Maury Place at Monument

3101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Innkeeper(s): Jeff Wells & Mac Pence
 

Meet our New Maury Place Pup "Roscoe" 20 Jul 2014, 10:30 am


After our loyal Lucy passed away in December, we took a little break to grieve before adopting a new dog.  Last week, we ventured to the SPCA and came away with Roscoe! Roscoe, who strongly resembles Lucy, is between five and seven years old. He is well behaved and mild mannered. His entire body moves when he wags his tail--which he does most of the time he is awake! Welcome, Roscoe!



Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond on the Silver Screen 10 Jul 2014, 8:30 am

Richmond has served as the filming location for many movies and television shows. Perhaps the most prominent movie almost entirely filmed in the Richmond area is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which was nominated for several Academy Awards in 2012.

Other well known movies filmed in Richmond include "The Last Detail" (1973), "My Dinner With Andre" (1981), "Doc Hollywood" (1991), "True Colors" (1991), "Dave" (1993), "G.I. Jane" (1997), "The Jackal" (1997), "The Contender" (2000), "Hannibal (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Iron Jawed Angels" (2004), and "Evan Almighty" (2007). Now casting in Richmond and scouting locations is the Tom Hanks produced movie, "Ithaca," which will be directed by Tom Hanks' former co-star, Meg Ryan.

Prominent television programs filmed in Richmond include the mini-series "John Adams" (2008), "Killing Kennedy" (2013), and the AMC Revolutionary War spy drama "Turn," which is currently in production.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Happy 4th of July! Fireworks Galore in Richmond! 4 Jul 2014, 11:56 am

Richmond seems to have more than its share of opportunities to see fireworks this 4th of July. On Thursday, July 3, RVA Fireworks on the James draws thousands to Brown's Island for free fireworks and family friendly performances. There will be food vendors, but you can bring your own picnic to see the 360 degree views of the fireworks display designed and fired by Fireworks by Grucci. Other viewing sites include Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park. Bring a blanket and chairs to watch the display. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks starting around 9:15. Rain date is July 5.

Dogwood Dell's annual Independence Day Celebration occurs on Friday, July 4, and begins with the oldies vocal group Bak N Da Day at 5:15 p.m., followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6:30, a concert on the Carillon bells at 7, and patriotic and pop music performed by The Richmond Concert Band at 7:30. Fireworks, designed by Pyrotecnico, start at about 9:30.

Fireworks watch parties are also occurring at local breweries. They break down into two categories: one on July 3 for RVA Fireworks on the James and the other on July 4 for the fireworks at the Diamond. Head to breweries near the river--Blue Bee Cider, Legend, and Triple Crossing--to see the fireworks on July 3. On July 4, Hardywood offers its "Brewdependence Day" watch party opening at 3 p.m. with special music and food trucks.  Stick around to watch the fireworks after the Squirrels game at the Diamond at Isley Brewing Company and Ardent Craft Ales.

The Richmond tradition of Fireworks at the Diamond continues this year on Friday and Saturday nights. Richmond's Flying Squirrels take on the Reading Fighting Phils this weekend, and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the games on both nights. The first game of Friday's double header starts at 5:05 p.m., and fireworks will go off at the conclusion of the second game. Saturday's game starts at 6:05 p.m. with fireworks following. Tickets to the game are $7 to $11.

Maury Place at Monument will be surrounded by fireworks this 4th of July! Happy Independence Day to all!


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond is a Movie Theater Town! 1 Jul 2014, 7:05 am

      As most everyone knows, I am a huge movie fan, and I enjoy going to all of the many movie theaters here in Richmond. The closest movie theater to Maury Place is the Byrd Theater in Carytown, which opened its doors on December 24, 1928, and was Virginia's first movie theater equipped with a sound system! In 1978, the theater was designated a Virginia Historic Landmark, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ was installed when the theater was built to accompany silent movies. Current organist Bob Gulledge plays the organ every Saturday night before the evening shows. The Byrd shows second run movies for only $1.99!
     The Westhampton Theater on Grove Avenue is just a short drive from Maury Place. It opened in March 1938 as a single screen movie theater with a balcony. In the 1980's, the balcony was converted into a second screen. Today, the Westhampton shows primarily independent releases and foreign films. It is located in a charming shopping area on Grove Avenue referred to as "The Avenues."
     The Carpenter Theater at Richmond Center Stage on historic Grace Street was originally a Loew's Theater movie palace. The theater was built in 1927 and designed by architect John Eberson. It opened in 1928 and today is a venue for live stage performances.

     The Hippodrome Theater on Second Street in historic Jackson Ward opened in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theater. In the 1930's and 40's , "the Hipp" was the place to see legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong--and later, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole. The theater has been fully restored and reopened in 2011 as an entertainment venue.

    Perhaps the newest movie theater closest to Maury Place is Movieland at Boulevard Square. Movieland is a 17-stadium movie theater located near the Diamond on the Boulevard. The building was originally a locomotive assembly plant before Bow Tie Cinemas renovated the building and opened it in early 2009.  So buy some popcorn and enjoy a movie at one of Richmond's landmark movie theaters!


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" at VMFA 23 Jun 2014, 5:46 am

"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" is the latest exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that will run through July 27. Images from the 1890's to the present examine how the concept of African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, and video. This exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture and politics. The VMFA is just steps away within walking distance of Maury Place.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Easter Parade Just Steps from Maury Place this Sunday! 15 Apr 2014, 1:08 pm

There is only one thing to do on Easter Sunday in Richmond (besides going to church!), and that is to promenade on Monument Avenue between Davis and Allen Avenues at the annual Easter on Parade! Join thousands of RVAers--some dressed in colorful Easter attire and festive Easter bonnets--who come each year to listen to live music, eat fun street food, and participate in all sorts of fun activities for families and kids.

There will also be many Richmond canines on view wearing their own Easter finery! It is one of Richmond's top "see and be seen" attractions! And this all happens just a few blocks from Maury Place!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond Garden Week, April 30 to May 2 15 Apr 2014, 9:19 am

After a winter of many snows, Spring will be much welcomed in Richmond! The Garden Club of Virginia will present the 81st Historic Garden Week in Richmond beginning on Wednesday, April 30, and running through Friday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Approximately 1500 visitors will tour lovely private homes and gardens each day. Proceeds will fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens. For more information, see www.VaGardenWeek.org.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond's Byrd Theatre: A Treasured Landmark Since 1928 14 Apr 2014, 9:49 am

Richmond's landmark movie palace, the Byrd Theatre, opened in Carytown in 1928 and has been operating continuously over the past eight decades. Named after William Byrd II, one of Richmond's founders, the building is a true cinematic treasure, and is both a State and National Historic Landmark. The iconic landmark was purchased in 2007 by the Byrd Theatre Foundation with the purpose of restoring and preserving this slice of Richmond's entertainment history. The Foundation plans to integrate cultural, educational, and community programming and events into the venue's programming, in addition to offering movies at an admission price of just $2 a ticket 365 days a year! The theatre has a  whopping 1300 seats and the still-operational "Mighty Wurlitzer" theatre organ that introduces all Saturday evening performances! The Byrd is within walking distance of Maury Place at Monument in Carytown and is not to be missed! It is a true jewel in Richmond's crown!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Richmond's Flying Squirrels Open Their 5th Season on April 10th! 13 Apr 2014, 10:30 am

What do Virginian's, Crows, Lawmakers, Blue Birds, Giants, Colts, Rebels, Vees, Climbers, and Braves have in common? All were names of Richmond professional minor league baseball teams, predecessors to the Flying Squirrels. Professional baseball has been in Richmond since 1884, when the Richmond Virginians of the American Association compiled a less than impressive record of 12 wins and 30 losses. The teams have played at a variety of stadiums and locations. The first site was where the Robert E. Lee monument stands today on Monument Avenue! The current Daimond was first used in 1985, and Richmond may soon have a new baseball stadium to add to this legacy.

Richmond's popular baseball team, the Flying Squirrels, opened their 5th Season on April 10 and  featured the Richmond Flying Circus and post-game fireworks. Following theme nights in April will include a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz," celebrating its 75th Anniversary, on April 14; Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, with wristbands for the first 2000 fans; an appearance by Stefanie Scott ("Lexi Reed") on April 26; and a salute to Construction with a Wednesday Happy Hour and post-game fireworks on April 30. Call 804-359-FUNN or visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com for further information. Richmond's Diamond baseball stadium is a short drive from Maury Place at Monument. We can hear and see from Maury Place fireworks going off at the Diamond.  Inn dog Chico hides under the bed at such times! Go Squirrels!!



Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

The Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market April 4 to 6 at Richmond's Raceway Complex 26 Mar 2014, 4:11 pm


The annual Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market is back from April 4 to April 6 at Richmond's Raceway Complex! This large-scale event provides an optimal shopping experience for all--including gifts for Easter, graduation, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, and unique offerings including gourmet foods, cookbooks, fine linens, designer clothing, toys, crafts and artwork, decorative home accessories and jewelry. Springtime also brings gardening and the outdoors to the forefront, and included in items for sale are whimsical garden art and accessories, spring and summer perennials, outdoor furniture, and more! The Raceway Complex (former site of the Virginia State Fair), is just a short drive away from Maury Place at Monument. This is an event that Jeff especially recommends for shoppers!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument