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The Carriage House Hosts Summer Corporate Retreats

June 21st, 2017 by carriagehouse

The Carriage House in Jefferson has had a record number of Corporate and Organizational Retreats in 2017 that have stayed with us or planning to this Summer. Organizations from Education, Military, and Business has found that a retreat in Jefferson is a great place to hold a planning, educational or strategy retreat. The Carriage House has the ability to transform its main room into a classroom or lecture style area to accommodate groups of up to 25 people and larger groups can be accommodated at the Jeffersonian Institute in downtown Jefferson which is a short walk away from the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast. Quitman School District, Barksdale AFB, Pro Train, TCEA, and Private corporations have found that Jefferson has just the right mix of relaxation and recreational activities to make for a productive getaway..of course, Jessi’s cooking helps too. We offer extras like Welcome Bar-B-Que’s, lunch and dinner plans, and of course the Breakfasts that we are known for. So if you’re company or organization needs a break from the city in a place that is a true “Retreat” then Jefferson Texas and The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast is the place for you. There are several other B&B’s that have agreed to participate if you need more rooms than the eleven we offer.

Just call Jessi and we can put together a custom package that will make your corporate retreat a memorable one 903-665-9511

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Join us for Thanksgiving 2016 At the Carriage House!

November 23rd, 2016 by carriagehouse

Jessi is doing a Special Thanksgiving dinner at the Carriage House in Historic Jefferson Texas this year. You can dine on a delicious plated Thanksgiving Day Feast including beverages for 32.99 per person.This experience is available whether or not you are staying with us, or just in town for the day. Be sure to call for reservations as seating is limited. Enjoy Jefferson, Football, and my wife’s cooking
call 903-665-9511
-BW Brooks photo of food collage

Valentine’s Weekend Carriage Rides

January 30th, 2014 by carriagehouse

The horse drawn carriage will be in Jefferson for Valentines’s Weekend (weather permitting). The carriage can pick you up here at the Carriage House and will whisk you off on a romantic ride through the Historic Riverfront District from 2 pm to 9pm both Friday and Saturday. They are offering two packages for the weekend.  If you are interested, please let me know what day and what time and I will book it for you. I have been told that they are already booked from 7pm to 9pm on Friday.  So if you are interested, you will want to let me know soon so that I can book your favorite time. I can also add the charges to your room for extra convenience if you like.

Cinderella Carriage Ride –  Your romantic ride will take place in a fairy-tale Cinderella carriage with a driver in formal attire and your sweetheart will be handed a box of chocolates and a rose at the time of pick-up.  The price for a half hour ride is $110 and for $135 for an hour.
Traditional Carriage Ride – If you want a more low-key ride you can go with a traditional ride with the standard carriage.  A half hour ride is $65 and an hour is $90.

New Christmas Coffee Mugs are Here

December 17th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Christmas Coffee Mugs

Finally the new Christmas Mugs are here!!!

Although they are a month late, 2 of our 4 Christmas colors are here just in time to make Christmas presents.  I have a beautiful Plum with a Lilac top and a Forest Green with a Dijon top in a tankard style mug available and ready to ship.

All of these mugs are hand thrown by a potter at Deneen Pottery in Minnesota. In a world where all of our manufacturing is outsourced to China, this is a American craftsmanship at it’s absolute finest.  These even feel better in your hand then a cheap Chinese mass produced coffee mug.

Our coffee mugs sell for $18 a piece ($19.48 w/ tax) plus shipping.  Call me at 903-665-9511, if you would like to purchase one.


New Year’s Eve Train in Historic Jefferson Texas

December 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Robert E Lee

 Rail of Lights New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an old-fashioned steam train departs December 30th at 7 and 8 and on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions.

The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fire works show.

Hear about the unique New Year’s customs across the United States, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christkindl Market in Akron, Ohio; the Live Toy Soldier drum and light show in Bellevue, Washington; and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with gingerbread house theme. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Years along the river.

Plan to stay the weekend in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

Ticket Prices: First Class $21; Coach Class: Adults $16.50; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket as you will be riding in open cars. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early.

Tickets are available by phone, on-line at and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train Day Trips in Jefferson, Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

Take to the Rails during the Daylight

Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

In addition to the traditional evening trains, Historic Jefferson Railway has added a few day runs so that patrons can experience the beautiful ride along the Cypress Bayou River.

Day runs will be available on December 9, 12, 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m.  No reservations necessary – there will be plenty of room available.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening trains.  As seating is limited, get your tickets early.  Make this a holiday to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas.  The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.

Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

Spend the weekend in Jefferson and stay in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson.  You can see lights on the river during the Christmas Trains and watch the New Year’s fireworks as the train comes through the park.  Ask about our special holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree.  Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree.   View scenes representing Toyland, Alaska, San Francisco, China, Australia, New Orleans,  and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.

Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the Support Our Troops display featuring a post card sent by soldiers during World War II, and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.

The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit. The narrated tour on the day train will be a combination of Jefferson history and description of our Christmas scenes.

During the evening, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before boarding the train for the wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, who will give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.

Ticket Prices:  Day train First Class $16.50; Coach Class $13.00.  Evening Trains:  First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children under 4 are free.

First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open cars. Seating is limited on the evening trains so purchase your tickets early.  The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.

New Porch at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

August 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

New Porch

It has been  a little while since I have posted pics of the renovation.  The new porch is nearly complete and will be so awesome to sit on when we finally get some cooler weather.  When things get really crazy and stressful with the contractors, I sit back, close my eyes and imagine sitting in a rocking chair on the new porch with a cool breeze  gently fluttering the air.  Oh wait, I just went to my happy place.

One of the things I am most excited about is the new french doors leading in to the dining room.  These doors are really special.  They came out of a turn of the century house in Marshall that is being renovated.  They are beautiful beveled glass.  I think they will become a signature of the Carriage House B&B once they are in installed.  A company up in Texarkana picked them up earlier this week to build casements around them.  When they come back, I will post some before and after pics of them including a picture of the storage shed where they have been for no telling how many decades.

The kitchen cabinets are being installed this week.  I will try and get some pictures and post them tomorrow.

Texas & Pacific Railroad Returning to Jefferson

August 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

Please join us for a festive evening and ride the Historic Jefferson Railway train to support The Texas & Pacific Railroad returning to Jefferson. Donations accepted toward cost of bringing the R.D. Moses T&P Railroad layout to the Jefferson Historic Museum. Silent Auction. Raffle.

When: Friday, August 26, 2011
Where: Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin; Jefferson, TX 75657. 866-398-2038
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

See additional details below. Also visit YouTube: RD Moses’ HO scale Texas & Pacific Railway.

Can’t join us on the 26th? You can mail your tax deductible donation to “Jefferson Historical Society & Museum Train Account” at
Historic Jefferson Museum
223 West Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657.

If you would like to have your name on a permanent plaque in the T&P station building, the following donations will qualify:
Rail Baron – $5000
Superintendent – $2000
Yardmaster – $1000
Conductor – $500
Engineer – $250
Fireman – $100
Switchman – $50
Any donation is welcome and will be put to good use. Thank you so much for your consideration.

For additional information, contact Jefferson Historic Museum, 903-665-2775, or Jefferson Cypress Bayou Model Train Club, President Roy Richie, 903-665-9900.

Painting With Light Demonstration at the 2011 Fall Photography Weekend

August 17th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Plans are well underway for the 2011 Fall Photography Weekend coming up on November 11-13 here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast in Jefferson Texas.  After our wine tasting social hour, our resident photographer, Tom, and photographer, Craig Swancy from Weatherford TX will be taking all of the participants out for a Painting With Light Demonstration.

Craig told me this morning, “I’m ordering my goodies today to build some fun things for the Fall Photography Weekend at The Carriage House in Jefferson.  We’ll bring some color to your night time exposures.  Tom and I will present a few new and interesting tools to those who plan to attend.  I can promise that we’ll keep it it simple and certainly show you how to make these fun tools on a really small budget.”

To see a sample of their work, check out this video.  If you would like more information on the Fall Photography Weekend, please give me a call at 903-665-9511.

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!!

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