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What me…Relax? 3 steps to a summer relaxcation

July 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse


So it is almost August and you still haven’t taken your summer vacation.  The stress of the heat and the chaos of the big city has got you down.  Why don’t you plan your escape to the quiet green forests and slower pace of Jefferson in the Lake Country of East Texas?  Take a hard look around.  It is time for you to take a relax-cation!

I’ll even make it easy for you to plan it.  Here are three simple steps to help you plan your trip to Jefferson and to the beauty of East Texas

STEP 1 – Reserve your room at the Carriage House B&B for your getaway .  Now is a perfect time to get away and leave the big city heat islands for shade under our tall trees.  If you can’t break away right now then start planning a Fall escape.  In a few months, our forests will rival New England’s when the Autumn colors arrive in October and November.

STEP 2 – Let us know what type of activities you enjoy and we will help you plan your trip.  In fact, we will call and make all of your tour and dinner arrangements for you if you would like.  Like I said, this is about taking ALL of the stress out of your life.

STEP 3 – Slow Down (your pulse not your car)!  As you leave the concrete jungles and all of that stress behind, begin enjoying the natural beauty of the forests and rolling hills of East Texas.  Don’t forget to take a deep relaxing breath and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

White Grape Stomp at Enoch’s Stomp Winery

July 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse


Enoch’s White Grape Stomp

Harvest and Stomp Grapes

Footprint an Enoch T-shirt

Tour the Facility

Enjoy a Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Saturday, July 23


Enoch’s Harvest Day Package – Adult:  $55*

Gourmet picnic lunch & fresh strawberry shortcake

Wine tasting bracelet

Tour with the winemaker

Grape picking (optional) & stomping experience

Custom designed Enoch t-shirt

Adult Harvest Package without T-shirt:  $35*

Same as above but without the t-shirt

Enoch’s Harvest Day Package – Child:  $30*

Kids meal (pbj sandwich, chips, cheese) & dessert

Grape picking (optional) & stomping experience

Custom designed Enoch t-shirt

*These packages are prepaid only and do not include sales tax.  *Package purchase not required for entry to event.

Gourmet Picnic Lunch:

Turkey and roasted vegetable wraps with pesto lime dipping sauce

Orzo and feta pasta salad in lime/olive oil vinaigrette

French bread

Melon medley in a mint vinaigrette

Assorted Cheeses and bottled water

Dessert will be fresh baked strawberry shortcake

Lunch will be served from the lodge

WINE TASTING WRIST BRACELET:  The wrist bracelet allows you to taste up to five wines.  Enoch’s staff with be stationed in wine tasting booths around the property.  Let us assist your quest to find your favorite Enoch’s Stomp wine.  If you already know your favorite you may exchange your wristband for a full glass of wine.  Enoch has released a few new wines:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Susan’s Secret, and Cweet Cynthiana.   WINERY TOUR: We will be crushing 4 tons of white grapes and we would love to have you assist us in the process.  Enoch’s winemakers will take you on a short tour of the vineyard and winery.  Listen to explanations of the grape varieties.  See the crush equipment in action.  Experience the transformation from plant to grape to juice to must and eventually into wine. Tours will be conducted every half hour.   T-SHIRTS & GRAPE STOMPING: Commemorate the 2010 grape crush experience by placing your footprints on our customized “Enoch’s Crush” t-shirts.   Pick grapes in the vineyard, or borrow a bin of our pre-picked grapes, stomp them with your own bare feet then step on your t-shirt and leave your mark.   EVENT REGISTRATION:Register online or by phone.  Stop by the registration booth on the day of event to pick up your event package.

Please purchase your packages online (

or by contacting Jenny at (903) 238-7365.

For Better or For Worse, For Richer and For Poorer and Now For an Even Dozen

July 3rd, 2011 by carriagehouse

It was twelve years ago today (around 2pm Central Time) that Tom and I stood in front of God, our family and our friends and said our I Dos.  Neither one of us had any idea of the adventure that we were just beginning or the path that we had just begun.

I am sure some of you have heard the story.  Tom and I met on July 3rd 1997.  He proposed to me July 3rd 1998 and we were married on July 3rd 1999.  There is no way that either one of us could forget our anniversary.

By the way, it is twelve years later and I still see fireworks on our anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, Honey!!

There is no place like home…or the BnB

July 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug

Tom and I ran away for a few days to Natchez, Miss to celebrate our anniversary.  Technically, our wedding anniversary is this Sunday (July 3rd) but this is a busy holiday weekend in BnB land so we took off a few days early.  We are back in Jefferson now and although it is great to go off for vacation.  It is even better to be home.

Already my phone is lighting up with texts from friends checking to make sure we are back.  We will get together this weekend with everyone to catch up on the news of the town and here all of the latest goings on.  It seems that it was a very active week for Jefferson this week.  I can’t wait to hear all of the details.

Dixie and The Bug are both back home as well.  They loved their new boarding place in Marshall but were overjoyed to see us come and pick them up this afternoon.  The Bug literally jumped for joy, she was so happy to see us.  They both got baths and had a lot of play time in the yard.  They were so cute sporting their July 4th bandannas at pick up.  All of the proper dogs will be wearing one this weekend.  

As I write, they are both fast asleep at my feet but if I get up to go anywhere they follow me.  It will take a few days before they let me out of their sight again.

I will post some pictures and musings on the trip over the next few days.  My favorite photographer, Tom, is still post processing all of the photos from our vacation.  He took some really awesome ones and even I dabbled with the camera a little bit. 

The photo above was not one of his.  That one was taken in the car on my phone of a very happy Bug who wanted to climb over the seat and get into my lap for the ride home.  It is a bit blurry but the car was bumping along a country road.

Stay tuned.  More to come.

July 4th Holiday Weekend Picnic Ideas

June 24th, 2011 by carriagehouse

July 4th Weekend Celebrations

It is only a week until the July 4th weekend and almost everyone gets a 3 day weekend! YAY!!  If you are looking for a small town Independence Day Celebration, then Jefferson Texas is your place.  The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast still has a few rooms left so give us a call today.

East Texas has so many wonderful places to enjoy the great outdoors.  We have some wonderful State Parks with Caddo Lake and Lake o’ the Pines State Parks only 20 minutes away from the B&B.  If you would like to spend the day hiking; boating; kayaking; and fishing; then you will need to pack a picnic lunch. The best place to pick up the yummies for your picnic lunch will be at Joseph’s Riverport BBQ only a block and a half away from us here at the Carriage House B&B.

I will put this BBQ up for comparison to anybody elses.  The ribs are so tender that the meat just falls off of the bone with just the right amount of bark and sauce to give it that smokey taste.  The brisket is tender and succulent and they have fabulous fried catfish. Seriously, this is some good stuff!  Joseph’s Riverport BBQ is offering their food in bulk for the holiday weekend.  If you are interested, just give them a call at (903)665-2341 or by e-mail at!!!

Whole Briskets (feeds 12-16) … $45.00

Whole Pork Butts or Pork Loin (feeds 8-10) … $30.00

Whole Turkey Breasts (feeds 12-16) … $40.00

Whole Racks of Ribs (uncut) … $18.00

Gallons of Side Orders … $20.00

Gallons of Sauce … $15.00

Happy 4th of July!!

Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas June 23-26 2011

June 23rd, 2011 by carriagehouse



Austin Street and the Post Office

Picture of Austin Street at Sunrise

JUNE 23-26, 2011

Thursday, June 23: “Dennis Hogan” (Country) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 24: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 25: “Ambush” (Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

Saturday, June 25 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

Location: Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in June @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments
(903) 472-841

200 Bayou St.
Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed
(903) 665-2222

Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 23-25 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location: Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289

122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
By reservation
(903) 926-5167

Friday, June 24 @ 8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, June 25 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)
8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038

112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, June 24-25 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

403 N. Walnut
Friday & Saturday, June 24-25 @ 3:00 p.m.
(903) 665-7888
Call to confirm tour

409 S. Alley
Closed: June 27-July 5
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required

401 Soda St.
Saturday, June 25 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938 (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

405 Moseley
Saturday, June 25 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
Call to confirm tour

211 W. Austin
Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
Call to confirm tour times

223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775

359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open: Sunday-Friday (Closed: Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior reservation
Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238

Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations

Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations

Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
Open: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
(903) 665-8911

The Matthew Davidson Band at the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

June 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Although it was really hot, it was really cool!

We went with some friends last night to the opening night of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.  There were some amazing bands playing and the music was just awesome.  Because the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is a corporate sponsor, we were able to cool down in the hospitality suite which is a huge plus in this 100+ degree weather that we have been having recently.  The food in there was crazy good and it added to all of the fun of the evening.

Tom got some great shots of the Matthew Davidson Band out of Shreveport, LA playing on the outside stage last night.  One of the really great things about the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest is that they try and support the youngsters in the blues community by showcasing the child prodigies.  Matthew Davidson is one of those.  He is 13 years old and an incredibly talented guitarist.  His drummer, Greg Clifford, is an amazing 15 years old.  This is no garage band banging around in their parent’s basements.  These kids were channeling Stevie Ray Vaughan and showing off their musical chops.  I have to say, these kids made an amazing first act!

We are going back out this afternoon with our friends.  Tom and his buddy, Craig, will get some more pictures…I promise.  Our favorite band, Ezra Charles, is playing tonight on the outside stage.  Ezra Charles is a Boogie Woogie band and Tom and I have been fans (or groupies) since before we were married.  We have seen them play in Dallas, Houston, Kemah and now tonight in Linden at Music City Texas which is hosting the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival.

As you can tell, we are very excited and proud to be a part of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I will post the pictures from tonight sometime tomorrow.

The DrummerMatthew DavidsonMatthew Davidson BandJammingOpening ActGuitar PlayingSlide GuitarElectric Guitar

Fabulous Dinner Special at the Stillwater Inn

June 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Are you looking for something yummy this weekend while you are in Jefferson?  Then why don’t you give the Stillwater Inn a try.  It is our MOST elegant restaurant and it is located in a beautifully restored house.  This weekend they have a super special… fresh gulf Red Snapper-served with Vera Cruz sauce.  If you would like a salad then try their special salad, arugula with Maytag blue cheese, fresh pears, walnuts and sherry vinaigrette.  My mouth is watering already!!

T Bone Walker Blues Festival at Music City Texas

June 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

T-Bone Walker

5th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
June 17-18, 2011, Linden, Texas

Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas is hosting the 5th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest – June 17 & 18. The festival is being presented by MetroPCS and other key sponsors: Don Henley, Linden Economic Development Corporation, MidSouth Engine & Machine, the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, and the Linden Drug Company. The event will bring in 16 top blues artists from across the nation, including a stellar lineup of Texan headliners – Johnny Winter, Zac Harmon, Guitar Shorty, Malford Milligan, Diddley Squat, and Emily Elbert. The 5th annual festival is a fundraiser for two Linden non-profit corporations: Music City Texas Theater, a music venue, and the Fairview Community Center which offers free literacy and computer training to the community.

This two-day, two-stage festival is a living memorial to the music icon that was a primary influence to most postwar blues guitarists and early rock and roll greats. T-Bone Walker’s most enduring legacy was taking the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument in a band. Honored by his peers by membership in the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was first, and foremost, a loving father, a humanitarian, and a friend to so many.

Friday, June 17 will feature a Free outdoor concert focused on students learning about the Blues. The Pleasant Hill Quilting Group will present the history of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code; followed by the 20 year-old rising jazz star – Emily Elbert. Emily won the 2007 Texas Music Project Texas 10 Under 20 contest with a scholarship to the Boston Berklee School of Music. The free concert also presents Malford Milligan and Guitar Shorty. Guitar Shorty performed with T-Bone Walker in his youth, and is a multi-recipient of honors from the Blues Music Awards. Milligan headed the dynamic band – Storyville – and was with the Stephen Bruton-Delbert McClinton performance in the 2008 blues fest.

David “Honeyboy” Edwards is an icon in the world of Blues. A member of the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame, multi-honoree as Blues Acoustic Artist of the Year and multi-Grammy winner, “Honeyboy” represents the best of traditional blues.

The simple mention of Johnny Winter conjures up images Woodstock. Known for his prodigious guitar virtuosity, everyone in the music business has a Johnny Winter Story and he remains a true crowd pleaser.
Zac Harmon won The Blues Foundation’s 2004 International Blues Challenge as “best unsigned blues band.” Since then there’s been no looking back appearances at US festivals and international tours to Canada and France.
Like a bare knuckled boxer, Guitar Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. This multi-winner of Blues awards always finds his way into the audience during his performance.

The lineup is rounded out by a stellar group of regional blues bands that includes a number of International Blues Competition bands: The Bluebirds (Shreveport), Buddy Flett (Shreveport), Malford Milligan (Austin), Diddley Squat (Marshall), Emily Elbert (Boston), Dorothy Ellis (Norman, OK), 19th Street Red (New Orleans), Bruton & Price Swingmasters Revue (Fort Worth), and Kayla Reeves (Honey Grove).
The festival will also feature a Guitar Hero Competition for the younger set.

For Times and Ticket Information: or call 903-756-7774.

Celebrate Flag Day Aboard Jefferons’ Historic Railway

June 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

In celebration of Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 and inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special Flag Day Weekend, June 10 and 11, 2011. Every rider will receive a free Flag Day gift and active Military Personnel can ride free.

Looking for a place close to town to camp or bring your RV? Come stay at the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, adjacent to the Cypress Bayou River. The park offers secluded tent camping and RV sites with water and electric surrounded by beautiful wooded acreage. Observe the abundant wildlife and enjoy great fishing and boating, as well as hiking and mountain biking on groomed trails.

We will have a celebration of flags at the historic train depot and along the track as the history of Flag Day unfolds in our narrated day tours. Come see the “Support Our Troops” display that honors the United States Military.

Climb aboard as the Railway recreates the Golden Era of steam railroading. With whistles blowing and pistons chugging, the live steam, narrow gauge railroad transports its passengers back to the 1800’s on a scenic narrated tour along the Big Cypress Bayou, rolling through the history laden Piney Woods.

You can view a Confederate Powder Magazine along the five-mile tour as well as the historical ruins of the Clark and Boice Sawmill and the first iron foundry in East Texas.

Start Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 with free Ghost Stories at the historic “haunted” train depot. The story-teller will keep you at the edge of your seat as you hear stories about famous and not-so-famous Ghosts of Jefferson and Northeast Texas.

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00. The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou. The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was nominated as one of the Best Excursion Railroad Theme Trains for its Ghost Train by the readers of Cowcatcher magazine for the First Annual 2009 Gold Rail Awards.

The Railway has become a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year that bring over 20,000 visitors to Jefferson. Riders look forward all year to Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train as well as Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross and the Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous.

The train was built in 1964 for Six Guns Territory in Florida and moved to Jefferson in 1986. It is a Crown Metals reproduction of the 1870’s American class 4-4-0 steam locomotive christened the Robert E. Lee and known as Engine #7. The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit call 866-398-2038.

Open air coach $12, plus tax
Children under 6 FREE
Active Military ride free during Flag Day Weekend
10% discount to Seniors

Come join us for Ghost Stories at the depot.

Depot opens at 6:00
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Depot opens at noon
Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

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