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New Gator Park in Uncertain Texas

August 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

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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.


Summer Fun

May 10th, 2010 by

Summer is almost upon us. Have you made your family vacation plans yet? Consider a trip to Jefferson for your summer family fun. No matter what you enjoy, you can find it here.

Jefferson is surrounded by water. This beautiful and historic antebellum town is built on the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou. The Turning Basin Bayou Tours offers riverboat tours daily during the summer. There is no better way to learn about the history of Jefferson or the Big Cypress Bayou then one of these boat tours. The bayou drains into Caddo Lake which is really more of a spanish moss covered cypress swamp than a traditional lake. You can take your family out on the Graceful Ghost steamboat tour and see alligators, birds, beaver, nutria and other exotic wildlife. For the fisherman, some of the best bass fishing in the state is at Lake o’ the Pines.

Maybe ghosts and the paranormal are more of your family’s idea of fun. Jefferson is haunted with many friendly spirits. In fact, it is considered to be the most haunted small town in Texas! The Grove, a private residence available for tour, is a certified haunted house. Not a hokey Halloween haunted house but a real ghostly home. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can take a walking ghost tour of the historic district and hear about all of the documented hauntings. If you and your family love ghost stories then the Historic Jefferson Railway after dark is where you need to be. The steam locomotive takes you through a scary 5 mile tour of the woods all the while scary ghost stories are being told

We are running some great summer specials. Our Memorial Day special is very special. If you stay Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, we will give you $50 off your entire stay. If you can travel during the middle of the week and stay consecutive two nights, we will give you your 3rd night for free.

Stay Tuned. More about all of the fun things to do in my next posting. It is certainly “Jumpin in Jefferson”.

Cheers to a New Year!

December 14th, 2009 by

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We only have a few more days left to 2009. It is hard to believe that the year is almost gone. Is it just me or does tt seem that the year has just flown by. Have you started to make your New Year’s Resolutions, yet? One of mine is to do a better job of keeping up with this blog. Oh and to lose all of the weight that I put on by eating christmas cookies : (
It is that time of year where we all begin to make our New Year’s Eve plans. Of course, it will be jumping in Jefferson on New Years Eve.
The New Years Train will be rolling on December 31st. The Historic Jefferson Railway will be providing noisemakers and beverages for all of the New Years party goers. There will be fireworks off of the top of the train and just like in Times Square, they will be dropping the ball. Tickets can be purchased at The Christmas train tickets went fast and I am sure that the New Year’s train tickets will as well.
Have you ever thought of ringing in the New Year on a steamboat on Caddo Lake? The Graceful Ghost will be THE place for the swamp party on New Years Eve! The steaboat will depart at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm and will be serving heavy Hors d’œuvres and drink set ups. I am taking the 5pm tour so that I can watch the Uncertain firework display. Space is very limited for these boat rides so please call 1-877-89-Ghost (1-877-894-4678)to reserve your spot.
If you just want a place to hang out and party, then Auntie Skinners is the place for you. Auntie Skinners will be celebrating New Years Eve in a typical Auntie Skinners style. The band Ambush will be rocking all night and everyone will be able to enjoy a Champagne Toast at midnight. Cover charge is $15 and will include party favors and a champagne toast.
So if you are looking for something unique and fun for New Year’s Eve. Consider staying a couple of nights at your favorite bed and breakfast and party like it’s 2010 in Jefferson.
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