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3rd Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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Once again this year you can celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine.  Held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, just 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA, this festival celebrates Jefferson as the “father of Virginia wine.”   Although largely unsuccessful in his day, his vision of great Virginia wines has been realized by wine makers throughout the state.

Showcasing 18 wineries, 13 artisans, 6 local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more, the day is filled with something for everyone.  House tours will be available throughout the day at a reduced rate.  Tasting tickets include a signature wine glass.  You must be 21 years or older to taste wines.  Festival will occur rain or shine in heated tents.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least two consecutive nights, including November 19, 2011 and your festival tickets will be complimentary.  Festival tickets must be reserved and purchased by November 16, 2011.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and festival tickets.  Subject to availability.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.

Enjoy our signature recipe one morning, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Shrimp and Wine Festival

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Enjoy a day at Sans Soucy Vineyards, in Brookneal Virginina, where you can sample fine Virginia wines, indulge in local eats of farm-raised shrimp and bison dishes, shop artisans and craftspeople selling their wares, listen to live music and relax in the countryside with your loved ones and friends as the summer winds down.  The festival starts at 12 and lasts until 6pm.  $15 per person admission charge.  You’ll be glad you made the trip from Lynchburg!

For more information contact Sans Soucy Vineyards at 434.376.WINE or visit their web site at

Thomas Jefferson’s Passion for Music

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As the summer turns to fall Poplar Forest is offering its “Passion” series during September and October, focusing on Thomas Jefferson’s personal interests.

Beginning with the inaugural event on Sunday, September 11, 2011, the roof of the wing will be transformed into a stage as you are entertained with “Jefferson’s Passion for Music.”  A concert by singer and Celtic harpist Eve Walters blending song, sound and story follows a concert by Lynchburg’s violinist Jasper Oliver.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception at 4:30pm during which attendees may wander through the house and grounds of Poplar Forest.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for a minimum of two consecutive nights including September 11, 2011, will receive complimentary tickets to this after-hours event.  Advance reservations are required and seating is limited to 100.  In the event of rain the series will relocate to another area on the Poplar Forest property.  Call 434.846.1388 for more details and to make your room and “Passion” reservation.

Future sessions will include “Jefferson’s Passion for Hops” to be held later in September and “Jefferson’s Passion for Writing and Democracy” to be held in October.  Call 434.846.1388 for information about these upcoming sessions. 

Fine Print:  this package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.  Advance reservations and event tickets are required and are subject to availability.

Blackberry Harvest Festival

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Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is hosting it’s annual Blackberry Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2011 between 9am-5pm.

More than a dozen “True to the Fruit” Virginia wines will be paired with food.  Taste historical honey meads.  Listen to live music played throughout the day. Enjoy a “Pig Pick’n Pull” lunch (additional cost).

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast to enjoy this summer festival and your tickets will be complimentary.  You must: stay with us at least 2 nights during the festival, mention this special when booking your reservation and cannot combine this special with any other special, coupon, discount or voucher.

Visit our web site, to choose your room, call us to book your reservation, 434.846.1388 and come enjoy a day of good wine, mead, food and fun. 

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is just north of Lynchburg in Nellysford, VA.

Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival

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Enjoy Virginia’s beauty, culture, music and wine at the Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival, hosted by Lazy Days Winery in Amherst, Virginia.

Take part in the high noon Summer Solstice ritual performed by the Grove of the Seven Hills plus enjoy four other bands and musical performances throughout the day.  Taste a variety of Virginia wines and local foods.  Shop for unique arts and crafts.  Get away from the day to day and take part in this summer festival.

Come stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, just minutes away in Lynchburg, VA, then visit the festival on June 25 between 12-8 or June 26 between 11-5.

For more information visit or call Lazy Days Winery at 434.381.6088.  And of course for reservations at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast call 434.846.1388 or visit our web site at  We’ll see you soon!

Virginia Wine Week

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A great wine from a great local winery.

Travel to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, Virginia during Virginia Wine Week (March 18 – 27, 2011) and you will be greeted at check-in (between 4-6PM daily) with a glass of local Virginia wine and appetizers.  Start your getaway by relaxing in our comfy parlor, while sipping wine, where the innkeepers will help you plan your visits to local wineries, historic sites, museums, hiking/biking trails, antique shops or make an appointment in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio for a massage or body treatment.  Enjoy a delicious 4-course breakfast each morning, then head out on your day of exploration or just relax with a good book at the inn.  Visit our web site, choose your room and pick your dates to visit, then call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation.  We look forward to seeing you within the next few days!