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Guest Favorite: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

February 28th, 2016 by Judy Horn

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These light pancakes are a guest favorite at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B.

One of our guest favorite breakfasts is our Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. We’re happy to share the recipe for these light, fluffy pancakes.  Always use fresh lemon juice and fresh lemon zest in this recipe.

Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

8 ounces ricotta cheese (whole milk or part-skim work well)

2 large eggs, separated, plus 2 additional large egg whites

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable oil for griddle

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the ricotta, egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened and are just combined. Gently stir in the melted butter.  Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the four egg whites on medium speed for 1 minute until foamy. Increase the speed to medium high and beat for another minute. Gradually add the granulated sugar and beat for 1 to 2 minutes longer until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped egg whites into the batter just until blended.

Spread a small amount of oil on an electric griddle and heat to 325 degrees F.  Use ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. Spread the batter into a 4-inch circle leaving about 2 inches of space between pancakes. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side until light golden brown.  Serve immediately. These are delicious served with honey, fresh fruit, or traditional maple syrup.

How to Keep Linens Clean & Long Lasting

January 26th, 2016 by Judy Horn

laundry room

Many of our guests at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast compliment our lovely linens and wonder if there are any tricks to keeping them clean and long-lasting. Here are some tips that will help you become a laundry pro.

What’s the most common laundry error people make? It’s probably using too much detergent and hot water too often. Over-soaping is not advisable since it breaks down fibers. Likewise, constant use of hot water weakens fibers. Use hot water only when absolutely necessary to remove heavy soil. 

Before Washing

  • Always check linens for stains before washing. Shake out linens to be certain nothing is caught in the bundle of laundry.
  • Pre-treat stains with a stain removal product appropriate for the particular stain. Read the product instructions to determine the correct water temperature to use when soaking linens before adding them to your washing machine. Remember that once laundered (especially in hot water) the stain is usually set.

When Washing

  • Do not overstuff the washing machine. An over-stuffed washer will not clean properly and can cause excessive abrasion and agitation.
  • Use a mild laundry detergent that does not contain dyes, chlorine, or brightener. Always add detergent to the water or via a dispenser, not directly onto laundry. Less detergent is better unless laundry is very soiled.
  • Avoid chlorine bleach. It breaks down the fibers and causes fading and discoloration. If you need to use bleach, use an oxygen-based bleach.
  • Avoid fabric softener, especially on towels. Fabric softener coats fibers in oils, waxes, and fragrances and makes the fabric less absorbent. Instead, use ½ cup of baking soda in the wash to freshen, brighten, and soften.
  • Most linens can be washed in warm water with a cold water rinse. Always check the care label.
  • Use vinegar in the last rinse to release excess soap and soften fibers. Doing this does not leave a vinegary smell.
  • Wash new towels separately to remove excess lint.
  • Wash towels separately from sheets. The friction of towel fibers will break down fibers in sheets.
  • Do not mix cotton with poly cotton linens as it will cause fabric damage.
  • Always wash new dark color linens separately before adding to other laundry as the dye may run. You can set the dark colors by adding a tablespoon of salt to the first wash and rinse with a 1 cup of vinegar to set the dye. You won’t need detergent to set the dye.

When Drying

  • Before adding linens to the dryer, untangle them so that everything will dry evenly and have fewer wrinkles.
  • Add laundry to the dryer after checking that all stains have been removed. If stains are not removed, re-apply stain remover and wash again. Once the stains hit the dryer, they probably will be set.
  • Do not overstuff the dryer. Your laundry will dry more evenly.
  • Avoid using the high heat setting, which will weaken the fibers, damage the fabric, increase shrinking, and shorten the life of your linens.
  • Remove sheets before they are fully dried to prevent wrinkling. Smooth and fold promptly to avoid wrinkling.
  • Always clean your dryer’s lint trap after each drying cycle. Lint buildup can cause house fires and will decrease the efficiency of your dryer!


Source: Adapted from information on

Lots of Acts & Entertainment Coming to Greensboro in 2016

January 7th, 2016 by Judy Horn

Josh Groban (6/4/11)

There are lots of reasons to visit Greensboro, NC, in 2016. The Gate City will welcome a diverse list of celebrities including George Takei, Josh Groban, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, and the Gregg Allman Band. This year Greensboro also will host the National Folk Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Carolina Blues Festival. Below is a list of performances announced as of January 2016.

Whether you’re planning to attend a concert, performance, or festival, make it a special event and treat yourself to a the night at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed and Breakfast. We encourage guests to reserve early to ensure widest selection of rooms. Book online at or phone us at 336-370-1660. The Troy-Bumpas Inn is located less than 2 miles from both downtown Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum.

Events in Greensboro during 2016

Jan. 21 to Feb. 8: Greensboro Fringe Festival, featuring theater and dance,

Jan. 23: John Anderson, Carolina Theatre,

Jan. 27: Def Leppard, Greensboro Coliseum,

Feb. 3: Carrie Underwood, Greensboro Coliseum,

Feb. 3: Jonny Lang, Carolina Theatre,

Feb. 20: Dave Mason of Traffic, Carolina Theatre,

Feb. 27: Winter Jam, Greensboro Coliseum,

March 21: Bryan Series presents George Takei, Greensboro Coliseum,

March 14: AC/DC, Greensboro Coliseum,

April 13: The Gregg Allman Band, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro,

April 20-24: Cirque du Soleil: OVO, Greensboro Coliseum,

April 26: Lauryn Hill and Gary Clark Jr., White Oak Amphitheatre, Greensboro Coliseum,

May 21: 30th anniversary Carolina Blues Festival, downtown Greensboro,

June 25 to July 30: Eastern Music Festival,

July 6: Justin Bieber, Greensboro Coliseum,

July 19: Josh Groban, Greensboro Coliseum,

Sept. 3 and 4: John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival, High Point,

Sept. 9 to 11: 76th National Folk Festival, downtown Greensboro,

During September (dates TBA): 17 Days: Greensboro’s Arts & Culture Festival,

During October (date TBA): Westerwood Art and Sole tour of artists’ studiosGreensboro,

Dec. 2: Festival of Lights, Greensboro,

A Packing Tip for Those Pesky Charger Cords

February 10th, 2015 by Judy Horn

Have you ever left anything behind at a B&B or hotel?

One of the most common items that land in the lost-and-found at B&Bs and hotels are charger cords for cell/mobile phones. Most B&Bs and hotels have a basket full of assorted cords that have been lost by guests. In fact, if you lose one of your cords mid-trip, ask your innkeeper or hotel front desk clerk if you can look through their collection to find one that will fit your phone. Chances are they’ll give it to you.

Cords in an Eyeglass Case

Store your phone charger cord and ear buds in a hardshell eyeglass case.

A good way to keep cords and ear buds in good condition while you travel is to store them in a hard-shelled eyeglass case. Not only will the case keep the cords neatly wrapped and less prone to tangling, if you get into the habit of putting the cords away in the case as you pack your purse or suitcase, you will have a better chance of not leaving them behind!

Check this blog for other travel tips or visit our Travel Tips board on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page:

Packing: Shoes on the Top or Bottom?

January 27th, 2015 by Judy Horn

Today’s Travel Tuesday Tip is about shoes.

Most authorities on packing recommend that you put your shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and fill them with rolled socks. Contrary to that advice, the TSA (Travel Security Administration) recommends packing shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage. The TSA recommendation probably is more important if you’re packing a carry-on bag vs. checked luggage.

Regardless of whether you pack your shoes on the top or bottom, it’s a good idea to wrap your shoes. An easy way to do that, as shown in this photo, is to use a disposable shower cap. These caps, which you can pick up at the dollar store, easily fit around most shoes.

Shoes wrapped in shower cap

Use an expensive shower cap to cover shoes in your suitcase.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

Tips for Packing Your Suitcase

January 19th, 2015 by Judy Horn

SuitcaseIs there a best way to pack your suitcase when you travel? You can find many suggestions for efficient packing online.

One of my favorite tutorials is this video from Heathrow Airport.

Several good takeaways presented include:

  • Pack light. You really won’t need all the clothes you initially pull out of your closet and drawers.
  • Roll many of your clothes, especially undergarments, sleepwear, and socks. Stuff smaller rolled items into the shoes you pack.
  • To minimize creasing, use a layered interweave to pack your outer garments. The video shows you how to do it. For trips where you’ll visit and stay at multiple destinations, you can reduce the amount of unpacking and repacking by creating multiple interweaved stacks of clothing. That way you can hang up the clothes in one stack and leave the other stack(s) in your suitcase until you get to your next destination.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

When your travels bring you to Greensboro, NC, we invite you to stay at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B, located in historic College Hill and close to downtown Greensboro, the Greensboro Coliseum, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Greensboro College.

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Travel Tip Tuesday

January 12th, 2015 by Judy Horn

The more you travel, the better you get at planning trips, interacting with the airlines, and packing your suitcase. One of the best ways to prevent traveling from “taking it out of you” is to have accommodations at a welcoming and restful location (say, for example, at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B in Greensboro, NC). After you’ve purchased tickets and made reservations, you can use plenty of tips and tricks to make life on the road easier. We’ve collected a wide variety of tips and will share some of them with you in the coming weeks.

Have you ever lost jewelry while traveling? As shown below, one of the best tips we have for packing small pieces of jewelry is to use a pill container. You can buy inexpensive plastic pill boxes in a variety of sizes at the dollar store.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

A bill box will keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

An expensive bill box will easily keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

Follow us on Pinterest!

January 5th, 2015 by Judy Horn


Follow the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B on Pinterest!

The Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B of Greensboro, NC, has a Pinterest page! We invite you to follow us for inspiration and information. We use our Pinterest page to provide information about:

— The best of Greensboro, including pictures of the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B
— Useful travel tips
Household tips (Have you ever wondered how to fold a fitted sheet?)
— A sampling of our favorite breakfast and cookie recipes
— Breakfast recipes and ideas for breakfasts for people on special diets

We anticipate that we will add more boards. And, we always welcome suggestions from our fans for things they’d like to see on our Pinterest page. You’ll find the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page at Check it out!

Three Things Your Innkeeper Wants to Know

March 6th, 2014 by Judy Horn


A bed & breakfast is a more personal setting than a hotel, so don’t be surprised if the innkeeper asks you a few questions that a hotel doesn’t ask. Guests who provide a little information about their trip make it possible for their innkeeper to better anticipate and serve their needs.

Here are three things your innkeeper wants to know:

1. The reason you’re in town – Are you in town for a relaxing, schedule-free getaway? Or, are you seeing a play, speaking at a conference, shopping for furniture, meeting business clients, or attending a wedding? If you are in town for a specific event, you’ll probably be adhering to a schedule, possibly needing breakfast at a specific time. Remember, too, that innkeepers love sharing tips about their city, so give them a chance! Tell them where you’re headed and they can probably recommend good restaurants nearby or offer tips about parking at the venue you will be visiting.

2. How you will be arriving – Here in Greensboro, it’s possible you might fly into one of several regional airports. If you mention which airport you’re using, your innkeeper will be able to give you a realistic drive time and may also share tips on available ground transportation options. Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad Airport is just 15 minutes from the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 1 hour, 15 minutes away; Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport is 1 hour, 30 minutes away.  Arriving at our inn by taxi? We’ll be sure to tell you to inform the driver to take the driveway to our guest entrance in the back. That way you won’t have to drag your luggage up our long front sidewalk!

3. Food allergies and preferences – If you or a traveling companion cannot eat certain foods, are on a special diet, or know of foods that you’d prefer not to see on your breakfast plate, mention these in advance. Don’t be shy about expressing your wishes. Innkeepers work very hard to ensure that the breakfasts they serve are delicious and appealing. They often are very willing to accommodate a variety of special diets, but doing so may require a little advance research and shopping. Giving the innkeeper advance notice of your preferences helps him or her best serve your needs.

How can we make your stay at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast more enjoyable? Don’t hesitate to tell us!

What’s a “Piedmont?”

February 27th, 2014 by Judy Horn


The piedmont (shaded area) extends along the eastern U.S.

You can’t be in the Greensboro area long before you hear and see the word “piedmont.” Pronounced “peed-mont,” you’ll hear it on every local TV weather report and see it as part of the names of many local businesses. Greensboro is in the heart of the piedmont, North Carolina’s most densely populated section. The “Piedmont Triad” (or simply the Triad) refers to the three city area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point.

The word was new to me when I arrived in central North Carolina. “Piedmont” must have been one of those geographic words that they didn’t dwell on back in Missouri, where I grew up. My teachers must have been discussing the Mississippi River basin while North Carolinians were pondering the piedmont.

Here’s what I have since learned: The piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic coastal plain and the main Appalachian Mountains. It’s not exclusive to North Carolina but stretches from New Jersey to central Alabama. Geographically, the piedmont has gently rolling terrain often broken by hills or low mountain ridges. There are a few low mountain ranges and peaks found in the North Carolina piedmont, such as Pilot Mountain near the town of Mt. Airy.

The piedmont occupies about 35 percent of North Carolina. (To the east, taking up about 45 percent of the state, is the coastal plain. To the west, occupying the remaining 20 percent, are the foothills and mountains.)

Of the three regions, the mountains are the coldest part of the state with the greatest snow accumulations and mildest summers. The coastal plain has the mildest weather with its climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean has less influence on the piedmont, which has hotter summers and colder winters than the coast.

You now have a working understanding of the piedmont! To learn more about all the things to see, do and enjoy about the North Carolina piedmont, visit Better yet, come visit. You’ll find the best in piedmont hospitality at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast in Greensboro, NC.