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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

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We met last evening with Dr. Neal Sumerlin, Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory, Claytor Nature Study Center at Poplar Forest, just west of Lynchburg, Virginia.  A fabulously clear and balmy evening allowed us to see and learn about numerous stars and other objects found in our late spring sky.  Poplar Forest is just far enough away from city lights to not be affected by residual lights radiating into the heavens.  A once a year event, we will attend again next year and you might want to also.  Contact us in January for 2012’s date.

Stop and Smell the Roses

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Visit Lynchburg, stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and tour The Old City Cemetery during May to enjoy the Cemetery’s famous antique roses.  Many of these 275 varieties of roses have grown in the cemetery for generations, having survived on family plots. Rooted cuttings will be available for purchase.  On May 7th the 16th Annual Antique Rose Festival takes place.  Then on May 8th a special Mother’s Day Rose Walk will be offered.  Come visit, you will understand why this event draws visitors from near and far. The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast will offer guests a special “Rose Getaway” to include a room of your choice, a rose upon arrival and a Swedish massage, in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio, using an aromatic rose and champagne cream, starting at $299 per night.  Visit www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com or call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation and schedule your massage appointment.  Restrictions apply.  This getaway cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, special or voucher.  Call for details.

French Toast with Creme Fraiche and Blueberries

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Breakfast at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia is reason enough to stay with us.  Our legendary breakfast has always been a big hit with our guests and we are always glad to share our recipes.  Most of our recipes are simple enough for the novice in the kitchen.  This one is super easy and tastes great.

Blueberry French Toast with creme fraiche

To start, purchase a loaf of Brioche or Challah bread and cut into one- inch thick slices.

Combine eggs and cream to make a French Toast “wash”.  I use three eggs (for four slices) and a touch of cream plus a hint of nutmeg.  Mix well in a shallow dish.

When your griddle is warm (about 350 degrees) put a little butter onto the griddle.  This gives the french toast a nice brown color.

Dip your bread (both sides) into the egg and cream wash then place onto the hot griddle.  After 2-3 minutes flip.  Remove from griddle after the second side has cooked (another 2-3 minutes).

Place on a warmed plate and let cool, slightly.

Spread some creme fraiche on the cooked french toast after it has cooled slightly and then arrange blueberries on top.

Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with maple or blueberry syrup.

Note:  If the creme fraiche starts to melt, the bread was a little too warm.  Creme fraiche can be found in the refrigerated dairy section of your grocery store.

Celebrate Earth Day

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, a Certified Green B & B, invites you to celebrate Earth Day between April – August, 2011.

Each morning enjoy our gourmet breakfast before a canoe or kayak trip down the James River.  Enjoy a picnic lunch while on your trip.  Return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast to enjoy a relaxing Swedish massage in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio.  Hike/bike the Blackwater Creek Trails.  Shop at the Community Market, one of the nation’s oldest and continuously operating farmer’s markets.  Dinner will find you at one of our downtown restaurants that purchase locally. 

Package includes two nights lodging in the mansion, 2 3-course breakfasts, 2 Swedish massages, canoe or kayak trip (subject to water and weather conditions), picnic lunch, dinner for 2 at a downtown restaurant ($100 value) all for the package price of $799 plus applicable taxes and fees.

Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room and call 434.846.1388 to book your Earth Day Package.

Fine print:  you MUST mention this package when booking.  Package cannot be combine with any other package, special, voucher or discount.  Blackout dates may apply.  Room can be upgraded to one in the carriage house for an additional $50.00.  Massages can be upgraded, you pay cost differential.  Applicable taxes and fees apply.  20% service fee charged on both massages.

Garden Day in Lynchburg

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Come visit Lynchburg, including April 19th, and tour some of the city’s gorgeous homes and gardens.  Five homes and gardens are featured this year plus some of our local historic sites are offering special tours and events.  Visit Point of Honor, Miller-Claytor House and Gardens, Sandusky, The Anne Spencer Garden, Old City Cemetery and Sweet Briar House.  Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will be conducting special house and landscape tours, teaching visitors about historic garden archeology and restoration (free with regular admission or Lynchburg Garden Day ticket).  Come stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, enjoy our delicious four-course breakfast before your day of touring, when finished touring have a relaxing massage in our on-site massage and bodyworks studio to treat yourself after all of the walking you have done.  Tickets for all five properties are $20, if purchased in advance or $25 if purchased on April 19th.  Single site admission is $8.

No Fooling!-Free Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s Massage and BodyWorks Studio in historic downtown Lynchburg is offering one $40 “Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment” with every two-night stay during the month of April 2011. This unique reflexology treatment uses hot river stones to impart an extra degree of relaxation and rejuvenation. Visit our web site, choose your room and call us at 434.846.1388 to book your reservation and reflexology appointment. You must mention this special when booking, stay must be completed in April.  This special cannot be combined with any other special, promotion, voucher or discount.