Christmas time is a special time every where but in Lynchburg it is even more special. First, there is the small town atmosphere where even strangers on the street greet you as if they were your best friend. Add to that the downtown area closes off Main Street for their annual parade. The parade was this past Saturday and this is the second time in the past three years we had a light dusting of snow for the parade.
Point of Honor, the home of Dr. George Cabell (Patrick Henry’s personal physician) is decorated as homes in the 1700′s would have been using cuttings from around the area. The Old City Cemetery holds classes on how to make wreaths using greens taken from around the cemetery. Soon Liberty University/Thomas Road Baptist Church will putting on their annual Christmas program that draws people from around the country.
Yes, this is a special time of year. We close out the old year and bring in the new. Some of us make resolutions (eat less, lose weight, exercise more, etc.) that are quickly broken. The seasons change from warm to cold and some of us find ourselves stalking people leaving the mall so that you can snag a close parking spot.
Let’s not forget Santa Clause. He is everywhere. He is at the mall, the Community Market, at stores, on the parade and that’s just in Lynchburg. He makes these same types of appearances around the country. No wonder he only shows up after Thanksgiving. He needs to spend 10+ months resting up for all his apprearances during next year’s holiday season.
Yes, Lynchburg is a magical place to live, especially this time of year. But the one thing we have that makes us truly unique is we also have a Grinch. Last weekend kids and adults alike gathered downtown to spend a few moments with the Grinch and to have their photo taken. Don’t worry, if you didn’t make it last weekend, he will be at the Galleria (900 block of Main Street in downtown Lynchburg). Don’t bring the Grinch your list, Santa will take your list (he is up the street four blocks in the Community Market). And while you are spending time downtown, you need to stop by and dine at one of our world class restaurants. We can give you suggestions.
If your travels bring you to Lynchburg during the holidays and you need a place to stay, consider the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, just four blocks from downtown.
If you missed the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in 2009 you won’t want to miss this one. This is the last wine festival in Central Virginia for 2010 and even though it is late in the year, it is held in heated tents so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Because it is held in tents, there are a limited number of tickets for sale so don’t delay in purchasing your ticket. The Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival will be held at Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson’s summer home).
The festival will be held on November 20, 2010 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Visitors will enjoy Virginia wineries, featuring the Bedford Wine Trail, local food purveyors and artisans, musical entertainment, and much more. “Mr. Jefferson” himself will also be present to talk about his love of wines and his home at Poplar Forest. Guided tours of Jefferson’s retreat home will also be available throughout the day.
Tickets are now available online! Please click here to access the ticketing site.
CLICK HERE to see photos from the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in 2009.
Participating wineries include:
* Barboursville Vineyards
* Kluge Estate Vineyards
* DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
* Jefferson Vineyards
* Gabriele Rausse Winery
* Rebec Vineyards
* Sans Soucy Vineyards
* Peaks of Otter Winery
* Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery
* LeoGrande Winery
* White Rock Vineyards and Winery
* Savoy-Lee Winery
Tasting: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Non-Taster or Ages 12-20: $10.00
Under 12, free
Available at the Poplar Forest Museum Shop, the Basket Case (Lynchburg), the Lynchburg Visitors Center and the Bedford Welcome Center.
Tickets are now available online: Please click here to access the ticketing site.
PLEASE NOTE: If you order tickets online (which is highly recommended) you will receive them no later than 10 days prior to the event. If you have questions concerning online ticket sales, please email email@example.com or call (800) 594-8499.
If you will be traveling from outside the area, don’t forget to make your reservations with The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, Virginia. If you mention the “Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival” you will receive two tickets to the event (assuming you make your reservation before tickets have been sold out). You must mention this at the time of your reservation and a minimum two night stay is required to receive your complementary tickets. You can not combine this offer with any other offer or discount.
Tickets includes general admission, a commemorative wine glass, and tastings from each winery. Wine glasses and tastings with tasting tickets only (adults will be asked to show proof of age at the gate).
The wine festival will occur rain or shine. All activities will be held in heated spaces. Must be 21 years or older to taste wines.
Ghost Walk tour of Historic Federal Hill
This year’s ghost walk will be in the Federal Hill Historic District. Mark your calendars to join volunteers of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation as they guide you on a walking tour of the neighborhood stopping at numerous houses to share stories of days gone by and those residents who, for whatever reason, decided to stay in their home, even after death.
The dates for the ghost walk are October 21, 22, and 23, 2010. Tickets are sold the night of the event starting at 6:00pm and are sold on a first come first served basis. There will be NO rain dates. The tour will start at 1101 Federal Street (intersection with 11 Street). Tours start at 6:30pm and every 15-20 minutes thereafter. The last tour leaves at 8:30pm. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Group reservations for 10 or more may be made in advance by calling the Foundation office. Proceeds from this event will go to the Federal Hill Historical Society and the Lynchburg Historical Foundation. For more information call (434) 528-5353. This event is sponsored by Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory.
If you are staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg during one of these tour dates you can receive a free ticket to the event if you mention “Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg” when making your reservation. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. This weekend requires a two night minimum stay to receive your free ticket.
Residents of the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia open their homes to visitors the end of October. Well actually, those visiting the cemetery will hear stories about numerous residents of Lynchburg’s oldest public cemetery. You will be guided from location to location within the cemetery where actors portraying various residents will tell their story of life and death.
This tour is a favorite of visitors staying at Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast, the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast as well as countless locals. The tour dates are October 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th. Tours start at 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:10pm and have sold out the previous two years. Several tour times have already sold out! If you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast on one of these nights and you mention this tour, we will provide you with a ticket to this event (if tickets are still available) if you mention this tour at the time you make your reservation. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and requires a two night stay.
Wear comfortable walking shoes because this is a walking tour over some uneven terrain. Each tour lasts about 90 minutes and refreshments are served at the conclusion of the tour.
For more information or tickets you can contact Dawn at Old City Cemetery at 434.847.1465. The cemetery is located off 5th Street at 401 Taylor Street.
The weather forecast is in the 90′s the rest of the week, but if they get too hot, there is the refreshing river to jump into.
After searching for a Victorian home to restore for over 6 years the house at 404 Cabell Street in Lynchburg found Mike and Kathy!
Driving down from Northern Virginia for a tour of the house they didn’t make it up the staircase after seeing the main level before Kathy said “let’s go to the office and write it up.” One month later it was theirs!
We invite you to come for a stay and see all the wonderful restoration work we have done on the property for you relaxation and enjoyment.
We look forward to meeting you!
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