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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomorrow is National Girlfriends Day, but who says you can only celebrate your sisterly bond on one day? Plan a trip to one of these exciting cities for an unforgettable girls’ escape!

Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast Inn
Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast Inn

Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe is known for its beautiful topography and famous southwestern style. Unique daytime activities in the area include hiking or pottery-making classes. The city’s artsy serenity makes it a great destination for an all-girls getaway. Book rooms at the historic Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast Inn. This classic adobe-styled inn provides quaint furnishings, relaxing ambiance and lavish gourmet breakfasts that are delivered to guests rooms each morning. Pueblo Bonito is located within walking distance to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Canyon Road – which is full of beautiful galleries, fine dining and plenty of shopping.

17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant

Savannah, GA
Discover the southern charm of Savannah simply by walking down the historic cobblestone streets. Taking an architectural or historic sight-seeing tour is also a great way to see the city. If your girlfriends are interested in a day at the beach, the beautiful southeastern sand and surf are close-by. Check-in to the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant, which is conveniently located near Factors Walk and River Street. For a taste of southern hospitality, dine at the inns restaurant. Be sure to try some notable dishes like Shrimp and Grits or Jambalaya to experience the wonderful cuisine that is quintessentially southern.

Made INN Vermont
Made INN Vermont

Burlington, VT
The city of Burlington is a college town filled with great local shops and delicious eateries. The area is also known for its abundance of outdoor activities. Depending on the season, choose to ski, hike or ride a bike to enjoy the areas surrounding natural beauty. At the eco-friendly B&B, Made INN Vermont, you and your girlfriends will be within walking distance to many of Burlington’s cultural attractions. This trendy, chic and historic B&B goes the extra mile with mini-bars paired with late-night snacks.

This summer, spend time with your best girlfriends and create new memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Now that the peach trees are full and ripe, take on National Peach Month this August with these juicy B&B recipes.

Peach Salsa
From Berry Springs Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN

 inn Peach Salsa

• 2 cups diced fresh peaches
• 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
• 1/4 cup chopped green onion
• 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients, cover and chill at least 1 hour. Great served over chicken, fish or pork.

Peachy Pie
From Hide Away Country Inn in Bucyrus, OH

 inn Peachy Pie

• 1 pre baked pie shell
• 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 and 1/2 cups water
• 1 large box peach Jell-O
• 1 quart of fresh peaches
• Whip cream

1. In a sauce pan over medium heat combine the sugar, corn starch and water.
2. Bring to a rolling boil, remove from heat.
3. Add one large box Jell-O.
4. Cool to room temperature.
5. Peel and slice peaches, make sure they fit into the pie crust.
6. Pour mixture into mixing bowl add peaches.
7. Lightly toss covering peaches with sauce.
8. Add peach mixture to pie crust.
9. Refrigerate until firm.
10. Serve with fresh whipped cream!

Peach Bread Pudding
From Corner Cottage B&B in Fredericksburg, TX

 inn Peach Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding Ingredients:
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3 eggs
• 2 cups Half and Half
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 8 ounces stale French bread, cut into 2 inch cubes
• 1 15 ounce can of peaches, cut into bite sized pieces

Amaretto Sauce Ingredients:
• 1 stick of butter
• 1/2 cup Half and Half
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup Amaretto

Bread Pudding
1. Beat sugar, eggs and Half and Half.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients.
3. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight.
4. Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray.
5. Pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until golden.
Serve with Amaretto Sauce (recipe follows).

Amaretto Sauce
1. Cook all ingredients except Amaretto until mixture thickens.
2. Add Amaretto at the last.
3. Drizzle over bread pudding.

Baked Peach French Toast
From Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild, CA

 inn Baked Peach French Toast


• 6 1”thick slices whole-grain bread
• 1 8-oz. package cream cheese
• 6 sliced medium (or 8 small) fresh peaches
• 1/2-cup pecans, chopped
• 1/2-cup whole milk
• 1/2-cup buttermilk
• 1/3-cup maple syrup
• 3 large eggs
• 2 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tbs. sugar
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 tbs. Kahlua coffee liqueur (optional)

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Lay bread slices in a casserole dish or other baking dish.
3. Prick bread 3-4 times each with a paring knife.
4. Spread a layer of cream cheese on top of each slice of bread.
5. Arrange peach slices on top of bread slices to cover bread.
6. Combine milk, buttermilk, maple syrup, eggs, butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and Kahlua. Mix well.
7. Pour over bread and peaches; liquid should come to at least the tops of the slices of breads.
8. Sprinkle nuts over peaches.
9. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until bread is no longer “soggy” and just begins to brown on the edges.

Note: You may also let assembled French toast sit refrigerated in liquid for several hours or overnight before baking. Cored and peeled apple slices may also be substituted for the peach slices.

Makes 6 servings

Make this sweet fruit the center of attention and wow your guests at your next function.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A New England getaway isn’t complete without tasting Maine’s signature crustacean – better known as the lobster. Not only is lobster, Maine’s most famous dish, but it is also one of their biggest exports that drives the area’s economy. This summer enjoy the very best plate of lobster that can be found on the Northeastern seaboard.

 inn Captain Fairfield Inn

The romantic Captain Fairfield Inn knows how to charm its guests with luxury accommodations and impressive amenities. This historic inn is situated in a quiet neighborhood of Kennebunkport with a beautiful manicured backyard perfect for an afternoon of lobster and relaxation. The inn will arrange a lunch or dinner on their expansive patio that will include two 1.5 pound lobsters, a side dish and vanilla ice cream topped with Maine’s native blueberries. Nearby is Dock Square, lined with local artisan shops and galleries, perfect for a scenic stroll after a delicious meal.

 inn Oxford House Inn

Surrounded by wild fields and a vista of Mt. Washington Valley, the Oxford House Inn is a great place to enjoy a picturesque sunset while dining on lobster. This charming inn includes four elegantly appointed rooms, a basement pub and a fifty-seat award-winning restaurant. The Fryeburg inn’s restaurant offers seasonal menus – this summer it is the Maine Lobster Boil. Enjoy the dish with a glass of wine on the glassed-in back porch or screened-in front porch for spectacular views of the White Mountains.

 inn Harbour Town Inn On The Waterfront

Boothbay Harbor is a great place to experience the maritime activities of Maine’s coastal area and the great restaurants serving up delicious lobster. Wake-up each morning to beautiful harbor views in the uniquely decorated rooms of Harbour Towne Inn On The Waterfront before exploring the town. In the evening use a dinner voucher provided by the inn at a selected restaurant to enjoy a delicious plate of Maine’s staple culinary dish.

Make your next trip a foodie getaway to Maine for the ultimate lobster feast at a BnBFinder bed & breakfast.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pies are known for their perfect flaky crusts and sensational sweet fillings. Many of BnBfinder’s inns know how to make the perfect pie for any occasion, whether it’s a pizza pie or miniature pie pockets, satisfy your taste buds and try these pie recipes today!

Breakfast Pizza
From the Maple Leaf Inn in Barnard, VT

Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza

Makes four approximately six-inch pizzas. I usually use the toppings listed below – occasionally using bacon instead of the ham. You can use anything you like – the trick is to keep it light and not overload the crust.


  • 2 cups unbleached bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fast-rising (bread machine) yeast
  • 1 Tbls olive oil, plus extra for the oiling the bowl
  • 1 cup warm water (not hot)


  • 1 cup diced ham
  • Twelve thin slices tomato
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs, broken into individual bowls (yokes intact)

1. To make the crust, put the flour, salt, and yeast in a food processor fitted with the dough blade and pulse several times to mix. With the processor running, add the tablespoon of oil through the feeding chute.
2. Then add the water in a stream until a soft ball forms – you will typically not use the entire cup. Stop the processor and move the dough to a floured surface.
3. Knead a couple of times and then form into a ball. Put the dough in a small oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap and put in a warm place to rise for one and a half to two hours – until doubled.
4. About an hour before baking the pizzas, preheat the oven with a pizza stone to 480 degrees.
5. When the rising is done, take the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Cut into four equal portions and form them into tight individual balls.
6. Put a little olive oil on each and lightly cover with plastic wrap. Let them rest for about 10 minutes.
7. When ready to form the pizzas, take each ball and gently pull it into a small round crust. Then, place on parchment paper.
8. Dimple the crust with your finger tips and using the heel of your hand, push the crust into a larger circle with the outer edge a bit higher then the middle – each crust will be approximately six inches in diameter.
9. Brush a little olive oil on each crust and sprinkle the diced ham on each, leaving an empty spot in the middle of the crust. Place three tomato slices on top of the ham.
10. Then sprinkle the cheese on top of the ham and tomatoes. All these ingredients should form a dam to hold the egg in place.
11. Place the parchment with the pizzas the preheated stone and slide a raw egg into the middle of each pizza.
12. Bake for about 8-10 minutes – until the egg whites are set and the crust turns a golden brown.
13. Remove from the oven, and slide onto a plate and serve while hot.

Tip: The dough can be made in advance. Once it has risen, it can be frozen and then thawed in the refrigerator and brought to room temperature for several hours. It needs to be warm and pliable to form the pizzas. Alternatively, you can put it to rise in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature about 45 minutes to an hour before forming the crusts.

Fried Peach Pies
From the Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Williamston, NC

Fried Peach Jacks
Fried Peach Jacks


  • 1 6-ounce package of dried peaches*
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups water (If water cooks out before peaches are soft, just add more water)
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Extra flour for dusting cutting board and rolling pin.

For Frying:

  • 1/2 – 1 cup lard for frying (or Canola oil)

1. Make filling the day before you cook jacks.
2. Simmer peaches and water in a small saucepan for 45 minutes to an hour until peaches are soft. Be careful, they tend to stick.
3. Add water if needed. Add the sugar and cook 15 minutes more, stirring often.
4. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight. You will have 2 1/2 cups peaches.
5. Stir together the flour and salt.
6. Using two forks, cut in the shortening.
7. Add milk and stir.
8. Separate into 8 to 10 portions.
9. Using the extra flour and a rolling pin, roll each dough piece into a 6″ round. Roll dough as thin as you can without tearing dough.
10. Put 1-2 Tablespoons cooked peaches in the center of the rolled dough.
11. Fold the edges over to make a half circle. Crimp edges with a fork. Trim off any extra dough.
12. Melt lard in a medium-size frying pan.
13. Grease should be quite hot before you fry jacks. Fry jacks until they are golden in color. Turn and brown the other side.
14. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Continue until all jacks are cooked.

The sweet, tangy taste of Peach Jacks is a treat. They are good cold but, oh, so good when they are hot. Yum!
Yield: 6-8 jacks

Use dried fruit . . . in the south we used dried peaches, apples or cherries. Fresh fruit just doesn’t have the zing. And if Paula Deen is backing off, someone has to do it!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
From the Cabernet Inn in North Conway, NH

Strawberry Rhubarb PieStrawberry Rhubarb Pie



  • 2 cups cut-up rhubarb (1/2inch pieces)
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose, unsifted flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • ¼ cup cold vegetable shortening
  • 6-7 Tablespoons ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


1. In a large bowl combine all the filling ingredients except the butter, toss and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
3. Cut in the butter and shortening using pastry tool or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Add the almond extract and ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until pastry holds together.
5. Shape pastry into two equal balls; flatten to 1 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out one portion of dough onto a floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.
7. Gently place the dough into the bottom of a pie plate.
8. Fill the pie crust with the prepared rhubarb and strawberries and two tablespoons of butter.
9. Roll out second portion of dough. Cut into ½ inch strips.
10. Alternate strips to form a criss-cross pattern to cover the top of the pie, trim edges, seal and flute.
11. Place on a cookie sheet. Brush top of pie with beaten egg yolk or milk
12. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Until the filling starts to bubble.

Enjoy these recipes at your next gathering and we guarantee you’ll be satisfied!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July is National Ice Cream Month and if you’re looking for a scoop or two of America’s favorite cold treat, these Bed & Breakfasts provide their guests with fun ice cream flavors to enjoy after exploring their area’s finest attractions.

Strasburg Village Inn Strasburg Village Inn

Strasburg Village Inn
The creamery located within The Strasburg Shoppes has been a Lancaster County favorite since 1985. Connected to the inn, guests are able to stop by the creamery and indulge in the creamery’s 287 flavors. Popular varieties include Black Raspberry, Lemon Chiffon and seasonal favorites which are all great to enjoy while strolling through Center Square. When staying at the Strasburg Village Inn in Strasburg, PA guests will be in the heart of the town’s historic area. The inn has 10 classically appointed luxury rooms as well as a porch to relax with your favorite flavor and take in all the sights surrounding the quaint inn.

Carisbrooke Inn
Carisbrooke Inn

Carisbrooke Inn
While walking the famous Atlantic City boardwalk in the summer, you might stir up a craving for a cool treat. Carisbrooke Ice offers the finest hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream in the area. Their flavors include the popular Black Cherry, Chocolate Banana and Spumoni. Water ice, as well as gelato, malts and shakes are also available. Just a three minute walk from the shop is the Carisbrooke Inn. With the beach located just 350 feet from the inn’s front door, guests enjoy picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean from the patio and porch.

Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast

Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast
Every Wednesday, July through September, guests of the Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast in Saint-Augustine, FL, are treated to Mike’s unbelievable homemade ice cream. Shock your tastebuds with the quirky flavor combos including Banana Oreo, Coffee Toffee Caramel and Kahlua Mocha Chocolate Cherry Chip. For those seeking a laid-back getaway in paradise, this B&B is the perfect location. The waterfront property offers privacy and comfort with spacious rooms and private entrances. Keep cool this summer by enjoying the flavors that these ice cream shops have to offer. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to make your own homemade tasty treat!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The French have influenced American culture in many ways, including the arts. “En plein air” is a French expression to describe the act of painting outdoors. Every year, cities around the world host Plein Air festivals showcasing talented outdoor artists creating works that are focused on the beautiful scenery around them.

Village Green LodgeVillage Green Lodge

Door County Plein Air Festival. July 20 -26
Considered one of the largest outdoor painting festivals in the Midwest, the Door County Plein Air Festival will feature over 40 painters from across the country to capture the 300 beautiful miles of shoreline and lush fields. Throughout the course of six days, the festival will showcase artist demonstrations, live music, wine and cheeses from local vendors and various auctions. After spending the day admiring the artists work, spend the night at the eco-friendly Village Green Lodge in Ephraim, Wisconsin. This woodland retreat offers private entrances and quaint rooms – perfect for guests to draw artistic inspiration from.

Pentagoet InnPentagoet Inn

Castine Plein Air Festival. July 24 -26
For three days, enjoy the New England coastal town of Castine, Maine during the town’s 2nd annual Castine Plein Air Festival. The area is surrounded by Penobscot Bay and holds a rich history for art – making it a perfect place for a plein air event. Over 40 artists will participate in the festival, giving the public a chance to enjoy watching live painting sessions. The Pentagoet Inn is a participating inn nestled on a seaside bluff with majestic views of Castine harbor. This Queen Anne Victorian features luxuriously appointed rooms decorated with vintage décor and antique furnishings. Guests may find a painter or two enjoying the sea breeze and filling their canvases with images from the inn’s wraparound porch.

Wild Wood InnWild Wood Inn

Plein Air Rockies. August 9 – 21
Artists from across the globe have attended the Plein Air Rockies event for over 13 years. The annual event takes place in Estes Park, Colorado, which is also where Rocky Mountain National Park is located. Participating artists take advantage of the mountainous landscape, plush forests and river canyons that surround them. The event also includes a children’s paint session, wine tasting and auction. Located nearby, on the Rocky Mountain National Park is the luxurious Wildwood Inn. This B&B offers cabins and vacation home rentals with views of the surrounding mountains and Fall River.

This summer enjoy the great outdoors, picturesque surroundings and beautiful art at the Plein Air events.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bed & Breakfasts are known for their delicious, homemade breakfasts, so there’s no wonder why guests are enjoying a second course during their stay via a classic picnic basket lunch. Here are some inns offering delectable picnic baskets for guests to enjoy during their getaway.

 inn A.G. Thomson House

The A.G. Thomson House in Duluth, Minnesota is the perfect accommodation for a romantic getaway. Spend the afternoon exploring the town’s charm, stroll the nature trails of Enger Park or lounge by the shoreline of Lake Superior. Before your afternoon outing, the innkeepers will prepare a romantic picnic lunch for two – to enjoy wherever you please. The basket is fully stocked with delectable gourmet cheeses, crackers or bread, homemade pastries, fresh fruits and a bottle of wine. For dessert, enjoy decadent chocolate truffles to conclude your afternoon of leisure.

 inn Captain Lord Mansion

Kennebunkport, ME is a seaside summer destination surrounded by delicious food and a variety of maritime activities. While exploring the beauty of this quaint New England town, enjoy a “Classic Maine” picnic prepared by innkeepers at the Captain Lord Mansion. Head to the beach or a nearby park and unpack your basket filled with Maine staple dishes, including: lobster rolls, clam chowder, chips, cookies and a bottle of wine.

 inn Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast

Plan an Edwardian summer getaway to the Brandywine Valley region, which is hosting the Downton Abbey costume exhibition at the Winterthur Museum. Plan a getaway to the Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Chester Heights, PA to see the exhibit and enjoy an Edwardian inspired picnic. Just a 25-minute drive from the B&B, Sycamore Hill and Clenny Run offer plenty of outdoor seating and shaded grassy areas for a stately blanketed lunch. Picnic baskets includes one main entrée choice of a roasted Cornish game hen, roast beef sandwich or vegetarian Cornish pastries along with sides, a small relish platter, chips and a dessert.

Pull out a blanket and enjoy nature’s beauty with a B&B picnic basket in tow.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Look up in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a kite! Kite Festivals are all the rage this summer. Prepare to be amazed at the colorful fliers soaring through the clouds at these family-friendly events.

Newport Kite Festival - Newport, RI
July 12-13, 2014

Ivy Lodge
Ivy Lodge

The geographic layout of this area provides strong winds that make it a prime location for sailing and kiting. Since 1986, the American Kitefliers Association has organized this event in Brenton Point State Park featuring well-known kite clubs. The two-day event will feature an open flying session where enthusiasts of all levels can participate. There will also be candy races and kite demos for children to enjoy. The nearby Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast serves as a central location for other fun activities in the area. Inside the Gothic Victorian home, guests will be surrounded by other Newport mansions, the beach and numerous coastal views.

36th Annual Wright Kite Festival – Kill Devil Hills, NC
July 19-20, 2014

Atlantic Street Inn
Atlantic Street Inn

Attendees will get to enjoy the captivating views of the Atlantic Ocean while admiring the magical kites soaring above. Taking place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, visitors will get a 2-for-1 deal with free entry into the event with park admission. Entrants can learn the history of the Wright Brothers, watch expert demonstrations and test the duo’s theories through stunt and power kites. For those wanting to get there early, the Atlantic Street Inn is a quick drive from the event and an even faster trip to the beach. The newly renovated home provides guests comfortable suites and a picturesque backyard area perfect for grilling out or simply basking in the sun.

Southern Oregon Kite Festival – Brookings, OR
July 19-20, 2014

Mt. Emily Ranch Bed and Breakfast
Mt. Emily Ranch Bed and Breakfast

The Southern Oregon Kite Festival has been a popular U.S. event since 1993, drawing in kite enthusiasts from all over. The theme for this year’s event is called “Painting the Sky”, which comes from the vibrant kites soaring above the Port of Brookings Harbor. At the event, there will be kite demonstrations, an auction banquet and a kite making workshop for children. Across the Chetco River sits Mt. Emily Ranch Bed and Breakfast. The inn is situated near Siskiyou National Forest and offers rooms equipped with fireplaces, memory foam mattresses and kitchenettes. The ranch is ideal for nature lovers as guests are offered a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, including hiking, bird watching and horseback riding.

Hold onto your hats while attending these events, you will surely be blown away by the beautiful kites gliding in the sky!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Many Americans celebrate Independence Day with delicious foods and drinks, here are some of the many BnBFinder.com recipes with enough red, white and blue to showcase your patriotism all weekend long!

Festive Fun Flag Cake
Festive Fun Flag Cake

Festive Fun Flag Cake – Hide Away Country Inn Bucyrus, OH

• 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) French vanilla cake mix
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• 4 eggs


• 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
• 1-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
• 1 cup cold water, divided
• Ice cubes
• 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
• 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
• 1/4 cup fresh blueberries


• 3/4 cup butter, softened
• 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 tablespoon 2% milk
• 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème


  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Transfer cake to a covered cake board. Using a small knife, cut out a 5-in. x 4-in. rectangle (1/2 in. deep) in the top left corner of cake, leaving a 1/2-in. border along edges of cake. For red stripes, cut out 1/2-in. wide rows (1/2 in. deep), leaving a 1/2-in. border. Using a fork, carefully remove cut-out cake pieces.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough ice cubes to measure 1-1/4 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Scoop out and discard any remaining ice cubes. Repeat, making strawberry gelatin.
  5. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and 1 cup strawberry gelatin. In another bowl, combine blueberries and 1 cup blue gelatin. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or just until soft-set. (Save remaining gelatin for another use.)
  6. Stir gelatin mixtures. Slowly pour blueberry mixture into rectangle; spoon strawberry mixture into stripes.
  7. In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; beat in the confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Add marshmallow crème; beat well until light and fluffy. Spread 1 cup over sides and top edge of cake. Refrigerate remaining frosting for 20 minutes.
  8. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a large star tip. Fill the bag with remaining frosting. Pipe frosting in between rows of strawberry gelatin and around edges of cake. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until gelatin is set.

Yield: 15 servings.

Watermelon Punch

Watermelon Punch – Big Mill Bed & Breakfast - Williamston, NC


  • 1 lemon or orange, washed and sliced
  • 1 2-liter bottle of lemon lime soda, chilled. Reserve half
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¾ cup sugar or to taste


  1. The ice mold should be made earlier, in time for it to freeze. The punch needs to be made just before serving
  2. Ice Ring: Slice the lemon or orange and arrange in the ice mold. Pour 1/2 the lemon-lime soda into the mold and freeze
  3. Punch:Cut watermelon into halves. Scoop out pulp and place in blender, seeds and all
  4. Blend for several seconds on medium speed. Strain through a fine-sieve colander, squeezing out juice. Discard solid parts
  5. Pour watermelon juice into a large container with lid. Add orange juice concentrate and sugar and stir until sugar and orange juice are dissolved. Chill until ready to serve
  6. When ready to serve, pour punch into clear glass or plastic punch bowl. Add the lemon-lime soda and stir. Place ice ring in the punch bowl
  7. Serving Suggestions: This is a gorgeous red punch, so be sure to serve it in a clear glass or plastic container. It looks great served in wine glasses

Serves 20

Patriotic Cocktail
Patriotic Cocktail

Patriotic Cocktail – Hide Away Country Inn – Bucyrus, OH


• 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
• 1 big splash cranberry juice
• 1 very thin slice jalapeno or Serrano pepper
• 1 slice lemon
• 1 slice lime
• 1 1/2 ounces tequila
• 1/4 ounce blue curacao
• 1/2 ounce simple syrup
• Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)


  1. Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass
  2. Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker
  3. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake – Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls – Hocking Hills Lodging – Logan, OH


  • 2 1/2 lb Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 6 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Egg Yolks


  1. Cream the cheese and sugar on low speed of stand mixer (speed 2 on kitchen-aid) until very pliable. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula.
  2. Add flour in two parts, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Add egg and yolks one at a time mixing well after each one.
  4. When 4 eggs have been added, stop the mixer and scrape down the side and bottom with spatula
  5. Turn back on to low speed incorporating the rest of the eggs
  6. Blend until last egg has just been incorporated and stop
  7. Add the vanilla, zest, lemon juice and ½ of the blueberries and blend for just 2 minutes
  8. Pour into prepared crust
  9. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top of the pie
  10. Bake in oven with water bath at 425 F for 20 minutes
  11. Turn temp down to 350 F and continue to bake for 50-60 minutes longer until set. (Little to no jiggle in center of pie)

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 4 oz butter melted
  • pinch salt
  • 1 oz ladle of sugar
  • 10-inch spring-form pan


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Press into spring-form pan
  3. Bake at 400 F for about 15 min until just starting to get color
  4. Remove and cool before adding pie mixture

White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars – The Hodgdon Island Inn – Boothbay, ME


  • 12 Oreo cookies, finely crushed*
  • 2 TBS butter, melted
  • 3 squares Baker’s White Chocolate, divided
  • 2 pkg (8oz each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 TSP vanilla
  • 2 eggs*
  • ¼ cup red raspberry preserves (preferably seedless)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan
  3. Melt chocolate squares as directed on package
  4. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended
  6. Pour over crust
  7. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until center is almost set
  8. Cool 5 minutes; spread with preserves
  9. Melt remaining square of chocolate; drizzle over cheesecake

10.  Cool cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Cut into 18 bars

Patriotic Trifle
Patriotic Trifle

Patriotic Trifle – Hide Away Country Inn – Bucyrus, OH


• 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar

• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

• 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices

• 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

• 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature

• 2 pints blueberries

• 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced


  1. Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract
  3. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup
  4. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes
  5. Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light
  6. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream
  7. Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish
  8. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries
  9. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread
  10. Top with a layer of strawberries
  11. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture
  12. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern
  13. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Have a fun, safe and patriotic holiday weekend while enjoying these delicious recipes!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Today, Canada celebrates its 147th birthday, but the party doesn’t stop at midnight. Plan a trip to a BnBFinder Canadian B&B to join in on the festive activities that will have you singing “O Canada!” all summer long.

 inn Le Gite

Situated near the famous streets of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Denis in Montreal, the Le Gîte is located close to all the restaurants, pubs and shops of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood. Enjoy a free summer concert or Théâtre de Verdure performances at the nearby Parc La Fontaine. Downtown Montreal is only five minutes away and is home to an array of attractions and many summer festivals including Just for Laughs and the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Le Gîte features four simply decorated guest rooms with modern décor, a perfect sanctuary in the midst of an exciting city.

 inn Valentine Bed and Breakfast

The enchanting Valentine Bed and Breakfast is the perfect Canadian summer escape in Alliston, Ontario. The B&B offers comfort, hospitality and close proximity to a variety of Simcoe County attractions. Enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Silver Brooke Golf Club, scream your lungs out on a rollercoaster at Canada’s Wonderland or enjoy a show at the Gibson Theatre. Relax in one of the cozy rooms for a tranquil evening after a long day of family-fun.

 inn Aurum Lodge

Take in the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies during a stay at the Aurum Lodge. Built and operated with little to no environmental impact, this inn is a unique eco-tourism accommodation option. Surrounded by untamed landscape, the Aurum Lodge is located nearby many outdoor activities and attractions. Art lovers can book the photography package at the inn which takes guests on an outdoor excursion providing access to the beautiful mountains, forests and lake terrain.

Whether you want romance or adventure, make your way to these B&Bs and experience the very best of Canada this summer.

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