November 10th, 2013 by carriagehouse
April 11th, 2013 by carriagehouse
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.
May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse
Do you need a break from husbands, boyfriends, kids, grand kids soccer practice and work? Is it time to get away with your best girlfriend? Come on down to our East Texas bed and breakfast and escape from it all. The Girlfriend Getaway package is designed with you, your best friend, and relaxation in mind. Come spend a couple of days with us at the Carriage House and let us help you reconnect and decompress. The Carriage House is the only East Texas bed and breakfast located in downtown Jefferson.
The Girlfriend Getaway includes:
All Inclusive Pricing is per person (minimum 2 people)
2 Weekend Nights – $224.50 Per Person
March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse
St. Patrick’s ”A Celtic Celebration Tasting Event“
Come on down to the KnightLight Theater and enjoy some Irish Mead from both the Enchanted Manor Winery and Red Road Vineyard & Winery. Not sure what Mead is? Mead is an old Irish Traditional Wine and is one of the wines and it is being offered to taste only at the Knight Light Theater on St Patrick’s Day.
Tickets for the St. Patrick Day Party are $5.00 and can be purchased from 1PM to 7PM.
While you are enjoying your Irish Mead, sit back and enjoy the original comedy skit featuring “Lucky the Leprechaun” from 7pm to 8pm. Later, dance the night away with live music from Borderline.
Don’t forget to put on your green for the costume contest!
$15.00 at the door for first available seating or show your wristband from earlier that day for $10.00.
Concession bar is open with desserts and food available.
January 20th, 2012 by carriagehouse
I was so excited to hear the news this week that the highly anticipated Port of Jefferson Riverfront Project had begun this week. The heavy equipment was delivered on Wednesday and work began in earnest on Thursday. Woo Hoo!
This project has been in the works for decades and is something that we have needed for generations. The Big Cypress Bayou area has been altered and degraded from hundreds of year’s of boats and man’s influence. Many of the native species of plants have died out and native animals no longer come to the shores of the water or are even in this area. This project will return this wetland back to it’s original state and re-introduce many of the trees, plants, animals, and fish that once populated this unique swampy area of Texas. The Army Corps of Engineer’s estimate the entire project to take anywhere from 18 months to 2 year to complete.
For more information about this project, please visit the project website at http://portjeffersonrestoration.com/.
Please enjoy this video of the first day’s work. The first work effort of the project is to move the current boat ramp (located at the Polk St bridge) down Austin Street right next to the Historic Jefferson Railway depot.
I hope you enjoy this update! I will be making more as the project moves forward and milestones are achieved.
October 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse
The House of the Seasons
Written by: Richard Collins, T.J. Kuenster, and Dan Kuenster
Illustrated by: Dan Kuenster
Published by: House of the Seasons
Sale price: $10.95
The House of the Seasons is pleased to announce the publication of its first historical photographic illustrated novel, The House of the Seasons. The novel was co-authored by Richard Collins, Dan Kuenster, and T.J. Kuenster.
Richard Collins, a Texas entrepreneur, is president of the House of the Seasons and CEO of istation, an interactive education company in Dallas. Dan Kuenster is an Emmy-award winning animator and the Executive Vice President of Art and Animation at istation. T. J. Kuenster is the Musical Director of the Glen Campbell Band and is a well-known songwriter. His credits include original songs on the soundtracks for the Don Bluth animated films All Dogs Go to Heaven and Rockadoodle.
The House of the Seasons centers around Jeannie Epperson, the daughter of the home’s builder, Benjamin Epperson, a prominent lawyer, entrepreneur, railroad man, and political leader.
The novel tells the haunting story of Jeannie’s childhood and her friendship with a ghost during the time of the Civil War. Soon after Jeannie’s birth, her mother dies. Jeannie’s Aunt Agatha, an old maid of twenty-four, comes to take care of the child. An old friend, Texas Ranger Edward Hamilton, leaves the Rangers to work for Mr. Epperson and falls in love with Agatha. The Civil War brings tragedy to the family, and it changes their lives.
The story is based on historical facts and characters. It weaves together several true events from the history of the home. One of the important characters in the book is Sadie, Jeannie’s cat, her loyal friend and companion. Sadie lives at the House of the Seasons today and is beloved by all the guests who visit the home.
The House of the Seasons is a wonderful story for children of all ages from 6 to 86. The authors will be in Jefferson the last two weekends in October to sign first editions of the novel. The book is on sale at Beauty and the Book, the House of the Seasons, and several locations around Jefferson, for $10.95.
July 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse
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?
June 7th, 2011 by carriagehouse
If you weren’t in Jefferson Texas this weekend, then you missed seeing our brick streets lined with hundreds of Corvettes. This past weekend was the inaugural weekend of the Big Cypress Corvette Show and it was a big success. We had some guests stay here at the Carriage House B&B from the Lone Star Corvette Club in Dallas (the largest club in the nation) and they were very pleased with how the event turned out. In fact, they said that they were planning on coming back next year if not sooner.
I want to give a great big shout out to our Police Chief, Hollis Shadden, who brought this event to town and to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for helping organize it. Thank you for bringing such a great event to Jefferson!
June 2nd, 2011 by carriagehouse
JUNE 2-5, 2011
* BIG CYPRESS CORVETTE CLASSIC
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4
Friday, June 3: Cruise @ 6:00 p.m. and Social @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4: Registration @ 7:00 p.m., Trophies awarded @ 2:00 p.m.,
Poker Run @ 4:00 p.m.
Location: Austin, Vale, Lafayette, Walnut Streets
* 12TH ANNUAL KID’S FISH DAY
Saturday, June 4 @ 8:00 a.m. (Registration), Fishing @ 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Location: Hurricane Creek on FM 729
(903) 755-2796 or (903) 665-9575 or (936) 203-2510
* AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday, June 2: “Leon Vines” (Classic Acoustic Guitar) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m
Friday, June 3: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 4: Denim & Diamonds Party featuring “Richard Stuart & One Night
Stand” (Classic Rock N’Roll) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 4 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
Location: Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in May @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments
* 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
* LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
Call for reservations
* HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location: Corner of Austin &Vale St.
* JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Saturday, June 4 @ 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
* LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Call for additional tours
* CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4 @ 3:00 p.m.
Call to confirm tour
* HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
* SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
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
* THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
Saturday, June 4 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 5 @ 11:00 a.m.
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.
Call to confirm tour times
* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open: Sunday-Friday (Closed: Saturday)
* THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
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
Call for reservations & additional tours
* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
Call for reservations
* CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
* CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
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.
Free internet access
April 20th, 2011 by carriagehouse
A few weeks ago, Tom and I broke away for a few days and went up to Hot Springs, AR. Hot Springs is one of my favorite places to visit and it is just a quick 2.5 hour drive away from here. How can you not love a place that calls itself Spa City? And yes, I do take one of their famous baths every time I go there.
Like so many people, I love to travel with my two dogs (Dixie and her sidekick, The Bug). Our first Golden Retriever, Samantha, hated riding in the car. Dixie tolerates it and The Bug hangs out the window giddy with excitement the whole time (she can tolerate speeds up to 40 mph). In fact, The Bug goes everywhere with me. She loves a trip to Walmart. She thinks hanging out in the Lowes parking lot is a blast and I will save the incident at the bank yesterday for another day. Hint: they were out of dog biscuits.
No matter where we stay, I try and learn something new about this crazy profession of innkeeping. There are lessons to be learned at every type of lodging establishment. Just because I run a B&B, doesn’t mean that hotels don’t have a few hints and tricks to show me.
This trip, we stayed at a famous hotel in downtown Hot Springs that claimed to be pet friendly. I say they claimed to be pet friendly because they were not that pet “friendly”. What I learned is that just because you accept your guest’s pets doesn’t mean you are pet friendly.
When we checked in, we received a list of dog rules that we had to sign and agree to for our visit. Some made sense such as you have to pick up after your pet. We have this very same rule here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast and try and help our guests by providing complimentary waste bags. I left Dixie’s and The Bug’s poop bags at home by mistake. It was like pulling teeth at the hotel to get them to let me have some trash bags to use. We ended up at a pet store and buying some to use during our stay.
Others seemed a little strict like you can not leave your pet in their room unattended for any amount of time. I understand this rule. We struggle with this at our B&B but feel our guests know their dogs better then we do. Our guests know what there dogs can endure and would not let their dogs or another guest get uncomfortable. In our case, we brought Dixie’s nest and The Bugs crate so that they had their beds with them in the room. We wanted the girls to be comfortable and feel secure in this strange place. This rule made it very hard for us to enjoy our vacation. How do we go out to dinner if we can not leave the girls alone in our hotel room?
In case you are not aware, our innkeeping trade organization, the Professional Association of Innkeepers or PAII (pronounced pie -how can you not love a group whose name is a dessert) has been running a marketing campaign this year called A Better Way to Stay. This campaign’s focus is to show the traveling public that there are places better than a hotel. That a Bed & Breakfast or Inn is often times the Better Way to Stay. One of the things that makes the Carriage House B&B a Better Way to Stay is that we don’t just accept pets. We are pet friendly.
Here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast, we want ALL of our guests to feel welcome. We have room packages that are designed to help our two legged guests unwind and get romantic such as the Naughty and Nice package and the Love and Devotion package. These two people packages help our two legged guests enhance their Carriage House B&B experience and make their visit at our Bed & Breakfast a Better Way to Stay. We also have a Pampered Pooch package to help our cold wet nose and four legged friends feel comfortable and have a Better Way to Stay. You love a massage. They love a massage. You love a day at the spa. They love a day at the spa. You unwind and decompress. They unwind and decompress. Like I said, it is a Better Way to Stay.
By the way, we did have a blast in Hot Springs! Dixie, The Bug, and I went hiking back in the National Park every day we were there. It was awesome. I have no idea how many miles we went each day but the girls were no problem in the evening. They were exhausted! Dixie, the Golden Retriever, is a bit like an over loaded 18 wheeler. She would have to kick it in low gear to get up the mountains but went into free fall on the way down. The Bug is more like a sports car. She only had one speed…90 mph.