Friday, April 30, 2010

Join Our Facebook Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Breakfast?

At Maury Place on Monument, we serve our guests a full gourmet breakfast each morning, and we love to discover great new breakfast recipes to offer our Inn guests!  Join our Facebook discussion and tell us about your favorite breakfast!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fetch a Cure Art Night April 30th

Maury Place at Monument is pleased to once again support Fetch-a-Cure's "Fetching Art Night", this year held April 30th from 5-10 pm at the Glave-Kocen Gallery at 1620 West Main Street.  Twenty-two artists will show their animal inspired artwork, with proceeds to benefit Fetch A Cure's work helping pets diagnosed with cancer. Fetch a Cure supports research, education, and care to help ensure that pets receive the care that they need. Maury Place Inn Dogs Lucy and Chico, who both came to us from rescue organizations, are delighted that we support this work! Lucy, our senior citizen, is shown here with her portrait by Bark-N-Art pet painter Kerri Douthat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Sneak Peek!

Mac and I have just returned from the special press preview of the newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  We are very excited about the re-opening of the VMFA, which is just steps away from Maury Place at Monument.  It was fun to see neighbors and friends who are on the VMFA staff who have literally been working on this project for years!  It is thrilling to see the results of their efforts!  The new McGlothlin Wing features large expanses of glass so that visitors will see spectacular art and activities inside before they even reach the entrance. Large glass windows allow natural light to pour into the museum by day and provide a welcoming beacon from the outside at night.  The newly conceived museum adds cohesiveness to the entire campus and is bright, welcoming, and a "state of the art" setting for the VMFA's expansive and varied collections.  The new museum will also feature a huge new shop and two new restaurants.  Best of all, general admission will be free (with a fee for some special exhibitions).  The museum will be open to the public on May 1 and will feature special exhibits of:  American Art from the McGlothlin Collection (one of the finest private collections of historical American art in the country); German Expressionist Art from the Fischer Collection (featuring major works by Kandinsky, Kirchner, and others); and Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art of Paris (the VMFA has one of the top collections in America of contemporary European work).  Of course, we are all eagerly anticipating the VMFA's first major exhibition after the opening of the McGlothlin Wing, "Tiffany: Color and Light."  This exhibit will run from May 29, 2010 through August 15, 2010.  The VMFA will be the only venue in the United States to feature this show, which will focus on Tiffany's innovative artistry and techniques he developed to achieve original and spectacular effects in glass.  This will be the most important exhibition of Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces in a generation and draws from the finest collections in Europe, North America, and Russia.  It will be a Summer of Art in the Museum District of Richmond!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Virginia Winery James River Cellars Featured at Maury Place

Maury Place at Monument now features both the Chardonnay and Chardonel from the James River Cellars Winery among our featured Virginia Wines. Complimentary wine is a guest amenity for our guests, and we are proud to exclusively feature wines from Virginia winemakers.  Both of our new wines from James River are crisp and fresh, with full flavor, great for sipping or with food. 

Located just 12 miles north of Maury Place, James River Cellars is a family owned vineyard offering a full selection of wines.  They offer tastings daily, as well as great events like their weekly Fridays on the Patio, featuring live music, appetizers, winery tour, and wine tasting.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Opening Features Tiffany collection

One of America's greatest artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), renowned designer and master of glass, will be the subject of the first major exhibition in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) new McGlothlin Wing, a landmark gift to VMFA by James W. and Frances G. McClothlin.

The VMFA is just one of many things to do in Richmond, VA that are within walking distance to Maury Place.  The Museum will complete its 165,000-square-foot addition to the museum in May, 2010, and grand opening events are planned starting May 1. VMFA is considered one of the top 20 comprehensive museums in the U.S., according to the American Association of Museums. 

The VMFA will be the only American museum to show the Tiffany exhibition, which focuses on his primary achievements in the artistry of glass. More than 180 objects will be featured in Tiffany: Color and Light, said to be the artist's "most important exhibition."  The centerpiece of the Tiffany presenation will be eight newly restored windows from the Erskine and American United Church in Montreal "considered one of Tiffany's most spectacular commissions," and never before shown in the U.S.

The McGlothlin Wing will house some 150 paintings of the McGlothlin's, collectors of American Art. James W. McGlothlin is Chairman, President, and CEO of the United Company. Their art collection is a bequeath to the VMFA.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stay Cool On Your Next Virginia Vacation – The Maury Place Pool Is Open!

We have just opened the Maury Place pool for the season, so guests can bring swimsuits to their next Maury Place getaway!  This will be our first full season with our pool, which was completed August 2009.  The pool is 30 feet by 15 feet, and is climate controlled to stay at a comfortable tempurature throughout the season.  In the corner of the pool is a large hot tub.  Surrounded by bluestone, and featuring a fountain water feature, the pool is a beautiful part of the back garden area, visible from the private balcony of the Belmont Suite, as well as from Addie's Suite.

Our pool and spa are amenities available to all guests, one of the many of the amenities that make us the perfect Virginia Vacation Spot!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Civil War and Emancipation Day on April 17: Enjoy Richmond Museums for Free!

On next Saturday, April 17, more than 15 Richmond museums will offer activities, special programs, historic interpretations, and guided tours FOR FREE!  The American Civil War Center, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center, the John Marshall House, the Library of Virginia, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Valentine History Center are just a few of the participating museums and institutions.  In addition, free shuttle service will be offered downtown and throughout the Museum District along Boulevard to the participating sites.  Venture Richmond and Segway of Richmond will also offer free River District Canal Cruises and Segway tours of Brown's Island.  Events start at 9:45 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m.  One Day.  Fifteen Sites Citywide.  All for free!  The day is coordinated by The Future of Richmond's Past, a citywide effort by the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of American slavery.  For further information, visit

Friday, April 9, 2010

Richmond Virginia Restaurants

We have just added our list of our personal favorite top 10 Restaurants in Richmond VA to our website! Our list includes local Carytown favorites Can Can and Zeus Gallery Cafe, as well as Richmond classics like Lemaire and Millie’s. The new web page utilizes Google Maps to show restaurant locations, as well as links to directions for each restaurant from Maury Place.

To top off our list, we added Richmond’s best place for dessert: Bev’s Ice Cream! Bev is innkeeper Mac’s favorite, e-mailing him whenever they make a special batch of Chocolate Decadence ice cream. Yum!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Breakfast at Maury Place!

Today is a gorgeous day in Richmond and a perfect day to stroll down Monument Avenue for the annual Easter on Parade events!  We set our table with china that belonged to Mac's mother Margaret, which she kindly gave to us to use at Maury Place.  It is a DeHaviland pattern called "Apple Blossom."  With these dishes, the table looked like spring time!

Today's breakfast featured as a first course a tasty Easter Chocolate Nut Smoothie--each garnished with a chocolate bunny!  Our main plate featured our Maury Place Egg and Bacon Basket with fresh spring asparagus, citrus zing, and fresh pineapple.  All I can say is the plates came back clean! Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Maury Place B&B Spring Specials Specials!

We have updated our specials page with great springtime savings! Guests visiting for Virginia's Garden Week can save $50 by booking now at Maury Place, and we are offering free Museum District House Tour tickets to guests on Mother's Day weekend. Reserve now for your spring break at Maury Place!

'Radium Girls' at the Chamberlayne Actors Theater, Richmond

Among the April lineup of arts events for "Minds Wide Open," the Virginia celebration of women in the arts, are six performances of "Radium Girls" by the Chamberlayne Actors Theater through April 11. The work from Pulitzer-Prize nominated playright D.W. Gregory, is a story about a group of young women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corp. in the 1920's and eventually died from exposure. Director Amy Berlin calls it an uplifting story though, "these women took down a big company," she said. What's perhaps more dramatic is that nine actors portray 30 roles, there are more than two dozen scenes and twice that many lighting and sound cues. The play has been staged more than 80 times in theaters across the country and in Europe.

Performances are Friday-Saturday, April 2-3, 8pm. both nights; and 2:30 pm. Saturday.  Also April 8-10 at 8pm. and 2:30 pm. April 11.

 Read WCVE's John Porter review.