Stevenson Ridge

6901 Meeting Street, Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
Innkeeper(s): Debbie & Dan Spear and Jennifer Mackowski

Food Show 21 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

Chef Brad, Jennifer, and Chris recently took the trip down I-95 to Richmond to attend a food show hosted by Performance Food Group (also known as PFG). Held in the ground floor of the Altria Theater in downtown, the food show brought together dozens of vendors who provided everything from fresh produce and pasta to sauces, dips, and dressings. And the best thing of all: it was all you can eat (okay, maybe that’s not so great for the waste line even if it was a field day for the taste buds!).


PFG serves as a clearinghouse for vendors like this, who vary in size from some of the world’s largest corporations, like Nestlé, to small mom-and-pop operations that produce specialty foods locally/regionally on an as-ordered basis.

Chris, our historian, was just along for the ride. This was his first food show, so it was an exciting opportunity for him to explore and experience. For Jennifer and Chef Brad, though, the food show was a chance to connect with some of the valued food providers and producers who help keep our kitchen stocked at Stevenson Ridge. Brad, for instance, was able to talk to a produce vendor about custom-cut veggies. Jennifer was able to shop around for new seasonal juices for the breakfast baskets people order when staying in the cottages.

We always strive to provide the best-possible food experiences for our guests—fresh, surprising, and, whenever possible, local and seasonal. Food shows like PFG’s are one way we stay on top of all the latest trends and ideas. This allows us to create specially crafted catering proposals created specifically for our brides and grooms and other event planners. Every proposal is custom made!

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Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN: The Atlanta Campaign 20 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

C-SPAN’s coverage of the Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge continues this weekend with Steve Davis’s talk on John Bell Hood’s July 20, 1864, attack outside Atlanta. The talk will air on C-SPAN3 on Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Meanwhile, C-SPAN3 will re-air Dave Powell’s talk on battle tactics on Saturday, October 22 at 3:10 p.m. Eastern time. And Chris Mackowski’s talk on Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle will re-air on Sunday morning, October 23, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

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October News from Stevenson Ridge 18 Oct 2016, 4:52 am

Our October newsletter is now available!

In this issue, we pay special attention to Virginia Wine Month with a history of the Virginia wine industry by wine expert Sean Tarallo. We also share one of our favorite recipes for mulled wine, some suggestions for wine ceremonies during weddings, and more.

If you’re not on our mailing list, we’d love to add you. To sign up, just click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

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Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN 14 Oct 2016, 9:00 pm

Stevenson Ridge appears on C-SPAN again tonight!

C-SPAN’s coverage from last summer’s Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge continues this evening with a program by our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski. Chris spoke on “Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle.” His program will appear tonight at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on C-SPAN3.

Here’s a quick preview!

For a full list of the talks that have appeared so far, you can check out “ECW on C-SPAN” at Emerging Civil War.

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Name That Tune 13 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

from Elizabeth

Lately, we’re starting to see ceremony music get a little more modern—not in the sense of the latest songs but with movie scores and television show theme songs. Over the last year, we’ve heard during ceremonies: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Disney’s Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast, Star Trek, and Friends (cue the hand-clapping, please). We’ve even heard themes from video games!

Surprisingly, we have not heard Game of Thrones yet, but then again, that’s a lot of betrayal and death, so maybe it doesn’t go as well with your nuptials.

It makes the ceremony more personal if the couple is a big fan of a particular movie or TV show, plus it’s a nice surprise for guests if they can “name that tune!”

What would be your three movies or TV shows used as processional or recessional music?

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“Praying” at the Post Office 11 Oct 2016, 12:45 pm

from Chris

We had a visitor at the Post Office on Tuesday afternoon….

These images make this praying mantis look bigger than it was. The mantis was shorter than the handle of a spoon and, along its thorax–its midsection–it was thinner than a pencil. Of course, I still can’t help but think of the 1957 “giant bug” film The Deadly Mantis (I loved those old monster movies!).

We usually think of mantises as being green, but some varieties make their primary habitat on tree trunks and even the ground, and those species tend to have camouflage that lets them better blend in there—so grays and, in this case, browns. I found this mantis on the front door of the Post Office, which is made of wood. There, it patiently waited the afternoon away, hoping for an unsuspecting lunch to come flying past or crawling by. Mantises are generally ambush predators, so they’re used to long hours of still, silent waiting.

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The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival–this weekend! 7 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

From Kristi

We are fortunate at Stevenson Ridge to have wine aficionados in Jennifer and Chris, our managing partner and historian. Whether it is a wedding, birthday party, anniversary celebration, or holiday party, they work with distributors to ensure our events offer the best wine in our packages.

If you’re interested in wines, you might sometimes wonder, “How can I find a good wine? local wine? any wine that isn’t $5 at the grocery store!” Fredericksburg is offering a great opportunity to sample wines, shop local vendors, and basically relax to music all day long. On October 8th and 9th, the 26th Annual Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival will take place at Towne Center in Spotsylvania. Tickets are $15 early bird and $25 at the gate.

Check out for more information.

If you live out of town, give us a call and book a cabin for the weekend. We are located just 15 minutes away from Towne Center and would love to have you as our guest as you sample area wine!


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Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN: Longstreet in the Wilderness 6 Oct 2016, 9:40 am

The next installment from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge airs this weekend on C-SPAN 3.

The Battle of the Wilderness and Longstreet’s Counterattack, presented by Kris White, will air Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., Eastern.

Also, the “Great Attacks” panel will re-airs Sunday at 1:25 p.m. Eastern, and then Monday morning at 5:55 a.m., Eastern.

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SR Welcomes the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable 5 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

from Chris

Stevenson Ridge recently played host to visitors from the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. About 30 “Civil Warriors” made the trip, which focused on the 1864 Overland Campaign. Historian Kris White—my frequent collaborator and Emerging Civil War co-founder—spent Friday and Saturday showing the group around the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House battlefields.

Saturday morning, specifically, the group looked at the Spotsy battlefield before enjoying a BBQ lunch provided by our friends at Country Lane Catering at the battlefield’s picnic area. I met them there and chatted with them as we bussed over to Stevenson Ridge. There, we spent about an hour and a half looking at some of Stevenson Ridge’s earthworks and talking about Spotsylvania’s eastern front, which often gets overlooked in narratives about the battle.

With a wedding at 4:00, we had to hustle through so that we didn’t tromp through the ceremony site! Afterloading back onto the bus, the group returned to the national park and the site of the Bloody Angle—the battlefield’s most famous site—for a closer look and a chance to contemplate the larger the story.

It was a great day to be out on the field, and of course, it’s always such a treat to share SR’s story with visitors. If your group is ever interested in a tour of our Civil War earthworks, feel free to contact me at

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Five “Thank-You Note” Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make 3 Oct 2016, 1:00 am

from Elizabeth

The wedding planning is complete and the honeymoon is over, so now what’s next? After you say, “I do” and return back to your normal life, there are still thank-you notes pending and need to be mailed.

To avoid offending any of your wonderful guests, make sure you don’t commit any of these five cardinal thank-you note mistakes. Brides Magazine shares their advice with their most recent article.

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