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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Top 7 Places to Eat Outside in Charlottesville

The weather is warming and restaurants around town are opening their patios and shade umbrellas for your al fresco dining enjoyment. So come on and unpack your bags at Foxfield Inn and head out for some good food and great views in Charlottesville this spring.

Settle in for a relaxing afternoon at Blue Mountain .
Blue Mountain Brewery
For a casual afternoon, it's hard to beat Blue Mountain Brewery's expansive patio. Share a pizza and sample their seasonal brews at one of the most popular local breweries. Breathe in the mountain air and enjoy the mountain view--we promise you'll return refreshed.

Devil's Backbone Brewing Company
Nestled in the valley beneath the Devil's Backbone rock formation, this brewery has a large covered patio with plenty of outdoor seating. A perfect stop after a hike.

Downtown Mall
Enjoy people watching while having lunch on the Downtown Mall.
There are dozens of places to eat outside on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall. Some places request that you see the hostess inside to be seated outside, while others have the host stationed near their patio seating. To be at the heart of people-watching, we recommend Zo Ca Lo, Petit Pois, Blue Light Grill, or Citizen Burger Bar. If you want to be outside with a bit more intimacy, we suggest C&O - request a table at their Covered Patio or the Terrace.

There's something about eating tapas outside that makes the experience feel truly authentic. At Mas, this means dining beneath sunny yellow umbrellas and sharing a pitcher of sangria served from a traditional pitcher. Pick a few small plates to share, and savor the evening in the Belmont neighborhood.

Fry's Spring Station
Part of the charm of Fry's Spring Station (aside from their tasty pizza, of course) is the fact that it is a converted auto garage. If the patio is full, ask the staff to open the huge garage doors to make even an indoor dining experience feel fresh.

Travinia even has heaters & firepits for cold weather enjoyment.
Maya's patio is charming, and we're convinced that Southern food tastes best when enjoyed outdoors. Their creative menu now features gluten-free options, and you don't want to miss $12 Tuesdays.

Located in the new Stonefield Shopping Center, this Travinia location offers a classy patio seating area with comfy chairs and fire pits. Get your fill of great Italian food and savor your wine in style. A great stop before or after catching a movie at the Regal Stadium/IMAX theater next door!

And there you have it. Where are you most looking forward to eating outside in Charlottesville this spring? Let us know how we at Foxfield Inn can help you make the most of your visit. (And check our recommendations for upcoming events in April here).

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What to Do in Charlottesville - April 2014

Spring is arriving here at Foxfield Inn, and Charlottesville itself is coming alive. April is chock-full of exciting events that celebrate nature, the outdoors, and the human spirit. If your travels bring you to Charlottesville this spring, here are some great events to add to your itinerary.

The first of our spring bulbs are ready for April!

Events at Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's home is open for tours year-round. But be sure to take advantage of the wonderful staff and resources they have by attending one of their spring workshops!
4/5 Spring Bird Walk
4/5 Cultivating Unusual Vegetables and Mushrooms
4/10, 4/12, 4/17, 4/19, 4/24 Spring Wildflower Walk
4/11 Founder's Day and Jefferson' Birthday Celebration
4/17 Spring Arboretum Walk 
4/26-30 Historic Garden Week
4/28 TOM Talk with Thomas Woltz
4/29 Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Monticello talk and tour

City Market Opens
beginning Saturday, April 5, 7 A.M. - Noon
The City Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Pick up a cup of coffee and a fresh donut or pastry and wander the stalls for fresh produce, flowers, and unique artisan items and gifts.

Big Woods Walk at Montpelier
Saturday, April 6 (2pm)
James Madison was one of our country's early environmentalists. Take a walk through the woods at his home to understand why while admiring some of the region's largest oaks, beeches, and poplars on a gently rolling and incredibly peaceful walk.

Foodies Over Fifty at Clifton Inn
April 6-30 (6-8:30)
Enjoy the chef's seasonal tasting menu for 50% off if you're over the age of fifty! 10-12 courses feature local ingredients in creative dishes. A perfect date night spot.

Tom Tom Founders Festival
April 9-13
This annual festival for music, arts, and entrepreneurial innovation features concerts, lectures and discussions, demonstrations, exhibits, parties, and more. Check out the full schedule of events here to find what speaks to you.

Monticello Cup Awards
Thursday, April 10, 6 P.M.
Music, mingling, and honoring the best of the best of our region's wines and vineyards. Tickets for this black tie-optional event can be purchased online here.

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival
Saturday, April 12, 1-5 P.M.
Sample wines from 25 local wineries while enjoying live music at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. This is an extremely popular event, so we recommend purchasing tickets online in advance here.

Fridays After Five
beginning April 18, 5:30-8:30 P.M.
Catch a free concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall before your dinner date. A popular event with townies, the Fridays After Five Concert Series brings free, live entertainment with concessions available to purchase.

Foxfield Races
Saturday, April 26, gates open at 9 A.M.
One of the most well-attended social events of the season, the Foxfield Races signals to many the official start of spring. Pack a cooler of snack and drink, don your sun hats and seersucker suits, and cheer on the steeplechase. Check the event website here for detailed information about tickets and parking.


Historic Garden Week
April 26-May 3
This annual event offers open-house access to historical gardens big and small across the state. Don't miss spring at its peak. Check the schedule of events for sites to visit in our area.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Foxfield Inn in April! Let us know what events you'll be adding to your itinerary and how else we can make your visit special.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Storm Titan & Breakfast Pizza!

Foxfield Inn - backyard
When I heard that Winter Storm Titan was heading our way I was not very happy as I was supposed travel north to visit family.  Unfortunately I would have had to drive right through it's path and with the wintry mix of sleet, ice and snow I decided to stay home.  The other unfortunate bit is that by staying home I get to help Dan shovel snow again.  Oh well.

I had been wanting to experiment with making a Breakfast Pizza but hadn't had time.  While waiting for the snow to stop and the shoveling to begin I thought this would be a good time to start the Pizza experiment.  After all, I had a couple of small pizza rounds in the refrigerator, some left over herb-roasted tomatoes and we always have bacon & eggs on

I started by making the sauce from the tomatoes - not very hard as most of the work was already done.  Yesterday the grape tomatoes had been lightly covered with olive oil, some chopped basil, salt & pepper.  Then they were baked at 350F for 20 minutes.  So all I had to do today was take them out of the refrigerator, warm then up on the stove, mash slightly and adjust the seasoning for this purpose.  As it turned out all I needed to add was a bit of oregano.

I lightly oiled the pizza rounds with a nice olive oil and spread the tomato sauce over the round.  You do need to make a well in the sauce so that when you put the egg on it doesn't run off the pizza (learned this on the first one!).  Top with a farm-fresh egg from Timbercreek Organics farm and some cooked, diced bacon.  Last put your favorite cheese on top - I used a mixture of mozzarella and Parmesan.  Bake it at 425F for 12-14 minutes until the cheese is lightly golden and the egg yolk just set.

See the egg yolk just peeking through?
This was a great breakfast treat.  In fact I was going to take a picture after we cut the pizza into slices but we got eating them and didn't remember until they were all gone. 

OK, next time I'll take a better photo!
The one change I would make to what I did today is to increase the amount of bacon and dice it in larger pieces.  This might be the one occasion when thick slice bacon doesn't work and thin sliced is required. More experimenting required.

Experimenting sure can be flavorful fun!  Now to go shovel.


Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville VA