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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Did you know B&B’s are musically inclined? Many innkeepers have an ear for talent and are music fans themselves. So much so that they want to share the experience with their guests by offering specials that sound as good as they seem. Once a month we’ll take a tour of these packages, so tune in and take note!

Music to our ears this July is the Symphony on the Prairie Perfect Prairie Picnic Package from the Prairie Guest House in Fishers, IN, a place where they certainly know how to celebrate summer by combining good food and music under the stars for one amazing experience.

Prairie Guest HousePrairie Guest House

Symphony on the Prairie is a summertime tradition in Central Indiana that features the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and special guests performing in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Guests of the inn can enjoy an overnight stay package that includes two tickets to the Symphony on the Prairie, a perfect picnic for two, a beautiful suite, and a bountiful, home-cooked breakfast in the morning, made fresh from the inn’s gardens and the local farms that surround it.

Perfect Picnic Package includes: Mini brie wheel and crackers, fresh fruit, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, mixed nuts, dark chocolate bar, and bottled water. Innkeepers John and Karen Newton have been supporters of local music for a long time, and the goal of the package is to showcase the neighborhood musical gems.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This month we head to the Last Frontier for some amazing images of the great outdoors. After all, it’s officially summer, so there’s no time like the present to enjoy travel photography that will inspire your own!

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

Live Lavishly at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn
and Adventure Spa

Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa in Juneau, AK is the state’s only AAA 4-Diamond lodging experience. Here guests enjoy unparalleled quality, service, and hospitality in peaceful surroundings of pristine scenery. The inn features a variety of luxurious accommodations with Select Comfort Sleep Number beds and feather beds, private entrances, and amazing views of the water, forest, and mountains. Private amenities include fireplaces, kitchenettes, rainfall showers, a sitting area, and much more. Some rooms have balconies, skylights, 2-person Jacuzzi tubs, a breakfast bar, and cathedral ceilings.

Guests have access to several common areas during their stay including the fitness center, laundry facilities, massage room decks to gardens, hot tubs, sauna, gazebos, campfire, BBQs, dock, waterfall, and more places to enjoy relaxation. During the summer season, a hot breakfast entrée is served each morning and an evening hospitality hour is a great way to mingle with other guests. Surrounded by an array of outdoor activities and attractions, visitors to the inn will have complimentary access to bikes, kayaks, fishing equipment, and nature trails to enjoy the fresh Alaskan air.

7 Gables Inn and Suites7 Gables Inn & Suites

It’s Seventh Heaven at 7 Gables Inn & Suites
7 Gables Inn & Suites in Fairbanks, AK provides guests with a variety of room types, all of which include Jacuzzi bathtubs, Wi-Fi, and cable TV/DVD players. Larger suites boast king beds with fireplaces, living room areas, and fully appointed kitchens. Each day guests indulge in a buffet breakfast that features ethnic-themed dishes from around the world from the 7 Gables Inn & Suites’ cookbook, A Breakfast Cuisine.

When it comes to activities, guests can enjoy a float downriver in one of the inn’s complimentary canoes, and disembark at one of several fine restaurants for a progressive dinner, or check out the cross country skiing in the winter. Their location allows good Aurora Borealis viewing in winter and a front row seat for the Midnight Sun Run in summer. Your hosts, Paul and Leicha, enjoy helping their visitors make the most of their trips.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The White Oak Inn/Jumping Rocks PhotographyThe White Oak Inn/Jumping Rocks Photography

It’s time for the latest edition of Breakfast Recipes to Feast On! This month’s decadent edition features White Chocolate and Cranberry Tea Scones and comes from our friends at The White Oak Inn in Danville, OH. The ideal accompaniment to your morning meal, these tantalizing treats are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup butter
2 eggs
½ cup half-and-half or heavy cream
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup dried cranberries

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter, using either the pulse setting on a food processor or by hand with a pastry blender. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs, with no visible chunks of butter. Separate one of the eggs, setting the white aside. Beat the yolk with the other whole egg and the half-and-half. Add this to the dry mixture, along with the white chocolate chips and cranberries. Stir with a fork until barely mixed. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead gently, about 6 to 8 times. Roll or pat dough out to ½-inch thickness. Cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet about an inch apart and brush the tops with the reserved egg white. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Yields 12 to 14 scones.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Among the very young at heart, treehouses will always be places we prefer for fun and feeling nostalgic. There are B&B’s that understand such a need and give guests the ideal accommodations they desire. Relaxation and luxury can be found at the following inns where fresh takes on traditional treehouses do not disappoint.

Vertical Horizons Treehouse ParadiseVertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise

Enjoy the Height of Relaxation at Vertical Horizons
Treehouse Paradise
Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Cave Junction, OR is an oasis available for fans of unforgettable travel experiences. Located near the Redwood Forest, the Oregon Caves, the coastline, and other notable local attractions, this B&B features full-size treehouses offering unique views of Southern Oregon. It’s the ideal place to relive your greatest childhood memories while also enjoying daily gourmet breakfasts, which are prepared using fresh organic products (many of which are locally grown, plus special dietary needs can be accommodated). The inn also facilitates technical tree climbing for guests up to the challenge. Disc golf is available onsite too.

Iris Inn Bed and BreakfastIris Inn Bed and Breakfast

Elevate Your Travel Experience at Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast
Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesboro, VA offers guests a unique and luxurious experience with their adult treehouse, which comes complete with modern conveniences. Secluded, self-contained, and in a woodland setting, the inn’s contemporary cabins feature personal washers and dryers, heated floors surrounding two-person rain-head showers, Keurig coffeemakers with coffee pods, platform king-size beds, hot tubs, and electric grills on their decks. The cabins also include full-size kitchens with stovetop burners, microwave/convection ovens, full-size refrigerators, dishwashers, toasters and cookware. Guests awaken to a Shenandoah Valley morning streaming in through the windows. With nature as the wallpaper, visitors feel as though they are camping in luxury.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Welcome to a new monthly column on the blog dedicated to all our foodie friends. We repeatedly hear about guests going gaga for all the magnificent meals our B&B’s make. So we thought it would be fun to get some insights from our innkeepers who have plenty of tantalizing tips and tricks that you won’t want to miss. Our first edition comes from Margy and Darrell Waldrip at Kuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast in New Braunfels, TX.

TIP 1. HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTERMILK: To make your own buttermilk, take 1/2 cup of regular milk or heavy cream. Add 1/2 tsp. of baking soda and stir into the milk. Let stand for 20 seconds to dissolve. Add some white vinegar and watch it bubble. Vinegar is a light acid and it reacts with the baking soda to form buttermilk. This is great for adding texture to breads, muffins, pancakes or waffles. See — I would have done better in school if I could have just related chemistry to FOOD! – Margy

Kuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and BreakfastKuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast

TIP 2. HOW TO CUT A MANGO: We have many wonderful guests here at the Historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus B&B, and they teach us a trick from time to time. One morning, we had a guest that stayed who was the Head Chef of the Houston Country Club. We were having fresh mangos, but we did not know how to cut them. Margy said, “I bet you know how to cut a mango.” He took that mango and held it with the seed in the middle (and the seed is a flat seed). He then cut the mango on each side, and he placed the seed on a plate (he said it was for the chef to eat later – ha, ha). He then took each cut side and cut long ways and then turned it 90 degrees and cut it in a crisscross pattern. He took the cut mango and inverted it and placed it on a small plate. He then suggested to decorate it with other fruit such as blueberries or strawberries. Enjoy! - Darrell

For even more inside info, check out this awesome inn for yourself: Kuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

RendezvousRendezvous

Now that summer is in well under way, we thought a cocktail that is full of character would be very apropos for the season. Palm Springs, CA is a destination with plenty of personality and stylish places to stay such as the chic inn Rendezvous, where you will definitely meet and greet your next great vacation.

One of this property’s guest rituals is relaxing poolside and enjoying the inn’s signature drink: The Rendez-Blue. It’s a simple recipe with tasty results that also happens to look pretty cool by the pool.

Directions:
Grab your favorite shaker, pour in a scoop of ice so your martini will be extra cold. Then add…

Ingredients:
2 parts vodka (keep in the freezer)
1 part Rose’s Blue Raspberry Cocktail Infusions (pick this up in your grocery’s liquor aisle)

And…shake for 30 seconds and serve up in a martini glass. (Tip: A clear glass makes for the best presentation of this martini.) Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Figuring out which B&B is for thee doesn’t have to be a challenge anymore. With the Choose Your Inn Adventure quiz, you’ll soon discover where to go. Ready, set, know:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cabernet InnCabernet Inn Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It’s Chocolate Day! There’s no better way to mark the celebration than by trying something that’s darkly delicious. That’s where our friends at Cabernet Inn in North Conway, NH come in very handy with their tantalizing recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread, a scrumptious concoction guests can’t get enough of.

Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup chocolate chips
3 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini (about 3 medium)

Directions:
Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a Large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and chocolate chips. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs slightly. Whisk in oil and vanilla. Stir in zucchini and add mixture to dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Pour into 2 lightly greased loaf pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and remove bread from pans. Yield: 2 breads.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 4th brings with it the distinct smell and taste of barbecue season. Whether you use propane, wood, or coal, there is nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly cooked burger or a set of mouth-watering ribs. In honor of grills being fired up across the country, we have picked out a finger-licking good recipe from Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek in Kyle, TX – their famous Pulled Pork Sandwiches. So without further ado, it’s time to get grilling with a recipe every carnivore will crave.

 Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek

Ingredients:

Pork Shoulder

Dry Rub:

1 cup kosher salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup garlic powder
1/2 cup onion powder
1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup ancho chile powder
1/2 cup cayenne powder
1/4 cup mustard powder

(This will make plenty of rub. Make sure to store in an airtight container for future use.)

Directions:

1. Apply rub on all sides of the pork shoulder. It’s best to do this the day before. However, it will still be very good if seasoned right before cooking.

2. Preheat the smoker to 200-250 degrees. We use oak and mesquite because it’s readily available to us, but any wood like pecan or hickory will do fine.

3. Place the shoulder as far away as possible from the heat source. The idea here is to infuse the meat with the smoke for half its cooking time. The other half will be done in the oven. The reason for this is not to over smoke the meat. Pork shoulder is a tough cut of meat that needs to cook low and slow; leaving it to smoke the entire time would result in meat that is overwhelmed by the smoke. However, some people like a strong smoke flavor, so it’s totally up to you. Three to four hours in the smoker should be plenty of time.

4. After the meat is properly smoked, put it in a 225 degree oven for about four hours or until a fork slides in easily. When the shoulder is done, let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Use two forks to “pull” the meat into bite-sized chunks. Make sure to put some of the pan drippings (make sure to skim the fat) back into the meat. The rest of the drippings can be used to fortify your favorite barbecue sauce.

5. Serve the pork on toasted rolls or buns with sliced onion and pickles and enjoy.

For more delicious recipes, make sure to take a look at our Recipe Page.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Set off the fireworks, light the barbeque, and get into the 4th of July spirit! Need a little help to get you in the star spangled mood? These all-American bed and breakfasts are sure to consume you with wanderlust faster than you can say, “Declaration of Independence.” From Colorado to New Hampshire, check out these inns that offer last-minute patriotic packages in honor of the country’s birthday.

Glynn House InnGlynn House Inn

Independence Day Weekend Savings for You, and Your Doggie Too!

At Glynn House Inn in Ashland, NH, reserve one of their five pet-friendly rooms and take in the gracious surroundings, great food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. With their Independence Day Weekend savings, ATV Adventure Tours, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, golfing, and hiking are all available to visitors who want to inject some adrenaline to a vacation. Add to that the gourmet breakfasts served in the Victorian dining room, and the traditional fireworks, parades, and picnics, and you are sure to have a jaw-dropping July 4th.

Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast

Focus on Your Holiday Weekend and Let Someone Prep the Grill for You!

Love to grill hate prepping for it? Even more exhausted by the same restaurants you go to day in and day out? Set your 4th of July ablaze and let your inner grill master come out at Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast in Durango, CO with their Beef Lover’s Restaurant Respite for two.  They will do all the shopping and prep work for you, while you cook your choice of ribeye or filet mignon steaks from a local ranch that provides free range, grass fed beef. Your steak will be paired with their seasonal appetizers, Colorado corn on the cob or seasonal veggies, Caesar salad, potatoes, garlic bread and homemade ice cream. A complimentary bottle of wine rounds out the experience. The innkeepers will even clean up after you, since you might be too full to move. Plus, this package is available year-round if you can’t make it for the holiday weekend.

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