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.
Travel to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, Virginia during Virginia Wine Week (March 18 – 27, 2011) and you will be greeted at check-in (between 4-6PM daily) with a glass of local Virginia wine and appetizers. Start your getaway by relaxing in our comfy parlor, while sipping wine, where the innkeepers will help you plan your visits to local wineries, historic sites, museums, hiking/biking trails, antique shops or make an appointment in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio for a massage or body treatment. Enjoy a delicious 4-course breakfast each morning, then head out on your day of exploration or just relax with a good book at the inn. Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room and pick your dates to visit, then call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation. We look forward to seeing you within the next few days!
Each month, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Lynchburg, Virginia offers it’s guests a signature dish created especially for the month. This month we are featuring a Spinach Quiche. We took the liberty of using a prepared frozen pie crust rather than making it from scratch. The recipe is as follows:
Spinach Quiche Recipe:
- 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 green onion, diced, green and white sections
- 1 9-oz package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed & drained
- 3 oz grated Swiss cheese, divided
- 5 oz heavy cream
- 5 oz half and half
- 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
- pinch salt
- pinch black pepper
- pinch nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pie crust according to instructions until lightly browned.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add green onion, cook until soft. In small bowl combine spinach and 2 oz Swiss cheese. In separate small bowl, combine cream, half and half, beaten eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Place spinach mixture (must be well drained, we suggest you wring out the excess water in a paper towel) in prepared crust. Pour egg mixture over spinach mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese. Cover crust edges with foil.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake quiche for 10 minutes. Remove foil, lower oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes more or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Replace foil on crust edges if edges are getting too brown.
Serve atop fresh spinach leaves. We serve with sausage links and roasted asparagus and tomatoes.
Feel free to check back monthly and see what’s cooking in our kitchen. If you have a fantastic breakfast recipe that you would like to share then let us know. All future recipes will be posted under the category of “Recipes” so they will be easy to find.
The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia is offering one FREE Swedish massage, in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio, with every two night stay during the month of March. Take the time to explore Lynchburg and its surroundings: hiking or biking on Blackwater Creek Trail, historic sites and museums, wineries & wine tastings, antiquing or exploring the countryside. Dine in our delicious downtown restaurants. Relax on our wraparound front porch. Visit our web site, choose your room and call to book your reservation and massage appointment, 434.846.1388. You MUST mention this package when booking. Certain restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other package, special or discount. Cost of package is based on price of room booked for two nights plus applicable taxes and fees. 20% service fee charged on price of massage. Massage can be upgraded, just pay cost differential. Call us today, we’ll see you soon!
Scheduled to open by 1 March 2011, the new D Street will lead guests going to the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia right to the corner of our property. The old D Street Bridge was closed in March 2008 and demolition started December 2009. Not necessarily a good way to celebrate its 100 birthday (construction of the old bridge took place in 1908-09).
After the closure in 2008, city officials met with citizens of Daniels Hill and solicited input as to what the new bridge would look like. The consensus of the community was to try to keep the look and feel of the old bridge and unlike many municipalities across the country, the neighborhood input was incorporated into the new design.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, also known as the Watts House (named after the original owners, R. T. and Emma Watts) has seen three bridges span the ravine where the new D Street Bridge is being built. The first bridge built was a six foot wide bridge with wooden supports and was completed in 1891. Just 18 years later it was replaced with the cement D Street Bridge completed (1909) and just over 100 years later the new D Street Bridge nears completion.
Innkeepers, Kathy and Mike Bedsworth are planning a bridge opening party later this spring to kick off the new bridge and to show off the many improvements that have been made to their property over the past couple years. Below are some photos of the D Street Bridges (all three of them). The first two photos were taken from The Muse News (The newsletter of the Lynchburg Museum System). Once open, the D Street Bridge will allow guests to visit Point of Honor, one of our favorite places to visit and it is part of the Lynchburg Museum System. Point of Honor was the home of Dr. Cabell, Patrick Henry’s personal physician and is a must see for anyone that hasn’t been there.
“One Night Love Affair”
Everyday in February is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg VA. Visit and celebrate a “One Night Love Affair” with your loved one. Enjoy a one night stay in your choice of rooms with fabulous room amenities, a delicious 3-course champagne breakfast, a rose in bud vase, chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco. Cost of room of choice for one night plus $75. Weekdays during February take 14% off our published room rates. Certain restrictions apply. This package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or coupon. You must mention this package add-on when booking. A delightful mini-getaway to show your sweetie that they are loved. Call for details 434.846.1388.
The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast’s “Sweetheart Weekend” is the perfect way to celebrate with your loved one. Enjoy a 2-night stay in your choice of one of our spacious rooms with fabulous room amenities, a delicious 3-course champagne breakfast, six roses in vase, 2 gourmet cupcakes, a chilled bottle of Prosecco accompanied by cheese & crackers on a slumped wine bottle cheese tray (yours to keep). Cost of room of choice for 2 nights plus $175. Weekdays during February take 14% off our published room rates. Certain restrictions apply. This package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discount. You must mention this package add-on when booking. A great way to show your honey they are remembered, appreciated & loved. Call 434.846.1388 for more details.
The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast is offering you and your loved one a “Romantic Rendezvous.” Enjoy a two night stay in your room of choice with fabulous room amenities, a delicious 3-course champagne breakfast, one dozen roses in vase, chilled Prosecco accompanied by cheese & crackers on a slumped wine bottle cheese tray (yours to keep), a box of fudge & a handcrafted stained glass heart keepsake. Cost of room of choice for 2 nights plus $250. Weekdays during February take 14% off published room rates. Certain restrictions apply. This package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discount. You must mention this package when booking. Upgrade package by adding a massage or body treatment in our on-site massage & body works studio. Call 434.846.1388 for details.
“The Total Eclipse of the Heart”
If your loved one has been really good celebrate with “The Total Eclipse of the Heart” package at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a two night stay in your choice of rooms complete with fabulous amenities, a delicious 3-course champagne breakfast, one dozen roses in vase, chilled Prosecco plus cheese & crackers on a slumped wine bottle cheese tray (yours to keep), a basket of chocolate goodies, two Swedish massages in our on-site massage & body works studio and a $100 dining certificate to a romantic downtown restaurant. Cost of room of choice for 2 nights plus $550. Weekdays during February take 14% off our published room rates. Certain restrictions apply. This package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discount. You must mention this package add-on when booking. Ask about massage and body treatment upgrades available. Call 434.846.1388 to surprise your loved one with this extravagant mini-getaway!
Now you know why every day in February is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast! We’ll look for you soon.
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