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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2013 Civil War Events in Central Virginia: Celebrating the Sesquicentennial

Written on January 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm, by Krista Boothby

Lecture on Restoring the Slave Cemetery at Avoca Plantation | February 23rd, 10-11am

Avoca Museum, Altavista, Virginia

Avoca Museum Director, Frank Murray will deliver a talk on the Slave Cemetery at the Avoca Plantation. Mr. Murray will discuss the ten year process of finding and restoring the slave cemetery at Avoca. After the conclusion, all are invited to tour the slave cemetery. For additional information, call Avoca Museum at 434-369-1076.

The Long Road Home – Fall of Richmond | April 5th, 8-4pm

Clover Hill Villiage, Appomattox, VA

Enjoy a weekend, April 5-7, 2013, full of living history as Clover Hill Village re-enactment presents The Long Road Home – Fall of Richmond. For more information, contact the Appomattox County Historical Society at 434-352-3910 or email info@appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org

“Trouble Don’t Las’ Always” | June 30, 2012 through May 30, 2014

Legacy Museum of African American History, Lynchburg, VA

The Legacy Museum of African American History in Lynchburg is running an exhibit titled “Trouble Don’t Las’ Always”, exploring the lives of free and enslaved African Americans living in Central Virginia during the Civil War and in the years that followed, spanning from 1860 to 1890. The title comes from an enslaved workers’ spiritual song, remembered and written in 1937 by Bob Ellis, who had been enslaved in his childhood in the Lynchburg area.

An American Turning Point: The Civil War In Virginia, Waging War | Ongoing – May 5, 2013

The Lynchburg Museum, Lynchburg, VA

The exhibit features over 200 significant artifacts and state-of-the-art interactive audiovisual programs. In Waging War, visitors are asked to explore why the Civil War was the first modern war, what was the deadliest enemy, should black men be asked to fight for the North or South, and did the war really end at Appomattox?

Confederate Memorial Day, ceremony at the Old City Cemetery | May 26th 2013

Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA. gravegarden.org


Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Events

Hearts at War | February 10th, 2-3pm

Museum of the Confederacy. Appomattox, VA

By the time of the Civil War, Valentine’s Day was well-established and celebrated around the world. No one had a greater impact on sending Valentines in the US than Esther Howland, the Mother of the American Valentine. Come hear Linda Lipscomb, Site Director, explain the history of Valentine’s Day and learn through love letters, how romance was not stopped by the War. She’ll also share photographs of some Valentines in the Museum of the Confederacy’s collection.

Lecture, “2nd Battle of Fredericksburg,” | May 8th, 2013

Baines Books and Coffee, Appomattox, VA

Weapon Changes during the Civil War | June 27, 2013

Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox, Virginia

Lecture, “Burying the Dead, But Not the Past,” | February 28th, 2013

The Museum of the Confederacy , Appomattox, VA

Lecture, “The Writing of Civil War History,” with Dr. James I Robertson | March 7th, 2013

The Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, VA

For more information on Museum of the Confederacy Events, visit their website here: http://www.moc.org/page/museum-confederacy?mode=appomattox


Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Events

Special anniversary ranger programs | April 7-12, 2013

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox, VA

Living history, camps and demonstrations | April 20-21, 2013

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox, VA

Including a daily “Stacking of Arms” ceremony at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Free with park fee.

Living History Encampment Weekend | April 13-14, 2013

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox, VA

During this weekend you can learn about how soldiers lived, the shelters they used (when they had them), their food, their weapons, how they marched, drilled, and kept prepared to meet the demands of a Civil War soldier. There will be tactical demonstrations, firing demonstrations, among other programs. One program very special and unique to Appomattox Court House, is the Stacking of Arms ceremony along the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. This is the exact spot where General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia laid down its arms for the last time on April 12, 1865.

Civil War Encampment | October 12-13, 2012

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox, VA

Many people associate Appomattox Court House with the end of the Civil War for good reason. This weekend’s program though will take a look at Appomattox during the war and consider the men that left it to go fight. There were 4 companies raised in Appomattox during the war that all fought in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The Appomattox men fell on many battlefield and hospitals all over the eastern theater, but the year 1863 was particularly painful. Like many Southern communities, Appomattox was hit hard by the defeat at Gettysburg. These programs will feature the role that Appomattox soldiers played there and other battles during the war.

For more information on Appomattox Court House National Historical Park events, visit their website here: Nps.gov/apco

Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events throughout the year as we update new events as they are announced: http://www.discoverlynchburg.org/events/

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3 Things to Do in Lynchburg this Weekend 12/14-12/16

Written on December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm, by Krista Boothby

Why not soak up as much of the holiday season as you can while it’s still here? We all know how quickly it comes and goes, and many times we get caught up in shopping and stressing to the point that we forget to ENJOY it! This weekend is definitely the climax of Christmastime festivities here in Lynchburg, meaning there is an absolute overflow of things to do to get you in the spirit and have some fun before 2013 sneaks up on you. And the best part about all three things on this list, they are all completely free!

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. It’s free, it’s festive, and it’s a classic Christmas tradition. Head downtown to the Community Market between 10am and 2pm to start your journey through the streets.

Taste warm apple cinnamon wine and cider. Christmastime open houses at wineries are the perfect place to taste some special wines and pick up a few bottles for gifts and parties. Join the Peaks of Otter Wineries Open House on either Saturday or Sunday for a day of great wines and Christmas fun.

Visit Old City Cemetery for ‘Wreaths Across America’ and their Holiday Open House.  The cemetery will take part in the nationwide event of placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers to honor those who have fought for our freedom. This event will take place on Saturday between noon and 2pm. The next day, the cemetery will hold their Holiday Open House where you can check out the beautiful decorations and enjoy a holiday concert by the Jefferson Choral Society.  Cookies and cider included!

For more detailed info on these and many other events, make sure you head over to our events calendar. Hope to see you around this weekend!

Photo: Lynchburg Police Department


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The Holiday Season in Lynchburg

Written on November 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm, by Krista Boothby

Each year the streets come to life for the holiday season in Lynchburg. Experience parades, historic home tours, carriage rides, Christmas shows and so much more to celebrate the season and the beginning of a new year.


2012 Holiday Events

VA Christmas Spectacular

Thomas Road Baptist Church  

December 1-2nd, 7-9th

Enjoy a traditional Christmas celebration complete with live choir and orchestra, a 37’ tall Living Christmas tree, and around 150,000 sparkling lights.


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Through the streets of downtown

Saturday, December 1st, 8th, & 15th 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Old-fashioned carriage rides will take you through the beautifully decorated streets of downtown Lynchburg after departing from the Community Market. Take part in this tradition free of charge.


Lynchburg Chrsitmas Parade

Downtown Lynchburg  

Sunday December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a parade! This year’s theme is “Christmas, A Time to Remember”.


Children’s Holiday Festival

Amazement Square

December 8th from 8:30am to 1:00pm

Bring the whole family and start spreading some holiday cheer! Come enjoy an interactive holiday story time, holiday crafts, pancakes with the Santa and a special holiday concert!


Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Old City Cemetery  

December 8, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Join in on this nationwide event of placing wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans to honor them and all members of the military.


Holiday Tours

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

December 9th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

This special tour will focus on holiday traditions and dining in the early 19th century at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home.


‘Celebrate the Season’ Open House

Avoca Museum

December 1st 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Decorated lavishly, there is no better time to visit this gorgeous, historic home.


Christmas Open House

Point of Honor

December 2nd 12:00 to 4pm

Decorated for Christmas in 1815, you’ll experience customs of the day, period music and refreshments while you explore.


Red Hill Christmas Open House

Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial  

December 2nd 2:00 to 4pm

Guests will be treated to docent-guided tours of the historic buildings at Red Hill all decorated for the holiday by the Red Hill Garden Club. Complimentary hot mulled cider, Brunswick stew, and cookies will be available throughout the afternoon.

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Lynchburg | As seen by the locals

Written on November 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm, by Krista Boothby

Either we have some extremely talented photographers in the city, or it really is just as pretty as it seems. Whether it be our miles of waterfront recreational trails, the downtown cityscape at night, or the breathtaking fall colors against the Blue Ridge Mountains, we see tons of amazing photos that simply can’t go without sharing. Take a look at some of this weeks photos taken by none other than Lynchburg locals themselves.

Remember to connect with us on Instagram @lynchburgva so that we can share and stare at your photos, too!






















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