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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

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We met last evening with Dr. Neal Sumerlin, Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory, Claytor Nature Study Center at Poplar Forest, just west of Lynchburg, Virginia.  A fabulously clear and balmy evening allowed us to see and learn about numerous stars and other objects found in our late spring sky.  Poplar Forest is just far enough away from city lights to not be affected by residual lights radiating into the heavens.  A once a year event, we will attend again next year and you might want to also.  Contact us in January for 2012’s date.

Stop and Smell the Roses

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Visit Lynchburg, stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and tour The Old City Cemetery during May to enjoy the Cemetery’s famous antique roses.  Many of these 275 varieties of roses have grown in the cemetery for generations, having survived on family plots. Rooted cuttings will be available for purchase.  On May 7th the 16th Annual Antique Rose Festival takes place.  Then on May 8th a special Mother’s Day Rose Walk will be offered.  Come visit, you will understand why this event draws visitors from near and far. The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast will offer guests a special “Rose Getaway” to include a room of your choice, a rose upon arrival and a Swedish massage, in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio, using an aromatic rose and champagne cream, starting at $299 per night.  Visit or call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation and schedule your massage appointment.  Restrictions apply.  This getaway cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, special or voucher.  Call for details.

Garden Day in Lynchburg

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Come visit Lynchburg, including April 19th, and tour some of the city’s gorgeous homes and gardens.  Five homes and gardens are featured this year plus some of our local historic sites are offering special tours and events.  Visit Point of Honor, Miller-Claytor House and Gardens, Sandusky, The Anne Spencer Garden, Old City Cemetery and Sweet Briar House.  Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will be conducting special house and landscape tours, teaching visitors about historic garden archeology and restoration (free with regular admission or Lynchburg Garden Day ticket).  Come stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, enjoy our delicious four-course breakfast before your day of touring, when finished touring have a relaxing massage in our on-site massage and bodyworks studio to treat yourself after all of the walking you have done.  Tickets for all five properties are $20, if purchased in advance or $25 if purchased on April 19th.  Single site admission is $8.

Green Fair

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As Lynchburg’s first “green” bed and breakfast we are proud to announce our participation in the Third Annual Green Fair, to be held at the Lynchburg Armory Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Stop by to see how “green” is being incorporated into our daily lives.  Visit the variety of vendors and participants to learn how you too can become “green”. 

We’ll see you there!

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, 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!