In addition to the outdoor attractions near the inn, we have great breakfast. One of our favorites to make is our original ham and cheese waffles, accompanied with natural maple syrup and fruit topped with yogurt and granola.
If you’re in to hiking or taking a scenic drive, you’ve come to the right place. Virginia is abundant in wildlife and trails to wander down. We encourage you to check one out and spend your day outside! For a short and scenic hike, try Humpback Rock or Crabtree Falls. For a longer and more strenuous hike, but still incredibly beautiful, try Old Rag Mountain or Mcaffe Knob. Or- if you are not into hiking- simply take a drive fifteen minutes up the road to Virginia's infamous Skyline Drive!
Check out the lovely spring blossoms!
If you stay at the Inn, you may encounter this little guy at some point. He is our friendly companion, and you can expect to be welcomed by him during your check in! He loves walking, running, and especially his red frisbee, and he is a great model for photos!
The chickens have been surely enjoying this warm weather, and more sun means more fresh eggs! We have Barred chickens here at the Inn, and they lay beautiful brown eggs. We love them!
Walnut Creek, roughly fifteen minutes from the inn, is another wonderful outdoor attraction. A nature filled area for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, walking, or simply sitting and enjoying the weather, Walnut Creek is a great place to spend the day here in North Garden. Enjoy the Virginia water and air...
Some people think hiking is only fun in the summertime, but Crabtree Falls offers a nice day hike with beautiful views. Free of charge and located in the George Washington National Forest, Crabtree Falls offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can find in Virginia. Our Inn is amidst many great hikes, and this happens to be one of our favorites. Not only is it short and sweet, it's incredibly beautiful year round. If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, try booking a room and drive only 45 minutes for a fun and nature-filled day!
Here are a few photos of the ice and snow from last weekend. Luckily, it looks like warm weather might be coming our way!
The Inn at the Crossroads is wishing you a happy Valentine's Day and President’s Day. Sit back and enjoy the snow, and consider spending another weekend with us this February! Enjoy our Sweets and Treats Package, or cuddle up by the woodstove in the Summer Kitchen Cottage. Take a romantic drive down through the Skyline Drive, or enjoy a nice dinner in downtown Charlottesville!
A few weeks ago, we got a huge snow storm, and boy, it was beautiful! Two feet of snow meant lots of shoveling for us, but it was worth it; stuck inside for a few days, we had plenty of time to snap some great photos. The question now is whether or not we’ll get a February snow, or even a March snow! Only time will tell, but will fifty degree weather, we will have to see!
The days are still short, but the sunsets are getting more and more beautiful here at the Inn, although perhaps just a prerequisite for all of the crazy snow we just received.
The gluten free wave has taken travelers by storm! We often get requests to provide a gluten free breakfast. In the past, we had a very limited gluten free option to serve our guests while the rest of the table enjoyed modern takes on historical breakfast items. After some trial and error in the kitchen, we have been able to convert many of our recipes to gluten free. That means our gluten free guests can now enjoy the same types of breakfast as the other guests without being singled out at the table. Pancakes and waffles here we come!
Pilgrims sailing across the Atlantic on the Mayflower first spotted land on this day in 1620.
The 102 passengers and 30 person crew set sail on August 5th for the American coastline, intending to dock at the Colony of Virginia.
Unfortunately, strong seas forced the Mayflower to turn back to the originally sighted land, which is today known as Cape Cod. They anchored two days later and set off in search of a settlement site.
Due to disease, the Mayflower did not make its voyage back to England until April 5th. It made excellent time, arriving at her home port just a month later - less than half the time it took for the journey to America.
Recently we visited Ash Lawn Highland since it's been quite a while and had a wonderful tour of the house and grounds. Although smaller in scale than Monticello, Ash Lawn offers a nice contrast to the lives of Monroe and Jefferson. Of course, my favorite part is visiting the grounds and the resident peacock. Rarely do we have time to get away from the Inn, but it was a nice break to enjoy the serene setting and to brush up on local history.
Our new Barred (not "Bard") Rock chickens are are on the verge of laying their first eggs! We received our chicks just after Easter and they are well acclimated to their new home. There are 20 hens and 1 rooster in the flock. We can't wait to get eggs as they begin laying since they are an essential part of our breakfast.
Summer in VA means a lot of rain. The past two weeks have been filled with rain, but that makes for some really interesting photos of the trees on the property. When the rain finally decides to cease, we'll have even more beautiful flowers, and don't forget about fruit picking either! We've got multiple orchards close to our location, and they are always a great attraction.
The foliage is transitioning, and it's finally turning into summer here in North Garden. The assorted buds and colorful floral trees are now glowing in viridescent tones, green and lively, and the late-blooming flowers are displaying themselves in the liveliest of manners. Although autumn is most often credited with displaying pigmentation and unique aesthetics, spring and summer bring, without a doubt, the most amazing foliage of all the seasons. If you are yearning for an escape within your escape, hop in the car, roll down the windows, and drive west high into the mountains. You won't regret the truly jaw dropping views, no matter what time of year. The Skyline Drive holds some of the most scenic views in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we're only ten minutes away!
Spring has sprung and with it comes the urge to get back to work outside. In between the cold and wet and sometimes snowy days, we continue to work on the cottage and the accompanying landscaping project. We are finally finishing up the siding on the back of the cottage and have also fixed the drainage around the base of the cottage, channeling water around the cottage and back porch. This involved digging down a couple of feet in some areas and removing large chunks of tree roots. We are also close to finishing the second private sitting area. From the front it doesn't look like anything has changed but if you look at it from the back side, you can see where we added dirt and flattened it down. Next comes the patio pavers. And then finally we can get back to the actual water feature! Max loves working outside with us and although he is not much help with the digging he loves rolling around in the fresh dirt. It's a good thing he is ruby colored; the dirt blends in nicely with his fur until bathtime.
Meet our newest Innkeeper, Max. Max comes to us as a puppy from the animal rescue and is learning to be a junior innkeeper. Currently he is being trained to accompany us to and from the Inn and to greet guests as they arrive. He gets quite a bit of practice. As our children get older and move on to college and beyond, we decided the time was right to add to our family. It's nice to have company on days when there are no guests and even when we are full. Max does not live in the Inn; he happily stays at the house but you may see him with us when we are on the property. Please say hello! to Max when you arrive. We're glad to have you stay!
After a few months of perfecting, I've come up with a yummy banana bread recipe that's been a hit with our guests!
Extreme Banana Bread
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1 cup frozen raspberries
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
Cream butter and sugar then add eggs one at a time. Beat in yogurt, bananas and vanilla. Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon then add mixture to the wet ingredients. Add up to 1/2 cup buttermilk to make a thick batter. Hand stir in the chocolate chips and raspberries.
Spoon batter in prepared pans then bake for 60-65 minutes until tester comes out clean. Allow bread to cool completely before cutting. This bread tastes best 2 days after baking!