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Monday, March 2, 2015

Things to Do in Charlottesville in March

March - the time when spring arrives, the birds sing loud & clear and this year - the snow is gone!   Today it is in the 50F's and the snow is melting quickly.  This means it's time to shake off the winter blahs and get active again.   Here are some ideas for things to do in Charlottesville this month. Check out our March specials if you plan to stay with us at Foxfield Inn.

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport - through the month of March This year you can visit Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all on one passport. Only $25 gets you tastings for all.

 Historical Walking Tours, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society - Thursdays-Saturdays  Explore the rich history of the area - the structures, monuments, storefronts, schools, places of worship and public buildings.
Example of Aboriginal art - Foxfield Inn

New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press Exhibit, Kluge-Ruhle Aboriginal Art Museum - March 3-May 17  14 prints from the descendants of artists whose works launched the Aboriginal art movement into international acclaim.  View other works from the permanent collection of Aborginal art.  We even have a painting by Janet Forrester, Bush Banana and Snake Creation, here at Foxfield Inn.

Gallatin Canyon, C'ville Coffee Co. - March 7  A bluegrass band that includes classic rock and country in their repertoire. Great vocal harmonics and instrumentation!

Apple Grafting Workshop, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center - March 7   Learn how to graft your own apple tree and take it home!

Fleetwood Mac: On with the Show, John Paul Jones Arena - March 15   Need we say more?

Virgiina Festival of the Book - March 18-22.  Five days of talks and discussions regarding books of all forms.  Almost all of the events are free to the public.

Founding Families & Friends, Ash Lawn-Highland - March 22   The authors, Lorri Glover (Founders as Fathers) and Cassandra Good (Founding Friendships), discuss the families and friends of the Founding Fathers, part of the Virginia Festival of the Book

Jefferson Family Spaces, Monticello - March 24-26   Visit the living spaces in this behind-the-scenes tour through the family quarters of Monticello.

Cheeseology, Wine Loves Chocolate - March 26   Cheese basics - learn the in's and outs of cheeses. Taste various cheeses from different breeds of animals and processing techniques.

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Granola from Foxfield Inn

There is something about a snowy wintery morning that makes me want to have Granola.  This was such a morning today here in Charlottesville VA.  We got a bit over 3 inches of fresh snow - on top of the 14 inches total from last week.  Luckily it warmed up today and some melting has occurred.  It's not gone just not as much as this morning.

Obviously, I digressed a bit there.  Back to the Granola.  I had used up the last batch over the weekend for a special guest request.  If a guest doesn't want the "Chef's Choice" entree we offer 4 alternates for them to choose from - one of which is Homemade Granola with Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt.

Today was a great day to make a fresh batch.  I like lots of nuts and seeds so this recipe does contain more than the normal recipes.  Just cut back on the amounts if you aren't as into nutty Granola as I am.

If you haven't made Granola before it is incredibly easy and tastes so much better than the store bought varieties - even the gourmet brands.

Nutty Granola
Print recipe

4     cups     oatmeal, regular not minute or instant
1     cup      almonds, coarsely chopped
1     cup      cashews, coarsely chopped
1/2  cup      sunflower seeds
1/2  cup      pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
3/4  cup      shredded coconut, sweetened
2     tsp       cinnamon
1     tsp       ginger
1     tsp      Kosher salt
1/4  cup     brown sugar
1/2  cup     honey
1/2  cup     vegetable oil
1     cup     dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300F.

Mix oatmeal, nuts & seeds, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl.

Combine honey and oil in a bowl and stir well.  Add to dry ingredients.  Mix well.

Spread mixture onto two rimmed baking sheets.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 10-15 minutes (helps develop clumps).  Pour granola into large bowl and add cranberries.  Store in airtight containers for two weeks.

Variations:

  1. substitute dried blueberries for the dried cranberries (Dan's favorite)
  2. substitute sliced almonds for chopped almonds
  3. increase honey to 3/4 cup and delete the brown sugar
We hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA




Thursday, February 19, 2015

March Specials - Virginia Festival of the Book, Military Thank You

Coming in March are two specials we are offering here at Foxfield Inn.  So if you have plans to be in the Charlottesville, VA area you should check these out.

Celebrate Books!
The love of books and literature is celebrated every March in Charlottesville.  This year the Virginia Festival of the Book takes place Wednesday – Sunday March 18-22.  It is a five-day extravaganza with events and exhibits that are sure to delight any bibliophile.

To celebrate our love of reading (or listening to) books we are offering guests who stay with us for any two consecutive nights a 10% discount off your room rate if you donate one of your beloved new or used hardback books to our library here at Foxfield Inn.  You do need to sign up for this special when you make your reservation.  Just select Celebrate Books! when you reserve on-line or let us know when you give us a call.

This special does require you to stay at least 2 consecutive nights during the month of March and may not be combined with any other specials.  It is valid for new reservations only.

Military Thank You!
Our team at Foxfield Inn would like to say Thank You to those of you in the military who work to keep us and others around the world safe from harm.

To show our appreciation we are offering a 10% discount for any two night stay during the month of March for military personal (active or retired).  You do need to sign up for this special when you make your reservation.  Just select Military Thank You! when you reserve on-line or let us know when you give us a call.

This special does require you to stay at least 2 consecutive nights during the month of March and may not be combined with any other specials.  It is valid for new reservations only.

Looking forward to seeing you in March!
Kathryn & Dan Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What Will Mr. Richey Do Next in Charlottesville's Food Scene?

As innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, we love sharing our favorite restaurants with our guests as much as they like sharing their finds with us. We are fortunate to live in Charlottesville where new eateries keep both the locals and visitors happy with a wide selection of offerings.

One of our favorite places for lunch is Will Richey's The Whiskey Jar.  At The Whiskey Jar you can get the best egg salad sandwich ever.  Truly.  Personally, you may not get excited about egg salad, but let me assure you that once you have tried Will's you will be a convert.



It is created (emphasis on "create") with house made pimento cheese, watercress, and marinated green tomatoes on sunflower wheat bread served a side salad.  And for only $8 it is a great value.

And of course it wouldn't be the The Whiskey Jar without offering over 125 different whiskeys, bourbons, scotches, and ryes.

 The Whiskey Jar is only one in a growing empire of eateries started by Charlottesville's Richey.  As anyone who has lived here for any amount of time knows, the name Will Richey is synonymous with good food and wine.

Beginnings
Will’s career has embraced both food and wine, having begun early on in the wine industry.  He eventually established Revolutionary Soup (or "Rev Soup," as it is known here to the locals).  We love Rev Soup for the wonderful variety of soups, sandwiches, and wraps.  One of my personal favorites is their Timbercreek Chicken Pot Pie Soup, made with local Timbercreek Farm chicken. The farm, by the way, is literally across the street from Foxfield Inn, so we have the opportunity to see the chickens ranging freely in the fields.

After expanding Rev Soup to two locations, on The Corner at UVA and downtown, Richey opened The Whiskey Jar.  Priding himself on sourcing local, Will bought a five acre farm, Red Row Farm, where he produces as much of the vegetables and livestock that he can for his restaurants.

Latest additions
Inspired by the need for a quiet place where he and wife Lisa could go for some uninterrupted conversation, Will opened The Alley Light, literally just above the downtown Rev Soup. The Alley Light is located in an alley on 2nd Street, NW in downtown Charlottesville. And from what we hear from our guests, reservations are a must.

And if operating four restaurants and a farm is not enough, plans are now in the works for another eatery. The Pie Chest, featuring sweet and savory pies, is expected to open this March (2015) on Fourth Street in downtown Charlottesville. This latest endeavor represents a collaboration between Richey and The Whiskey Jar pastry chef, Rachel Pennington.

So in answer to that age-old question, “What will Mr. Richey do next?” Stay tuned!


Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA



Thursday, February 5, 2015

A King Family Vineyards Event You Can't Miss

King Family Vineyards. The name prompts images of majestic mountains, closely guarding the verdant polo field, teeming with children playing, dogs romping, and adults enjoying a beautiful day outdoors with friends and a bottle of their favorite King Family wine. That, at least is our experience.

As proprietors of Foxfield Inn, we enjoy sharing all the wonders that our region has to offer, not the least of which are the many fine vineyards. King Family Vineyards is one that we are proud to recommend and one which our guests tell us is a favorite as well.


Barrel Tastings Upcoming
Join Winemaker Matthieu
Finot February 28 for a
barrel tasting at King
Family Vineyards
At the end of this month King Family Vineyards' offers two Barrel Tastings, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at their operation. Join winemaker Matthieu Finot on Saturday, February 28 at either 11 am or 2 pm for an intimate look at King Family Vineyards.

Limited to 25 people, the group will assemble in the Tasting Room before heading to the winery production building where you will enjoy various wines that are aging in the barrel.  Don’t be shy about asking Mattieu questions as he will gladly provide answers.

Afterwards, head back to the tasting room for a Classic Tasting. As a memento of your visit, you will be given a King Family Vineyard wine glass to take home with you. Cost for the event is $35 per person; $25 for Wine Club Members, and includes both tastings.

Since space is very limited you need to reserve your spot as soon as you can.  This popular event sells out quickly! For details contact April Roberts at 434.823.7800 or by e-mail at april@kingfamilyvineyards.com 

History
Fantastic polo!
As the name implies, there really is a King family. The original farm, which comprises 327 acres where the vineyard now sits, was purchased by David and Ellen King in 1996 to build a polo field.  

The Kings’ interest in wine began shortly after they moved in when a young man inquired about leasing land on which to start a vineyard. They hired two employees to help plant eight acres with vines originally from California.  As the saying goes, the rest is history.

From 2002 to 2012 three King family sons joined the business. Over the years, the operation has expanded to 65 employees.

Vineyard’s Appeal
Whatever the season, King Family
Vineyards offers spectacular
mountain views.
All the family’s hard work has paid off. Regardless of the season, King Family Vineyards is a much sought-after destination for those who appreciate fine wine and the spectacular views. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, you can pack a picnic lunch and spread out in the field to enjoy polo matches (with your favorite King Family Vineyard wine, of course!).


Summer is perfect for a picnic lunch under the pergola, with a commanding view of the mountains. And if you happen to be at the vineyard around closing, you just might catch a glimpse of a bride (believed to be good luck in the Indian tradition) as she heads to her outdoor ceremony.

Early spring  
Fall offers its own splendor, with vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges dotting the mountain landscape. And if you are fortunate enough to be at the vineyard when a storm rolls in over the mountains, you bear witness to a dramatic show.

Even in the dead of winter, when Mother Nature is napping, you can find plenty to do at King Family Vineyards. Plan now to join us for the Barrel Tasting. 

See you there!
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers
Foxfield Inn,  a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

We serve a small dessert to our guests at breakfast here at Foxfield Inn.  We call them "Sweet Endings".

With the number of guests who request gluten free foods I am always looking for great gluten-free dessert ideas.  I came across several recently and thought one of them would be perfect for the month of February - Flourless Chocolate Cake.

I've had many flourless chocolate cakes in the past and had forgotten about them for some reason.  Some had been too sweet, some not enough chocolate flavor, some were hard.  But the one I am offering up today is decadent with lots of chocolate and it is very easy to make!

I hope you give it a try.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Click here for printable version

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting the pan
4 ounces 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate (I use Ghiradelli), roughly chopped
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon strong coffee

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325F.  Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.  Line pan with parchment paper and re-spray.  Using the 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder dust the cake pan bottom and sides.

In a 4-cup glass measuring cup place the bittersweet chocolate and the butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted.  If needed put back in the microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds and stir.  Stir in the 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder until fully combined.  Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla and coffee.  Stir to combine.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until it begins topull away from the sides.  A wooden toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake will come out slightly moist.

Cool in pan 10-15 minutes.  Turn cake out, remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake and set the cake on a cooling rack right side up.  Cool for about 1 hour.  Decorate as desired.  I like to dust mine with powdered sugar, add a few berries and serve with a bit of caramel sauce.

Store cake in refrigerator covered, if not eaten right away.


We hope you enjoy!
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top Nine Things to do in Charlottesville This February

People traditionally think of summertime for a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia, but if you are the kind of person who appreciates the extraordinary, consider a visit in February. There are an abundance of things to do - from arts, history, wine, and even mystery!  And while you're here, be sure to stay with us at Foxfield Inn. Welcome!

Arts
Art & Country, a diverse selection of 34 works on canvas, paper, and eucalyptus bark, taken from the Kluge-Ruhe's permanent collection. February 1-June 30, 2015, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Museum.  For details, click here.

Musical Events at Albemarle Ciderworks. Music will be in the air every weekend throughout the month of February at Albemarle Ciderworks. The offerings include country to Irish jam session, classical banjo, to American Folk, and blues. Shows are from 3-5 pm, no cover.

History
Enjoy a culinary journey in "The American 
Plate," with Dr. Libby O'Connell.
The American Plate: A History of the United States in 100 Bites, a lecture by Dr. Libby O'Connell, chief historian of The History Channel, provides a culinary journey through the evolution of America's cuisine and culture, covering 100 different foods. Tastings follow in the Monticello Gift Shop. 2-4 pm February 14, $15. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.
  
 Sequential Vegetable Planting. "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" Have a piece of Monticello in your own back yard; use seeds from historic Monticello in your garden! Learn how to maximize your yields by using sequential planting methods in this three-part, hands-on workshop. Come get your hands dirty! 10 am-noon, February 7, $28. Thomas Jefferson's Tufton Farm.

• Plant Label Calligraphy. Learn the techniques for pen and ink script from Monticello's vegetable gardener, Pat Brodowski, who creates the plant labels for the Monticello gardens. Create your own beautiful labels at home and be the envy of your gardening friends! 10 am-noon, February 28, $18, at Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. For details, click here.

Under the cloak of night mysteries abound!
Be part of the action, and “Step into Mystery.”
Mystery
Step into Mystery. If mystery is your thing, and you are not content to be a mere observer, then this is for you! Become a character in this monthly event and be part of the action! 7-10 pm, the first Monday of every month beginning February 2, $35. 3 Notch’d Brewing Company. For details click here. Are you the next Inspector Clouseau?



Food and Wine
Go back in time to Mr. Jefferson’s table in  
"Italian Night,” inspired by our founding
father's 1787 trip to Italy. Mangia!
Jefferson's Table: Italian Night. Join instructors from Charlottesville's Speak! Language Center as they prepare homemade tagliatelle and share their knowledge of Italian food and culture. 6-8 pm February 21, 2015 at Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. For details click hereMangia! 






A Valentine's Affair. Get a jump on Valentine's Day and enjoy a catered buffet dinner at Glass House Winery February 13th in the beautiful rolling countryside west of town. Catering provided by L'etoile of Charlottesville with live music by 2 Wishes. A special chocolate dessert will complete the repast. $40/person or $80/couple. For details click here.

Valentine's Day Winemaker's Dinner at Veritas.  Enjoy a spectacular five-course, wine-paired dinner, with music and dancing to follow. $140 per person inclusive of the meal, paired with a glass of Veritas with each course. For details, click here.

So if you are looking for the extraordinary, come to Charlottesville this February, and see how many of these nine things YOU can check off your list! And let us know your favorites.

Dan and Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA