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Hiking, Fallingwater Cascades Loop

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Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg

Waterfall

There are so many great hiking trails in the area so it is hard to choose which one to visit, but we decided to try the Fallingwater Cascades Loop off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County.  It was one of those rare August mornings where the humidity was low and we had a couple days of unseasonably cool weather with lows in the upper 50’s at night and it was even more unusual that we didn’t have guests the night before so we could get up and hit the trails and take advantage of the weather.  The hike is a short (about 1.5 miles) with an elevation change of about 1000 feet.  It would take the typical person about 90 minutes to complete the loop, but it always takes me a lot longer because I stop to take lots of photos.  Below are several photos I shoot, including a photo of a couple of nude sunbathers.  The trail is well marked and it is classified as moderately difficult.  The first half of the hike is all downhill and the second half is uphill.  The grade is not steep but we recommend you wear the appropriate foot wear.

Fog Crossing top of mountain

Fog Crossing top of mountain

 

Hiking Fallingwater Cascades Loop

Fallingwater Cascades

We started our hike by driving up to the Peaks of Otter to get onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Traveling north  on the Parkway which winds along the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the left side (west) was foggy (really heavy fog up to the ridge tops of the mountain) while the other side was clear.  Remember the song you heard as a child about the bear going to the other side of the mountain…Well, now you know why he went to the other side, probably because he couldn’t see anything on the western side.  There was a  dip on the ridge top where the fog was flowing from the western side of the mountain to the eastern side and I was able to capture the above shot.

The hike is mostly through the woods so if you burn easily you don’t need to worry about getting sunburn.  This would be a spectacular hike in mid October when all the leaves are turning colors.  After about 20-25 minutes you come to the stream/water falls.  You will spend about 20 minutes walking along the stream and falls until you start heading back up the trail to the parking area.  As we parked and started hiking down the western slope of the mountain the fog instantly disappeared.  Below are several photos that I took that morning.  I hope you enjoy them.

Directions from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are below these photos:

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Tree roots along the path

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Lush green moss and fern along path

Photo by the carriage house Inn bed and breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia

Water flowing over moss covered rocks

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Fungus growing on tree

Now, for the nudes sunbathing.  As I mentioned above, it was a cool morning and this couple found a sunny spot on a fallen tree and decided to catch some sunshine….

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Snakes sunbathing off the trail

What were you expecting?  I guess you could call them nude!

 

Directions (provided by Mapquest and edited by Mike Bedsworth):

1. Start out going southeast on Cabell Sttoward D St.

0.01 mi
2. Take the 1st right onto D St.

  • If you reach C St you’ve gone a little too far
0.2 mi
3. Turn left onto Rivermont Ave. 0.8 mi
4. Rivermont Ave. becomes Church St. after you cross over 5th Street

0.2 mi
5. Stay in the Right lane of Church Street and take the US-29 S ramp.

0.1 mi
6. Merge onto US-29-BR S, also known as the Lynchburg Expressway

3.8 mi
7. Exit via EXIT 8B towards US-460 onto Candlers Mountain Road.

0.9 mi
8. Merge onto US-460 W towardRoanoke/Danville.

20.8 mi
9. Take the US-221 N/VA-122 N exit towardBedford/VA-43 N.

0.2 mi
10. Turn slight right onto US-221/US-460-BR/E Main St/VA-43/VA-122/N Bridge St.

1.3 mi
11. Turn right onto US-221/N Bridge St/VA-43/VA-122.

  • US-221 is just past VA-43 S
  • Wells Fargo Of Bedford is on the corner
  • If you reach Market Sq you’ve gone a little too far
0.3 mi
12. Take the 3rd left onto VA-43/Peaks St. Continue to follow VA-43.

  • VA-43 is just past Lee St
  • Blimpie is on the left
  • If you reach Westview Ave you’ve gone a little too far
10.3 mi

When you reach the “T” in the road turn Right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and take the parkway heading north.  Access to the trail head is near milepost 83.  There will be a parking area on the left (Western Slope) and a sign on the Parkway will say Fallingwater Cascades Overlook.

Enjoy the hike!

 

 

 

 

Lynchburg, The City of Seven Hills

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IMG_8661.1Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and IMG_8673.1 play, which is one of the reasons we moved here.  But what really sold us on Lynchburg was the home we purchased.  It just has character that you can’t find in a new home.  I was always in love with Victorian architecture and for years we looked for the perfect home.  In 2003 while searching the internet for old homes we found a listing in Lynchburg.  I must admit I had no idea where Lynchburg was or what was there, but we made the road trip and fell in love with the city.  The old buildings that lined the downtown streets, the historic districts full of architecture that today’s builders can’t replicate and the people.sold us on the city. Once we got here we learned about all the historic sites, the outdoor activities, the history, the vineyards and of course I had to learn the hard way about our fabulous medical facilities.  That was 10 years ago and it has been a great 10 years!  We live in the downtown area and it is great to be able to walk to restaurants, plays, the community market and much more.IMG_8722.1

On a recent walk through downtown I had my camera and started taking photos of  the architectural elements on some of the old buildings.  You would be surprised how much there is to see and amazed at the craftsmanship that went into the facades more than 100 years ago.  After walking up and down IMG_8771.1those streets for 10 years I realized that I, like many of us have blinders on and we oftentimes don’t slow down and see or appreciate the surroundings so I thought it would be a great idea to have a scavenger hunt.  This will be an architectural scavenger hunt.  I will provide photos of an architectural element and you will need to let me know by address (or name of the building) where it is.  All photos will be in downtown Lynchburg.  Hopefully this will get you out of your cars and cause you to slow down and enjoy the treasures that survived all these years.  We are going to kick this off the middle of September, hopefully the weather will be nicer and we willIMG_8679.1 announce the grand prize then.  But in the mean time I wanted to give you a taste of what is coming.  As you walk the streets from the riverfront up to Court and Clay Streets you will appreciate why Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills.  Can you name what buildings that are represented in this blog post?

For the purpose of this post, downtown Lynchburg runs from the James River to Clay Street and from 5th Street to 12th Street.  Good luck and happy hunting.

PS  Rome, Italy is also known as the City of Seven Hills.  In case you haven’t figured this out, these photos are of downtown churches.  I thought it would only be appropriate to start with churches.  I would guess that there are more churches in Lynchburg than there are in Rome.

Spirtual Concert at Old City Cemetery

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On Sunday, July 14th between 3:00-4:00 PM, at the Bicentennial Chapel on the Old City Cemetery grounds in Lynchburg a special concert will be performed.

The Soulsters from the Hill, based out of Diamond Hill Baptist Church,  will present a free and informal music performance of late 19th and early 20th-century Negro spirituals in the style of Fisk Jubilee Singers.  The majority of the songs are performed almost exclusively a cappella.

The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American tradition known today as Negro spirituals.  “Slave songs” provided information, inspiration and hope to slaves.  The songs represented survival.

Although this concert is free, reservations are required.  Please contact Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg VA at 434.847.1465.  For directions visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.

If you would like to visit Lynchburg for the weekend stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We promise we won’t sing for you, either with music or a cappella!

 

2nd Annual Lynchburg Restaurant Week

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Lynchburg Restaurant Week was such a hit, in it’s inaugural year, that it is returning in 2013 between June 22-29, 2013.  Restaurant Week invites the local community and those visiting our city, while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, to experience some of Central Virginia’s delicious local fare.

Featuring 22 local, independently-owned restaurants offering 26 special “price fixed” dinner menus, this week of wining and dining also benefits Meals on Wheels of Lynchburg through a portion of the sponsorship proceeds given to the local non-profit.

As an added feature this year menus will feature a “100-Mile Meal” logo.  This logo represents the conscientious effort made by the local restaurant owners and chefs to source ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of Lynchburg.  Some of these ingredients include herbs, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.

Restaurants this year can be found throughout downtown Lynchburg, Boonsboro, the Wards Road and Graves Mill Road area and other great dining pockets found in the greater Lynchburg area.

For more information about which restaurants are participating, menu selections, hours and for the chance to win a gift card to one of the 22 participating restaurants visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com.  You’ll be glad you did!

Old City Cemetery celebrates National Donut Day

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Celebrate National Donut Day at Old City Cemetery

Celebrate National Donut Day at Old City Cemetery

In honor of National Donut Day, Old City Cemetery is giving out free donuts on Friday, June 7th at the Stapleton Station House (located on the cemetery grounds.)

What is National Donut Day?  National Donut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from WWI and to raise money and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

During World War I, starting in 1917,  approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France.  The young soldiers were faced with physical and emotional peril while fighting.  To ease some of the stress two female Salvation army officers came up with the idea to comfort the soldiers with good home cooking.  As they had very limited supplies they decided to use their limited ingredients to fry delicious doughnuts, using helmets as the frying vessel, for the soldiers.

These women nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” or “Doughnut Girls” served many of their treats and coffee to grateful soldiers serving in trenches throughout the battle fields.  The doughnuts became an instant hit and was brought back to America by the “doughboys.”

Between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM the Stapleton Station House Museum (the train station) will be held open to showcase items and memorabilia from World War ! and to serve you a donut.  For more information or directions to the Old City Cemetery visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.

And for those of you staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA we will be serving donut holes, as one of our courses served during our 4-course breakfast, on Friday, June 7th.

Guests LOVE Lynchburg

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Love Lynchburg

Lynchburg’s “LOVE” sign

It’s hard to believe that 45 years ago Virginia adopted it’s famous slogan, Virginia is for Lovers.  That slogan was inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame on September 21, 2009!  Today Virginia has it’s own “Love” sign.  Our LOVE Lynchburg is downtown on the James River Heritage Trail at the entrance to Percival Islands Trail just above the James River.   Each letter represents an activity that takes place on the trail.  On the “L” are cutouts of foot prints representing walking and jogging that take place on the trail.  The “O” is covered with bicycle wheels (in the hill city as Lynchburg is known as, the trail is relatively flat and is a great place to bike).  The “V” has two canoe paddles a favorite activity around here is canoeing on the James River..  Finally the “E” is dotted with 98 skateboard wheels.

Guests, staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast LOVE Lynchburg!  They often take advantage of the trail system that has an entrance at the foot of our street.  Joggers often jog the trail and downtown you can rent a bike and ride the trails.  There is a skateboard park downtown behind Amazement Square for the more adventurous and if you want to see Lynchburg by water you can rent a canoe, kayak or tub at the James River Float Company.

Other guests LOVE Lynchburg because of its history and they visit our historical sights such as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Point of Honor, The National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox Courthouse or the other numerous historical points of interest. Other guests LOVE Lynchburg because we are close to over 45 different wineries!  For those who LOVE architecture wandering through our historic districts is a must.  If you are a “foodie” then you will LOVE Lynchburg’s downtown restaurants! For the art LOVErs we have a vibrant arts community.  Visit on the first Friday of the month and see  more than a dozen galleries open or don’t forget to check out our dance theaters  the opera, symphony or our numerous play houses!

One guest that has stayed at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast numerous times said she loves to come here because there is so much to see and do but she also said that sometimes you just want to get away from the rat race and do nothing.  She LOVEs to sit and read a book on our porch or next to the patio or be pampered in our massage and body works studio.

What is your LOVE?  Chances are you will discover it in Lynchburg so call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434.846.1388 and see why we LOVE Lynchburg.  Chances are you too will LOVE Lynchburg!