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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Things to do in Charlottesville - March 2014

Spring is just around the corner, and we at Foxfield Inn are just itching to get outside. Luckily, the month of March offers plenty of interesting things to do. If your travels bring you to Charlottesville in March, here are some great events to add to your itinerary.

Monticello is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Charlottesville. But did you know, beyond the fascinating tour of Mr. Jefferson's home and grounds, Monticello also hosts informative workshops of seasonal interest? See what is offered during your upcoming trip to take full advantage of the resources of their knowledgeable staff.

March 1, 8 P.M.
Catch the University's talented drama program in their final performance of Museum by Tina Howe. The performances are held at UVa's Ruth Caplin Theater, a short drive from the inn.

March 4, 5 P.M.
Devil's Backbone is one of the most popular breweries in our area, and this spring they are doing Mardi Gras right: crawfish, po'boys, gumbo, oysters, and king cake. Live jazz beginning at 6, and costumes are welcome.

March 9, 2-4 P.M.
Jonathan Wheeler and Katell Griaud are Trump Winery's winemakers, and you can meet them during an afternoon of wine tasting at the winery. Ask questions, get a bottle signed for a souvenir, and savor their award-winning creations.

March 15, 7 P.M.
With St. Patrick's Day approaching, if you have any Irish heritage in you (and even if you don't), this performance will be spectacular. Featuring some of the world's top Irish step dancers and musicians, this concert promises to leave you spellbound.

March 20, 5:30-8 P.M.
For a fun date night, why not try a mosaics class? Bring your own snacks and drinks and leave with your own handmade mirror, flower pot, or tray. Sign up early to reserve your space.

March 21, 7:30-10 P.M.
Is square dancing a dying art? The folks at Grand Squares of Nelson don't think so. You can join them at Rockfish River Elementary School for a fun evening swinging your partner.

March 19-23
This highly popular festival draws authors, poets, book lovers, and literary enthusiasts together in a celebration of all things book. Most events are free and are held at various locations around town, but be sure to check the schedule online to determine which events require tickets.

March 29 - April 6, 10 A.M. - 7 P.M. daily
To cap off a month of literary goodness, browse the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Gordon Avenue Library. Donated and gently used books, records, CDs, and more are available for extremely discounted prices, and all proceeds benefit our local library system.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Foxfield Inn in March! Let us know how else we can make your stay special.

Your Innkeepers,
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast

Friday, February 7, 2014

Top Independent Booksellers in Charlottesville

Calling all bookworms! Charlottesville has an impressive selection of independent booksellers. Whether you're looking for something new, used, or rare, or simply want to browse and get lost in a sea of books, be sure to explore these inviting nooks on your next visit.

One of our favorites on the Downtown Mall, New Dominion is a bright space with tall ceilings. Browse dozens of tidy shelves or attend a reading in the mezzanine. 

Daedalus Bookshop
If you recall your Greek mythology, you may remember the story of Daedalus who built the labyrinth to contain the Minotaur. True to its literary roots, Daedalus Book Shop is especially enchanting for its three floors of labyrinth-like shelves. There is so much to explore here - perfect for a leisurely or rainy day.

Read It Again, Sam
Another Downtown Mall stop, Read It Again, Sam carries new and gently used books in great condition in a wide array of topics. Be sure to check the sale carts outside the store for a bargain - maybe something to read on your drive or flight back home?

Over the Moon is Crozet's local bookseller. They carry a beautiful selection of unique and popular books. You can also browse this cozy space for local artisan jewelry, wood carvings, and more. The staff has great recommendations to help you find your new favorite book, and would be a great stop on your way back to Foxfield Inn from your afternoon winery tours.

Blue Whale Books is a standout for its unique collection of used and rare books, prints, and maps. A fabulous place to browse while you wait for your dinner reservation on the Downtown Mall.

True to its name, The Quest Bookshop reminds us that our human experience is indeed a journey. With extensive spiritual, religion, and well-being selections there is much to explore here. The Quest also has a creative display of crystals, stones, jewelry, and greeting cards for all occasions. Be sure to ask the friendly staff about their Books Behind Bars program which provides literature and educational material to people in prison.

Whether you want to linger in the store all day, stop in to pick up some light reading, or just admire the window displays, Charlottesville's independent bookstores are a bibliophile's dream. But you don't have to take our word for it. Come explore them for yourself, and let us know how else we at Foxfield Inn can make your visit to Charlottesville special.

P.S. The Virginia Festival of the Book is coming up March 19-23. These stores (and other locations) will be flooded with signings, talks, and events. Check the full details here!

Your Innkeepers,
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Citrus Salads, Part 2 - Citrus Salad with Basil Yogurt

Okay - I know I said I would publish two citrus salads in January and I only issued one.  Well, I actually did develop the second one I just didn't get around to posting it.  This recipe was inspired by a dish that Diane MacPherson serves at the Foster Harris House in Washington VA.

Citrus Salad with Basil Yogurt
Serves 4

1 pink or red grapefruit
2 navel oranges
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup basil leaves, packed
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger

Peel grapefruit and oranges, remove as much of the pith as possible.  Break the fruit into sections.  Slice each section into bite size pieces.  Transfer fruit and any juices to a large bowl.  Slightly warm the honey in a small bowl in the microwave so that it is pourable (in my microwave this takes about 10 seconds).  Stir cinnamon, ginger and orange juice into the honey.  Pour over the fruit.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

While the fruit salad is chilling, add the yogurt, basil leaves and honey to a small processor or blender.  Puree the mixture until the basil is reduced to small pieces.  Cover and chill.

Spoon the fruit into glasses or bowls and top with yogurt.  Sprinkle crystallized on top and serve.  Garnish with a sprig of basil if desired.

Hope you enjoy!

Your Innkeepers,
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed & Breakfast