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Selected as Number One!

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Northern Virginia Magazine, September 2011 (pages 46 and 47), has selected us as one of the best places to “get away, get together, and get romantic” on the east coast (New York to North Carolina)!

“Custom romance” is available for you and your loved one at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  We personalize guest packages to fit your needs and wants which elevates your stay to a must-visit for lovers.  Choose from champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers or balloons.  Be a bit more active and choose from hiking or biking trips on Lynchburg’s 14 miles of trails, tasting wines at over 17 wineries located within an hour of the bed and breakfast, tour museums and historic homes or Civil War sites, kayak or canoe the James River or go antiquing for treasures.  Totally relax on our wrap-around front porch or in our parlour just talking, reading and enjoying quiet time together away from the daily stresses of work and family.  Or take advantage of our on-site massage and body works studio and be pampered and relaxed to a deeper level.

Each guest room has it’s own ambiance and special features, call us and we can assist you in selecting the one that’s right for you.  We’ll help you plan your stay, make dinner suggestions and reservations and allow you to have a romantic getaway that fits your personality.  And of course each morning you will be treated to our legendary  four-course breakfast, featuring our signature recipe of the month one morning.  Experience the past by staying in our circa 1878 mansion or circa 1910 carriage house.

Call us at 434.846.1388 to start your getaway.  Visit our web site and learn about all we have to offer, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com   We look forward to your visit!

Kathy & Mike

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!

 

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

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As the first “green lodging” in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast makes taking care of our earth a priority.  We recycle rain run-off from our roofs into a 2000-gallon buried sistern the the backyard and into rain barrels located around the house.  This water is used to water our organic vegetable, fruit, herb and lavender garden throughout the summer months.

The Lynchburg Community Market, one of the oldest continuously operating community markets in the country, is offering a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday August 13, 2011 between 1-3pm.  This workshop will teach you how to save your rain water, make and operate your own rain barrel and  the importance of rain gardens.

The cost of this workshop is $65.00 and includes: the lecture, the barrel with hardware and instruction.  Advance registration is required, call 434.846.1388 and we will make the arrangements.

Come stay with us during this workshop weekend and we will credit you $65.00 toward your room rate plus show you how we have incorporated saving rain water into our daily lives.  Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room, then call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation.  This special cannot be combined with any other special, discount, voucher or package.  Reservations must be made by August 5th, in order to participate in the workshop. 

Thank you for helping conserve our natural resources and for becoming “green!”

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.

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!