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International Guests love The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

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International guests staying with us.

International guests staying with us.

We have been fortunate to have hosted guests from around the globe.  Most of our international guests have been from Europe and include people from England, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, but we have also had several from Australia.  Some come to visit the wineries, others to explore the outdoors, but the vast majority come because this area is rich in history to include Appomattox Courthouse, the site where our Civil War ended almost 150 years ago.

It’s interesting to get a different perspective on life in the US from those who are visiting from different countries.  Things that we seldom think about intrigue some of our guests, such as how inexpensive our gas is, how big our cars are, how wide our highways are or the interesting bugs and insects we have.  Of course ever once in a while politics come up or other serious topics.

One thing we have started doing when we have guests from different countries is flying their flag.  Everyone has loved pulling into our driveway and seeing their country’s flag.  Recently the stays of a family from England and a couple from Italy overlapped and we had their two flags flying (above photo).

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Front Porch

Typically we have two American Flags but if you drive by and you see one or more flags from different countries, you know we have international guests staying with us.  When you do see our two American Flags, one is our current flag (it has 50 stars) and the other one is the flag that would have been flown when this home was completed in 1878 (it has 38 stars).

If you will be visiting this this country, or if you are already here, consider booking at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The area is rich in history and there is so much to see and do.  Don’t make the mistake many of our guests do and book a two or three night stay, we can keep you busy for at least a week.  Give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on line.

Enjoy our front porch

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Welcome to our front porch

Welcome to our front porch

Wow!  Our front porch was just featured in another blog post.  Last week, BnBFinder’s blog post featured properties with rocking chairs and porches.  There was the beach photo at Amelia Island, Florida, the mountains in Sautee Nacoochee, GA , The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast (that’s us!) in historic Lynchburg and the woods of Shepherdstown, WV,  The theme of the blog post was enjoying summer in a rocking chair of a bed and breakfast.  The blog post can be seen at:  www.BnBFinder.com/RockInnPorch.  All the photos were very inviting so if you are looking for a place to escape to this summer, why not try one of these properties!

It is an honor to be placed in the same category as these other great properties.  If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and enjoy our front porch!

 

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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A Breakfast Favorite,  Pumpkin Waffels

A Breakfast Favorite,
Pumpkin Waffles

If you have ever been to a bed and breakfast, then you know breakfast is one of the things that separates us from a hotel.  After all, breakfast is in our name!  Recently The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg was mentioned by the Virginia Travel Corporation (VTC) on their blog post, Everyone Loves Breakfast.  There are over 400 bed and breakfasts in Virginia and to be listed with 9 other great bed and breakfasts is truly an honor.

Since the VTC blog post (click the link above to see that post) mentioned our Pumpkin Waffles I have included a link to that recipe.  We hope you enjoy this recipe and the others on our blog as well as those of our fellow innkeepers.  Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so if you need inspiration please check out the blogs of those listed in the VTC blog.

Spring is here…or is it?

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Saucer Magnolia in bloom…Spring is here!!!

This weekend was a contradiction.  Saturday the sun was shining, the sky was a bright blue and temperatures were in the upper 50’s.  Yes, it looks like spring is here.  Time to think about cutting the grass and putting in the garden.

Saucer Magnolia covered in snow…Winter is back???

 

Sunday…The sun hasn’t been seen all day.  The sky is grey and snow started falling about noon and five hours later our saucer magnolia blossoms are covered in snow.  Time to get the snow shovel out and start clearing the walks and drive way.  What happened to spring?

 

This is how we welcomed Spring this year. March 24, 2013

 

When the snow stopped falling Sunday night we had about 6.5 inches of the white stuff, more than we had all winter!

WW II and 404 Cabell Street

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Cabell and D Street Tourist Home

Lynchburg, Virginia had been a major transportation hub (for the railroads) for the past hundred years when World War II broke out.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor tens of thousands of men enlisted to help defend our country and the railroads played a major role in transporting the troops to the various ports where transport ships delivered them to their various assignments.     During those years thousands of our soldiers, sailors, marines and merchant marines passed through Lynchburg on their way to fight or on their way home from the war.

The future Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Mary Watts, daughter of R.T. and Emma Watts, who had the home built shortly after the Civil War, sells the home to Lena Fore in 1928.  Lena was a single lady and business person who saw a need during the war and for several years after the war to provide temporary lodging for people who were passing through Lynchburg so she opened her home up as the Cabell and D Street Tourist Home.  The photo above was on the reverse of her business card (above).  A tourist home was essentially a bed and breakfast before that term was coined.  It was a place where a traveler could rest and unwind before resuming their travels and during the four years of the war it is estimated that over 1,000 members of our armed forces stayed at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home.

If you happened to be passing through Lynchburg during WW II and you stayed with Lena at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home we would like to invite you back for a return visit.  In return for sharing any stories or photos you may have about your stay we will honor the rate you paid back in the 1940’s which we estimate to be $4.50 per day.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

By the late 1950’s Lena became ill and her sister was appointed as her legal guardian   In 1961 her sister had the home sold at public auction for $8,100.00.  Mr. Johnson, a retired postman who delivered mail to the Daniel’s Hill neighborhood, converted the home into four apartments   The carriage house was his workshop.  The back part of the property was a large garden.  After Mr. Johnson sold the property it went through a number of owners until 2003 when we purchased the home.  About 3 years into our restoration we decided to do what Lena did 60 years earlier and open our home up to visitors passing through or visiting the Lynchburg area.

Today the huge trees that were on the property are gone but we still have the “Deluxe Accommodations with Private Baths” and we are “Away from the Noise” and of course we are still only 4 blocks to Main Street and all the shops and restaurants you will find there.   Our phone number now has an area code plus four more numbers so give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on-line from our website at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.

 

 

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Christmas tree at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

No, I’m not going to break out in song (that’s a good thing for anyone within earshot). but I wanted to share our Christmas tree with you at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  One of the nice things about living in an old house is that our foyer is huge by today’s standards.  We put our tree at the staircase so guests can enjoy all sides of it as they head up to the guest bedrooms.

Nutcrackers on the Dining Room mantel

In addition to the tree we have an army of nutcrackers throughout the house.  A recent guest wanted to know how many we have.  The answer is too many when it comes to packing and unpacking them but I suspect there are a couple hundred of them standing sentry around the the house.  Here are a few of them that are in our dining room, making sure the our guests are being looked after.

More of them

Speaking of an army of nutcrackers looking after our guests, this time of year we need to take time out of our busy schedules and think about our military, especially those troops that won’t be home to celebrate the holidays with their friends and family because they are deployed defending our freedom.

That’s enough…Yes, there are still more in the dining room.

We also need to pray for the families of those that won’t be coming home because they gave their lives fighting for our freedom.  Freedom isn’t free and thousands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have paid the ultimate price for us to enjoy the life we have and freedoms we enjoy.  My Christmas wish is that we could have peace on earth and goodwill towards man.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Kathy and Mike at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We hope that 2012 was a good year for you and we wish you much success in 2013.