Each season in the Lynchburg, VA area offers something unique to hikers & walkers. Spring offers brilliant colors breaking through after the cold winter, summer offers lush greenery, fall offers a beautiful show as leaves start to change and winter-early spring offers magical things. But in the winter we have some marvelous ice sculptures for those who are hearty enough to do some cold weather hiking. Since spring is almost here these cold weather hiking features will soon be disappearing.
Trees are vacant of leaves allowing your eyes to see views hidden when the leaves are present. One of winter’s most dazzling works of art, and perhaps it’s most spectacular, is ice. Small formations crunch underneath your feet as you gain elevation, when hiking in the mountains. Mossy boulders and rock formations grow “teeth” as their summer drips are frozen in time.
Silent scenes present themselves throughout most late winter-early spring hikes. Look up and you may catch the silent flight of an owl or hawk. Walk through bare trees and imagine them as the remnants of buildings in a town long lost. Silence can be empowering, relaxing and rejuvenating. Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computers, phones and other hand-held devices and just enjoy being.
Lynchburg has a hidden treasure in it’s hiking trail system. The trails of Blackwater Creek offer a variety of landscapes, water views, wildlife and space to reflect, see ice sculptures post 1/6/15. Just north of Lynchbrug is Crabtree Falls. We posted about Crabtree Falls on 7/17/12, a strenuous hike any time of the year, winter offers special sites, sounds and things to experience. High Bridge State Park in Farmville, posted 9/11/12, follows an old railroad bed so is relatively flat. Walk to the bridge and be treated to the seemingly endless views in every direction. For those true hikers that want a bit more of a challenge Falling Water Cascades Loop, posted 8/28/13, Flat Top Mountain and Sharp Top, in the Peaks of Otter just outside of Bedford, will challenge you and charm you at the same time.
When done hiking return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We’ll have hot coffee or cocoa waiting for you along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies. And if you have hiked especially strenuously we can serve you our signature Peppermint Pattie Hot Cocoa, it’ll warm you up inside and out! Our on-site massage and BodyWorks Studio offers a variety of massages, so tired and sore muscles should not be an issue after an invigorating day. Don’t delay, book your room now for the last of our cold weather hikes or get here in time to see the beauty of spring happen.
Old City Cemetery is presenting a service in their chapel on October 31st from 5:30-6:30 p. m. This All Hallows Eve Service will be preformed by local Episcopal clergy and will be based on legitimate bible passages that have been chosen for their Hallowed theme. The service is non denominational and is open to the public and promises to be positive and uplifting.
On All Hallows Eve many Christian denominations encourage abstinence from meat. In the Northern Hemisphere Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest. Candy, caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats.
There is no charge to attend this event which will be held in the Cemetery Chapel at the Old City Cemetery which is located at 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501. For more information call the Cemetery office at 434.847.1465 or visit their website, www.gravegarden.org.
Unlike the candlelight tours of the grounds of Old City Cemetery, this event while educational will not be talking about the residents. There are events throughout the year so check their website on a regular basis. Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast find the Old City Cemetery to be an interesting place to visit so if you haven’t been there you won’t want to miss this opportunity to become acquainted with on of the City’s most interesting spots.
How long has it been since you picked your own apples? Have you tried a “new” variety of apple lately? Would you like to spend time outdoors, enjoying the crisp fall air, colorful leaves and views and head home with a box or two of fresh picked apples?
In Central Virginia we have orchards in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties. The farms and orchards are family-owned and usually offer produce other than apples throughout the rest of the year. Virginia is the sixth-largest producer of apples in the United States.
Apples come in a variety of shades and types. Locally you can find Honeycrest, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Fiji, Red Delicious or Winesap. A crisp apple, picked from the tree is a true delight in the fall. Once you are home you can turn your apples into cakes, apple butter or sauce, breads or salads.
Saturday, October 18th two of our local orchards will be hosting an apple harvest festival. Drumheller’s Orchard in Lovingston (from 8:00am until 6:00 pm) and Gross’ Orchard in Bedford (from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm) will have fun for the entire family. The sale of apples (19 varieties at Drumheller’s and 8 varieties at Gross’), hay rides, a corn maze, music, craft and food vendors, apple-themed food and more will keep you busy. Gross’ Orchard will offer apple picking too.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA. Our signature breakfast dish for the month of October is Apple French Toast with Spiced Maple Syrup. This recipe will be our blog post next week! Call us to book your reservation, then enjoy your day in the orchard.
Every other year the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, conducts it’s Bawdy Ladies of the 19th Century Tour. This year’s tour will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 between 3:00-4:00 PM.
What is a Bawdy Ladies tour? Historian Nancy Weiland will lead a tour of the cemetery grounds to the graves of some of Lynchburg’s “sporting ladies” of Buzzard’s roost and Fourth Street. Stories describing the lives and lore of the ladies and their madams will highlight life in Lynchburg’s more savory neighborhoods and houses. This is not a ghost walk, but rather a tour of the cemetery from a different perspective, describing some of it’s more colorful “inhabitants”.
Buzzard’s Roost is the area between Jefferson Street (Lynch street back then) and Commerce Street in the downtown section of Lynchburg. This area once full of bars bordellos and gambling houses thrived as a hub of commerce, especially during the war when it was said many of these ladies operated as spies as are said to pass secrets.
These “sporting houses” as they were called in Lynchburg were often run by women, both white and free women of color. As downtown industries expanded in the early 1900’s they pushed these business out of the downtown area to the red light district on Fourth Street in the Tinbridge Hill Neighborhood.
Many of the “sporting ladies” or working girls as we call them today often climbed the social ladder and became prominent citizens as they married politicians, police chiefs, mayors and other prominent citizens. It is said that they helped bail the City of Lynchburg out of financial difficulties by donating money to a church who then in turn donated it to the City since the City refused to take their money directly. Likewise a wealthy madam gave a small private college in Roanoke a large endowment and the college. During the tour in the Old City Cemetery you will hear stories of how these ladies, some of whom became very wealthy, lived and their contributions to the area.
This walking tour is free of charge, over uneven ground plus up and down hills and begins at the Old City Cemetery Gate House, located at 401 Taylor Street, or about two miles from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Advance tickets are not required. For more information contact the cemetery office at 434.847.1465. We will see you there!
Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery, located just north of Lynchburg, VA in Amherst County, is conducting it’s “Learning in the Vineyard” tour on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Starting at 10:00 AM the educational tour will be led by Marianne Fitzhugh, Lazy Days vineyard manager. Walk the vineyard where you will learn the process of growing grapes. The wine making process will be described and then you’ll be able to taste Lazy Days delicious wines. Known for their Petit Verdot, Viognier and Merlot wines you will be tempted to purchase a bottle or case of your favorites.
The Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is situated on a unique tract of land that overlooks the mountains to the west and takes advantage of the old Amherst Livestock Pavilion that has been converted into a rustic but comfortable tasting room and event venue. In fact, Sangria Saturday, featuring Jason Frye, follows at 1:00 until 5:00 PM.
Details concerning the vineyard tour are as follows:
- starting time 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
- features include the educational tour, box lunch, private wine tasting and souvenir glass
- advance reservation are required
- cost is $30.00 per adult, over 21 years of age
Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Amherst. For more information call 434.381.6088.
Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for two nights (including September 6th) and one of your “Learning in the Vineyard” tickets is complimentary. Call us at 434.846.1388, mention this special package and we’ll see you in early September.
The National D-Day Memorial, in Bedford, VA, expects 10,000-15,000 visitors for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 2014. Sadly this event could be the last large gathering of area D-Day veterans, as the youngest are now in their early 90’s.
Like eleven other communities in Virginia, Bedford provided a company of solders (Company A) to the 29th Infantry Division when the National Guard’s 116th Infantry Regiment was activated on February 3, 1941. Transported by the British Navy’s 551st Assault Flotilla, Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment landed on Omaha Beach in the first wave of the First Infantry Division’s Task Force O. By day’s end, nineteen of the company’s Bedford soldiers were dead. Bedford’s population in 1944 was about 3,200. Proportionally, this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses.
Since its dedication in June 6, 2001, the Memorial has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors. The Memorial exists in tribute to the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Located on a consecrated 88-acre site the Memorial has four major components that represent the sweep of D-Day from the early planning and preparation for it, through the Channel crossing and landing in France, to the Allied victory and consolidation on the beaches and beyond Normandy into the landscape of postwar Europe. Visitors experience a moving array of small memorials, displays, sculptures and statuary, plaques and tributes.
The Memorial is open between 10:00 am through 5:00 pm daily, except on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving. Visitors can either take a shuttle-cart tour with a guide or a self-guided walking tour. Admission fees apply. Visit the D-Day Memorial Website for a list of activities during the 70th year anniversary celebration. While visiting the D-Day Memorial be sure to visit downtown Bedford as many of the stores will be displaying posters from WW II in their store windows, much like they would have in the 1940s.
Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for a minimum of three days, June 6, 2014 being one of the days, will be charged for only your Friday and Saturday night stay ( stay for 3 nights, pay for 2). Call us at 434.846.1388, mention the D-Day Memorial special and book your room.
For more information about the story of the men from Bedford who took participated in the D-Day invasion read The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw.
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