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Get Downtown 2011!

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Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week.  Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.

Crowds gathering downtown Lynchburg

The number of people that turned out was impressive!

Vice Mayor Cesar Johnson and his lovely wife

In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor.   I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.

 

I can see everything and it's great.

Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.

 

Roller Derby Babes, downtown Lynchburg

If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.

Chef Urs of Main Street Eatery fires up the grill

Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.

 

Susan Stoner helps a customer at The Corset Corner

Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer.  If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!

Happy Clown

The happiest clown downtown!

With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!

Music on the streets of Lynchburg

Clasical music for the masses.

If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.

 

There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video,  “Get Downtown.”

If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then.  As Tony says….Get Downtown.

 

One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area.   It is a great place that is within walking distance.  Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great.  While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!

 

 

2011 Home Tour

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The Lynchburg Historical Foundation’s Annual Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 1:00-4:30 pm.  Six homes in the Rivermont Historic District will be highlighted this year.

In an effort to support the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, guets staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast September 23, 24 and/or 25, 2011 (minimum 2-night stay) will receive complimentary tickets to the home tour. 

If you enjoy gazing back  into history and seeing homes rich in architectural detail then this is one weekend not to miss.

Fine Print: You must mention this package when booking your reservation at 434.846.1388.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.

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 www.sanssoucyvineyards.com.

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.

Berry Gazpacho

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Mixed Berry Gazpacho

Our signature dish, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for August takes advantage of the fresh fruits found in our garden and at the local Lynchburg Community Market.  Our guests and we have enjoyed this breakfast appetizer “soup” made with summer fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or a combination of berries, use your imagination!

  • 4 cups of fresh berries (or you can use frozen, just thaw them first)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 6 oz. container berry yogurt, that corresponds to the type of berries used

Set aside a few berries for garnish.

Combine remaining berries, apple juice, orange juice, sugar, honey and lemon juice in a blender.  Blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth.  Strain into a bowl, discard solids.  (Depending on the berries used you may have to strain the mixture 2 or 3 times to remove all of the seeds).  Whisk in yogurt.  Garnish with reserved berries and a small dolop of yogurt.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

This is a cool and refreshing treat during the summer.  You can use frozen berries and less liquid to make a refreshing smoothy that can be enjoyed anytime during the day.

Save $50.00!

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Did you know that The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast has an on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio?  And that you can schedule a massage service or body treatment?

Would you or someone you love like to be pampered with a LaStone Massage?

During the month of August The Carriage House Inn Massage and BodyWorks Studio is offering $50.00 off the cost of one LaStone Massage (normally $125.00).

What is a LaStone Massage?  Utilizing up to 84 warm basalt stones and 18 cool marble stones, Kathy will massage using the stones to increase the benefits of a massage through enhanced healing, an elevated sense of relaxation and the re-energizing of the body.  The basic LaStone Massage lasts for 50-minutes.  Upgrades or extras may be added, please visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com for more details and descriptions.

The Fine Print:  One LaStone Massage discount per person.  Available to non-guests.  Must be booked at least 72 hours in advance, call 434.846.1388.  Subject to availability and scheduling.  Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, special or voucher.  Gratuity is not included in the discounted price, please tip based on original price.  Offer expires on August 31, 2011.