Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Customized Spa Baskets now available for Maury Place Guests

Always on the lookout for ways to delight our guests, we are now offering a customized spa basket as an extra in-room amenity that can be specially ordered when you book your room at Maury Place.  Just as Maury Place is no ordinary B&B, this is no ordinary spa basket! The basket will include luxurious Gilchrist & Soames bath products such as bath salts, body butter, or body refresher.   The basket could also contain full size bottles of the London Line body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion that we place in our Maury Place guest rooms.  We've also collected a variety of Gilchrist & Soames cleansing and facial soaps along with other bath "amenities," such as a bath pillow, a gel mask to soothe the eyes, a bath mitt and body brush, and mesh sponge. The basket itself can also be used long after the contents are gone! Baskets will range in price from $40 to $60 depending on size and contents.  Order a spa basket when you book your room and use the bath products in either the deluxe Pathfinder or Fontaine Suites.  Also consider booking an in-room massage while staying in the Pathfinder or Fontaine Suites for a total spa experience!

Friday, June 18, 2010

"For Good" from Wicked (ft. Nick Pitera)

Speaking of being a "Gleek, "  here is a Friday gift.  A duet of one of my favorite tunes from "Wicked"!

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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I Admit It. I'm a Gleek!

After a full day at Maury Place, I have thoroughly enjoyed retiring to our innkeepers' suite and enjoying both seasons of Glee. It is such great fun, escapist entertainment! On one level, I identify with its misfit cast of characters. I went to Kempsville High School (Class of 1980!), which is a very large high school in Virginia Beach. I was somewhat of a geek, but I thoroughly enjoyed singing in the school's various choral programs and stage productions. Props to Mr. Tatum (chorus teacher) and Mrs. Bernick (drama teacher) for pulling some pretty great performances from a pool of limited resources! I think my Dad would have preferred that I play something athletic, but to his credit, he accepted that just was not going to happen. I was--and still am--a total spaz! I am sure he and my Mom attended every chorus concert and every play. Then there were the performances of the men's glee club at Washington and Lee University and University Singers at UVA when I attended law school there. So I relate to the bonding and transformation that can happen when you raise your voice in song! And though I had very few solos, performing in front of an audience was always fun too!

In more recent years, I have sung with the Richmond Men's Chorus, in which we sang our share of show tunes! Which brings me to the next thing I love about Glee. The tunes! I think my favorites have been the Burt Bachrach tunes, Defying Gravity from Wicked, and of course, the numbers from Funny Girl! (Mac is a good sport and watches the show with me even though he is not a huge fan of musical theatre. He has enjoyed, however, the performances of the songs by Journey and Freddie Mercury!) After her performance of Don't Rain on My Parade on the Tonys this year, it seems Lea Michele may be the one to fill Barbra Streisand's shoes in a revival of her star making show on Broadway! I think discussion of that will have to be the subject of another blog! Let's just say the first record album (yes, the primitive days of music recording!) I owned was the first Partridge Family album. Go figure. My sister gave me the second record I ever owned for my 13th birthday. It was Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits! I still have it! I think the "Barbra persona" of a "misfit" with a HUGE voice struggling to be heard above the crowd is at the core of Glee. Sing proud!

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

Friday, June 4, 2010

We Are Thankful and Grateful for Guest Comments and Reviews

We are very thankful for guests who give us their reviews, thoughts, and comments after their stay at Maury Place.  We place our own comment cards and comment cards provided by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia in each guest room so that guests may provide us insights into their stay with us and let us know how we might improve the Maury Place experience.  The commentary may be anonymous or not.  Based on guest comments, we have added lighted make-up mirrors to all of our bathrooms and provided two mini reading lights in every room. We are also grateful to the many guests who have posted  reviews of Maury Place on and  Occasionally, we also receive notes or e-mails from guests letting us know how much they enjoyed Maury Place.  Here is one recent note from a guest who visited Richmond from California to see the historic sites here.  She and her husband stayed with us in Addie's Suite for a week: 

Thank you an incredibly wonderful experience at your beautiful home. It has been years since we’ve stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, and yours was the best we had ever experienced. The house was like stepping back into history, the breakfasts were delicious, and the attention to detail was truly amazing.

We appreciated the advice on sights to see, the restaurant suggestions and the good maps and directions as we planned each day. Spending each morning discussing Richmond’s rich history was informative and helped bring context to the many houses, battlefields and museums we visited. Your suggestion for a tour guide was excellent as well, walking the battlefields with him made the silent forests literally “come alive”.

I am so glad we have our “Maury Place” wine glasses so that we can toast your success each time we use them. There is so much to see in Virginia, we will be back.
Jane from California
To see more guest comments, you can check out the guest reviews page on our website!

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