January 21st, 2013 by carriagehouse
February 2nd, 2012 by carriagehouse
It ain’t easy being an innkeeper. The hours are long and the laundry never seems to end. There is always one room that needs to be cleaned or needs some sort of repair. You live your life in a constant state of being one project behind where you should be.
However, there are some real pluses to the job. We LOVE our guests (really do!). We get to experiment in the kitchen a lot (not always with good results) and we get to live in a beautiful old home full of stories and charm. One of the other big pluses to the job is drinking awesome coffee…every morning.
I did not realize that I had become a coffee snob until last week.
Tom and I went to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) Innkeeping show in Little Rock, AR. It was awesome!! I got to see some friends I only see once a year and learn some amazing cool things (watch for some new stuff to come).
However, the coffee in the hotel and at the show was AWFUL. I mean really AWFUL!! I mean rot gut! Blech!!
We have been ordering our coffee from a roaster in Shreveport called Jelks Coffee for some time now. We change the flavors for the season and order whole bean so that we grind fresh coffee every morning. Right now we are working our way through Mardi Gras/ Valentines Day flavors. We drink what the guests drink and I forgot what bad coffee tastes like. YUCK!!
We spent a lot of time at this year’s show talking about why bed and breakfasts are a “Better Way to Stay” then hotels. Well here is one reason. We will NEVER serve you a bad cup of coffee ever and we will ALWAYS serve your coffee in a fabulous mug (think a Deneen Pottery Mug) not a Styrofoam cup.
A good cup of coffee to start the day really does make us a Better Way to Stay!!
February 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse
So the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast’s crazy Italian chef has been at it once again. It is Valentine’s Day and the big guy is making some very romantic Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes for our guests. Watch while he shows us his amazing technique for flipping crepes. Only a true pro could show such mastery!
February 12th, 2011 by carriagehouse
Valentines Day is super important here in B&B land. I know a lot of people say that it is a contrived holiday made up to support the greeting card companies. Maybe. Frankly, we don’t worry too much about it here. We have a house full of people who are in love and ready to celebrate each other this weekend. That is what is what we care about!
This weekend we have all types of couples staying here from a young couple who are getting married this weekend to couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Of course, we also have couples that are just looking to escape the ice and snow and enjoy a weekend away from the kids.
One of our Valentine’s couple took us up on the Naughty and Nice Package. Our wonderful photographer, Tom got some great shots of all of the amazing stuff that comes in this sexy and romantic package. Trust me, next time you are needing a couple of days away with your sweetie, you will definitely want to get this package. It is just amazing and will be a vacation that you won’t forget.
So to all of the romantic hearts out there, Happy Valentines Day!!
January 31st, 2011 by carriagehouse
The Stillwater Inn in Jefferson has posted their elegant and very yummy dinner menu for Valentines Day. You will need reservations and probably need to make them now. In years past, if you did not have reservations made early then you were out of luck. This will be THE place to take your sweetie for Valentines Dinner.
The Carriage House Bed & Breakfast still has a few rooms left for Valentines Weekend. Because it is a holiday weekend, most of our rooms have a two night minimum. If you are looking for something truly unique for this Valentines, then ask us about our fun and romantic Valentine’s packages. The Naughty and Nice and the Love and Devotion romance packages will create an experience that your Valentines will never forget. Call us today at 903-665-9511 so that we can help you put together a memorable weekend!
January 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse
So if the Naughty and Nice package is not for you, we have the Love and Devotion package which may be right up your alley. This package is perfect for honeymooners, birthdays and marriage proposals. In fact, it is perfect for any couple who needs to get away for from all of the hustle and bustle for a few days.
When you pick the Love and Devotion Package, we will set the mood for your stay by having a custom made flower arrangement waiting for you in your room. We will also have a $75 gift certificate waiting for you to the Stillwater Inn or Lamaches Italian Restaurant. No romantic getaway is complete without a quiet and romantic meal together and these two restaurants off the perfect ambiance. Because this stay is all about the two of you rekindling your romance, we will bring your breakfast to you in you room during your stay. That way you can stay in your jammies and relax. Before you leave, you get to select two of our hand thrown mugs as a keepsake of your quiet and romantic getaway.
If this sounds like the type of getaway that you are looking for, please call us at 903-665-9511 to book your room.
January 20th, 2011 by carriagehouse
Soooo…Valentines is right around the corner. Have you started to make your plans yet? The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast has several different romance packages put together to make your Valentines VERY special. You pick the package and we will take care of everything else.
The Naughty and Nice package is a sexy and romantic package for a Valentine’s weekend full of adventure. The entire weekend is built around the two of you reconnecting and getting that time together that you just cannot get at home. When you arrive, we will have a custom made floral arrangement waiting for you in your room as well as a meat and cheese tray so that you do not need to go out that night.
The whole evening is built around the two of you playing the sexy Enchanted Evening game. Before you start, each of you writes down a wish on a piece of paper. Then the game starts and the two of you move your game pieces around the board, drawing the appropriate cards. The game cards will direct your actions. Some cards ask for verbal responses, which are positive and supportive. Other cards suggest gentle touching, some playful, others subtle and ambiguous. Whoever wins the game gets their wish granted. It will definitely be a night that you will not forget!
An example of a game card
|The ‘How Much Feeling Can You Put Into a Kiss’ contest has just begun. You are a contestant. Give your partner the winning kiss.|
To help you keep the weekend as relaxing as we can make it, we will bring breakfast to you in your room both mornings. You do not need to even get out your jammies. Before you leave, you can pick out two of our signature coffee mugs to take with you as a keepsake of the weekend. Don’t forget, the game and flowers are yours to take as well.
So call us today at 903-665-9511 so that we can help you plan your perfect Valentine’s Getaway at the Carriage House in Jefferson, Texas.