Posts Tagged ‘Carriage House Bed & Breakfast’

Where’s Waldo…I mean Gator?

August 6th, 2011 by carriagehouse

 

Here is a fun puzzle for a hot Saturday.  Find the Gator in this picture.  Somewhere in the lily pads is Alley Gator floating by.  Can you find him?  ”Don’t Choot em Liz”

A Message Left For Me From the Past

July 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Kitchen Message

One of the things that we discussed through out the planning process of this kitchen renovation was “Discovery”.  It is an old house so we knew there were going to find surprises.  We anticipated that the plumbing was going to need to be updated or that the wiring was not in code.  What we were not expecting was a message left under the cabinets by one of the previous owners. 

So now I have a little mystery on my hands.  What does it mean?  I am taking that the 19 and 88 are supposed to be the year 1988 which means that the kitchen was 23 years old (not surprised).  But what does the rest of it mean?  

I love a good mystery.  Don’t you?

Rat Poison and Dogs Don’t Mix!

July 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Yesterday was just pure chaos here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast.  I felt like a ringmaster in a three ring circus.  We had the painters on one side of the house, scrapping and prepping the wood for new paint.  We had the builder and his subs out in the breezeway.  They were demoing and roughing in my new pantry.  I was trying to do all of the final packing of the kitchen and Tom, bless his heart, was trying very hard to find a quiet place to work.

In the middle of the chaos, the pest control  lady shows up for our monthly service.  Now I know I am always pointing at The Bug and saying we need to get the pest control company out to deal with our Bug problem, but seriously, I was just kidding.  I adore the little puppy even if she does go out of her way to bug me and drive me crazy.  And drive me crazy she does.  As I am writing she is trying to pull the sheets off of the bed.

Now a dear friend of ours who is a Master Gardener diagnosed my yard yesterday morning as having grubs and ants.  This makes sense since we are the only ones on our block watering.  Everyone else has decided to let their yards die and everything (critters and bugs) is looking for water right now in this drought.  So when the pest control lady came by, I asked her if she could treat the grass for bugs.

She had her hands full of rat poison blocks to refill our stations and so she had to put them down to look at her schedule.  Dixie gingerly grabbed one of the rat poison blocks off of the table and ran into the yard where she started eating it.  Bug went nuts trying to scoop up all of the crumbs and pick up the pieces that Dixie dropped.  Both the Pest Control lady and I dove to grab all of the poison from the dogs and keep them from eating any more then they already had.

The Pest Control Lady called her boss to see if the girls needed to go to the vet but I wasn’t waiting around for an answer.  I put them both on their leashes and rushed them to the Dr.

The good news is that we got them both to the vet in time.  Doc gave them both some medicine to make them throw up and started them on Vitamin K, which I keep calling Special K for some reason.  He is hopeful that none of the poison even made it into their system.  Certainly they are acting like themselves.  Dixie, being an older lady, is just laying around and supervising the work and The Bug is looking for mischief and trouble (which she undoubtedly will find).

The Carriage House B&B Named “Best of East Texas”

July 23rd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Best of East Texas

The Longview News Journal printed their annual list of “Best of East Texas” and the Carriage House B&B was named Best Bed & Breakfast in East Texas.  We are completely honored and humbled that our guests voted us “Best of East Texas.”   Thank you to everyone that voted for us.  We are grateful and flattered by all of your love.

 

The Renovations Have Begun!

July 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

House

 

House

The latest round of renovations on the Carriage House B&B have begun!  The painters started yesterday replacing the rotten wood on the house and prepping the exterior for the first coat of paint.   I am looking forward to being on the other side of this project but it is also fun seeing the progress on this old house.

Don’t forget that we are running a Renovation Special this summer.  $79 for any room, any night, no breakfast (since the kitchen will be under construction as well.)  Just call us at 903-665-9511 or book online at www.carriagehousejefferson.com

 

 

Texas Monthly About the Port Of Jefferson Civil War Re-Enactment

July 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Little Girls with Chickens

If you have a few minutes today, you should definitely take time to read the wonderful article in this month’s Texas Monthly about my town of Jefferson Texas.  The photographer and writer were here for our annual Battle Of Port Jefferson Civil War Re-Enactment that takes place the first weekend in May every year.  They did a wonderful job of portraying our annual event.

The Skirmish Will Be Followed by a Ladies’ Tea

Our Pilgrimage Weekend and Battle Of Port Jefferson Civil War Re-Enactment are splendid affairs that have people showing up in period dress, fighting skirmishes and battles on our brick lined streets, touring our amazing antebellum homes and attending our grand balls.  If you have not been here for this weekend, then you should put it on your bucket list.  It is a must do and must see.  I will even serve breakfast for you in my Civil War gown.

 

July 4th Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas

June 30th, 2011 by carriagehouse

July 4th Weekend Celebrations

 JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
JUNE 30-JULY 4, 2011

*       “JEFFERSON SALUTES AMERICA” 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Monday, July 4 @ 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location:  Otstott Gazebo & Bandstand (Lafayette & Vale St.)
Decorated Bicycle/Tricycle contest, homemade ice cream contest, cake & pie auction,
Live music, Fireworks Extravaganza and much more.
(903) 665-2672
www.jefferson-texas.com

*         AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday,  June 30:  “Leon Vines”  (Classic Acoustic Guitar)  @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday,  July 1:  “Donnie Dodson & the White Trash Wannabees” (Classic Rock) @ 8:30
p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 2:  “Richard Stuart & One Night Stand” (Classic Rock N’Roll) @ 9:00
p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

*        KARAOKE
Saturday, July 2 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location:  The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

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

*      TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays,  @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday, July 3-4:  12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

*      LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations

*      HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location:  Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

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

*     HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Friday, July 1 @ 8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, July 2 @ 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
www.JeffersonRailway.com

*    LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, July 1-2 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

*    CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
*  By reservation.  Call for tour times

*    HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Closed:  June 27-July 5
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

*    SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, July 2 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938  (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

*   THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Saturday, July 2 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

*   EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR 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
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

*   JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily:  9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

*    H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open:  Sunday-Friday (Closed:  Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

*   THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
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
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

*  BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location:  Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

*   CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

*   CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
Open:  Tuesday-Saturday
Closed:  Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

*   JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
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
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

July 4th Activities in Jefferson Texas

June 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Gaston the Green Nose Gator Cake

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration where Tom and I fell in love with this wonderful small town.  We were sitting and watching all of the festivities in Ostott Park in downtown Jefferson and marveled at this Mayberry on the Bayou celebration. It was unlike anything that we ever experienced in the big city of Dallas.  The locals were all sitting under the trees with fans fanning themselves, drinking lemonade and sampling home made ice cream.  Unlike the big over the top events in the big city, this small intimate event bred community and civic pride.  There were bicycle parades, duck races, and a firework display so close that it made your ears ring.

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration that charmed us, but to be more exact, it was the pie and cake auction that really got our hearts pounding.  You have no idea how competitive this auction is in Jefferson.  That first July 4th, Tom and I sat in awe as pies and cakes went for thousands of dollars.  We kept muttering under our breath, “you have got to be kidding me…how much?”

The good news is that every penny that is raised goes to support the Carnegie Library in Jefferson.  We have the only fully operational Carnegie Library in the state of Texas and one of the few left in the nation.  When you are in town, you must stop by and see the place.  It is gorgeous.

So last year, our first as locals, I proudly entered my cake into the Pie and Cake auction.  I wanted to do something really creative so I made a gator cake.  I thought my cake was appropriate for my new life in the swamps. 

The cake took three tries.  The first one was my practice run and it ended up as a birthday cake for a friend.  Everyone oohed and aahed so I knew I had a hit.

The second was eaten by Dixie, the Golden Retriever.  Tom came into the kitchen.  Looked at the counter where the missing red velvet cake and cupcakes used to be and without ever saying a single word he put Dixie in the car for a trip to the emergency vet.  The Dr gave Dixie some medicine to make her throw up.  He put a trash can under the table, leaned Dixie over the edge while Tom held her ears back.  The Dr was relieved to know it was Red Velvet cake since everything coming out of her was bright red.

The third cake made it to the auction.  I had some VERY tough competition but I am proud to say that my cake brought in $400.  YAY.

I have big plans for this year’s cake auction already.  I will get my favorite photographer to get some pictures of it for me and I will post them next week.

Final Set of Pictures of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

June 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

First of all… Thank You to my two favorite photographers, my darling husband, Tom and his BFF, Craig Swancy. These two guys did an amazing job of capturing all of the wonderful action at the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.  I think you will agree that they are phenomenal photographers.  I just wish I had a thimble full of their talent. Yucky things happen when I get behind the lens.

Here are the final set of pictures. I hope you enjoy them!!!

The Peterson Brothers Band The Peterson Brother Band Ezra Charles Band Ezra Charles Omar Shariff Omar Shariff performs Boogie Woogie DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band Buddy Flett Buddy Flett Bobbie Oliver and the Jam City Revue Bobbie Oliver and the Jam City Revue

Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas June 16-19 2011

June 15th, 2011 by carriagehouse

T-Bone Walker

 JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
JUNE 16-19, 2011

 * 6TH ANNUAL T-BONE WALKER BLUES FESTIVAL
Friday-Saturday, June 17-18
Location: Music City Texas Theatre, 108 Legion St., Linden, TX
Tickets & information: (903) 756-7774
www.tbonewalkerbluesfest.com

* AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday, June 16: “Leon Vines” (Classic Acoustic Guitar) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 18: “The Legendary Bugs Henderson & the Shuffle Kings” (Blues &
Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Reservations requested
(903) 665-7121

* KARAOKE
Saturday, June 18 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

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

* TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
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
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

* LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, June 17-19
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 16-18 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location: Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

* JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
By reservation
(903) 926-5167
www.JeffersonPedalPower.com

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Friday, June 17 @ 8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, June 18 @ 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
www.JeffersonRailway.com

* LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, June 17-18 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

* CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
Friday & Saturday, June 17-18 @ 3:00 p.m.
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
Call to confirm tour

* HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

* SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, June 18 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938 (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

* THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Saturday, June 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 19 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR 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
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

* H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open: Sunday-Friday (Closed: Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

* THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
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
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

* CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

* CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
Open: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

* JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
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
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

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