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The Iris Inn

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980
Innkeeper(s): Dave & Heidi Lanford

Wine 301 Menu 27 Jul 2016, 2:31 pm

Wine 301: February 24 – 26, 2017 (including an offsite winery tour at Pollak Vineyards!)

  • Mushroom cigars with pomegranate glaze
  • Seared scallops with ratatouille
  • Butternut squash and bacon salad with maple-rosemary vinaigrette
  • Homemade pappardelle pasta with lamb ragout
  • Caramelized onion, Gorgonzola, and mushroom stuffed flank steak with truffled fingerling potatoes and broccoli
  • Chocolate bourbon bread pudding with smoked honey ice cream

 

Wine 201 Menu 27 Jul 2016, 2:28 pm

Wine 201: January 27 – 29, 2017

Friday

5:30: Virginia Wine and Cheese Pairing– We will be pairing Virginia Viognier with cheese from Caramount Farms, and Virginia Cabernet Franc with Gouda from Our Lady of the Angels.

8:30: Port and Chocolate Pairing– What day is complete without a rich dessert? This pairing will feature treats from a local chocolatier, truffles dusted with cocoa powder, and chocolates with orange, perfect paired with sweet, young, ruby Port.

Saturday

8:00-9:30: Breakfast and Sparkling Wine– Your day will start with a Spanish Cava paired with a savory egg dish. What a way to wake up in the morning!

1:30: Sensory Exploration– For 50 minutes to an hour, Marc will introduce you to an aroma/flavor kit to train your palate, and as you learn, you will have the opportunity to win some prizes. (Your Sensory Exploration includes lunch.)

Dinner– Menu (prepared by Chef Caitie Maharg):

– Spring greens with English cucumbers, radishes, strawberries, ricotta solata and a honey balsamic dressing

– Shrimp & Grits

– Apple crisp with maple, bacon & bourbon ice cream

Wine 101 Menu 27 Jul 2016, 2:25 pm

Wine 101: January 6 – 8, 2017

Friday

5:30: Virginia Wine and Cheese Pairing– We will be pairing Virginia Viognier with cheese from Caramount Farms, and Virginia Cabernet Franc with Gouda from Our Lady of the Angels.

8:30: Port and Chocolate Pairing– What day is complete without a rich dessert? This pairing will feature treats from a local chocolatier, truffles dusted with cocoa powder, and chocolates with orange, perfect paired with sweet, young, ruby Port.

Saturday

8:00-9:30: Breakfast and Sparkling Wine– Your day will start with a Spanish Cava paired with a savory egg dish. What a way to wake up in the morning!

1:30: Sensory Exploration– For 50 minutes to an hour, Marc will introduce you to an aroma/flavor kit to train your palate, and as you learn, you will have the opportunity to win some prizes. (Your Sensory Exploration includes lunch.)

Dinner– Indulge in a mixed or Caesar salad paired with New Zealand (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc, stuffed chicken with tomatoes and spinach paired with a Meritage from Karamoor Estate in PA, and bread pudding paired with a Malmsey (Sweet) Madeira. If you think your mouths are watering now, just wait until it’s all sitting right in front of you!

Grab a Growler Along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail 18 Jul 2016, 8:19 am

Why try out one brewery when you can travel an entire trail of them? With twelve breweries from Lexington to Nellysford, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail offers a wide array of some of the finest craft beverages in Virginia. Furthermore, many of these breweries host food trucks, live music, and growler fills as an added bonus to your visit. Let’s take a closer look at Waynesboro’s two new libation locations, which also happen to be stops along the Beerwerks Trail:

Stable Craft Brewing Co.: This beautiful horse farm offers everything from stable tours to visits in the hop fields, all of which are accompanied by the resident horses, who will watch curiously as you make your way around the farm. As you arrive at Stable Craft, you’ll be greeted by Morocco the Cyldesdale, a personable, nine-year old stallion who loves attention. Make your way into the Draft Room for a taste of beer from Head Brewer, Christopher Fann. The sixteen beers on tap include an Oatmeal Stout, Wet Hop American Pale Ale, Smoked Soral Ale, American Blonde, Saison, and more. Amp up your brew with a taste of Stable Craft’s Savory Fare from a Southern-inspired menu—French toast sliders, turkey biscuits, haystack potatoes, grilled seasonal veggies, and a whole lot more.

Basic City Beer Co.: This brother-owned business is located in what many residents will recognize as the old (but renovated) Virginia Metalcrafters building. Basic City will quench your thirst with a sip or two of their Grand Coutre Tripel (a winter seasonal inspired by Belgian golden ale), the Frying Pan Imperial Stout (crafted with Belgian malt and boasting a rich chocolate flavor), a Foggy Lager (light, refreshing, and unfiltered), Ray’s Pale Ale, and their own take on the classic IPA. As with any new brewery, their tastes will shift with small improvements over time, so even if you enjoy a tasting in their opening months, you’ll have to return later to see how the beverages have reached their full potential.

Click here to see all of the breweries along this Shenandoah Valley excursion. We’re only a quick drive away from the breweries along this trail, so all you have to do is grab your cabin, cottage, or room at the Iris Inn, and you’re ready for the perfect Beerwerks Trail getaway! We look forward to seeing you soon.

3 Fun Upcoming Events at James Monroe’s Highland 4 Jul 2016, 12:41 pm

We’re lucky to be located near the homes and birthplaces of four former U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum in Staunton, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, and James Monroe’s Highland in Charlottesville. Let’s take a closer look at this last presidential location, Highland, and a few fun upcoming events that you can experience and enjoy on your next trip to the area.

Highland (formerly called Ash-Lawn Highland), is the home of America’s fifth President, James Monroe, and is now owned and run by Monroe’s alma mater, The College of William and Mary. With an array of events hosted on the historic grounds and the warm green of the scenery, summer is a particularly pleasant time for a Highland visit. (And no visit is complete without a stay at the Iris Inn, so click here to book your room, cottage, or cabin now!)

1. July 12, 2016: Tuesday Tunes July Concert, Featuring Southwater: All music lovers will delight in the instrumentation of this bluegrass group that hails from Charlottesville. “Their combination of strong vocal harmonies along with technical musicianship makes for an exciting performance of unlimited possibilities.” Along with Southwater, this Highland event also promises local food and alcohol vendors available, so grab a blanket, chair, and a picnic from the Iris Inn, and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening, starting at 6:00 pm.

2. August 4, 2016: Albemarle County Fair: Save the date for this local event that promises a some good, old-fashioned fun. “This festive “Old-Time Country Fair” offers traditional family fun in a historic setting. A three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, exhibits, food, crafts, baked goods, live music, children’s games, and activities, contests, and programs for the entire family.”

3. August 16, 2016: Tuesday Tunes August Concert, featuring Small Town Rodeo. This final performance of Highland’s summer concert series will feature Small Town Rodeo with a fantastic blend of bluegrass, classic rock, Americana, and outlaw country. Not only that, but you’ll have bonus performances by opening acts, Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling.

We can’t wait to see you for your Highland getaway. Book your room, cottage, or cabin now, and don’t forget to give us a follow on Facebook!

 

Celebrate Summer at Waynesboro’s Extravaganza 1 Jul 2016, 1:00 am

One of Waynesboro, Virginia’s most anticipated annual events is soon to occur on July 9, 2016—the Summer Extravaganza at Ridgeview Park. It is a day full of “good music, great food, an arts & craft show, family entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display to close out the evening.”

The Waynesboro Extravaganza began solely as an arts and crafts fair with a few vendors offering refreshments. In the 1980s, organizers partnered with the Kiwanis Club to create a larger event. “The event grew to attract even more visitors in the 1990’s, when they added children’s carnival rides. Today, it has become one of the Shenandoah Valley’s biggest summer events” (Cabin Creek Wood).

Current Extravaganza activities commence at 8 a.m. with a 10k race and a 5k race/walk, and if you’re interested in participating, registration is still open.

At 10 a.m., the Arts & Crafts Show begins, and you will find everything from handmade jewelry to clothing to wood crafts to toys for the kids. Other activities throughout the day include a variety of live bands at the amphitheater, dancers at the Woodland Shelter, a children’s art table, and face painting.

The day concludes with everyone’s favorite activity, a lively show of fireworks that flash and echo across the entire city. The fireworks begin approximately 9:45 p.m., and they’re visible from most areas of Ridgeview Park, so you should have a good view no matter where you choose to camp out.

Note: Because of the Extravaganza’s family-friendly atmosphere, alcoholic beverages aren’t permitted in the park. You’ll just have to return to the Iris Inn to partake in your libations.

Photo by Jeremy Nicholson

 

Our Secret Summer Salad: Watermelon with Feta and Mint 15 Jun 2016, 1:00 am

During these stiflingly hot, pre-summer days, we all crave refreshment, whether it be by means of swimming, sipping iced tea, or holing up indoors with the air conditioning on at full blast. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is with our cuisine, and a particularly refreshing dish that we enjoy here is our unique, Iris Inn watermelon salad:

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon Tabasco

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 ½ -inch chunks (10 cups), chilled

½ pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups)

1 ¼ cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional)

1 small sweet onion, cut into ½-inch dice

1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Add the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Garnish with the mint and serve.

Try out more Iris Inn cuisine at our bed & breakfast! Click here to check availability.

2016’s Fourth of July Festivities at Monticello 9 Jun 2016, 11:52 am


July 4th is less than a month away, and you may already have an idea of how you want to spend this patriotic holiday—an outdoor BBQ with friends and family, a bit of swimming, a few outdoor games, and then of course, fireworks. However, why not do something unique this year that includes both a beautifully historic Virginia location as well as a special annual naturalization ceremony.

This year is the 54th Annual Independence Day and Naturalization Ceremony, where 75 individuals will take the final steps to becoming American citizens: “There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at [Monticello]. It is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony in the United States outside of a courtroom.” (Monticello.org).

The 2016 ceremony will present Dr. Larry J. Sabato as the featured speaker. Dr. Sabato, the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, is an author and editor as well as a two-time Emmy winner for his documentaries “The Kennedy Half-Century” and “Out of Order.” (That’s right; you’ll get to hear an Emmy winner speak at the ceremony!)

Fast Facts:

–          The ceremony starts is from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Monticello’s West Lawn. There is parking at Piedmont Virginia Community College, and then a shuttle that will drive you to Monticello.

–          Tickets are free but must be reserved. (Space fills up quickly, so be sure to grab your tickets now.

–          Dress for hot, sunny weather!

–          After the ceremony, you can enjoy a Jeffersonion Open House Walk-Through Tour of Monticello.

Click here for additional information and don’t forget to book your room at the Iris Inn!

 

Fridays After Five Concert Series 1 Jun 2016, 1:00 am

Charlottesville, Virginia’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion is well-known for hosting concerts, shows, and tours of all musical genres. The list of upcoming performers for the Pavilion’s ever-popular Fridays After Five Concert Series, now in its 29th year, has recently been released, and whether you’re a die-hard fan of bluegrass, a lover of rock, or an admirer of world rhythms, you will most certainly find a band to suit your tastes.

All of the performers are local artists from central Virginia, and you will be delighted to know that all the performances in this concert series are free.  Also, part of the proceeds from concession sales will go towards local non-profit organizations. (How great does this concert series sound?)

If you aren’t able to make any of the shows during the first half of this 2016 concert series, have no fear. A list of musicians for the second half will be released sometime towards the end of June.

June 3 – The Casuals, featuring Johnny Sportcoat (with Mama Tried)
June 10 – Indecision (with Supervixen)
June 17 – Lord Nelson (with Rob Cheatham & Co.)
June 24 – Positive Collection (with Jason Burke)

Book your room at the Iris Inn, and start planning your Fridays After Five activities!

Photo by Queerbubbles

Joel Salatin: Making a Difference with Local Food in Virginia 16 May 2016, 3:00 am

Joel Salatin is a local individual well-known for promoting sustainable agriculture and for pioneering grass-farming. Furthermore, the Salatin family owns and runs Polyface Farms, which consists of 550 acres in Swoope, Virginia and has become a popular source of local, high-quality farm-fresh produce. Why are we telling you this? Because Polyface Farms is one of the three local sources that provides ingredients for our very own breakfasts here at the Iris Inn!

Joel Salatin and his expertise in the agricultural world. In an article entitled “Rebel with a Cause: Local Food Can Feed the World,” Salatin elaborates on five “cold, hard truth[s]” about the nature of the food industry:

  1. “Nearly half the world’s edible food never gets eaten.”

  2. “Distribution is the only reason people are hungry; nobody is hungry due to a shortage of food.”

  3. “There is plenty of land for farming. Unused land is everywhere.”

  4. “Science and technology have caught up with natural farming.”

  5. “We don’t need vaccines and antibiotics to keep farm animals healthy.”

One only has to look at how successful Polyface Farm has been throughout various generations to see that Mr. Salatin must be doing something right! If you would like to see Polyface Farms for yourself, there are numerous tours offered—self-guided tours, guided tours, grass stain tours, and lunatic tours.

And don’t forget to book your room at the Iris Inn to try out mouthwatering breakfasts made from Polyface products.