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The Depot Grille

The Depot Grille, Lynchburg

The Depot Grille (DPO) in Lynchburg, VA is one of Lynchburg’s favorite places for lunch or dinner.  Located between the abandoned canal, still-active railroad tracks and the James River this restaurant enjoys a unique location for downtown Lynchburg.  The transportation arteries provide Lynchburg a mercantile foundation that spans three centuries.  During the Civil War, wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict were transported to this station where they were then transferred to our numerous hospitals.  Freight that passed through this former N & W depot included shoes, tobacco, foundry and forest products.  Today trains laden with coal and pipes can be routinely seen passing by the Depot Grille.

bar at The Depot Grille

Enjoy a cold beer at the Depot Grille

The historic riverfront restaurant features fresh fish and great steaks, along with a wonderful selection of pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, lite bites, burgers (including Buffalo) and daily specials.  Monday’s you’ll find all-you-can-eat ribs (prepared either sauced or dry-rubbed).  Wednesday’s featured special is all-you-can-eat spiced shrimp.  Entrees include a side salad and two side dishes–which can include: mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, black beans and rice and homemade slaw.  The full bar serves a variety of martinis, mixed drinks, wine and craft beers.  A decadent dessert menu rounds out the food selections and allows you to finish dinner on a sweet note.

The dining room uses church pews from two churches in Pennsylvania.  The back bar is made from a pharmacy in Edinburg, Virginia.  Local legend says that stray bullets shattered the original mirror during an attempted bank robbery from Frank and Jesse James, who robbed the bank next door to the pharmacy on their way back to Missouri after the Civil War.  Handmade quilts are hung from the exposed rafters.  The kitchen is built from two Georgia Northern Railroad freight cars.  The can be seen through the back windows of the restaurant.

The Depot Grille

Ribs at The Depot Grille

Pictured to the right is the special each Monday, all you can eat ribs!  These ribs are tender and fall off the bone and are some of the best ribs we have ever eaten.

The Depot Grill is open 7 days a week between the hours of 11:30 am and 11:00 pm this restaurant satisfies hungry diners for lunch or dinner either on the deck, overlooking Riverfront Park and the train tracks or inside the unique repurposed building.  As one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in downtown Lynchburg our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, are frequent diners when staying with us over a Sunday night.

 

 

Ham and Egg Panini

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Ham and Egg panini recipe

Our ham and egg panini is a great twist on scrambled eggs

Our ham and egg panini is a twist on scrambled eggs or ham and eggs.  This twist has all the flavor of these well know tried and true dishes but it elevates breakfast to a higher level. Pictured above is our ham and egg panini served with a small salad (yes, you CAN have salad for breakfast!)

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped deli ham
  • 3 eggs
  • black pepper and salt
  • 4 slices multi-grain bread
  • 2 slices Cheddar or Swiss cheese

Directions:

1. Spray panini griddle with cooking spray, heat to medium.

2.  In small skillet cook bell pepper and green onion about 4 minutes, or until they begin to soften.  Stir in ham.

3.  In a small bowl lightly beat eggs, add black pepper and salt to taste, pour into skillet with pepper, onion and ham.  Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until eggs are almost set.

4.  Lightly butter one side of each piece of bread; turn 2 slices of bread over.  Top each bread slice with 1 cheese slice and half of egg mixture.  Top with remaining bread slice, buttered side up.

5.  Grill sandwiches on panini griddle about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and sandwiches are toasted.  Cut sandwiches in half, serve immediately.

Trust me, after you make our ham and egg panini, you will never think of scrambled eggs the same.  If you have a panini maker sitting on a shelf somewhere get it out and try one of our panini recipes that you can find on our recipe page on our website.  A panini maker is great for adding a twist to sweet or savory dishes, but what most people don’t know is it is something you can use for breakfast!

If you would rather have someone else do the cooking for you, give us a call at 434-846-1388 to book your reservation or book online and enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning.  We look forward to seeing you at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.

 

Christ Episcopal Church-215 Cabell Street

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Christ Episcopal Church, Lynchburg Virginia

Interior of Christ Episcopal Church today

This post is a continuation of posts about the homes/businesses that were built in Daniels Hill during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1870 as one of four satellite chapels to serve Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.  Built in a simple Gothic style, the arched windows of the former nave and chancel are still visible.  The building has a stepped gable roof of standing seam metal and brick siding (5-course American bond) with a brick and stone foundation.  According to insurance maps a two-story brick tower stood on the front of the building and a small one-story wing was on the rear, neither of which are present today.

By 1898 its use as a church was abandoned and it was no longer used as a place of worship.  In 1900, the property came into possession of William H. Baldcock, a grocer; and the firm of Baldcock & Thornhill, Grocers occupied the building.  In 1902 a two-story storefront, that is on the building today, was constructed.

In 1913 Baldcock sold the property to Macie White, wife of grocer James White.  The structure continued to serve as a grocery store until sometime between 1920 and 1925 when it became the Cabell Street mission for the Salvation Army.

In 1950 the Standard Notion Company began using the structure as a warehouse.  In 1954 Macie White left the property to her daughter, Estelle White McDaniel.

Christ Episcopal Church

View of Christ Episcopal Church interior from balcony.

The McDaniels continued to operate the Standard Notion Company through 1960.  Then, after years of neglect the current owner’s purchased the building.  They contemplated converting it to a residence but later decided to finish the space into an event venue for smallish (50-70) events such as weddings, showers, corporate events, etc.  The brick balcony on the front of the building and iron staircase were added by the current owners.  They installed new hardwood flooring and cleaned up the walls leaving the exposed brick and the remains of some of the old plaster. Work on the project has stalled but the hopes are that it will soon be operational and that once again people will be able to use and enjoy what was once Christ Episcopal Church.

Christ Episcopal Church is just one block from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so if you are in need of a larger event space than we can hanlde let us know and we will see if this venue is available.  Of course we would be happy to address your overnight needs.

 

Bawdy Ladies Tour at Old City Cemetery

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Old City Cemetery

Grave at Old City Cemetery

Every other year the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, conducts it’s Bawdy Ladies of the 19th Century Tour.  This year’s tour will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 between 3:00-4:00 PM.

What is a Bawdy Ladies tour?  Historian Nancy Weiland will lead a tour of the cemetery grounds to the graves of some of Lynchburg’s “sporting ladies” of Buzzard’s roost and Fourth Street.  Stories describing the lives and lore of the ladies and their madams will highlight life in Lynchburg’s more savory neighborhoods and houses.  This is not a ghost walk, but rather a tour of the cemetery from a different perspective, describing some of it’s more colorful “inhabitants”.

Buzzard’s Roost is the area between Jefferson Street (Lynch street back then) and Commerce Street in the downtown section of Lynchburg.  This area once full of bars bordellos and gambling houses thrived as a hub of commerce, especially during the war when it was said many of these ladies operated as spies as are said to pass secrets.

These “sporting houses” as they were called in Lynchburg were often run by women, both white and free women of color.  As downtown industries expanded in the early 1900’s they pushed these business out of the downtown area to the red light district on Fourth Street in the Tinbridge Hill Neighborhood.

Many of the “sporting ladies” or working girls as we call them today often climbed the social ladder and became prominent citizens as they married politicians, police chiefs, mayors and other prominent citizens.  It is said that they helped bail the City of Lynchburg out of financial difficulties by donating money to a church who then in turn donated it to the City since the City refused to take their money directly.  Likewise a wealthy madam gave a small private college in Roanoke  a large endowment and the college.  During the tour in the Old City Cemetery you will hear stories of how these ladies, some of whom became very wealthy, lived and their contributions to the area.

This walking tour is free of charge, over uneven ground plus up and down hills and begins at the Old City Cemetery Gate House, located at 401 Taylor Street, or about two miles from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Advance tickets are not required.  For more information contact the cemetery office at 434.847.1465.  We will see you there!

Learning in the Vineyard at Lazy Days Winery

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Lazy Days Winery, Amherst VA

Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery, located just north of Lynchburg, VA in Amherst County, is conducting it’s “Learning in the Vineyard” tour on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Starting at 10:00 AM the educational tour will be led by Marianne Fitzhugh, Lazy Days vineyard manager.  Walk the vineyard where you will learn the process of growing grapes.  The wine making process will be described and then you’ll be able to taste Lazy Days delicious wines.  Known for their Petit Verdot, Viognier and Merlot wines you will be tempted to purchase a bottle or case of your favorites.

Lazy Days Winery tasting room

Tasting Room at Lazy Days Winery

The Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is situated on a unique tract of land that overlooks the mountains to the west and takes advantage of the old Amherst Livestock Pavilion that has been converted into a rustic but comfortable tasting room and event venue.  In fact, Sangria Saturday, featuring Jason Frye, follows at 1:00 until 5:00 PM.

Details concerning the vineyard tour are as follows:

  • starting time 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
  • features include the educational tour, box lunch, private wine tasting and souvenir glass
  • advance reservation are required
  • cost is $30.00 per adult, over 21 years of age

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Amherst.  For more information call 434.381.6088.

Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for two nights (including September 6th) and one of your “Learning in the Vineyard” tickets is complimentary.  Call us at 434.846.1388, mention this special package and we’ll see you in early September.

Chilled Peach Soup

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Peach Soup at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg

Chilled Peach Soup, a summertime favorite

The peaches this summer are fresh and ready for picking at the farms just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast or at the Lynchburg Community Market.  If possible we like to use local, fresh fruits and vegetables, when preparing our 4-course legendary breakfasts.  We serve our Chilled Peach Soup as our fruit course.  During the warmer summer months, having a bowl of our chilled peach soup is very refreshing.  The recipe for our chilled peach soup couldn’t be any easier (its only 4 ingredients!), so go to your local farmer’s market or fruit stand by the road, get some peaches and enjoy this refreshing soup–for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender.  Blend for approximately 1 minute, or until well combined and smooth.  If mixture seems too thick add a bit more orange juice.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh mint leaf or a sprinkling of nutmeg.  You can substitute plain yogurt for Greek yogurt to make it a little more healthy.

Peach Smoothie–A bonus recipe:

For a great twist, our chilled peach soup can become a great smoothie.  After peeling and removing he pit, slice the peaches into 6-8 pieces and place in the freezer for an hour or more.  Using the ingredients and directions above, blend until smooth, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy.  This is especially great on those hot summer afternoons.  It is also a great way to get fruit into your diet, and who doesn’t love a good smoothie!

Unfortunately, not everyone lives near a farm or farmer’s market.  While we have never used frozen peaches for chilled peach soup, I don’t see any reason that wouldn’t work.  At the local big box store you can purchase a bag of frozen peaches at a reasonable price.  To make the soup thaw the peaches for 20-30 minutes and follow the instructions above.  I wouldn’t recommend using canned peaches because of all the sugar that is added in the canning process and any leaching of chemicals from the can..

Serves 2.

To aid our customers, we publish our recipes in our blog and then we move them to our bed and breakfast recipe page on our web site.  Just click the link and you have access to dozens of recipes that are separated by categories.