As many of our faithful blog followers know we routinely promote and support our downtown restaurants. First of all we believe in supporting local, small businesses. Secondly the food is delicious, from many of our local farmers and perhaps not routine or run-of-the-mill.
So where do you go in Lynchburg for a late night snack or light dinner? Where can you go for more than just a drink? Maybe someplace with music, dancing or entertainment? We have done some research and have provided you with a partial list below of some Late Night Bites places within walking distance of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Benny Scarpetta’s is famous for it’s 28-inch pizza. Now maybe at midnight you don’t want (or need) a 28-inch pizza. The good news is you can by their pizza by the slice. The thin and crispy crust is the perfect base to the slightly sweet sauce and the 5-cheese blend. In addition to the cheese pizza they offer pepperoni, sausage and a monthly meat or veggie special. The dining room is a bit funky, and can be loud, but there’s a small patio out front. Serving a variety of drinks this is a great place for a late night snack.
Fifth and Federal is the go-to place for good barbecue, wings and whiskey. Most weekends live music plays on the front patio, with a wraparound fire pit. Their food is delicious, the drinks unique and the ambiance is fantastic. Known for their southern fare, BBQ in particular, their Vermont cheddar is also wonderful. Plenty of parking next door in the old Adams Motors building.
Jimmy’s on the James is now considered a Lynchburg staple for the late night crowd. Where else can you get a hand squeezed, freshly shaken martinis? Live music weekly for a change of pace. Since this restaurant is just behind the Academy Center of the Arts you can experience a perfect evening out with a show followed by snacks and beverages.
The Texas Inn is always an option if you want to experience, an experience in Lynchburg. Also known as the “T Room” it has been a staple of the late night dining scene forever. We have had guests stay with us who grew up in Lynchburg, returned for an event, reunion or to see family and they almost always stop at the T Room on their way back to the bed and breakfast. Known for their cheesy western: a burger topped with an egg, cheese and relish it’s a great snack if you’re not having blood work done the following day!
The Water Dog is one of Lynchburg’s newer downtown dining and late night spots. Their go-to menu item is the chilled oysters along with an ice cold beer. Their beer battered pickle spears are made in house and fried to order. Dip them in the spicy aioli served along side and you’ll return again and again. On a pleasant evening they have a fabulous patio overlooking Riverfront Park, which oftentimes has live music.
These are just a few of the many downtown spots that will tempt you “after hours” with their food and drinks. Be on the lookout for a future blog when we have more to tempt you with.
The Academy Center of the Arts, a historic theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia is hosting an evening of the best-loved Broadway and Billboard hits on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Between the hours of 7:30 until 9:00 pm the Jefferson Choral Society will sing songs known and loved by all. A trip down memory lane, the repertoire includes You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban, What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, Happy, Pharrell Williams and Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkle, among others.
The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s oldest and largest adult choir. It was chartered in 1990 and is composed of more than 85 members. The Jefferson Choral Society has performed throughout Virginia, Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They have traveled to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England and Scotland.
Tickets can be purchased at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Theatre box office at 434.846.8499. General admission tickets are $20.00. Box Seats are $35.00. You can view the seating map for the theatre at www.academycenter.org. Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg.
The Academy of Music, as it was originally known as, first opened its doors on February 1, 1905. Approximately 800 people attended the grand opening, which included the musical comedy “The Show Girl.” Those who attended were reasonably affluent, as the tickets cost $10 a seat, or $280 today!
The theater closed its doors in 1958. In the early 2000s, a restoration effort started. Local community leaders, philanthropists, business owners, and concerned citizens banded together and committed to restoring this historic, cultural icon in downtown Lynchburg. In December 2018 the theater came alive once again, as part of the Academy Center of the Arts. Various performances, theatrical and choral events are scheduled throughout the year. Visit their website www.academycenter.org for a calendar of upcoming events.
The Academy, as the locals call it, is located just blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and all the wonderful downtown restaurants so you can leave your car here and enjoy a great dinner, fantastic show and get a little exercise as a bonus.
Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is hosting the Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018, between 11:00 until 5:00. Located at 1497 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, Virginia you don’t want to miss the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia. Combining the love of history with the love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer the festival’s intention is to have festival attendees fall in love with Southern Virginia.
Music was the entertainment for the 18th century. Patrick Henry played the flute and fiddle, both of which can be seen in the museum at Red Hill. The featured bands at this year’s festival are Breaking Glass, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Nothin’ Fancy.
During the 18th century raising hogs was easy. They would roam throughout the nearby woods so there was little to tend to. Farmers would smoke and cure the meat. You will have a choice of meats as your barbecue entree. All of the barbecue vendors are from South Central Virginia.
You will also be able to sample and purchase local beer and cider. While Patrick Henry was governor of Virginia he hired a Scotch brewer to make beer. Henry never served anything stronger at the Governor’s dining table.
Enjoy the museum, historic buildings and the grounds that Patrick Henry loved. Listen and dance to the music. Visit the local art and craft vendors, to start your holiday shopping. Fill yourself with delicious barbecue, beer or cider (but remember to do so responsibly.)
Tickets are either general admission or tasting tickets. The general admission ticket, $15.00, allows you access to the bands, food and craft vendors, admission to all of the historic buildings and the museum and grounds. Tasting tickets, $20.00, gives you all that the general admission ticket does along with your choice of a pub glass or a wine glass, for sampling.
Things to remember:
- Festival hours are 11:00 until 5:00. The music starts at 11:45 and the last pour is at 4:30.
- Bring your own chairs or blanket for seating to watch the Bluegrass performances.
- ID must be shown for all tasting ticket holders at the gate.
- Docents will be available throughout the historic site, buildings and grounds. Red Hill was Patrick Henry’s last home and is his burial place. Take the time to enjoy the seven historic buildings, his grave site and the beautiful grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley.
For more information call 434.376.2044 or visit www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com
The sixth annual Lynchstock Musical Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. This year’s location is Riverfront Park, located at 1000 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. This rain or shine event will take place between 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Produced this year by the Academy Center of the Arts the list of performers, entertainers, vendors and food trucks is outstanding! There will be over 30 bands, musicians and performers. A few notable mentions are Dr. Dog, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Nicole Miller and Lynchburg’s own Tony Camm and the Funk All-Stars. More than 20 local craft and art vendors will be displaying their wares. A variety of food trucks will be assembled to feed you and provide liquid refreshment.
Tickets are available as general admission or VIP admission tickets. The general admission ticket costs $25.00 each and allows you entry into Lynchstock. The VIP admission ticket costs $65.00 each and allows you a VIP entrance, premier covered seating with outdoor patio and private bar, light refreshments and 2 drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased through www.lynchstockmusicfestival.com. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even better! Remember, guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are within a sort walk to Riverfront Park.
After last weeks fun concert in downtown Lynchburg, VA this week you will entertained again. Wynonna & The Big Noise will be performing at Riverfront Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 starting at 5:00. Tickets are on sale and going fast.
Wynonna Judd is an iconic performer who has received over 60 industry awards, 20 number 1 hits and countless charting singles. Her rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide over her 34-year career.
Wynonna & The Big Noise is led by her husband/drummer, producer, Cactus Moser. Their debut album was released in February 2016 to critical acclaim. She calls their sound country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. You will be in for a musical treat!
This concert is presented by The Academy Center of the Arts. General admission tickets are $11 (including fees and taxes). A $53 VIP Ticket option is available. The VIP tickets are sold only in advance and include a private VIP entrance, premier covered seating, light refreshments provided by RA Bistro, a koozie and 2 drink tickets. Food trucks and adult beverages will be sold on-site. Food truck listings and drink menus can be found on the Academy’s Facebook page.
“Doors” will open at 5:00 for happy hour. Music begins at 7:00, followed by a second band at 8:00 (both TBA) and then Wynonna & the Big Noise taking the stage at 9:00.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Box Office at The Academy Center of the Arts or call 434.846.8499.
And as always, remember, if you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you can easily walk to the Riverfront Park venue.
It’s going to be a couple weeks of great music in downtown Lynchburg Virginia!
Week 8, of Cheers to the Weekend Concert Series, Friday, August 10, 2018, held in downtown at Riverfront Park, will feature Billy Bon Thornton and the Boxmasters. Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert series is close to wrapping up for the season. What better way to say goodbye to summer than with this fabulous group who will entertain you, make you dance and sing and help you have a great time.
Gates to the concert open at 6:30 pm, for general admission ticket holders. The show starts at 7:00 and runs until 10:00. The show will take place rain or shine. A valid ID is required to receive your wristband. No outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed. There will be food trucks, beer trucks and vendors available where you can purchase your summer picnic dinner.
Riverfront Park is located at 1000 Jefferson Street. Tickets range from $10 or $25. General admission is $10. The $25 tickets are for VIP guests. VIP tickets allow early admission (6:00), VIP seating, a lounge with private full service bar, 2 drink tickets and a VIP meet and greet opportunity.
Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, director, musician and screenwriter.
For more information visit www.CheersLynchburg.com
Remember, if you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you are within walking distance to Riverfront Park. We have chairs available for guests who stay with us.
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