Welcome Virginia Commonwealth Games participants and family!

Written on July 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm, by Krista Boothby

Greetings Virginia Commonwealth Games athletes, coaches and family!  Congratulations to you on all of your successes in reaching this level of competition and we wish you well in your endeavor to attain medal status. IT’S YOUR GAME. WIN IT!

The City of Lynchburg is excited to have you here and hope you enjoy all there is to do and see during your stay in our vibrant city. As our guests, we invite you to discover our celebrated historic places, diverse local cuisine, and unique attractions as Lynchburg is the perfect place from which to explore the significant Central Virginia area. From hiking and biking trails to
snowboarding, to arts and architecture, from history to gardens there is so much to experience and savor during your visit with us.
You can find area maps, lists of restaurants, shops and attraction information on our website, discoverLynchburg.org or we invite you to stop in our Visitor Center at 216 Twelfth Street, on the corner of Church Street downtown, open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.
Again, welcome to Lynchburg and enjoy your stay!

Games times and locations listing with maps: Schedule

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#LynchburgVA welcomes the 611 Steam Train!

Written on April 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm, by Krista Boothby

The N&W Class J#611 steam locomotive and excursion train with approximately 900 guests will arrive in Lynchburg on Saturday, April 9 at 12 noon at the Kemper Street Station. The first excursion in 20 years, the iconic J#611 steam engine was built in 1950 and is the only one in existence today. Simple lines, a bullet nose, and a Tuscan red stripe made
the J#611 stand out as one of the most beautiful streamlined steam locomotives ever designed.

Area residents will be on hand to greet the steam-powered 611 Steam Excursion Train as it rolls into the Kemper Street Train Station on Saturday, April 9. The excursion is being sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

“We’re ecstatic to have the 611 Steam Train arrive in Lynchburg for a three hour stop-over,” said Sergei Troubetzkoy, Director of Tourism for the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The 611 is providing us with a wonderful economic opportunity for our community and give visitors a taste of Lynchburg which will in-turn entice them to return for a longer stay.”

The excursion train will begin its journey in Spencer, North Carolina and is expected to arrive in Lynchburg at 12 noon. The train will leave the station at 3:00 p.m. that same day. Food and other vendors will be awaiting passengers and residents as well as taking shuttle buses downtown where they will have the opportunity to eat, explore, and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

Area residents who wish to view this historic steam train are encouraged to park in one of the designated areas downtown and take a free shuttle to the Kemper Street Station. Due to the anticipated crowd, no parking will be allowed at the Station. GLTC shuttles will begin operating every 15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. In addition to viewing the train, visitors to the station may also purchase food at one of the food trucks that will be present, as well as visit the exhibits and vendors.

GLTC is suspending all fares on all routes on April 9.

The Kemper Street event and shuttles are sponsored by GLTC, Lynch’s Landing, the City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Activity Flyer with map:  611 flyer for train riders map


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CVB Calls for Artists to bring new vibrancy to Logo!

Written on October 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm, by Krista Boothby

The Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is looking to update its logo for its new website and print materials to be launched early 2016. The LRCVB wants to show Lynchburg as the vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is and spread the sentiment of Thomas Jefferson that Lynchburg is “the most interesting spot in the state”!

The LRCVB is asking artists to keep in mind the renaissance of downtown and the seven historic districts where many of Lynchburg’s grand architectural treasures have been renewed into diverse restaurants, unique shops, and enticing attractions fostering a vibrant city art scene with galleries, theatres and music venues.  Lynchburgers offer warm hospitality and along with engaging attractions celebrating our place in history and scenic hiking/biking trails that traverse through the city and along the James River make Lynchburg the perfect live, work and play!  Visitors to our area enjoy all Lynchburg has to offer while also exploring our regional treasures like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  The LRCVB is seeking artists to help portray all this in one word! – Lynchburg

Artists are asked to paint the word Lynchburg in script with drips and bristle marks encouraged.  The Lynchburg Visitor Center, at 216 Twelfth Street, is ready to receive entries every day from 9am to 5pm until the 5pm October 30, 2015 deadline.

Grand prize for the winning entry is a two night stay at the OMNI Richmond Hotel, Discover Lynchburg Gift Basket with tickets to local attractions and Richmond Guest Pass to 40 Regional Attractions from Richmond Region Tourism.


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Lynchburg Convention & Visitors Bureau offers Parking Solution for LOCKN’ Festival Thursday Cancellation

Written on September 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm, by Krista Boothby

LOCKN’ Festival operators have delayed the opening of LOCKN’ campgrounds and Thursday performances care cancelled until further notice due to a severe Wednesday night thunderstorm of high winds which caused damage to the festival grounds, particularly the parking and campground area.
To aid LOCKN’ Festival goers, the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has secured alternative overnight accommodations for the displaced campers. Overnight parking is available at the following spots in the Lynchburg area:
· JAMES RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER at 400 Court Street mapquest
· LYNCHBURG CITY STADIUM at 3176 Fort Ave. (Watch for street closures, detours plus construction) mapquest
· SAM’S CLUB at 3912 Wards Rd at the lower end of the parking lot ONLY between the hours of 8:30pm and 7 am. mapquest
· WALMART in Madison Heights at 197 Madison Heights Square mapquest
There is no parking at River Ridge Mall! Please DO NOT attempt to park there.
For all other questions on available lodging, contact the Lynchburg Visitors Center at 434-485-7290.
The City of Lynchburg welcomes our displaced visitors and invites them to enjoy alternative activities such as the Lynchburg Museum, Point of Honor, Old City Cemetery & Arboretum, hit the Blackwater Creek Trail, and so much more! Check www.discoverlynchburg.org for alternative events, restaurants and shops.
For LOCKN’ updates, please visit their sit at : LOCKN’ Festival
For LRCVB updates regarding accommodations: Discover Lynchburg, Virginia

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New Restaurant to try: Al Ryan Mediterranean Cuisine

Written on July 30, 2013 at 10:05 am, by Krista Boothby

Al Ryan MediterraneanDowntown Lynchburg has a new lunch and dinner spot, serving up only authentic, Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re staying healthy on the popular Mediterranean Diet or just looking for something different this weekend, you guys should definitely go give it a try.

Menu at a glance: Appetizers from $4.95 (stuffed grape leaves served with a side of tzatziki sauce) to $7.95 (sample platter served with hummus, baba ganoush, tabouleh, falafel and pita chips); entrees from $5.95 (mujaddara – a bed of rice and green lentils topped with fried onions and served with a side of tzatziki sauce) to $12.95 (curried lamb, chicken or goat platter with potatoes and peppers, served over basmati rice with a side salad)

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-3PM for lunch; Fri. 11PM-2PM for lunch; Fri.-Sat.- 5:30PM-8:30PM for dinner

Location: 817 ½ Main St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504

Let us know if you enjoy it! Using #LynchburgVA on Facebook and Twitter is a great way to reach us.

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Ticket Giveaway! Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival at the Avoca Museum

Written on June 11, 2013 at 10:04 am, by Krista Boothby


Mark your calendars! Call your friends! Get ready for the first Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival featuring craft and domestic beers focusing on those from the great state of Virginia. Bring a lawn chair and come enjoy a day in the shade of the towering trees, listening to great music, sampling great brews, eating homemade fare, and enjoying some shopping! Molliver’s Vineyards and Winery will be on site for the non-beer samplers.

This festival is taking place at the beautiful Avoca Museum in Altavista. Just a short forty minute drive south of Lynchburg, Avoca, the principal architectural landmark of the Town of Altavista, is an American Queen Anne-style house, designed by architect J.M.B. Lewis and built in 1901. Designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Avoca is the home site of Colonel Charles Lynch, Revolutionary War hero.


To win a 4 pack of tickets for you and your friends, all you have to do is leave a comment below, on this blog post, saying ‘I would LOVE to go the the Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival!’

You must leave your comment by midnight of Sunday, June 16th .

You must be 21 or older to enter, and may only comment once. 


If you don’t win, we’d still love to see you there!  The price for tasting tickets: $15 pre-sale ~ $18 at the door, with 6 coupons for tasting included!
For tickets, more information or to volunteer contact us at (434) 369-1076 or educationoffice@embarqmail.com .

Click here to view the ‘Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival’ Flyer


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Best ways to cool off in Lynchburg

Written on May 30, 2013 at 8:52 am, by Krista Boothby

We love to boast that Central Virginia experiences four perfect seasons, but there is no denying that we see some sizzling hot days during the summertime. On those days when you need to beat the heat, there is no need to stay inside in a city with so much to offer outdoors.

These are some of our favorite ‘water’ spots to be in the summertime.

1. Spend the day at the lake

 SML_Sunset7232011_DC_finalJust west of Lynchburg lies Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the second largest freshwater lake in the state. In addition to a full range of water-related activities including swimming, boat rentals, a boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing pier, families can enjoy picnicking or even staying the night camping or at a nearby cabin.

View more lakes near Lynchburg HERE

2. Hit the James River


You can’t visit Lynchburg without kayaking, canoeing or tubing your way down the historic James River. The scenery is truly breathtaking. If fishing is more of your thing, guided trips down the river are extremely popular as well.

Click HERE to find the perfect float or fishing trip for you.

3. Hang at Hollins Mill

Hollins Mill

This park includes trail access to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and Point of Honor trail sections of the James River Heritage Trail System. It’s beautiful; the waterfall serves as a great backdrop for wading in the water or even stream-side fishing. Picnic facilities are available with both tables and grills!

4. Get sprayed in Riverside Park

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The Riverside Park Sprayground is the perfect place to take the kids to cool off and beat the heat. The sprayground offers an array of fun water play activities such as dumping buckets, spraying lake fish, pop jets and tulip sprays. Riverside park also has other playgrounds, a tennis court and is the perfect place to grill out or picnic.

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Easter Egg Hunts and Family-Friendly Easter Events

Written on March 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm, by Krista Boothby

2013 Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter Events for the Whole Family

Amazement Square Easter Egg Hunt & Amazing Petting Zoo-March 30

Come on down to the farm for Amazement Square’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! Join us from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM for an egg hunt packed with animal facts and crafts to celebrate the season. Little ones 4 and younger can search the entire fourth floor for eggs, while older children can embark on a discovery hunt on first through third floors!

But the fun doesn’t end there! Come meet and greet mini-horses, miniature donkeys, goats, mini-llamas, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and more in the warehouse from 12:00–2:00PM included with your admission to the museum.

Both the Easter Egg Hunt and Amazing Petting Zoo are FREE with museum admission!

Easter Egg Hunt at Red Hill

The Patrick Henry National Memorial invites you and your children to join them on the beautiful grounds of Patrick Henry’s Red Hill to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is for the entire community. Children ages 0-12 years can search for eggs and collect lots of goodies scattered throughout the gounds. The Easter story will be told every 30 minutes by members of several local churches. This event is free of charge! For more information please call 434-376-2044.

The Living Cross

Hyland Heights Baptist Church

This Easter event has been around Lynchburg since 1987, and has been giving families the opportunity to see the true Easter Story in action ever since. The musical/drama production, which changes from year to year, will truly be a celebration to mark its 25th anniversary.  

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online or by contacting the church.
Performance dates: Mar. 22-23, 29-30 at 7pm; Mar. 23, 30 at 2pm; Mar. 24, 31 at 6pm

Easter Brunch Buffet at the Kirkley Hotel

Take the family out for a true Easter feast at the Kirkley Hotel this year. Their brunch buffet never dissapoints, complete with salads, soups, and tons of both breakfast and hot lunch offerings, and desserts.

Adults $23.95, Children 4-12 $9.95, Children under 3 are free

Reservations can be made at the front desk or by calling 434-237-6333

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Ticket Giveaway! Ted Neeley and the Little Big Band

Written on March 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm, by Krista Boothby

Do you have plans tonight? Score 4 tickets to see the star of the classic ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Ted Neeley, as he kicks off his national tour in LYNCHBURG tonight! This is sure to be an amazing show.

To win the 4 tickets, all you need to do is comment on THIS POST and tell us why you would like to attend! Act quickly—We will pick a winner at 1:00 pm today!

Good luck!

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A Lynchburg-Local Gift Giving Guide for Valentine’s Day

Written on February 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm, by Krista Boothby

It may be over-commercialized (or maybe even a bit cheesy), but let’s face it; Valentine’s Day is one of those things that is going to stick around for a while. And the romantic shmuck in all of us must admit that when you receive a gift on Valentine’s Day, you definitely feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We say, why not embrace it? Do something extra special for your better half this year! For your convenience, we have compiled a list of some gifts that are guaranteed to please. And even better, you can only get them here in Lynchburg! Virginia is for lovers, you know… and Lynchburg is NO exception!

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries—with locally made chocolate!

Our friends at Cao specialize in artisan chocolates that are handmade directly from the bean, so you know this stuff is going to beat anything you could find in a grocery store. For Valentines week only, they are using their amazing chocolate to make everyone’s favorite romantic treat, Chocolate Covered Strawberries! We don’t know any man or woman that would turn these down….

Berries will be dipped fresh every day! Pick them up at these locations and dates:

Lynchburg Community Market
(dark chocolate only)
– Saturday, February 9th – 7am-2pm
– Wednesday, February 13th – 10am-2pm

119 North Bridge Street, Bedford
(dark and Milk chocolate)  
      – Tuesday – Friday, February 12-15 – 11am-7pm


2. A bottle of local wine to enjoy together.

Many people don’t realize that Lynchburg is surrounded by so many award-winning wineries. What better time to try out a bottle than on a romantic night at home on Valentine’s Day! We suggest you browse through our list of area wineries to see any that call out your name. Also, start making plans for which ones you want to visit when spring comes and open-houses start!

Also, did you know that Patrick Henry’s estate Red Hill makes their own wine? They have 4 different types, all of which are delicious. Head over this week to grab a bottle of your own.


3. Tickets to see an upcoming show at the Academy of Fine Arts

Valentines lands on a Thursday this year, which means that some people may need to wait to celebrate at a later time. Tickets to a show makes for an amazingly thoughtful gift and promise of an excellent date night in the future. Look no further than the Academy of Fine Arts, whose upcoming show Broadway’s Next H!t Musical is sure to be a hit. The show is NYC’s original award-winning improvised musical comedy, and will be performed Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm. Get tickets for you and your Valentine here!


4. A massage at a local spa

We all need to un-wind, and there is no better way than a massage. Or for all of you Valentine’s out there, maybe even a couple’s massage! We have some pretty amazing spas scattered throughout town, but here are a few that we have seen advertising Valentines Specials recently. Make sure to ask them about their deals!

London’s Salt Spa

The Parlor Spa

Body Works Day Spa and Salon

There you have it folks! We hope you get some inspiration from our ideas, and we would love to hear about your Valentine’s Day experience in Lynchburg. Tell us about it on our Facebook wall and remember to post pictures!



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