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Rain Barrel Workshop

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As the first “green lodging” in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast makes taking care of our earth a priority.  We recycle rain run-off from our roofs into a 2000-gallon buried sistern the the backyard and into rain barrels located around the house.  This water is used to water our organic vegetable, fruit, herb and lavender garden throughout the summer months.

The Lynchburg Community Market, one of the oldest continuously operating community markets in the country, is offering a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday August 13, 2011 between 1-3pm.  This workshop will teach you how to save your rain water, make and operate your own rain barrel and  the importance of rain gardens.

The cost of this workshop is $65.00 and includes: the lecture, the barrel with hardware and instruction.  Advance registration is required, call 434.846.1388 and we will make the arrangements.

Come stay with us during this workshop weekend and we will credit you $65.00 toward your room rate plus show you how we have incorporated saving rain water into our daily lives.  Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room, then call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation.  This special cannot be combined with any other special, discount, voucher or package.  Reservations must be made by August 5th, in order to participate in the workshop. 

Thank you for helping conserve our natural resources and for becoming “green!”

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, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com 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.

Handmade Paper

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The Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, VA is offering a unique weekend workshop on August 6, 2011…handmade paper.  Between the hours of 9:30 am – 4:30 pmyou will be immersed in the special process of making handcrafted paper that you will be able to use in a variety of art projects.

Make various papers using recycled paper, a stronger paper made from cotton linen, learn how to add colors and plant materials to handcrafted paper and leave the workshop inspired and with a great selection of papers to use in various craft projects.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is offering a $20.00 discount off the class price, normally $120.00, to those who stay with us a minimum of two (2) nights, to include Saturday August 6, 2011.  Come have a getaway in Lynchburg, learn something new and unique and have an relaxing stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  While here you will enjoy our oversized rooms with sumptuous ammenities, our delicious 4-course breakfast, our wrap around porch or patio with fish pond and waterfall and quality time spent together.

The Fine Print:  Only one class discount per room booked.  Reservation must be made by August 1, 2011, in order to secure a registration in the class.  All class supplies are included.  This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, special or voucher.  Call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation.

Baby Mockingbird!

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Just outside one of the kitchen windows, at The Carriage House Inn in Lynchburg, VA, the mockingbirds set up housekeeeping.  We saw them meticulously building their nest and then maintaining the eggs.  Soon we could hear chirping, whether we were inside the kitchen and certainly whenever we out the backdoor.  Plus at times the mockingbird parents dive-bombed us if they felt we were getting too close to the nest!  This picture of our newest, and youngest, “guest”  was taken at our organic herb garden, located just outside the Carriage House.  The antique fencing helps protect the herbs and lavender from the roaming rabbits and makes a perfect perch for our little bird friend.  We’re sure he/she will be leaving the nest for good, soon.  Perhaps to return next year to build their own nest and raise their family.  We would love to have you and your family visit us this summer.  Give us a call to discuss reservation options and all that there is to do in and around Lynchburg.  434.846.1388.

Berries in Orange Cups Recipe

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Visit The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA, during July and enjoy fresh, organic berries from our garden, served in an orange cup.  This breakfast appetizer recipe showcases our fresh berries, whichever are in season, in a delightful and delicious way.

Fruit in Orange Cup

  • 4 large ripe Naval Oranges
  • 2 cups of fresh berries (blackberries, raspberries or blueberries)
  • raw sugar

 

Cut the tops and bottoms off the oranges.

Remove the fruit from the orange peel using a paring knife.

Place a bottom of the orange in the hollowed out orange peel.

Fill “orange bowls” with fresh berries.

Sprinkle with raw sugar.

Add sprig of fresh mint, if available, as a garnish.

Place in cup-style champagne glass or on a plate and serve.

We hope you enjoy this recipe from the kitchen of Lynchburg’s award winning bed and breakfast, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Our last guest that had this said she was going to steal this recipe for her own so we took her back to the kitchen and showed her how to make it!  If you hate to cook breakfast give us a call and reserve a room.  We would love to serve you our legendary breakfast each morning of your stay.

Honk if you support our troops.

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The sign said, “Honk if U support troops,” and they did.  June 10th was a hot summer day.  The temperature at noon was 88 degrees heading to a high of 93 with lots of humidity.  Gathered at the foot of Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg was a group of citizens that were there to show their support to our men and women in uniform.   There were probably a lot of other places where these men and women could have been (anywhere that is air-conditioned for example) but instead they were gathered to show support for our troops.  A month earlier we had showers on Friday and several months earlier it was cold, windy and snowing, but these men and women are out there every Friday showing their support of our armed forces.  In fact, this was the 496th consecutive Friday that they were there (that’s over 9 ½ years)!

On Friday July 8, 2011 it will be the 500th consecutive Friday that a group of mostly former military personnel and their families will have been demonstrating their support for our troops and showing their patriotism.  Freedom isn’t free and we owe  it to our troops, (both active duty and retired) to let them know how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families have had to endure so that we can enjoy our way of life.

Please join the regulars and show up on July 8th from noon to 1:00pm to support our troops and yes, as you drive by, please honk to show your support.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and it’s staff want to say thanks to our troops and those that support the work they do.