Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
There’s nothing like taking in a little glitz and glamour during the holiday season. What better place to enjoy some holiday sparkle than along one of Richmond’s most famous streets, Monument Avenue? Check out the elegant homes along the street in their holiday finery, and learn a bit of Richmond’s history at Holiday Glitter: Monument After Dark, presented by the Valentine Richmond History Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on 12/26 and 27. Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved by calling (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. It’s a perfect after-Christmas activity. We can also suggest delicious some spots for dinner and drinks nearby.
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Yes there's another couple weeks of holiday fun, but have you started thinking
about those New Year's resolutions yet? One great way to get yourself in shape
in 2012 is training for a race. Richmond's biggest running event takes place
on March 31, 2012. The crazy-fun time known as the Ukrop's Monument Avenue
10k Presented by Martin's, accepts the first 40,000 runners who sign up and
is one of your few chances to catch sprinters in Chewbacca, Charlie Brown,
Indiana Jones and other crazy costumes. So, even if you don't want to run,
consider walking it, or just come down to cheer on the participants, catch
some decked-out dashers and listen to the live bands that play along the route.
It's one of Richmond's most festive athletic events. There's also a kids'
run and a post-race party at the finish line.
If you do want to come to town for the event, book your stay at
the Grace Manor Inn. We're only a few blocks from all the fun.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Right about now, you’re probably so wrapped up in buying presents, preparing to entertain, and thinking about your crazy relatives coming to visit that you just might have forgotten to relax and take in the holiday season. Well, you’ve got a perfect chance to do so on Friday, December 23, at 7 p.m. when the Richmond Nativity Pageant takes place for the 80th time. Head to the Carillon in Byrd Park (it’s only a few blocks from our inn!) and watch a cast and choir of about 300 people perform. It’s an interdenominational, inter-racial event that’s free and open for anyone to enjoy. As you can probably guess, the event is quite popular, so plan to get there early. And, if you do happen to be staying at the inn and want to grab some coffee or hot chocolate on the way, we can suggest some good places for stopping.
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
At a loss for holiday gifts this year? The dog Snuggie feels a little too 2010 and you’re just not sure if your best friend will want Pajama Jeans? Why not check off your list with one-of-a-kind, made-with-love gifts this year? You’ll find all sorts of such items at the Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday craft show this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plant Zero.
All in one spot you’ll find than 50 independent crafters from across the country selling jewelry, home decor, toys, baby clothes, apparel, wall art, and more. All that, all in one spot for your convenient, buying pleasure. The show is juried, so you know you’ll find the best of the best in independent crafting. Happy shopping!
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Dying for a look inside some of Richmond’s most stylish and historic houses? Well, you can indulge your nosy side at the Fan’s 48th Annual Holiday House Tour on December 10 and 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. Your ticket, $25 in advance and $30 the day of, gets you a sneak peak inside eight different Fan District houses, each fully decked out for the holiday season. There’s a shuttle service to take you from house to house—go here for more information. Get great decorating ideas or just drool over other people’s flair as you wander one of Richmond’s most beautiful neighborhoods.