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July 4th Celebration at Mayberry on the Bayou

June 15th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Fourth of July 



Enjoy a fresh slice of Norman Rockwell as the 19th anniversary edition of “Jefferson Salutes America” fires off its trademark “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” as the grand finale on Monday, July 4 over Jefferson’s historic Big Cypress Bayou and turning basin. The fireworks display – during which some $12,000 in pyrotechnic charges will be fired off over the river’s natural amphitheatre, caps off an evening of live music and family fun reminiscent of an idyllic America.

The evening starts off at approximately 5:00 p.m. in downtown Jefferson’s Otstott Park, corner of Lafayette and Vale Streets, with children’s games and a decorated bike and tricycle parade around the bandstand. Entrants will be vying for prizes and all children in the parade will receive a ribbon.

A pie and cake auction benefiting the purchase of children’s books for Jefferson’s Carnegie Library will have bidders fighting over dozens of confectionery delights produced by Jefferson and Marion County’s finest cooks. The popular bidding war produces bragging rights for the best baker and has historically raised thousand of dollars each year for the library, one of only five such Carnegie’s in the State of Texas still used as a public reading facility.

The Shreveport Municipal Concert Band returns to the Otstott Park Gazebo for a rousing set of patriotic music that echoes throughout downtown Jefferson. Complete with a variety of flag-waving standards from John Phillip Sousa, the evening’s live entertainment is the perfect set-up to the two-block march down to the riverfront for the fireworks.

Just prior to dark, the thousands on hand for the fireworks display will witness the thrilling finish of the “Quacker State 500” – a down-stream race of 500 plastic ducks that will net one lucky winner the grand prize of $500 cash and an assortment of prizes for those duck sponsors whose entrants finish near the front. The rubber duckies can be sponsored for $5 each and proceeds benefit Jefferson’s youth sports. Duck sponsorships are sold ahead of time but entries are always welcome at the park prior to the race’s start.

The “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Jefferson’s Big Cypress Bayou.

This event is FREE to the public and the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available for this family friendly event.  Call us today at 903-665-9511  to book your holiday weekend room.

For additional information, contact:

Marion County Chamber of & Visitor Information Center
101 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX 75657
888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672.

Dinner Plate Flowers and Hungry Hummers

June 11th, 2011 by carriagehouse

It was such an exciting morning here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast!

Tom came bouncing into the kitchen with the giddiness of a five year old with a lollipop. “I just saw a hummingbird”, he blurted excitedly while rummaging through the cabinet for a mixing bowl.  For some reason, all of our hummers came, spent about a month with us, and then took off again.  We’ve missed having them here.  Tom more then me obviously.  Tom busied himself with refreshing all of the feeders because “hummers don’t like stale juice.”

No sooner then he finished that project, he noticed that his favorite plant in the whole world had bloomed for the first time this summer.  One of our Moy Grande Hibiscus put it’s first bloom of the summer season on this morning.

Back in McKinney, I had planted a Moy Grande Hibiscus behind our swimming pool.  I had seen a write up about it in a magazine but couldn’t find it in a nursery or store any where.  Finally, I found one at the Wild Seed Farms in Fredericksburg and had a great excuse for a road trip. We planted it, and in June of that year, it put on it’s first bloom.  Tom was in love.

The Moy Grande’s blooms are the size of a dinner plate.  When it has it’s first flush of flowers, there is nothing like it in the world.  They are big and beautiful!

When we purchased this place and started restoring the gardens, Tom insisted that we plant some Moy Grande’s. So I ordered them (too busy for a road trip) and we now have three of them on the side of the house. Today was the start of their summer show.

Now that I think about it there is no better way to start the day then seeing little birds dart around and feed with giant flowers in the background.  It was such a great morning!

Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson, Texas June 9th – 12th

June 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Graceful Ghost Steamboat

JUNE 9-12, 2011

Saturday, June 11 @ 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: 5645 US Hwy 59 North (Between Jefferson & Linden – 10.5 miles)
Refreshments, tour of facilities, grounds & more
(903) 665-2647

Thursday, June 9: “Terry Dorgan” (Country Ballads) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10: Sarah Biddy, Colton Hagler & Justin Mahaffey @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 11: “The Pack” (Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

Saturday, June 11 @ 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 10-12
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
Call for reservations

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 9-11 @ 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 10 @ 8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, June 11 @ 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 10-11 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

403 N. Walnut
Friday & Saturday, June 10-11 @ 3:00 p.m.
(903) 665-7888
Call to confirm tour

409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required

401 Soda St.
Saturday, @ 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 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 @ 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 @ 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
Call for reservations & additional tours

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
Free internet access


June 2nd, 2011 by carriagehouse


Corvette enthusiasts, start your engines and enjoy the ride.

Jefferson’s first Big Cypress Corvette Classic Car Show will meet along the historic brick streets, Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The show will feature some of the finest Corvettes in the nation.  Attendees will be arriving from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma.

These beauties will be parked along Austin, Vale and Lafayette Streets for everyone to look and admire.

The show begins with a “Friday Night Cruise” with dinner and social to follow.

Numerous door prizes will be given to lucky winners.

Trophies will be awarded on Saturday to the best in show.

The event is FREE to the public.

For additional information contact the: Marion County Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-2672

Grand Opening of Jefferson’s Farmers Market

June 2nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Fruit and vegetables

The day that I have been anxiously awaiting is almost here…the grand opening of our new Farmer’s Market.  Jefferson has needed one for a long time and I want to congratulate and thank the team that put this together.  As an innkeeper, I am darn excited about having access to organic farm grown fruits and vegatables.  As a citizen, I am thrilled to be able to buy local and spend my money in my community where it will do the MOST good.

Here are a few facts about our new Farmers Market.  There will be all sorts of products that are strictly grown or made within 50 miles of Jefferson Texas, including soaps, meats, veggies, granola, baked goods, honey, and more.  Jefferson is in a very rural part of East Texas so we have a fantastic access to these products that other parts of the state will not have.  50% of the vendors must sell agricultural products.  The rest of the products sold can be high value goods such as soap or lotions that are produced here in Marion County (or in one of our adjacent counties within 50 miles).

So next time you are at the Carriage House B&B, you will not be served fruits and vegetables purchased at Walmart or the grocery store.  You will be served delicious organically farm grown fruits and vegtables.  We all know how incredible fresh berries taste or how wonderful a vine ripened tomato can be to enjoy and I am thrilled to be able to offer these to our guests.

GRAND OPENING -This Friday (6/3/11) @ 4pm

The Famers Market will be located in the empty vacant lot next to the Dairy Queen on Hwy 59 (203 S Walcott St, 75657).

Operating hours: (June- December)

Friday 4pm-sundown/sellout
Sunday 1pm-4pm
Wednesday 4pm-sundown/sellout

It’s a Bug’s Life!

May 13th, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug  
I stood there and proudly surveyed my work…piles of sorted laundry.  With a sense of accomplishment, I gazed at my piles, whites and unmentionables, dark colored clothes, The Bug, towels, light colored cloths.  My head snapped back…The Bug.  Gleefully and with joyful purpose, the puppy was busy scattering my piles. Grrr!  I angrily stomped my foot and sternly said “OUT” and pointed in an arbitrary direction.   Not to be out done, The Bug grabs one of Tom’s smelliest socks and takes off for the door to our quarters.  She quickly pops the door open with her snout and merrily takes off through the main house. 

Let the games begin!

What happened next was the Carriage House’s version of the 2011 Puppy Olympics with all of the usual events, Track and Field (The Bug), Cross Country (The Bug), the High Jump (The Bug), Gymnastics (me).  Into the dining room we went, with the Bug in front and me in a not so hot pursuit.  Under the tables, around the server, through the chairs and then into the parlor.  The Bug defiantly stops between two guests sitting in the parlor and grins at me from ear to pointy ear with a twinkle of mischief in her eye.  A gentleman, who had been trying to quietly enjoy his morning coffee,  reaches over and tries to grab The Bug, the sock, anything, but comes up with only air.

I, however, have the advantage.  She has to get past me to get back into the dining room and then into the back of the house.  She tries to dart past me.  My reflexes kick in and I grab at her.  I am able to get one finger around her collar.  Game over.   I get the sock from her mouth and then escort her back to our quarters embarrassed that I had disturbed our guests perfect morning peace.

It is not easy raising a puppy in a Bed & Breakfast.  The Bug wants a life with no limits and I want a room with no toys scattered.  She wants free reign of the property and I don’t want her in the guests room.  She wants the freedom to do what she wants, when she wants, and I don’t want her underfoot when the guests are checking in.  We can both be stubborn but I have wisdom and cunning over her.  She has speed and agility over me.

It is not a that tough of an existence for her though.  She has a large piece of property to play on and plenty of squirrels to chase.  Every day, new friends check in and they always have a willing hand to scrunch an ear or rub a belly.

It is the end of another busy day.  All of our guests have checked in and are out enjoying their evenings.  Breakfast has been prepped and the morning table has been set.  Dixie and The Bug have been out for their evening walk and had their dinner.  Tom and I are finally settling in for the night.

Tom sits down in his recliner and without any encouragement, The Bug jumps in next to him.  She nuzzles up close and gazes at him with heavy lidded, sleepy eyes. 

It is a Bug’s Life!

A Bed and Breakfast for All…Even the Hummingbirds

May 11th, 2011 by carriagehouse

   Hummingbird at Feeders   

The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast’s very own crazy Italian Chef Tom, also known as our crazy photographer Tom, spent hours over the last few days trying to capture a hummingbird at one of our five feeders.  It was quite a spectacle to see the big guy dressed all in red (hummers like the color red) trying to sit perfectly still to get the money shot. What do you think?  I think he did pretty good!

Hummingbird at Feeders

Hummingbird at Feeders

Hummingbird at Feeders


If you love photography as much as Tom does, then check out our upcoming Photography Weekend, June 10th through 12th held here at the Carriage House B&B in Jefferson Texas.  This weekend is geared for photographers of all skill levels and for photographers interested in outdoors/ nature photography and architectural photography.  For more information check out our website or call us at 903-665-9511.  We have only a few spots left!

A Dangerous Place to Leave Your Babies

April 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Birds Nest


The weather lady has promised rain today. 

Of course, she has made this promise before and we never saw a drop.   Just an hour north of us, it is flooding and my sister who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas complained this morning on Facebook that they had received 8 inches of rain in the last week.  Not us.  Like most of the great state of Texas, we are in a terrible drought.  We have already had several forest fires and the swamps are drying up. 

I spend my days moving around the oscillating sprinklers so that my flowers and gardens can get some much needed water.  We need rain and we need it quickly.  If we don’t get it soon, then this summer is going to be dismal.

I probably jinxed us this morning.  As soon as I heard the weather report, I ran out side and put up all the lawn furniture pads and pillows and pulled the potted plants out in the open so that they can take advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty. 

I have four hanging baskets with beautiful ferns.  Nothing says old Southern home to me more then ferns hanging off of the porch.  I pulled them down and put them out in the sidewalk so that they can get some rain too.  I noticed in one of my ferns, a mama bird had made a nest and laid some eggs.  It may be too late for these babies.  I might have already disturbed the nest too much.

The Accidentally on Purpose Garden Bench

April 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse

garden bench

“But it was for a good cause!”

I had mentioned a few times to Tom while at Lowes and Home Depot that I wanted a garden bench.  I even pointed to a few that tickled my fancy.  They were usually wooden with grape leaves or a Texas star design in the back of them.  In the grand garden plan in my head, I even had a place for it.   Tucked back behind the hydrangeas and the azaleas.  It would be a place of quiet and a place of privacy.

I imagined young couples in love sitting in my gardens.  Holding hands and quietly whispering sweet nothings to each other.  All while my coneflowers and daisies gently swayed in the breeze in the background, providing the backdrop to the young lover’s blooming romance.

Usually Tom would look at the price tag, grunt and we would move on to the tasks that we came for…a drill bit, light bulbs, plumbing parts, whatever this old house needed that particular day.  The garden bench would be left behind to wait for us to come and get another day.  My young lovers would need to find somewhere else to sit and gaze into each other’s eyes.

If you are a regular follower of this blog, then you know that last weekend was the Outlaw Nationals Rod Run & Antique Car Show.  Jefferson was filled with beautiful vintage cars!  Imagine 300 antique cars parked on brick streets in front of beautifully restored historic buildings.  This is one of my favorite weekends of the year!

Saturday night, the organizers held an auction down at Auntie Skinners to benefit the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation, the Boys Club, the Marion County Humane Society and the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Dept.  Tom and I met up with a couple of friends who had donated some of their fabulous retro lawn chairs and a retro picnic cooler to watch the auction.

Tom was doing his usual spinning around and shooting pictures of all of the fun at the auction.  He and his camera were pretty happy and content and, I felt pretty safe that he was too busy to bid on anything.  Then suddenly, something caught his eye and he started a bidding war…against one of our regular guests.  Bad move.

Next up was a bench.  Tom looked at me and pointed to the bench.  I shook my head no.  Apparently it was dark in there because he started to bid on it.  I tried to get  his attention to get him to stop but he just kept on.  Sold…to the guy with the camera.  Great…just great!  At least the money went to a good cause and I got a tax deductible receipt.

So now I am the proud owner of a garden bench.  It doesn’t exactly look like how I imagined it would.  It is a little plainer and needs painted, but it is mine.  I have it in the garden tucked back behind the hydrangeas and the azaleas.  Now, all I need are my sweet young lovers.

They are Big! They are Beautiful! And They are Here This Weekend!

April 15th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Antique cars sitting in front of the Historic Jefferson Hotel

Off in the distance you could hear the rumble and the roar. On trailers and in toy boxes, they arrived.  Polished and shined, they sparkled in the moonlight and glistened in the sunlight. You couldn’t help but stop and stare at the beauty on the street. 

If the antique cars are here, then it must be the Outlaw National’s Rod Run & Antique Car Show.   Each April, Jefferson is overtaken by some of the most beautifully restored antique cars you have ever seen.  All of the cars in this year’s car show are ’72s and older.  These cars are vintage and they are amazing.

The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast parking lot has been taken over by these trailers and toy boxes.  As I write this, the proud owners are all out there polishing the chrome and buffing to a gleam.  It is hard for me to believe that these cars could shine more then they already do.  Soon, they will take these babies down to the car show and park them for the world to ooh and ahh over.

If you are in the area this weekend, you have to stop and see these beauties and talk to their proud owners.  I promise you.  They would love to tell you all about them.

Later this weekend (or Monday), I will post some of the pictures from this weekend to the Carriage House B&B’s Facebook page.  Stop by and take a look.

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