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Indulge in a French Toast Souffle from Steeles Tavern Manor B&B

As we’ve said before, half of a B&B is breakfast, and our BBHSV members offer their guests a wide variety of hearty Southern indulgences for the morning meal. One of our member inns, Steeles Tavern Manor B&B, treats its patrons to a French Toast Souffle made with mouthwatering croissants, cream cheese, and cinnamon sugar. Whether you’d like a taste of Steeles Tavern Manor before your getaway there, or you’d like to capture the flavor of a vacation already taken, here is the recipe for you to create and enjoy:


  • 5 Large Croissants
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chopped pecans


  1. Coarsely chop/break apart croissants, then distribute evenly in a greased 9×13-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle raisins on top.
  2. Combine cream cheese & butter in microwavable dish with lid. Microwave on defrost setting until soft. Heat 1/3 cup maple syrup in microwave about 20 sec on High setting. Stir in with butter/cream cheese. Drop spoonfuls & spread evenly over chopped croissants.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs, ½ cup maple syrup, and half-and-half; pour over mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove from refrigerator about ½ hour before putting in oven. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Uncover and bake 50 minutes or until golden on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and chopped pecans. Serve with maple syrup.

Eat and enjoy!


Upcoming Holiday Specials in the Shenandoah Valley

The holiday season is upon us, and you may be looking for something to do that’s different than your usual routine. We all love Thanksgiving meals, Black Friday deals, and Christmas cookies, and holiday decorating, but maybe it’s all become a bit mundane. So why not break up the monotony with a Bed & Breakfast getaway that coincides with one of the upcoming holiday activities in the Shenandoah Valley?

November 20-21, 2015: Deck the Halls, Front Royal: “Each November, the gallery of Blue Ridge Arts Council is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Halls has proven to be a tremendous success over the past 11 years.”

November 26, 2015: Lexington Gobble Wobble 5K and Fun Run, Lexington: Start your Thanksgiving Day by burning off some calories! “On Thanksgiving Day 2015, we will be hosting both a 5k (walk or run) and childrens’ Fun Run, making this a community event the whole family can participate in! So come out and enjoy the festivities, but don’t worry, we’ll still get you home in time to put the turkey in the oven!”

November 30, 2015: Old Town Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting, Winchester: “Celebrate the fun and excitement of the holiday season in Old Town Winchester. Bands, floats, and specialty units along with Santa will be coming to see you. Don’t forget the tree lighting ceremony, immediately following the parade.”

December 4-5, 11-12, 2015: The Schultz Theatre Presents “A Tuna Christmas,” New Market: “It’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest.”

December 5-6, 2015: Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, Harrisonburg, VA: We all have people who are hard to buy for. Find them a unique gift here! “Individual vendors will have everything from candles to wreaths, from jewelry to holiday decorations.”



BBHSV Member Feature: Brierley Hill B&B

Lexington, Virginia is known for its history, its horses, and its hospitality, and there’s no better way to experience and explore the city than with a stay at Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast: “Come visit this quiet hillside getaway overlooking the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Brierley Hill welcomes guests to a unique bed and breakfast inn experience of spectacular views and relaxed elegance — just five minutes from downtown Lexington, Virginia” (


Wake up in a living fairytale in the Once Upon a Time Room with its lavish king canopy bed, its eastern view of the sunrise, and its modern amenities. Rest in tranquility in the Peace Room, briefly escaping the real world for a soft rose and green room reminiscent of an English garden. Take your peaceful seclusion to the next level with the Good Friends Suite, complete with stunning mountain views, a private patio, plush bathrobes, gas fireplace, and comfy queen-sized bed. Really though, any room you choose will be met with warm and relaxation.

In the morning, you’ll wake up to the hearty scents of a prix fixe breakfast in front of a crackling fire (or out on the veranda when the weather is warm). You’re in for a delectable treat at Brierley Hill—fresh, seasonable fruit, country waffles, egg dishes, and more.

Once you’re fueled for your day, venture out and explore everything that Lexington, VA offers its visitors and residents. Enjoy a horse show at the Virginia Horse Center or a performance at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Indulge in history at the Virginia Military Institute, Lee Chapel, and the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Are you a lover of the outdoors? Lexington provides a wealth of outdoor adventure that is not to be missed (even in the colder seasons)!


Start planning your Lexington getaway now, and don’t forget to reserve your room or suite at Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast.


Try Out Some of the Best Shenandoah Valley Restaurants

With the upcoming arrival of Small Business Saturday toward the end of this month, individuals everywhere will be celebrating by shopping local and shopping small. One especially convenient small business category is that of the eatery. Whether you’re pausing in the mist of your shopping for a brief bite to eat, or you’re searching for a restaurant gift certificate for your friends and family, then these Shenandoah Valley restaurants are ready to serve you:

  1. Bistro on Main, Lexington- Unique, delicious, casual, and contemporary. Feast on a Polyface Farm beer burger, Belgian waffles, grilled salmon, four cheese spinach lasagna and more.
  2. Triple Crown BBQ, Luray- As one TripAdvisor reviewer says, “Best BBQ around! Sweet and friendly people! You get A LOT for the price and it is so worth it!” Another raves, “We had the Pulled Pork sandwich with two sides. Portions were great, bun was nice and fresh, sides were original and tasty and the sauces were fun to try!”
  3. Coach & Horses Tea Room, Winchester- Take your tea with a Cornish Pasty, a chicken and apple sausage roll, or Shepherd’s Pie. Relax with delicious elegance.
  4. Zynodoa, Staunton- This “inspired Southern cuisine” is aptly named. Made with fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find everything from grilled corn and crab bisque to Buffalo Branch Basil Pesto & Housemade Linguine to Disaronno Amaretto Creme Brulee.
  5. The Green Leaf Grill, Waynesboro- This newer restaurant features “a diverse menu including authentic seafood gumbo, creative vegetarian options, and fun comfort food twists.”
  6. Xenia Kebab Grille, Harrisonburg- Indulge in authentic Mediterranean cuisine in this tiny yet fulfilling eatery. Enjoy the Chicken Shish Kebab, the Baba Ghanoush, the Tabouli, or the Kurdia (crunchy falafel). Top it off with rice pudding or Baklava.