Posts Tagged ‘Fan District’

Food Tour Visits Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Real Richmond Food Tours and More visited the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast this afternoon. This urban inn is located in the heart of the historic Fan District and is featured often on the “VCU: Alternative Eats” walking tour. After a quick introduction to the inn, a bit of its history, its parlor, dining room, and wine room with its fabulous view of the east garden and its hydrangeas, tour-goers were ushered into the kitchen.

Grilled Shrimp on Homemade Pickle Relish with Chipolte Aioli

Breakfast is the biggest part of the name bed and breakfast and this inn is a foodie’s paradise. Breakfast items focus on fresh, local, seasonal and organic (if available) ingredients brought together in a creative way to highlight the flavors of central Virginia.

First up, Mike offered a grilled shrimp, atop a homemade pickle relish garnished with a chipolte aioli served in a Chinese soup spoon. Guests were offered a taste of Barboursville Vineyard’s Brut, the Virginia version of champagne to celebrate the day, which happened to be one couple’s anniversary.

A toast, anyone?

After a toast to their anniversary and the the second year of Real Richmond Food tours, Mike prepared a fresh peach espuma garnished with fresh peach cubes, also served in a Chinese spoon.

Fresh Peach Espuma! YUM!

Next on the menu, Mike presented puffed pastry baskets with pastry cream and a trio of fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sampling menu concluded with a quick explanation of “sous vide” cooking and a taste of a rib eye for those interested!

Puffed Pastry with a trio of berries

The visit ended with cold water-to-go in a signature, reusable, foldable, clip-on-able, freezable water bottle! All that one needs on a hot walking tour!

 

 

Ice cold water-to-go

Bed and Breakfast Excellence in 2012

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

We have added to our collection!

William Miller Bed and Breakfast Certificate for Excellence 2012

We just received our 2012 certificate of excellence for 2012 from TripAdvisor to add to our previous certificates. During our twelve years as innkeepers, we are fairly sure we have developed an idea what travelers and guests are seeking in terms of amenities and comforts.

How about a luxurious pillow top mattress with exquisite linens? We do that. And, naturally a private bathroom, accessible only from the guest room equipped with both a tub and shower! Of course! How about free wi-fi? We have that. How about free off-street parking? Yep, we have that too. We have many assets and amenities that our guests love: evening wine and snacks, individual servings of snacks, beverages and ice available all day, prime location in Richmond’s historic Fan district, a front porch with rockers and a side garden filled with seasonal color and shielded from the street, a lovely parlor with fireplace, cable tv and flat screen televisions in each guest room, walk-in closets to store belongings, and the list goes on……

But, what sets the William Miller House apart from other establishments is BREAKFAST. Breakfast is the biggest part of the name bed and breakfast and we have focused on breakfasts and food since our first day. We serve a hearty gourmet breakfast of multiple courses featuring fresh, local, organic, and seasonal ingredients that give our guests a taste of central Virginia’s finest products from local farmers, local coffee roasters, our herb garden, and local food artisans.

Treat yourself to a Richmond dining experience: a stay with us, sample our gourmet breakfast, and visit our nearby dining establishments with fare spanning from neighborhood casual to fine dining.  Add to your food-centric experience by reserving a spot in one of Real Richmond Food Tours and More walking tours. Sign up early, places are limited and each tour fills up fast. Richmond’s culinary scene is continually evolving and there are lots of options to try!

 

 

Richmond Inn Hires New Concierge

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, Richmond Virginia’s premier historic Fan District inn, is pleased to announce that a new concierge has been added to inn staff.

Morgan, in the inn office, learning about email!

Innkeepers, Pat and Mike, are pleased to welcome Morgan to their bed and breakfast.  Morgan chose her position as inn concierge over the many options offered to her to take advantage of her friendly disposition, her desire to please, and her love of people.  Morgan is a five-year-old Lhasa Apso mix who will be in charge of porch-sitting and, upon invitation, entertaining guests.  She will be confined to the owner’s quarters generally, but she does love people and will truly enjoy attention from guests should they be inclined. At less than twenty pounds and boundless energy, she is a welcome addition to the inn.  She is adjusting to the bed and breakfast life and is learning about all about Richmond’s great attractions.

So, book a stay at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, meet Morgan, visit Richmond, Virginia’s attractions, and enjoy the urban lifestyle of the historic Fan District: sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Morgan may not be able to tell you where to find the best of the best; but innkeepers, Mike and Pat, can.

Morgan, inn concierge, tries out porch-sitting (before her haircut!)

Neighborhood School Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

William F. Fox School, the elementary school, serving the Fan neighborhood, was dedicated in 1911.

Fan's own Fox School Celebrates 100 Years

In honor of its 100th anniversary the school is hosting a Reunion Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2011 between 2 PM and 5 PM. Fox School is located at 2300 Hanover Avenue.  Everyone is invited to the celebration, especially former students, teachers and parents! Photos, autograph books, diplomas, and report cards (some dating to 1911) will be on display. A short program is planned for 3 PM in the auditorium. A slideshow and video will be shown in the school library.  Refreshments will be served in the Fox Cafe in the cafeteria.

The afternoon is sure to be a fun celebration of childhood -  exploring old stompin’ grounds, catching up with former friends and teachers, snacking on refreshments, and reminiscing about the good old days!  So make your plans now and mark the date November 6th on your calendar.  You’re not going to want to miss this!

Hurricane Irene is a Innkeeper’s Worry

Monday, August 29th, 2011

At Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, attention quickly shifted from earthquake assessment to hurricane preparations on Wednesday, August 24th. There were normal obligations, breakfasts for guests who were debating the best routes home, laundry, ironing, cleaning, and stocking up. Of course, every now and again a telephone caller would ask: “Is the hurricane coming your way?”  Innkeepers and bed and breakfast owners are pretty talented, but I don’t think knowing the future is part of the job description or even in the cards.  At the last minute, one guest room cancelled and we breathed a slight sigh of relief, our responsibilities were looming less large.

A special treat for guests: a HURRICANE to drink to go with the one raging outside

Back to the preparations: water, lots of it! new batteries for the personal flashlights! groceries to make a hearty gourmet breakfast that need no cold ingredients! That really stretches the limits of creativity! Buy ice, make ice, get ice any way we can to stuff available space in the freezer. Fill the bathtubs with water so we can flush if we have no water. Make sure we have enough D-Cells for the battery operated personal fans in case the electricity is cut.  Keep the cellphones fully charged – makes them a little less accessible while they are plugged in but if we lose power we’ll have maximum capability. Fill the car up with gas so that if we have o go anywhere we can, and if cellphones need charging, we can recharge them in the car.

Friday afternoon, there’s a knock on the door — it’s our guests here celebrating a very special birthday. We get them settled in their room, give them a tour of the house, hospitality: a glass or two of wine and some hors d’oeuvres. We discuss local dining options for the evening and they walk to Pescadoes China Street for a delightful dinner.  Our discussion is paused while we take delivery of our farm fresh eggs from New Kent County. These eggs get delivered every Friday evening right to our back door!

After our guests leave for dinner, we print out the weather forecast for tomorrow and place sweet treats on their bed. Naturally, we’re chuckling at how silly this usual task seems in light of expected Hurricane Irene. They make it back to the inn, settle in, and no storm yet.

In the morning we have rain and some wind, Mike, chef, here at the William Miller House, whips up Hurricanes to accompany breakfast. It’s a hearty breakfast consisting of a Hanover County tomato, mozzarella, and basil scramble topped with parmesan, bacon from Keenbell Farms, bourbon maple sweet potato home fries, southern biscuits, and, of course, water, juice, coffee and tea. We directed our guests to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to check out the Faberge exhibit – thinking indoors is best and it’s less than a mile away.  They return to the inn early, by now wind is fierce, trees are blowing in the wind, branches are falling.  We breathe a sigh of relief. We know where they are, then quickly realize we are responsible for their safety now.

The wind and rain continue, the bed and breakfast grounds are littered with branches and leaves. The reservation for dinner at a local restaurant is cancelled when the restaurant closes. We offer them two choices: we’ll search out a restaurant that is open or please feel free to eat dinner with us in the innkeeper’s quarters.  After about a half an hour, the decision is made, they will eat with us. A sense of relief takes over when we realize they will not be out driving this evening in this storm.

We decide to dine in the dining room, our guests provided a special bottle of French wine they brought back from Europe, and we get to know them better over a dinner of baked potato, prime rib eye steak prepared sous vide, mixed green salad with tomatoes and candied pecans and a vinaigrette dressing.  For dessert, we presented the birthday girl, with a brownie with candles and a scoop of pistachio gelato! It was quite an enjoyable time for us and I hope our guests enjoyed it as well.

4 pickup truck loads of branches like this get cleared from our small urban property

The entire day on Saturday and into the night, we watched as the street tree through which our communications and electric feeds span the street, whipped and stretched the lines. We expected to lose both communications and power at any time, but thankfully we did not. We laundered everything we could in anticipation and ironed all afternoon just in case power would be out for days like with Isabell several years ago.  Our only issue is that the communications span over the road is now low and the first truck up or down the street will take it out. We have our fingers crossed.

Our guests left us Sunday morning to return home and check out the damage there. We took 4 pickup truck loads of branches and leaves from our yard and sidewalk to the city dumpsters to make the property presentable for our next guests!

Innkeepers just keep on going – sort of like that pink bunny!