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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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Inn dogs have it pretty good these days – new friends are always stopping by bringing you gifts, treats, or showing you plenty of affection! But living where you work can also have its drawbacks; you always have to be on watch for those pesky squirrels, and that mailman might try to walk up to the front door where the guests come in. In honor of today, we are highlighting some of our favorite inn dogs who were featured as Furry Friends on our Facebook Page. Each one brings work home with them, because home is where they work!

We Love Lucy

Adopted by owner Lynnette Scofield from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky, Lucy serves as an honorary innkeeper of The William Henry Miller Inn. Although she may be toothless, what she lacks in incisors, she makes up for in love towards guests who just can’t seem to get enough of her.

Meet the Motley Crew of Monti and Mojo

Monti and Mojo reside at the appropriately named Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast in Seattle, WA. This adorable duo serve as the official greeters for the inn: Monti is the smaller one and will have first crack at saying hello to you due to his boundless energy, but don’t worry because Mojo won’t be far behind.

Don’t Tell Tater Bug That She’s Not a Dog

While we understand that Tater Bug may not exactly look like an inn dog, she no doubt acts like an inn dog. Fully house trained and barking like a pup at the first sign of trouble, she keeps innkeeper Gina Jandreau and all the guests at The Eclectic Victorian Bed and Breakfast safe and sound.

For more Furry Friends, make sure to visit our Facebook Page!

Monday, June 22, 2015

What better time than summertime for fabulous fruity cocktails? Whether by the pool, the beach, for a barbecue or just kicking back and relaxing on the porch, crisp cool concoctions are what we crave. So this month’s column is dedicated to one of our faves from the 1785 Inn in North Conway, NH.

With this recipe the traditional Mojito morphs into something much more with a burst of blueberry that quenches our thirst for refreshing fruit flavor. Innkeeper Charlie Mallar came up with recipe thinking it would be a good use of the inn’s popular blueberry infused vodka, plus they grow lots of mint in the summer. “I used lemons instead of limes (which is in the traditional Mojito citrus),” reveals Charlie, “because I thought the lemon flavor went better with the blueberry.”

Photo courtesy of Charlie MallarPhoto courtesy of Charlie Mallar

Ingredients:
Dozen fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 lemon quartered
1 cup ice
1½ ounces blueberry infused vodka
1 ounce of sparkling water

Directions:
Muddle the mint and simple syrup together in a 16 ounce bar glass, squeeze the lemon quarters into the mixture, add the ice, blueberry infused vodka, and sparkling water. Stir well, pour into a 15-ounce hurricane glass, add a sprig of fresh mint on top, and serve with a cocktail straw. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

We infuse our own blueberry vodka by marinating blueberries in a good vodka for 6 to 8 weeks (1/3 blueberries & 2/3 vodka), then strain off the vodka and refrigerate it.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Summer Solstice is quickly approaching, and with it comes the longest day of the year! Take advantage of those extra daylight hours and find a bed and breakfast that offers the perfect warm-weather escape. From wine tasting, to fly fishing, to choosing your own outdoor adventure, there is no shortage of scorching hot specials for guests to find that fill a sun-drenched day with excitement. Plus, there’s no need to travel from Virginia to Maine in search of the perfect hazy day activity to fill the hours, we’ve done the hard work for you – putting even more time on your side!

 By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast

Anglers Welcome at By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast

Located in the naturally picturesque Shenandoah Valley, By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast in Harrisonburg, VA is perfect for the angler that wants to fish just a little bit longer during the Summer Solstice. Their Virginia Fly Fishing package will surely reel you in to their historic 5,000-square-foot Manor House and includes a bottle of chilled sparkling wine upon arrival, a $50 dinner certificate to a local restaurant, a $25 gift certificate to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop, breakfast-to-go for the fishermen of the group, gourmet breakfast for any land-lubbers left behind, and a complimentary signed copy of “Fly Fishing Virginia” by Beau Beasley. With this package you’ll be happier than a trout swimming upstream.

 Berry Manor Inn Berry Manor Inn

Choose Your Own Adventure at Berry Manor Inn

Do you want to plan something special for the longest day of the year, but can’t decide on what to do? Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, ME has you covered with their Savor the Adventure of Midcoast Maine package. The three nights in a room that includes a fireplace and/or whirlpool tub, three delicious breakfasts, two box lunches, and two locally made organic Bixby Bars are just the start of your package. The main course includes a self-guided itinerary and map of the area’s local Lighthouses, a Maine Wine Guild map to explore the five Midcoast wineries, a $50 Midcoast Money voucher for guests to enjoy dinner at their choice of participating restaurant, and a drawstring backpack filled with value offers such as free apps, desserts, or specials from restaurants, 10% discounts at stores and spas, and discounted or half price tickets at participating attractions such as golf courses or kayaking and paddle boarding, all worth over $250 in savings.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Churchill Manor/Jumping Rocks PhotographyChurchill Manor/Jumping Rocks Photography

We’re always seeing articles about the best breakfast recipes, and we have to admit we find them pretty enticing. But we also know that the best place to go for amazing and innovative morning meals is our B&B’s – because honestly nobody does it better. So every two weeks we are going to tantalize your tastebuds with an image and recipe that’s hard to resist.

Our first post is this fabulous French Toast Featuring Orange Zest with Brandy Cream Sauce from our friends at the Churchill Manor in Napa, CA. Would you say oui upon waking up to this? We thought so!

Ingredients:

  • zest of 1 orange
  • pared sections of 1 orange
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbs brandy
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 12 whole eggs
  • 1 sour dough baguette
  • 2 tbs soft butter
  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • dusting of cinnamon

Directions:

Grate peel of 1 orange into large flat plate or platter. Pare and remove sections of grated orange to small plate or bowl. Whip whole eggs until blended and pour into platter containing zest. Mix well. Place sour cream in small bowl, add honey, brandy, combine and adjust taste as desired. (It should still be thick enough to not run) Cut baguettes, on the bias, into 3/4 inch wide slices and soak in batter until well coated. Brush or melt butter into medium high heated sauté or fry pan. Place battered bread slices into pan and fry until browned on both sides.

To Assemble:

Place 3 pieces of French toast on serving plate stacked in the middle and radiating outward like spokes on a wheel! Add a large dollop of brandied sour cream on plate as well as 2 orange sections. Pour maple syrup over French toast and finish with a dusting of cinnamon. Yum!

Yield – 8 servings


Friday, June 12, 2015

Master chef. Brew master. Fisherman. Golfer. Wine connoisseur. What do dads want to be? At a B&B, they can be anyone they want to. Because the inns listed with BnBFinder offer so many special packages, dads can choose their own adventures and experience their hobbies and passions in a whole new way. After all, fathers know best.

Whether they are in the kitchen cooking up a culinary masterpiece or on a lake grabbing the catch of the day, now is the ideal time for dads to unwind. Plus, picking the perfect package is easy to do with a BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate. It’s accepted at over 1,500 properties; has no expiration or blackout dates; includes free shipping, or can be download and printed as an instant e-Card; and it can be sent with a personalized message.

Just to make gift giving a breeze for the giver, we’re offering a 10% discount on said gift certificate when you use the code DAD10 between June 12-21. That means there’s no way you can say you didn’t know what to get him. Besides it’s about time you gave dad something besides a new tie and coffee mug. He deserves better, so buy him a BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate today!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jurassic World comes out this weekend, much to the delight of both new movie-goers and fans of the 1993 original Jurassic Park. In preparation for the film, why not experience some real life dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail in Moab, UT? Don’t worry, they are long extinct, so there won’t be any pesky Velociraptors ruining the fun.

In the Morrison Formation, fossils from plants and numerous kinds of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period including Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Camarasaurus are all encased in rock and exposed for aspiring paleontologists to view.  This self-guided tour allows visitors to catch a glimpse of an era when these massive creatures roamed the Earth, which is sure to get dino enthusiasts excited before the park opens on the big screen this weekend.

Sunflower Hill InnSunflower Hill Inn

Looking for a place to rest your tired bones after you experience the remains of these behemoths firsthand? Consider staying at the Sunflower Hill Inn in Moab, UT. From relaxing poolside like an Ichthyosaur, to chowing down on a homemade country breakfast like a hungry Daspletosaurus, your stay will make all your stresses and worries extinct with amenities such as the outdoor hot tub, complimentary snacks, Molton Brown bath products, and spa robes available to guests. Stay in one of the two beautifully restored buildings that feature twelve distinct guest rooms and you will leave feeling mightier than a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Maison d'Anne - Paris Historic BnBMaison d’Anne – Paris Historic BnB

History Comes Alive at Maison d’Anne - Paris Historic BnB
Guests can discover the best of Paris and France by making Maison d’Anne – Paris Historic BnB their home base. Situated just a few blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral in a beautiful townhouse from the early 1600′s, this inn is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter. One of the oldest streets in Paris remains blissfully quiet and authentic, and there travelers will find this extraordinary house built in 1610. From its terrace with a view of Notre-Dame, to its 15th century stone-vaulted basement with heated pool and gym, and a music room with a 1920’s baby grand piano, the house is unique. Guests will have their own private apartment on the quiet side of the inner courtyard, offering independent access to the inn. The hosts invite visitors to take advantage of the location in the cultural heart of Paris and tailor their time based on their own schedule and unique interests. The hostess Anne speaks English, Spanish, German and Chinese.

My Open ParisMy Open Paris

It’s All About You at My Open Paris
My Open Paris is a unique self-catering boutique bed and breakfast located in the very center of Paris. The beautiful and luxury B&B rooms are designed for guests’ comfortable and pleasant stays. The inn, a stunning oasis in the heart of Paris, will be a delightful home away from home. The fabulous location of the property offers easy and fast access to main tourism spots. A quiet and safe neighborhood near all services will make visitors’ stay here most enjoyable. With My Open Paris, travelers will feel like a Parisian and enjoy a tasteful and fresh breakfast. The B&B is set in a beautiful 200-year-old Parisian building. The lovely courtyard house and garden are fully renovated. This is a perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring the city. The peaceful garden is a magical oasis in the bustle of Paris. All rooms are non-smoking, but guests may smoke in the garden. Accommodations are very sunny and charming and overlook the garden.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Almost four years in the making and it is finally here- the new Entourage movie. While your Sloan and Eric withdrawals have been mounting, your patience has nearly paid off.  Why not reward yourself (and some of your own entourage) with a mancation package that even Ari would approve of? From cooking, to kayaking, to on-site massage therapy, live celeb-style just like Vincent Chase with one of these excellent B&B getaways.

Camellia Inn Camellia Inn

Better Than Ari and His Paintball Gun – The Men Only Package from the Camellia Inn

Blaze your own path with the Men Only Package from the Camellia Inn in Healdsburg, CA. Whether you want to spend the day relaxing like Turtle by enjoying a wine tasting or you would rather go to the extreme like Vince in his movie The Takeover with rock climbing and kayaking, there is an endless amount of possibilities for you and your boys to enjoy. Start out your evening at one of the great local restaurants or end your evening with on-site massage therapy in the privacy of your room, the choice is yours. Innkeeper Lucy Lewand will be sure to create a perfect itinerary that caters to your needs, and if you are staying in the main house she will always have a full breakfast waiting for you each morning to top it all off.

Buckhorn InnBuckhorn Inn

Much More Appetizing Than Drama’s Scrambled Eggs with Soy Milk – Cooking Classes at Buckhorn Inn

Learn to cook better than the patriarchal Johnny Drama with cooking classes at Buckhorn Inn in Gatlinburg, TN. Discover different techniques and dishes from Chef Frank Downs, and unlock the secrets of the delectable cuisine found at this B&B. Each class is 90 minutes followed by lunch on the veranda, which overlooks regal Mount LeConte. Classes are done by appointment. When guests don’t have their chef’s hat on, they can take advantage of the fitness center, library, or common room that is complete with a coffee/snack bar.

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