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Jefferson’s Passion was Literature!

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On Sunday, October 9th we took a break from working at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast to attend the final session of Thomas Jefferson’s “passion” series at his retreat, Poplar Forest.  A brisk but sunny day was the perfect backdrop for a wonderful late afternoon lecture by Richard Goodman, renowned author.  He spoke of and enlighted a full house about the time when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Adams were living in New York while working to put democracy into practice.  Can’t you just imagine the discussions, disagreements, suggestions and conversations these distinguished gentlemen participated in?  How might we use their knowledge and foresight to assist us with today’s problems?

The series of three lectures were educational, insirational and enjoyed by all who attended.  If history is of interest to you check the Poplar Forest web site, www.poplarforest.org/events or our blog for upcoming events in and around Lynchburg.  Located about 20 minutes from our inn in Lynchburg, Virginia we are the perfect place to spend the night when exploring this architectural treasure.  Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to check our availability.

Get Downtown 2011!

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Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week.  Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.

Crowds gathering downtown Lynchburg

The number of people that turned out was impressive!

Vice Mayor Cesar Johnson and his lovely wife

In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor.   I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.

 

I can see everything and it's great.

Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.

 

Roller Derby Babes, downtown Lynchburg

If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.

Chef Urs of Main Street Eatery fires up the grill

Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.

 

Susan Stoner helps a customer at The Corset Corner

Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer.  If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!

Happy Clown

The happiest clown downtown!

With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!

Music on the streets of Lynchburg

Clasical music for the masses.

If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.

 

There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video,  “Get Downtown.”

If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then.  As Tony says….Get Downtown.

 

One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area.   It is a great place that is within walking distance.  Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great.  While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!

 

 

Baby Mockingbird!

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Just outside one of the kitchen windows, at The Carriage House Inn in Lynchburg, VA, the mockingbirds set up housekeeeping.  We saw them meticulously building their nest and then maintaining the eggs.  Soon we could hear chirping, whether we were inside the kitchen and certainly whenever we out the backdoor.  Plus at times the mockingbird parents dive-bombed us if they felt we were getting too close to the nest!  This picture of our newest, and youngest, “guest”  was taken at our organic herb garden, located just outside the Carriage House.  The antique fencing helps protect the herbs and lavender from the roaming rabbits and makes a perfect perch for our little bird friend.  We’re sure he/she will be leaving the nest for good, soon.  Perhaps to return next year to build their own nest and raise their family.  We would love to have you and your family visit us this summer.  Give us a call to discuss reservation options and all that there is to do in and around Lynchburg.  434.846.1388.

Waterlily!

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Water lily at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

The  first day of summer is just around the corner and as we get ready for summer at the bed and breakfast we take time to appreciate the beauty of nature that is all around us.  This waterlily, in our fish pond that is surrounded by our reclaimed brick patio, is such an example.  The waterlily plant, and our other water plants, survived the winter and is happily blooming and delighting both our guests and us as we sit beside the pond in the late afternoon with a glass of wine.  The sounds of the waterfall soothe the mind and spirit as we unwind from the day and prepare for tomorrow.  Wouldn’t you like to treat your dad for Father’s Day to a restful stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast?  The fish would like to see you do so, call today to book your reservation, 434.846.1388.

Pond and patio at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Valentine Specials in Lynchburg, Virginia

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Everyday in February is Valentine’s Day so guests staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia can choose any of the following massage or body works treatments during the month of February and receive a 14% discount off the posted price of the treatment.  The prices listed below do NOT include any service fee/gratuity.   This offer/discount cannot be combined with any other offer/discount.  These special services are available for the month of February. 
 
Chocolate Delight is a body treatment with a hot chocolate sugar polish used to exfoliate and leave the skin looking and feeling fresh, smooth, clean and polished.  After the body polish a delicious chocolate butter cream is used in connection with a Swedish massage to enhance and extended this delightful chocolate experience.  This is a 75 minute treatment.  Cost $150.00.

 

A Rose by Any Other Name…Enjoy a European Rose Body Wrap to aid in detoxification, demineralization and rejuvenation of the skin followed by a Swedish massage using an aromatic rose and champagne cream to complement the wraps beneficial moisturizing of the skin.  You will leave this 90 minute treatment feeling wonderful.  Cost $185.00

 

 

LaStone® Therapy is a powerful form of “Thermotherapy Treatment” which offers enhanced healing, an elevated level of relaxation and re-energizes the body.  This multifaceted technique provides physiological benefits, which have been scientifically and medically proven, and is achieved with the use of alternating hot and cold to the body.  This unique form of massage utilizes up to 54 hot stones and 18 frozen stones.  This is a 60 minute treatment and costs $125.00.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located within walking distance to downtown restaurants and is located in the Daniel’s Hill Historic District.  Guests will enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning.  The inn has been meticulously restored to it’s previous grandurand offers a glimpse of life in the late 1800′s.  To book your stay or appointement for one of these spa treatments call us at 434.846.1388.

Christmas in Lynchburg

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Christmas time is a special time every where but in Lynchburg it is even more special.  First, there is the small town atmosphere where even strangers on the street greet you as if they were your best friend.  Add to that the downtown area closes off Main Street for their annual parade.   The parade was this past Saturday and this is the second time in the past three years we had a light dusting of snow for the parade. 

Point of Honor, the home of Dr. George Cabell (Patrick Henry’s personal physician) is decorated as homes in the 1700′s would have been using cuttings from around the area.  The Old City Cemetery holds classes on how to make wreaths using greens taken from around the cemetery.  Soon Liberty University/Thomas Road Baptist Church will putting on their annual Christmas program that draws people from around the country.  

Yes, this is a special time of year.  We close out the old year and bring in the new.  Some of us make resolutions (eat less, lose weight, exercise more, etc.) that are quickly broken.  The seasons change from warm to cold and some of us find ourselves stalking people leaving the mall so that you can snag a close parking spot. 

Let’s not forget Santa Clause.  He is everywhere.  He is at the mall, the Community Market, at stores, on the parade and that’s just in Lynchburg.  He makes these same types of appearances around the country.  No wonder he only shows up after Thanksgiving.  He needs to spend 10+ months resting up for all his apprearances during next year’s holiday season. 

Kathy and Mike plus "The Grinch"

Yes, Lynchburg is a magical place to live, especially this time of year.  But the one thing we  have that makes us truly unique is we also have a Grinch.  Last weekend kids and adults alike gathered downtown to spend a few moments with the Grinch and to have their photo taken.  Don’t worry, if you didn’t make it last weekend, he will be at the Galleria (900 block of Main Street in downtown Lynchburg).  Don’t bring the Grinch your list, Santa will take your list (he is up the street four blocks in the Community Market).   And while you are spending time downtown, you need to stop by and dine at one of our world class restaurants.  We can give you suggestions.

If your travels bring you to Lynchburg during the holidays and you need a place to stay, consider the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, just four blocks from downtown.