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Monday, November 28, 2011

Downtown Charlottesville VA Holiday Events, Foxfield Inn

One of my favorites from 2010
If you are like me the Christmas catalogs started arriving here at Foxfield Inn well before I was ready for them.  Now that Thanksgiving is past it's time to start looking forward to celebrating the joys of the holiday season.  Looking for something to do this weekend?  The businesses in downtown Charlottesville have gotten together again to provide Downtown for the Holidays.   How about starting off on Thursday December 1st with the kick-off of the 8th Annual Virginia Gingerbread Christmas ?  It is a Winter Wonderland of gingerbread houses made by children of all ages.  The theme for the houses is fairy tales and nursery rhymes. It runs through Sunday December 4th.  So if you are staying with us here at our Charlottesville bed and breakfast we would love to know which was your favorite gingerbread house.

If you are in the downtown mall area on Saturday morning you should see the Holiday Heritage Parade from 10:00 to 11:30am.  There will also be free concerts, dance performances, choral groups and music all day at The Paramount Theater .  Then stop by one of the many downtown restaurants for a great lunch before heading out to some of the wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail

Planning ahead and thinking about New Year's Eve?  Here's a hint: First Night Virginia!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Cheese, Foxfield Inn

Not far from our Charlottesville VA bed and breakfast is the wonderful monastery Our Lady of the Angels.  Every week the nuns make the most delicious Gouda cheese.  We have been very lucky that every year someone gives a wheel of this delicious cheese as a present.

The monastery, the youngest in the Trappist Order continues the Benedictine tradition of prayer work with the work of prayer.  It is not the easiest place to find but once you've made it down the gravel road and over the one-lane bridge you've gone through some beautiful scenery.

In 1990 the nuns began making Gouda cheese as a means of self-support.  Each batch of cheese is made with milk from Shenandoah Valley grass-fed and pastured cows.  The nuns use techniques developed in The Netherlands to make their mild and mellow Dutch-style Gouda.  The Gouda is available year round and is sold in 2 pound wheels.

So if you are staying with us at Foxfield Inn why not take an idyllic drive through the country, visit the monastery and buy some delicious cheese.  After all it's only 10 minutes away.

See you there!
Dan and Kathryn Bundy, Innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, our Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast

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