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New Kayak and Canoe Paddling Trails

January 29th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Paddling Trails

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened ten new kayak and canoe paddling trails on the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake. Trail markers have been placed along all of these trails to help you navigate these mystical and ethereal waterways.

Five of the new trails follow the Big Cypress Bayou with the put ins and take outs located at Backwater Jack’s RV park.  The other five paddling trails are on Caddo Lake with the put ins and take outs located at various locations on the lake

For more information, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

 

Wine Tour of the Jefferson Texas Area

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Did you know that there is a thriving wine industry here in East Texas with some of the most unique and interesting wineries located only an hour away from the Carriage House? There is no better way to spend a quiet afternoon, then tasting some of East Texas’s finest wines. Make sure and call ahead to check out hours of the tasting rooms.

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyardswww.lospinosranchvineyards.com or call 903-855-1769. Located in Pittsburg. Los Pinos has live music and a delectable tapas music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winerywww.enochsstomp.com or call 903-240-1587. Located in Harleton. Enjoy award winning wines while sitting out under the trees and looking out over the hills of East Texas. Now serving dinner Saturday night. Please call for reservations.

St. Rose Vineyard and Winerywww.guerravineyardandwinery.com or call 903-856-2067. Located in Pittsburg. Formerly Guerra Vineyard and Wines is home to the Foxy Wine collection. St. Rose Vineyards specializes in Muscadine and fruity wines.

Red Road Vineyards and Winerywww.redroadvineyard.com or call 903-897-9353. Located in Naples. The winery’s brick structure, originally built in the 1890s, housed the first power and ice company in Northeast Texas. The tasting room, that once held blocks of ice ready for delivery, now holds a comfortable place rich in historic architectural detail.

Antiquing and Shopping the Jefferson Texas Area

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Ease along the brick streets as you enter the merchants shops and be dazzled by their variety of wares.

Beauty and the Book www.beautyandthebook.com or call 903-665-7520. Unique bookstore and beauty salon in one

Blackburn’s Factory Outlet www.jeffersonimages.com or call 903-665-1128. Factory Outlet Store for Blackburn’s jellies, preserves and syrups, gift baskets, custom framing, local cookbooks, knives, pottery and gift items. UPS Shipping Outlet.

Big Bypress Antique Mall call 903-665-2762. Elegant and upscale antique furnishings and homewares

Blessings Book and Gifts call 903-665-3895. Christian Books and Gifts. Listen to Christian music as you shop in Blessings, This shop has Christian books (adult and children) gifts, crosses, collectibles, home decor, jewelry, bath and body, greeting cards, Christmas seasonally and more.

Der Baskit Kase Music Store www.thumbpicker.com/dbk or call 903-665-7996. We buy, sell, make and repair string musical instruments and wind-up phonographs.

Der Book Vault call 903-665-7996. Rare and unusual antique books

Diamond “W” Western Decor call 903-665-2882. Collectible western art and decor

Divas and Daisies call 903-665-3382 Event and Wedding planning. Florist and gifts

Fashion and Art Revival www.fashionrevival.com or call 925-366-7360. One of a kind designer items, vintage clothing, costumes, and consignment.

Footsteps www.footstepsonline.com or call 903-665-3338. Dr of Podiatry. Comfort and theraputic shoes

Gold Leaf Antiques call 903-665-2882. Two extensive floors of collectible glassware, furniture, books and CASE® Knives.

Granny Had It call 903-665-3148. Antiques, furniture, glassware and lamps. Featuring Walnut, Mahogany and Oak from the Victorian through the 1930′s.

Jefferson 5 and Dime call 903-665-2801. Coin collectibles

Jefferson Antique Mall www.jeffersonantiquemall.com or call 903-665-8852. Retail-Antiques-Collectibles-Miscellaneous. 18 dealers under one roof.

Jefferson Bottling Works call 903-239-2801 – Antiques, collectibles & jewelry

Jefferson Farmers Market www.localharvest.org or call 903-665-7076. Open Wed, Fri from 4pm to sundown and Sun from 1pm to 4pm. Organically grown and locally produced (within 50 miles) fruits, vegetables, honey, meats, eggs, baked goods, canned goods, crafts, soaps, lotions, and more .

Jefferson Fudge Store www.jeffersonfudgestore.com or call 903-665-3562. We offer a wide variety of homemade fudge, candies, jellies, jams and preserves. In addition we have a wide selection of gifts, collectibles and antiques.

Jefferson General Store www.jeffersongeneralstore.com or call 903-665-8481. Authentic General Store with Soda Fountain, old time toys and gifts. Fresh made pralines & candy counter. Texas souvenirs. Famous Moody Dogs.

Jefferson Jewelry www.lindaaadler.com or call 903-939-9099. Antique and vintage jewelry and accessories. Authentic period adornments, faux and fines circa 1850 – 1950. Plastic to platinum, lockets to Lucite.

Marshall Pottery www.marshallpottery.com or call 903-938-9201. Marshall Pottery specializes in hand turned pottery straight from the potter’s wheel. Skilled artisans have turned the clay of East Texas for over one hundred years making beautiful, functional stoneware pottery. Each piece is truly a piece of art. Master Potters and Cobalt artist transform lumps of clay into wonderfully designed pieces of heirloom quality stoneware.

Michelle’s Antique Company call 903-665-2762. Quality antiques, soda fountain & photo studio.

Momma and Me Antique Store www.mommaandmeonline.com call 903-665-7225. Antiques and Gift shop. An eclectic collection of vintage and antique jewelry including, cameos and Czech Crystal, Raz Holiday Decor & Florals (below wholesale), infants and children’s boutique.

O.M.G. Lulu http://www.facebook.com/omglulu or call 903-665-8855. Funky and trendy clothes and jewelry for ladies and tweens

Pat Ann’s Call 903-665-9135. Home decor and gifts.

Retro Metal Chairs www.retrometalchairs.com or call 903-665-6449 – Purchase vintage metal lawn furniture

River City Mercantile Company call 903-665-8270. Antiques, glassware, Orientalia, silver, Scaffordshire wares, African art, cut glass, furniture, inkwells, kitchen and primitive antiques.

Route 49 Motor Clothes www.route49motorclothes.com or call 903-665-3349. Clothing for the motorcycle enthusiast. Route 49 has anything that the biker may want in the way of leathers, chaps, helmet, and raingear.

Roys Toys and Trains call 903-665-9900. Hobby Shop. Hobby stuff for everyone in the family, all ages and interests! Scrapbooking, needlecrafts, art, paint and crafts. Lamaze, Melissa and Doug, Smithsonian, Discovery, Breyer, Dominoes, and more games and toys. All gauges of electric and wooden trains; RC planes, cars, boats and much more.

Texas Treasure call 903-665-3757. Wind spinners, homemade quilts, rustic custom stars, Texas Souvenirs, College Collectibles and more

Three River Antiques Antiques and Collectibles. 10,000 square feet of antique furniture, pottery, books, depression glass, old tools, railroad lanterns, and signs.

Yesteryear Nick Nacks www.ynntx.com or call 903-720-8692. Gifts, collectibles, Christmas all year. Trendy clothes and shoes for ladies. New jewelry.

Jefferson, Texas Restaurants – Wining and Dining

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

All of this exploring, shopping, and discovery is bound to leave you hungry. Here is a list of local restaurants to help you plan your adventures.

Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club and Restaurant Auntie Skinners on Facebook or call 903-665-7121. Open daily, live entertainment. Call for entertainment schedule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6 a.m. – close

Austin Street Bistro www.austinstreetbistro.com or call 903-665-9700. Gourmet lunch & dinner. A bistro with a casual flair.

Bakery Restaurant www.thebakeryrestaurant.net or call 903-665-2253. The Bakery Restaurant is a family owned full-service restaurant and bakery located in downtown historical Jefferson, Texas

Black Swan Cafe www.visittheblackswan.com or call 903-665-9304. A dinner for very special occasions. Enjoy a chef prepared, private (dinner for two only) six course meal. Each course is served with the appropriate wine. This unique experience is patterned after the meal a wealthy riverboat traveler would have enjoyed while they traveled up the Big Cypress Bayou to Jefferson, Texas.

The Cork Yard -  call (903) 665-8500.  Wine bar and bistro featuring fine wines, craft beers, live music and karaoke.

Jefferson’s Old Fashioned Hamburger Store call 903-665-3251. Hamburger, pies, casual dining seafood, hamburger, steaks, catering and party room. Great place to take kids.

Joseph’s Riverport BBQ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Josephs-Riverport-Bar-B-Que/110260685695322?fref=tscall 903-665-2341. THE best BBQ in East Texas. Famous for Pit BBQ, Catfish, Burgers and Homemade Sides.

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar www.kittskornbread.com or call 903-665-0505. Home of the original “Kornbread” sandwich, salads, soups & pies.

Lamache’s Italian Restaurant http://historicjeffersonhotel.com/lamaches.htm or call 903-665-6177. Perfect place for a special dinner.

Memories & More Restaurant and Piano Bar https://www.facebook.com/MemoriesandMoreRestaurant or call (903) 665-8203.  Elegant steak and seafood restaurant in downtown.

Stacey’s Home Fries call 903-665-7055. Home cooked meals and daily blue plate specials. Open every day but Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

Stillwater Inn www.stillwaterinn.com or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

The Sandwich Shop Call 214-628-6043. Gourmet and Classic Loose Meat Sandwiches in a casual bistro setting

Blue Frog Grill www.bluefroggrill.com or call 903-923-9500. We serve American bistro cuisine with a Cajun influence. Located in the Washington Square District facing the historic Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall, TX.

OS2 www.os2marshall.com or call 903-938-7700. Upscale restaurant on Marshall’s square. Live music on Wednesday nights

Big Pine Lodge www.bigpineslodge.com or call 903-679-3655. Catfish and steaks on the shores of Caddo Lake.

Riverbend Restaurant or call 903-679-9000. Fried Catfish and other East Texas classic cooking on the bend of the Big Cypress Bayou where it flows into Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas. Sit on the patio under the spanish moss and enjoy watching the boats go by.

Uncertain General Store and Gifts www.uncertaingifts.com or call (888) 325-5459. Enjoy swamp cooking while sitting and enjoying the mystical beauty of Caddo Lake

5D Cattle Company Steak House and Meat Market www.fivedcattle.com or call 903-562-1291. Best steakhouse in East Texas only 15 minutes from Jefferson in Avinger, Texas

Museums and Historic Homes in Jefferson Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Jefferson has played an important role in the early development of the state. Once a center of culture and refinement, of stern-wheelers, wagon trains, and ox-team freighters, Jefferson was once the pride of this great state and the entire people around which revolved graceful living, southern charm, prestige, and. productivity. The town’s bygone glories cannot be forgotten, and today Jefferson is a most eloquent reminder of an era long since vanished.

Civil War Powder Magazine www.VisitJeffersonTexas.com or call 903-665-3733. Join Jefferson’s Tourism Director, Jeff Campbell, for an out and back walk for an “Across the Bayou View” of the Jefferson Confederate Powder Magazine. The structure is the only surviving powder magazine in Texas. The walk is approximately 1/3 Mile in each direction. Reservations are required

Jefferson Historical Society and Museum www.jeffersonmuseum.com or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Jefferson Carnegie Library www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com or call 903-665-8911. An original Carnegie Library built in 1907.

Lafayette Street Vintage Vehicle Museum call 903-2406180. Private collection of vintage vehicles.

Gone with the Wind Museum www.scarlettohardy.com or call 903-665-1939. A 1,700 square foot museum, dedicated to Gone With the Wind, features one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South.

Singleton Virginia Cross Home Tour www.virginiacross.com or call 903-665-3938. Historic antebellum home furnished in antiques of the period. Guided tour of home at 1.00 PM on Saturdays.

Excelsior House www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. The Excelsior House is the second oldest continuously running hotel in the state of Texas. The Excelsior House is open for tours weekdays at 2pm and at 1pm and 2pm on weekends.

Ruth Lester Playhouse www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. Built in 1860 and having been everything from a convent to a Jewish Synagogue, the Ruth Lester playhouse has been lovingly restored and is full of period antiques.

Jay Gould’s Rail car Atalanta www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. The “Atalanta” has luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom. Open daily 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Museum of Measurement and Time www.museumofmeasurementandtime.org or call 903-665-6668. Private collection of Johnny and Edith Ingram of maps, clock, surveying equipment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Romantic things to do in Jefferson, Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

A slice of the old antebellum south, Jefferson is home to beautiful historic homes, southern belles and descendants of riverboat captains. Many couples make their way to Jefferson for the romance that this beautiful offers. Whether it is for a marriage proposal, wedding, honeymoon or a romantic getaway, Jefferson has plenty of romance for everyone.

The Lone Star Carriage Company www.jeffersontexascarriage.com or call 903-926-8216. Horse drawn carriage service that specializes in weddings, romantic rides, and historic tours.

The Black Swan www.visittheblackswan.com. Enjoy a truly unique and romantic private riverboat dinner for two. The meal will be a chef prepared six course meal with each course served with appropriate wine. This romantic meal is by reservation only

Stillwater Inn www.stillwaterinn.com or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

Music City Texas www.musiccitytexas.org or call 903.756.9934. Go on a romantic date to East Texas’s premier theatre. Check out their website for the event schedule.

Carriage House Bed and Breakfast www.carriagehousejefferson.com or call 903-665-9511. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast has many different options to make your romatic get away special.

L.J. Carriage Services call 903-490-0461. Available for carriage rides and special events

Massage Therapy of Jefferson call 903-665-9388 to book an in-room massage

Haunted Tours and Paranormal Adventures in Jefferson Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

We enjoy our share of friendly spirits who still roam the streets of Jefferson and reside in our homes and businesses. Much to the delight, and sometimes surprise, to our visitors who welcome them.

Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk www.jeffersonghostwalk.com or call 903-665-6289. A night time journey to discover Jefferson’s Historic Haunts. The hour and a half tour leaves at 8pm.

Ghost Train www.jeffersonrailway.com or call 903-665-6400. The ghost train departs at 9pm from the haunted depot and takes you deep through the dark woods along the bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones.

The Grove www.thegrove-jefferson.com or call 903-665-8018. Tour one of the most haunted homes in Texas. Strange activities and hauntings have been reported for over 100 years.

Dinner and a Ghost Call 214-628-6043. So Come Join Us ~ in a building that is registered among Paranormal Investigators as the 8th most Haunted in Texas for an Evening of Ghosts and a Dinner! Don’t forget to bring your camera and an appetite!

Things to do the weekend of July 17th

July 15th, 2010 by Skyla Grimes

It is going to be another action packed weekend this Saturday and Sunday. There is so much to do and something for everyone.

This Sunday is the the 22nd annual Jefferson Heritage Triathlon sponsored by the Krewe of Hebe. The race will be in and around beautiful Lake o’ the Pines which is only about 12 mile to the east of Jefferson. The Race will be a 1/2 mile swim – out & back on a triangular course, then a 25K bike ride (“dam road” takes on a whole new meaning) which will be on a closed course on rolling rural roads and finally a 5K run on a flat & shady park road to the finish. On Saturday before the race, Race packet pickup/registration, carbo feed & pre-race entertainment will all be at the Russell Building on Austin St.

If you would rather be shopping then running, biking, swimming, then just go 12 miles south of Jefferson to Marshall. The Marshall Downtown Merchants Association will be celebrating Christmas in July this Saturday with sales, discounts, special restaurant menus. I am sure that this will be a great way to get an early start on all of that Christmas shopping.

My good friends at the THE blue frog GRILL on the square in Marshall will be hosting the Saturday Supper Club. A special menu on a special day with a special cause. $15.00 of every check will go directly to aid hospitality workers in the Gulf Region.

We still have a couple of rooms left for this weekend, so please call us at 903-665-9511 to book your stay or if you need any assistance.

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