Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Virginia Attractions | Virginia: Cradle of the Presidents

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
Virginia is known as "The Cradle of the Presidents" because eight United States Presidents were born in the Commonwealth--more than any other State!  Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, and Wilson were all born in Virginia.  As you can see from our newly updated "Attractions" page on our website, the homes or birth places of many of these Presidents are within a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.  Mac and I recently visited the Woodrow Wilson Library and birth place in Staunton, and it was very interesting.  One of the most significant items on display there is Woodrow Wilson's presidential car, which has been painstakingly refurbished to its former glory!  Staunton is approximately an hour and half drive from Maury Place.

At Maury Place, we also proudly use reproduction White House Presidential China at breakfast from the Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe White House years.

Here in Richmond, our own Hollywood Cemetery was the final resting place of Presidents Monroe and Tyler.  Interestingly, Woodrow Wilson is the only President buried in Washington, D.C.  He is interred at the National Cathedral.

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

Friday, June 17, 2011

Explosive Savings for the 4th of July!

Celebrate your Independence Day from the ordinary!  We invite you to stay with us at Maury Place at Monument for your 4th of July weekend--and we are offering explosive holiday rates from Thursday, June 30th through Tuesday, July 5th.  Enjoy our beautifully restored historic home, our relaxing hot tub and swimming pool, luxurious amenities, amazing breakfasts, and attentive service that cannot be beat!

     * 10% off for a 1-night stay
     * 20% off for a 2-night stay
     * 30% off for a 3-night stay

Please mention "Fireworks Special" when booking. See all of our savings at our Maury Place Specials Page.  Book Online or by calling (804) 353-2717.

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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Our Museum District Neighbor, Zeus Gallery Cafe

Zeus Gallery Cafe, a favorite of Maury Place at Monument guests, received accolades in a recent Richmond Times Dispatch article "Dining out at Zeus, Elegant Cuisine At Unpretentious Setting." The June 2 review was written by Dana Craig, who visits restaurants incognito for reviews. Dana raves about the Beef Wellington with prosciutto, the seared Chesapeake grouper, as well as the Belgian chocolate cake.

Zeus Gallery Cafe is a favorite of local diners as well as visitors to Richmond, and is featured as one of Maury Place at Monument's "Top Ten Richmond Restaurants."  In her review, Dana describes the restaurant as "a tiny spot with black-and-white-tiled tables and servers wearing motorcycle boots and sundresses, Zeus Gallery could be considered 'fine dining' by only looking at its menu, but one visit reveals that elegant cuisine doesn't have to come with pretentious settings."

Zeus Gallery Cafe is located just around the corner from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and is within easy walking distance of Maury Place at Monument.

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flowers After Five at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is one of Richmond's top attractions, with spectacular garden displays and botanical collections that are beautiful year round.  In addition to its 50 acres of gardens and 11,000 square foot conservatory, Lewis Ginter features a full calendar of events, classes, lectures, and concerts.

One of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's great Summer events, Flowers After Five, is a weekly offering from June 2 through August 18, 2011 featuring wine tasting, music, and - of course - flowers!  This year Flowers After Five features wine tastings, specialty beers, and great local fare chosen by in-house caterer Meriwether Godsey. Guests can also view the special exhibit "Diamonds in the Rough" stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty, which which displayed adjacent to the Rose Garden. In addition, the Tea House, which is normally open daily for lunch, serves dinner during Flowers After Five, with its large windows offering panoramic views of the lake and garden as you enjoy your meal.

A very (very very) special feature of Flowers After Five occurs on the selected Thursdays of July 14 and August 11th-- Fidos After Five, when leashed pets are allowed to attend the event!   Maury Place Inn Dogs Chico and Lucy can't wait!

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

Friday, June 3, 2011

Maury Place at Monument Innkeepers Travel Diary: Scottsdale and Beyond!

Mac and I have just returned from a vacation in the Southwest.  The impetus for the trip was to attend my nephew Jonathan's wedding to Chelsea.   The wedding was held at the home of Chelsea's parents in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I was so pleased to be invited to participate in the wedding as "co-officiant"!

Sedona, Arizona
Arizona is unlike anyplace we have visited before.  It has an otherworldly beauty to it.  In Scottsdale, we stayed at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, which was lovely.  We had an incredibly large bungalow suite with a view of the mountains.  We also enjoyed their spa and pools very much.  It was a great home base for the wedding festivities over the weekend.  (One morning, they did run out of orange juice and wheat toast for breakfast!  Trust me, that would never happen at Maury Place!  But we managed!).  I also managed to find Scottsdale's Fashion Square Mall, which is one of the nicest malls we have ever visited!

From Scottsdale, we travelled to Sedona, where we stayed at the Enchantment Spa and Lodge.  It was beautiful, and featured amazing views of the red rock formations that surround Sedona.

The Grand Canyon
We then travelled to the Grand Canyon, where we stayed at the El Tovar Lodge on the South Rim of the Canyon.  We literally had views of the canyon from our window!  Incredible.  The Grand Canyon does not disappoint, and you MUST go if you have the inclination.  It is AWESOME!   We also had a great dinner at the El Tovar restaurant.  The El Tovar was built in 1905, so it was fun to stay at another historic property!

The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas
From the Grand Canyon, we drove to Las Vegas, where we stayed at The Wynn.  It was stunning!  The massive lobby areas were just amazing, and our room on the 30th (of 60!) floors featured floor to ceiling windows with views of the Vegas strip.  I did play the slot machines and came out ahead!  It was a great trip, but we are happy to be back at home at Maury Place with Chico and Lucy!  We missed the pups!

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