Perfect Time of Year to See the Critters

Alligator at Caddo Lake

One of the questions we often get is “When is the best time of year to see the wildlife on Caddo Lake?”  The answer is right now.  In fact both Spring and Fall are the best times of year to see the wildlife on Caddo Lake.

When the nights are cool and the days are warm, the gators, turtles and other critters are pulling themselves out of the water to warm themselves.  You can often see them laying on the beaches and felled trees sunning themselves.  The handsome gentleman in the picture is a well known local named “Fraidy Cat”.

The birds are changing out season right now as well. The Winter birds are flying north again and the Summer birds are just arriving.  In early spring, many of the animals are waking up from their long winter naps and are hungry and frisky.  It is a busy active time in the swamps of Caddo Lake!!

If you are interested in getting up and close with nature, just give us a call at 903-655-9511.  We can suggest several different types of tours on Caddo Lake.  One is sure to be just the adventure you are seeking.

 

Spring Break Bookings Going Fast

Piney Woods Wine Trail

If you have not done so yet, you need to book your room for Spring Break soon.  Our rooms are going fast and you do not want to miss out on all of the fun things going on in Jefferson and Caddo Lake this Spring.

All of the boat tours and train rides will be ramping back up the first weekend of Spring Break after being closed for inspections and repairs during the Winter season.  Ten new paddling trails were recently opened by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on both Caddo Lake and the Big Cypress Bayou.  If you are looking for something more low-key, then visit one of our local wineries and sit back and enjoy some East Texas sweet wine and dine at some of the best restaurants that East Texas has to offer.

The Carriage House is located in downtown Jefferson, Texas and is walking distance from all of the shops, tours and restaurants.  In fact we are so close to all of the shopping, that we are between two antique stores! We are also the only pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Jefferson. So bring your best buddy for a $50 non-refundable pet fee and feel completely at home.

I would love to tell you more about what this beautiful area has to offer.  Please call me at 903-665-9511 if you need any assistance with planning your trip or would like to hear more about some of the tours and activities in the Jefferson/ Caddo Lake area.

New “Winter Color” Coffee Mugs are Here

Coffee Mugs

The 2013 Winter Coffee Mugs are here and are available while supplies last.  The 2013 Winter colors are Light Teal with a Cinnamon/ White Glaze and Black with a Sand White Glaze.  Both of these mugs are available only in the Barrel shape.

All of our mugs are hand thrown by a potter from Deneen Pottery in Minnesota  In this day of Chinese assembly line products, our mugs are American craftsmanship at it’s best.

If you are interested in purchasing a mug, please call me at 903-665-9511.  The mugs are $18 plus tax and I will ship them directly to you.

2013 Mardi Gras Upriver Pictures

Another Mardi Gras weekend has come and gone. Much fun was had by everyone who attended. After three parades, many bands, and countless beads thrown, another carnival season has come and gone. Please enjoy these pictures!!

Mardi Gras Parade Mardi Gras Parade Mardi gras Mardi Gras Grand Parade Mardi Gras Carnival Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Beads Mardi Gras Carnival Mardi Gras Tree

Spring is on its way!

Although it is only the first week of February, it is obvious that spring is on its way!! The Tulip Trees are all blooming. The Azaleas are setting their buds and there is new growth on all of the rose bushes.

I have already started to work on cleaning out the gardens to get them back in shape for you to enjoy. As a preview of what is to come, please enjoy this video taken from last year’s blooms.

New Kayak and Canoe Paddling Trails

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.

 

Mardi Gras Upriver in Downtown Jefferson Texas

Jefferson will celebrate the 2013 Mardi Gras Season, February 8-10th. Come enjoy all of the festivities at one of Texas’s oldest Mardi Gras celbrations. There will be bandstands set up all over the Historic Riverfront District, beer gardens, Mardi Gras parties and vendors. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast is on both Saturday’s Grand Parade and Sunday’s Children’s Parade route. Come watch all of the celebrations right from our wrap-around porch. We’ll save you a piece of King Cake!!

If you are still looking for a room, call us at 903-665-9511

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Special for Valentines

Carriage Ride
Imagine yourself and your sweetie be whisked away for a romantic horse drawn carriage ride throught the quaint historic district of Jefferson.  The Lone Star Carriage Company of Jefferson will be offering Valentines Day Carriage Rides.  
The Lone Star Carriage Company will offer 30 min or 1 hour romantic rides through the historic district of Jefferson. They are also offering a special package available while supplies last.
Price for 2 people for 30 min. romantic ride-$40
Price for 2 people for 1 hour romantic ride-$80
If you are afraid of caatching a chill on a cold winters night, they have blankets available to use on the ride.
For even more romance, add a Valentines Day Gift Basket $30 available through the Lone Star Carriage Company.
This includes:
Pink heart shaped basket
Two long stemmed heart glasses
Bottle of sparkling cider
Box of chocolates & Other assorted yummy treats to share
Other options available by request:
Must be booked in advance at extra cost!
Upgrade to our stretch limo carriage
Add a beautiful plush blanket to take home with you and use on your ride
Large Box Of Chocolates

New Christmas Coffee Mugs are Here

Christmas Coffee Mugs

Finally the new Christmas Mugs are here!!!

Although they are a month late, 2 of our 4 Christmas colors are here just in time to make Christmas presents.  I have a beautiful Plum with a Lilac top and a Forest Green with a Dijon top in a tankard style mug available and ready to ship.

All of these mugs are hand thrown by a potter at Deneen Pottery in Minnesota. In a world where all of our manufacturing is outsourced to China, this is a American craftsmanship at it’s absolute finest.  These even feel better in your hand then a cheap Chinese mass produced coffee mug.

Our coffee mugs sell for $18 a piece ($19.48 w/ tax) plus shipping.  Call me at 903-665-9511, if you would like to purchase one.

 

The Old Fashion Christmas Parade in Jefferson Texas

Santa Claus

Santa and I waiting for the parade to start.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year in Jefferson.  Every weekend there is something new going on to celebrate the season.  The first two weekend’s of the year are always the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Christmas Carols at the local churches.  The Rail of Lights Steam Train goes on every weekend from Thanksgiving to New Years.  The Enchanted Forest with a hundred decorated and lit Christmas Trees in Lions Park is sure to put even Scrooge in the Christmas Spirit but my favorite event of the year is the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade which wanders through the streets of Jefferson the third Saturday of December.

This year, I was promoted to Chief Elf and got to ride on top of the fire truck with Santa Claus throwing candy out at the Kids.  I had so much fun and hope I get to keep my position next year even though I will be off the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Enjoy this little video I put together of our Santa having a little fun while waiting for the parade to start.  I hope it brings a smile to your face and some Christmas Spirit to your day.

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