October, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

October 27th, 2011

The Virginia Fine Arts Museum is bringing Egypt and its most intriguing artifacts and art for the Richmond area for a once in a lifetime experience!

The VMFA will unveil the exhibit on November 19 and it will be on display until March 11 featuring more than 100 objects. Egypt causes quit a stir with  history buffs and art lovers alike with the mystery of the afterlife and rituals. The experience begins with a 3-D movie that unveils the life and death of Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived over 3,000 years ago! The main attraction of artifacts on display will of course be Nesperennub’s mummy and sarcophagus with the addition of other human and animals mummies, a gilded mask, ornate jewelry and so many more objects.

This is not all the only fantastic spot at the VMFA, the rest of the museum deserves your attention as well. The permanent museum inventory has an impressive collection of more than 23,000 pieces of individual work that encompasses every major world culture. While you’re there be sure to check out Amuse Café, which offers an extensive menu with Virginia-sourced specialties in a contemporary setting. Due to its popularity, we highly recommend reservations. The Best Café offers a more laid back atmosphere with delicious food as well.

General admission to the museum is free to see the special Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb exhibit an adult ticket is $15, seniors 65+ and youth 7-17 are $12 and children under 6 are free. Tickets are available for pre-purchase.

For More Information: http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Exhibitions/Mummy.aspx

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.vmfa.state.va.us/Exhibitions/Mummy.aspx

 

 

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Historic Mankin Mansion in the News: Anna and James

October 24th, 2011

Today, we’re taking a break from our usual blogging to share this great feature from this Sunday’s Celebrations section of the Richmond Times Dispatch. Anna and James were married here at the Mansion last month and we’re thrilled to find them the stars of I Do, I Do.

Please click HERE to read more about Anna and James big day. :)

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.

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Richmond Weddings: Fatima and Lawrence are married!

October 19th, 2011

We are excited to share this gorgeous Fall wedding with you, courtesy of Marta Locklear Photography.
Fatima and Lawrence were married here just a month ago. We adore their use of fuchsia throughout their Big Day- just a bright, fun color for autum.

Enjoy!

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.

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Richmond International Wine Excursion

October 18th, 2011

The Richmond International Wine Excursion presented by MARTIN’S is bringing International wine and cuisine to Richmond on October 28th – 29th for everyone to enjoy the finer things in life.

The RIWE is a two-day wine and food excursion that will take you on a whirlwind trip throughout several different countries to experience the best that each region has to offer. The event helps to benefit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, a non-profit organization that helps to keep history alive and well in the Commonwealth on the Richmond waterfront. This year the event is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the emancipation of slavery.

This event is designed to give each and every attendee a “culinary journey around the world that enlightens, entertains and surprise.” The two-day event has several different ways to enjoy the wine and food with Walk-Around Grand Tastings, luncheons and seminars.

The Culinary Village at Historic Tredegar will be the hosting site for the event, with everything taking place under temperature controlled tents to ensure an enjoyable experience no matter what Mother Nature throws their way. Each year the event will pick a particular region or two to showcase the best wines available, with this year features of Spain and Portugal.

The Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting will have an extensive 25o plus wines, 100 wineries, with 12 countries represented. During the wine tasting small plates will be available for purchase featuring globally inspired cuisine. On Saturday in the Wine Garden the Farm-to-Table Locavore Luncheon will take place. This is a must attend event that pairs local cuisine paired with wines from the U.S. and around the world. Several other events will take place and more information is available on their website.

We hope you take time to have an international experience in the heart of Richmond!

For More Information: https://wineexcursion.com/

See you soon,
~Paula and 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://riwe.eventbrite.com/

 

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Richmond Wedding: Kate and Chris!

October 13th, 2011

Today, we’re thrilled to share these amazing images of Kate and Chris’ recent wedding here at the Mansion! Dale and Roshan Quarterman of Quarterman Photography were kind enough to send these along. You’ll see a surprise cameo by Cakes by Graham in there too!

What a fun couple, and what a memorable day. We hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Thanks again to Quarterman Photography!

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond Fall Restaurant Week

October 11th, 2011

It’s that time of year again for Richmond Restaurant Week and helping to support the FeedMore Organization by dining out at your favorite restaurants and maybe even trying something new!

This year’s Restaurant Week starts October 24 and continues through the 30th, and includes 29 different restaurants creating a special three-course meal for only $25.11 a person, with $2.11 being donated to the FeedMore charitable Organization. FeedMore helps to support the Richmond and Tri-City area with the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. Helping to prevent hunger in children, families and the elderly, FeedMore received over $25,000 last year from this wonderful event.

The restaurants offer a set menu that includes several options for an appetizer, main course and dessert with all menus available prior to the start of Restaurant Week.  A variety of different restaurant types including: Italian, seafood, Southern cuisine, Asian inspiration, comfort food and so much more are available to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Restaurants are also conventionally located throughout the city and the surrounding area. Most restaurants suggest making reservations, to ensure that a table is available at your preferred time but walk-ins are also welcome. Come enjoy the local favorites in Richmond and help out the FeedMore Organization!

For More Information: http://www.richmondrestaurantweek.com/home.aspx

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.richmondrestaurantweek.com/T0.aspx?PID=2

 

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Fall in Love with Charlottesville

October 3rd, 2011

With fall in full swing here in Richmond and the surrounding areas, it is time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather and some beautiful Charlottesville landscape. Charlottesville is just a quick hour jaunt from the Mansion, and once you see all that it has in store, you won’t be disappointed.

Charlottesville sits snuggled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the edge of the Rivanna River. With so many different options of attractions in Charlottesville, we thought we would just share a few of our favorites: Carter Mountain Orchard, Blenhiem Vineyards and the Downtown Mall.

Carter Mountain Orchard is in the midst of apple picking season and has plenty to keep you occupied all afternoon long. With rows and rows of several different varieties of apples, apple cinnamon donuts made fresh, hot apple cider and a throw in some wine tasting, you might just want to stay and enjoy the orchard all day!

Right around the corner at Blenhiem Vineyards, a beautiful, tranquil winery owned by bona fide Charlottesville native Dave Matthews, is the perfect place to sip away the evening. Wine tastings are available for $5 a person with a souvenir Blenhiem wine glass included while private cellar tours and tastings are available for $25 a person. Tucked back off the road in a quaint A-frame building you will feel as though you left the world behind and all your cares will disappear. A beautiful patio over looks the rows of grapes waiting to be picked. And if you’re lucky, Dave himself might just stop by.

As the evening winds down, you might find yourself in need of some dinner and the Downtown Mall is filled from one end to another with delicious restaurants. Unique shopping is also available to pick up some unique items to remember your trip. So, take a short ride from the Mansion and enjoy the gorgeous Charlottesville countryside.

For More Information: http://www.cartermountainorchard.com/, http://www.blenheimvineyards.com/ and http://charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=177

See you soon,
~Paula and 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://melissameadowsphotography.blogspot.com

 

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