Grace Manor Inn - Richmond, Va, 23220, USA

Flight Night at Secco

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
What’s better than going to an elegant, stylish, talk-of-the-town wine bar and getting a glass of wine that rocks your world? Getting three glasses of wine that rock your world, of course! That’s why you should extend your next weekend in Richmond by at least a day or two and plan to hit flight night at Secco Wine Bar in Carytown.

Every Monday the restaurant offers special wine flights, which makes for a fun way to expand your tastebuds. For $10, you get the dealer’s choice. Just let your server or bartender know what you love, hate or are in the mood for, and let the expert concoct an awesome combination for you. For $12, you can pick any three wines off the by-the-glass menu to sample. And, there’s also a flight of the week you can choose—this consists of three wines from a particular region, grape or just something owner Julia Battaglini has been loving lately. Price varies.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the amazing selection of cheese, meats, house-made pates and inventive small plates. You’re sure to find something perfect to go with your wine.

Home, Flower and Garden Show

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Get ready for spring February 9-12 when the Mayment Flower & Garden Show and MAC Events 2012 Richmond Home Show take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. That’s right, both of these home-centric extravaganzas now take place during the same weekend, and one admission price ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors) gets you into both.

The Maymont Flower & Garden Show has long been a Richmond tradition. You’ll learn about the latest trends in horticulture and gardening through impressive displays (think indoor garden displays the size of a room or larger) and seminars with fabulous guest speakers, plus you’ll get to shop a humongous marketplace packed with a wide array of plants and garden adornments. Part of the convention center is transformed into a garden wonderland that’s heaven for those with green thumbs.

Along with the Maymont show, your ticket gets you admission to the MAC Events 2011 Richmond Home Show, which features ideas for your home and garden including remodeling solutions, landscaping ideas, interior design trends, furnishings and ways to make your home more environmentally friendly. With more than 300 displays, this show is the largest home and garden event in Central Virginia.

We at the Grace Manor Inn can direct you to parking near the convention center. We can also suggest some stops along the route if you want brunch or lunch before you go.

Mark Your Calendar: Chocoholic!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A night of chocolate-filled deliciousness… what more could you ask for? Contributing to a local nonprofit? So you’ll get a dose of serotonin from the delicious eats, plus an added spirit from doing a good deed… sounds like a perfect night!

Children’s Health Involving Parents (CHIP of Greater Richmond) will host its seventh annual Chocoholic! on Thursday, February 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial. There’ll be local chocolatiers, bakeries and other speciality shops on site with samples of their best confections, along with wine from Barboursville Vineyards and beer from Capital Ale House. As you indulge, there’ll be live music, plus a silent auction with all sorts of items to bid on.

Tickets cost $50 each and include two drink tickets. Get yours here and plan a long weekend in Richmond.

Spotlight: Hardywood Craft Brewery

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
There’s no better time for hoisting a pint than on a weekend out of town, right? It’s vacation! You’re supposed to indulge in delicious bevvys. So the next time you’re in Richmond, add Hardywood Craft Brewery to your trip agenda.

Opened in 2011, this craft brewery is quickly becoming known for producing quality brews and distinctive seasonal flavors. The tasting room is open Thursdays from from 4-7 p.m.; Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. Hours can vary, so check the listing here before you go.

The tasting room offers samples of Hardywood’s brews, including Hardywood Singel, a Belgian abbey-style blonde ale, as well as whatever seasonal brews on are on tap. Past concoctions have included Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin, a Wallonian-style farmhouse ale brewed with pumpkin and fall spices, and Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, an imperial milk stout brewed with fresh local ginger and honey. If you find a favorite, you can purchase freshly filled growlers or bottles to take home with you in the tasting room as well.

Even if you don’t make it to the brewery, keep an eye out for Hardywood’s beers when you’re dining around town. This addition to the city’s beverage scene is quickly showing up on menus everywhere.

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, January 6th, 2012
That’s right, our favorite “The Raven” writer only turns 203 once, and you’re invited to celebrate at The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe on Saturday, January 14, from noon until midnight.

Your $5 admission fee gets you in for the whole day—you can come and go as you please. There’ll be festivities going all afternoon and evening, including an appearance by the famed writer himself at 5 p.m. and birthday cake. There’ll also be live bands, belly dancers, a Victorian seance, Edgar Allan Poe Jeopardy and an 11:30 p.m. champagne toast. Go here for a full schedule of events.

The museum will be open too, so you can also step into 19th century Richmond were Poe lived and worked and view a collection of the author’s manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings.

Stop by and enjoy the party!

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