Things to Do | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

It’s Christmas Time in The City

November 29th, 2010

Now that we all have survived the Thanksgiving feast and Black Friday shopping, it’s time for the simpler things in life. We suggest taking time to enjoy the lights and sounds of Richmond.

Christmas festivities kick off in Richmond this Friday evening from six to nine, with the Grand Illumination in Downtown Richmond. The main event will take place at the James Center Clock Tower, where Santa Clause will countdown and as he hits “0” the, skyscrapers will light up in all their glory. The traditional James Center Tree is also guarded by some twinkling reindeer on either side, which will also light in unison. Throughout the evening, music will be flowing through the air from the Varina High School Marching Band, the VCU Trombone Choir and Lite 98. Free horse and carriage rides will take you on a tour of Downtown to enjoy the lights. You might just see the Richmond Ballet Sugar Plum Fairy fluttering through the crowd as well!

Saturday, the Dominion Christmas Parade will continue the festivities throughout the weekend. The parade will kick off at the Science Museum making its way to Seventh Street. The theme this year will be shown throughout the holiday floats, marching bands, and gigantic balloons and the Legendary Santa will be there to see who is being naughty and nice. Visit their web site today for more information.

This weekend don’t miss out on these Richmond Holiday Traditions, they will be sure to get you into the Holiday mood.

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.

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Real Richmond Wedding at the Mansion: Justin and Holly

November 24th, 2010

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Before we sign off for the holiday weekend, we wanted to share this wonderful wedding film of one of our fabulous weddings this past season.

Holly and Justin Bowers were a pleasure to work with- and as you can see from the video, a good time was had by all.

Special thanks to John Hancock Productions for sharing this lovely film.

Slonaker/Bowers Wedding Highlights from objectivegiant on Vimeo.

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Traditional Tree Lighting at The Jefferson

November 23rd, 2010

There are quite a few Holiday Traditions in Richmond, and the annual Tree Lighting at The Jefferson should be at the top of your holiday to do list.

The Jefferson Hotel , built in 1895 by the famous Richmond resident Lewis Ginter, hosts an annual Tree Lighting that promises to dazzle even the big kids. This year, the festivities will begin on Monday, November 29 at 5:30pm with traditional music of the season following at 6pm, when the lights will take the main stage. As holiday characters mingle with the crowd, complimentary refreshments will be served in the Empire Room. The magnificent beautifully decorated treewill steal most of the attention, but the rest of the hotel will also be dressed in its holiday bests.

If you haven’t attended in the past, be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a good spot for the Tree Lighting. Build in some extra time to visit the Gingerbread House, a labor of love for the talented Pastry Department at The Jefferson Hotel.

The Jefferson offers many other holiday events including Music at Midday, which takes place nearly every day of the week beginning November 30. Entertainment includes local choirs, string ensembles, and violin groups, serenading you with sounds of the season.

Be sure to stop by the Jefferson during your holiday season visit to put you in the holly jolly spirit.

For More Information: http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/pdf/Holiday_Newsletter.pdf

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: southernliving.com

 

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Toys for Tots and Historic Mankin Mansion Partner!

November 22nd, 2010

We love the holidays here at the Mansion and it’s at this time of year that we are especially grateful and want to give back. With that being said, we’re pleased to announce a partnership that will allow us not only to help a great cause, but also assist others in doing the same.

This year, Historic Mankin Mansion, is teaming up with the national Toys for Tots program by serving as a toy donation drop off location.   Bring your new, unwrapped toy to the Mansion and help us spread a little holiday cheer!

Toys for Tots, a 63-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.4 million less fortunate children.  Since 1947 over 195 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

We will be available for drop off Monday through Friday from 9-5pm during the days of November 29-December 10. Thank you in advance for your kind donation!

We’d also like to take a moment to thank those veterans who stayed with us as part of the B&Bs for Vets program on November 10. We had initially offered one room and then opened it up to three suites after we received hundreds of phone calls. We had two couples from the Air Force and one from the Army- from Maryland, Williamsburg and Richmond. Each enjoyed their respective stay as laughs abound and friendships were made.

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.

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A Richmond Sampler

November 8th, 2010

Local restaurants are great way to get an insider’s feel for Richmond. We suggest the newest addition to the city, Real Richmond Food Tours to sample the local chef’s best cuisine.

Real Richmond Food Tours displays the culinary treasures located in the heart of The River City. They currently offer three different tours such as: Shockoe: Shock and Awe, The Wards: The Art and Soul of Richmond, and the newest addition to the family Carytown/Museum District: Sass and Style. Shock and Awe is a trip through the historic areas of the Shockoe Slip, the bottom, up until the edge of Church Hill.  The Art and Soul of Richmond helps you discover the southern style of this metropolitan city with stops a Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel, Comfort, and Mama J’s. Sass and Style is a chic journey through the infamous Carytown and Museum District dropping in to six local dining spots with a lovely stroll through the Virginia of Fine Arts new sculpture garden.

All of the tours are approximately a mile and a half walk lasting two and half hours, so you know there is plenty of food to be had by all. All tours take you on a backstage view of the most famous restaurants available. Learning the secrets of chefs, butchers, and sweet treat bakers as they invite you in for a behind the curtain look. All tours are on Saturday starting at two in the afternoon, with a flat fee paid before the tour, so no cash needed because everything is covered. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and you might want to grab and umbrella just in case because the tour goes rain or shine.

We hope at your next visit with us, you take this amazing opportunity to experience the newest tour in Richmond and definitely the tastiest.

For More Information and Ticket Purchasing, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/25235

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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.facebook.com/#!/RealRichmondVA

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First Fridays Art Walk

November 3rd, 2010

When guests come to the Mansion we like them to get a real feel of Richmond, to feel like a local. The First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Richmond is a perfect way to experience the Richmond scene.

The First Fridays Art Walk stretches between Belvidere Street and 8th Street, from the Historic Jackson Ward to Monroe Ward. It is a self-guided tour every first Friday of the month that takes you on a historic, artful, and delicious stroll. The Art Walk is now in its tenth season and is still going strong with art galleries, restaurants, and stores supporting them along the way. No need to watch the weather reports- the Art Walk is rain or shine.

The Art Walk was started to showcase Richmond’s thriving art and culture. Eleven galleries total feature many mixed mediums such as paintings, photography, drawings, collages, and crafts. Quirk, a store located on Broad Street along the trail is exactly what it sounds like- an extremely cute little store featuring quirky, trendy gifts, souvenirs, and home décor. Eateries along your way will make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty, so pull up a chair and take a load off. You can check out the Richmond Ballet, the newly renovated Centerstage, and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

Make sure on your next visit with us you get the full experience of the artful, trendy city.

For more information, please visit their website . The best news? It’s just a few minutes drive from the Mansion!

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: InsidersPassport.com

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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.

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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.

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Eerie Nights Ghost Tours in Richmond

May 23rd, 2010

When our Bed and Breakfast guests ask us what there is to do in Richmond, it’s easy to start rattling off a list of great historical sites, fine dining and kid friendly activities.

We recently, however, ran into this fun opportunity for those who love to mix a little history with scare. Eerie Nights Ghost Tours is a walk through Shockoe Bottom like you’ve never experienced before. Not only are you lead by a ghoul guide, but the tour features a “band of walking dead”- not for the faint of heart!

Tours are currently available Friday nights at 8pm, and opens up to Saturday and Sunday from June through September.

So whether you’re looking for a scare, or just something off the beaten path, we’d suggest adding it to your list of To Do’s when visiting Richmond!

See you Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

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