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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is here! This is the perfect time of year to show off your cooking IQ and we’ve got some ideas to up your score.  While you may have that secret recipe for cooking the turkey down to a science we’ve handpicked some extra treats to impress your guests.

 Adair Country Inn and Restaurant Adair Country Inn and Restaurant

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes from the Adair Country Inn and Restaurant

Ingredients:
Mix:
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each: nutmeg and allspice
3/4 cup sugar
Mix:
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. cinnamon1/8 tsp. each: nutmeg and allspice3/4 cup sugar

Directions:
1. Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
2. Pour 1/4 cup batter scoops on hot griddle.
3. Cook until bubbles form.
4. Flip and cook other side.
5. Serve hot.
May be held in a 250 degree oven, covered loosely. Try with sauteed apples or pears.
Serves 8.

Lunch: Warm Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Bacon from the Inn on Randolph

Ingredients:
Pumpkin:
2# pumpkin, peeled and cubed
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt

Vinaigrette:
1 C Maple Syrup
12 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/3 C Olive oil
1 ½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. ground pepper

Salad:
10 oz Arugula
8-10 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or 1 cup pomegranate seeds
8 oz shaved Parmesan—optional

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Toss cubed pumpkin with olive oil and salt. Bake for 15-25 minutes, until tender.
3. To prepare vinaigrette: combine maple syrup and vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
4. Remove from heat and add olive oil salt and pepper and whisk well.
5. Toss arugula with about 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette. Place on plate
6. Top with warm pumpkin, bacon crumbles, pumpkin seeds or pomegranate seeds and cheese, if used.

Serves 20

Hide Away Country Inn Hide Away Country Inn

Desert: Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats from the Hide Away Country Inn

Ingredients:
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 oz (2 tbsp) butter
4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 small box (3 oz size) orange-flavored gelatin
Green gummy candies
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt it. Add the marshmallows, and microwave for an additional 90 seconds to melt them. The marshmallows might not look melted at the end of this time, but once you stir them, they should liquefy.
3. Stir to blend the butter and marshmallows, then add the orange gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is well-incorporated: the mixture might look grainy at this point, but it will be okay once the cereal is added.
4. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until it is thoroughly coated and there are no dry patches.
5. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, and scoop up a handful of the cereal mixture. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely formed balls easily fall apart. If the balls don’t form at first, allow the mixture to sit for another minute and cool, this seems to help them hold together.
6. Place the rice crispy balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature. Once the rice crispy balls are set, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Place the chocolate in a Ziploc bag and cut off a very small triangle from one of the corners.
7. Using this makeshift decorating bag, draw jack o’ lantern faces on the orange balls. While the chocolate sets, cut green your green gummies into thin stalks, and attach them with a small amount of chocolate to the top of the pumpkins.
8. Once the chocolate is dry, the pumpkins can be served or stored. Keep the pumpkin rice crispy treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.

 Inn At Woodhaven Inn At Woodhaven

Drink: Bourbon Hot Toddy from the Inn At Woodhaven

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
8 tablespoons bourbon
2 lemon peel slices
Water

Directions:
1. Heat the water to boiling.
2. Stir in your honey and lemon and then add the bourbon.
3. Pour into two glasses and garnish with a lemon peel slices.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from BnBFinder.com!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Whether warm summer nights and days spent at the beach seem like yesterday or are a distant memory for you, the unmistakable chill of fall is in the air and inns are offering special packages to embrace the season.  We have some of our favorites below, but if you want even more deals or if you want to see what deals are around you, check out the rest of our specials at www.bnbfinder.com/fall.

1898 Waverly Inn 1898 Waverly Inn

Autumn at the Biltmore Estate Package at 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC

The Biltmore Estate is a gorgeous spot any time of year and in the fall the 8,000-acre grounds take on a special aura. Whether it is hiking through the 22 miles of trails along the French Broad River, enjoying a horse drawn wagon ride, taking a guided raft trip or so much more, there is something for everyone in this package. The Biltmore House has a self-guided tour where you can see three floors of vintage clothing, accessories, art and furniture. Make sure you click the link to see what this entire package has to offer!

 Harbour Towne Inn On The Waterfront Harbour Towne Inn On The Waterfront

Leaf and Lobsters in Boothbay Harbour at Harbour Towne Inn On The Waterfront in Boothbay Harbor, ME

Enjoy Maine in the fall, where the delightful coves are dotted with a kaleidoscope of color. The Harbour Towne Inn On The Waterfront offers a gourmet breakfast and a cornucopia of afternoon treats. There are a number of restaurants, galleries and shops to supplement your stay and round out the perfect weekend. This is truly a charming inn that was built in the 1840′s and has a rustic feel.

 Bass and Baskets Bed & Breakfast Bass and Baskets Bed & Breakfast

Berries & Bubbly at Bass and Baskets Bed & Breakfast in Lake Ozark, MO

Get set for a dream weekend with your significant other at the Bass & Baskets. This package has some mood setting perks that include a complimentary bottle of champagne, two Bass & Baskets keepsake flutes and fresh strawberries with dipping cream. You can also add a single rose with your own personal message to put a bow on this perfect romantic gift.

 Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn at Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast in Flemington, NJ

Take a load off and have someone do Thanksgiving for you this year! Stay two nights and have a full turkey dinner with five side dishes and a buffet style dessert this Thanksgiving evening. Give thanks for all you’ve done this year and all that you have over a local, farm fresh, inn made feast. This intimate and private inn is sure to recharge your family’s batteries this fall.

Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast

Biking in Upstate New York at Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast in Mariaville, NY

Upstate New York has some of the prettiest foliage scenes in the entire country. See some of them now with this amazing deal. Near the Mohawk Hudson bike trails, any level biker can experience the picturesque scenes that Mariaville has. Top your stay off with a three-course breakfast that will satisfy any palate.

Embrace the last of the fall season as this too will soon be a distant memory as winter is quickly blowing in…

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Move over turkey and pumpkin pie, November is not all about you. Peanut Butter enthusiasts are celebrating National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. High in protein, this versatile and creamy concoction is so loved that the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates from high school. If you’re nuts for peanut butter, we’ve selected a few of our favorite peanut butter recipes from our inns for you to commemorate this special month.

Whitestone Country Inn Whitestone Country Inn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from the Whitestone Country Inn:

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1¼ cups of crushed pretzels
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3oz of butter
  • 2oz of chocolate ganache

Pie filling:

  • 8 oz of milk
  • 8 oz of heavy cream
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 4 oz of sugar
  • 5 oz of egg yolks
  • ½ tbsp of vanilla
  • 6oz of peanut butter

Directions:

Method of production for crust:

  1. Combine pretzels, sugar, and butter and press into a 9 inch pie pan.
  2. Bake for 6-8 minutes and cool.
  3. After cooled, pour in ganache and let set in cooler until firm.

Method of production for pie filling (makes 24 oz):

  1. Combine the milk and cream with 2oz of sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the egg yolks and remaining 2oz of sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs to the hot milk slowly to temper the eggs and cook until thick enough to set up like pudding. Then add extract.
  4. Add the 6oz of peanut butter.
  5. Pour this mixture onto the set up ganache and pretzel crust.
  6. Let pie set 6-8 hours and top with crumbled peanut butter cups.

 Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

Choco-Peanut Butter Cups from the Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast:

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll (18oz) Pillsbury refrigerated peanut butter cookies
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into 24 slices. Press each slice into bottom and up side of each mini muffin cup, forming 1/4 inch rim above top of cup. (Hint- Use the Pampered Chef Mini Tart Shaper). Bake 10-15 minutes and cool for 5 minutes. With Mini Tart Shaper, press dough down in center of each cup to make room for 2 Tbs. filling.
  2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt white chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Divide mixture evenly into cookie cups (about 1tbsp each). Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. In same 2-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Divide chocolate mixture evenly on top of peanut butter mixture in each cup (about 1 Tbs. each). Sprinkle chopped peanuts over top of each. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

 The Inn at Westwynd Farm The Inn at Westwynd Farm

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies from The Inn at Westwynd Farm:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine margarine and sugars until blended. Add vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients, and then mix them into wet ingredients.
  4. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Make criss-cross marks on top of the cookies with a fork.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate

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It’s the gift that gives twice – once when its received and again when its redeemed. And the best part? It never expires so there truly is no bad time to vacation. So whether its California wine country, the beaches of Mexico or the ski slopes of Canada, you’re giving the gift of travel.

BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificates can be purchased on BnBFinder.com and personalized with a message. And don’t worry about purchasing last-minute, an e-card can be sent for instant gifting, with a paper certificate to follow in the mail. There are no black-out dates and you can purchase one for as little as $20 or as much as you want!

Visit the Gift Certificates tab on BnBFinder.com and get your shopping done EARLY this year!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

As the holidays approach, vacation destination possibilities are endless. This year, we’ve rounded-up some of our favorites. So whether you are hitting the slopes, hiking the trails or taking in the area’s culture; these BnBFinder inns offer great accommodations, locations and easy access to all your favorite wintertime activities.

Casa Escondida – Chimayo, New Mexico
Spanish for “the hidden house”, Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast offers guests the privacy and seclusion
of a country setting with the easy access to historic Santa Fe and picturesque Taos. With 8 comfortable guest rooms, Casa Escondida is the perfect home-base for a New Mexico ski vacation. Situated in the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, guests are able to sample many of the surrounding premier ski destinations near Sante Fe and Taos.

 Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa

Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa – Juneau, Alaska
Nestled beside a glacial kettle pond in the Tongass Rain Forest is Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa. Offering beautiful guest rooms with private decks, fireplaces and garden, mountain or water views; each private living area contains all the amenities you could possibly wish for. Outside your private retreat, there is cross-country skiing literally outside your door, downhill skiing at nearby Eaglecrest resort and the inn’s very own unique nature-based Alaskan spa.

Timberholm InnTimberholm Inn

Timberholm Inn – Stowe, Vermont
Built in 1949, the lodgey interior of Timberholm Inn is finished with rich, knotty pine, exuding the warmth and coziness that one expects from a ski-side accommodation. Each of the 10-guestrooms are uniquely decorated with private baths and exceptional views of the mountains or gardens. As a world renown ski destination visitors are never short on activities. Whether you’ve come to ski, sleigh ride or antique – Stowe, Vermont has plenty to keep you busy!

For more BnBFinder inns offering Winter packages, visit the Winter Fun section of BnBFinder.com.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Looking for accommodations with a little extra charisma? Bed and Breakfasts can already be described as anything but run-of-the-mill compared to their hotel counterparts, but these BnBFinder inns take lodging to the next level. From past lives to interesting architecture, these B&Bs offer something out of the ordinary for your holiday getaway.

Thyme for BedThyme for Bed

Monolithic Dome
The word monolithic comes from Greek origins, meaning “one stone”, which is precisely what guests will encounter in Lowell, Indiana at Thyme for Bed. Situated on 10-calming country acres, this structure’s unique and durable design can sustain up to 300-mph winds. Disaster-resistant and energy-efficient, Thyme for Bed offers guest cozy accommodations and one-of-a-kind charm.

Gingerbread MansionGingerbread Mansion

Fairytale
This iconic B&B combines 19th-century elegance with the free spirit of the sixties. Originally built in 1895 in a blend of the Eastlake and Queen Anne Victorian styles, the mansion underwent a massive overhaul in 1963, when a local artist unwittingly started the Colorist Movement by painting the house bright shades of peach and cream. The colorful palette, along with the ornate trimming, caused the mansion to bear a striking resemblance to a gingerbread house. Today, The Gingerbread Mansion located in Ferndale, CA is one of the most photographed B&Bs in the US.

East Brother Light StationEast Brother Light Station

Lighthouse
This beautifully restored active Victorian lighthouse sits atop an island in the strait separating the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The East Brother Light Station was originally constructed in 1873 as a navigational tool for sailors traversing the surrounding waters. Now, the Light Station offers guests breathtaking views and an experiential stay that feels worlds away from nearby cities. With five guest rooms featuring rustic decor this inn offers guests magnificent views of San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais and the Marin coastline.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ladies, mark your calendars November 6, 2014 is National Men Make Dinner Day. Here are a few official rules:

1) This once-a-year occasion always falls on the first Thursday of each November

2) Man agrees to participate

3) Man, completely un-aided chooses a “published” recipe

4) Main meal must include a minimum of 4 ingredients

5) Following recipe carefully, man cooks dinner

6) Man sets table and serves the meal

So men, if you’re feeling a little uneasy about trying your hand in the kitchen, let BnBFinder’s Quick & Easy Recipes page help you out. Our innkeepers delicious B&B recipes are the perfect solution for making a memorable meal. Here’s an impressive chicken casserole recipe courtesy of Mayhurst Inn in Orange, VA that will knock her socks off!

Mayhurst InnMayhurst Inn

Mayhurst Inn Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 8 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups Pepperidge Farms stuffing
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Directions:

  • Put chicken in a shallow baking dish
  • Place one slice of cheese on each breast
  • Mix wine with soup and pour over chicken and cheese
  • Sprinkle the stuffing over all
  • Dribble the melted butter over everything
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

A delightful family dinner main course or a perfect (and easy) dinner when unexpected guests arrive. Serves 8.
Good luck!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is coming November 3 – 16, 2014. This fall’s roster includes nearly 200 participating restaurants. Restaurants are offering prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. In the last decade, this area has truly become a culinary hotspot and restaurant week guarantees patrons a good deal on a fabulous meal. This year, many of the chefs will be focusing on local ingredients – which will guarantee fresh and flavorful menus to choose from. So whether you’re trying a new place or returning to an old favorite, spend a few days this November leaf-peeping and eating your way through the beautiful Hudson Valley.

For a full list of participating restaurants visit: http://hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/restaurants_2014.php

Fox Hill Bed & BreakfastFox Hill Bed & Breakfast

Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast – Highland, NY

Located just ninety minutes from New York City in Highland, NY, the Fox Hill B&B is a quaint and charming B&B perched on a beautiful hillside on a quiet country road. With spacious guest rooms that are immaculately clean and tastefully decorated, Fox Hill is a perfect place to spend time after touring the delicious restaurants of the Hudson Valley and perhaps enjoying some antiquing, leaf-peeping and hiking.

Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast – Hyde Park, NY

Journey Inn Bed & BreakfastJourney Inn Bed & Breakfast

Journey Inn B&B is centrally located to many of the fine-dining options in the area, including the famed Culinary Institute of America. With seven impressive guest rooms this serene B&B has its finger on the pulse everything the area has to offer from restaurants to shopping, museums to hiking. Former residents of Brooklyn Heights, these innkeepers appreciate good food. Plan your days exploring the area with the exceptional knowledge and services offered at Journey Inn.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In 1856, in the kitchen of the Parker House Hotel in Boston, MA an Armenian-French chef by the sur-name of Sanzian, invented the Boston Cream Pie. Although called a pie, Boston cream is technically a cake. It consists of two round layers of sponge cake with a thick vanilla custard filling. Also a popular doughnut, coffee and ice cream flavor – this crowd favorite comes in many forms.

So celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day in the traditional style and give Cliff Cottage Inn’s delicious recipe a try!

Boston Cream PieBoston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie by Cliff Cottage Inn Luxury B&B Suites and Historic Cottages

Ingredients:
CAKE:

3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup cake flour

FILLING:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 – 1/2 cups milk
6 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Cliff Cottage InnCliff Cottage Inn

CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
4 ounces (4 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 9-inch round cake pan and line with waxed paper

CAKE:
Beat together the 3 egg yolks and vanilla at medium speed until blended
Beat in half of sugar until very thick and pale
Using clean dry beaters, beat together egg whites and salt at medium speed until very soft peaks form.
Fold yolk mixture into egg whites.
Sift flour over mixture and fold in gently. Don’t over-mix!
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until top springs back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes.
Loosen cake by running a metal spatula around sides of pan. Invert cake onto a wire rack. Remove pan, leaving waxed paper on cake. Turn cake right side up.
Cool completely on rack.

FILLING:
In a saucepan, mix together sugar and flour.
Gradually whisk in milk, then egg yolks, vanilla and salt.
Bring to boil over medium heat; boil for one minute, whisking constantly.
Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl.
Press plastic wrap on surface and chill for 30 minutes.
Using a serrated knife, cut cake horizontally in half. Carefully removed waxed paper. Place bottom layer on a serving plate and spread evenly with filling.
Top with remaining cake layer.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
In a saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Add chocolate and let stand for one minute. Whisk until smooth.
Gradually, pour glaze over cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
Let stand until glaze sets.

NOTE: Boston Cream Pie must be stored in the fridge.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wine has sommeliers and Beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and an ever growing population of microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults of beer enthusiasts are traveling far and wide to experience the fragility and deliciousness of the craft. Some of the best places for beer lovers to vacation are at a bed and breakfast. Who Knew!? Here are a few B&B’s that offer their guest the ultimate ‘brew’cation.

Woodstock Inn Station & BreweryWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery

The Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery in North Woodstock, NH has been crafting award-winning ales since 1995. One of the few B&Bs that owns a full-time brewery, this inn offers a “Brewer’s Weekend” package that includes a brewery tour, meals and commemorative apparel to remember your trip. The brewery tour showcases the use of a traditional seven-barrel system that helps create their 16 seasonal ales and stouts that you can sample throughout the weekend.

Forty Putney Road Bed & BreakfastForty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast

The eco-friendly, Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast in Brattleboro, VT offers the “Good Sport Package” – where guests receive 6 local micro-brewed beers or hard cider, a selection of local gourmet meats and cheeses, a Putney Road Pub pint glass and stainless steel bottle opener. The inn’s authentic Irish Pub, is also a great spot to unwind and sample refreshing craft beers or wine with the locals.

Sherwood Forest Bed & BreakfastSherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast

Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI had the beer enthusiast in mind when partnering with the Saugatuck Brewing Company for a weekend filled with “hops”. The weekend package includes a two-night stay plus access to the breweries facilities. SBC provides the recipes, from light to dark, over 70 different recipes are available; as well as the ingredients, equipment and expertise to help guests brew their own 11-gallon batch of beer. Bottom’s Up!

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