Friday, May 28, 2010

Tiffany Exhibition Sneak Peek!

Mac and I attended a press and hospitality preview of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art's first traveling exhibit in its brand new wing, "Tiffany: Color and Light."  The exhibit opens to the public on May 29 and will run through August 15.  In short, it was spectacular!  Each jewel colored room opens into the next with each filled with a variety of incredible Tiffany objects.  Jewelry, lamps, vases, and incredible stained glass windows!  The exhibit is beautifully curated with gorgeous lighting and display.  Of course, we purchased a copy of the exhibit book for our own library here at Maury Place.  While admission to the museum itself is free, tickets are required for the Tiffany Exhibition ($15 for adults and $12 for Seniors, Students with ID, and Adult groups of 10 or more).  The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.  (as of July 2, the Museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays as well!).  We now offer a Tiffany lodging special:  10% off your Maury Place total with proof of purchase of exhibit tickets.  Stay tuned for a Tiffany Exhibit package!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tiffany Exhibition Special from Maury Place at Monument!

We have just posted a lodging special for visitors to the Tiffany Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)!  Ticket holders to the Exhibition can enjoy a 10% discount off their stay at Maury Place at Monument.  We are really excited about the VMFA hosting this exhibition, which runs May 29- August 15.  Richmond is the only place this exhibit will be shown in the United States.

Maury Place is the perfect lodging for visitors the museum, which is walking distance from our inn. Check out the details of this and other specials on our bed and breakfast specials page, then book your reservation to stay with us!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Honeymoon Get Away: Maury Place Hosts TWO Honeymoon Couples!

This weekend will mark a Maury Place first: two newlywed couples on the same weekend!  Eric and Kathy are getting married this afternoon and celebrating with a reception tomorrow.  They will be honeymooning at Maury Place tonight and tomorrow night.  Arielle and Brandon are getting married tomorrow and will spend their wedding night with us tomorrow evening before departing on their trip on Sunday!  Congratulations to them both!  Maury Place is the perfect place for a honeymoon or simply a romantic getaway.  Now that our pool is open, guests have a very private oasis outside as well.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Maury Place has a Mobile Website!

We are excited to be at the cutting edge of the bed and breakfast web universe with a brand new mobile website!! Travelers with iPhones or other mobile devices can now access a site customized for the small screen in order to find information about our inn and our rooms, view a map, and get directions. To visit the new mobile website with your iPhone or other mobile divice, just go to our regular Maury Place at Monument web site. The website will automatically detect that you are using a mobile divice, and will redirect you to the new site. Cool... very very cool.

Our nifty new site was designed by our friends at Acorn Internet, the smartest of the internet gurus.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Virginia Innkeepers Diary: Date Night is Important!

One of the things that we learned at various innkeeper gatherings, either with the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia or the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, is the importance of setting aside private time for ourselves. We enjoy being innkeepers, but it is also very important to have some "down time" to keep ourselves fresh and motivated to serve guests in our home. It is also good for our marriage!! Mac and I make every effort to set aside Wednesday or Thursday night as a "Date Night." Last night was just such a night, and we had a great time! We started off with a glass of wine at Carytown's new wine bar "Secco." The proprietor is Julia, who we know from her wine shop next door, River City Cellars. Secco is a great spot for a pre- or post-theatre glass of wine. They also serve light food. We will definitely go back! After that, we had dinner at one of Carytown's newest restaurants, Bovenu--and we loved it! Mac had a delicious salmon and I had a perfectly done filet mignon. We are so happy to discover both new spots in Carytown, and we look forward to returning. After dinner, we went to see the latest production of Richmond's Triangle Players, "Take Me Out." We had seen the show during its original Broadway run a few years ago, and our new production here in Richmond was excellent! We returned home grateful for the escape and again amazed at what great opportunities in wine, food, and theatre Richmond has to offer!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Chicken-and-Egg Haikus

I saved an article from the "Edible Austin" magazine I picked up when we were in Austin for the Professional Association of Innkeepers Conference about their spring haiku contest.  The first and second place winners by Carrie Kenny are my favorites:

Why cross?  What came first?
Such big questions you carry
Oh, little chicken.

Egg essential whole
Like Humpty Dumpty you crack
Undone by breakfast.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Richmond VA B&B's on Trip Advisor: Maury Place is #1!

Maury Place is now #1 on Trip Advisor for Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Inns!  We are delighted to have so many guests write reviews, and look forward to hosting many more happy travelers.  Check out our reviews online at our Guest Reviews Page.  Reviews can be placed at BedAndBreakfast.com, Trip Advisor, Yelp, or our facebook page.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Richmond Virginia Restaurants - What is your favorite?

One of our important services to our bed and breakfast guests is recommending great Richmond Virginia restaurants for lunch and dinner.  We are always trying to learn about new restuarants, and asking our friends and family their likes and dislikes on the Richmond dining scene.  So what do you think?  Do you know any undiscovered Richmond restaurant, or some neigborhood gem that we should know about?  If you do, please go to the discussion area of our Maury Place Facebook Page, and post your thoughts.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner Sponsored by Maury Place!

Maury Place Innkeepers Mac and myself, along with 5 of our Inn guests, attended this year's Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner Saturday Night. It was a spectacular evening with 850+ attending from throughout Virginia, highlighted by keynote speaker Andrew Sullivan.  The Commonwealth Dinner is an annual gala and dinner of Equality Virginia, an organization working for the equality of LGBT persons.  Andrew Sullivan, the popular writer for Atlantic Monthly and blogger of  The Daily Dish, spoke of the right of every LGBT person to dignity and civil equality.  This weekend's EV events also included a special tour of the newly re-opened Virginia Museum of Fine Arts., located just a half mile from Maury Place.

Mac and I are proud to support Equality Virginia, and hosted a table this year which included Mac's mom, my sister, neighbors, and friends. In addition, most of our guests this weekend were attendees of the Dinner.  Mac has served on the Equality Virginia board in the past, and his dealership has also been a sponsor.