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Our Tour with River City Segs

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Pat and I along with some other area innkeepers went on a special Segway tour of Richmond’s Shockoe Slip, State Capital, Browns Island, White House of the Confederacy. We were guided by Jeff and Sasha and what an amazing job they did with the history of the area, the route and the safety training at the beginning of the tour. We would highly recommend this to our guests or anyone visiting the River City. You can find more information on our website or on River City Segs web page

River City Segs

Tours of Richmond by Segway

Plein Air Richmond 2013

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

It has been an exciting week to witness creativity in the works in Richmond, Virginia. 44 juried artists from around the US descended on Richmond to “paint what they see” from the city’s sidewalks, alleys, public spaces, gardens, historic neighborhoods as part of Plein Air Richmond 2013. Residents and visitors noted the artists with their easels, palettes, and works in progress all around Richmond. Here at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, we have had the opportunity to host two of the artists.

These dedicated, disciplined artists are up and out in the city painting early in the morning. They grab a cup of coffee and a muffin to go while the innkeepers are still snoozing in their bed! Some evenings they could be found capturing the evening light. They had very long days, exploring, painting, and learning about the city. Each day a specific area or attraction has been featured:

Paula Frizbe

Paula Frizbe

  • Monday Shockoe Slip/Shockoe bottom
  • Tuesday Maymont
  • Wednesday Church Hill
  • Thursday Libbie and Grove

Friday was a half-day at Wilton House Museum while they spent the afternoon getting ready for the gala event at the Brazier Gallery, where the finished paintings were seen for the first time and were available for sale. Proceeds for the event benefit the Richmond Symphony!

Saturday morning’s fast & fresh from 9 to 11 – judging at Allen Ave and Monument Ave.

This was just the Second Annual Plein Air in Richmond. If you missed it, watch for information about the Third Annual event in 2014.

Lori Putnam

Lori Putnam

The Outer Banks (OBX)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

We spent the last two weeks in the outer banks of N. Carolina, so while here I thought I would share our dining experiences.  Because OBX is really about casual, we very seldom visit the 2 or 3 upscale restaurants, we have eaten in the past at Aqua S in Southern Shores in Duck, Prime Only in Nags Head and the Sanderling in Duck. However, after plunking down between $2000 and $4000 a week most folks are looking for casual dining with a slightly lower price, well much lower!

Our ist of places we have eaten is long, however, I will keep the list to our current visit.  We usually eat diner in because we always stay in a friens house at the 20-mile marker and usually have copious amounts of wine, need I say more?  This trip we have eaten at:

Blue Moon Beach Grill Located at mile post 13 in Surf Side Plaza on the beach road.

We have eaten diner at Blue Moon ever since they opened about 3-years ago, over the winter that expanded the restaurant.  This visit was for lunch, there were 4 of us, the girls shared a Spinach & Arugula Salad and split the beach burger and fries.  The guys each had the sour of the day, which was crab and blue cheese chowder and one of us had the shrimp “not a burger” and the shrimp  po’ boy. The shrimp “not a burger” a zesty sandwich comes with blackened shrimp, fried green tomato & sharp provolone.  Served on toasted ciabatta bread with arugula, basil aioli and a balsamic reduction and erved with fries. Excellent. (more…)

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


Crazy High-speed Internet

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Here at the William Miller House bed and breakfast we pride ourselves on being bleeding edge, whether it’s breakfast, seasonal decorations, or technology.  So when Verizon  offered a higher speed internet connect we opted-in  as an early adopter.   Here at the inn our WiFi was 20MB down and 6MB up and was meeting our needs.  However, when offered the capability to increase the speed to 35MB down and 35MB up we said; ” where  do we sign up?”  Effective June 2, 2010 our wifi is now faster than ever in both directions, good news for our guest and GREAT news for our business travelers.  I guess if this keeps up we will have to upgrade our wifi!

William Miller House Test results

Lightening Fast WiFi Test Results to Washington, DC