Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One Year of Innkeeping at Maury Place!

I noticed today that our departing guests had signed the very last page of our guest book. What a coincidence that we would be turning to the last page of the guest book as 2009 comes to a close. It certainly prompted me to reflect on our busy 2009 and look forward to what 2010 holds in store. The first guests to sign our guest book signed it on October 28, 2008. They were a couple from Oakland CA and noted "This is a fabulous home! Great hospitality! Great food! We'll tell everyone about it." The guests who signed our book this morning were a mother and daughter from Florida. They noted "Not just a place to stay, but a destination! Thank you." In between, we have had guests from as far away as Germany, Great Britain, and Puerto Rico! We have also had visitors from New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Chicago, Charlotte, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and from our own City of Richmond. We have become a destination getaway for folks from the Tidewater area of Virginia and the Research Triangle of North Carolina. We have hosted guests here celebrating happy occasions such as college graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays and some here for a family funeral. Each guest who has walked through our front door--visiting for whatever reason--has brought us special joy. We have been honored to already have had repeat visitors here for the second, third, or even fourth time! It has been a great year and we appreciate the continued support of our guests, family, and friends. All the best for 2010!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Richmond VA Ukrop's 10K registration now open

Some 25,000 runners finished last year’s 10K in Richmond, and registration is now open for the 2010 10K race set for March 27, 2010.

Maury Place boasts a virtual “bird’s eye view” of Monument Avenue for guests to watch the Richmond 10K, from our front porch or from the Pathfinder Suite’s private balcony upstairs.

Guests have a view of the runners going west and then returning east as they run the 10K along the length of the Monument Avenue Historic District and its six famous statues, from the Gen. “Jeb” Stuart statue in the east, passing the Matthew Fontaine Maury statue at Maury Place, and circling back at the Arthur Ashe monument to run the final 5K to the finish at Monroe Park near Virginia Commonwealth University. The Kraft Race Festival will be the site of the best post-race party anywhere, organizers claim. It takes place adjacent to the finish line in Monroe Park.

According to Bart Yasso, chief running officer at Runner's World who included the Richmond 33-year-old 10K on his list of 10 great road races, reported in USA TODAY, it’s partly because of its route alongside Richmond’s historic monuments. "You get the sense that Richmond really was the capital of the south." He explains that it's also a very festive race, citing the rockin’ music and imaginative cheers from the Spirit Groups along the scenic, tree-lined medians, costumers on the run, cheers from thousands of partying spectators and people watchers -- some 35,000 participants in all. "It's a big party," Yasso says.

Sign-up for the 10K

Book accommodations at Maury Place

For more information about the 10K, call 804-285-9495 or visit sportsbackers.org


Matthew Fontaine Maury statue videoshow

Map of 10K through Monument Avenue Historic District

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas at Maury Place

Today, Inn Dogs Lucy and Chico opened their present from their good doggie friends Gillie, George, Marigold, and Snickerdoodle. (Thank you, Jennie!)  To the right, you can see Lucy opening the gift, which contained very tasty treats!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Maury Place Winter Storm Watch

Richmond Virginia has been turned into a winter wonderland by 10 inches of fresh snow.  The picture to the right is a night time picture of our back yard taken by our neighbor.  

Mac and Herb spent all morning yesterday shoveling snow from our parking area and sidewalks, so we are not missing a beat.  Herb and his wife Christine are both employees at Maury Place, having recently moved down to Richmond from Maine.  Snow shovel in hand, Herb commented, "I thought we came down here to get away from this stuff!".

This is the time of year our guests can really enjoy our 6 gas fireplaces, hot tub, and warm hospitality. 

And if you are a Virginia resident who is snowbound and can't do your Christmas shopping, consider a Maury Place gift card.  You can purchase a Maury Place Gift Certificate online, and print it at home or have us mail it to you!  And stay tuned to our website and blog, as we will be posting new winter specials and Valentine Day specials in the next couple of days.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Buy a Maury Place B&B Gift Certificate Online!

Maury Place now offers you the option to buy a bed and breakfast gift certificate online! These make great gifts for Christmas or Valentines day. Just click the "gift certificate" button at the top right corner of any page of our website. You can make it for any amount, pay for it online, and choose whether you want to print it yourself, or have us mail it to you.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Trees Are Up!

Maury Place is fully decked out for the holidays! We have put the finishing touches on each of four Christmas trees. You can see all four trees from the front door entry hall! The large tree in the bay window in our front parlor is decorated in silver, gold, clear, and white ornaments this year. It sparkles! The small tree under the steps in our front hall has an Old World look with small glass candle ornaments and stained glass stars. We also have a few Maury Place gift items under the tree that might be perfect for Christmas gift giving. As last year, the small tree in the library is decorated with my collection of glass birds. I purchased most of these birds during a Christmas Markets trip that Mac and I took with some friends a few years ago. I think I was drawn to collecting these birds because I remember a similar ornament from our Wells family tree that belonged to my mother. We have also displayed our nutcracker collection in the library. My Mom also started me on that collection! I have displayed only twelve, but I have several more! Some of those also came from our German Christmas markets trip, but the basis of the collection is a soldier nutcracker that my parents gave me when I was 13. It is unusual because it is stamped on the bottom as having been made in East Germany. Finally, our largest tree is in the dining room. It has a woodland theme and is decorated with birds, pinecones, and other woodland items. Christmas time is here!