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Diva Crawl in Downtown Lynchburg

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Diva Crawl

Divas getting their necklaces and sashes

Are you ready to get your Diva on?  Do you own a tiara?  A feather boa?  Would you like to be treated “royally” for an evening?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to head to downtown Lynchburg for it’s annual “Diva Crawl”

Friday, November 20, between 4:00 until 11:00 pm things will be happening!

Diva Crawl

Diva Crawl Check-in Line

Start the night off at the Lynchburg Community Market.  There you will receive a goodie bag (available to the first 350 Divas) and a list of participating businesses.  Hop on the GLTC trolley for a free ride around town.  You will be able to get off and back on at various stops so that you will able to shop, peruse, and enjoy the local stores, shops, restaurants and galleries.

Beginning at 8:00 the Downtown Diva Crawl Official After Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Ballroom.  DJ Ed and Tony Cam will be headlining the entertainment for the evening.  For just a small admission, $5.00, you will have a fun and exciting evening.  Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

So don’t hesitate to have a great time in downtown Lynchburg, it’s always a fun evening.  See you there!  And, oh by the way, there may be a few guy divas there as well!

To avoid the long check-in lines get there early!  If you and your diva friends want to make this a special weekend, why not stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and make it a girls weekend.  Leave the kids, husband/boyfriend at home and reconnect with your gal-pals.  For reservations call:  434-846-1388.

Kegney Brothers Pub

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Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

In downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 1118 Main Street, you will find Kegney Brothers Pub.  In the style of a true public house, in  Ireland, the interior of Kegney Brothers, the menu and the drink selections hark back to the original Kegney Brothers Saloon which opened in 1879 at 405 12th Street.

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800's

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800’s

The pub exudes charm, comfort and good times.  The interior space is constructed from reclaimed architectural salvage material.  Edison-style pendant lights and bulbs evoke an old timey feel.  Old photographs, handed down by family members, show the original saloon location, pictures of saloon patrons, the original liquor license, a Kegney whiskey label.  A showcase contains family heirlooms from the original pub.

Kegney Brothers offers pub seating, a comfortable dining room or a patio overlooking the James River.  The menu includes classic pub fare, including dishes from Ireland and England like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage.  An express lunch menu is available between 11 until 2 which offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups along with the standards.  The pub and dining menu is available Monday through Sunday between 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  An after hours menu is offered after 10:00 PM until closing.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

The pub serves a variety of Irish whiskeys, Highland single malt scotches, American bourbons and whiskeys along with a long list of drafts, bottles and canned beer from Virginia, the United States and  the U.K.

Between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, special food and drink offerings are highlighted during happy hour.  Talented local musicians are hosted regularly throughout the year especially on weekend evenings (see the live music and events tab on their web site).

For more information about Lynchburg’s newest dining and drinking spot visit their web site at kegneybrothers.com or call them at 434.616.6691.  Have fun and enjoy Lynchburg’s newest, but old, hang out!  Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed having a “watering hole” close enough to walk to.

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.

Rebec Vineyards

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Welcome to Rebec Vineyards

Welcome to Rebec Vineyards

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.

Rebec Vineyard's Tasting room made from reclaimed lumber from property.

Rebec Vineyard’s Tasting room made from reclaimed lumber from property.

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 Vineyards has a wine for everyone!

Rebec Vineyards has a wine for everyone!

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.

Let's make some wine!

Let’s make some wine!

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!

 

Federal Hill Historic District Tour of Homes

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1121 Harrison Street will be open for the tour of homes

1121 Harrison Street will be open for the tour of homes

The Lynchburg Historic Foundation Annual Tour of Homes will take place Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 1:00-4:30 PM.  The tour this year will be in the Federal Hill Historic District.

Tour of Homes will be in the Federal Hill Historic District

Tour of Homes will be in the Federal Hill Historic District

Federal Hill was Lynchburg, Virginia’s first residential suburb.  Annexed in 1852 many of the district’s earliest houses were built in the 1820’s.  Federal Hill developed slowly.  This slow development allowed it to consist of a variety of architectural styles.  You will find Federal, French Second Empire, Georgian Revival and Queen Anne styles.  Areas at opposite ends of Federal Street make-up distinctive sub-districts, owing to topography.

Federal Hill is one of the smallest and most compact historic districts in Lynchburg.  67 structures plus 25 outbuildings comprise the district.  Frame vernacular dwellings make up the majority of the structures.  25% of the dwellings are brick.  85% of the homes have some type of front porch.  Federal Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

1115 Federal Street will be open for the tour of homes

1115 Federal Street will be open for the tour of homes

There will be four homes open to tour on the 27th:

1121 Harrison Street, built in 1876.  This brick, French Second Empire sits high on a hill with excellent views of downtown Lynchburg.  Designed by Robert Burkholder it has its original Mansard roof, built of Virginia slate.

1014 Harrison Street, built in 1878.  A unique turret is one of the special features of this brick home.  Also designed by Robert Burkholder it was built for a prominet tobacconist.

1115 Federal Street, built in 1890.  This home was also built by a tobacconist in a transition between a Queen Anne and First Colonial revival style.

1012 Federal Street, built in 1910.  This frame home overlooks downtown Lynchburg from it’s large deck.  This Colonial Revival has kept many of its original fixtures and all of its character.

Tickets for the tour are $20.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, lynchburgtickets.com or by calling the Historic Foundation Office at 434.528.5353.  The annual tour is always a huge success for the Historic Foundation and serves as it’s major fund raiser.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and we’ll let you enjoy our historic home.  Call 434.846.1388 to discuss package details.  We look forward to welcoming you to Lynchburg.

 

Saunders Brothers turns 100!

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Fresh tomatoes at Saunder's Brothers

Fresh tomatoes at Saunders Brothers

Just north of Lynchburg, VA, in Piney River, you will find Saunders Brothers.  Saunders Brothers is an orchard, a farm market, a flower and vegetable farm, a bakery, a retail store for plants and shrubs, cattle farm plus so much more.

We visited 10 days ago when they were having their baking contest.  The pies, cakes, breads and other goodies sure did look good.  Mike wanted to know how he could be a judge!

Apples and Peaches are ripe at Saunders Brothers

Apples and Peaches are ripe at Saunders Brothers

Starting in 1915 five of the Saunders brothers formed a partnership to develop Saunders Brothers. Originally they grew apples, lots of apples, most of which were shipped overseas in three-bushel barrels.  During World War II peaches became very popular so Saunders Brothers stared selling peaches, at $3.66 a bushel.  In 1947 they began selling boxwoods, from plants propagated by Paul, one of the brothers.  Between 1967 to 1999 they maintained a registered herd of Angus heifers and bulls.  Today they sell steaks, roasts, hamburger and other cuts.  All are free of hormones and antibiotics.

The farm market sells almost everything you can imagine.  In season you will find several varieties of apples, many varieties of peaches, asian pears, fabulously fresh vegetables, hand-made pies and breads (oftentimes using the freshest of fruits available), jams, jellies and flavored butters, ciders, salsas, local honey, relishes, pickles, barbeque sauces and locally made ice cream.  Just outside the farm market are annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and the infamous boxwoods.

You won't go away empty handed at Saunders Brothers.

You won’t go away empty handed at Saunders Brothers.

Saunders Brothers is open Monday through Saturday, between 9:00-5:00, starting about May 10th and remain open until December 21st.  Their phone number is 434.277.5455 if you have questions. Directions to Saunders Brothers, plus a current listing of what they are selling, can be found on their website www.saundersbrothers.com.  Their address is 2717 Tye Brook Highway in Piney River.

When staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we oftentimes use their fresh fruits and vegetables when preparing our 4-course breakfasts.  In season we use their apples and peaches when making various pancake, waffle or French toast recipes.  And their vegetables make the best side dishes to our savory main courses.  If you stop by the farm market on your way to stay with us we may even cook you something fresh from the farm!