Saturday, October 31, 2009

Maury Place One Year Anniversary

Today, October 31, is the one year anniversary of our first guests staying at Maury Place! I just turned back our guest book to read what our first guests wrote: "What a memorable Halloween night--it was a TREAT to spend it here! We will spread the word about this beautiful place!" We have come a long way since then. Thank you to all of our loyal guests, friends and supporters! The year has flown by, and we have learned so much! Yes, there have been times when we were not particularly excited to rise at 6:00 a.m. to begin our morning routine for breakfast preparations, but I can truthfully say that chatting with our guests in the dining room ALWAYS brightened my day. The many wonderful guests who have entered our doors and shared their lives with us have made it ALL worthwhile! We also appreciate guest suggestions in how to make the Maury Place guest experience even better! We added power strips in each guest room for laptops, cell phones, ipods, etc.; a single cup coffee maker in the butler's pantry for late night or early morning coffee, tea or hot chocolate; and mini book lights by every bed. We are now looking into lighted make-up mirrors for the bathrooms. In just a year, we have reached Number One on TripAdvisor, and we could not have achieved that without our great guests who have enriched our lives and Maury Place! This month was our busiest month ever, and we have been noted in this Fall's issues of Washingtonian and Taste of the South magazines. Coming soon will be articles about our innkeepers' suite in Small Room Decorating magazine and about our new kitchen in Better Homes and Gardens' Remodel magazine. Thank you to you all, and we look forward to many more rewarding years ahead! Stay tuned for November specials to commemorate our one year in business and to honor the 80th Anniversary of the dedication of the Maury Statue. Guests who checked in this evening are celebrating their one year wedding anniversary. Divine Symmetry!! Happy Halloween!!

Maury Place Guests Enjoy Spectacular Fall Colors on Monument Avenue

The fall colors are particularly vibrant this year on Richmond Virginia's historic Monument Avenue. See for yourself with this slideshow!

Maury Place is Richmond Virginia's Luxury Bed and Breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue and its Matthew Fontaine Maury Statue. Guests can enjoy the Avenue from our large front porch, and our Pathfinder Suite is the only guest room in Richmond with a private balcony overlooking Monument Avenue.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Statue For Monument Avenue?

A suggestion is being discussed in Richmond Virginia to add a statue to Monument Avenue... a statue to Secretariat, the legendary triple crown winner. Born in Virginia, in 1973 Secretariat was the ninth ever to win the triple crown. Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths, a victory ranked by ESPN as one of the all time greatest sports performances. Secretariat's record times in the Belmont and Kentucky Derby have never been beaten. A movie about the life of Secretariat is due out in 2010.

Supporters of this idea would like the statue to be erected at Straweberry Street and Monument, between the statues of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. In addition to these two, Richmond VA's Monument Avenue contains statues of Arthur Ashe, the tennis champion, and Civil War leaders Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, and the Oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury.

"Monument Avenue Historic District" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Monument Avenue one of the 10 Great Streets in the country. The APA said Monument Avenue was selected for its historic architecture, urban form, quality residential and religious architecture, diversity of land uses, public art and integration of multiple modes of transportation.

Maury Place is the only Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue. Guests have a direct view of the statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury from our front porch, or from the private balcony in our Pathfinder Suite. This month is the 80th anniversary of the Maury Statue.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Maury Place Again #1 Richmond Virginia B&B in Trip Advisor

As Maury Place approaches its one year anniversary, we are once again the # 1 Richmond VA Bed and Breakfast on Trip Advisor! Maury Place opened as a luxury B&B October 31, 2008.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Chico the Maury Place Inn Dog

Our smallest and youngest Maury Place Inn Dog is Chico, a four year old terrier mix weighing just 13 pounds. ( I tell people Chico is "like a dog, but smaller.") We found Chico at the SPCA in Rockbridge County, Virginia in 2006. After Jeff saw Chico's picture on the SPCA website, we visted the SPCA to check him out. The first thing Chico did is to greet Jeff by licking him on the nose, thus sealing the deal.

Chico is a bundle of energy, living every moment with enthusiasm. Well behaved and affectionate, Chico cheerfully supervises the B&B, and loves to meet new people. A favorite activity is to take long walks down Monument Avenue, striding with a proud strut that belies his small stature.

Chico adores his big sister Lucy, and often can be found cuddled up next to her in bed. Other times, Chico will mimic Lucy by sleeping in an identical posture, in what we call "synchronized napping".

Often Jeff an I will comment that there is a lot we can learn from Chico's enthusiastic embrace of each moment, and we should try to "live a little more like Chico".

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Signs of Autumn at Maury Place B&B!

There are two sure signs of autumn at Maury Place. First, the trees on Monument Avenue begin to turn color. Second, Jeff's fall decor appears! We are now seeing the first signs of color on Monument Avenue, inlcuding the tree right in front of the B&B. During the fall, Maury Palce B&B guests can enjoy spectacular colors as they sit on our porch or balcony, or stroll down Monument Avenue. Monument Avenue, right outside our front door, features over a mile long section with a broad grass mall, lined with trees, lined with great historic homes.

And soon Maury Place will showcase Jeff's great fall decorations. Today we drove to Lexington, Virginia, stopping at a farmer's market in Stuart's Draft. We picked up some pumpkins for our fall decor, as well as some local apple butter and pumpkin butter to feature at our Maury Place breakfasts.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

The Maury Place Inn Dogs: Lucy's Story

Our bed and breakfast would not be complete without our two Maury Place Inn Dogs, Lucy and Chico. Lucy and Chico both are "rescue dogs" who we found in local shelters. Before we met her, Lucy spent a year at the Richmond Animal League, a shelter that places 100% of its rescued animals into homes. Lucy was named after Lucy in the Charlie Brown series; we are told she had a brother named Linus, who was adopted before we adopted Lucy.

Lucy is the epitome of B&B hospitality. She is gracious, calm, and loves everyone she meets. Her big brown eyes will captivate you!