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Cold Weather Hiking

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Cold Weather Hiking

Cold weather hiking

Each season in the Lynchburg, VA area offers something unique to hikers & walkers.  Spring offers brilliant colors breaking through after the cold winter, summer offers lush greenery, fall offers a beautiful show as leaves start to change and winter-early spring offers magical things. But in the winter we have some marvelous ice sculptures for those who are hearty  enough to do some cold weather hiking.  Since spring is almost here these cold weather hiking features will soon be disappearing.

Trees are vacant of leaves allowing your eyes to see views hidden when the leaves are present.  One of winter’s most dazzling works of art, and perhaps it’s most spectacular, is ice.  Small formations crunch underneath your feet as you gain elevation, when hiking in the mountains.  Mossy boulders and rock formations grow “teeth” as their summer drips are frozen in time.

Silent scenes present themselves throughout most late winter-early spring hikes.  Look up and you may catch the silent flight of an owl or hawk.  Walk through bare trees and imagine them as the remnants of buildings in a town long lost.  Silence can be empowering, relaxing and rejuvenating.  Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computers, phones and other hand-held devices and just enjoy being.

Lynchburg has a hidden treasure in it’s hiking trail system.  The trails of Blackwater Creek offer a variety of landscapes, water views, wildlife and space to reflect, see ice sculptures post 1/6/15.  Just north of Lynchbrug is Crabtree Falls.  We posted about Crabtree Falls on 7/17/12, a strenuous hike any time of the year, winter offers special sites, sounds and things to experience.  High Bridge State Park in Farmville, posted 9/11/12, follows an old railroad bed so is relatively flat.  Walk to the bridge and be treated to the seemingly endless views in every direction.  For those true hikers that want a bit more of a challenge Falling Water Cascades Loop, posted 8/28/13, Flat Top Mountain and Sharp Top, in the Peaks of Otter just outside of Bedford, will challenge you and charm you at the same time.

When done hiking return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We’ll have hot coffee or cocoa waiting for you along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  And if you have hiked especially strenuously we can serve you our signature Peppermint Pattie Hot Cocoa, it’ll warm you up inside and out!  Our on-site massage and BodyWorks Studio offers a variety of massages, so tired and sore muscles should not be an issue after an invigorating day.  Don’t delay, book your room now for the last of our cold weather hikes or get here in time to see the beauty of spring happen.

March Massage Madness

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Enjoy a free Swedish massage during our March Massage Madness Special

March Massage Madness

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is offering one free Swedish Massage in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio with every 2-night stay during the month of March during our March Massage Madness month..  Take time to explore all that Lynchburg has to offer: hiking/biking the Blackwater Creek Trail, historic sites & museums, wineries & wine tastings or antiquing.  Enjoy our delicious downtown restaurants.  Take time to relax and reconnect.  You will rest well in our comfortable rooms with sumptuous amenities, enjoy our legendary 4-course breakfast each morning and enjoy your time away together.

Visit our website at,, choose your room then call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation and massage appointment.  You must mention this March Massage Madness package when making your reservation, At least 48 hours in advance of your arrival is required to schedule your massage.

Cost of package is based upon room selected for 2 nights plus applicable taxes and service fees.  Gratuities are not included.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials.  This is for new reservations made between February 24, 2015 and March 29, 2015.  Sorry gift cards cannot be used to pay for the cost of the room with this special.

This March Massage Madness Special has been popular in previous years so book early and don’t forget to mention this March Madness Special.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Lobster mac and cheese recipe

Enjoy our Lobster Mac and Cheese dish

This decadent lobster mac and cheese was prepared when we had a group of friends stay with us and we wanted something that was special.  Mac and cheese is one of those comfort foods that everyone loves but when you add lobster and Gruyere cheese to the recipe you have elevated this dish to a new level.  Add a salad and a bottle of wine (OK, lots of bottles of wine), a group of friends and you have an evening of great food, conversation and friendship.  Lobster mac and cheese is also a great dish to serve if it just the two of you, maybe for Valentine’s Day, but cut the recipe or you will be eating this everyday for the next week or so.  Enjoy! Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups. Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 cups extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook elbow macaroni in a pot of salted, boiling water according to package directions, about 6-8 minutes.  Drain well. Heat milk in a small saucepan (DO NOT boil it).  In a large pot melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add flour.  Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk.  Still whisking, stream the hot milk into the butter and flour mixture, cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened and smooth.  Remove from the heat, add Gruyere cheese, Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Add the cooked macaroni and lobster.  Mix well.  Place in 13×9 baking dish or 8-12 individual gratin dishes (depending on the size of the dishes) that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Melt the remaining butter.  Combine with panko bread crumbs and sprinkle on top of macaroni.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and macaroni is browned on top.  Let it set for about 5 minutes then serve hot. Serves 10+ Once a month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe on its blog and then it gets added to our recipe page on our website.  The recipe page is the single best place to go to for a list of all of our recipes and is organized by category.  We hope you enjoy our lobster mac and cheese as much as our friends did.  If you are looking for a place to re-connect with your friends or if you want a girls-get away weekend we are the perfect spot to gather.  Call us at 434-846-1388 to schedule your get away.

Winter Hibernation

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Winter Hibernation special at the carriage house inn bed and breakfast

Enjoy your winter hibernation special at the Carriage House Inn

Are you tired of the cold and dreary weather?  Would you like to hibernate  in luxury for a few days?  Want a getaway that will help you relax as you get ready for spring to arrive?

Between today and March 31st, when you book at least a two-night stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, you will receive a “Winter Hibernation” welcome upon check-in: a bottle of wine (Chardonnay or Merlot) and a cheese plate.  Enjoy while “hibernating” in our guest parlor as you listen to relaxing music.  Then “hibernate” the evening away in your over-sized room with comfy robes and slippers, maybe an oversized soaking tub, comfortable bed and turn-down service!  Each morning you will be served a delicious 4-course breakfast, which will keep you satiated until the afternoon.

While “hibernating” perhaps you would like to indulge in a massage or body treatment.  Our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio has a significant list of menu options.  These can be found on our web site under the Inn tab, subheading Massage and BodyWorks Studio.

If after “hibernating” you feel relaxed but ready to try something new our hiking/biking paths may be open and ready to invigorate you (weather permitting), the museum and historic sites will educate you, the wineries will tease you with tastings and our unique shops and Community Market will tempt you with their wares.

Visit our web site, select your room, then call us at 434.846.1388, mention our “Winter Hibernation Special” when booking and we’ll take care of the rest.  You must mention this special when booking, at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival.  This special cannot be combined with any other offer, package or discount.

Your ” winter hibernation” in Lynchburg, VA is waiting!


EC Glass Theatre presents Cinderella

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E. C. Glass presents Cinderella

EC Glass Theater is bringing all of Broadway’s magic, mystery and intrigue to Lynchburg with the performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

On stage you will experience the classic tale complete with the pumpkin, the transformation, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more.  The talented cast is accompanied by the amazing student orchestra, which will send you back to your childhood when remembering some of Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved songs.  Fabulous costumes, intricate sets, surprises and twists will delight you.  Don’t let this production fool you, E. C. Glass puts on Broadway equivalent productions.  Many of their students have gone on to star in television, movie as well as Broadway productions.

Cinderella, the play, will be held in the EC Glass Auditorium.

Dates are: February 20-22,26-28 at 7:30, and February 21 & 22 at 2:30.

Tickets cost $12 per Adult and $8 for Students and Seniors.

EC Glass Theatre performances usually sell out, so advance tickets are strongly suggested.  Contact :, or 434.515.5370.


RA Bistro

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RA Bistro

RA Bistro

RA Bistro

Entre at RA Bistro

RA Bistro was founded in 2009, in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Featuring seasonally inspired American cuisine, the food served has been hand-selected and is of the highest freshness and quality.  Located in a 75 year old commercial dry cleaning building the setting is also unique.  Open truss ceilings, painted brick, city scape art, front and back patios and a Turkish tree-root bar make the dining atmosphere even better.

The menu features a blend of must have favorites plus new, inspiring dishes that will delight you.  Choose from small plates and appetizers, chef-crafted bistro burgers, house-made soups and salads, a variety of chicken beef and seafood entrees and don’t forget dessert!  And as if that’s not enough RA Bistro serves over 40 martinis, at least 6 sangrias, a complete selection of wine and a variety of Micro and Nano draft beers.

RA Bistro

Mussels and shrimp

Specials are offered throughout the week.  Each day, during both lunch and dinner service, a daily prix fixe special menu is offered.  Combining both on and off menu favorites these menu offerings are chef selected based on product availability, the season and the chef preference.  The lunch prix fixe is $9.49 for two courses and dinner is $15.49 for three courses.

Martini Monday offers all specialty martinis for only $5.00.  Tap-Out Tuesday sells all of the craft beer at $2.00 per glass, until 9:00 pm.  Wine Down Wednesday is an all day event.  Bottles of wine are half price and glasses are only $5.00.

The management and staff at RA Bistro strive to customize and tailor each visit to your needs.  They love to create an exceptional restaurant experience and count on you returning again and again.

RA Bistro outdoor dining

Outdoor dining

Located at 1344 Main Street in Lynchburg, VA the restaurant is about a mile walk from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Reservations taken at 434.845.1601.  Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 until 11, Friday and Saturday 11 until midnight and Sunday 11 until 9.