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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, 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.

Green Fair

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As Lynchburg’s first “green” bed and breakfast we are proud to announce our participation in the Third Annual Green Fair, to be held at the Lynchburg Armory Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Stop by to see how “green” is being incorporated into our daily lives.  Visit the variety of vendors and participants to learn how you too can become “green”. 

We’ll see you there!

B & B’s are Kickn’ Gas!

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA, is participating in the “Better Way to Stay” campaign’s FREE Gas promotion.  Book your room(s)  between April 1st and August 15th, 2011, stay at least two consecutive nights and receive $25.00 for gas money!  Stay three consecutive nights and receive $35.00 for gas money!  You must mention this special FREE GAS promotion when booking your reservation.  This FREE GAS promotion cannot be combined with any other special, discount, voucher or promotion.  While in Lynchburg visit our historic sites, nearby wineries, hiking/biking trails, indulge in a massage or body treatment in our on-site massage and bodyworks studio or just relax on our wraparound front porch while reading a good book.  Visit our web site, choose your room and call to book your reservation 434.846.1388–remember to mention this special.  We’ll see you soon.

Lynchburg’s oldest new restaurant

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Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg have many dinner dining options.  We tend to send our guests to locally owned restaurants because these places are unique to Lynchburg.  The Dahlia opened in 1947 and has quite a history.  It is off the beaten track and it is not something a tourist would find without a little direction.

I was introduced to the Dahlia by a nurse in the emergency room of Lynchburg General Hospital.  While restoring the windows (before we opened as a bed and breakfast) a window rope got stuck and while trying to close the window I pulled and pulled until the rope broke and the window came guillotining down on my fingers.  After wrapping the bleeding fingers in a paper towel we headed to the emergency room for stitches.  While chatting with the emergency room nurse about the local night life or lack there of she mentioned The Dalia was a place to hang out and grab a beer.   A couple weeks later we found ourselves eating the greasy food in the smoke-filled bar and met quite a few colorful local characters.  Evidently the owner didn’t always abide by the ABC laws and the place was closed.

A couple years later the place has reopened.  Freshly painted walls, new booths and tables, a new bar and a new menu.  They open for dinner at 5:00 and we arrived at 4:30 for an early dinner.  We ordered a couple of beers and some wings and waited till 5:00 so we could order dinner.  At 5:00 our waiter, a local artist, took the order and by 5:15 we were enjoying our dinner.  By 5:25, every table, booth and stool at the bar was full and by the time we left, about 6:00 there were at least 20 people waiting to be seated.

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was wonderful (the smoke-filled dining room doesn’t exist any more due to a state wide ban on smoking in restaurants).  The seafood was as fresh as you could get in Lynchburg because the owner of the seafood market/restaurant next door is the owner of the Dahlia.

If you want to try a cozy restaurant that is off the beaten track that caters mostly to locals (because the tourists don’t know about this place) I can recommend the Dahlia without reservation.  Speaking of reservations, they don’t take them so if you don’t want to wait for a table, get there early.