Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oscar Night is Coming this Sunday!

As readers of this blog and most of my closest friends know, I am a movie FREAK!!  Mac is less so.  Poor Mac.  I have made him sit through Gone With the Wind, Funny Girl, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, A Man for All Seasons and many other Hollywood classics because he has never seen them!  Oddly, his Mom and sister both appreciate classic movies, but somehow Mac did not get that gene!  He has been a trouper, however, in permitting me to "educate" him on Hollywood!  Fun factoid:  one of Mac's FAVORITE movies of all time is The Sound of Music!  Now his next favorite is The Rocky Horror Picture Show!  Go figure.  He is also a big Clint Eastwood fan, so he would likely say that Unforgiven is one of his favorite Best Picture winners, but he also has a soft spot for Shakespeare In Love--as do I--because we were both captivated by it on a New Year's Eve several years ago, which happens to be the anniversary of our union ceremony in 1999 and our  marriage in Boston this past New Year's.   I would have to say that my favorite Best Picture winner is probably West Side Story! Now, as for this year's Oscars!  We have seen most--but not all--of the Best Picture nominees.  I think Mac would say his favorite of those we have seen is District 9, which in my humble opinion has little chance of winning.  I would have to say my favorite movie we saw this year was Up In The Air.  We both liked Avatar, which I think will be the likely winner.  The Hurt Locker seems to be coming on strong, but we both thought it was flawed. In any case, cast your vote for your Best Picture winner in our Maury Place poll, which is on our blog page.  As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I LOVED Julie and Julia because it had such heart.  I would love to see Meryl Streep win another Oscar for playing Julia Child.  Oscar memories will be made this Sunday night!  Book a room at Maury Place on Oscar night and take advantage of our Oscar special!  We will declare a winner of our Oscar trivia quiz at breakfast on Monday morning!

And if you really want to enjoy the Oscars... check out our Oscar Night Special and enjoy the Academy Awards in HD in your luxury suite at Maury Place!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Inn Dogs Picture Album Online!

Chico and Lucy, inn dogs at Maury Place on Monument, have posted a picture album online of the cutest pictures they could find!.   View this album on Google's Picasa, or on the Maury Place Video Page.   You can read all about Chico and Lucy on our Inn Dog Page.  Both from animal rescue organizations, Chico and Lucy are delighted to be the inn dogs showing hosipitality to Richmond travelers at Maury Place on Monument!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Just Like Breakfast At The White House!

We had a full house for breakfast this morning for our special President's Day "Presidential Breakfast"!
We served guests on our special White House china.  One special thing about our breakfast table is that I love to set a different table each morning, and I am fortunate to have several sets of china to do that!  There is usually also some sort of theme involved! Of course, with the President's Day holiday, we could not resist using the White House china, which I have purchased at the Kennedy Library in Boston, the Virginia Historical Society here in Richmond, and the Victorian Parlor, a favorite shop of mine in Lexington, Virginia.  Mac gave me a very special Lincoln coffee pot with the sugar bowl and creamer for Christmas this year!  Today's place settings featured reproduction china of the Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Monroe, George Washington, James Madison, Ulysses S. Grant, and James Madison White Houses!  The colorful plates really popped on our blue table cloth!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Maury Place Featured in Current Issue of Boomer Magazine

Maury Place is featured in the current issue of Richmond's Boomer magazine.  Boomer is a free magazine that you can find at the front door of most area grocery stores and drug stores.  The February-March 2010 issue on stands now features Cal Ripkin on the cover with a headline on the bottom left corner "A Monumental B&B"--that's us!  The article is on pages 87 to 89 and features fantastic pictures taken by our friend Tony Giammarino.  We are so grateful to Tony and to the author of the article, Terri L. Jones, for such a nice feature!  Check it out!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Mac is the only one really "working" at Maury Place today, while the rest of us are onlookers. Mac has shovel duty.  We keep an eye on him from inside, and we say things like "bless your heart," and "don't work too hard, Mac," and "don't overdo it," but we don't offer to trade duties, and we say those words to him as he's heading outside to shovel snow again, as we close the door behind him, firmly inside, watching Mac work.

In here, we've just finished serving breakfast and refreshing guest rooms. We had a practice session on making breakfast wraps. The morning fires are still going downstairs, and after lunch, we will begin choosing books to read this afternoon. (Several books I've intended to read for some time!) And there's a steady supply of hot chocolate, coffee, teas, and snacks to hold us all afternoon and evening.  We have three snowbound guests at Maury Place - two by car, and one by plane. They're uncertain if they'll be able to go anywhere. There's always angst about being snowbound. But then we have to remind each other, what's not to love about a nice fire, a good book, and a cup of hot chocolate? And Mac does the shoveling?

I can't help but feel bad for Mac. He landed the winter's shovel duty. Who would have dreamed we'd have three winter storms, 10 inches of snow each time? In Richmond, Virginia?  Yet, Mac has gone about and continues to go about his duty quietly and without complaint. He's been shoveling off and on since yesterday because he doesn't like to take the chance of somebody falling around here, and he doesn't like to get behind. He keeps the snow cleared so guests can come and go - from here, anyway!

He just came inside from the snow storm, announcing confidently, "I think it's gonna end soon." We all laughed and he ignored us. He still hasn't complained.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Garden Is For Lovers!


Through the month of February, and for Valentine's Day in particular, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens has turned up the steam in their 11,000-foot conservatory for a special plant exhibit of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in full bloom, in addition to plants in their permanent collection. In the tropical wing of the Lewis Ginter conservatory, a collection of exotic, fragrant orchids will be part of the exhibit.  Lewis Ginter is just a short drive from Maury Place and always well worth a visit.  They also have a fantastic shop for Valentine's gifts!

The Lewis Ginter Tea House has planned special brunches and dinners over Valentine's Day weekend, including Sunday! 

Book our romantic Pathfinder Suite for Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14!