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Ghost Walk–Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Virginia

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Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

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.

Get Downtown-2015

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High School Band preforms at Get Downtown 2013

High School Band preforms at Get Downtown 2013

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.

Girl on Stilts

Girl on Stilts

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 MainRA 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!



Ankida Ridge Winery

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Ankida Ridge

View from Ankida Ridge Winery

Ankida Ridge Winery is not your average winery.  Your first indication that this isn’t the typical winery is the journey to get there.  To say it is off the beaten path is an understatement (directions are at the end of this post).  The second indication is that their tasting room is only open the first Saturday of each month or 12 days per year vs. the 300 days a year most tasting rooms are open.  This raises lots of questions but before you start asking questions let me try to answer them.

ankida Ridge Winery

Tasting Room at Ankida Ridge

Ankida translates to where heaven and earth join and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the highest elevation vineyard in Virginia.  A trip to Ankida Ridge is truly inspiring.  The view from the tasting room is absolutely breath taking.  At about 1800 feet in elevation on a clear day you have great views of the valleys and other nearby peaks.  After some brief introductions one of the owners will take you up another 400 feet to their vineyard and tell you a little history about the property.  Believe it or not, the property was actually settled in the 1880’s by farmers who terraced the land and grew crops there.  After World War II, this type of farming was impractical so the land was abandoned and the forest reclaimed the land until Christine and her husband, Dennis, discovered the property and purchased it.  They cleared a couple of acres of the rocky mountain side and planted grapes.  You will learn about the soil conditions, the climate and why this location grows some awesome grapes and why they planted twice as many vines per acre as most vineyards when you are given the tour.  (I’m leaving out a lot of the story on purpose so that you want to venture out and experience the winery first hand.)  From there you head up to a clearing overlooking the small vineyard (they just cleared another four acres and hope to plant that in 2017).  If you thought the view from the tasting room was impressive this view is even better.  After finishing off a bottle of their Vert (Vinho Verde) we headed back to the tasting room where we enjoyed tasting the remainder of their wines.  This was followed by a tour to the lower level where the wine is actually made.

ankida ridge winery

Someone has to keep the grass cut in the vineyard!

Chances are you have never heard of Ankida Ridge Winery.  There are no signs on the highway directing you to them. They  are so small that they make less than 1000  cases a year.  What separates them from many of their competitors is they made the conscience decision to separate themselves from their competition by doing thing better than everyone else and by making a better wine.  Yes, the elevation of the vineyard enables them to grow grapes that others can’t and the soil conditions make for better grapes.  The rocky granite soil, steep slope, aspect to the sun, elevation, vine density, canopy management, incorporating animals in the vineyard all add to growing grapes of the highest quality,along with a good dose of TLC

If you ever thought about heading to the Lynchburg area and you will be here on the first Saturday of the month then this might be a great day trip.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your food with a great bottle of wine.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we do offer picnic lunches for just this type of occasion.  On September 19, 2015 the “Hail to the Harvest” celebration will take place at Ankida Ridge.  Live music, hayrides, winery tours and of course, wine tastings will begin at 12:00, noon.  If traveling to Central Virginia is not in your plans don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy some fine wine, join their wine club.

Ankida Ridge

This is where the fun begins, making wine at Ankida Ridge!

Finally, how the winery got its name.   Shortly after the owners purchased the property they were camping there in a little cabin on the property.  As you can imagine the stars are brilliant when you are that far removed from the lights of the city.  That evening there were thousands of fireflies flying around and the lights of the fireflies and the brilliant stars merged together and it appeared the heavens and earth joined.

If you are looking for more of an “experience” when you are visiting a winery we highly recommend a visit to Anika Ridge.

Directions: From Amherst Village:

Enjoy the scenery as you drive to Anika Ridge Winery.

Enjoy the scenery as you drive to Anika Ridge Winery.

  • Head west on Rte 60, continuing west beyond the traffic circle.
  • ·Go approximately 9 miles until you see Ogden’s Liberty gas station on the left.
  • Just after Ogden’s, turn right onto Mt. Pleasant Rd. (If coming from Buena Vista, stay on Rte 60E for 17.4 miles, then turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Rd.)
  • Go ¼ mile and turn left onto Franklin Creek Rd.
  • Follow this road all the way to the end, approximately 3 miles, to just past the sign “END OF STATE MAINTENANCE.”  The road narrows and winds through the woods.  There are no signs to the property,
  •  Go through opened gate and bear right just above the pond, at the big boulder.
  • Follow driveway up the mountainside (about 2/10 mile) to light grey winery on left.
  • You can park along the driveway just beyond the building (Ankida Ridge Tasting Room is on the upper level.).
  • Enjoy!!!!


Lockn’ Music Festival 2015

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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:

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 Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

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.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

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.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

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.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

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.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

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.


Ride train No. 611

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Train No. 611

Ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, featuring Train No. 611

Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built.  Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern.  Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611.  After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.

611 Train

N & W Engine No. 611

On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg.  The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30.  About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.

Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive.  With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability).  Note:  Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full  when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE.  Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train.  Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost.  Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip.  A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611” campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.