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Road Trip: Oakhurst Inn – part 2

oakhurst inn building 3The last time we were together, we were enjoying birthday cupcakes in our room at the 27 room Oakhurst Inn (the upper floor one on the left in the building above) right before turning in for the night.  The next morning after a good night’s sleep, we woke up, got dressed, and walked down the winding path that goes behind the inn’s buildings.

Oakhurst Inn path

The walk was bordered by a lovely wooded area with lush landscaping and a rustic stone wall.  We soon arrived at a terraced area.  (The umbrellas were up in the morning.  I took the photo the evening before when we went exploring.:))

Oakhurst Inn cafe terrace

That terrace is in back of this storybook cottage.

 Oakhurst Inn cafe backWe followed the walk around to the front of that cute cottage  – Oakhurst Inn Coffee and Cafe (again I took the photo the evening before.)

Oakhurst Inn cafeLoved the chalkboard on the front door that morning!:)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe door and chalkboardWhen you walk in the door, you see another creative chalkboard on a cooler full of drinks.

Oakhurst Inn cafe entranceOn the left is their shop…

Oakhurst Inn cafe shopwith more chalkboards listing the delicious items available for purchase.

Oakhurst Inn Cafe counterThere is a beverage area over in the corner (and another great chalkboard.)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe beverage areaBut we were there to dine in the cafe for breakfast.  So we took our seat on the right side of the building over in a corner surrounded by windows. (Isn’t that a cool light there on the wall?)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe seating

Oakhurst Inn does not include breakfast in their rates, but during the month of August they have had a special that included a $30 voucher for use at the cafe.  There were soooo many good dishes to choose from!  What would you order?

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Of course we started with their coffee and juice.  I then ordered the bacon gruyere scone with scallion butter. (It was excellent.) And because I had heard such good things about their blueberry muffins, I ordered one as well.:) They slice it in half, butter it, and then heat it on a grill (I think.)  I am going to do that with our muffins at home from now on.  It was wonderful!

Oakhurst Inn Cafe blueberry muffin and bacon sconeOur son ordered the buckwheat shortcakes.  They came with an apple compote and a ginger spiced whipped cream.  I don’t think he even offered any to me or my husband!  He would certainly recommend this dish to anyone for a delicious breakfast.

Oakhurst Inn Cafe buckwheat shortcakesAnd finally, my husband had the baked local farm eggs.  As you can see, they were served in a cast iron skillet and had a spicy tomato basil sauce on top along with some cheese and Swiss chard.  Crostini was served on the side.  I am not a fan of runny eggs, but my husband is, and he loved all of it.:) I don’t think we could have found a better breakfast anywhere in Charlottesville, and it was a fun little place to spend our morning!

Oakhurst Inn Cafe baked farm eggsI mentioned in part 1 that I wanted you to see another room in the inn.  If you will scroll back up to the photos of the cafe, you will see that there is a second floor in the building.  The rooms up there are called Oakhurst’s tavern rooms.  Because the cafe begins their day so early, the tavern rooms are recommended for “early risers.”  Makes sense, right?  I love the look of these rooms with their cozy spaces and angled ceilings.

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And look at the clawfoot tub in one of the tavern room bathrooms!

Oakhurst Inn Tavern bathroom

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We wake so early, I hope my husband and I will go back and stay in one of the tavern rooms next time.:)

I need to show you one more space before we bid farewell to the charming Oakhurst Inn.  When we walked back to our room after breakfast, I ducked into one other library in the building where we were staying.  I thought you might want to see it too.:) You will see the same accent fabric and similar interior details as those in the library on our floor.

Oakhurst Inn library 2 seating

Oakhurst Inn library 2

That is almost all I have for you from Oakhurst.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the spaces (and food!) from this fabulous place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I hope you will have the opportunity to stay there when you are in that area of our country.  The next time we are together I want to show you a little more from Charlottesville itself.

And now I want to leave you with a short video from the inn and cafe.  Enjoy!:)

Until next time…

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disclosure:  We received a discounted rate and a free upgrade at the Oakhurst Inn.  Regardless, all opinions are totally my own. 


 

   
Tricia - August 28, 2015 - 6:02 am

Good morning, Kelly! Love waking up to a new post in my email to read as I enjoy my coffee.

You would have felt right at home with all the chalkboards!

Breakfast sounds amazing and each dish looked appetizing, yours in particular. I would have The Farm. The steel oatmeal with beets and curried yogurt option sounds very unusual!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

Julia - August 28, 2015 - 9:17 am

Ok, Oakhurst is now on my list of places to stay. That last library was so inviting with the morning light streaming in. A cup of tea and one of the books and I would be fine!

LJ - August 28, 2015 - 10:05 am

Good Morning, Kelly.
Impressive and creative menu…nice. All the chalkboards…cute.
Landscaping…loved it. You picked just the right spot.

lissy parker - August 28, 2015 - 10:30 am

What a wonderful place—but the pictures have made me hungry! Have a wonderful weekend.
xo, lissy

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 28, 2015 - 10:55 am

Looks like a peaceful getaway. And it’s almost ten o’clock and I haven’t even had breakfast, but for some reason, your photos are moving me toward the kitchen! Great creative food!

Garden, Home and Party - August 28, 2015 - 11:14 am

Kelly,
What a charming cafe. I think it would have been hard for me to chose just one breakfast dish…breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I saw at least 3 I could have enjoyed, including the baked eggs. Yummy. I would have bought a scone and muffin for snacks for the road trip!
We’re early risers too, I would definitely stay in one of the tavern rooms.
It will be fun to see more of Charlottesville in your next post.
xo,
Karen

Gina - August 28, 2015 - 11:34 am

What a cute little cafe! I love the chalkboards too. The food looks and sounds delicious. It is always so hard to choose what to eat when I am somewhere like this. I probably would have had the pancakes like your son. 😉 When I looked at the inn’s website I saw a review from another blog I read occasionally. She had mentioned the toasted blueberry muffin too. Hopefully, I can eat there sometime. There are so many choices of great places to eat in C’ville!! Looking forward to your next post. :)

Bonnie - August 28, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Thanks for the tour–both posts so far have been very informative, and the pictures make me feel as if I am there. I know that you enjoyed the creativity that was put into the chalkboards–they were GREAT!!

Donna - August 28, 2015 - 3:46 pm

What a beautiful place! The breakfast choices look amazing. Great idea for the blueberry muffin!

Kim - August 28, 2015 - 7:16 pm

What a cut place and I would have ordered what your hubby did. I am drooling.

Louvina - August 28, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Was not disappointed in part 2 of C’ville— really would like to visit there some day! You would enjoy seeing Monticello and the grounds near there. Loved viewing the menu! So many unusual entrées– I would choose the most unusual –that ginger whipped cream was sounding yummy!! Liked the idea of grilling muffins– I am into making flavored butters– easy to do and makes nice little gifts. Getting ready to batten down the hatches here in Central FL just in case Erika decides to “visit”!

Road Trip: Oakhurst Inn – part 1

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disclosure:  We received a discounted rate and a free upgrade at the Oakhurst Inn.  Regardless, all opinions are totally my own. 


Our recent 11 day 3,400 mile road trip provided many overnight stays at some form or fashion of inn or hotel along the way.  Planning for this trip occurred well before we packed anything in the car.  I will admit that I am super duper picky when it comes to accommodations, and my husband is more than aware of it.  So he turned the hotel planning over to me.  I just had to let him know where we were going, stay within some kind of a budget, make sure that we moved our son into his apartment in New Haven, Connecticut somewhere along the way, and let him (my husband) plot our adventure on the map so that he could drive it.:)(Easier said than done!)

“Super duper picky” means you do a ton of research before making a reservation anywhere.  From Trip Advisor (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to Expedia to google images and everything in between, I did my homework.  So when I finally committed to a reservation at a place, it meant that it had already been thoroughly checked out…by me…the picky hotel girl.

Oakhurst Inn building 1 side viewWhen I found Charlottesville, Virginia’s Oakhurst Inn I knew I had hit the jackpot.  It passed all my tests – great reviews, wood floors, good interior design, minimal bed linens,(yes, that is really a requirement for me and no I am not crazy 😉 ) interesting architecture, and even better – it was a relatively new place having opened on January 1, 2014.  But there was also much more that made me choose it.

Our first day on the road (and the night we would be in Charlottesville) just happened to be our son’s 25th birthday, and the interior of Oakhurst looked exactly like something I thought he would like. He loves coffee shops, and if a coffee shop could grow up and be an inn, it would be the Oakhurst Inn.:) From the photos I could see of it, the inn had that kind of vibe – cool, urban, eco smart.  And even better than that – Oakhurst has their own cafe and coffee shop!  Yes, I had hit the jackpot with them (but we didn’t tell our son where we would be staying so that it would be a delightful surprise.)

Oakhurst Inn buildingsNow let me share a little about the background of the inn.  Oakhurst is really a group of 4 buildings on a circle in a lovely historic residential neighborhood.  Dr. Paul Barringer, former president of Virginia Tech, built one of the buildings in the 1920’s.  The owners lived on the 1st and lower levels of Oakhurst House 100 (the building in the top 2 photos of this post.)  The other entrance to the house led to the upstairs.  This floor was for boarding medical students who worked at UVA hospital.  Later Dr. Barringer had another building constructed (the one in the next photo) to provide more housing.  The buildings actually served as dorms until 2012.

Oakhurst Inn building 2The other 2 buildings of the Oakhurst Inn were former homes of college professors.  We stayed in the one pictured below.  In 2007, a group of investors, including owner Bill Chapman, purchased the 4 buildings and began the 7 year project to redesign, renovate, restore, and turn the buildings into the beauties they are today.  Getting approval for all the plans took several years, and the actual construction took 18 months.

oakhurst inn building 3I mentioned that the buildings are on a circle in a residential neighborhood.  The interior of that circle is a beautifully landscaped park area.

Oakhurst Inn parkThe inn borders the University of Virginia campus.  In fact, you can see some of UVA’s apartments here between 2 of the inn’s buildings.  There is a small conference room in that complex that Oakhurst often rents out for those who need such a facility when staying there.

Oakhurst Inn by University of VAOkay, enough of all the info.  I want you to see the inside of this glorious place!  So come on in their plum colored door to check in.:) (Note that beautiful potted plant there.  It was one of many on their property. Kudos to their landscape person!)

Oakhurst Inn entranceI cannot even begin to explain the feeling of “at home” that you get when you stay there.  It truly is like being in a friend’s house.:) Soooo very welcoming.  Each of their buildings has a library on each floor for a common space.  Our son is an avid reader, so this was yet another reason for choosing Oakhurst.  The room below is beside their office where you check in. (You can see it through the door there.)

Oakhurst Inn lobby libraryEach common room has a working fireplace, a wine cooler stocked with bottled water and San Pellegrino sparkling juices, and a Nespresso coffee machine available for guests 24/7. (And there is no additional fee for the use of these.  It is included in your rate….just in  case you were wondering.:))

Oakhurst Inn lobby library fireplaceWe checked in, unloaded our car, and made our way up the stairs to our room.  (If you have mobility issues I would recommend requesting a first floor room.  The stairs are authentically steep and narrow in these old houses.) We had a suite with a sleeper sofa because our son was traveling with us. (He was afraid my husband and I would snore so loudly it would keep him awake.  No problem.  The Oakhurst Inn has equipped each room with  a white noise machine.  We gave it to our son to use while we were there, and he had no problem whatsoever sleeping.)  I was expecting one room with a bed and a sleeper sofa in it.  Boy was I wrong!

We entered our room on the second floor through our sitting room with the cute patterned ottomans….

Oakhurst Inn sitting areaand nice desk and chair…

Oakhurst Inn sitting roomand there was a full length mirror hanging in a hallway that led to….

Oakburst Inn bedroom hallwayour bedroom…an entirely separate space!:)

Oakhurst Inn bedroomAll of the beds in the inn were designed by Kenny Ball Antiques and Accessories and built out of cherry by local craftsman, Tim Fisher.  I loved those drop down tables and the ample plugs for charging phones and all the electronics we travel with! Using those beautiful brass wall sconces gave the “table area” more free space. Super smart.

Oakhurst Inn bedroom head boardI forgot to photograph the dresser on the wall opposite the bed, so here is one like it in another room in the inn. (Photo credit oakhurstinn.com.) The dresser had no legs and “floated” on the wall.

Oakhurst Inn room

The bathroom was simple but classic luxury with a fabulous walk in shower.

Oakhurst Inn walk in showerLoved the Malin+Goetz products in the shower.  All 3 of us wanted to take the bottle of peppermint shampoo with us!:)

Oakhurst Inn shower products by Malin and Goetz

Oakhurst Inn bathroom sinkOur door was the one on the right in the photo below.  If you walked right past that bench, and went across the hall…

Oakhurst Inn hall window with benchyou entered the library common space for our floor. I love how the fabric from the lumbar pillow and ottomans in our suite was repeated on the hallway bench and the throw pillows and ottomans in this room. It almost made me a fan of orange! There were more charming brass sconces in this room as well.

Oakhurst Inn libraryThis library was full of interesting books, and because no one else on our floor was using the room, (truly) we just left our door open, and it felt like it was part of our suite.  I told you it was like staying at a friend’s wonderful home.:)

Oakhurst Inn library bookshelvesI want you to notice all the Roman shades in the inn.  This detail will be important in a future post.:)(And of course you can notice the old phonograph player below!)

Oakhurst Inn library phonographThere’s my husband enjoying an espresso at the desk by the fireplace in the library.

Oakhurst Inn library fireplaceJust look at all those treats for guests!  No detail has been overlooked at Oakhurst Inn.

Oakhurst Inn guest refreshmentsWe went out for a birthday dinner that night at a restaurant in Charlottesville. (A post is coming up about it very soon.)  When we returned, the kind folks at the inn had left their nightly package of delicious ginger cookies and this plate of goodies with a card for our son when they came in to do their evening turndown and set up of the sofa bed with linens. (When I contacted them about reservations, I mentioned that it would be our son’s birthday, and I would love it, if possible, if they could do a little something for the occasion.  They surprised him by greeting him with “Happy Birthday!” when we registered in the office, and I had assumed that was all they would do.)  I think they came through nicely; don’t you?:)

Oakhurst Inn birthday cupcakesWe all enjoyed the cupcakes tremendously (and the cookies) and our stay at the Oakhurst Inn.  Our son says it was the best place on our entire trip.  Remember this is the son who said, “Mom, I want my apartment functional – not decorated.”  Well, when we were about to leave the inn he asked if we could make his apartment in New Haven look like “his” room at Oakhurst!:)I’m afraid that didn’t happen, but at least he did notice that decorated can be functional, comfortable, and welcoming too.

Oakhurst Inn birthday(He did share his birthday cupcakes.:))

And this isn’t all there is to see of the Oakhurst Inn!  I want to show you the inn’s cafe, our delicious breakfast there, one of their other libraries, and one more room when we come back for part 2. So be sure to watch for that post later this week!

Until next time…

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Tricia - August 26, 2015 - 6:09 am

Oh, Kelly, I’m going to love going on this trip! How charming it all sounds, especially how the buildings are clustered around a park. Looking forward to hearing more! Enjoy your day, T
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Thank you Tricia! Yes, I hope you will enjoy going on this trip! I think my camera was tired from all the photos it had to take. LOL The inn was charming and in a great quiet area right in the city.
Kelly

Katrina - August 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

Oh I have been anxiously waiting to go on this trip with you! Great post and I can’t wait to see the rest. 😀
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MUCH more coming Katrina! You are going to love the Maine and Vermont places we went! (Wish you could have piled in the car with us. :) )
Kelly

Donna Collins - August 26, 2015 - 7:55 am

Hi Kelly, I knew the photo of the house you showed in your last post looked familiar. My son just graduated from the University of Virginia & his apartment was just up the street from the Oakhurst Inn. We never got to stay there (they were usually always booked when we visited from NJ) but from your wonderful description, I feel like I got a taste of what it would be like to be a guest there. I wish they built it sooner! Looking forward to the rest of your posts. Congrats on your retirement too – you certainly have been on the go!
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What a small world that you would recognize the house! Congratulations to your son on his degree from the University of VA! You can still go back there for a visit you know. 😉 (maybe go with your son for alumni weekends and football games?)
Thank you for the congratulations on retirement. Yes, it has been go go go since June. Now that the weather is cooling some and I have no plans for projects or travel, things will settle down and it will actually feel like I am retired. :)
Kelly

Cheri - August 26, 2015 - 8:36 am

It is nice to read your blog concerning your travels because you do all the leg work of where to stay, where to eat and what to see. You are the perfect travel agent.
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Thank you bunches Cheri! It is nice to be appreciated. :) It would be much more fun to be the traveler than the travel agent.
Kelly

Kaye Ann - August 26, 2015 - 8:50 am

Hi Kelly! Just wanted you to know that you aren’t the only “picky” hotel lady. I’ve been known to leave a hotel room if I feel uncomfortable in the accommodations! This place looks wonderful. It’s on my list if I ever get back to Virginia (where I lived for 4 years). Thanks for the picture!!! Have a great day.
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Yay! I not alone! Picky hotel people unite! :) I hope you do get back to Virginia one day. That was one state i didn’t want to leave. :)
Kelly

Nancy Reves - August 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

I love your posts! Thanks for letting me tag along! Such eye candy you bring to your blog!
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Goodness thank you Nancy! I am more than happy for you to tag along. :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - August 26, 2015 - 9:40 am

My brother in law and his family live in the Charlottesville area. I will keep this inn in mind when we go to visit them. Both are nurses and work at the University Medical Center. I am picky as well and I usually stick to Hampton Inns as we have found them to be the most reliable of the chains. But it is fun to see all the furnishings and to get ideas for decorating!
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I am glad you have found a reliable hotel. That makes it so much easier when you travel. We stayed in Marriotts on the way back home because my husband likes them and one very nice Hilton Garden Inn. (Of course I had to read every review out there before booking them!) Oakhurst was a wonderful one to get decorating ideas from. :)
Kelly

Vicki - August 26, 2015 - 10:31 am

Thank you for sharing – great post. We stayed in Charlottsville this past spring. This is great info!
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You’re welcome Vicki, and thank you for reading and enjoying the post. I hope you get to make a return trip to Charlottesville sometime in the future and that you get to stay at the Oakhurst Inn. :)
Kelly

Louvina - August 26, 2015 - 10:49 am

I feel like I am on a road trip! Love seeing this wonderful inn! I have a friend that lives near UVA and her daughters work there. So it was especially interesting to see this post and looking forward to part 2. Wasn’t that orange modern print an unexpected nice touch?! I think orange may be the up and coming color for the fall and maybe something you can work into your decorating at home. Of course, I like it as orange and black were my high school colors! Yea! Raceland Rams!!:)
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How wonderful that your friend’s daughters work at UVA. It looked like a great college town there in Charlottesville! Orange and black were your school colors? Wow I bet you all really had fun at Halloween! LOL I think all the fabrics at Oakhurst worked very well together. They got me thinking about looking for something different for here…but I have to wait until everything from the trip is paid off first! :)
Kelly

DiAnne - August 26, 2015 - 11:04 am

Oh Kelly, I am going to love everything about this trip you took. Thank you for letting us tag along with theses posts. What a lucky son! I know he has worked really hard to get to this place and hopefully New Haven will be a wonderful adventure.
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Thank you DiAnne! I wish we could have taken everyone with us. :) (But the car was quite full with us, the luggage, and the things we had for our son’s apartment!) He has definitely worked hard to get to Yale’s law school, and he still has a lot of work in front of him to go. I pray he can stick with it and not get discouraged when things don’t come easy.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 26, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Kelly,
Okay, if you don’t end up publishing a series of books on entertaining at home, then you must publish a book of best inns in America! I have no patience when it comes to doing in depth homework on places to stay. I rely on Mr. B. and friends that have visited the region. :-)
Looks like a great trip so far.
xo,
Karen
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You and my mom must be getting together to push this book thing! She said something like that this morning on the phone. :) It does take a lot of reading to find just the right place. You are going to love our inn in Vermont! Can’t wait for you to see it. You should be glad Mr. B does the research for you. :)
Kelly

Gina - August 26, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Oh, I was so excited when I read Charlottesville! :) Our daughter attended UVA as well as our niece living there for twelve years (undergrad, med school and residency) so we feel right at home there. Just so happens our daughter and son-in-law sold their townhouse this week and will be moving to C’ville at the end of September!! I am familiar with the inn’s location because our daughter lived on JPA for three years. It sounds like the perfect place to stay. So charming and welcoming. :) I love your detailed posts like this. It makes me feel like I have visited myself. I think I’m going to enjoy this trip. 😉 That’s such a sweet picture of your son too. :) What a special road trip with him.
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Gina, Virginia is on my mind tonight as I am sure it is on many people’s after today’s tragic events. So very sad. Virginia is such a beautiful state. I know your daughter and son-in-law will have a great time back in Charlottesville. The restaurants and shopping there looked wonderful. I need to go back! Yes, the trip was fun with our son…until the air conditioner in the car went out in Vermont. That was NOT fun (and not part of the plan or budget!) But other than that, we saw sooooo much on the trip..a once in a life time road trip. :)
Kelly

Dawn - August 26, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Wow, Kelly!

I want to travel with you! You certainly have best kind of “picky” as far as I am concerned. What fun to stay at such a nice and accommodating place. I have two second favorite colors…purple (like the front door) and orange (like the ottomans, lumbar pillow and decorative touches). I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Dawn
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Dawn, my husband doesn’t think it I am the best kind of picky. (But I am glad you do! :) ) He wants to always shoot for the lowest price anywhere, but then I remind him of a certain place we stayed in Boone that was the least expensive and the most yucky place we have ever set foot in. So that is why he turned that part of the planning over to me. I really liked all the orange at Oakhurst. It really looked nice there.
More travel posts coming soon. :)
Kelly

Linda - August 26, 2015 - 8:22 pm

I also think you would be a wonderful travel agent. Lovely place, made me want to visit.
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Well I do hope you have an opportunity to visit there one day Linda. It is a great inn. I think being a travel agent would be a very fun job! (But not as fun as being the traveler! :) )
Kelly

Sherry Myers - August 26, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Oakhurst Inn looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for the virtual tour! I remember a certain hotel that my family and I stayed in on a trip to Florida. That was in the day of brochures, the ones that show a picture perfect pool and accommodations. Needless to say, we got none of the picturesque, and many things that nightmares are made of. We left the hotel at four in the morning as fast as we could! So, I am very picky to the point of being persnickety! Your trip sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to see the rest! Love the details!!
Sherry
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Sherry, that is terrible about your Florida hotel! I am so thankful today there are websites with reviews from real people who have stayed there. Management photos can make something look very good when it isn’t. I would say that I am right there with you in the “persnickety” category. :) More of our trip coming soon. :)
Kelly

From Farm to Table – A Dinner – Tomato Pie and Peach Crostata

Talk of the House Fam to Table dinnerWe are talking food today friends! Do you remember all those lovely tomatoes and that beautiful okra that graced the table in the last post?  Well we just couldn’t leave them lying around the house.  We had to eat them, right?  They all made for quite a delicious dinner, and I want to share that dinner with you today – complete with a couple of recipes!  So let’s get started with the menu.

Farm to Table dinner menu

When I first ran this meal idea by my husband, I did not have the grilled chicken with the salad, but he did not like the idea of a “totally vegetarian” dinner.  So at his request I added the grilled chicken to it.  (I must admit it did add to the flavor of the meal.:))  You will need to mix up the marinade first and let the chicken soak in it before you make the rest of the meal.

recipe easy chicken breasts

The chicken had a somewhat sweet flavor, but with that salad I think I would have liked it to be a little sweeter.  So next time, we will substitute a raspberry vinaigrette or perhaps the Panera Fuji Apple salad dressing for the Italian dressing in the recipe.  For the rest of the salad, just mix the ingredients listed in the menu, and you will have it.

salad Farm to Table dinner

For the actual dressing on the salad, we used a champagne vinaigrette, but again, I think it would be better with a sweeter flavor.  So use one of the dressings mentioned above or even an orange poppy seed one.

I prepared the dessert before I made the tomato pie so that I could just keep it warming in the oven during dinner, but it will be last in the post today – just because dessert comes last in the meal.:)Let’s take a look at the tomato pie now.  It is super easy.  I tweaked Paula Deen’s recipe (which is not the one on the chalkboard in the kitchen….I found hers after I did the board.)  The only change that I made was substituting a chopped Vidalia onion for her green onions.  Either will taste fine in it.

Talk of the House recipe Tomato Pie

Here are all the ingredients ready to be prepped.

tomato pie ingredients

The onion and basil were chopped first.  Then four of the tomatoes were sliced, salted, and left to drain in the sink.

(Aren’t they beautiful?!)

tomato pie tomato slices drainingAfter the tomatoes drained, the chopped basil, chopped onion, and tomato slices were layered in the pie shell.  The cheese and mayo were mixed and then spread atop the pie ingredients.

tomato pie with toppingAnd now ready to go into the oven.

tomato pie with cheese toppingAnd it came out looking like this.

tomato pie Farm to Table dinnerYum!

While it was baking, I made the biscuits (my recipe here,) boiled the corn (directions here,) and fried the okra.  I thought I had already written a post with directions for fried okra, but it seems that I haven’t.  It is just like preparing the fried eggplant in the post here, just use okra in place of the eggplant (obviously:)) and buttermilk in place of milk. Basically I slice it, salt it,  and let it rest/drain on a paper towel for 10 minutes. Mix 1 egg and 1 cup of buttermilk in a bowl.  Place 1 1/2 cups of flour in a bowl (not cornmeal.) Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.  Stir the okra in the egg/buttermilk mix, then roll it in the flour.  Then drop it in the oil and fry until golden brown.  It comes out like this:

tomato pie and buttermilk fried okra

And now for the peach crostata.  I was inspired by Jenny Steffens’ recipe for it from her blog post several years ago, but again I tweaked the recipe a little.  She called for leaving the skin on the peaches.  I peeled the skin off, and I also used more peaches, spices, and butter than she did.  Here is my version:

Talk of the House peach crostata

I definitely used a pre-made pie crust to make this very easy to prepare (the roll out kind – not the frozen one in the shell.)

peach crostata crust

The peaches (both yellow and white ones) were sliced, piled in the middle of the pie crust, sprinkled with sugar and spices, and dotted with butter.

peach crostata fillingThe pie shell was then folded over the peaches.
(This was the fun part to me.:))

peach crostata folded crustThat cinnamon smell while it was baking was heavenly. (I should make it every night just for its scent in the house!) It came out of the oven like this …

peach crostataAre you ready to eat now?

Farm to Table dinnervegetable plate

This dessertaholic was so excited to eat that peach dish, that she forgot to photograph it in the bowl with ice cream.  :( Sorry.  But I will tell you that it was a perfect ending to the meal with its sugar crunch crust and sweet peach flavor. (My father liked it better than the tomato pie.)  I used to think a cobbler was the easiest of desserts to prepare, but I think this peach crostata has it beat.  I am going to try it with apples in the fall with some cloves in addition to the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Doesn’t that sound yummy?

There are a few more things to share with you before I run off today.  First, let’s see who won the giveaway! Your  comments were all so wonderful!  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate them and all the smiles they brought me. Truly.:)

So out of 409 comments that got in before the closing of the entries, this was the winning number:

winning number

And that number went with this comment:

winning comment

Congratulations Julia!  I will be in touch with you via email soon (unless you beat me to it.:)) and all your goodies will be in the mail this week.

And now for my final bit of news…. The last 4 posts (not including this one) have been written on the road. You see, we spent the last 11 days on a road trip up the East Coast moving our son into his apartment at Yale and visiting parts of Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Virginia. (I am a very annoying back seat driver, so looking at the computer and writing posts kept me from stressing out and aggravating my husband on the interstate.:)) Anyway we crammed soooooo much in those 11 days, that I now need a vacation to rest up from our trip! LOL I have a zillion things to share with you.  First up will be this charming inn.

the innI hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.  So stay tuned for some beautiful inns, a fabulous hotel, wonderful restaurants, fun shopping, a before-and-after on our son’s teeny tiny apartment (more like a dorm room with a kitchenette,) sightseeing in some towns, and more…lots more.:)

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 24, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Fried okra makes any day better!

I use a combination of flour and cornmeal. I guess that’s our GA – AL differences showing! Such beautiful photos, and now I want a tomato pie for lunch!

Can’t wait to see and read about your travel adventure!
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Amen to the fried okra! I used to make it with a combo of the cornmeal and flour, but the more flour I used the more I liked it…until I was using no cornmeal at all. The buttermilk really makes the flour stick so that it has a great thick crunchy coat. Yum…

You weren’t in Virginia on Saturday morning were you? I thought a lady seated in front of me looked a lot like you…but I wasn’t brave enough to ask since I wasn’t 100% sure. It would have been quite a coincidence if it had been you!
Kelly

Vicki - August 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

You made this cobbler girl want to try a crostata. It really makes a pretty presentation. Can’t wait to see if you get a little red or gingham (well, probably not gingham) decorating into your son’s apartment. :)
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You should try that crostata. I am thinking of making it again tonight with the last of the peaches here (but on-a-diet husband will not be happy with me!) Yes, to the red, but no to the gingham. Remember, this particular child wanted “functional – not decorated.” QUITE a challenge!
Kelly

Kathy P. - August 24, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful menu and recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Love your posts!!!!
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You are so welcome Kathy. I am flattered that you enjoy the posts. :) Thank you for reading!
Kelly

Ruth - August 24, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Dinner looks AMAZING! Is salting and draining the okra the secret to making it crisp, not mushy? I’d given up on trying to fry okra, but will try it again, using your recipe. Thanks!
Can’t wait to hear about, and get glimpses of, your trip!
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I don’t know if that is what makes it crisp or not, but it works with our fresh okra around here. I think fried okra would make a great appetizer! Don’t give up on it yet.
I can’t wait to share our trip with all of you!
Kelly

Julia - August 24, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Kelly – I enjoyed reading the recipes and was thinking I would make that peach crostata for my husband and then I read that I WON the drawing!! Thank you so much!!
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Do give that crostata a try! You will be an instant fan. :) Congrats on winning! I hope you enjoy all of the items and find something you love at Sur la Table.
Kelly

Tricia - August 24, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Hi Kelly. I’ve never heard of tomato pie….it sounds so good! It all does. Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
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I loved the tomato pie, but then again, I am a super big tomato lover! You need to give it a try. How can tomatoes and cheese be anything but good? :) Do come back for all the trip details. There will be something for everyone in the posts.
Kelly

Talia - August 24, 2015 - 4:29 pm

My husband loves tomato pie! I’ve been making it well over 20 years and it continues to be a favorite. The crostata looks amazing. Will surely attempt it this week.
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Talia you got a big head start on me with the tomato pie! Glad your husband is a fan. I hope you get to make the crostata soon. Be sure you have vanilla ice cream on hand to go with it!
Kelly

Gina - August 24, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Yum! That sounds like my kind of meal. :) I could skip the chicken too…it’s a woman thing. 😉 “Pinned” a couple of the recipes to try. Can’t wait to hear about your trip, especially since you went through my home state Virginia!! :) What a perfect opportunity for a road trip since you had to help your son move. :)
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Must be a “woman thing” Gina! LOL Thanks for sharing the blog love on Pinterest. Loved loved loved your home state!!! Beautiful farm country in the areas we went through. I would gladly move there. :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 24, 2015 - 5:56 pm

My mouth was watering by the end of this post. Everything looks delicious. Even the okra. I grew up smelling the delicious aroma of fried okra (mom and grandma were born in OK) but I never cared for the texture of it when I ate it. So other than that, I’d eat everything, especially the crostada. Yummy.
xo,
Karen
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I think you would like the texture of this okra. I slice it so thin, it is almost liking eat pure crust! (What a way to eat your veggies, right? :) )
Kelly

Dawn - August 24, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing the delicious looking meal and recipes with us. I am going to try your tomato pie with all of the tomatoes we are getting out of our garden and I can’t wait to try the crostada! I love dessert and peaches. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Take care.

Dawn
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You’re welcome Dawn! That pie is a good way to use up a good many of your tomatoes. If you like peaches and desserts the crostata is perfect for you!
Kelly

Nancy - August 24, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Everything looks delicious! I would love to know where you found the ceramic measuring cup and the individual ceramic measuring cups. Thank you!
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It was quite delicious! The measuring cups all came from World Market. I loved the script on them and had to have them. :) The big one is here: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/2-cup+measuring+jug.do?&refType=&from=Search They seem to have replaced the individual ones with a different style online. Perhaps they still have some of the old ones in the store. I hope you can find them!
Kelly

Anne from Atlanta - August 24, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Yum, yum! Dinner looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip! Glad to know that working on the computer in the back seat of the car didn’t make you carsick! It would me.
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I would always have carsickness as a child. So I was rather worried that it might hit me again on this long trip, but luckily it did not. If you suffer from it, you know it is no fun. :( Perhaps the fact that I was taking a low dose of Benadryl to help with itching from hyperthyroidism was helpful in preventing the motion sickness as well. I also wore one of those wrist bands when we were traveling in the mountains. I don’t know if they really do anything, but it was certainly worth a try. :)
Kelly

Terry Cross - August 24, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Oh yum, we didn’t do dessert here at home tonight and now I’m having dessert envy! Love your posts!
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Dessert envy- that’s a good term. I frequently experience that at restaurants! :) I am happy that you are enjoying the posts Terry. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
Kelly

Louvina - August 24, 2015 - 9:22 pm

What a comforting post– I think we always enjoy the posts where you share pictures of your cooking and recipes. I want to try these–especially the dessert. I think I will have to wait and make the fall apple one. Been so busy– cleaning and working on party plans for 4 days over the Labor Day weekend at the beach. Have you been able to realize you are really retired yet? And how does it feel? I am so looking forward to cooler weather — this is NOT my favorite time of the year– tropical heat and storms brewing all around. I know it is baking temps in GA too. Hope the NE was a bit cooler while you were there.
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I hope you will try the crostata when things slow down for your party planning. It is a very easy to prepare delicious dessert. I know that mermaid party is going to be one fun party! No, I still do not feel retired. It is probably going to take cool weather to make me realize that I am not going back to work at the school. Our nights here are supposed to be cooler this week, and we are having lower humidity. So that helps. But New England was NOT cooler. It was like we took the Georgia heat and humidity with us! And would you believe they even had news reports of “air quality warnings from the high heat and humidity” while we were in Maine!! :( And to top it off, the air conditioner in the car died while we were in Vermont. We took it in for servicing in Virginia, but they did not have the parts. That was a hot few days! I am ready for some cooler sweater weather. :)
Kelly
p.s. Thanks for the like on Facebook!

Sherry Myers - August 25, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Oh, Kelly,
This is such a “delicious” post. I can hardly wait to make that tomato pie, and the fried okra using buttermilk. I have never heard of that. Why didn’t I think of it? I will definitely try the grilled chicken. The marinate sounds tasty. Your meal looks good and it is PRETTY. Don’t you love it when it turns out scrumptious and pretty? I love your ceramic two cup measuring pitcher, measuring cup and spoons. I have been looking for ceramic measuring spoons. Just haven’t come across any yet. I am glad you all made it back from your trip safely. Ugh, I feel for you with the lack of air conditioning. I am looking forward to your posts on the trip, your son’s apartment, and all the goodies you have in store for us. Congratualtions to Julia, that lucky girl!
Sherry

LJ - August 25, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Congratulations, Julia; you’re sure to enjoy these “winnings”.

Hi Kelly, first I should thank Louvina and your comment abt fb. I’m a novice with social media and just now learned that you have a fb presence…I’ll be sure to like it.
On the Crostata, being Italian and while growing up I saw my mother frequently make this with any dough remaining after making pies and she usually made the crostata apples but sometimes peaches…I make it only occasionally as my family likes fruit but are not terribly fond of it being cooked.
Abt the tomato pie…well, I intend to make it this weekend; it’s new to me. Thanks for the new recipe to try.

KellyinPA - August 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

What a wonderful meal! I love when you tell us how you “tweaked” the recipes:) I will definitely be making the peach crostata! The tomato pie looked great too, but dairy free, boo! What!?! No stops in PA on your road trip?:) Can’t wait to hear all the details, you guys always have such fun!

Kathy - August 25, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Yummy! I had never heard of tomato pie until you mentioned it in the last post. It looks delicious! I will have to try it. Fried okra is one of my favorite foods and your salad looked wonderful!

Yvonne M Chavez - August 26, 2015 - 11:29 am

Oh my goodness I’m on my way to the market so I can recreate this yummy looking meal…
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I hope you found what you needed for the meal at your market! I would love a plate of fried okra right now myself! :)
Kelly

Faye - August 28, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I made both the peach crostata and the tomato pie this week since peaches and tomatoes are so plentiful right now in our midwest farmers markets. Both were so delicious. Thanks Kelly for the recipes! Tomato pie was a first for me.

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