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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!

 

 

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.

A Special Valentine’s Day

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“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.

“Sweetheart Weekend”

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.

“Romantic Rendezvous”

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.