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Lynchburg Design House 2015

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YWCA Design House

The Lynchburg Design House for 2015

Mark your calendar to attend the YWCA of Central Virginia’s inaugural Design House.  Located at 3128 Rivermont Avenue, the house will be open Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, December 13.  During this time the house will be open between 10-6 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Sundays it will be open between 12-4.

A Preview Gala will be held on Friday, November 20 between 6:30 until 9:30.  At the gala you will be able to meet the designers and be among the first to see the Design House, in all of it’s glory!  A catered reception will delight your taste buds and the rooms will delight your senses.  Tickets for the preview gala are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance.

What is a Design House?  Sixteen interior designers from across Central Virginia have been assigned a room of the house.  The designer will bring their skills, design styles and techniques, paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total, special room makeover.  This unique home tour allows visitors to experience the spectacular work and vision of the area’s designers and to gather ideas and inspiration for their own homes.  Almost everything in the house will be “for sale”, plus an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, with fabulous items showcasing the best of the latest in home design and accessories, will be open to visitors.

Throughout the Design House tour days there will be a variety of seminars presented.  The $45 ticket allows you to enter the Design House as often as you like and the ability to attend one or all of the seminars.  The seminars currently range from decorating ideas, remodeling and even holiday drinks.  Seminar dates and times can be found at

All proceeds from this event–put on solely by volunteers–will directly support the YWCA programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention Center.  This center includes two 24/7 domestic violence shelters, a domestic violence hotline, specially trained court advocates, support groups for women and children, emergency transportation, community education and the Children’s Visitation Center.  The YWCA of Central Virginia serves the state between Lynchburg to Danville to Southside, more than 4,400 square miles and a population of more than 410,000.

Visit this historic property filled with wonderful design ideas and help a great cause at the same time.

Tickets may be purchased through, or at the Farm Basket or Persian Rugs and More, or at the Design House any day of the tours.  Ticket prices are: $20 per person for a one time visit, $45 for a multiple day ticket.

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Diva Crawl in Downtown Lynchburg

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Diva Crawl

Divas getting their necklaces and sashes

Are you ready to get your Diva on?  Do you own a tiara?  A feather boa?  Would you like to be treated “royally” for an evening?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to head to downtown Lynchburg for it’s annual “Diva Crawl”

Friday, November 20, between 4:00 until 11:00 pm things will be happening!

Diva Crawl

Diva Crawl Check-in Line

Start the night off at the Lynchburg Community Market.  There you will receive a goodie bag (available to the first 350 Divas) and a list of participating businesses.  Hop on the GLTC trolley for a free ride around town.  You will be able to get off and back on at various stops so that you will able to shop, peruse, and enjoy the local stores, shops, restaurants and galleries.

Beginning at 8:00 the Downtown Diva Crawl Official After Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Ballroom.  DJ Ed and Tony Cam will be headlining the entertainment for the evening.  For just a small admission, $5.00, you will have a fun and exciting evening.  Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

So don’t hesitate to have a great time in downtown Lynchburg, it’s always a fun evening.  See you there!  And, oh by the way, there may be a few guy divas there as well!

To avoid the long check-in lines get there early!  If you and your diva friends want to make this a special weekend, why not stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and make it a girls weekend.  Leave the kids, husband/boyfriend at home and reconnect with your gal-pals.  For reservations call:  434-846-1388.

Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

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Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

This time of year pumpkin and ginger are popular so we have made a ginger pumpkin french toast from our ginger pumpkin bread recipe.  The aroma fills the house while baking the bread and our guests can’t wait for breakfast the next morning to try our french toast.  This bread is great to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or makes a great gift during the holidays.  We came up with the idea of making the ginger pumpkin french toast from the bread one year when we made several loafs of bread and had leftover bread.  The bread was so good I decided we would have if for breakfast the next morning and I made french toast with it.  Yum!  Unlike many pumpkin breads this one is a little denser and less sweet so it makes a good french toast.  Yes, we tired the store bought pumpkin bread and it fell apart and was too sweet for our taste.

Ingredients for the bread:

  • 4 1/2 cups of unbleached bread flour

    Ginger Pumpkin Bread

    Ginger Pumpkin Bread

  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon (I use Vietnamese Cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Directions for making the bread:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, sugar salt and yeast
  • In a separate bowl mix together the pumpkin, eggs, melted butter and fresh diced ginger.
  • Once the wet ingredients are well combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring the mixture until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl
  • Knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes then let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for another 5-7 minutes until smooth.  (Knead in the raisins here if you are adding them)
  • Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover and let rise for 1-1 1/2 hours until dough has doubled in size.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place in a loaf pan and let rise for about an hour (dough should be puffy but not doubled in size again)
  • Place in a preheated oven to 375 and bake 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool slightly before serving.
  • This should give you 2 loafs of bread.

To make the ginger pumpkin french toast:

  • Cut 1 inch thick slices of bread
  • Mix together eggs (1 per person)
  • with either heavy cream, half and half or orange juice
  • Dip bread slice into mixture and put on hot griddle that has been buttered
  • Flip bread after 2-3 minutes cooking and cook other side.
  • Serve with maple syrup

Ginger pumpkin french toast brings together the tastes and smells of the holiday season.  The bread is so good that you may not have leftovers to make this for breakfast so if you want to avoid that possibility you may need to double the recipe.  You can make this anytime of year!

We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the Lynchburg area.  For reservations call us at 434.846.1388 or book on-line.


Kegney Brothers Pub

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Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

In downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 1118 Main Street, you will find Kegney Brothers Pub.  In the style of a true public house, in  Ireland, the interior of Kegney Brothers, the menu and the drink selections hark back to the original Kegney Brothers Saloon which opened in 1879 at 405 12th Street.

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800's

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800’s

The pub exudes charm, comfort and good times.  The interior space is constructed from reclaimed architectural salvage material.  Edison-style pendant lights and bulbs evoke an old timey feel.  Old photographs, handed down by family members, show the original saloon location, pictures of saloon patrons, the original liquor license, a Kegney whiskey label.  A showcase contains family heirlooms from the original pub.

Kegney Brothers offers pub seating, a comfortable dining room or a patio overlooking the James River.  The menu includes classic pub fare, including dishes from Ireland and England like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage.  An express lunch menu is available between 11 until 2 which offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups along with the standards.  The pub and dining menu is available Monday through Sunday between 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  An after hours menu is offered after 10:00 PM until closing.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

The pub serves a variety of Irish whiskeys, Highland single malt scotches, American bourbons and whiskeys along with a long list of drafts, bottles and canned beer from Virginia, the United States and  the U.K.

Between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, special food and drink offerings are highlighted during happy hour.  Talented local musicians are hosted regularly throughout the year especially on weekend evenings (see the live music and events tab on their web site).

For more information about Lynchburg’s newest dining and drinking spot visit their web site at or call them at 434.616.6691.  Have fun and enjoy Lynchburg’s newest, but old, hang out!  Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed having a “watering hole” close enough to walk to.

Ghost Walk–Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Virginia

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Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

October 22, 23 & 24, 2015, in the Garland Hill Historic District of Lynchburg, VA, the annual Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Walk will take place.  Each year the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and one of Lynchburg’s historic districts collaborate to present a Ghost Walk.  Guides, dressed in period costumes, will escort you through Garland Hill and relate stories of various ghost sightings and happenings in many of the fine historic homes found in Garland Hill.

The first ghost walk tour begins at 6:30 PM each evening, with several more tours offered each evening in about 20 minute intervals.  Tickets go on sale at 6:00 PM each evening in Garland Hill, right off of 5th Street (look for the signs) at 300 Harrison Street.  Tickets cost $10.00 per person and can be purchased the evening you wish to take the walking tour or, for groups of 10 or more, in advance through the Historical Foundation.  The Ghost Walk covers uneven ground, at dusk or in the dark, so bring along a flashlight.  There are no rain dates.

Garland Hill is one of Lynchburg’s more distinctive and well-preserved historic neighborhoods.  Much of the land that comprises Garland Hill was originally part of the farm owned by John Lynch.  Garland Hill was fully incorporated into the city in 1870.  During the mid-19th century, the area was so populated with Garland family members that the hill took the family name.  Madison Street was among the first residential streets in the city to be paved in brick in 1895 (along with Court Street and Cabell Street–where The Carriage House Inn Bed & breakfast is located).  Much of the original curbing, as well as flagstone and brick walks, along with original brick paving remain.

There are 70 structures and approximately 15 outbuildings, including carriage houses, in Garland Hill.  Garland Hill contains the largest percentage of Queen Anne style homes in Lynchburg.  Greek Revival and Classical Revival make up the remaining majority of house styles.  Original lots were an entire block in size.

Garland Hill was designated a Lynchburg Historic District in 1978 and is listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apple Spice Bread

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Enjoy our apple spice bread.

Enjoy our apple spice bread.

September and October in Lynchburg and Central Virginia means apples.  Lots of apples.  Just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Amherst County, are several large orchards.  They sell fresh fruits and produce during the growing seasons and their apples in late August until mid-October are fabulous.  You can even pick them yourself, if you are willing and they make a fabulous  apple spice bread.

We serve this Apple Spice Bread as our fourth breakfast course, during September, when we have served a savory entrée.  Yes, you read correctly, we serve a four course for breakfast each morning.  Generally we start with a Smoothie Shot, then a Taste of Yogurt topped with fresh fruit, followed by the Entrée and accompaniments.  The last course is something sweet, or dessert-like.  Our Apple Spiced Bread certainly hits our fourth course note.

If you don’t live near an orchard or farmer’s market then you can purchase apples at the supermarket, but if you want the total experience of picking the apples and then baking them this is a great area to get that experience!  Below is a list of near by orchards in the event you want to plan your stay here with a stop at one of our orchards.

Ingredients for Apple Spice Bread:

Apple Spice Bread

Apple Spice Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (corn or canola)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnut)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 nut halves (pecan or walnut)



Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with waxed or parchment paper.

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of the sugar with the oil; add eggs and vanilla.  Stir in apples, raisins and nuts; add flour mixture, stir until mixed.

Pour batter into pan and level the top.  Bake 20 minutes.

Remove gently from the oven and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar onto the top, press the nut halves down the center of the bread.  Return to oven, bake an additional 30-40 minutes (or until tester comes out clean).  Turn onto a rack to cool.

Makes 1 loaf.

Wow, this smells great!

Wow, this smells great!

This bread freezes well and makes a delightful addition to a bagged lunch.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Remember, you can always request a dish you have read about on our blog to be served anytime you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  As long as we can get the ingredients we are happy to make your breakfast dreams come true.

Near by Orchards.  Please click on each orchard to get their hours of operation as well as directions.