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Traffic Alerts for Roadwork on I-95 In Richmond VA

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation, has embarked on a major road work effort to replace 11 bridges in the Richmond area. In addition, road crews will be making general roadway and under-bridge repairs.  The project is a four-year project but bridge elements are being prefabricated to minimize motorist disruption – however, on occasion I-95 may be reduced to one lane in each direction in off-peak hours and weekends.

You can locate the latest lane closures on VDOT’s website. Before you begin your trip to or through Richmond, you may wish to research alternative routes – just in case! The availability of alternative routes may help eliminate traffic-induced stress and hassles!  Centrally located near downtown Richmond, there are multiple ways to reach the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, so don’t let this road work deter you from a Richmond vacation!

John Dillinger’s Getaway Car Hiding Out in Richmond VA

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The 1933 Essex Terraplane used by gangster John Dillinger in 1934 is housed in the Convention Center in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Dillinger's 1933 Essex Terraplane in Richmond Virginia

Property of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC, the gangster’s getaway car will be on exhibit until late in 2012.  The dashing red vehicle is valued at over $150,000, though slightly damaged by two slugs that are still in the front cowl panel.

Car buffs, history buffs, crime buffs, and the just plain ole curious will want to stop by Richmond’s Convention Center to check it out!  It’s in the 3rd Street corridor of the Exhibit Hall Building.

For more of Richmond’s secrets, ask your innkeeper at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast!

Polish Therapy Here in Virginia

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

We had the opportunity to take a side trip to Williamsburg and try out a salt spa.  Salt therapy finds its origins in a theory developed by by Doctor Felix Boczkowski in 1843 that the air in the salt mines of Wieliczka, Poland provided beneficial effects to those suffering from pulmonary and respiratory issues. Some claim that salt therapy sessions are effective in helping those with allergies, asthma, bronchitis, even a weakened immune system, among other issues.

Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine with rock salt chandeliers

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow, has the largest Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, providing innovative rehabilitation and treatment by combining the natural microclimate of the underground salt excavations with contemporary medicine 135 meters below the surface. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Nine centuries of mining rock salt have produced over 200 kilometers of passages and over 2000 caverns with chapels, museum, a lake and other attractions. But what does that have to do with Williamsburg?

The Williamsburg Salt Spa uses the Wieliczka model and has almost identically reproduced the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of the mine.  The appearance mimics the mine’s appearance and the ventilation system has been tuned to maintain the temperature, humidity, and unique microclimate of the original mine.  The Williamsburg Salt Spa has imported over 15 tons of therapeutic salt from Poland and Pakistan to create the microclimate rich in minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, bromine and iodine.

A Salt Spa Therapy session at the Williamsburg Salt Spa

Each session at the Williamsburg Salt spa lasts 45 minutes, during which you relax in a very comfortable recliner, listen to the soothing sounds of music, and breathe in the air saturated with all those beneficial minerals.  The air temperature hovers around 75 degrees and the humidity ranges between 40 -50%. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. A 45-minute Swedish massage is also available in the salt room by prior arrangements. Reservations/Contact.

Our session was comfortable, relaxing, and deep breathing of the mineral-laden air was actually energizing.  Several of our party, took the opportunity to take a little catnap during the session. So, if you’re planning a trip to Richmond, we encourage you to add a day to your stay at the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast inn, and take a little side trip to Williamsburg just east on I-64, and arrange a therapy session at the Williamsburg Salt Spa, where a Polish tradition comes to the United States.

Tip of the Week – Mustard Caviar

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Mustard Caviar

1/4 cup mustard seeds
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons glucose
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 red Thai chili, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric


  1. Toast mustard seeds and add remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook until ingredients come together and reserve at room temperature.

Making your own Glucose

2- envelopes (2 Tablespoons) Knox unflavored gelatin
¼ C – Tablespoons Cool water
2- Cups light Karo syrup
1- Tblsp. Cornstarch
1- Tblsp. White Sugar
1- Cup Cool Water

Soak gelatin in water & let set about 5 minutes; then heat over medium heat source until clear & dissolved. Add Karo (corn syrup) syrup, sugar, cornstarch & the ½ cup cool water mix thoroughly & boil about 30 seconds or until thickened.  Cool & store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.  This recipe will also thicken after it is cooled.

If this recipe is to runny – take another ¼ cup cool water & 1 Tablespoon corn starch, mixed thoroughly & add to gel mixture then boil about 30 seconds cook down to about 2/3


Tip of the Week – Potatoes

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Potatoes – We all love potatoes, well at least  I do!  However, I try to limit consumption based on calories (168) and carbs (35g.), I found an alternative is to do a 2 to 1 ratio of potatoes to parsnips (114 calories, 27g. carbs and twice the fiber).