Monday, April 23, 2012

A bit of "Southern Living"

Exciting news, visitors, friends, and guests! This past weekend, Maury Place received a gracious photo opportunity via the popular magazine Southern Living. On Saturday, Southern Living photographer Scott visited Richmond from DC with the intent to capture Maury Place in all its luxurious splendor. Our Innkeeper Donna met Scott with smiles and joviality on the front porch of Maury Place. Also on the front porch enjoying a delicious cheese, cracker and fruit spread with a bit of Virginia wine and soaking up the marvelous breeze, were our two guests Helen and her sister Rosa Beth. Scott's arrival and purpose was completely unknown to the sisters, and they graciously volunteered to be photographed doing exactly what they were already doing: relaxing and looking lovely. After a few shots outdoors, Scott suggested we take some photos inside, to which the sisters happily obliged and continued to be our "model" guests. Scott's demeanor was absolutely charming, very professional and thorough. He knew exactly what he wanted out of the photographs, and our charming guests, and was able to achieve some great photos. During this whole time, Donna was able to snap a few memorable shots of Scott and the sisters interacting and we are happy to share these with you! Be on the look out for Southern Living April 2013 for a chance to see Maury Place featured in that issue.


For more behind the scenes photos, please visit Behind the Scenes


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells

your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Richmond Restaurant Week!

 Hello, Richmonders and visitors! Starting this week (23-April 29, 2012) is Richmond's Restaurant Week, celebrating some of the area's finest dining choices available. The special includes a three-course meal for $25.12 per person with proceeds going to the Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Reservations may not be required but highly recommended as some restaurants may not be participating every night of the week. A list of participating restaurants include: 3 Monkeys, Acacia Mid-town, Amici, Amour Wine Bistro, Amuse, Avenue 805, Aziza's on Main, Bacchus, Cous Cous, Tobacco Company, Hanover Tavern, Zeus Gallery Cafe and much more. For a full list of restaurants please visit http://richmondrestaurantweek.com/ for the full scoop. Come hungry!

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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Holy Chihuly!

 
This fall, the VMFA will be hosting a major art exhibition in their gorgeous James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing. The exhibit will showcase the magnificent glass blowing art by American glass blower Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s art has been aweing the world for over 3 decades, with styles drawing inspiration from venues all over the world. His art is inimitable and the exhibit will feature some of his best known works, including Ikebana flower arrangements, Persian ceiling, Venetians, Chandeliers, and many more. Chihuly’s control over the kinetic form of the soft, hot glass is peerless as he blows them into sublime shapes and sculptures. The event will be hosted at the VMFA from October 20, 2012 to February 10, 2013 and to encourage guests and visitors alike, Maury Place would like to offer a 10% discount on one night’s stay, if you attend the exhibit.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Marking the Events of 1862

Civil War battles within earshot of Richmond 150 years ago changed the course of the war and its ultimate aim over the course of 60 days. Commemoration of that campaign this spring will begin on May 9 and run through July and will stretch from Chesterfield to Hanover counties and include participants ranging from the United States Marines and balloonists to scholars of the Civil War and emancipation.  "We're going to try . . . to finally put some sort of boldness to what this period between May and July 1862 meant to the history of the nation," David Ruth, superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site said.

In the Spring of 1862, federal forces attempted two approaches to Richmond. First, the ironclads USS Monitor and USS Galena came up the James River with three other ships in May, hoping that Richmond could be forced to surrender. At Drewry's Bluff in Chesterfield County, obstructions in the narrow river channel blocked the Union's progress on May 15, and Confederate artillery blasted the Union gunboats for more than three hours.  The first Medal of Honor for a Marine was earned during the battle on the Galena.  Confederate defenses held, and the Union never tried another naval attack on Richmond. Living History Weekend at Drewry's Bluff will occur on May 12-13, and will include the unveiling of an interpretive sign commemorating the last battle of the Monitor, a Marine Corps Historical Company tent, artillery demonstrations, walking tours, and a concert by the Quantico Marine Band.

In the Seven Days Battles from June 26 to July 1, Gen. Robert E. Lee went on the offensive and chased Union Gen. George McClellan from Mechanicsville to Malvern Hill, near the James River, which McClellan used to retreat to Berkeley and Westover plantations. Richmond was then safe from Union attack for two more years. Events commemorating those battles will occur at various sites from June 19 to July 11. For further information and a list of events, go to www.nps.gov/rich.

Maury Place at Monument is offering a Civil War special to guests visiting the many Civil War Attractions in Richmond.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fine Arts and Flowers at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

It is not too early to begin planning your fall getaway to Richmond.  A perfect opportunity will be the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' signature event "Fine Arts and Flowers," which will take place October 24 to 28.

The gala preview on Wednesday, October 24, is entitled "An Evening of Petals and Glass."  Floral designs dispersed with art in the museum's collection will be inspired by the art itself.  Thursday, October 25, features a free exhibition from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; a lecture by Emily Thompson, "The White House: Christmas Designs Inspired by Nature" at 10 a.m.; and a demonstration using edible flowers, "Tasting, Wine and Floral Teas."

The free exhibit continues on Friday, October 26, with a lecture by Jane Godshalk, "Designing Through Time: Historic Designs Reinterpreted."  That evening will feature "Flowers After Hours" from 6 to 9 p.m. with music, wine, and small plates.  Saturday, October 27, will bring a luncheon and fashion show, "Flowers in Fashion," and the free exhibit will continue all day that day and on Sunday, October 28.

The Fine Arts and Flowers is presented by The Council of the VMFA, and floral designs will be contributed by members of the Garden Club of Virginia, the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and the Garden Clubs of Virginia.  Strange's Florist will be the official supplier of flowers.  For tickets, call 804-340-1405 or visit www.VMFA.museum/FAF. Maury Place at Monument is just a short walk from the VMFA.

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

Virginia State Capitol Makes List of "10 Buildings that Changed America"

The Virginia State Capitol is ready for its close-up!  Thomas Jefferson's Classical Revival style design has been selected as one of ten influential buildings in America to be featured in a national television special slated to air on PBS early next year. Geoffrey Baer, the host of "10 Buildings That Changed America," commented that "the Virginia State Capitol really started the tradition in this country of government buildings looking like Roman and Greek temples." He and his producer filmed around the Capitol and collected footage of Monticello and the University of Virginia, also examples of Jefferson's architectural work.  The crew filmed key elements of the Capitol, including its rotunda and a feature that gives a glimpse behind one of the walls to the building's skeleton.

The State Capitol--home to the oldest continuous, English-speaking lawmaking body in the New World--has influenced scores of other buildings, from the United States Capitol to banks across the country.  The capitol was first occupied in 1788.  Thomas Jefferson modeled his design on the Maison Carree, a first century Roman temple in Nimes, France.

Free tours of the Virginia State Capitol are available daily, and the Capitol is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

Civil War Emancipation Day This Saturday

This Saturday, April 14, will be a great day to be in Richmond!  That day is Civil War Emancipation Day commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of American slavery.  This citywide event is free and occurs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many free events for all will be occurring throughout Richmond. The Virginia Historical Society will display an original copy of the 13th Amendment.  Dozens of free events at five locations will be connected by a free shuttle all day. Dance, musical performances, historical interpretations, and a guided tour of Richmond's Slave Trail are among the options spread among Historic Tredegar, Lumpkin's Jail, the Maggie Walker Historic Site, the Boulevard, and Court End.

The Museum of the Confederacy, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the American Civil War Center, and the 40-minute River District Canal Cruises will all feature FREE admission!  The Virginia Historical Society will also offer demonstrations of its Unknown No Longer database of Virginia slave names. Walking tours include Historic Jackson Ward at 2:30 p.m., and a 4-hour "Civil War Sampler" bus tour will be offered beginning at the Valentine Richmond History Center at 1 p.m.  That tour costs $25.  For additional information, call 804.788.6479 or visit www.civilwar.emancipationday.net.

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

13th Amendment on Display at the Virginia Historical Society

An original copy of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery will make its first Virginia visit this weekend, April 14 and 15, as part of Richmond's Civil War and Emancipation Day activities. The Virginia Historical Society, in partnership with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, will exhibit a rare copy of the 13th Amendment.  The document is signed by President Abraham Lincoln, 37 senators, and 111 congressmen.  It will be on display Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The 13th Amendment freed slaves throughout the nation and was adopted by the Senate on April 8, 1864 and by the House on January 31, 1865.  Lincoln approved the resolution to submit it to the states on February 1, the date beside his signature on the document.  For more information, call 804-788-6479, or visit http://www.civilwar.emancipationday.net/.  The many Civil War and Emancipation Day events are organized by The Future of Richmond's Past, a collaborative effort of Richmond's historical groups, museums, educational institutions, and tourism organizations.  Maury Place at Monument is a short walk from the Virginia Historical Society.

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

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Maury Place at Monument Recently Featured on Local News



Mac and I were honored to be featured in a story on our local NBC affiliate, Channel 12. The story focuses on our recent "Travelers' Choice" award from Trip Advisor and our career transitions to innkeepers. The report also features some great photography of Maury Place at Monument. Check it out here!

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