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Ringing in 2011 in Carytown

December 27th, 2010

Now that we have all survived the holidays, you’re probably tired of eating leftovers and ready for a night out on the town. Might we suggest checking out Carytown for your New Year’s celebration?

The New Year’s celebration in Carytown is sure to pull in a crowd with all its wonderful restaurants and bars. This year, the Carytown community invites you to experience the wide variety of restaurants located along the mile long stretch. Why not create your very own restaurant crawl experiencing some of the thirty restaurants located in the Carytown, as you work your way over towards the Byrd Theater at Midnight?

Many of the restaurants will be offering special menus and events for this very festive evening. Special menus are available at Amici Ristorante an upscale authentic Italian dinning experience, Amour Wine Bistro pairing every course with the perfect wine; Bonvenu is located right across from the Byrd with a perfect view of the sparkling ball; and also Secco Wine Bar with an extensive selection of unique wines and beers. We suggest calling ahead for reservations. No matter which ever restaurant you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

The illuminated ball that sits atop the Byrd Theater, created by Todd Schall-Vess, manager of the Byrd Theater, will rise to ring in 2011 as the crowd counts down. Here’s hoping you are there to ring in the New Year with the rest of Richmond.

Hope to see you on our guest list in 2011!

For More Information: http://www2.richmond.com/entertainment/holiday-guide/2010/dec/21/new-years-eve-carytown-ar-727387/

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: www.flickr.com by Chris Lacroix

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Dominion GardenFest of Lights

December 21st, 2010

Most people enjoy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens during the spring when it’s in full bloom, but we suggest seeing it dressed to the nines in over 700,000 Christmas Lights this Holiday Season.

This year’s theme  is “Fire and Ice,” with more lights than ever gracing the gardens with exquisite ice sculptures. World famous artist Hans Godo Frabel takes center stage this year with his “Glorious Glass in the Garden” exhibit.

Family fun is to be had by all, with a fun magical maze and Tree House. A fire pit will help you warm up and you can also toast s’mores; coffee and hot chocolate are also available. You might spot Old Saint Nick himself strolling through the gardens with the Fire and Ice Princess. Also, e guarantee that dollhouses and model trains will bring out your inner child.

The Robins Tea House and Garden Cafe offer holiday dinner every evening from five to nine. Every Thursday during the event, local musicians perform acoustic versions of holiday favorites in the library. You can enjoy the festive lights now through January 10 from five to ten in the evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.

We at the mansion hope you don’t miss out on this holiday favorite, fun for the whole family.

For More Information: http://www.lewisginter.org/events/event_detail.php?event_id=75

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: www.lewisginter.org

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We have a Winner!

December 19th, 2010

As the wedding season comes to a close, it’s time for us to buckle down and gear up for the 2011 brides. It was time for a fresh look, so we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update our folder, which is distributed to all prospective Historic Mankin Mansion brides.

We are grateful that many of the great Richmond wedding photographers have shared some great shots with us over the last several years. As we finalize our new folder, however, we knew we needed a particularly special shot.

As you may remember, we launched our contest “Hit us with your Best Shot” recently and asked brides, grooms and wedding photographers to join in on the phone. We were hoping for that perfect shot- that showcases the magic of the Mansion at its very best.

After careful consideration of over 40 images, we had selected the below photography by Dale and Roshan Quarterman of Quarterman Photography, to serve as the main shot on the front cover of our new folder.  Congratulations!

Thanks to all of those who participated in our contest- we are grateful for your participation!

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Real Richmond Wedding at the Mansion: Nellie and Jonathan

December 16th, 2010

We were thrilled when the new Mr. and Mrs. Blair shared their wonderful wedding photos with us this past Fall. And aren’t we just the luckiest when the talented photographer behind these images, Ellie Bolton of Ellie Bolton Photography, offered to send us some of our favorites.

And might we add- don’t you just love the umbrellas? :)

Congrats again to Nellie and Jonathan and thank you Ellie for sharing your work!

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A White Christmas at the Barksdale Theater

December 13th, 2010

Given today’s morning snow, we thought it was perfect timing to share the latest in holiday “to do’s” here in Richmond.

Everyone loves a Christmas classic, and the Barksdale Theater is bringing White Christmas to life one the stage for your holiday enjoyment.

The vintage Hollywood film is brought to life to help you get in the yuletide mood. Using the authentic composer Irving Berlin’s music and lyrics makes sure this musical is true to form. The Barksdale has a special guest joining the cast from the famed Broadway stage, Patti D’Beck who will lend her excellent expertise to the production of the musical.

White Christmas will deck the halls inside the Historic Empire Theater with the amazing sets and costumes serving as icing on top of this holiday cupcake. Show stopping choreography accompanied by incredible voices will have you wanting to join in on the fun.

Running now through January 9, shows take place two to three times a week  at the Empire Theater in historic, artful downtown Richmond. Tickets can be purchased on their website, so get your snow craving satisfied by checking out this classic.

We here at the Mansion hope that “all your Christmases be merry and white.”

For More Information: http://www.barksdalerichmond.org/

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: http://www.barksdalerichmond.org/

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Thanks Style Me Pretty!

December 8th, 2010

We just love every wedding that comes through the doors here at the Mansion, so you can imagine our thrill when our friends and colleagues Don and Lindsay Mears of Don Mears Photography told us that one of our weddings was about to get quite a bit of attention.

Last week, top wedding blog Style Me Pretty featured Don and Lindsay’s lovely work on their site.

From start to finish, Leah and Dimitri’s wedding was every bit as stylish and fun as their own personalities. We thoroughly enjoyed planning and spending their Big Day with them. We have no doubt you’ll find tons of amazing inspiration from this lovely wedding.

Can’t get enough? Be sure to visit Don and Lindsay’s Blog to see all the yummy shots!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

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

Photo credit: Don Mears Photography

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Visions of Sugar-Plums Danced in Their Heads

December 6th, 2010

Richmond is so chock full of Christmas traditions, it’s difficult to pick just one thing each week to blog about during the month of December. This week, we are ecstatic to share that the Richmond Ballet will soon begin its traditional production of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is Central Virginia’s longest running Christmas Tradition. The Richmond Ballet is accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. They will serenade you with live music accompanying the ballerinas. The Holiday Classic of Clara and the Nutcracker will come to life at the Carpenter Center in Downtown Richmond. The Ballet uses amazing techniques to make you feel like you jumped right into the pages of the book. Falling snowflakes, a fifty foot dragon, and the land of sweets where the sugar plum fairies twirl. You won’t want to miss a second of this amazing production.

The Opening night starts December 10 and continues on to December 23. Certain shows offer a extra special treat if you have children attending with Clara’s Tea Party. Where you will enjoy tasty treats and tea with Clara and her fun friends, bring the camera to snap photos with your favorite characters.

Come enjoy the experienced dancers and musicians who put on an unforgettable performance, which will be sure to have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head.

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: RichmondBallet.com

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