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Adventure in Richmond’s Fan and Museum Districts

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Our Richmond bed and breakfast is in the middle of it all – mysterious maps, cryptic clues and hidden treasures!  The Fourth Annual Great Richmond Region Adventure on April 24 to celebrate National Tourism Week is brought to residents and visitors alike by the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ravenchase Adventures. Teams of up to 6 people can register for this challenging foot race through the Museum District and the Fan District using an adventure map and clues to decipher puzzles and crack codes to beat your opponents and take home a $1,700 prize. Race time is from 10 AM to 1 PM, with an after party and awards event between 1PM and 2PM. Registration is $35 a person.  It’s a fun and challenging way to spend a Saturday in April! The actual start location and logistical information is secret until you register for this Richmond version of a combination of The Amazing Race, National Treasure, and The Da Vinci Code.

And, to make sure you’ve had breakfast before the competition, stay at our Richmond lodging the night before, and you’ll be treated to a hearty, gourmet breakfast – that’s to die for!  Better yet stay Friday and Saturday nights, make it a unique weekend to remember!

Richmond’s Very Own Easter on Parade

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Sunday is the big day! A short walk from our Richmond Virginia bed and breakfast is Lee Circle, the start of Richmond’s very own Easter on Parade on Monument Avenue between Allen Avenue and Davis Street. Music, fun, food, vendors, jugglers, and other entertainment will make this Easter an extraordinary memory. Festivities start at 1 PM on Easter Sunday and the party goes on until 5 PM.  The free event is organized and produced by Venture Richmond, an organization that engages business and community leaders in partnering with the city to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Easter on Parade is sponsored by the Bon Secours Richmond Health System – check out photos #1, #2, and #12 from previous Easter on Parade events! Even Ronald McDonald was spotted among the people strolling Monument Avenue.

Richmond’s unique Easter celebration attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors to these four blocks of Monument Avenue, who stroll the picturesque street in celebration of Spring’s arrival.  It is THE place to people-watch and to be seen! Yes, the attendees are the parade since most entertainment is stationary, taking up their stage on Monument Avenue resident’s porches; others rove through the crowd capturing attention as they proceed along.  The weather forecast for this year’s event is spectacular!  Highlights include a pet bonnet contest at 3 PM on the stage set up at the Lee Monument; a people bonnet contest takes place there at 4 PM.

Pick your room at our Richmond lodging and, after a hearty gourmet breakfast, stroll the few blocks to Lee Circle and join in the Easter festivities!

Richmond’s Most Popular April Events

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Our Richmond inn is “in the middle of it all” for two fun-filled Richmond events in April!

Wear your finest bonnet and enter into the Bonnet contest on April 4 at the Lee monument!

Venture Richmond brings Easter on Parade, that annual event bringing over 25,000 Richmonders and Virginians to Monument Avenue on Easter Sunday.  It’s not a traditional parade: attendees parade up and down scenic Monument Avenue between Allen and Davis Avenues.  Monument Avenue, named to the National Register of Historic Landmarks, will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic between Allen and Davis (or the Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis monuments) on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 between 1 PM and 5 PM. The celebration includes music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, a petting zoo – and most importantly pet and people watching.  Everyone will be dressed in their finest or most outlandish regalia!  Highlights include a Pet Bonnet Showcase/Contest at 3 PM and a People Bonnet Showcase/Contest at 4 PM.  Don’t miss it!

Historic Garden Week in Virginia's Guidebook and tour tickets are the key to visit private homes and gardens April 17 though April 25

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, is scheduled for April 17 through 25, 2010.  The Garden Club of Virginia has been holding this event for 77 years and devoting the proceeds to preserving Virginia’s heritage properties and gardens.  Though featuring homes and gardens all over the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Windsor Farms neighborhood of Richmond area will be featured on Tuesday April 20, Church Hill, on Wednesday April 21, and West Avenue, just two blocks away from our bed and breakfast, will open homes and gardens to visitors on Thursday April 22.  In addition special evening activities are planned Thursday at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Make your plans now to take advantage of these very Virginia events! Pick your guest room at our historic Fan District bed and breakfast and make it a Spring Fling! to remember on Easter weekend or during Garden Week or – even both.  We’d love to share the best of central Virginia with you.

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!