October 22, 23 & 24, 2015, in the Garland Hill Historic District of Lynchburg, VA, the annual Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Walk will take place. Each year the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and one of Lynchburg’s historic districts collaborate to present a Ghost Walk. Guides, dressed in period costumes, will escort you through Garland Hill and relate stories of various ghost sightings and happenings in many of the fine historic homes found in Garland Hill.
The first ghost walk tour begins at 6:30 PM each evening, with several more tours offered each evening in about 20 minute intervals. Tickets go on sale at 6:00 PM each evening in Garland Hill, right off of 5th Street (look for the signs) at 300 Harrison Street. Tickets cost $10.00 per person and can be purchased the evening you wish to take the walking tour or, for groups of 10 or more, in advance through the Historical Foundation. The Ghost Walk covers uneven ground, at dusk or in the dark, so bring along a flashlight. There are no rain dates.
Garland Hill is one of Lynchburg’s more distinctive and well-preserved historic neighborhoods. Much of the land that comprises Garland Hill was originally part of the farm owned by John Lynch. Garland Hill was fully incorporated into the city in 1870. During the mid-19th century, the area was so populated with Garland family members that the hill took the family name. Madison Street was among the first residential streets in the city to be paved in brick in 1895 (along with Court Street and Cabell Street–where The Carriage House Inn Bed & breakfast is located). Much of the original curbing, as well as flagstone and brick walks, along with original brick paving remain.
There are 70 structures and approximately 15 outbuildings, including carriage houses, in Garland Hill. Garland Hill contains the largest percentage of Queen Anne style homes in Lynchburg. Greek Revival and Classical Revival make up the remaining majority of house styles. Original lots were an entire block in size.
Garland Hill was designated a Lynchburg Historic District in 1978 and is listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Just north of Lynchburg, VA, in Amherst County, is Rebec Vineyards. A 70 acre estate covering rolling hills, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, growing European varieties of grapes the plantings were started in 1980.
By 1987 the wine produced began selling under the Rebec label. What is a rebec? A medieval stringed instrument, a forerunner of the modern violin. The rebec represents the owners commitment to old-world craftsmanship in winemaking.
The winery and tasting room is built from rich weathered chestnut siding and exposed beams from a 200-year old barn, which was once part of the historic farm.
Visitors can enjoy 16-18 wines, depending on the season. Rebec says it has a “wine for everyone”. Wines range from the usual Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Riesling to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition you might try their Sweet Briar Rose, a semi-sweet blush, Autumn Glow, which combines Riesling and reds or their niche herb-infused wine called Sweet Sofia. All will tempt your palate to take some home with you.
Rebec wines can be purchased at the winery, while attending festivals and at local restaurants and retail stores. Rebec has a wine club which allows you to automatically receive wine four times each year. The club offers selections under the following categories: Rebec select, Rebec White, Rebec Red and Rebec Sweet. The tasting room is open everyday between 10:00-5:00. Call 434.907.1859 to confirm hours or to get particulars about their wine club.
Rebec Vineyards is perhaps best known as the host of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival. Held the second full weekend each October, this year October 10 & 11, the festival is always much fun. 9 wineries, 5 garlic growers, 35 artists and crafters, 21 specialty food vendors, live music and lots of crazy people will be found at the festival this year.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least 2 nights, during the festival, and your one-day tasting tickets will be complimentary. Prices start at $239 per night. Call 434.846.1388 to book your stay and festival. Booking must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Tickets are non-refundable.
Rebec Vineyards is located just off RT 29 about 30 minutes from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Guests traveling towards Richmond, Charlottesville, DC and points beyond will pass them on their way to Lynchburg! Stop in and pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy on our front porch or patio.
Remember to drink and drive responsibly. Hope to see you soon!
Lynch’s Landing is presenting the seventh annual Get! Downtown Street Festival on Friday, September 11th. Between the hours of 6-9 PM. Main Street will be closed from 13th Street to 7th Street as downtown Lynchburg, VA welcomes over 10,000 festival goers.
Six blocks of downtown businesses, along with vendors, artists, crafters and artisans, live music and performances on three stages, dancers and street performers and local cuisine presented by some of our favorite downtown restaurants mean the largest street festival in is here again.
This year will include activities such as skate demos, chalk art, an arcade trailer, magic performances, face-painters, jugglers and balloon artists. The BBT parking lot will host a Food Truck Roundup so that you can try their great food, if you can’t get to them on Food Truck Thursdays in Miller Park. Restaurants participating include CAO Artisan Chocolates, Dish, Jimmy on the James, Kegney Brothers, Market at Main, RA Bistro and White Hart Café.
A shuttle bus will run from the James River Conference Center parking lot to the festival, as parking is always at a premium. Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast are within a 10 minute walk to all of the activities.
This free event is open to the general public and in fact grows each year as more and more residents of Lynchburg take advantage of this fun evening. We’ll look for you there!
Lockn’ Music Festival is just a couple months away and now is the time to think about purchasing your tickets and if you opt not to camp out at the festival book your rooms at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. The dates are September 10-13. Check their website above for ticket prices (students and military discounts are available). If you attended The Woodstock Festival in August 1969, this is similar in many ways but better organized with food vendors, camping options and much more, but if you didn’t attend and you want to experience thousands of fans enjoying great music from some top name entertainers then you won’t want to miss Lockn’ Music Festival 2015.
At the Lockin’ Music Festival you can rent a tent or a space for your RV (check their website for pricing) or if you prefer to sleep in a comfortable bed, have a hot shower and enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning, all in air conditioned comfort then you may want to consider booking your room at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Downtown Lynchburg. Stay at least 4 consecutive nights while enjoying the Lockn’ Music Festival and get one room night free! The Lockn’ Music Festival is held in Nelson County and is only about 30 minutes north of Lynchburg.
This year there will be many well known artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Carlos Santana and Jefferson Airplane (from my generation) but check out the list below to see if any of your favorite performers will be there.
The Lockn’ Music Festival 2015 Line up includes the following artists:
- Anders Osborne
- Billy & The Kids
- Carlos Santana
- Chuck Leavell
- Deer Tick
- Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic
- Gov’t Mule
- Hot Tuna Acoustic
- Jorma & Jack Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane
- Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Chuck Leavell
- Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel
- Little Feat
- Mad Dogs & Englishmen A Tribute To Joe Cocker Featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band with Special Guests Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II and Friends
- Melvin Seals & JGB with special guest John Kadlecik
- North Mississippi Allstars
- Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam Macdougall, Eric Krasno & Tony Leone
- Phil Lesh & Friends with Special Guest Carlos Santana
- Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
- Slightly Stoopid
- St. Paul & The Broken Bones
- Steve Earle & The Dukes
- Tedeschi Trucks Band
- The Doobie Brothers
- The Doobie Incident
- The Jayhawks
- The Oh Hellos
- The String Cheese Incident
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Umphrey’s McGee
- Widespread Panic
To take advantage of this special call 434-846-1388 to book your reservation. You must mention that you will be attending the Lockn’ Music Festival to qualify for the special package rate. This special cannot be combined with any other discount, special, package, or promotion and gift cards cannot be accepted for payment. These reservations must be paid for when the reservation is made and are non-refundable.
Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg. Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS). Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success. The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees. There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.
I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs. Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.
If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park. They are there from 11:00 to 3:00. This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.
These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them. Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area. You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.
Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early? Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park. We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays! If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay. Check out our availability and book your reservations here.
In 1931 construction began on Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre. The movie palace opened its doors in 1932 where shows were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The first theatre in Roanoke to show “talking pictures” it operated as a cinema for over 40 years before it closed (for the first time) in 1976. Reinventing itself as a live theatre, until 1985, it produced shows, screened classic movies and art films, hosted musicians and comics. The theatre closed again in 2001.
In late 2001 the Grandin Theatre Foundation was formed. An aggressive funding campaign was launched and in October 2002 the theatre was able to reopen after raising the funds to buy and renovate the theatre. Theatre history has been taking place ever since.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM the Grandin Theatre will show Jaws, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary! Do you remember when Jaws was first shown? Does the opening music and scenes of vicious sharks remind you of when you were afraid to get into the water? Did you imagine yourself assisting the police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman when they set out to stop the great white shark menancing the small island community of Amity?
The show is free and will only be shown at 11:59 PM on the 20th of June. The Grandin Theatre is located at 1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke. Call 540.345.6177, if you have any questions.
Prior to the movie you should explore Grandin Village, which surrounds the Grandin Theatre. A revitalized business district that was formed in the 1920’s is now home to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, a Saturday farmer’s market, boutiques and the farm-to-table hot spot, Local Roots restaurant.
Serving modern American cuisine and using as many sustainable, organic, local and ethical meats and vegetables as possible the food does not disappoint. Preferring small batch, family-owned wines, the wines served are of great flavors and do not impact adversely upon the earth. The menu varies almost daily, based on what can be sourced locally, but always includes petite, modest and substantial dishes. A chef’s tasting menu can be arranged with prior reservation. Call for more information 540.206.2610. Located at 1314 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA.
Enjoy your dinner and a show!
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