Archive for September, 2011

Why stay at a Bed and Breakfast?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Recently one of our guests posted a review that we think defines the reasons a traveler should consider a bed and breakfast as an alternative to a hotel – especially here in Richmond, VA.

Suitcase packed and ready to go! Here's why you should stay at Richmond's premier bed and breakfast!

The reviewer is  a traveler who normally prefers to stay at bed and breakfasts, but the comments may pique the interest of a usual hotel guest and entice him/her to give a bed and breakfast a try. After traveling for 20 years and experiencing a wide variety of  lodging options, this reviewer has developed a practiced and critical eye to judge those features and those amenities that mean the most. Richmond’s own premier bed and breakfast in the historic Fan District seems to have hit the target!

Let’s take a look at her bed and breakfast experience in her own words.

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The Richmond Folk Festival is Coming

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Downtown Richmond Virginia’s fab free three-day festival on the riverfront opens October 14 and runs through October 16, 2011. The final performers were announced last Thursday and include Original P (a funk band), Los Tres Reyes from San Antonio with their Spanish romantic music, Tibetan sacred music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, Circleville Ohio banjo musicians Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn and traditional Irish music by the Old Bay Ceili Band of Baltimore.  This annual festival, now in its fourth year, will feature over 20 performers and performing acts on seven stages throughout the weekend. SCHEDULE.  Most of the performers are new to Richmond this year, so this is not a repeat of previous year’s lineup!  And, though you will be able to find typical festival food, this year’s food vendors can take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with traditional foods running the gamut from Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian to southern delectables like Cajun.

One of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events, The Richmond Folk Festival finds its roots in the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Richmond’s residents and visitors loved the riverfront festival along Tredegar and on Brown’s Island so much that when the National Folk Festival moved on, the Richmond Folk Festival was born and continues to get bigger and better each and every year. Last year more than 190,000 folks visited the Richmond Folk Festival. This year’s event promises to explore and celebrate the roots of the rich and diverse culture that we know as American culture through dance, music, crafts and food – to the delight of the entire family. Make plans to attend now! You don’t want to miss it.

B&B Featured Again on Food Tour in Richmond

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Maureen of Real Richmond: Food Tours and More led a private group recently on a “VCU:Alternative Eats” tour featuring the architecture, culture, and food of the historic Fan District bordering on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus . The tour’s next to the last stop was Richmond’s – and the Fan’s – premier bed and breakfast. Evidently, it was a big hit!

Think of it! Lavender Panna Cotta drizzled with honey and topped with fresh berries

According to Maureen: “What is so impressive is how everything – the house, the gardens, the 3 courses! of food – were perfect, but the perfection isn’t a bit stuffy or off-putting. On the contrary, your warm, comfortable way included us in the fantasy that living this well could be ours, too!”

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James River Makes Urban Paddling List

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Recently, Larry Bleiberg of USA TODAY, published a list of ten great places for paddling in the city from David Brown, executive director of the American Outdoors Association.

Richmond's James River: One of 10 Great Places for Paddling

And, Richmond, naturally, made the list. Cities are often built on waterways, think moving people and goods before trains and trucks, and many of those cities have created greenbelts along their rivers, sheltering them from over-development.

According to Brown “Virginia’s capital offers rafters a thrill on whitewater routes as challenging as Class IV. (The 1-to-6 scale gets more demanding the higher the number.)  It’s certainly an authentic whitewater experience,” and “it’s a pretty popular urban run. Canoers and kayakers can also find calm stretches to take in the scenery. 804-646-8911; jamesriverpark.org”  Along the way, you’ll spot herons, eagles and other birds aplenty. You’ll cruise along, gliding between banks of trees and green; then, suddenly, the city skyline of Richmond, Virginia’s capitol, is straight ahead.

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For insight into all the best Richmond has to offer, get personalized concierge services from the innkeepers at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, a boutique inn known for its hearty gourmet breakfast – the best way to fuel your days’ fun and activity.

Richmond Symphony’s Pops Schedule

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Central Virginia’s own professional symphony orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, will kick off its Genworth Financial Symphony Pops series with “a Symphonic Night at the Movies: Casablanca” on Saturday October 1, 2011.

Richmond's Carpenter Theatre, formerly Loew's Palace, to host Richmond Symphony Pops

Enjoy this special night at the movies, with the classic Humphrey Bogart film “Casablanca” at the Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage accompanied by live music by the Richmond Symphony. This time “Play it again, Sam” comes to you with the full width and breadth of a symphony orchestra. “Casablanca” will never be the same!

Take a break from shopping for “Let It Snow,” the Richmond Symphony’s classic holiday tradition of time-honored carols and festive music setting the mood for a celebration of the holiday season on December 3rd and 4th. Erin Freeman will conduct this 2011 performance of one of Richmond’s favorite annual events to get you into the holiday spirit!

The Pops series will continue on Saturday January 21 with “The Music of Ella Fitzgerald Starring Patti Austin.”  Grammy and Oscar nominee Patti Austin joins the Richmond Symphony to perform a tribute to the music of the “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald.  The evening will be sure to touch your heart with these timeless classics.

Performances all take place at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond’s downtown at 612 East Grace Street.  More INFO about the Richmond Symphony and Tickets.

When you plan a trip to Richmond VA, check out the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast for guest room availability and check the Symphony’s schedule to enhance your visit by taking advantage of one of Richmond’s best secrets!