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Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas September 1-4

September 4th, 2011 by carriagehouse

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JEFFERSON, TEXAS

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2011

 

*       ENOCH’S STOMP RED GRAPE STOMP

Saturday, September 3 @ 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Location: Enoch’s Stomp, 871 Ferguson Rd (CR 4312) Harleton, TX

South African Pig Roast, Wine Tasting, live music & more

Reservations: (903) 238-7365

 

*   AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT

Thursday, September 1: “Terry Dorgan” (Country Ballads) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 2: Karaoke @ 8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 3: “Ambush ” (Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

(903) 665-7121

 

 

*     KARAOKE

Saturday, September 3 @ 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 September @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Prizes & refreshments -Free-

(903) 472-841

*     TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS

200 Bayou St.

CLOSED until further notice due to low water levels

(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, September 2-4

(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

 

*     JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER

122 E. Austin

Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more

By reservation

(903) 926-5167

*     HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY

Saturday, September 3 @ 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, September 2-3 @ 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

Daily @ 11:00 a.m.

(903) 665-8000

Reservations required

www.houseoftheseasons.com

 

*   SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR

401 Soda St.

NO TOURS:   September 1-30

(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, September 3 @ 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 @ 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 @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday & Monday

Additional tours by appointment

Call for reservations

*   CAPTAIN RON’S GATOR PARK, PETTING ZOO & GARDEN

FM Rd #2198

Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-2100

Open: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

*   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

 

Labor Day Steam Train

August 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

September 3, 2011

Come out for a Labor Day Celebration at the Historic Jefferson Railway on September 3, 2011, and ride on an authentic Steam Train along the Cypress Bayou River in Jefferson, Texas. Celebrate Labor Day with a picnic of hot dogs and chips and a free prize from the Treasure Chest.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free.

Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set.  Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says  “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands.  It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the upcoming horror movie, “Boggy Creek”, filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain.  The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.

So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience?  You’ll have to ride the train to find out!

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with narrated day trains on Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30.  Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chuggin, Old Engine #7 will take you on a scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou.  As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.

Start Saturday evening 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 is 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 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.  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 www.JeffersonRailway.com or call 866-398-2038.

 September 3, 2011

Open air coach $12, plus tax

Children under 6 FREE

10% discount to Seniors

Active Military ride free

 Come join us for Ghost Stories at the depot. 

And IT’S FREE!

 Saturday

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

New Gator Park in Uncertain Texas

August 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Gator (1)

 

Gator (2)

 

This past weekend, we had the honor of hosting my mom and niece here at the Carriage House B&B.  It is always nice to have family come visit us.  We love getting the chance to catch up with them and the chance to play tourist here in Jefferson.

I think the biggest thrill for us all this weekend was going to Captain Ron’s Gator Park in Uncertain, Texas.  Captain Ron is a dear friend of ours and he gave us a grand tour of his new gator park and petting zoo Friday afternoon.  If you are thinking that you don’t remember this place last time you were here, it is because it just  opened a few weeks ago.  We will be recommending this place from this point on.  This is one of those experiences that you can only get here in the swamps.

The petting zoo is full of unusual and unique varieties of chickens, goats, turtles, pigs, and birds.  But the biggest thrill of all is the gigantic pond teaming with alligators.

Captain Ron held off on feeding them until we got there.  As soon as these primitive beasts saw the chicken on the bamboo pole, the water came alive.  It was obvious that the large gator was the alpha male of the pond.  He tried his best to keep the others away from the feeding area and only a few of the brave and nearly as large gators even dared to come close.  We all stood in awe as these large beasts jumped straight up and out of the water to snatch the chicken right off of the pole.

Since the show, Swamp People, started airing on TV, we have had several people come out to Jefferson and want the “Swamp People” experience.    You do not have to run all the way down to Louisiana’s bayou country to have a Swamp People vacation.  Caddo Lake is a one tank getaway from most of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  

I will get everything set up for you.  We will send you deep into the dark and mystical swamps in a go devil in search of gators in the wild and get you up close, and personal to a gator feeding on chickens.  At the end of the day, we will send you to a restaurant where you can sit under Bald Cypress trees draped in Spanish Moss and eat some fried gator.  By the end of the weekend, you will be able to say “Choot ‘em,Liz”, and smile at the memories.

Give me a call at 903-665-9511 to book your Swamp People vacation.

 

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 riverport2@yahoo.com!!!

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!!

The Diamond Bessie Room gets a Facelift

March 9th, 2011 by carriagehouse

One of the challenges to owning an old house is that there is ALWAYS maintenance to be done…and oh by the way, the warranty was up over a century ago.  Some of the work can be challenging such as old plumbing but other work can be fun such as picking out a new paint color or new curtains for the room.

I always hated the color of the Diamond Bessie Room.  It was this yellow buttery color that never went with the theme of the room.  We didn’t paint it that color.  It was that color when we bought the place.  The room badly needed a fresh coat of paint since it probably hasn’t been updated in 10 years or better.  However, other projects always took priority to this room getting repainted.  Finally, the Diamond Bessie’s number came up this week and the room is getting a fresh and new color of  paint.  I have chosen a darker, richer color of brown for this room.  I am hoping that this new paint color really amps up the elegance of the Diamond Bessie Room.

This is one of the benefits of staying at a Bed & Breakfast versus a hotel or motel.  We are always looking for new ways to improve our guest experience.  We are always looking at our rooms, our service, our breakfasts, and our packages to determine if it is the best that we can deliver.   Tom and I are always tweaking things so that we can make a stay at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast the most romantic, the most adventurous, or the most relaxing place it can be for our guests.  That is why we say that staying at a B&B is a Better Way To Stay!

A Better Way to Stay in Jefferson Texas

February 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Do you know the number one reason people don’t stay at a bed and breakfast when they travel is they don’t think of them?  Hotels and motels dominate the market and when travelers look for a place to stay, they unfortunately think of a hotel or a motel.  However, there is a better way to stay!! 

When was the last time you went to a hotel and were treated like family?  Bed & Breakfasts are small family owned businesses where the owners/ families are involved in every facet and every detail of the business.  Do we care about you and your comfort?  You bet we do!  Owning a B&B is a lifestyle and most innkeepers are living out their dreams every day.  The most important thing to us is you having an enjoyable stay and we will do just about anything to ensure you have a memorable experience.  Pick a B&B and read their reviews.  Inn-goers rave about the fabulous hospitality and friendship that innkeepers offer during their stay.  In fact, for many B&B travelers, the innkeeper was what made the stay special.  We love what we do and it shows!

Many of the myths that people think of when they think of a Bed & Breakfast are just not true anymore. 

Myth #1- I will have to share a bathroom. You will NOT have to share a bathroom with your neighbor.  Trust me, we don’t want to share a bathroom with a stranger and we won’t ask you to either.  Most B&Bs including the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast have private bathrooms in each room. 

Myth #2Old houses equals no amenities.  Many travelers assume that because many bed & breakfasts are in old historic homes that they will not have the amenities that they are used to at home.  Not true at all.  Hey we live and work here too!  Most bed and breakfasts offer everything that you would have in a hotel such as Internet and cable TV.  In fact, at the Carriage House B&B, we have replaced all of our old box TVs with brand new flat panel TVs.  So now you can be as comfortable in your room here as you would be at home watching your favorite shows or game.

Myth #3Bed and Breakfasts are only for couples.  Don’t get me wrong, Bed & Breakfasts can be very romantic places.  That is how Tom and I got hooked on B&Bs, but Bed & Breakfasts can be many things to many people.  In fact, bed and breakfasts can be a perfect place for a girl’s weekend or a single guy or girl just trying away from the hustle and bustle of their lives.  I would go so far to say that we can make your stay be whatever you need it to be.  Just let us know and we will do our best to make it happen.

So next time you are looking for a place to stay on your travels.  Remember, there is a better way to stay!  Skip the hotels and motels and stay at a bed and breakfast.  I promise, you will be glad that you did.

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