Stevenson Ridge

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

Vote for Stevenson Ridge 20 Apr 2017, 11:28 am

DavisWedding-1004It’s not too late to vote for Stevenson Ridge as your favorite wedding venue in the Fredericksburg area. The Free Lance-Star has opened their polls for the 2017 Reader’s Choice awards. Our coordinators and staff work hard every year to make sure we can accommodate the needs of our guests. Click here to vote for us now. Voting ends on April 30.

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Get Your Spring Cleaning Checklist Ready 7 Apr 2017, 4:00 am

martha cleaningfrom Elizabeth

The warm weather we’ve been having might have you in the mood for spring cleaning. So, we wanted to share Martha Stewart’s spring-cleaning checklist!

The warm weather pulls us out of hibernation, and with a deep clean, we’re ready to take on the next year of dinner parties, birthdays, out of town guests, etc. Martha Stewart shares a printable checklist with everything you need to know for cleaning your house this spring. Of course, tailor the list to your house and yard, and make the schedule realistic to your routine.

Also, why not included family members and get some family bonding time in while giving your home a little makeover? To read the full article, click here.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart’s blog.

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Bobbypins & Blush Now Offering Beauty Classes 5 Apr 2017, 4:00 am

Makeup in the Mirrorfrom Elizabeth

I’m definitely a self-taught hair/makeup stylist for my daily routine. I’m guilty of a few messy buns at the office but overall try to look cute thanks to Pinterest and YouTube. However, one of our preferred vendors, Bobbypins & Blush, is now offering monthly beauty classes!

Learn from a licensed, trained, and certified instructor on different beauty subjects. Each class is $35 per person and lasts about an hour. All lessons, which ar eheld at their downtown Fredericksburg studio, are accompanied by a 10% discount on their retail products.

For the month of April, they’re offering the following classes:

  • April 15: Spring Hair Styling Class from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.—Join EliteArtist Morgan as she takes you through step-by-step guides to create the three hottest hair styles for this Spring!
  • April 15: Fresh and Dewy Spring Makeup Class from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.—Join EliteArtist Kris as she takes you through a step-by-step full-face application to create a fresh, dewy look that is so in for Spring! You will need to bring your own makeup bag for this course. We will provide cosmetics to fill in the gaps and make suggestions if you are in need of something.
  • April 21: Basic Skin Care Class from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.—Taught by our Esthetician. This course will take you through the importance of a proper skin care regimine, assess your personal skin type, and provide answers and suggestions on how to address your skin care concerns!
  • April 28: Custom Blow-Out Class from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.—Ever wondered how Salon Pros get your hair to look flawless with just a blow dryer? Join EliteArtist Selena as she shows you how to maximize your blow dryer and your round brush to create volume, curls, waves, or sleek and straight. Bring your tools, and we’ll show you the rest!

To learn more about the monthly classes or Bobbypins & Blush, click here!

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Stevenson Ridge’s Newest Addition 3 Apr 2017, 4:00 am

It’s been a little quiet here on the blog lately. That’s because we’ve been a little busy lately…

Chris and Jennifer Mackowski, our managing partner and historian-in-residence (and blog editor), welcomed Maxwell James Mackowski to the world on Thursday, March 16 at 1:01 a.m. Max weighed in at 5 pounds, fifteen ounces, and measured 19.5 inches.

Now just past the two-week mark, everyone is doing well (and Mommy seems to be getting enough sleep!). Chris has already started reading Emerging Civil War books to Max for his bedtime reading.

Maxwell James baby pic

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No Foolin’–Our Christmas Cactus is in Bloom 1 Apr 2017, 12:15 pm

Apparently, one good holiday deserves another. In honor of April Fools’ Day, the Christmas cactus in our office decided to bloom. It can’t tell one holiday from the other, we guess–but since it didn’t seem like we had much of a winter at all, perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise!

Christmas Cactus April 2017

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Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire 31 Mar 2017, 3:00 am

spring craft show

from Elizabeth

The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire is underway this weekend, so invite your friends and visit the Fredericksburg Expo Center to see all the excitement.

The Arts & Crafts Faire will have a variety of homemade items perfect for Easter, birthdays, Mother’s days, graduations, upcoming events, etc.

The faire is open on Saturday, April 1, from 10-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, from 11-4pm. Tickets in advance are $7 or at the door are $8.

To learn more about the show, click here.

Photo credit: Fredericksburg Art & Crafts Facebook page

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Full Lot 13 Mar 2017, 3:00 am

from Chris

We had a huge crowd at Stevenson Ridge on Saturday! A local church held a day-long retreat in the Lodge for members of its congregation. We had so many cars on the property I thought we looked like a car dealership!

Baptist Retreat 01

Baptist Retreat 02

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Stevenson Ridge’s March newsletter now available 8 Mar 2017, 5:00 am

Do you get the Stevenson Ridge newsletter? If not, we’d love to invite you to sign up. You can check it out here, and at the top of the page is a button you can click to subscribe.

The SR newsletter offers updates on what’s going on around the Ridge, special projects we’re up to, exclusive photos, history notes, and other little goodies. Chef Brad has been sharing some of his favorite easy-to-make recipes, too.

It’s a little extra bit of Stevenson Ridge friendliness sent to your “inbox” once a month!

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Scenes from the 2017 Bridal Open House: Selfie Station 7 Mar 2017, 5:00 am

Here’s a fun wrap-up to our look back at the 2017 Bridal Open House: the “selfie station” set up in the basement of the Riddick House. You might notice, in the background, the paper heart garland that Elizabeth blogged about last month.

Selfie Station

Here, our managing partner, Jennifer, and her husband, Chris, mug for the camera:

Jennifer Chris Selfie Station

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Scenes from the 2017 Bridal Open House: The Riddick House Basement 6 Mar 2017, 5:00 am

We’re still sharing scenes from our 2017 Bridal Open House, held February 26. The wedding coordinators got the basement of the Riddick House dolled up in 1950s style.

Riddick 50s Diner 02

Riddick 50s Diner 01

You might be able to see the “45s” hanging from the ceiling. Another fun thing we noticed about this design is that the blue and red (and red and white) are the same shades of color that Dr. Seuss used in The Cat in the Hat!

 

 

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