10 Popular Tourist Attractions That You Didn’t Know are Haunted

May 29th, 2012

This post by Kelly Robbins, a free lance travel writer, may be of interest to you B&B travelers out there.  Her bog post
10 Popular Tourist Attractions That You Didn’t Know are Haunted shares some interesting interesting facts, completely unknown by most that these popular attractions have long histories of paranormal activity.

Check it out and let us know what you think?

 

Broad Appetit June 3 2012

May 27th, 2012

Broad Street in downtown Richmond hosts the 5th annual largest food festival known as Broad Appetit, on Sunday June 3rd.   Overall admission to this “smorgasbord in the street” – a veritable foodie paradise is free. You’ll find over  60 local restaurants and dining establishments offering $3 mini plates featuring their signature dish or a $5 combo plate from many. Signature dishes will be submitted to be judged by a panel of experts who will determine who has the “To Die For” dish in Richmond. Info

This year, for the first time, Virginia beers will be poured exclusively at the festival.  A special sample cup is available for $5 and includes 4 sample tickets.  Or, if you choose, full cups of delicious Virginia brews will be available. The breweries represented include Legend, Starr Hill, hardwood Park, Devils Backbone, O’Connor, Roanoke Railhouse, and Virginia Apple Cider from Bold Rock Cider.

Wineries and growers will also be represented.

This year you’ll be able to place your vote for the People’s Choice through their mobile site – just look for the QR code and follow the directions.

Two sound stages and a cooking demonstration stage as well as a Kids Area stage will be functioning. Check the Schedule as you plan your day! Proceeds from this great day with an emphasis on food benefit The Central Virginia Food Bank/Meals on Wheels. So come support a great cause and taste the finest signature dishes of Richmond’s culinary scene from comfort food to vegetarian and Vegan, from southern to Asian, and even Mexican. Best of all, once you’re there – no driving! All of these restaurants will be setting up mobile kitchens on Broad Street, just east of Belvidere, between Adams and Henry. Cruise the culinary scene in 4 blocks of Broad. It happens only once a year – so don’t miss it! See you there!

Outdoor Lifestyle Festival Dominion Riverrock

May 15th, 2012

Beginning May 18, 2012 and extending through May 20, 2012, Richmond’s riverfront, trails, and rapids will be hosting outdoor enthusiasts with a three day festival for canines and humans featuring a variety of outdoor sports. There are trail running events, kayaking, dog jumping, stand up paddle boarding, biking, and even climbing/bouldering events. This is the East Coast’s premier outdoor event designed to attract athletes, spectators, musicians, and dogs to the James River riverfront at Brown’s Island and at Historic Tredegar.

Dominion Riverrock May 18 through May 2012 on the banks of the James River in Richmond, VA

Ultimate Air Dogs is open to novice jumpers as well as experienced high flyers – from small to large. Your dog wants to be a star!

Bring your camera and catch the pro’s on the freestyle bike course! Some of the best in the nation will be there.

Ever try a 5K Mud Run? Riverrock starts with one, including obstacles and mud pits to get to the finish line. I’d wear old running shoes if I were you! Speaking of old shoes – this is a green event and there will be volunteers ready, willing, and able to take those old running shoes off your hands for recycling.

Check out the schedule of events here. Here’s a map for the event!

Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast is located less than a mile from the event and is the closest B&B to Tredegar and Brown’s Island. It may be too late this time to get reservations for a guest room but make plans for next year. You’ll be treated to a hearty gourmet breakfast that will stick to your ribs well into the afternoon!

Croissants from Paris France

May 9th, 2012

This past winter Pat my wife and I were in Paris, France for 6-weeks, part vacation and part business.  Sometimes the business part of the trip is more fun than the vacation part, at least for me!  The reason; because it almost always includes food; sometimes talking with a chef, sometimes just trying different dishes, often trying to identify ingredients in the dish to reproduce it when we arrive home.

Making Crossiant

The Finished Product

The most special part of business is when I get an opportunity to attend a cooking school or sometimes just lessons.  Ferrandi, The French School of Culinary Arts offers some 5 and 10 day courses, but usually I confine myself to the 1 or 2 day events.  This past trip I took 2 classes from La Cuisine Paris; the first was Le Croissant and Traditional Breakfast Pastries and the second was French Macaron Class, more on the topic of the French Macaron in a later post. Read the rest of this entry »

Fishing The Falls of the James

April 10th, 2012

“Fishing the Falls of the James” is a booklet written by Ralph White of the James River Park System and available  for $2 at the James River Park System Visitor Center at Hillcrest and Riverside Drive. When you pick up a booklet, pick up a standard James River Park map at the same time. The booklet highlights directions, parking information, and a description of 10 suggested places for fishing in Richmond: Huguenot Flatwater Park, Riverside Meadow Greenspace, Pony Pasture Rapids Park, the Wetlands, Main area, Belle Isle, Shoreline of Brown’s Island, Mayo Bridge, Great Shiplock Park, and Ancarrow’s Landing/Manchester Docks.

Naturally, safety is first! For River Level Information, call (804) 646-8228 extension 4, use of life jackets is mandatory when wading when the river exceeds 5 feet at Westham Gauge. The river is closed to recreation when it exceeds 9 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. Generally, it makes sense most of the year to wear a life jacket. In some parts of the river, the water can be fast and turbulent with rocks that are slippery and sharp – so wear old tennis shoes or special river shoes. Avoid open-toed sandals. Hip boots and waders are not recommended.

Fishing is good downstream of the 14th Street Bridge (below the Fall Line) in the Spring when fish migrate when high water flows actually attract the fish.

Fish present in the James River in Richmond include Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, several species of catfish, Striped Bass, Shad, White Perch, Alewife and Blueback Herring. The booklet gives tips on fishing equipment, tackle shops, guides, best times to fish, and everything you need to know to fish in the city of Richmond! Fishing licenses are available at tackle shops and on weekdays at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4010 W Broad Street, Richmond.  For up-to-date information on limits contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. (804) 367-1000.

Fish consumption advisories may be in effect, consult the Department of Health. (804) 864-8182