Crozet Arts & Craft Festival – October 10-11, 2015 5 Oct 2015, 1:25 pm
It looks like it is going to be a glorious weekend here in the Charlottesville area. Great weather to go to a festival. The Crozet Arts and Craft Festival takes place on the weekend of October 10-11. The festival is in it’s 35th year and the number of artists and artisans increases each time. We love to go to see if we can pick up any “foxes” for the inn. Every time we’ve gone we have found something to add to our collection.
The festival is close-by in Crozet – approximately a 15 minutes drive from our inn. Approximately 100 artists show their work – everything from paintings, photography, basket weaving, clay pots & mugs, to musical instruments, jewelry, candles, clothes and so much more!
There is also entertainment on stage through the two days – showcasing some great local talent. Plus food vendors, producers and samplers. One of our favorites to visit every year is the Blue Ridge Kettle Korn – Dan always picks up a bag to have on his way home.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed & breakfast in Charlottesville VA
What to do in Charlottesville in October? 22 Sep 2015, 1:27 pm
Our guests here at Foxfield Inn frequently ask us this question. The first place to look for ideas is here. We’ve scouted out plenty of things for you to do and experience. Below are just a couple of ideas that might interest you.
There are wineries to visit. Our favorites nearby are King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards and Stinson Vineyards. At this time of year they are all harvesting and processing grapes so if you visit in October you get to see them in action.
Don’t care for wine? How about visiting one of the many breweries or cideries in the area. Albemarle Cider Works is just one of several here that make delicious “hard” ciders. At this time of year they are out picking apples and then pressing them. They also have great orchards of vintage apples to enjoy.
For a great horseback riding adventure Ashton Beebe of Indian Summer Guides will take you for a ride through local wineries or local nature areas. This time of year with the fall foliage coming to peak (mid-late October) the rides are not only enjoyable but beautiful as well. Previous guests have had nothing but positive comments to say about their time spent with Ashton and his team.
Where’s our Favorite Place to get a Burger in Charlottesville? 8 Sep 2015, 12:06 pm
Citizen Burger Bar, of course! Why go anywhere else when you can get get great “burgers”, salads, and beverages all served by friendly wait staff and bartenders? We try to eat there once a month but would love to go more often.
Their “burgers” include beef, chicken and vegan. The beef comes from Timbercreek Organic Farm (across the street from us here at Foxfield Inn) and is the best grass-fed, free range Angus beef in Virginia! Of course, I might be a bit biased since they are our neighbors but the beef is REALLY good. Dan’s favorite beef burger is the Citizen Burger with the multi-grain bun and the fried pickle on top. My favorite beef burger is the Southern – love pimento cheese, skip the bun and have it served on lettuce! Of course any of the other beef burgers are just as good – including the Mini which is just the right size for me.
I recently tried the Vegan burger which is made with quinoa, millet and beets. It is a great option for those who follow a plant based diet, which I am trying to do more often. Again, I would skip the bun even though they do offer a vegan bun and have it served on lettuce instead. If you are a vegetarian you can add cheese, of which there are 7 different kinds of cheese.
We have not tried their Chicken Burger, Grilled Cheese or Lobster Club Sandwich yet. But there are more months ahead for us to explore those options. I will say the salads look fresh and interesting as they have gone by us to another table – just haven’t gotten around to them yet.
So next time you are in Charlottesville don’t hesitate to stop at Citizen Burger Bar for a great lunch or dinner burger.
Yes, the back of his shirt does say “Grass – everybody’s doing it”. It’s a cute cow that’s eating grass.
5 Things to do in Charlottesville in September 19 Aug 2015, 2:29 pm
Ah, September! The month when the nights start cooling down and the days stay warm & sunny. Just the perfect weather to get out and explore. If you love apples there are several apple orchards in the area so you can pick your own or pick up a selection of apples in bins waiting for you.
Below are some ideas that you may want to consider to get you out of the house and into the Albemarle countryside or the University Grounds. Of course if none of these interest you there is always hiking, biking, horseback riding, balloon riding, visiting wineries (and sipping some good wines!). There is lots to do in Charlottesville and Albemarle County!
- Saturday September 12 – 9th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. This popular event showcases heirloom fruit and vegetables through workshops and lessons, sampling of foods by local chefs plus a local food market – all on the beautiful West Lawn of Monticello. If you are in town on Friday night plan on attending the Festival Opening Ceremony at The Paramount Theater. The Fabulous Beekman Boys are in town to kick the festival off in great style.
- Saturdays September 12, 19 & 25 (Friday) – UVA Football at Scott Stadium. Join in the fun and excitement of watching the UVA football team. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Hoo’s coming to town? September 12 – Notre Dame; September 19 – William & Mary; September 25 – Boise State. This could be the start of a successful UVA football season.
- Thursday September 17 – Night at the Museum at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Enjoy exploring the exhibitions from 5:00-9:00 pm. The Smiling Islanders start playing their music at 6:00 pm. Hungry? There will be food trucks their for you purchase your dinner or snack plus beer from Devil’s Backbone!
- Tuesday-Friday September 22-25 – LUSH Wine Camp (summer camp for adults!) Enjoy four days filled with learning about wine, meeting vintners, seeing the behind-the-scenes activities at some of Charlottesville premier vineyards. Plus two extravagant wine pairing dinners. If all you needed to do was sip wine and relax as Sommelier Kim Dozier takes you to 7 spectacular wineries. Plus you get to stay with us here at Foxfield Inn!
- Sunday September 27th – Southern Living Idea House 2015 – Bundoran Farm. Tour this beautiful property which was designed by harlottesville-native Bunny Williams. Working with Rosney Co. Architects they designed a quintessential Virginia farmhouse, filled with hundreds of fresh ideas for decorating, architect and gardening. Situated in the rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia, the 2015 Southern Living Idea House is located at Bundoran Farm—a preservation community where a majority of the land is protected landscape.
5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in August 22 Jul 2015, 11:22 am
We’re sure you need a break between now and September! After all, once schools start it is hard to get away for a few days. So if you are looking for something to do in August how about one of these?
August 2, Sunday 1:00pm – Polo at King Family
Take a picnic lunch, sip on a glass of wine and watch polo being played. Great way to tailgate, enjoy the outdoors and see some action.
August 8, Saturday Noon – 3:00pm – British & Classic Car Show, Grace Estate Winery.
Enjoy looking at classic cars and British cars in a beautiful setting. Food trucks, live music and wine – what could be better?
August 11, Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00pm – Tuesday Tunes, Ash Lawn-Highland (James Monroe’s presidential home).
This evening concert is performed by two local bluegrass
bands – Pretty Little Miss and Gallatin Canyon. Take a picnic with you and enjoy some great beverages from Albemarle Ciderworks and Devil’s Backbone Brewery while listening to modern and traditional bluegrass music. Food trucks will be on-site if you don’t want to take a picnic with you.
August 20, Thursday 5:30-8:00pm – Mosaic Lessons, Firefish Gallery.
Always wanted to learn how to make mosaics? Well here’s your chance to learn how to make a mosaic mirror, flower pot, or tray. It’s BYOB and BYOS(nack). We’ll pack a lunch or snack bag for you to take.
August 22, Saturday 9:30-11:30am – Summer Fruit Tasting, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s presidential home).
Grabriele Rausse will help you enjoy what Thomas Jefferson referred to as “precious refreshment”. Tasting includes early apples, figs, grapes, nectarines, peaches, and more. We’ll provide an early breakfast for you if you are staying with us so you can make to the tasting in time.
Charlottesville Restaurant Week – July 18-25th 9 Jul 2015, 2:06 pm
I love Restaurant Week. This July there are 40 restaurants participating with three course meals. The restaurants either offer their meals at $16, $26 or $36 per person. One dollar from each meal goes to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
With so many restaurants to choose from it was difficult to decide which one to go to. I know we could select one for each of the eight nights but work calls so we narrow it down to just one. A group of local innkeepers get-together to enjoy the night out and experience a restaurant that not everyone has been to yet. We look at the menus of the restaurants we haven’t been to yet (this year there are only a couple) and some old favorites.
This month we chose Three Penny Cafe. A couple of the innkeepers have been there before and really enjoyed the food so we decided to give it a try. Our group has some interesting food restrictions and Three Penny’s menu fits all of our requirements.
In the past we’ve been to Maya, Orzo, Horse & Hound, and Hamilton’s. All were really good as I am sure they will be this year. In fact looking at all the menus, I don’t think you will go wrong at any of the participating restaurants.
So, come to Charlottesville, enjoy some good food and help support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Hope to see you soon,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville VA
5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in July 23 Jun 2015, 2:15 pm
Is it really near the end of June already? I must be having a lot of fun because as the saying goes “Time flies when you are having fun!”. Here are my top 5 picks for things to do next month when you visit Charlottesville.
1. July 4th – 53rd annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. This is a wonderful event where new citizens are welcomed to the USA. This year’s keynote speaker is Governor Terry McAuliffe. Admission to the House Tour is free but you do need to make a reservation to attend.
2. Sundays – Polo at King Family Vineyard. Some of you may have noticed that I mention King Family Vineyards polo frequently. Well, that’s for two reasons – the first is it’s a great way to spend the afternoon watching the match; the second is that the wines at King Family Vineyards are some of my favorite in the area. So you get two-for-one – great entertainment and great wine.
3. Saturday, July 11th – Starry Nights with Abbey Road at Veritas Vineyard. If you like music, evening skies and good wine you would like this event. Abbey Road is a great band that brings the music of the Beatles to life. Get ready to dance away the night under the stars. Be sure to get your tickets early. And, yes, this takes place at another one of my favorite wineries – Veritas Vineyard.
4. Monday, July 13th – The Eagles perform at John Paul Jones Arena. The Eagles perform some of their classic hits as part of their “History of the Eagles” tour. Songs included Hotel California.
5. July 23-August 1 – Almost, Maine at the Ruth Caplin Theater. This play is part of UVA’s Heritage Theater Festival which takes place every summer. The residents of Almost, Maine are caught between Canada and the USA. This story tells the tale of 9 couples who share love and all the mess that is involved.
So there are my suggestions for five things you can do in Charlottesville in July – that is besides staying with us here at Foxfield Inn. We hope you enjoy your summer.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
A Summer Getaway for You! 7 Jun 2015, 12:09 pm
We are happy to announce that our popular summer package from last year is being offered again this year. A Summer Getaway offers 10% off the room rate for a stay of at least two nights Monday – Thursday from now until August 27th. So if you need a break just get on-line and book a couple of days off. And remember – the back porch rocking chairs are waiting for you.
If you have wanted to go hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, climb the falls at Crabtree Falls, or relax with a glass of wine at one of the nearby vineyards this special offers the chance to getaway for a couple of days. Leave that pesky work behind and enjoy two nights (or three or four) in one of our uniquely appointed rooms and in the morning sip on some of Dan’s famous coffee as you wake up. Then off to enjoy breakfast in the Sunroom before heading out for the day.
Hiking, wineries, Presidential homes – Jefferson’s, Monroe’s and Madison’s – all within a short drive from here. What are you waiting for?
We would love to see you again this summer.
Dan & Kathryn
Almond Brickle Cookies 28 May 2015, 2:06 pm
I was looking for a new cookie to serve to our guests here at Foxfield Inn and couldn’t decide what to make. I wanted an almond cookie but not a plain almond one or one that is “too almond-y” like some are.
So I started with my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and made some changes – removed the chocolate chips & pecans, changed the leavening agents, added almonds and brickle bits just to name a few. Then on the back of the Hershey’s Brickle Toffee Bits bag there was recipe for Brickle Drop Cookies. Well, guess what? Most of the changes I made to my recipe were similar to Hershey’s recipe – so I knew I was on the right track. I combined my changes with their recipe and, voila!, a new cookie is born.
Dan and Kathy (our assistant) really liked the recipe I finalized. We hope you enjoy them too.
Almond Brickle Cookies – makes 36 cookies
3 ½ cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, tablespoon)
1 1/3 cups Brickle Toffee Bits (8 oz package)
1 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, white sugar and brown
sugar with an electric
mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until thoroughly
mixed into batter. Stir in vanilla.
Add the flour mixture in thirds, beat until just mixed in after each addition.
Stir in the brickle bits and almond slices. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 9–11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Charlottesville City Market 25 May 2015, 10:44 am
I finally made it to the City Market – Charlottesville’s version of a farmer’s market but with jewelry and food purveyors as well. I go for the produce, honey and cheeses. When I was a child we always used to stop at farm stands to get our vegetables and fruits. Most of the time you picked up what you wanted and left some money in a coffee can as payment. Every now and then the farmer or his kids would be manning the stand and it was great to talk with them about what they were growing this year, how the crops were doing and what was going to be at the stand next week. Unfortunately farm stands aren’t common anymore.
The City Market opens the first weekend in April but there isn’t much produce or fruit for sale until May so I don’t worry if I don’t make it there when it first opens. The weather this weekend was gorgeous and made for a perfect day at the market. I came home with Swiss Chard, beautiful radishes, fresh strawberries and some honey. I can hardly wait until more farmers are there with produce and fewer food vendors.
My alternate choice for a farmer’s market is Farmers in the Park. I actually like this better because it is 95% farmers and maybe one or two food vendors. It is much smaller and allows you time to talk with the people who grow the produce or work on the farms. This year Farmers in the Park doesn’t open until June 3rd. I will be there!
We use this fresh produce in our Sunday breakfast specials – Farmer’s Market Frittata or Farmer’s Market Vegetable Fritters with Eggs. It all depends on what I can find at the market that week.
Hope to see you soon!
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA