Visit Richmond | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 4

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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Oyster Festivals Galore!

September 19th, 2011

With the cooler weather making its way into the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas it is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor festivals. Two oyster festivals that always pull in a big crowd are returning this year to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

The first one to add to your event calendar is Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell on Saturday, September 24, starting at 11am and continuing through 4pm. Located in the bottom at the 17th Street Farmers Market surrounded by the most delicious restaurants in the RVA area and also some great shopping. This will be the 4th annual oyster festival in the Bottom and they have been preparing all year long to create a fun filled and what is sure to be a mouth-watering festival. Live music is a staple in any Farmers Market with bands ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and some funk! There is a wide variety of ways to cook and eat and oyster and all of them will be there for you to take a bite out of- from raw, steamed and frittered, to fried and stewed.

The 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for November 4and 5. Urbanna is a short car ride from the Mansion, taking just a little over an hour. This local festival is a tradition in the town of Urbanna that started in 1957, and was just a local favorite. Now, 54 years later it brings in a large crowd that like to enjoy oysters that are the pearl for this town and its economy. Fifty different vendors will bring in their best cuisine, including everything from oysters to hamburgers and everything in between. Arts and crafts will also be in ample supply throughout the town and festival village. The traditional Firemen’s Parade and The Oyster Festival Parade will get everything started on the right foot. The very exciting and fast paced oyster-shucking contest will take center stage as everyone gathers to see who will be crowned the winner!

Fall is in full swing here in the RVA area, we hope you come on out and enjoy a few outdoor festivals and that beautiful Southern weather!

For More Information: http://www.richmondgov.com/FarmersMarket/ , http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/index.php/festival-hightlights/

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.packettproperties.com/blog/bid/26763/5-Towns-You-MUST-Visit-in-the-Northern-Neck-Middle-Peninsula-Area

 

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

March 21st, 2011

Spring is just around the corner and America’s past time will get underway right here in Richmond. The Richmond Flying Squirrels will start their season April 7 and will continue into the first week of September.

The Flying Squirrels, made their debut last year in the Richmond Diamond, and they are back for a second season and hopefully many more to come. This seasons opening game will start off with a bang of fireworks. The Richmond Diamond offers special seating at picnic tables located on the third base line in the Diamond Club. Tickets are $28 a person and include a two-hour all you can eat buffet.

Regular tickets range from $7 to $11 dollars depending on where you would like your seat to be. We hope you come out and support our local minor league team the Richmond Flying Squirrels. And remember “Root, root, root, for the home team!”

For More Information: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t3410

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~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located 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.minorleaguebaseball.com/

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Valentine’s Day at the Ballet!

February 1st, 2011

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know you are all racking your brain about what to do with your sweetheart on that special day.

The Richmond Ballet offers a romantic ballet every year around Valentine’s Day. On this year’s agenda Giselle, which will be sure to captivate its audiences. Giselle is a heart felt tale that will have you experiencing the heartbreak of a young village girl, who is betrayed by her love, and is headed for a tragic end. However, the devotion of her heart might be just what she needs to save her love from his sad ending.

This classical ballet is choreographed by Malcolm Burn, and accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. Giselle will be preformed at the Carpenter Center at Richmond CenterStage starting on February 11 and continuing through the 13. On the last showing of February 13 the Richmond Ballet will offer a Brunch prior to the Sunday matinee. It will be held in the enchanting Rhythm Hall. The elaborate menu will be use to satisfy the taste buds and the romantic atmosphere will get you in the mood for love.

For More Information: http://www.richmondballet.com/performancestickets/giselle_2011.aspx

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.richmondballet.com

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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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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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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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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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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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