Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn
Best Breakfast Recipe and YOUR chance today to win a $500 BedandBreakfast.com Gift Card 30 Mar 2015, 12:57 amNancy's signature Three Cheese Tart was recently selected as a finalist in the 4th Annual Best Breakfast contest sponsored by BedandBreakfast.com, and today it is up for vote as the public decides the winner through a series of brackets (a la March Madness tournament-style). We could use your help by taking a minute to vote - and your vote enters YOU to win a $500 BedandBreakfast.com Gift Card!
This is the first bracket as a finalist, if we win will will advance to the next round. Thank you for your time, support - and your vote!
"Years ago I figured out that blending Feta, Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses makes a unique taste that almost no one can resist when baked in a quiche. Even guests who typically overlook the words 'tart' or 'quiche' on a menu absolutely love it! Using the same cheese and herb measurements will allow for adding vegetables as written in the base recipe, or you can substitute anything from your local farmer. My weekly trip to Eagle Bend Farm for eggs makes me relax alongside innkeeping, and our guests can experience this haven too since Eagle Bend is open by appointment. They raise alpacas and wonderful chickens, so many different kinds of chickens, and there is even a fiber studio with knitting classes. The chickens who lay our favorite blue eggs are called Araucana. This original recipe is special to us since it has been a guest favorite for so many years, and we hope you can enjoy making it at home now too. If you host any out-of-town guests for a Kentucky Derby party this Spring, consider preparing this tart for brunch and use Kentucky country ham to create a true regional specialty. The ham makes it even better. Enjoy!” - Nancy Swartzel
Willis Graves' Three Cheese Tart
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced fresh cherry tomatoes
1 (9-inch) homemade pie crust or high-quality, store-bought version
Salt and black pepper to taste
2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 3/4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
8 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese
4 local eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup white wine
Dash ground cayenne red pepper for a little kick
Fresh herbs to taste, such as thyme or rosemary
Freshly cracked black pepper
Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley springs for garnish
Also known as quiche or breakfast pie, this tart is a perfect way to showcase regional, in-season vegetables and goods from the farmer’s market. The mushrooms and tomatoes can be substituted with an equivalent amount of produce and/or breakfast meats. When possible, our eggs are sourced from nearby Eagle Bend Farm in Burlington; their fresh golden yolks yield a wonderful flavor.
Bake the empty pie crust at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, remove from oven and let cool for approximately 10 minutes before adding other ingredients. Once the pie crust is cool, place mushrooms and tomatoes (or substitutions) in the bottom of the pie crust and season with salt and pepper. Layer all three cheeses on top of the vegetables.
In a separate bowl, mix local eggs, heavy cream, white wine, fresh herbs, and cayenne pepper. Be careful with the cayenne pepper - a little goes a long way! Slowly pour egg mixture over the pie and sprinkle the extra shredded Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. To serve, garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
Looking forward to Spring! 21 Feb 2015, 5:14 pmOn a snowy Saturday, we sure are looking forward to Spring being just around the corner, what about you? While going through photos this week, we found this favorite memory of special guests enjoying the weather in front of the Graves' Suite. One day soon all of this snow will give way to our green gardens - hope to see you!
Our New Driveway and Snow Day Inspiration 17 Feb 2015, 2:16 pmOne of the fun aspects of inn-keeping is that there are always new projects! Cleared from under the snow we've seen this winter is our newly paved parking area for guests. You may remember this was a gravel lot, but it was professionally paved last year...
This update even adds function to the guest experience - now your luggage will roll a little easier to your cars!
And in honor of the snow on the way, a link to our winter video is below. The cover photo features a time when our inn was snow drenched several years ago. It's a cozy place to spend a snow day with coffee, magazines, comfortable beds, and the air-jet tubs!
Friday the 13th Catharine's Room Available ($135) AND Gift Ideas for Your Special Valentine - or Yourself! 12 Feb 2015, 9:29 pm
2 1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoon high quality vanilla extract
11 1/2 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets. We bake ours in a convection oven at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. If you are baking them in a regular oven, adjust the bake setting to 375 degrees.
Winter Getaway in Burlington - Dates released during Christmas Break! 25 Nov 2014, 5:02 amGreetings from Burlington! Thinking about a winter getaway during Christmas break? We are delighted to let you know we just had some dates in December open up for reservations. Now December 21 and 22 and December 26 and 27 all have rooms and suites available. The latter weekend all rooms and suites are available, so it is a perfect opportunity for a full-house rental if you want to getaway and reconnect with friends and family. And an added bonus is that the house will be decorated for the holidays! We are happy to help with any questions you may have, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or give us a call at 888-226-5096.
Shop Online: Gift Certificates Available to Personalize for $25+ 22 Nov 2014, 8:12 am
We can customize gift certificates for any amount over $25 to be used toward a relaxing stay. The recipient can choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings: the 1850s log cabin and the 1830s Federal brick homestead. Our goal has always been to understand our guests and deliver a lasting impression that involves all five senses: the sight of antiques and comfortable surroundings, the sound of soft music, the touch of plush towels, the smell of the freshly ironed sheets, and the memorable taste of homemade cookies.
Looking for Fall Events in Cincinnati? #FallinCincy 22 Nov 2014, 8:11 amFor up-to-date ideas about Fall events and things to do during your stay at Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn, check out CincinnatiUSA.com's new hashtag #FallinCincy on social media platforms to see how other locals and tourists are experiencing our area in real-time. (And be sure to read up on their contest if you want to enter your own photos for prizes: http://cincinnatiusa.com/contest). The Cincinnati tourism site is highlighting #FallinCincy posts used on Instagram and Twitter accounts by re-posting top examples on their Facebook page (facebook.com/CincinnatiUSA).
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And if you like Tasty Treats, this article highlights Fall fare in Cincinnati: http://cincinnatiusa.com/article/tasty-fall-treats-cincinnati-nky
Summer Fun and Attractions 5 Jun 2014, 4:11 amIt's the time of the year for summer getaways, and to help get the fun started, here are a few links to some of our favorite attractions in/near Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Enjoy!
- Burlington Antique Show - Held the 3rd Sunday of the month (April - October), the Burlington Antique Show has been visited by producers from the Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers. www.burlingtonantiqueshow.com
- Tri-State Antique Market - At the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, six times each year (1st Sunday of the month, May thru October) browse for antiques and collectables. www.queencityshows.com
- MainStrasse Village Antiques Marketplace - Held seven times each year (4th Sunday of the month, April thru October) in Covington, Kentucky. www.mainstrasse.org
- Cincinnati Antiques Festival - Sharonville Convention Center, October Dates TBA. www.cincinnatiantiquesfestival.org
- Florence Antique Mall (Florence, KY) www.florenceantiquemall.com
- Duck Creek (Cincinnati, Ohio) www.duckcreekantiquemall.com
- Grand Antique Mall (Reading, Ohio) www.grandantiquemall.com
- Ambassador's Antiques 513-934-5677
- Broadway Antique Mall 513-932-1410
- Gerhardt Tribal Art 513-932-9946
- The Lemon Tree Antiques 513-934-3077
- Miller's Antique Market 513-932-8710
- Oh Suzanna 513-932-8246
- William & Mary 513-932-4030
- Website for all: www.historicdowntownlebanon.com
Waynesville, twenty minutes northeast of Lebanon, is
the home of Benner’s Colonial Traditions, who crafted the custom kitchen cabinets in our kitchen and several bedroom furniture pieces.
- Benner's Colonial Traditions www.bennerswoodworking.com
- List of additional Waynesville antique shops: www.waynesvilleohio.com
- Cowan’s Auctions (Cincinnati, Ohio) - www.cowanauctions.com
- Main Auction Galleries (Cincinnati, Ohio) - www.mainauctiongalleries.com
- Forsythes’ Auctions (Russellville, Ohio) - www.forsythesauctions.com
- Cox Auctioneers (Hamilton, Ohio) - www.coxauctioneers.com
- Marty Malette (Cincinnati, Ohio) - www.malletteandassociates.com
Located in Covington, Kentucky, BB Riverboats offers lunch and dinner cruises on the Ohio River. www.bbriverboats.com
A short drive takes you to Union, Kentucky, where Big Bone State Park is located. Giant mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, and other prehistoric animals, driven southward towards the end of the Ice Age, were attracted to the salt and minerals found in the swamp area now known as Big Bone Lick. Many of these prehistoric creatures became trapped and perished in the quagmire surrounding the swamps' ancient sulfur springs. Today, there are hiking trails, camping and picnicking grounds, a gift shop/museum, and a herd of buffalo. Visit Website
Unique merchandise and gifts. www.bigbonelick.com
Kentucky's Boone County Fairgrounds, located in Burlington, is home to the Boone County Fair, antique shows, horseshows, bluegrass festival, and car shows. Check schedule for events. www.boonecountyfair.org
Boone Links and Lassing Point Golf Courses www.boonecountygolf.com
Cabin Arts and Quilt Shop
Located down the street in Burlington, the Cabin Arts and Quilt shop has everything for your quilting and gift needs. 1,500 bolts of fabric, quilting supplies, handmade toys, quilt and craft classes, unique local handicrafts, quilted treasures old and new. www.cabinarts.com
Behringer-Crawford Museum www.bcmuseum.org
The Dinsmore Homestead
The Dinsmore Homestead, located in Burlington, is a living history site. Learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Check schedule for special events and operating days. www.dinsmorefarm.org
Eagle Bend Farm
The Eagle Bend farm, located in Burlington, is where our inn gets the farm fresh eggs used at breakfast. It is also the largest alpaca farm in the state. Tours are available with advance notice. Their Fiber Workshop store is filled products for sale such as beautiful raw fleece and items made from the alpaca. www.eaglebendalpacas.com
Little Britain Farm
For horse lovers and those seeking an unique location, the Little Britain Carriage House is available for tea, weddings, receptions, and group functions. www.littlebritainhouse.com/links.htm
Rabbit Hash General Store
In the nearby historic community of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, visit the General Store. Open every day, year-round, 8 AM to 7 PM. There you will find Bybee Pottery, Elmwood Inn Teas, Shortbreads, Curds, Berea Brooms, Sunflower Sundries, Soap, and other Kentucky-made products.
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati Ohio's premier outdoor concert facility. Riverbend Music Center hosts many genres of music. www.riverbend.org
Casino is located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. www.hollywoodindiana.com
Home of the Lane's End Stakes and Kentucky Cup Day of Champions. Live thoroughbred and simulcast horse racing. www.turfway.com
New Updates: Docking Stations, Graves' Suite TV, and a TOP 5 Disc Golf Park is just a 1/2 mile away 2 Jun 2014, 8:21 pmWith summer on its way, we have several new updates at the inn to share with our guests...
New Bluetooth Docking Stations added to all rooms and suites!
To help our guests be able to access their music libraries while on the road, we have new iHome NFC Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radios in each room with USB charging so you can sync it to your personal electronic devices.
New television in the Graves' Suite Bedroom
The Graves' Suite has always had a television in the living room area, but a new flat-screen television has recently been added to the bedroom too. Now with two televisions in this suite, couples can keep the peace and each watch your own favorite episodes in two separate rooms should the need arise. ;)
A National Top-5 Disc Golf Course is just 1/2-mile from the inn!
We have shared Idlewild-England Park with you before, but we didn't mention that one of the top disc golf parks in the country is located at this park, just 1/2 mile down the road from us. We keep hearing from our guests that it is one of the best, so you might want to add it to your to-do list the next time you visit. This Idlewood Disc Golf Facebook page shows some pics, and a score card and map is shown below. To get an idea about the course from an actual user, in an online review a poster with screen name "mdclc" writes about an April visit, "There's not a whole lot to say about Idlewild that hasn't already been said, so just know that it's a world-class course with stunning design that's worthy of its Top-5 status..." That sounds like quite an endorsement!
March 2014: Local Events and Attractions 20 Feb 2014, 2:27 pmIt is finally warming up after a rough winter for most of the country, so we have gathered a list of upcoming events in our area to inspire spring travel!
MainStrasse Village Mardi Gras Celebration
Grande Parade on Saturday begin at 8:00 p.m. will travel down Main Street.
Main Street, Covington, KY 41011
Wicked by Broadway Across America
Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
International Wine Festival
"This festival is a celebration of wine, food and music, and has earned its reputation as a world-class culinary event for both experienced and novice wine and food lovers. Offering a full complement of wine-related events, it is one of the Midwest's largest such festivals."
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
"Bockfest is a celebration of historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati's brewing heritage and the coming of spring. There are several bock beer festivals that take place around the world, but Cincinnati's Bockfest is the oldest and largest in the United States."
1619 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Cocktail Hour with Music of the Mad Men Era
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown St. Patrick's Day Celebration
"Celebrate with traditional Irish fare, dancing and live entertainment on Fountain Square."
Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
MainStrasse Village St. Patrick's Day Celebration
"Celebrate the luck of the Irish in MainStrasse Village."
Main Street, Covington, KY 41011
Annual Friends of Boone County Arboretum Spring Tea
This year's event features guest speaker Tony Works discussing "The Language of Flowers" and it is located at the Boone County Extension Office. You can register online or with Lacey Laudick at the Boone County Extension office: 859-586-6101. The event will be 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM.
Globetrotting with the KSO: A Classical Hit Parade
"Travel the world through music with works by composers from nine countries and five continents."
Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099
*Some events are free and some require advanced ticket purchase, so you may want to visit the associated websites and/or call the organization's phone number for details. Enjoy!
For a full list of links to ongoing area attractions, you can also visit our website at http://www.burligrave.com/attractions.html.