Stand in Silence and Never Forget

Sep. 11th 2013

We have not forgotten

Today we pause and remember those that have fallen and give their all.

We will never forget . . .

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

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Google News and Bing!

Sep. 10th 2013

Google News

Guess whose Press Release showed up on Google News and Bing today!!

Yup – page one or page two!

Go to Google News and Google

1. James Madison

2. Historic Site

3. Bed and Breakfast

and see where we come up at!!

Let me know if you find it!!

To learn more about Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Please visit our Official Website at

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Hot off the Presses!

Sep. 2nd 2013

September 2013 page one

We are excited to announce

we are launching our monthly Newsletter!

in our Newsletter, you will find information on Up Coming Events

at Belle Grove Plantation

as well as other Local Events that you can attend while visiting

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

and the Northern Neck Region.

Don’t forget to check out our businesses!

If you have a business you would like to advertise with us,

please email us at

We will be taking subscribers for the Newsletter soon,

so you can receive your free copy by email each and every month!

Check out September’s Issue at

Thank you!

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Getting Ready for Afternoon Teas

Sep. 1st 2013


In the month of September we have booked several afternoon teas at the plantation. As we start preparing for them, one of the items I need is some really great petite pastries. Now I could make these, but being an Innkeeper of a large mansion doesn’t always work with baking. So I have been on the lookout for just the right person to take my place.

Yesterday we had a visit with Mimi’s Sugar and Spicy. Mimi’s family is from England, so you know we were going to get someĀ authentic English pastries. And she didn’t disappoint us!

Take a look at just a few of the ones we will be serving with our Afternoon Tea!


What Afternoon Tea would be complete without some English Tea Cakes?

These yummy bits are Shortbread with Pecan tops.


I am a sucker for Almonds so these Almond Mandolins were right up my alley!

And what was so great about these is they have a hint of lemon and orange flavor to them.


Now this dessert won’t make our list for the Afternoon Tea,

but it could be on our Thanksgiving and Fall Holiday Menu!

This is a PumpkinĀ Neapolitan with Almonds.


Now these have to be my favorites!

These are Praline Squares with a Graham Cracker Crust AND Almond Paste base!

The only thing missing on this was a little dip in Chocolate!


These have to be the prettiest of the pastries!

This is a Petit Four made of Sponge Cake and Frosting.

Who wouldn’t love this moist and delicious cake!

Special Thank you to Mimi of

Mimi’s Sugar and Spicy

in Fredericksburg, Virginia

To see other Yummy Delights at the Plantation

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