Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Virginia Wine Expo Highlights Virginia Wines

Mac and I attended the Virginia Wine Expo Saturday at the Richmond Visitors and Convention Center downtown and sampled wines from several Virginia wineries. We feature only Virginia wines for our Maury Place guests, and we are always on the look out for new favorites. Sales of Virginia wines reached record highs in 2012 with more than 485,000 cases, or 5.8 million bottles sold. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 230. Virginia is also the nation's fifth largest wine grape producer.

One of our perennial favorite wineries, Barboursville Vineyards near Charlottesville, VA won the 2013 Virginia Wineries Association's Governor's Cup for its 2009 Octagon 12th Edition. Barboursville thus became the first Virginia winery to win the award four times. We regularly feature Barboursville's pinot grigio and merlot at Maury Place.

Congratulations to other wineries whose wines we have featured such as Cooper Vineyards, who won for their 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve, the King Family Vineyards for their 2010 Meritage, the Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery for their 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage, and Rappahannock Cellars for their 2010 Meritage!

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Raise the Roof! An Exhibit About Buildings.

If walls could talk, what would they say? We spend much of our time in buildings, but we don't really know much about them. The Virginia Science Museum is opening a new exhibit with the intent of opening visitors' minds to the complexity of the structures that surround us. "Raise the Roof: An Exhibit About Buildings" is an interactive exhibit that provides an introduction to buildings.

The Science Museum itself has a rich architectural history. It was completed by John Russell Pope in 1919 and was for decades the bustling Broad Street train station. The site was also briefly a Civil War military encampment and the site of many state fairs. Visitors to the museum will get to try their hands at building and construct a dome using simple machines. The exhibit will also introduce concepts of physics, science and engineering. The exhibit will run at the museum at 2500 West Broad Street through May 12, 2013. Admission is $10 to $11. For further information, visit www.smv.org. The Science Museum is within walking distance of Maury Place at Monument.

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

History of Richmond in 50 Objects

The Valentine Richmond History Center has roughly 1.7 million objects in its collection, so it has earned its reputation as "Richmond's attic"! The center has just opened a new exhibit "A History of Richmond in 50 Objects," which will run through October 20, 2013. The exhibit will be the last before the museum closes for renovations, which are scheduled to begin in November 2013.

Among the items on display are: a Confederate sword, a portrait of George Washington, a 19th century cigar store Indian, and a mid-1700's ledger from Patrick Henry's Hanover County store. There are also portraits done by contemporary artists, a suit worn by former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder during his inauguration, a 1950's Philco television, and the gay pride flag flown by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in 2011. Each item was carefully chosen for its ties to Richmond. A Shirley Temple doll from the 1930's reminds us of native Richmonder Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. An employee at Tredegar Iron Works lost a son in the early 1900's, and he made an ornate iron bench to be placed by his son's graveside so his wife could sit there and grieve. The bench is one of the first items in the exhibit. The Center is also asking for visitor input for a 51st object to be added to the collection.

The exhibit runs from February 15 through October 20, 2013. There is a free preview weekend, February 15-17. The Valentine Richmond History Center is located at 1015 E. Clay Street, just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument. For further information, visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

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

Monday, February 11, 2013

World Cycling Hits Richmond in 2015!

The pinnacle of international cycling is advancing to Richmond! Richmond has been selected to host the 2015 UCI World Championships September 19-27, 2015. "The Worlds" is a nine-day event featuring twelve championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men, and Junior Men and Women. It is a rare opportunity for cycling athletes to compete for their country just as they do in the Olympic Games. Athletes compete in three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial, and the recently introduced Team Time Trial. World Champions will be crowned in each discipline. The final day is the 190-mile Elite Men's road race. This race will likely start in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, or Williamsburg, and advance to Richmond, where there will be  a series of laps around a nine or ten mile circuit, giving spectators plenty of opportunities to see the racing cyclists pass by. Millions of people will be watching worldwide! Given the scenic nature of our Museum District neighborhood and our scenic streets, there is a good chance that at least one of the races will pass right by Maury Place!

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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ideas for Valentine's Day "Dates"!


Maury Place at Monument is a perfect place for a romantic getaway on Valentine's Day, and there are many things to do nearby that would be a great romantic outing. In lieu of a traditional night out, expand your amorous horizons in Richmond--a city full of possibilities. The Museum District in which Maury Place at Monument is located, is home to two world class museums--The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society. Broad and Main Streets are lined with eclectic art galleries that suit all tastes. A visit to one of these locations could be a wonderful way to kick off an evening and stimulate dinner time conversation. If the weather is warm, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden or Maymont are prime outdoor locations close to Maury Place. Nearby restaurant Balliceaux offers late night jazz and dancing. Nearby Carytown offers eclectic shopping opportunities for every taste, and nearby theatres such as Richmond Triangle Players and Virginia Rep offer quality productions being performed by talented Richmonders. As always, we are happy to assist our guests in booking reservations at one of Richmond's top restaurants such as the nearby Zeus Gallery Cafe, Belmont Food Shop, Acacia, Can Can, or Avenue 805.

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

Matthew Fontaine Maury Articles in "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography"

The Maury Monument directly across the street from Maury Place at Monument honors Matthew Fontaine Maury, a native Virginian who is best remembered for inventing modern concepts of navigation and oceanography.  The corner where our home Maury Place now stands was designated "Maury Place" in anticipation of this monument. The most recent issue of the "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography" features a model of the monument on its cover and two articles about Matthew Fontaine Maury. The articles also feature historic photos of Matthew Fontaine Maury and the monument itself. The magazine is published by the Virginia Historical Society, which is a short walk from Maury Place at Monument. Here they are for your reading pleasure!

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