Category Archives: B&B’s

The White Carrot Restaurant in Mayville, New York Par Excellance

AmericanPressTravelNews-June 29th, Team Bob and Barb back home at Goose Holler’ Farm after “Stopping to Smell the Roses” in Upstate New York-While there we enjoyed the wonderfully upscale “The  White Carrot”, fine dining restaurant.

Chef/Owner Brian Kienld has got it “going on.” Paring various wines to each of 3 or 7-courses of true French cuisine, will make for a great evening taking your honey out for any special occasion. Barb and I had a great time here. Out back, there are tables on their covered patio deck, or eat inside with AC. The pond and water geyser fountain was beautiful. Veggies & herbs growing organically in the chefs special garden, friendly and attentive wait staff, soaring ceilings and a bar to call home about, too! Now here were the delicious  food offerings: We tried a Korean BBQ Pork Belly. Sour Cream & onion potatoes, red onion Agrodolce. It was paired with Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet, California 2014. The Garden Plate was a celebration of great veggies and the salad was paired with Fontana Candida Pinot Grigio, Italy 2015. We eventually finished off our meals with Strawberry Panna Cotta. Strawberry biscuits. The Mazza Ice Wine, a Lake Erie, wine product 2013 was extraordinary. All in all, Barb and I experienced a true, Haute cuisine extravaganza!  Check out The White Carrot at 716-269-6000 4717 Chautauqua-Stedman Rd. Mayville, NY 14757 

Barb loved this place!
The back area of the restaurant.
Sous VidLoin of Lamb. Lentil Puree. Arikara Beans. Pickled Onion. Paired with Mazza Chautauqua, Cellars Shiraz, Lake Erie, 2014.
Salmon Crudo. Lemon Curd. Orange. Oregano. This dish was paired with Mazza Sparkling Chardonnay, , Lake Erie, 2014. This one of the 7 courses offered at the White Carrot.
Poached Foie Gras. Puffed Grains. Umami Broth paired with Rivarose Sparkling Rose, France.
Mushroom Farro. Stuffed with 4-year old Gouda & Summer Truffles. San Lorenzo Chianti, an Italian wine 2015 was paired with this dish.


The Great Tree Inn – Mayville, N.Y. – A feeling that you have come home – June 24th. When we arrived at The Great Tree Inn, we were welcomed by Innkeepers Mark and Shelia. This Inn is a 1850’s farmhouse and barn on 10 acres, in a beautiful country setting. Very private, yet just a couple of minutes to the town of Mayville. After we settled in to our room, we toured the other rooms and found that they are all furnished attractively and have private bathrooms. If you like farm animals, this is your B&B. From horses to pigs, ducks and chickens {their fresh eggs fed us our omelettes) and all manner of critters in between, this is a real down to earth spot for you.

After settling in, we decided to explore Mayville. It is situated at the northwest end of Chautauqua Lake and is the closest town to the Chautauqua Institution. The steamboat, Chautauqua Bell was parked on the lake which still operates out of Mayville and runs between Point Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution and the vessel’s home port in Mayville.

Mark and Sheila have a large selection of magazines, anytime coffee pot with home made goodies (great cookies) and a very comfortable living room to relax any time of the day. We enjoyed sitting outside in the cool evening chatting with touring couples who biked all over the area.

In the morning, we both were able to enjoy Mark’s creative, very tasty breakfasts that gave us a great headstart for the day ahead. The portions are extra-large, and all left overs are recycled by his many animals. Since Bob was leaving at 6:00 in the morning to go fishing, Mark insisted that he could not leave the Inn without one of his terrific breakfasts.  For more information the web site: or call: (716) 753-7989 or (1800) 421-0082

La Mezzaluna Cafe in Charles Town Best Food Almost Anywhere America

Best mussels ever! This chef owner knows seafood. And for that matter true Sicilian fare as well! What an appetizer!!!Delicious plus!
Calamari to call home about! Special seasonings and just the right amount of butter. Terrific!
Bow tie pasta and shrimp in a custom sauce creation. You just couldn’t stop eating this creation!!!
Veal Marsala was beyond great! Mushrooms, and sauce created to perfection. The meat was tender and not stringy and tough-just freaking delicious (gained 5-pounds at the place)

AmericanPressTravelNews-June 22, Charles Town, W.VA-Bob & Barb “On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Taste Great Foods.” This time we went to lunch from the Carriage Inn on Donn’s recommendation to La Mezzaluna Cafe. WOW! The offerings were all especially great!! We hit the garlic knot rolls (real garlic, not powder) first and we did the “dipsy doo” in the sauces from the mussels, then the bowtie pasta and shrimps sauces and finally the incredible veal marsala. This place was incredible and then all the law enforcement locals came in. Most were salivating before they even saw the well used menus. Only wish they were in my city in TN. probably have to wait on line, though!!!  La Mezzaluna Cafe “bringing delicacies from all the regions of Italy to your table.”  304-728-0700

The Carriage Inn Bed & Breakfast – Charles Town, West Virginia – A Beautiful Place

Donn & Marie Davis, owners of the Carriage Inn  B & B were spectacular hosts. On a scale of 1-10-they were an eleven! They treat their guests as true family! We saw it with other guests, not just ourselves.
The young lady business woman loves to stay at this B&B. She feels safe and happy compared to cold motels and hotels. We love the breakfasts that are made to order, hot and tasty-home-made. Marie truly made us the best breakfast of our trip to W.VA. – June 20 – West, VA. Bob and Barb “Stopping to Smell the Roses” and “On the Road Again.” This time at the Carriage Inn, Historically significant bed & breakfast. We felt the history here in the footsteps of Pres. George Washington’s brother home-a truly historic place to visit. The building is on the Federal Register of Historic Places visited by Southern Generals, Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Ashby and Northern Generals Sheridan and Grant. The rooms are large and comfortable as they were two Centuries ago.  Today, with TV and Internet access, modern electricity and toiletry, so expected and important to us and every visitor as well. Note: they have excellent high speed internet. We enjoyed visiting Harpers Ferry and the Antietam Battlefields. Our visit was too short and we will come back with our bikes, so we can enjoy the countryside. Barb did try her luck at the Charles Town Casino (although we ran out from the smoke smell). The nearby Potomac River is full of small mouth bass. I fly fished a portion of it. 48-catch and release bass.

Delicious asparagus stuffed eggs and real home-made muffins. I still miss her perfectly done bacon!
Our comfy room! It had a fireplace, full bath and great internet and tv.
Washington, General Lee, Sherman were a few of the famous historic figures who sat in this room.
These historic Civil War Generals and officers met at the Historic Carriage Inn in 1860’s.

The Innkeepers Donn and Marie Davis  (304) 728-8003 or (800) 867-9830. They were a delight! We enjoyed their wonderful breakfast in their historic dining room. Check out their website: