October, 2010 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Raise a Pint with the Spirits of Richmond

October 25th, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner so here at the Mansion, we are getting in a spooky sort of mood. There is so much history surrounding the city of Richmond,  it’s bound to have a few ghostly ghouls walking about. We found the perfect way to incorporate this holiday with some fun for the “big” kids.

The Spirits and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl sounded right up our guests’ alley, as you take a walk to Richmond’s most haunted pubs. Once you get to the bar, you can sit back and relax with a drink if your heart desires, as your spirit guide tangles a web of ghastly tales. During the tour, you will encounter the spirits of the Berkeley Hotel, the permanent guest of the Railroad YMCA, along with other ghostly surprises that will surely arise.

You can raise your glass with the spirits every third Wednesday of the month starting in May and continuing into early November every year. The pub crawl begins at Tobacco Company, a favorite local restaurant. So why not have dinner or a cocktail before to work up those nerves before your ghoulish experience starts at 7pm? You must be twenty-one to attend the event, however drinking is not required. Tickets are thirteen dollars a person and can be purchased online before the tour.

So, for your next visit with us why not hang out with the lingering locals of Richmond?

For more information please visit their website http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com/home.htm

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and
bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds,
Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Share

Take the Adrenaline Plunge with Riverside Outfitters

October 18th, 2010

The James River is a staple here in the Richmond, so we were excited to discover about the amazing activities available for our visitors. If you are a thrill seeking traveler, we suggest you check out Riverside Outfitters.

Guided tours are available for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. There are different levels of the tours ranging from being perfect for families with younger children to the more experienced.

Breaking out on your own is an option to, by renting equipment. Comfortable oversized tubes can be rented for a relaxing float down the river. This is a perfect choice if you like things a little slower paced. The traditional canoes and kayaks can also be used to navigate the white rapids alone.

A unique sport called river boarding is perfect to try on the James. River boarding is achieved by using a board that looks similar to a boogie board but is beefed up around the chest area for protection and also has a handle attached so you can hold on and enjoy the ride. With fins on your feet and a helmet for protection, you navigate the bubbling whitewater.

If water isn’t your cup of tea, they offer mountain bikes for rent. Riding along the bank you get a different view of the nature surrounding the river. Also, seeing a bird’s eye view of the river is available through tree climbing seminars. With the recreational tree climbing seminar there is vertical climbs into the tree canopy, limb walks, high-elevation zip lines, canopy rope bridges, and plunging tree swings. No experience needed and appropriate for ages five to adult. Having a love of heights is definitely a necessity.

Prices vary, and increase by ten to fifteen dollars on the weekends for guided tours. Rentals vary on how many hours you would like to have the equipment for, they provide a free shuttle to take you to and from the river. They also offer special group rates and are open seven days a week. And don’t you worry about missing out on this as the weather gets cooler because they wetsuits and cold weather gear is of no extra charge.

We hope you bring your inner daredevil and take a leap of faith into the trees, or dive into the James. Visit their web site for more information on planning your next adventure.

See You Soon.
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Share

A Day at the Mansion: Amanda and Eric

October 15th, 2010

Every now and then, we receive images from Weddings at the Mansion from our generous photography friends. Today, we’re thrilled to show you a glimpse of Amanda and Eric’s recent wedding, courtesy of Nick Kessler Photography.

Amanda and Eric were a lovely couple, and we especially loved the Peacock details they wove in and out of their wedding theme. Amanda and Eric also chose to see each other before the ceremony, which was a delightful change from tradition.

We love seeing the Mansion through the eyes of a photographer- thank you Nick for this opportunity!

Share

A Night of Drama at Historic Byrd Theatre

October 11th, 2010

As you can imagine, we are all about history here at the Mansion. We just love how the Byrd Theatre melts the old with new, which we can relate to since we do the very same thing here!

The Historic Byrd Theatre was built in 1928, and is a State and National Historic landmark. The Theatre is truly an architectural treasure, and since it has changed very little since 1928, it is truly like taking a step back in time, as it features paintings, marbled walls, gold leaf arches and  a gorgeous mezzanine. Some of their seats, in fact, have their original mohair pattern.

If you happen to be catching a movie on a Saturday evening be sure to be in your seat on time because you will get an amazing treat of hearing the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, an original staple.  The organ was originally used to accompany silent movies. A real treat is that the current House organist Bob Gulledge was the student of Eddie Weavers, the Byrd’s most famous organist, who played from 1961-1981.

Although it has been nearly eighty-two years after its original opening, it still runs just like it did when it first came onto the Richmond scene. Every evening, the Theatre opens for showings of second run movies for just a mere $1.99 a person. Which we here at the Mansion were ecstatic to hear about because it’s a show and a history lesson all wrapped into one. We just could not pass it up and we hope you do not pass it up either!

So the next time you’re visiting Richmond, be sure to make time for this historical treasure.

For more information please visit their website: http://byrdtheatre.com/

See You Soon.
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: RichmondHistoryCenter.com

Share

A New Way to Keep up with Historic Mankin Mansion

October 6th, 2010

Planning one’s wedding can be fun- but it can also be daunting. We here at Historic Mankin Mansion do our very best to give brides, grooms and their family all the information they need in order to make an informed decision.

So when we heard that Wedding Wire was offering the opportunity to share our information through mobile devices, we were thrilled. After all, brides and grooms are constantly on the go- it made perfect sense.

The image above is our QR Code, our very own unique bar code to learn more about weddings at Historic Mankin Mansion. One simply has to upload a QR Code Reader app to their phone (the  QR Scanner for iPhone or Barcode Scanner for Android) and then wave their phone in front of this code. You’ll receive instant access to information on the go.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Share

Waltz through the Virginia Fine Arts Museum Art after Hours

October 4th, 2010

We were very excited when art made a comeback here in Richmond with the re-opening of the exquisitely modern Virginia Fine Arts Museum. We were pleasantly surprised about the happening night life that actually takes place after dark with the VMFA’s weekly event Art After Hours, hosted by the museum to showcase different cultures and regions.

Art is not the only thing displayed, as you can showcase your dance moves as well. Each evening is themed differently from Miami Spice, Funk & Style, to Louisiana Swamp Stomp. Dance lessons are offered to teach your feet a few new moves from salsa, the cha-cha, rumba, and zydeco. Carrying the theme through the evening, food from the region is available. Specialty drinks are mixed and offered to keep your feet moving and grooving.

Art after Hours is located in the Marble Hall and the West Wing Terrace. The Marble Hall alone is an art piece with finely detailed architecture, also access to the museums’ most prized galleries located just off the hall are available for browsing. The West Wing Terrace will give you a chance you enjoy the crisp Virginia October air.

So, bring your dancing shoes and join them for an evening out of dancing, art, great food, and meeting some amazing locals. Every Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm, admission is free, but be sure to bring money to receive the whole experience of beverages and delectable delights.

Please visit the VMFA museum’s web site for more information.

See You Soon.
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

photo credit: StyleWeekly.com

Share