Archive for February, 2010

A Typical Friday Evening in Richmond’s Fan District

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

This past Friday evening at our Richmond inn, began with wine and cheese, complimentary, of course.  Lively discussion about the evening’s plans kept conversation flowing and made the time fly by.  There were so many choices, but these three came to the top: a leisurely-paced dinner at Six Burner, a fine neighborhood restaurant; hop the “green bus,” the free bus to the Bottom and back to catch the active nightlife; or stroll to a neighborhood spot for a quick bite then on to the  Firehouse Theatre Project for their current production of “Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake).”

Christina Billew Featured in Firehouse Theatre Project's "Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)" through March 20

Decision made: quick bite and theater! Though the windy evening made the night air feel colder than it was, our walk (2 1/2 blocks) to pizza spot, Pie! on Lombardy Street was short and sweet.  Huge salad to share and pizza to share, thin crust and done extra crispy, and a bottle of Malbec to wash it all down. Throughout the dinner conversation, remarks turned to the evening’s performance and the entertainment ahead.

Another brisk walk up Lombardy to Broad, around the corner to the lighted awning welcoming theater-goers to “Off-Broadway on Broad Street.”

The Firehouse Theatre Project at 1609 West Broad Street is a neighborhood theater, founded in 1993 producing contemporary theater in an authentic urban space – the 101-year-old former Station House #10 of the Richmond Fire Department. The project is known for presenting Off-Broadway shows and original works that emphasize each of the actors – at ticket prices way below a New York experience. A Richmond-Times Dispatch review was published this morning. The production extends through March 20, 2010 and tickets range from $10 to $25. What a bargain!

So you’re invited to live like a local, check into one of the guest rooms of our Historic Fan District Bed and Breakfast, and spend a weekend exploring the hidden treasures of this fabulous neighborhood.

Celebrate Black History Month with VCU’s Southern Film Festival in Richmond

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Spend the weekend at our Richmond Bed and Breakfast on February 26th and 27th and take advantage of Virginia Commonwealth University’s first ever Southern Film Festival taking place at the Grace Street Theater just a few blocks away.  This event is free and open to the public! Keynote address will be delivered by Emilie Raymond of VCU at 4PM on Friday.  At 5Pm, the 1968 documentary narrated by Bill Cosby will be shown titled “Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed.”  Friday’s events conclude with a “Long Walk Home” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissay Spacek.  Saturday’s films begin at 10 AM and include “Black Like Me,” “4 Little Girls” directed by Spike Lee, “In The Heat of The Night,” and “American Violet.”

The start time on Saturday gives guests at our historic Fan District inn the opportunity to relax over a hearty gourmet breakfast before strolling over to the Grace Theater at 934 West Grace Street.  This free event is sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth  University!

For more information about VCU’s Southern Film Festival check out their Facebook page!

Romeo & Juliet Ballet in Richmond This Weekend

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Richmond Ballet will perform Romeo and Juliet at Richmond’s newly renovated CenterStage less than one mile from our  Fan District inn.  The widely-acclaimed Richmond Ballet will perform Malcolm Burns’ version of William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, with music by Prokofiev beginning at 7 PM today and continuing through Sunday. Here’s what the Richmond Times-Dispatch had to say..WHAT LIGHT

The Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage, located at 600 E Grace Street is a superb setting for Romeo & Juliet, Richmond's Carpenter Theater, restored to its earlier splendor, is the site of Richmond Ballet's performance of Romeo & Julietthe romantic tragedy that is the very essence of love, the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Tickets range from $15 to $125, ticket info.  The performance is bound to please and is the perfect reason to plan an in-town getaway.

If ballet is not your cup of tea, you can always make plans to visit the West Grace Street Candlelight Home Tour.  The West Grace Street Association has arranged a tour of six stately homes with food and beverage pairings at each stop between 4 PM and 8 PM on Saturday, February 13. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of the tour. Tour Details

All in all, Valentine’s weekend – or any other weekend for that matter – is the perfect time to check into our Richmond Virginia B&B and be in the middle of it all.

Don’t Let Winter Alter Your Richmond Plans

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Even though Richmond has been belted with three snow storms this winter season, everything is cozy here at our Richmond bed and breakfast. Guest parking is clear and open: after we cleared it by shoveling, the west sun melted the remaining residue from the pavers. Strolls along the historic Fan Districts street’s and avenues present picture postcards around every corner!  Back at the inn, the living room/parlor boasts a warm fire and a fine place to sit and relax with a steaming cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine.  Each of our guest rooms boasts its own individually controlled thermostat so you may bring your sleeping quarters to whatever temperature you find comfortable.  Each comfy bed is dressed in high-thread count linens, a quilt, and, during turn-down, a comforter/duvet is added – along with the next day’s weather forecast and a sweet treat.  You’re sure to be warm and cozy; so join us for a winter in-town get-away. Our local restaurants are still open, many are offering specials to encourage diners to visit.  Our hearty gourmet breakfast is sure to stick to your ribs as you venture outside. This is your chance to wind down to a slower pace and remember how fun snow can be.

Make your reservation now… Select Your Room!

Maymont Flower & Garden Show Hails Spring

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Spring Flowers

Make your plans now to visit the Maymont Flower and Garden Show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond, Virginia just a little more than a mile from our Richmond VA Bed and Breakfast. As the city of Richmond awaits its next snowstorm, area residents know that Spring is just around the corner. (more…)