Foxfield Inn

2280 Garth Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Innkeeper(s): Dan and Kathryn Bundy
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    Back Yard

  • Breakfast Room

    Breakfast Room

  • Garden Room

    Garden Room

  • Audubon Room

    Audubon Room

  • Dogwood Room

    Dogwood Room

  • Hunt Country Room

    Hunt Country Room

  • Rose Room

    Rose Room

 

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

Directions:

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

5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in June – History 11 May 2015, 9:03 am

Hard to believe that it is time to think about events that are happening in Charlottesville during the month of June!  There are some many things that I thought I would break them up into categories for you.  This blog will be about Historic things to do and the next one will be about Arts & Music.

June is the month when activities really get going here in Charlottesville and this year is no exception.  Let’s start with what is happening at Monticello , Ashlawn-Highland and Montpelier.  All of these Presidential homes are a short drive from Foxfield Inn.

Monticello (Thomas Jefferson)

  • Jefferson’s Virginia Summer Festival – May 25-July 4, various locations along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  Events include book signings, dinners, theater, D-Day celebrations and a boat festival.  Jefferson’s Heritage Trail runs between Monticello here in Charlottesville and his summer home of Poplar Forest.
  • 19th Annual Historic Landscape Institute – June 14-19; Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  This is a one-week course where you will learn about landscape preservation.  The gardens of Monticello and the University of Virginia will be the setting for your outdoor classrooms.

 

Ashlawn-Highland (James Monroe)

  • Celebrate Elizabeth Monroe’s Birthday – June 30.  This is a fun and light-hearted celebration where you will learn how Mrs. Monroe was involved in husband’s political career.

 

Montpelier (James Madison)

  • Garden & Grounds Tour – June 6, Montpelier Visitor Center.  Learn about the gardens, trees and landscape and how they came to be over 250 years.
  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom – June 20, Montpelier Visitor Center.  View how slaves transitioned to freedom by visiting the buildings and sites where they lived and worked.  This is a walking and driving tour. Not only will you visit the Montpelier home and grounds but also the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

More to come in next post on Arts & Music events in June.

Have a great month of June!

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers

Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in May 27 Apr 2015, 7:36 am

We frequently get asked by our guests here at Foxfield Inn what there is to do in the Charlottesville area besides going to wineries, seeing Monticello or hiking the Blue Ridge mountains.  That’s why every month I try to come up with some unique and different things to do, places to go or music to listen to.  In May there are quite a few things happening so it was hard to decide which ones I should tell you about.  But, with that said, I finally decided.  We hope you get a chance to enjoy at least one of them.

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday and Sunday May 9 & 10, 10:00am – 5:00pm.  This is the 35th year that this festival has taken place in the spring.  There are over 120 exhibitors showing their handcrafted items.  There are also food tents, live music and activities.  It’s a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend.

Court Square Walking Tours – Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tour times vary.  If you’ve always wanted to know about the early years of Charlottesville and it’s inhabits this is a great tour for you to take.  You will learn about our citizens, businesses and buildings from members of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza – May 8 to June 7, Thursdays through Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00pm. This exhibit highlights large multi-panel paintings done by the artist during the last two years.  These works of work were influenced by Russ’s favorite Spanish painters – including Velazquez, Goya and Picasso.  An opening reception will be held on Friday May 8th, 5:30 – 7:30.

Third Saturdays with Bill Adams at Albemarle Cider Works – Thursday, May 21, 3:00 – 5:00pm.  If you love finger pickin’ blues then you need to head to Albemarle Cider Works to listen to the old-time blues and music he plays.  Plus enjoy a glass of great cider!

Fridays After Five – every Friday, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 5:30 – 8:30pm.  Enjoy free concerts while supporting charities.   There are many different styles of music so pick a Friday and see who is playing.  While there stop at the concessions to purchase food, handicrafts or whatever a local charity is selling that night.

Have a great month of May!

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers

Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

Asparagus and Vegetable Frittata 19 Apr 2015, 3:46 pm

Now that springtime is here fresh asparagus is showing up in stores and at farmer’s markets.  Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables so I am always thinking of ways to use it the breakfasts we serve our guests here at Foxfield Inn.

This recipe is has evolved over the years to one that our guests really like.  We hope you like it too!

Asparagus & Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup onions, diced
1 pound asparagus
1 ½ cups corn, canned & drained or frozen & thawed
4 cups kale, chopped
2 tablespoons water
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (not grated)
1 tablespoon garlic/herb blend (or your favorite herb blend)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
12 large eggs
2 large egg whites (save the yolks for your Homemade Hollandaise sauce)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a 12-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté
until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Trim woody ends from asparagus and slice into ¼ inch pieces. You should have about two
cups of sliced asparagus. Add to onions in pan and sauté for a few minutes until al
dente.  Add corn and stir.

Remove vegetables from pan and put into an 8 cup measuring cup (you can use a large
bowl but I prefer to use a large measuring cup as it makes it easier to pour into the
pie pans).

Wash kale carefully. Remove leaves from stems (discard stems). Coarsely chop kale and add to sauté pan. Add two tablespoons water. Over medium heat wilt kale, approximately 5 minutes. Make sure all the water has evaporated off. Add kale to the vegetable mixture.

Stir in cheese and seasonings.

In a separate bowl combine the eggs and egg whites. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add to vegetables. Pour into prepared pie pans.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly browned and center is firm.

Serve with Hollandaise sauce, crispy bacon and tomato & arugula salad.

 

Not serving 12 people?  This recipe works very well when reduced by half to serve 6.

Enjoy!

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers

Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

 

Springtime in Charlottesville 14 Apr 2015, 9:00 am

When we moved to Charlottesville 6 years ago we did not know how beautiful the spring is here.  Spring also starts earlier than it does up north where we came from so it is a delight in late March to see life coming back to the landscape.  Spring is now our favorite season of the year here at Foxfield Inn.

The winters here are dull color-wise (with the exception of a few snow storms) and every March the colors start popping out.  April is the prettiest month with the purple redbuds, the pink dogwoods and white dogwoods in bloom.  There are pale pink weeping cherry trees blossoming and white pussy willows budding out.  The light green abounds with the opening of fresh leaves on the trees and bushes.

 

And then there are the multitude of colors from the early flowers – yellow daffodils, blue hyacinths, orange lilies and red tulips.

Our goldfish awaken from their winter’s rest during this time as well and their orange, white and striped colors gleam in the sunshine.  We are awash in color.

As we sit here today thinking about how lucky we are to have the gorgeous spring colors in April we know they will continue into May when the azaleas and rhododendrons come alive with their splendid pinks, reds and whites.

Spring is a beautiful season!  Come visit before it’s gone.

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, Your Innkeepers

Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

Foxfield Inn – New Website 7 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm

We are pleased to announce that we have a new website. If you haven’t visited our site recently you might want to take a peek at what we’ve done – Foxfield Inn.

What thrills us the most is that our site now can be viewed on any device – no going to a separate site for mobile devices!  It changes to meet the requirements of the device you are viewing.  If you are using a desktop then you will have large banner pictures on each page and full drop down capability.  If you are using a smartphone the appearance will be different in that it gives you buttons to select what page you want to view.  In the words of my nephew – this is cool!  (Of course I didn’t realize that “cool” was in vogue again.)

One new feature that we have for you on the new site is Excursions.  We give you three Day Trip ideas with itineraries and Google maps to follow.  Of course if you are interested in any of them we will gladly let you know some side adventures in the area.

Another new feature is that the Tabs with the drop downs also have pages associated with them – unlike many other sites.  So there are “overview” pages talking about what you will find in the various the sections and not just the individual sections to click on – make sure you explore all of the pages.  For example, if you click on the Bon Appetit tab a drop down will appear for Delicious Breakfast, Our Recipes, and Best Bet Restaurants.  Bon Appetit explains our philosophy on ingredients and food, Delicious Breakfast provides some sample menus, Our Recipes shows recipes we use here at the inn (this page I am really excited about getting going full strength, currently planning on adding at least one recipe per month) and Best Bet restaurants provide the eateries we think you will enjoy when you stay with us.

As you can tell we are really excited to bring you this new website – just like the robins at the water bath.

We hope you enjoy it.

Dan & Kathryn

Your Innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in April 30 Mar 2015, 12:01 pm

What are the top five most interesting things to do in Charlottesville in April?  Well, I guess that depends on who you are, what you like to do and when you are here.  But, if you want to know what we here at Foxfield Inn think are the top 5 read further.  It is festival and birthday celebrations month!

Monticello Wine Trail Festival – April 9-11.  Enjoy 3 days of events celebrating the wonderful wines in the Charlottesville area.  Day 1 the Monticello Cup awards will be presented.  On Day 2 you will visit wineries for special activities.  many restaurants will have special winemaker dinners that evening.  And on Saturday it’s off to downtown to sample wines from at least 25 local wineries.

Tom Tom Founders Festival – April 13-19.  This festival celebrates art, music, innovation and local food.  There will be sessions where you can pitch your entrepreneurial ideas for potential funding, share innovation ideas, explore art, help paint the town, and sample great food from local restaurants.  There will be over 100 bands playing at the block parties and other venues.

President’s Birthday Celebrations – April 13 & 28.  On April 13th we celebrate the 272nd anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth at Monticello which will hold a special celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn.  Then on April 28 it’s off to Ashlawn-Highland to celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth, which he will be there to greet you and show you where he once lived.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week – April 13-19.  This is part of the Tom Tom Founders festival.  Many local restaurants will have special menus and offerings where the ingredients for the meals must be local. Some of our favorite restaurants are participating. Ivy Inn, Brookville, Citizen Burger Bar, C&O, The Whiskey Jar and Hamilton’s – just to name a few, there are more.

Foxfield Races – April 25.  Enjoy the spring race event at Foxfield Racetrack just down the road from us.  This is a great steeplechase and tailgating event.  It takes place rain or shine.  It also happens to be UVA reunion weekend and many relive their earlier days at the races.

There are many other things to do in Charlottesville during the month of April – art exhibits, music events, theater.  We are sure we will be able to find something for you to do when you visit.



Hope to see you soon.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA.



One Great New Restaurant in Charlottesville – The Alley Light 15 Mar 2015, 4:30 pm

We like to wait until a new restaurant has been open a few months before trying them. This time we probably waited a bit too long – because we wish we had gone to The Alley Light sooner!
The Alley Light is a wonderfully small and intimate restaurant that serves fantastic French style food meant to be shared.  Need I say more?  OK, I will.  The other night we got together with another innkeeping couple for Innkeepers Night Out and decided to try The Alley Light.

 This was partially to do research to see if we should recommend the restaurant to our guests here at Foxfield Inn and partially just to have a good time.  First – The Alley Light has made it to our Best Bets for Dinner list!  Second – we had a ball.

This restaurant is known for their cocktails so we thought we would try one or two.  I had the Rum & Tonic which includes their house Malacca tonic.  Our friend had a cocktail in which the bartender/mixologist makes something special.  Our friend asked for it to include single Malt whiskey.  Wow!  Was it ever good – whiskey, ginger, bitters, some simple syrup.
The food is meant to be shared – from snacks to small plates to large plates to “boards” to desserts.  Everything we had was wonderful.  We sampled items from their regular menu and from their specials board.  We highly recommend three or four small plates and a couple of the larger plates or a board (seafood, charcuterie or vegetable).  This will leave you room for dessert – which you don’t want to miss.

  

The items we enjoyed were – crispy chickpea crepes, the French Sandwich (tuna), marinated mushrooms (fabulous!), sunchoke soup, small chicken with rice, ocean trout with mac & cheese, hangar steak with potato cake, and scallops with poached egg.  We ended our meal sharing a raspberry pistachio tart and a chocolate drenched macaroon with hazelnut mousse.
We all stated that we were ready to go back.
One thing we really liked was that the noise level was not so loud that you could still talk with each other without having to shout or lean in to hear what the other person was saying.
We hope you enjoy The Alley Light as much as we did.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville VA

Things to Do in Charlottesville in March 2 Mar 2015, 8:21 am

March – the time when spring arrives, the birds sing loud & clear and this year – the snow is gone!   Today it is in the 50F’s and the snow is melting quickly.  This means it’s time to shake off the winter blahs and get active again.   Here are some ideas for things to do in Charlottesville this month. Check out our March specials if you plan to stay with us at Foxfield Inn.

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport – through the month of March This year you can visit Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all on one passport. Only $25 gets you tastings for all.

 Historical Walking Tours, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society – Thursdays-Saturdays  Explore the rich history of the area – the structures, monuments, storefronts, schools, places of worship and public buildings.

Example of Aboriginal art – Foxfield Inn

New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press Exhibit, Kluge-Ruhle Aboriginal Art Museum – March 3-May 17  14 prints from the descendants of artists whose works launched the Aboriginal art movement into international acclaim.  View other works from the permanent collection of Aborginal art.  We even have a painting by Janet Forrester, Bush Banana and Snake Creation, here at Foxfield Inn.

Gallatin Canyon, C’ville Coffee Co. – March 7  A bluegrass band that includes classic rock and country in their repertoire. Great vocal harmonics and instrumentation!

Apple Grafting Workshop, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center – March 7   Learn how to graft your own apple tree and take it home!

Fleetwood Mac: On with the Show, John Paul Jones Arena – March 15   Need we say more?

Virgiina Festival of the Book – March 18-22.  Five days of talks and discussions regarding books of all forms.  Almost all of the events are free to the public.

Founding Families & Friends, Ash Lawn-Highland – March 22   The authors, Lorri Glover (Founders as Fathers) and Cassandra Good (Founding Friendships), discuss the families and friends of the Founding Fathers, part of the Virginia Festival of the Book

Jefferson Family Spaces, Monticello – March 24-26   Visit the living spaces in this behind-the-scenes tour through the family quarters of Monticello.

Cheeseology, Wine Loves Chocolate – March 26   Cheese basics – learn the in’s and outs of cheeses. Taste various cheeses from different breeds of animals and processing techniques.

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA