Friday, April 22, 2011

Marsha and Nancy’s Excellent Bed and Breakfast Adventure

Get ready for a new kind of weekend getaway!

To highlight their latest culinary creations and send guests on their own mini-adventure, friends Marsha Burton and Nancy Swartzel have created a two-night progressive bed and breakfast tour featuring luxurious surroundings, gourmet recipes, and customized itineraries between their two properties.

Marsha and Nancy’s Excellent Bed and Breakfast Adventure guides guests on a scenic tour between Louisville, Kentucky and the Burlington, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio area. After a one-night stay and full breakfast at either inn, guests depart the next day with a gourmet picnic basket and customized travel plan. A sample itinerary includes historical and picturesque activities along a 130-mile stretch in between the two inns, but other options are available. The adventure is tailored to each guest’s liking, whether that means antiquing, the arts scene, sports, horse racing, shopping, a spa break, or just sitting and relaxing on one of their relaxing porches.

After a fun-filled day, travelers make their way to the other inn for a one-night stay and experience another exciting city. Each morning, guests will enjoy a full gourmet breakfast. Among several options on the morning menu, guests may choose to sample a signature breakfast recipe from the Room at the Table cookbook: Auntie Pankie’s Garlic Cheese Grits at the Inn at Woodhaven and Crème Brûlée French Toast at the Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn.

- For guests who begin the two-night journey at the Inn at Woodhaven, the sample menu for the gourmet picnic includes beef tenderloin with blackberry or Henry Bain sauce, crusty French bread, fresh fruit, roasted vegetables or fresh thin asparagus spears with couscous, pasta or tabouli salad, Race Day pie or lime-raspberry bars, and old fashioned lemonade or soft drinks.

- For guests who begin the two-night journey at Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn, the sample menu for the gourmet picnic includes a roasted whole chicken, a loaf of fresh bread, garlic haricots verts, potato salad, fresh fruit, Ghirardelli chocolate brownies, and bottled water or soft drinks.

Click on the two links below to view a full-size Excellent Adventure description and sample itinerary.

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Marsha and Nancy’s Excellent Bed and Breakfast Adventure is $50 for a two-person picnic in addition to the current room rate at each inn, and must be booked in advance. Guests are welcome to extend their stay at either inn to see all that Louisville and Cincinnati have to offer.

About Inn at Woodhaven
The Inn at Woodhaven is a Gothic Revival mansion conveniently located near many of Louisville’s finest attractions, restaurants, and shopping venues. Built in 1853 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion’s original features have been skillfully maintained. Expansive common areas feature books, magazines, after dinner liquors, and fresh cookies. Eight spacious guest rooms are located in the Main House, Carriage House, or the award-winning and romantic Rose Cottage. Amenities include luxurious linens and bath towels, whirlpool spa tubs, steam showers, exclusive bath products, cozy fireplaces, televisions with DVD players, wireless Internet, refrigerators, and complimentary stations featuring coffee, tea, and snacks. A full breakfast featuring organic fruits, cage-free eggs, local bakery breads, and several main course options is served daily at individual tables set with fine china and linens.

Marsha Burton, Inn at Woodhaven
(888) 895-1011

About Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn
Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn, located on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati, includes two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings: the 1830s Willis Graves Federal brick homestead on the National Register Overlay and the 1850s William Rouse log cabin, both furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, wireless Internet, cable television, DVD and CD players, a comprehensive movie collection, inviting porches, and fresh baked cookies. A full gourmet breakfast, with fresh fruit and main entrée options featuring eggs from a local farm, is served daily at individual tables set with white tablecloths, cloth napkins, and fine china.

Nancy Swartzel, Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn
(888) 226-5096

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Special Itinerary: Ring of Boone County - Animal and Tea Tour

When we were in Ireland, they offered two ring tours. This special itinerary is a ring tour in our own county that includes unique destinations within a few miles of the inn. After breakfast, you can start by visiting the Eagle Bend Alpaca Farm. It is the first and largest alpaca farm in northern Kentucky and the owners welcome visitors for scheduled tours. Once you’ve learned about alpacas and experienced the farm’s tranquility, head on to the Rabbit Hash General Store with hopes of seeing the town’s mayor, border collie Lucy Lou. Rabbit Hash has been a working general store since 1831. From there, visit the Little Britain Tea Room for a relaxing afternoon cream or high tea. Little Britain Farm also offers horseback riding lessons if you are feeling adventurous. If you have time to spare, you may also want to consider visiting Kinman Farm. In addition to housing a market and camels, they have special events each fall. When you are hungry for dinner, the historic Tousey House is just around the bend and offers a wide and varied menu to complete your Boone County experience.

We have a two-page PDF document that provides detailed instructions and contact information for each of the stops. Please contact if you have any questions or need more information. Happy travels!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our Breakfast Menu

We like to provide options for our guests at breakfast. Where you eat, when you eat, and what you eat can be customized to meet your needs. We have plenty of individual tables for privacy in our dining room and we can deliver breakfast to the suites by request. We offer flexible hours for service (7:00 - 10:00am) and we can accommodate business travelers who might prefer a quick continental breakfast. We also have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests.

A few of our dishes rotate on and off the menu, such as our Breakfast Pie, Three Cheese Tart, and Meat-Lovin' Man's Quiche, but our basic menu is shown below:

First Course to Start Your Day

Fresh Fruit

delightful medley of seasonal fruit

Homemade Granola

our almond-oat granola is the perfect topping for fresh fruit

Second Course

Crème Brûlée French Toast

made-from-scratch crème brûlée stuffed inside French bread topped with caramelized turbinado sugar and maple syrup

Orange Marmalade French Toast

orange marmalade, cream cheese, and honey stuffed inside French bread with powdered sugar

Our Favorite Pancakes

gingerbread pancakes with fresh butter and maple syrup

Farm Eggs

fresh eggs prepared to order

Beverages and Side Dishes

Hot Beverages - coffee and tea

Juice - orange, grape, apple or V8

Sides - sausage, bacon, English muffin or wheat toast

Healthy Options - oatmeal and low-fat yogurt