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New Market Virginia’s Southern Kitchen

If you’re a history buff touring New Market, Virginia’s Museum of the Civil War or Battlefield State Historic Park, then you’ll most likely work up an appetite with all of that Civil War history indulgence. What better way is there to fill your growling stomach than with some hearty southern food?


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Southern Kitchen is New Market’s very own classic, southern eatery. Established in 1955, it has a long tradition of comfort food with everything from fried chicken to peanut soup, all served with 1950s flair. Feast on a country ham as the jukebox plays behind you. Chow down on a homemade meringue pie with its perfect creamy sweetness. Sip some vegetable or peanut soup on a chilly, fall day, or bite into the hot, open-faced roast beef sandwich. (Is your mouth watering yet? Ours certainly is.)


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But don’t take just our word for it. Check out these Yelp reviews as well:

“I had the fried chicken, which was beyond delicious with a crispy golden skin and juicy meat. The chicken-fried steak, smothered in white gravy, that my son ordered was even better. Awesome mashed taters and tasty beets and green beans. The waitress convinced us to have some pie with our coffee (chocolate for me, lemon for my son).”

“Excellent food! Friendly service. Some of the best biscuits and gravy I have ever had.”

“Hush puppies, Peanut Soup, Fried Chicken… and finish it all off with a slice of coconut cream pie…”

Photo by Dana S

Photo by Dana S

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Apple Crisp Pancakes with Apple Cinnamon Syrup

“We were served a delicious breakfast each morning, and Betty makes this wonderful apple cinnamon syrup to use on her pancakes or waffles.” –TripAdvisor Reviewer

There’s nothing quite as comforting as waking up to a hot breakfast of a chilly morning, and who does breakfast better than a B&B? Betty Luse, innkeeper at Widow Kip’s Country Inn, is happy to share her recipe for apple crisp pancakes, enhanced with a rich apple cinnamon syrup, so try it out for a holiday breakfast, and you’ll never go back to cold cereal again!

Pancake Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2½ cups pancake mix, divided

¾ cup chunky applesauce plus extra for serving

½ cup quick cooking oats

¼ cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, softened

Apple Cinnamon Syrup Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups apple cider of natural apple juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ stick butter


Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, vanilla, 2 cups of pancake mix, and ¾ cup of applesauce. Spread mixture in pan. In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, remaining ½ cup of pancake mix and butter. Sprinkle oats mixture over ingredients in pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Serve with applesauce and warm apple cinnamon syrup.

For the syrup: Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, apple cider, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove pan from heat and stir in butter until melted, and combine. Serve warm.

Photo by TripAdvisor user mmnnbb1.

Photo by TripAdvisor user mmnnbb1.

A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Lexington, VA

Lexington, VA is chock full of activity, ranging from history to horses, and after a day of exploration and enjoyment, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head. Who do we suggest for your lodging needs? A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, a member of the Bed and Breakfasts of the Historic Shenandoah Valley.

For the past 30 years, A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge has been owned and run by John and Ellen Roberts, who are not only exceptional innkeepers, but also fascinating individuals. John, a Lexington native, is an expert fly fisher as well as an accomplished outdoorsman with a vast knowledge of the area. Ellen is a gourmet cook with a history in the hospitality industry, and she is also an avid golf enthusiast.

The inn itself is comprised of warm, welcoming 3-diamond rooms that offer high speed internet access, HD televisions, private baths, and all of the other modern amenities necessary for a luxurious getaway. Be sure to check their specials page for up-to-date information on the packages they offer:

–          September Special

–          General’s Package

–          Romantic Weekend Package

–          Fine Dining Experience

–          Fly Fishing Package

–          Massage and Spa Package

Click here to check availability and make your reservation now at A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge.

(Trivia: Previous guests of this inn have included Newt Gingrich, Jimmy Dean, Tom Wolf, and Miss Manners. Fishing guests have included Senator John Warner, and John Havlicek of the Boston Celtic Hall of Fame.)

B&B at Llewellyn Lodge

Attend Fall Festival Living History Day at Grand Caverns

If you caught a past blog of ours, then you may have learned a bit about the famous Grand Caverns of Grottoes, Virginia. But a tour of the caverns isn’t the only excitement you can experience at this historic location. Coming up on October 3, 2015, you’ll have the chance to experience Fall Festival Living History Day. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or just a casual observer of the past, you won’t want to miss this event!

Here are a few details about what you can expect to find and enjoy at this year’s festival:

  1. Artifact Identification: Bring you arrowheads, stone tools, and other historic artifacts, and let the Massanutten Chapter of the Virginia Archeological Society help you identify their past.
  2. Re-enactment Groups: “Re-enactment groups from different time periods will be demonstrating the daily life of a Civil War, WWII, and Vietnam Era Soldier throughout the day.”
  3. Vehicle Displays: Observe an array of military, classic, and antique vehicles.
  4. A Ballroom Dance: Held inside the Ballroom of Grand Caverns, you’ll have the opportunity to end the festival with an authentic ball from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (It’s not required, but if you feel so inclined, feel free to wear period attire!)

Don’t forget to book your room at a Shenandoah Valley B&B to complete your Living History experience. We look forward to seeing you!