Archive for December, 2011

Annual Tradition: Homemade Peppermint Bark

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Every year the holiday season fills up the mailboxes (electronic and old-fashioned snail mail) with invitations from friends to celebrate the season.

One of winter's favorite foods is back in production

Here at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast we have the perfect hostess gift in production already. Our own old-fashioned peppermint bark! We have shared the recipe as well as tips for packing for mailing to family and for wrapping for those being delivered in person. So here it is again — one fabulous food of winter!

Make some for your family and your friends – they’ll enjoy this wonderful treat!

All Decked Out for Christmas

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

This year instead of trying to decorate all at once, I decided to attempt decorating in layers instead of trying to do it all at once. The tip worked well for me here at the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast. Thanksgiving weekend was warm, so I started with outside decorations, get them up wearing short-sleeves is the way to go!

Welcome to The Fan's Premier Bed and BreakfastThis year may be the last year for this particular garland around our front door – lights are functioning a little quirky so I added some extra to make sure they would be bright all season. A natural wreath with a bright bow greets guests at the front gate and the garland and wreath at the front door reinforce my preference for slightly nontraditional colors: instead of red – use purple and fuschia, instead of green – use lime, and accent it all with bright gold and lights.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Of course, we have candles in the windows – but the ones in our guest rooms’ windows turn off at 9 PM so they don’t disturb our guests.

Come right on in! We're ready for the holidays!

 

This weekend, December 10 and 11, just happened to be the weekend of the Fan District Association of Richmond’s 49th Annual Holiday House Tour.  Most of the houses were within a short few blocks walk of the William Miller House and we are delighted that guests came from far and wide to enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition that is the sole fundraising event for neighborhood improvement projects. Guests from Easton MD visited tour homes for the third time. The record goes to a mother-daughter team who have been visiting the Fan for eight years now to check out the architecture, the individual interior design, and each homeowner’s interpretation of holiday decorations.

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Morgan visits GardenFest for Fidos

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens as part of the GardenFest of Lights 2011 was open between 5 PM and 10 PM and pets on leashes were invited.  Morgan, the inn concierge at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, was delighted to visit. This holiday tradition includes more than a half  million lights, botanical decorations, and even trains! The fabulous peacock was there – moved from the lawn where it elegantly perched last year to a new location where its tail formed an archway under which to stroll. Penguins played on the lawn, candy canes, flowers made up lights, and even vegetables made from lights completed the picture.  The conservatory was a-blaze on the hill,  the promenade to access the conservatory was beautifully decorated with blue and white lights. Next Fido event is December 8th, followed by another January 5th. Leashed pets are welcome, a suggested $2 donation for the Richmond SPCA for each pet is recommended.

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