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New Kayak and Canoe Paddling Trails

January 29th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Paddling Trails

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened ten new kayak and canoe paddling trails on the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake. Trail markers have been placed along all of these trails to help you navigate these mystical and ethereal waterways.

Five of the new trails follow the Big Cypress Bayou with the put ins and take outs located at Backwater Jack’s RV park.  The other five paddling trails are on Caddo Lake with the put ins and take outs located at various locations on the lake

For more information, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.


Wine Tour of the Jefferson Texas Area

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Did you know that there is a thriving wine industry here in East Texas with some of the most unique and interesting wineries located only an hour away from the Carriage House? There is no better way to spend a quiet afternoon, then tasting some of East Texas’s finest wines. Make sure and call ahead to check out hours of the tasting rooms.

Los Pinos Ranch or call 903-855-1769. Located in Pittsburg. Los Pinos has live music and a delectable tapas music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and or call 903-240-1587. Located in Harleton. Enjoy award winning wines while sitting out under the trees and looking out over the hills of East Texas. Now serving dinner Saturday night. Please call for reservations.

St. Rose Vineyard and or call 903-856-2067. Located in Pittsburg. Formerly Guerra Vineyard and Wines is home to the Foxy Wine collection. St. Rose Vineyards specializes in Muscadine and fruity wines.

Red Road Vineyards and or call 903-897-9353. Located in Naples. The winery’s brick structure, originally built in the 1890s, housed the first power and ice company in Northeast Texas. The tasting room, that once held blocks of ice ready for delivery, now holds a comfortable place rich in historic architectural detail.

Antiquing and Shopping the Jefferson Texas Area

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Ease along the brick streets as you enter the merchants shops and be dazzled by their variety of wares.

Embears Vintage charm A portal to the past but with a lotta cool! relics and creations from the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s $ 60’s definitely a shop[ like no other… a must see in Jefferson 903-808-5463

Jefferson General Store or call 903-665-8481. Authentic General Store with Soda Fountain, old time toys and gifts. Fresh made pralines & candy counter. Texas souvenirs. Famous Moody Dogs. If you only go to one shop while your make sure it’s this one! 903-665-8481

Blackburn’s Factory Outlet or call 903-665-1128. Factory Outlet Store for Blackburn’s jellies, preserves and syrups, gift baskets, custom framing, local cookbooks, knives, pottery and gift items. UPS Shipping Outlet.

Brayden and Company or 903.665.2762 great store definitely a “must” visit on your shopping journey.

The Willow Tree or 903.601-4515 The Perfect gifts for all occasions

Made in The Shade or (903) 665-8966 Caters to every taste…vintage clothing and much much more. Also Canoe and Kayak outfitters for and adventure on the bayou.

Blessings Book and Gifts call 903-665-3895. Christian Books and Gifts. Listen to Christian music as you shop in Blessings, This shop has Christian books (adult and children) gifts, crosses, collectibles, home decor, jewelry, bath and body, greeting cards, Christmas seasonally and more.

G G’s antiques call 903-601-5019 large eclectic collection from antique dealers all over the nation. if your looking for something hard to find this is where it is.

Gold Leaf Antiques call 903-665-2882. Two extensive floors of collectible glassware, furniture, books and CASE® Knives.

The Front Porch call 361-788-3369 Unique gifts, bigfoot items, and more.

Jefferson Antique Mall or call 903-665-8852. Retail-Antiques-Collectibles-Miscellaneous. 18 dealers under one roof..

Jefferson Fudge Store or call 903-665-3562. We offer a wide variety of homemade fudge, candies, jellies, jams and preserves. In addition we have a wide selection of gifts, collectibles and antiques.

Jefferson General Store or call 903-665-8481. Authentic General Store with Soda Fountain, old time toys and gifts. Fresh made pralines & candy counter. Texas souvenirs. Famous Moody Dogs.

Roys Toys and Trains call 903-665-9900. Hobby Shop. Hobby stuff for everyone in the family, all ages and interests! Scrapbooking, needlecrafts, art, paint and crafts. Lamaze, Melissa and Doug, Smithsonian, Discovery, Breyer, Dominoes, and more games and toys. All gauges of electric and wooden trains; RC planes, cars, boats and much more.

Texas Treasure call 903-665-3757. Wind spinners, homemade quilts, rustic custom stars, Texas Souvenirs, College Collectibles and more

Three River Antiques Antiques and Collectibles. 10,000 square feet of antique furniture, pottery, books, depression glass, old tools, railroad lanterns, and signs.

Yesteryear Nick Nacks or call 903-720-8692. Gifts, collectibles, Christmas all year. Trendy clothes and shoes for ladies. New jewelry.

Jefferson, Texas Restaurants – Wining and Dining

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

All of this exploring, shopping, and discovery is bound to leave you hungry. Here is a list of local restaurants to help you plan your adventures.

Knightlight Theatre and Tavern – or call 903-665-8546   Serves Steak , Seafood, Pastas, Gourmet Burgers on an open grill and many other items. Impressive wine list and they usually have a duo or a solo act playing guitar on Friday and Saturday. Offers a full bar and great service. Also features a large covered outdoor deck so your four legged friends can join you. 

1852 on Austin – or call 903-601-4457  Upscale menu featuring steaks and seafood, chef’s vision is “Elevated Comfort Food” 1852 also features a intimate concert venue in the back with a state of the art concert stage where every seat is like a front row seat.  Call for reservations and show schedule open Lunch and dinner Wed. thru Sat. and Sunday Brunch. Full bar and wine list ….excellent Old fashioned cocktail.

Stillwater Inn or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion…A 26 year tradition!

5D Cattle Company Steak House and Meat Market or call 903-562-1291. Best steakhouse in East Texas only 15 minutes from Jefferson in Avinger, Texas

Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club and Restaurant Auntie Skinners on Facebook or call 903-665-7121. Open daily, live entertainment. Call for entertainment schedule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6 a.m. – close

Austin Street Bistro or call 903-665-9700. Gourmet lunch & dinner. A bistro with a casual flair.

Joseph’s Riverport BBQ 903-665-2341. THE best BBQ in East Texas. Famous for Pit BBQ, Catfish, Burgers and Homemade Sides.

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar  Home of the original “Kornbread” sandwich, salads, soups & pies or call 903-665-0505.

McGarrity’s Restaurant & Saloon 61  Serves New American cuisine with international influences call 903-601-4407

Big Pine Lodge or call 903-679-3655. Catfish and steaks on the shores of Caddo Lake.

Taste of Caddo (no website) Down home southern food featuring Fried catfish , Burgers and Chicken Fried Steaks 903-601-4446

Riverbend Restaurant or call 903-679-9000. Fried Catfish and other East Texas classic cooking on the bend of the Big Cypress Bayou where it flows into Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas. Sit on the patio under the spanish moss and enjoy watching the boats go by.

Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant-Local tex-mex fare-open 7 days a week 903-639-1721

Museums and Historic Homes in Jefferson Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Jefferson has played an important role in the early development of the state. Once a center of culture and refinement, of stern-wheelers, wagon trains, and ox-team freighters, Jefferson was once the pride of this great state and the entire people around which revolved graceful living, southern charm, prestige, and. productivity. The town’s bygone glories cannot be forgotten, and today Jefferson is a most eloquent reminder of an era long since vanished.

Jefferson Historical Society and Museum or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Museum of Measurement and Time or call 903-665-6668. Private collection of Johnny and Edith Ingram of maps, clock, surveying equipment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Jefferson Carnegie Library or call 903-665-8911. An original Carnegie Library built in 1907.

House of the seasons 903-665-8000  The House of the Seasons was built in 1872 during the glory days of Jefferson, the largest inland port in Texas at that time. Colonel Benjamin H. Epperson who built the house was a prominent lawyer, political leader, entrepreneur, and confidante of Sam Houston. Available for tours call for reservations. The house is a fine example of the transition period between the Greek Revival and Victorian styles of architecture. The most unique features of the house are the cupola and the murals. In the cupola, under the picture, each wall contains a different colored stained glass that creates the illusion of the seasons of the year.

Gone with the Wind Museum or call 903-665-1939. A 1,700 square foot museum, dedicated to Gone With the Wind, features one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South.

Singleton Virginia Cross Home Tour or call 903-665-3938. Historic antebellum home furnished in antiques of the period. Guided tour of home at 1.00 PM on Saturdays.

Excelsior House or call 903-665-2513. The Excelsior House is the second oldest continuously running hotel in the state of Texas. The Excelsior House is open for tours weekdays at 2pm and at 1pm and 2pm on weekends.

Ruth Lester Playhouse or call 903-665-2513. Built in 1860 and having been everything from a convent to a Jewish Synagogue, the Ruth Lester playhouse has been lovingly restored and is full of period antiques.

Jay Gould’s Rail car Atalanta or call 903-665-2513. The “Atalanta” has luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom. Open daily 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Civil War Powder Magazine or call 903-665-3733. Join Jefferson’s Tourism Director, Jeff Campbell, for an out and back walk for an “Across the Bayou View” of the Jefferson Confederate Powder Magazine. The structure is the only surviving powder magazine in Texas. The walk is approximately 1/3 Mile in each direction. Reservations are required

Romantic things to do in Jefferson, Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

A slice of the old antebellum south, Jefferson is home to beautiful historic homes, southern belles and descendants of riverboat captains. Many couples make their way to Jefferson for the romance that this beautiful offers. Whether it is for a marriage proposal, wedding, honeymoon or a romantic getaway, Jefferson has plenty of romance for everyone.

The Lone Star Carriage Company or call 903-926-8216. Horse drawn carriage service that specializes in weddings, romantic rides, and historic tours.

The Black Swan Enjoy a truly unique and romantic private riverboat dinner for two. The meal will be a chef prepared six course meal with each course served with appropriate wine. This romantic meal is by reservation only

Stillwater Inn or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

Music City Texas or call 903.756.9934. Go on a romantic date to East Texas’s premier theatre. Check out their website for the event schedule.

Carriage House Bed and Breakfast or call 903-665-9511. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast has many different options to make your romatic get away special.

L.J. Carriage Services call 903-490-0461. Available for carriage rides and special events

Massage Therapy of Jefferson call 903-665-9388 to book an in-room massage

Haunted Tours and Paranormal Adventures in Jefferson Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

We enjoy our share of friendly spirits who still roam the streets of Jefferson and reside in our homes and businesses. Much to the delight, and sometimes surprise, to our visitors who welcome them.

Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk or call 903-665-6289. A night time journey to discover Jefferson’s Historic Haunts. The hour and a half tour leaves at 8pm.

Ghost Train or call 903-665-6400. The ghost train departs at 9pm from the haunted depot and takes you deep through the dark woods along the bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones.

The Grove or call 903-665-8018. Tour one of the most haunted homes in Texas. Strange activities and hauntings have been reported for over 100 years.

Dinner and a Ghost Call 214-628-6043. So Come Join Us ~ in a building that is registered among Paranormal Investigators as the 8th most Haunted in Texas for an Evening of Ghosts and a Dinner! Don’t forget to bring your camera and an appetite!

Things to do the weekend of July 17th

July 15th, 2010 by

It is going to be another action packed weekend this Saturday and Sunday. There is so much to do and something for everyone.

This Sunday is the the 22nd annual Jefferson Heritage Triathlon sponsored by the Krewe of Hebe. The race will be in and around beautiful Lake o’ the Pines which is only about 12 mile to the east of Jefferson. The Race will be a 1/2 mile swim – out & back on a triangular course, then a 25K bike ride (“dam road” takes on a whole new meaning) which will be on a closed course on rolling rural roads and finally a 5K run on a flat & shady park road to the finish. On Saturday before the race, Race packet pickup/registration, carbo feed & pre-race entertainment will all be at the Russell Building on Austin St.

If you would rather be shopping then running, biking, swimming, then just go 12 miles south of Jefferson to Marshall. The Marshall Downtown Merchants Association will be celebrating Christmas in July this Saturday with sales, discounts, special restaurant menus. I am sure that this will be a great way to get an early start on all of that Christmas shopping.

My good friends at the THE blue frog GRILL on the square in Marshall will be hosting the Saturday Supper Club. A special menu on a special day with a special cause. $15.00 of every check will go directly to aid hospitality workers in the Gulf Region.

We still have a couple of rooms left for this weekend, so please call us at 903-665-9511 to book your stay or if you need any assistance.

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