www.lynchburgparkand rec.com. If you have any questions call 434.455.5858.
For guests staying at the B & B, Percival’s Island is located at the far end of downtown Lynchburg, VA from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, about 1.25 miles. You can ride your decorated bike from the B & B. Just remember, it’s a steep ride or climb back up Cabell Street from the trail. Main Street to Rivermont Avenue to D Street is a flatter route that may be a better choice. See you at the Glow Ride!
Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy movies shown outdoors? Want to experience a Star Wars movie with other die-hard fans? Then you will want to attend the Lynchburg Park and Rec showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it is shown at Riverside Park on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
This is the third season that Lynchburg Parks and Rec has hosted “Movies in the Park.” Each summer they become more and more popular. Gather your family, friends, co-workers and others. Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic supper or snacks and enjoy a great movie. You may want to take advantage of the local food trucks and downtown restaurants that will be selling their delicious food and drinks. Usually 5-7 food trucks or restaurants are available to choose from. Food Trucks will begin serving 2 hours before the movie starts. Vendors and sponsors will have information and booths for you to explore. Or, you can get to Riverside Park early, snag your spot and then explore the park. Exhibits, trails and more await you.
Free parking is available in three parking areas near the screen and seating areas. Parking assistants will direct you to the parking areas. All parking is first-come, first served.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi runs for 2 hours and 32 minutes. In this movie Rey develops her newly found abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the first order.
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can prepare a “to go” box supper if you’d like. Just be sure to mention this to us at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. Additional fees apply. Enjoy the movie!
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