Foxfield Inn

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

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!

  1.  Saturday September 129th 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Thursday September 17Night 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!
  4. Tuesday-Friday September 22-25LUSH 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!
  5. 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 Vineyards.
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.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville VA

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

Foxfield Inn, A Select Registry Property, a luxurious bed & breakfast in Charlottesville VA

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

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