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Wreaths Across America

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Wreaths in Old City Cemetary Dec 2011

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 beginning at 11:45am, in Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery members of the DAR will begin this year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony.

This event began in Arlington National Cemetery in 2005.  The original purpose was to remember and honor the memory of veterans buried in the older section of the Cemetery, which was receiving fewer visitors each year.  When a picture was placed on the internet of rows upon rows of snow-covered tombstones and green wreaths decorated with red bows, the idea went viral around the country and there was interest in duplicating the ceremony.  Last year the event was held in more than 500 U.S. locations and 24 off-shore sites.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Ceramony for Wreaths Across America 2011

Old City Cemetery has over 2,200 veterans, representing every war from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.  In 2010 the DAR placed 717 wreaths, the fourth largest number in Virginia, with Arlington Cemetery being the largest.

The public is invited to this year’s ceremony.  Beginning at noon the ceremony will begin with a flyover by a member of the Civil Air Patrol, followed by the arrival of seven special military wreaths accompanied by veterans in a motorcycle escort.  Following a brief ceremony with DAR and community leaders everyone will be invited to help lay wreaths.  Kathy, Mike and guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be assisting in this year’s ceremony to honor those who have fought for our freedoms and gave the ultimate sacrifice.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tribute to fallen Veterans December 2011

**Cemetery gates will be closed to through traffic when the ceremony begins promptly at Noon.

Cranberry Pancakes

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Cranberry Pancakes

 

November is the month for giving thanks and we have much to be thankful for.  As you gather for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year think of the cranberry.  What would Thanksgiving be like without turkey and of course the cranberry.  We took this little red berry and incorporated it into our November signature breakfast.  This month, guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg Virginia,  have enjoyed our cranberry pancakes.  Of course you can enjoy this all year round, but buy your cranberries now and freeze them for use throughout the year.

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons of melted butter plus more for greasing
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • zest of one orange

 

Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add the cranberries and boil for about 2 minutes, or until they start to burst.  Drain, cool for 5 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and orange zest.

Coarsely chop the cranberries, fold into milk mixture.  Gently stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, just until combined, stir too long or too strong and your pancakes will be tough.  Batter will be somewhat thick.

Coat a large griddle with butter heat over medium heat.  Using a 1/4 cup measure scoop (I use an ice cream scoop) batter for each pancake onto griddle.  Cook until bubbles dot the surface, 2-3 minutes.  Flip and continue cooking until browned, 1-2 minutes longer.  Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with Cranberry butter (below) and garnish with fresh cranberries.

Cranberry Butter

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup chopped, dried cranberries

 

Combine butter and chopped cranberries until well mixed.  Place in refrigerator until cool.  Scoop tablespoon of butter onto top of pancakes and serve with warm pure maple syrup.

Serves 4-6.

Hint–preheat the oven to 200 and place the pancakes in the oven while cooking the rest of them so that all of them stay warm until served.

Lynchburg’s Diva Crawl

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Lynchburg is well known for many things, from outdoor adventure, history, culture and fine dining, but for the second year in a row, we have celebrated our divas.  No, not all of our women are demanding divas, but once a year the girls let their hair down and celebrate womanhood in downtown.  Shops stay open longer for them, restaurants give samples, there is music and after all that walking there is a party.

 

Women gather to register for the Diva Craw.

 

Literally hundreds of women wait in long lines to register for the evening festivities before they hit the town.  When they finally get to the booth they are given a bag with prizes, a necklace of beads (no, this isn’t like Mardi Gras where you have to show some skin to collect beads).

 

Passing out the party favors

 

This year’s Diva Crawl took place on Friday November 18.   If you missed it you don’t need to wait for a year to spend time with your girl friends.  Get together a group of your gal pals and plan a girls get away at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We offer the perfect venue for you to reconnect with friends.  Leave the spouse or significant other at home and relax.  After all, you deserve it.

Selected as Number One!

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Northern Virginia Magazine, September 2011 (pages 46 and 47), has selected us as one of the best places to “get away, get together, and get romantic” on the east coast (New York to North Carolina)!

“Custom romance” is available for you and your loved one at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  We personalize guest packages to fit your needs and wants which elevates your stay to a must-visit for lovers.  Choose from champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers or balloons.  Be a bit more active and choose from hiking or biking trips on Lynchburg’s 14 miles of trails, tasting wines at over 17 wineries located within an hour of the bed and breakfast, tour museums and historic homes or Civil War sites, kayak or canoe the James River or go antiquing for treasures.  Totally relax on our wrap-around front porch or in our parlour just talking, reading and enjoying quiet time together away from the daily stresses of work and family.  Or take advantage of our on-site massage and body works studio and be pampered and relaxed to a deeper level.

Each guest room has it’s own ambiance and special features, call us and we can assist you in selecting the one that’s right for you.  We’ll help you plan your stay, make dinner suggestions and reservations and allow you to have a romantic getaway that fits your personality.  And of course each morning you will be treated to our legendary  four-course breakfast, featuring our signature recipe of the month one morning.  Experience the past by staying in our circa 1878 mansion or circa 1910 carriage house.

Call us at 434.846.1388 to start your getaway.  Visit our web site and learn about all we have to offer, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com   We look forward to your visit!

Kathy & Mike

3rd Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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Once again this year you can celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine.  Held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, just 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA, this festival celebrates Jefferson as the “father of Virginia wine.”   Although largely unsuccessful in his day, his vision of great Virginia wines has been realized by wine makers throughout the state.

Showcasing 18 wineries, 13 artisans, 6 local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more, the day is filled with something for everyone.  House tours will be available throughout the day at a reduced rate.  Tasting tickets include a signature wine glass.  You must be 21 years or older to taste wines.  Festival will occur rain or shine in heated tents.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least two consecutive nights, including November 19, 2011 and your festival tickets will be complimentary.  Festival tickets must be reserved and purchased by November 16, 2011.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and festival tickets.  Subject to availability.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.

Enjoy our signature recipe one morning, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Poplar Forest Candlelight Tours

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Take advantage of the first afterhours, candlelight tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  Visit Jefferson’s private retreat for a special and unique tour.  Rarely open after hours these intimate tours will showcase what life was like when Thomas Jefferson and his family lived here.

Tour dates are November 3, 10 & 17, 2011, at 5:30pm.  Reservations and advance ticket purchase are required.  A matted print of Poplar Forest at night is included with each admission.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for at least two nights, including a tour night and receive two complimentary tickets to this special tour.  You may wish to stay November 17 & 18 and then enjoy the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, to be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 11:00-5:00.  This Candlelight Tour package cannont be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and tour date.

Breakfast one morning will highlight our signature recipe for November, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)