Have you ever wanted to hear Diamond Bessie tell her own version of what happened to her when she was murdered? Ever been curious as to what those last few minutes were like on the Mittie Stephens as it caught fire and sank in Caddo Lake. This Saturday, April 20 from 5pm to 7pm, come on down to Oakwood Cemetery and watch four vignettes from some of this historic graveyard’s most famous residents. A donation of $10 per person is being requested and the tour should take an hour.
I would like to introduce you to the newest Carriage House Bed and Breakfast team member, Peg. Peg is a 1.5 year old Lab/ Pointer mix and she is all puppy. This sweet girl was adopted in February from FurrEver Pets and has been working hard for the last six week on socialization and getting used to life at a B&B.
If you look closely, you will realize that Peg is a Tripawd. The first part of her life was awful and she has been abused horribly bad. She was eventually thrown out along side of the road and shot. They missed…Thank you Lord. She was picked up and taken to a vet in Gilmer where her left front leg was amputated.
She still gets a little nervous around men. So if she doesn’t come running up to greet you, give her some time. She has come a long way in 6 weeks and will be your best friend before you leave. She LOVES belly rubs so that is an awesome way to say Hi to her.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.