downtown

LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG

IMG_0281-e1517853710185.jpg
LoveSign
LoveSign

Downtown Lynchburg is for Lovers, so get downtown, Valentiners! Find a variety of ways to celebrate love in your life, whether you’re single, taken, or somewhere in between. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started:

Conscious Mercantile
Conscious Mercantile

SHOP

Looking for something unique? Find that perfect gift for that perfect someone or something special for yourself at downtown’s local shops filled with one-of-a-kind goods. Take advantage of these special offers:

The Conscious Mercantile, Live Trendy or Die, andSpeakertree Records are partnering with Miriam's House to fight homelessness in Lynchburg. Make an in-store donation at Live Trendy or Die or the Conscious Mercantile and receive 10% off the weekend of February 10th - 12th.

Enjoy 25% off recycled skateboard goodies at Scene 3 Board Shop. That includes earrings, bracelets and planters. 

Stop by Favored Flavors from February 1st - February 14th, to receive a free all-natural Herbal Bath Blend with the purchase of a Himalayan Salt Lamp while supplies last!

The Lynchburg Community Market is filled with vendors. Find handcrafted items throughout, many featuring Valentine discounts!

IMG_0281
IMG_0281

INDULGE

Treat yourself (and maybe share a little, too!). Find goodies galore all over downtown like these:

Good Karma Tea is offering a Tea & Sugar Pairing on February 14th from 5pm – 7pm for just $12/couple. Be sure to pre-register for chocolate covered strawberries!

The Lynchburg Community Market is also filled with sweet treats. You can find red velvet cake, cookies, discounts on boxed chocolates, heart-shaped croissants, sweetheart crepes,  and more!

Find an array of beautiful and delicious truffles, jumbo chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes at Altus Chocolate.

539101_503269793047381_1543338450_n
539101_503269793047381_1543338450_n

UNWIND

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some pampering! Make time to relax and focus on your heart, body, and mind, too! Bring your partner, lover, or friend and check out these offers:

February 11th - 13th The Parlor Spa is offering one hour couples massages for $138 and couples pedicures for $70.

Share the Love Couple’s Yoga at Yoga Goodness Studioon February 12th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm for just $30/couple. Explore connection and trust on the mat as you build intimacy and communication beyond the mat. Enjoy mimosas and chocolate afterward!                                            

14566324_1301882573169716_1291687104622891992_o
14566324_1301882573169716_1291687104622891992_o

DINE

Downtown is home to some of the most delicious local fare around! Ladies, get your friends together for a night on the town or couples, find a quiet corner for a perfectly romantic dinner for two!

February 9th – February 14th RA Bistro is featuring a special 4-course Valentine’s menu including a champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries. Or, join them on February 9th for a special Girl's Night Out - Galentine's Edition.

If you're looking for romantic fine dining, Main Street Eaterywill be serving their St. Valentine’s Day Gala Menu for just $45/guest.

Singles, join the fun at The Water Dog on February 14th from 6pm - 9pm for their Valentine's Day Singles Shindig!

All of our downtown restaurants will be open and available, click here for a full list!

600x600_1382557992195-craddock-terry-hotel-4
600x600_1382557992195-craddock-terry-hotel-4

STAY

Plan a romantic night away right in town! The Craddock Terry Hotel has made planning your Valentine’s Day simple. Their “Soul Mate” Package includes every little detail you need to create a memorable Valentine’s Day! With prices starting at just $249 you can enjoy: one night stay in deluxe or premium accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, custom Craddock Terry Shoe-shaped cookies, his and hers slippers, rose petal turndown service, a $50 gift certificate for one of their award-winning restaurants, two complimentary continental breakfasts delivered to the room in the morning.

So what’ll it be –Valentines? Galentines? Treat yo’self? Our downtown shops and restaurants have what you need whatever you’re out to celebrate! All you need is love; let Downtown Lynchburg help take care of the rest!

Super Bowl Sunday in Downtown Lynchburg

Bootleggers2.jpg

The big game is Sunday and with more and more people “cutting the cord” with cable these days, we know many of you are looking for a great place to watch the game. Good news - Downtown Lynchburg is prepped and ready! You’ve got five fabulous restaurants to choose from, or consider hopping between them on commercial breaks (but let’s be honest, the commercials are the best part, right?).

So whether you are looking for a great bar atmosphere with classic beer and wings, or you want to step it up with a bourbon on the rocks and a gourmet burger, we’ve got you covered. Stop fumbling around with ideas of where to go (yes, pun intended) and get downtown this weekend!

RA Bistro
RA Bistro

RA Bistro

One of Downtown Lynchburg's most popular dinner spots is getting ready for the big game. They will be running specials on wings, beers, and appetizers all day long both dine in and take-out, and will be playing the game on the big screens in their bar. Boasting one of the biggest menus in downtown, RA has something for everyone. 

www.rabistro.com

WaterDog
WaterDog

The Water Dog

This new taphouse is the talk of the town. With 36 beers on tap and the biggest screen in Downtown Lynchburg, this is the best choice for craft beer lovers and serious football fans. Come early to enjoy one of their many specials, including burgers and wings, and get the game yourself with their ping pong and shuffleboard tables. 

www.thewaterdog.com

Kegney
Kegney

Kegney Brothers

Football, Irish style. Head to Kegney Brothers for wings, fish & chips, a shot of Jameson, and a pint of Guinness.  

www.kegneybrothers.com

For more information on Downtown Lynchburg, visit www.DowntownLynchburg.com. Keep up to date by following Lynch’s Landing on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownLynchburg.

Downtown Lynchburg's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

14650337_10157691301115311_7767004231209654542_n.jpg

By now, that panicky feeling may be creeping in—Christmas and Hanukkah are less than two weeks away, and you still have the majority of your gifts to purchase; or, you may just want to find “The Perfect Gift” for your father-in-law, mom, or significant other. And maybe you need some fresh ideas for stocking stuffers.

Whatever your situation—have no fear. All you need is just a short trip away in Downtown Lynchburg where shops, businesses, restaurants and more are waiting to be discovered. Our guide should give you plenty of ideas for meaningful and unique gifts sure to impress.

Bonus: Free two-hour holiday parking throughout downtown makes it easier than ever to visit; from now through January 1, the City is offering free parking to help everyone fully embrace the season!

Bowen Jewelers in Downtown Lynchburg
Bowen Jewelers in Downtown Lynchburg

For the Person Who Has Everything

Focus on meaningful and unique gifts sure to be remembered for years!

  • Make it a Christmas to remember by restoring or updating a treasured family heirloom at Bowen Jewelry, 829 Main Street
  • For something truly one-of-a-kind, check out the handmade and functional pottery turned out at Oxide Pottery, 1337 Main Street
  • Gift a memorable night on the town for dinner and a show; choose from Downtown’s excellent restaurants and check out upcoming performances of opera, theatre, and more
  • Snag something unique and memorable at Buzzard's Roost, 718 Commerce St.
  • Create a gift basket filled with some of their favorite things from Downtown stores and restaurants (keep reading for specific ideas!)
Good Karma Tea Co.
Good Karma Tea Co.

For the Coworker / Neighbor / Teacher

Some memorable gift ideas to show your appreciation for those in your life!

  • Select a fine box of artisan chocolates or truffles from Altus Chocolate, 908 Main Street
  • For the tea drinkers, select from a variety of organic loose-leaf teas from Good Karma Tea Co., 901 Jefferson Street-Suite 110, and for coffee, pick up some artisan micro-roasted beans at Grains of Sense, inside the Community Market on Main Street.
  • Save yourself time and gift a box of sugary sweets from Simply Irresistible Bakery, 901 Jefferson Street, Suite 1
  • Pick up fresh Christmas wreaths from various vendors or lavender-scented soaps and lotions from Evergreen Lavender Farm, found at the Community Market on Main Street
  • Find a little of everything at Heritage Connections Gift Shop at 915 Main Street
Bikes Unlimited
Bikes Unlimited

For the Adventurous One

Present some new challenges and experiences to your favorite Adventurer!

  • Help them reach new heights with a gift certificate for Rise Up Climbing, 1225 Church Street
  • Bring them up to speed with a tune-up, new accessories, or even a brand new ride at Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street
  • Skateboards, bikes, recycled skateboard items and more to choose from at Scene3, 1107 Main Street
Interior's By Moyanne
Interior's By Moyanne

For the Interior Decorator

Inspire your home decorator with these standout items!  

  • Home goods, specialty garden items, holiday decor, and much more from ACCENTS Flags, Gifts, Home & Garden, 1716 Main Street
  • Beautiful pieces, lux bedding, and fabrics to inspire at Interiors by Moyanne, 107 13th Street
  • Find gorgeous, hand-poured candles that will standout from the rest at Beeswax Candle Co., 109 13th Street
  • Find all the character for the old house lovers in your life at McCraw's Furniture, 1214 Main Street or next door at Bailey Spencer Hardware, 1216 Main Street
Enchanted
Enchanted

Stocking Stuffers

One of the best aspects of Christmas has to be the stockings; impress with these fabulous finds!

  • Discover fine gifts, personal accessories, and antiques to peruse at Enchanted, 1204 Main Street 
  • ­Make it easy on yourself and stop by the “Stuff Your Stocking” display area featuring nail files, lip balms, tech screen cleaners, teen headbands, flashlights, car coasters and so much more at ACCENTS Flags, Gifts, Home & Garden, 1716 Main Street
  • Grab a bag of house-roasted beans from The White Hart, 1208 Main Street
  • Surprise with some tasty cake pops or a box of macaroons from Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats, 1008B Commerce Street
  • Nothing’s more exciting than finding a gift card hidden amongst the candy and Chapstick; surprise your loved ones with certificates to Downtown restaurants, bakeries, shops, andmore.
mainstreet
mainstreet

For the Couple

Ideas for gifting to your favorite couple or even your significant other!

opera-on-the-james-die-fledermus-2012
opera-on-the-james-die-fledermus-2012

For the Music Lover

Whether listening, playing, or both, treat your favorite music lover to some new inspiration!

Favored Flavors
Favored Flavors

For the Home Chef

Inspire with some fresh and local ingredients!

  • Gift some flavor-infused extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Favored Flavors, 912 Main Street
  • Fill a large basket with all of the ingredients needed for a gourmet spread; make sure to include the printed recipe and a gift card for any remaining fresh essentials! Choose items at the Lynchburg Community Market, 1219 Main Street
The Conscious Mercantile in Downtown Lynchburg
The Conscious Mercantile in Downtown Lynchburg

For the Conscientious Consumer  

Surprise your favorite sustainability expert with thoughtful and local purchases!

City Place Cigar
City Place Cigar

For the Men

Show you pay attention to his interests and hobbies with these items!

The Patriotic Peacock
The Patriotic Peacock

For the Ladies

From dressing up to pampering, spoil a special lady with these gifts!

  • Gift an artistic experience with a painting class at the Patriotic Peacock, 1210 Main Street
  • Find something just for fun, such as bath salts, glass necklaces, and local art in The Art Box, 422 12th Street
  • Be brave, and pick out some clothes or accessories you think she might like at  Shay’s Unique Gifts, 1300 Commerce Street or Live Trendy or Die, 1101 Church Street
  • Treat her to some relaxation with a soothing and peaceful trip to Telitha the Spa, 1200 Main Street or The Parlor Spa, 108 9th Street
  • Find the perfect party dress (say for New Year’s Eve?) and some trendy accessories at Frolic by Celebration, 920 Main Street
Baby B's
Baby B's

For the Kids

Gift items sure to last and provide plenty of fun over the years!

  • Find traditional children’s clothes, for infant to tween—along with toys and more—at BabyB’s,  821 Main Street
  • Discovery, knowledge, and fun await with a year’s membership (that the parents will equally appreciate) to Amazement Square, 27 9th Street
  • Find handmade and hand knit doll clothes from Wee Cann Creations and Shirley Carwile, all inside the Community Market on Main Street.  
  • Help them foster an appreciation for the arts with a class at The Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street

Keep up to date by following Lynch’s Landing on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownLynchburg. And don’t forget: free two-hour holiday parking through January 1. 

12 Family Activities to Help You Explore Downtown Lynchburg

burentals.jpg

For every parent who has ever faced the Battle of Boredom, we’re here to help. Downtown Lynchburg offers more to explore than ever before for all kids from the active to the artistic and everyone in between. Check out our list of 12 family activities that promise to break your routine and involve the whole family in memorable and exciting adventures. Share your discoveries by tagging #DowntownLynchburg.

1) Learn Something New at Amazement Square  

If there’s one thing you do on a visit to Downtown Lynchburg, it should be the nationally recognized Amazement Square. Kids of all ages will find something to engage their curiosity on four floors of interactive, colorful exhibits that combine movement and play with history, science, music, and more. Pretend to be an architect and draft a building in the “office” or explore the James River with a running replica complete with working dams and canoes.

Located at 27 Ninth Street and on the web at www.amazementsquare.org.

Percivals Island in Downtown Lynchburg
Percivals Island in Downtown Lynchburg

2) Get Up Close and Personal with Nature on Percival’s Island.  

If bugs, fish, and other wildlife fascinate your kids, take them for an adventure on Percival’s Island, which can be accessed from the corner of Washington Street and Concord Turnpike. Practice reading maps at the trail information display, take some family photos at the LOVE sign, and get ready to explore. Take the RiverWalk Trail which is paved and spans the whole island, or go off the grid and explore the many hidden foot trails. With two large walking bridges spanning the river at different points, you’ll have great views of both the city and the wooded areas. Everyone will enjoy the quiet sanctuary of the woods whether walking or biking.

Parking available at Washington Street and Concord Turnpike and more information on the web at www.lynchburgparksandrec.com.

Lynchburg Museum in Downtown Lynchburg
Lynchburg Museum in Downtown Lynchburg

3) Go Back in Time at the Lynchburg Museum 

Perched at the top of Monument Terrace, the Lynchburg Museum is a great activity for middle-aged and older children who are learning an appreciation and sense of place. Downtown Lynchburg boasts centuries of history and much of it is carefully housed in our old courthouse where curated exhibits reveal what life was like for those who built Lynchburg. Discovery is the name of the game, so after your visit, spark conversation by asking what each child found interesting and memorable. You may be surprised at what stood out to them!

Located at 901 Court Street and on the web at www.lynchburgmuseum.org.

Lynchburg Community Market in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Lynchburg Community Market in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

4) Get Culinary with the Lynchburg Community Market

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating a meal from start to finish. Get the whole family involved by deciding what you want to prepare (the market blog has some great suggestions) and then divvy out assignments. After making grocery lists, visit the Lynchburg Community Market where kids can select all of their ingredients—fresh and local and on the spot; they can even practice paying with cash if you want to up the ante. Grab a quick snack or dessert for later from one of the many food vendors and enjoy the fresh air.

Located at 1219 Main Street and on the web at www.lynchburgcommunitymarket.com.

First Friday in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
First Friday in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

5) Appreciate Downtown Lynchburg’s Culture with First Fridays

No longer is cost an excuse because First Fridays means you and your family can enjoy the Downtown Lynchburg scene without admissions costs plus the free trolley rides make it especially easy to pop in places like Riverviews Artspace and the Renaissance Theatre. Starting at 5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, this uniquely downtown event invites you to explore 10+ stops, each filled with fresh exhibits, a variety of art, history, music, and more.

Find the map for the free trolley and more details on the web at www.firstfridayslynchburg.com.

Academy Center of the Arts in Downtown Lynchburg
Academy Center of the Arts in Downtown Lynchburg

6) Get Crafty at the Academy Center of the Arts

Interested in an artistic option? The Academy Center of the Arts is offering several family friendly workshops and activities such as three Family Saturday Workshops focused on making your own fall-themed clay pumpkins, leaves, or ornaments.  At only $10, it’s a great activity for parents and kids to be creative together and take home a meaningful keepsake. New Kindermusik classes offer an interactive musical learning experience for younger kids and are a perfect “Mommy and Me” option. If you’re interested in some entertainment as well, consider the kid-friendly shows put on this fall by the Virginia Repertory Theatre—“Pocahontas” and “The Night Before Christmas.”

Located at 600 Main Street and on the web at www.academycenter.org.

Rise Up Climbing in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Rise Up Climbing in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

7) Explore new heights at Rise Up Climbing

Keep everyone active even on a rainy day with a visit to Rise Up Climbing. A quick 30-minute Basic Skills Intro class will get your whole family up to speed on the ins-and-outs of rock wall climbing. Available for afternoon and evening sessions, indoor climbing is an excellent way to find both a mental and physical challenge. It also shows your kids that it’s never too late to try something new. 

Located at 1225 Church Street and on the web at www.riseupclimbing.com.

Bikes Unlimited in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Bikes Unlimited in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

8) Test Your Endurance by Biking the Trails

Downtown Lynchburg is the intersection of several biking trails, allowing you several choices on starting points, trail rides, interesting stopovers, and more. Venture off to the RiverWalk Trail on Percival’s Island or jump on to the Blackwater Creek Trail for miles and miles of exploration. If you’re new to biking and need rental options or are looking for a tune-up, check out Bikes Unlimited at 1312 Jefferson Street, which is right on the Riverfront trail. Or start more centrally on Main Street at scene3 where you’ll also enjoy seeing their creative goods made from recycled materials.

Find more information on the web at www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/trails.

James River in Lynchburg, VA
James River in Lynchburg, VA

9) Make a Splash on the James River

Canoeing? Check. Fishing? Check. Views of the James River are great but nothing beats the experience of cruising along the water in a canoe, catching some fish, and experiencing the river hands-on. Help your kids learn the basics of water safety and the skills to capture a fish and watch their confidence soar. To access the river from the Lynchburg side, check out the canoe ramp at 7th Street .

More information on the web at www.lynchburgparksandrec.com.

Ploughcroft Tea Room in Lynchburg, VA
Ploughcroft Tea Room in Lynchburg, VA

10) Enjoy High Tea at Ploughcroft Tea Room

Foreign travel is a bucket list item for every family but the high costs can make it hard to do; in the meantime, you can enjoy a taste of England in Downtown Lynchburg at the Ploughcroft Tea Room where fine teas are steeped and served in beautiful and unique teapots. The elegance, culture, and tasty bites are sure to leave a lasting impression and perhaps will even spark an interest in the history of America’s relationship with the United Kingdom. Kids may also enjoy tasting some British savories such as Cottage Pie or sweets such as Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Located at 1215 Commerce Street and on the web at www.ploughcrofttearoom.com.

Monmument Terrace in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Monmument Terrace in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

11) Break a Sweat in Downtown Lynchburg

Whether you’re having a family competition via Fitbit or capturing some wild Pokémon, Downtown Lynchburg has plenty to get your blood pumping. See who can summit all 139 steps of Monument Terrace first or who can discover more Pokémon along the recently completed Bluffwalk. Since PokéStops tend to be linked with public art and history installations, you can truly kill two birds with one stone—technology doesn’t need to be the enemy; just use it to get your family out and about in the city.

Find maps and more on the web at www.DowntownLynchburg.com.

Civil War Tour in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Civil War Tour in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

12) Retrace History on a Civil War tour

Bust out your walking shoes and join the Lynchburg Visitor Center’s resident Civil War historian, Judy Harvey, for a walking tour of Downtown Lynchburg. She’ll point out areas still present—from buildings to viewpoints—that connect us to the memorable events of our past. Virginia’s known for its wealth of history, and Lynchburg is no exception. Tours this fall will be held on September 3 and October 1 at 2 p.m.; they start at the Lynchburg Visitor’s Center, on the corner of 12th and Church streets, and last for approximately 90 minutes.

Confirm at (434) 485­-7290 or visit on the web at www.lynchburgvirginia.org.

Youth Art Crawl Returns to Downtown Lynchburg

DSCN5844.jpg

Lynch's Landing is collaborating with the Academy of Fine Arts and Lynchburg City Schools for the 3rd Annual Youth Art Crawl to celebrate and promote youth arts during the month of March.  Students from Lynchburg City Schools have created artwork in different mediums. Last week, the artwork was installed in participating downtown businesses and at the Academy of Fine Arts. Artwork will be available for the community to enjoy through April 1, 2013.  The goal of this celebration is to inspire young artists' minds and bring the community downtown to support local businesses and local youth. There will be over 255 student pieces participating in this event.

DSCN5840
DSCN5840

Student work can be found at the following locations:

Heritage Elementary School

 Baby B’s  |

 821 Main Street

Bedford Hills Elementary

 School Bank of the James| 

823 Main Street

Paul Munro Elementary School

 Market at Main | 

904 Main Street

Sandusky Elementary School, The Go Center, and T.C. Miller Elementary School

 CAO Artisan Chocolates | 

908 Main Street

Perrymont Elementary School

 High Peak Sportswear |

924 Main Street

Linkhorne Elementary School

 Scene 3 Board Shop | 

1107 Main Street

Bass Elementary School

 Telitha Spa | 

1200 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Urban Merchant| 

1206 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Gladiola Girls | 

1220 Main Street

Dunbar Middle School

 Lynchburg Community Market |

1219 Main Street

R.S. Payne Elementary School and Sheffield Elementary School

 The White Hart | 

1208 Main Street

Dearington Elementary School

 Lynchburg Visitors Center | 

216 12

th

 Street

Linkhorne Middle School

 Dance Theater of Lynchburg | 

722 Commerce Street

Sandusky Middle School

 Riverviews Artspace | 

901 Jefferson Street