Hangover Quesadilla Recipe 2 Jan 2017, 9:57 am
I hope your New Year’s Eve Party was as exciting as ours! There was a lot happening here in the Shenandoah during New Year’s Eve, from Masquerade Balls to dancing around town. We’ll be sure to share more with you about the holiday soon, but for now, we’ve got a recipe for you. Chef Caitie’s sharing her Hangover Quesadillas to help you get over the partying on New Year’s Day.
“The main thing in the quesadilla that helps with a hangover is the eggs. They are chock-full of amino acids including the main one which helps break down the headache-causing chemical left in your body causing the hangover.” – Chef Caitie Maharg
Two 6-inch flour tortillas
1 large egg
1 to 2 ounces of pork or turkey cooked sausage
Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese
1 slice of bacon, cooked
1 tbsp chopped jalapeno, cooked
Salsa for dipping
1. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Let the pan heat up a bit until it’s warm over medium-high heat.
2. Whisk the eggs in the bowl with a fork and some chopped chives. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cook the eggs until they’re scrambled.
3. Place one flour tortilla on the pan, then the cheese, sausage, diced bacon and scrambled egg. Add some more cheese on top until it’s golden brown on the bottom. Flip it over and cook the other side until everything in the middle is warmed throughout.
4. Garnish with sour cream and serve with your favorite salsa.
Activities for Your 3 Day Weekend 28 Dec 2016, 3:14 pm
As short winter days gradually lengthen, office workers all across the nation are antsy for more sunshine. While we still have a while to wait for the return of warm weather, we are all blessed with a few 3 day weekends scattered across the calendar. President’s Day comes in late February, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 16th. Here are some activities to occupy your time while you’re here for an extra night.
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is a must see for anyone visiting the Shenandoah Valley. Performing in the Black Friar’s Playhouse, the world’s only indoor replica of London’s Globe Theater, the beginning of the year marks the Actor’s Renaissance Season. The plays running during this season are directed and costumed by those acting in them. The Merchant of Venice opens January 14.
The University of Virginia in Charlottesville has an annual Community MLK Celebration filled with exhibits and speakers you don’t want to miss. This year’s lineup includes a key note address by Anita Hill, pioneer for civil rights and gender equality.
A majority of local vineyards and wineries will be open for wine tastings. One of our favorites, Afton Mountain Vineyards, is open on the federal holiday and sits right across the mountain from us. Their wine tastings run from 11am-5pm daily. The view of their property is stunning and their wines are fabulous!
As always, guests are welcome to enjoy Wine Hour in the Great Room here at the Iris Inn! Wine hour runs from 5:30-6:30, and is a fun time to relax in front of the fire and meet other guests.
Check our availability chart today and take advantage of the long weekend!
Christmas Traditions at the Iris Inn 13 Dec 2016, 7:47 am
The weather is decidedly cooler, Waynesboro has put up twinkling snowflakes along Main Street, and we are prepared for Christmas. When fall withers to winter, inviting a crisp wind to sweep the Shenandoah, it’s time to light the fire in the Great Room. It illuminates the expansive room, bringing a warmth to the hearth and many a rose to many a cheek, while guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
That’s when we decorate for Christmas.
Garland is wrapped around banisters, the mantle is decked, twinkle lights are carefully arranged around miniature Christmas villages, and a singing tree adorns the front porch. And smack-dab in the center of Great Room, we erect a giant Christmas Tree.
Seriously, it’s huge.
Tatiana, one of our staff members, courageously makes the trek up the giant ladder to decorate the giant Christmas tree with ornaments. She leans blithely around its branches to place a bobble here, a poinsettia bloom there, while the innkeepers collectively hold their breath and pray she doesn’t fall. She never does. We always worry. It’s a yearly tradition.
Once the Yuletide decorations are set up, it’s time for another tradition: the Staff Christmas Party. Each year the entire staff—kitchen, desk staff, and housekeeping—and their families are treated to a private Christmas event, complete with dinner and present swap. It’s a festive occasion to praise each other for a year well done, and share gratitude.
And like every household, we’re paid a very special visit by a very special guest! Santa joins us every year for the staff Christmas party, bearing a particular resemblance to one Dave Lanford. This year, he sends a video message to the Lanford’s grandkids:
Merry Christmas, from all of us at the Iris Inn!
Veritas Vineyards and Winery Christmas Caroling Party 1 Dec 2016, 12:46 pm
If you’ve come to stay with us, or simply checked out our website, you may have noticed a trend.
We are all about the wine, particularly wine from local vineyards.
I love Veritas Vineyards and Winery. With a high caliber wine selection, beautiful scenery, and cozy atmosphere, it’s a prime destination to visit near our inn. A lot of guests wonder if area wineries and vineyards will be closed during the winter months. No way! Not only is that not the case, but many host lovely holiday events, like Veritas’ Christmas Caroling Party.
Friday, December 9th, the vineyard and winery will host extended hours during which you can enjoy mulled wine, local beer and cider, desserts, cheese and charcuterie plates, and of course, Veritas wines.
Area university, UVA’s a cappella group, The Virginia Sil’hooettes, will put on a special Christmas caroling singalong performance. There is no entry fee and no reservation required, so don’t miss this event! Here’s a video of The Virginia Sil’hooettes performing Christmas songs with another area a cappella group. Feel free to listen to it on repeat while you get in the holiday spirit.
Veritas’ normal tasting hours are Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, and Saturday-Sunday 11:00-5:00. Like many area wineries, they are only closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
For more information about area vineyards and wineries, check out our Shenandoah Vacation Guide. And if your thirst for winter wine activities is as insatiable as ours, look into our upcoming Wine Weekends.
Don’t forget to book a room here at the Iris Inn. We look forward to having you!
Shop Local on Small Business Saturday 2016! 23 Nov 2016, 12:00 am
Remember those warm, soft robes that you slipped into during your Iris Inn getaway? How about the rich, bold coffee that you sipped while cozied up in the sheets of your bed? Bring back the memory of a stay at the Iris Inn by giving one of these gifts to a loved one for the holiday season. On November 26, 2016, Small Business Saturday, shoppers everywhere will be enjoying special deals at local businesses. Watch your email inbox for discounted pricing on some of our Iris Inn merchandise!
In the meantime, you can shop small anytime with these wonderful Iris Inn souvenirs:
– Iris Inn
– Luxury bathrobes
– Packages of The Queen’s Beans Coffee
– Iris Inn Coffee Mugs
– Hand Milled Wildflower Soap
– Gifts Cards
Give us a call or send us an email to order your Iris Inn product! Or, of course, you could always book a stay here and collect your item in person. We can’t wait to see you!
4 Reasons You Need an Iris Inn Gift Certificate 18 Nov 2016, 12:00 am
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The holiday season is almost here, and that means that the madness of the shopping season will arrive soon as well. But if you’re less than impressed with stores’ garish displays of uniformed “gifts for him” and “gifts for her,” then we have an alternative you might like—an Iris Inn gift certificate.
- It’s a unique gift that will appeal to a variety of people. Not sure what to get that semi-acquaintance coworker? Drawing a blank as to what to give your mother-in-law? How about your picky brother, who already owns everything you can think of? Give them something different than the norm—a break from the “real world.”
- You don’t have to fight off the holiday crowds who jostle you around and run over your toes with their gift-laden carts. Our gift certificates are available to purchase online, so you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to pick one up.
- You’ll be done with your shopping a few weeks early. Knowing what you’d like to buy for someone for Christmas is probably the hardest part of the process, but we can help ease the trouble.
- An Iris Inn gift card offers much more than a simple, physical gift. Many gifts will wear out or be forgotten over time. Those fuzzy socks from Grandma? They’ll fray and tear after a year’s use. The iPod from your significant other? It’ll break after too many uses or become obsolete as technology upgrades. A B&B gift certificate, however, offers the chance to make fond memories that you’ll recall in years to come.
Interested? Click here to purchase your gift certificate.
Cheers to Chocolate Chess Pie! 7 Nov 2016, 12:00 am
“As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contained the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.” –Sandra Boynton
Whether you want something new and delicious for your upcoming Thanksgiving meal, or it’s a cheat day on your diet and you need some sugar stat, then we’ve got everything you’re looking for. This chocolate chess pie, which was published in the Virginia Bed & Breakfast Cookbook, is not only a longtime favorite of ours, but is also particularly easy to make (especially if you use a pre-made pie shell). So, without further ado, here is the recipe for our Iris Inn chocolate chess pie:
1 9-inch pie shell
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
Dash of salt
1 small can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp cocoa
Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Two New Brews to Choose! 17 Oct 2016, 12:45 pm
From the Brew Ridge Trail to the Shenandoah Beerwerks trail, the Iris Inn is located to some wonderful (and-award-winning) local breweries with a huge array of offerings. (Click here for our last blog, which featured Seven Arrows Brewery in Waynesboro.) We’re celebrating the recent opening of two new breweries who have joined the ranks of delicious Virginia craft beer. Keep reading to learn more.
Click here to reserve your room at the Iris Inn, where you can rest and refresh during your beer-based adventures. We’re ideally located only a short drive away from both of these breweries, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Indulge in Great Beer at Seven Arrows Brewery 10 Oct 2016, 1:00 am
“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” –Dave Berry
Seven Arrows in Waynesboro, VA Virginia is only a quick drive away from the Iris Inn and is ready to offer you an excellent variety of beverages to quench your thirst and fulfill your taste for a top notch craft brew. Seven Arrows is the product of Aaron and Melissa Allen, a couple who offers experience in chemical engineering, software engineering, and a love of good, quality beer.
Let’s take a quick peek at the brews on tap:
Harvested Apple Lager—”Using 30% cider from the Pacific Northwest, the beer offers amazing aroma of fresh apples.” What a perfect fall brew!
Eventide Red IPA—“Based on an American Style IPA” with a “prominent hop aroma with a piny/spicy character.”
Sinistral Wheat—a Bavarian style wheat beer with a creamy gold color, fluffy white head, banana, and cloves.
Aurora Pils—a Bohemian Pilsner-style brew with a spicy, floral flavor and a deep burnished gold color.
The Witching Hour Black Lager— am alty, chocolate beer with hints of roasted and caramel malt flavors.
Hermenator Doppelbock: A seasonal winter beer with intensely malty, chocolate, toasty, and caramel flavors.
Click here for a full list of Seven Arrows’ brews. If you’re finding your mouth watering for a taste of this Shenandoah Valley craft brewery, then be sure to check it out on your next visit to the Iris Inn! (There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a fall view from the Inn with a drink in hand.)
October is Virginia Wine Month! 3 Oct 2016, 1:37 pm
October is one of our favorites time of the year, not only
because of the resurgence of pumpkin spice flavors, the bright fall
foliage, and the spooky fun of Halloween, but also because it just
so happens to be Virginia Wine Month. We’re fortunate enough
to be located a quick drive away from some of Virginia’s top
wineries, so keep reading to take a look at a few of our favorites.
And of course, book your stay at the Iris Inn for a truly
relaxing, vinous vacation.
Veritas Vineyard, Afton: Combining the technology of the modern era with traditional vinification principles, Veritas Vineyard produces some incredible regional wines that have won various awards. And while winetasting here is excellent on its own, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a number of annual events, where delicious food, talented live performers, and starry night skies complement your drink selection.
Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville: Take a step back in time and browse the very first vineyard to bring viticulture as we know it to Virginia. Thomas Jefferson began his vineyards to craft quality wine entirely in and of Virginia, and we think this Founding Father would be pretty proud of all the vineyard has accomplished today.
King Family Vineyards, Crozet: This beautifully located vineyard is known for both is excellent wine and its fun polo matches. Although polo season is almost over for the year, there are still a couple of matches left, so if you’ll be in the area, check out these free events! (Plus, King Family wine is always available at polo matches, so what could be a more relaxing way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon?)
Afton Mountain Vineyards, Afton: At this mountaintop vineyard, you’ll enjoy a variety of award-winning wines and some absolutely breathtaking Virginia scenery. After all, as the winery says, “grapes don’t grow in ugly places.” (Trivia: Certain vines at Afton Mountain are more than 35 years old, making them some of the oldest vines in Virginia.)
Ready for your Virginia Wine Month vacation? We look forward to seeing you here soon!