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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.

Garden Day in Lynchburg

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Come visit Lynchburg, including April 19th, and tour some of the city’s gorgeous homes and gardens.  Five homes and gardens are featured this year plus some of our local historic sites are offering special tours and events.  Visit Point of Honor, Miller-Claytor House and Gardens, Sandusky, The Anne Spencer Garden, Old City Cemetery and Sweet Briar House.  Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will be conducting special house and landscape tours, teaching visitors about historic garden archeology and restoration (free with regular admission or Lynchburg Garden Day ticket).  Come stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, enjoy our delicious four-course breakfast before your day of touring, when finished touring have a relaxing massage in our on-site massage and bodyworks studio to treat yourself after all of the walking you have done.  Tickets for all five properties are $20, if purchased in advance or $25 if purchased on April 19th.  Single site admission is $8.

Green Fair

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As Lynchburg’s first “green” bed and breakfast we are proud to announce our participation in the Third Annual Green Fair, to be held at the Lynchburg Armory Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Stop by to see how “green” is being incorporated into our daily lives.  Visit the variety of vendors and participants to learn how you too can become “green”. 

We’ll see you there!

Bridge to Bed and Breakfast nears completion

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Scheduled to open by 1 March 2011, the new D Street will lead guests going to the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia right to the corner of our property.   The old D Street Bridge was closed in March 2008 and demolition started December 2009.  Not necessarily a good way to celebrate its 100 birthday (construction of the old bridge took place in 1908-09).

After the closure in 2008, city officials met with citizens of Daniels Hill and solicited input as to what the new bridge would look like.  The consensus of the community was to try to keep the look and feel of the old bridge and unlike many municipalities across the country, the neighborhood input was incorporated into the new design.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, also known as the Watts House (named after the original owners, R. T. and Emma Watts) has seen three bridges span the ravine where the new D Street Bridge is being built.  The first bridge built was a six foot wide bridge with wooden supports and was completed in 1891.  Just 18 years later it was replaced with the cement D Street Bridge completed (1909) and just over 100 years later the new D Street Bridge nears completion.

Innkeepers, Kathy and Mike Bedsworth are planning a bridge opening party later this spring to kick off the new bridge and to show off the many improvements that have been made to their property over the past couple years.  Below are some photos of the D Street Bridges (all three of them).  The first two photos were taken from The Muse News (The newsletter of the Lynchburg Museum System).  Once open, the D Street Bridge will allow guests to visit Point of Honor, one of our  favorite places to visit and it is part of the Lynchburg Museum System.  Point of Honor was the home of Dr. Cabell, Patrick Henry’s personal physician and is a must see for anyone that hasn’t been there.

The "First" D Street Bridge

Rivermont Bridge in foreground, D Street Bridge on Right--Lynchburg Museum

D Street Bridge on Right--Rivermont Bridge in foreground circa 1915

D Street Bridge before demolition

Demolition equipment moves into place

Demolition starts

and continues...

Birth of the new D Street Bridge

Second pier now up

Steel decking installed

Looking towards Rivermont

side aprons being installed

2-3 weeks from completion--Railings almost completed

Almost done!

Valentine Specials in Lynchburg, Virginia

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Everyday in February is Valentine’s Day so guests staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia can choose any of the following massage or body works treatments during the month of February and receive a 14% discount off the posted price of the treatment.  The prices listed below do NOT include any service fee/gratuity.   This offer/discount cannot be combined with any other offer/discount.  These special services are available for the month of February. 
Chocolate Delight is a body treatment with a hot chocolate sugar polish used to exfoliate and leave the skin looking and feeling fresh, smooth, clean and polished.  After the body polish a delicious chocolate butter cream is used in connection with a Swedish massage to enhance and extended this delightful chocolate experience.  This is a 75 minute treatment.  Cost $150.00.


A Rose by Any Other Name…Enjoy a European Rose Body Wrap to aid in detoxification, demineralization and rejuvenation of the skin followed by a Swedish massage using an aromatic rose and champagne cream to complement the wraps beneficial moisturizing of the skin.  You will leave this 90 minute treatment feeling wonderful.  Cost $185.00



LaStone® Therapy is a powerful form of “Thermotherapy Treatment” which offers enhanced healing, an elevated level of relaxation and re-energizes the body.  This multifaceted technique provides physiological benefits, which have been scientifically and medically proven, and is achieved with the use of alternating hot and cold to the body.  This unique form of massage utilizes up to 54 hot stones and 18 frozen stones.  This is a 60 minute treatment and costs $125.00.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located within walking distance to downtown restaurants and is located in the Daniel’s Hill Historic District.  Guests will enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning.  The inn has been meticulously restored to it’s previous grandurand offers a glimpse of life in the late 1800’s.  To book your stay or appointement for one of these spa treatments call us at 434.846.1388.

Christmas in Lynchburg

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Christmas time is a special time every where but in Lynchburg it is even more special.  First, there is the small town atmosphere where even strangers on the street greet you as if they were your best friend.  Add to that the downtown area closes off Main Street for their annual parade.   The parade was this past Saturday and this is the second time in the past three years we had a light dusting of snow for the parade. 

Point of Honor, the home of Dr. George Cabell (Patrick Henry’s personal physician) is decorated as homes in the 1700’s would have been using cuttings from around the area.  The Old City Cemetery holds classes on how to make wreaths using greens taken from around the cemetery.  Soon Liberty University/Thomas Road Baptist Church will putting on their annual Christmas program that draws people from around the country.  

Yes, this is a special time of year.  We close out the old year and bring in the new.  Some of us make resolutions (eat less, lose weight, exercise more, etc.) that are quickly broken.  The seasons change from warm to cold and some of us find ourselves stalking people leaving the mall so that you can snag a close parking spot. 

Let’s not forget Santa Clause.  He is everywhere.  He is at the mall, the Community Market, at stores, on the parade and that’s just in Lynchburg.  He makes these same types of appearances around the country.  No wonder he only shows up after Thanksgiving.  He needs to spend 10+ months resting up for all his apprearances during next year’s holiday season. 

Kathy and Mike plus "The Grinch"

Yes, Lynchburg is a magical place to live, especially this time of year.  But the one thing we  have that makes us truly unique is we also have a Grinch.  Last weekend kids and adults alike gathered downtown to spend a few moments with the Grinch and to have their photo taken.  Don’t worry, if you didn’t make it last weekend, he will be at the Galleria (900 block of Main Street in downtown Lynchburg).  Don’t bring the Grinch your list, Santa will take your list (he is up the street four blocks in the Community Market).   And while you are spending time downtown, you need to stop by and dine at one of our world class restaurants.  We can give you suggestions.

If your travels bring you to Lynchburg during the holidays and you need a place to stay, consider the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, just four blocks from downtown.