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Virginia Wine Week

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A great wine from a great local winery.

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!

Bridge to Bed and Breakfast nears completion

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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.

The "First" D Street Bridge

Rivermont Bridge in foreground, D Street Bridge on Right--Lynchburg Museum

D Street Bridge on Right--Rivermont Bridge in foreground circa 1915

D Street Bridge before demolition

Demolition equipment moves into place

Demolition starts

and continues...

Birth of the new D Street Bridge

Second pier now up

Steel decking installed

Looking towards Rivermont

side aprons being installed

2-3 weeks from completion--Railings almost completed

Almost done!

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.

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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If you missed the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in 2009 you won’t want to miss this one.  This is the last wine festival in Central Virginia for 2010 and even though it is late in the year, it is held in heated tents so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Because it is held in tents, there are a limited number of tickets for sale so don’t delay in purchasing your ticket.   The Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival will be held at Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson’s summer home).

The festival will be held on November 20, 2010 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  Visitors will enjoy Virginia wineries, featuring the Bedford Wine Trail, local food purveyors and artisans, musical entertainment, and much more. “Mr. Jefferson” himself will also be present to talk about his love of wines and his home at Poplar Forest. Guided tours of Jefferson’s retreat home will also be available throughout the day.

Tickets are now available online! Please click here to access the ticketing site.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in 2009.

Participating wineries include:
* Barboursville Vineyards
* Kluge Estate Vineyards
* DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
* Jefferson Vineyards
* Gabriele Rausse Winery
* Rebec Vineyards
* Sans Soucy Vineyards
* Peaks of Otter Winery
* Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery
* LeoGrande Winery
* White Rock Vineyards and Winery
* Savoy-Lee Winery

Tickets
Tasting: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Non-Taster or Ages 12-20: $10.00
Under 12, free
Available at the Poplar Forest Museum Shop, the Basket Case (Lynchburg), the Lynchburg Visitors Center and the Bedford Welcome Center.

Tickets are now available online: Please click here to access the ticketing site.
PLEASE NOTE: If you order tickets online (which is highly recommended) you will receive them no later than 10 days prior to the event. If you have questions concerning online ticket sales, please email tix@musictoday.com or call (800) 594-8499.

If you will be traveling from outside the area, don’t forget to make your reservations with The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, Virginia.  If you mention the “Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival” you will receive two tickets to the event (assuming you make your reservation before tickets have been sold out).  You must mention this at the time of your reservation and a minimum two night stay is required to receive your complementary tickets.  You can not combine this offer with any other offer or discount.

Tickets includes general admission, a commemorative wine glass, and tastings from each winery. Wine glasses and tastings with tasting tickets only (adults will be asked to show proof of age at the gate).

The wine festival will occur rain or shine. All activities will be held in heated spaces. Must be 21 years or older to taste wines.

Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg

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Ghost Walk tour of Historic Federal Hill

This year’s ghost walk will be in the Federal Hill Historic District.  Mark your calendars to join volunteers of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation as they guide you on a walking tour of the neighborhood stopping at numerous houses to share stories of days gone by and those residents who, for whatever reason, decided to stay in their home, even after death.

The dates for the ghost walk are October 21, 22, and 23, 2010.  Tickets are sold the night of the event starting at 6:00pm and are sold on a first come first served basis.  There will be NO rain dates. The tour will start at 1101 Federal Street (intersection with 11 Street).  Tours start at 6:30pm and  every 15-20 minutes thereafter.  The last tour leaves at 8:30pm.  Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Group reservations for 10 or more may be made in advance by calling the Foundation office.   Proceeds from this event will go to the Federal Hill Historical Society and the Lynchburg Historical Foundation.  For more information call (434) 528-5353.  This event is sponsored by Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory.

If you are staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg during one of these tour dates you can receive a free ticket to the event if you mention “Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg” when making your reservation. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.  This weekend requires a two night minimum stay to receive your free ticket.

Candlelight tours of Old City Cemetery

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Residents of the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia open their homes  to visitors the end of October.  Well actually, those visiting the cemetery will hear stories about numerous residents of Lynchburg’s oldest public cemetery.  You will be guided from location to location within the cemetery where actors portraying various residents will tell their story of life and death.

This tour is a favorite of visitors staying at Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast, the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast as well as countless locals.  The tour dates are October 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th.  Tours start at 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8:10pm and have sold out the previous two years.  Several tour times have already sold out! If you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast on one of these nights and you mention this tour, we will provide you with a ticket to this event (if tickets are still available) if you mention this tour at the time you make your reservation. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and requires a two night stay.

Wear comfortable walking shoes because this is a walking tour over some uneven terrain.  Each tour lasts about 90 minutes and refreshments are served at the conclusion of the tour.

For more information or tickets you can contact Dawn at Old City Cemetery at 434.847.1465.  The cemetery is located off 5th Street at 401 Taylor Street.