Wednesday, April 27, 2011

National Train Day is May 7!

I was amused to learn that Saturday, May 7, is National Train Day because it is also my father's birthday.  My father, Jack Wells, worked for Norfolk and Southern (previously Norfolk and Western) Railroad for about forty years, so he knew something about trains.  He also LOVED them and enjoyed train travel.  So I think of him whenever I hear a train whistle blow.  Richmond is within a short train ride of Washington, D.C., with arrivals and departures from either our Staples Mill Station or Main Street Station.  Mac and I have taken the train to Washington, D.C. and New York City several times. 

Richmond's Science Museum is in a building that was once our city's train station.  The rotunda is beautiful, and we are so grateful that the building was preserved on Broad Street.  Check it out!

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

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Today was a gorgeous day for the famous Monument Avenue Easter Parade! Here is a picture of our Easter table.  The dishes belonged to Margaret, Mac's Mom, so it is always a pleasure to use them on Easter, Mother's Day, and throughout the spring.  The name of the pattern is "Apple Blossom."  Most of the Easter rabbits and Easter eggs that I display throughout Maury Place at Easter time belonged to Donnie, my Mom.  Some of the eggs were decorated by her sister, my Aunt Joyce.  It is always fun to reflect on Easters past as we bring them out each year.  A blessed Easter to all from Maury Place!

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

NASCAR Season Opens at the Richmond International Raceway

The 2011 NASCAR season at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) opens with four races in three nights April 28-30.  The series kicks off Thursday night with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.   Friday night features the NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA burger 250 race, and on Saturday fans will watch the Crown NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  Located four miles from the RIR, Maury Place at Monument is the perfect lodging for race fans seeking luxury accommodations during their visit to Richmond.

Tickets for the NASCAR races can be obtained by visiting the Richmond International Raceway website or by calling (866) 455-7223.

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Maury Place at Monument Guest Reviews

We are continually delighted by the kind words that Maury Place guests post on bed and breakfast and travel websites. Maury Place at Monument currently has over 150 guest reviews on various websites such as BedandBreakfast.com, Trip Advisor, Yelp, and iLoveInns.com.  Many travelers tell us that these reviews are helpful in choosing their lodging, since they are endorsements from people who have actually stayed with us.  We are quite proud of the positive reviews we have accumulated over the years.  Check them out below!

iLoveInns Reviews

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

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Richmond Virginia Restaurant Week

Richmond's Restaurant Week will be held this Spring April 25 - May 1, a great opportunity to enjoy great food while giving a local charity.  The thirty participating restaurants will offer a three course prix fixe meal for $25.11, donating $2.11 of each meal to local Richmond charity FeedMore.  Last year's Restaurant Week raised over $25,000.

FeedMore, an organization that formerly operated as the Central Virginia Foodbank and Meals on Wheels, serves over one million meals annually to our region's most vulnerable people.  Clients include local children, families in need, an homebound seniors.

Many of our favorite Richmond restaurants are participating in this great event. For a full listing of participating restaurants, visit the Restaurant Week website.

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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Play Ball!

For baseball fans, the Diamond is the place to be in Richmond this summer!  Richmond's hometown team, The Flying Squirrels, opened their home season last night with a game against the New Britain Rock Cats. All home games are at the Diamond, 3001 North Boulevard, which is just a short drive or a healthy walk from Maury Place!  The Flying Squirrels will offer fireworks after 21 home games this season, and every home game will have at least one promotion.  This season, there will be a variety of theme nights, including  1970's night (May 12), 1980's night (May 26), 1990's night (June 16), and 2000's night (July 21).  Fans are invited to dress in period clothing on those nights, and fireworks on those evenings will be accompanied by music from those days.  There will also be 22 giveaway nights, including cereal bowls (April 10), soccer balls (July 10), lunch boxes (August 21), and bobble heads (August 3).  Retro celebrities such as Anson "Potsie" Williams from "Happy Days" (April 26), Erik Estrada (from "CHiPs) (May 25), and Dennis "Mr. Belding" Haskins from "Saved by the Bell" (June 15) will also make appearances.  There will be appreciation nights for police (May 17), teachers (June 15), military (June 25) and fans (August 30) and tribute nights for Elvis (May 6), racing (June 27), peanuts (June 28) and BACON (!!?) (May 24).  Sounds like there will be something for everybody at the Diamond this season!!  Go Squirrels!!

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

Friday, April 1, 2011

Innkeepers' Travel Diary: New York City!

Mac and I spent a few days in one of our favorite cities in the world for my birthday--New York City!  This is my last birthday in my 40's, so we pulled out the stops a little bit!  First, we stayed at The Plaza, which I have long admired, and it did not disappoint!  We had drinks and dinner in The Oak Room on our first night, and it was perfect!  On Day Two, we took in a special exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory, "Infinite Variety:  Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts."  650 (from one person's collection of over 1000!) red and white quilts were suspended in mid-air in various formations throughout a huge room in the Armory.  All of the red and white quilts were different, and the effect was truly stunning!  We then caught a matinee of the much written about "Spiderman."  Let's just say it was REALLY LOUD!  Some of the effects and sets were neat, but IMHO, it needs some tweaks!  On Day Three, we ventured to Central Park and had lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Boathouse.  We had a table for two right next to the lake and watched a blue heron rule over his domain.  From there, we made a quick stop at the Metropolitan Museum and worked our way back to the Plaza to kick back and enjoy our room!  For dinner, we returned to another of our favorites, the Cafe Luxembourg, before heading to Lincoln Center for another play, "War Horse."  We have always enjoyed theatre at Lincoln Center, and "War Horse" did not disappoint.  The puppetry re-creation of horses was truly amazing!  We look forward to seeing Steven Spielburg's film version due out this Christmas!  We LOVE New York, but it is always nice to return to our home in Richmond!

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