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Breakfast Photos Before and After The Bug

February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse












Like everyone else, we have a project list about a mile long.

One of our many projects is to get some awesome breakfast photos for our website.  So I commissioned my favorite photographer, Tom, and we had a photo shoot this morning right after breakfast.  The Pasta Frittata was colorful and really did photograph well!  As is not unusual for us, we were  quickly distracted by cleaning and giving directions to the guests.  When we walked back into the kitchen we had a surprise.  The plate had been licked clean and The Bug was looking very guilty!!

Life as a Coffee Snob

February 2nd, 2012 by carriagehouse

coffee cups

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!!

A Sweet Surprising Generous Gift

August 24th, 2011 by carriagehouse


Feed My Lambs, Feed My Sheep. The Meals and Memories of a Lifetime.

Today has been a wonderful day full of surprises and gifts.  Mother Nature finally gave us some respite from this drought and this heat.  It has been raining all afternoon and my little thermometer is reporting a temperature of 72 degrees.  It has been so unbearably hot that 72 degrees feels cold.  I am going to have to put on long pants before my Chamber of Commerce meeting in an hour.

The rain was not my only surprise today!!

The greatest gift I received today came in the mail from my sweet Aunt Gloria up in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.  Much to my surprise, the mailman had a package for me today…a book.  In fact, a wonderful inspirational book about a woman who has journeyed from being a nun to being an innkeeper.  The book is full of wonderful prayers and inspirational thoughts.  The book is also full of yummy recipes.  I can’t wait to get my new kitchen in so I can try some of these out.

Thank You Aunt Gloria!  Your sweetness brought a smile to my heart today!


Fabulous Dinner Special at the Stillwater Inn

June 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Are you looking for something yummy this weekend while you are in Jefferson?  Then why don’t you give the Stillwater Inn a try.  It is our MOST elegant restaurant and it is located in a beautifully restored house.  This weekend they have a super special… fresh gulf Red Snapper-served with Vera Cruz sauce.  If you would like a salad then try their special salad, arugula with Maytag blue cheese, fresh pears, walnuts and sherry vinaigrette.  My mouth is watering already!!

Gangster Apparel This Weekend in Jefferson, Texas

February 24th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Okay, here is something fun to do this weekend.  Come to Jefferson and see a play at Glory Dayz.

Glory Dayz proudly announces the Jefferson debut of ‘Gangster Apparel’ on stage in the main dining room. Come see “Louie” (Bill Smith) and “Joey” (Andy Looney) in the hilarious two man play about small-time hoods with attire issues!

Louie has a blinding obsession for posh attire and stylized bravado which overshadows his real work as a working street hood while Joey is much less concerned about his lowly appearance and lack of superficial flair but begrudgingly learns the ways of his gregarious partner. The bumbling duo fumbles a “sanctioned hit” and now must consider their sordidly limited and panache challenged options.

If you have never been to Glory Dayz, then you are missing a real treat!  Glory Dayz is a retro 50s diner in a old car dealership from the 40s.  The place is furnished with wonderful retro lawn furniture from Torrans Manufacturing.  Because Mardi Gras is only a week and a half away.  The entire diner is decorated for Mardi Gras including the traditional Mardi Gras tree.

We still have a few rooms available this weekend here a the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.  So call us today at 903-665-9511 to reserve your room and a ticket for Gangster Apparel.

Wednesday Night Menu at the Stillwater Inn

February 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Every one’s favorite fine dining spot in Jefferson, The Stillwater Inn has changed their Wednesday Night Special.  Who couldn’t resist this?  

This Wednesday’s $24 Special dinner is:
Dinner Salad, 5 oz. center cut beef tenderloin (spicy peppers or bordelaise) with vegetables, choice of dessert, tea or coffee.

The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available this week.  Please call us at 903-665-9511 for your reservations.

Stillwater Inn Now Serving Their Famous Crab Cakes

January 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Jefferson’s most elegant restaurant has brought back an old favorite for everyone to enjoy.  If you need reservations for the Stillwater Inn, please give us a call here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.

Crab Cake Special Dinners (Available every Wednesday night)
Dinner Salad
Crab Cakes with julienned vegetables (with French Bread)
Chocolate Mousse or Ice Cream
Tea or Coffee
$24.00 plus tax and gratuity

Reservations requested.

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