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Places to watch VCU play

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

If you’re in town this weekend, join in on the local pride and watch Virginia Commonwealth University play in the Final 4. There’s an array of sports bars that are perfect for kicking back with a beer and some basketball. Here are some that are quite convenient to our inn:

Home Team Grill
One of the closest sports bars to our inn, this locally owned joint has a woody, comfortable feel with lots of tables, TVs, and a spacious bar. Because it’s in the heart of the fan, it’ll probably be packed with college students, but it’ll certainly be a lively time.

Mulligan’s Sports Grille
Also in the center of college-town, Mulligan’s (1323 W Main St., (804) 353-8686) is another locally owned joint with a ton of TVs and multiple areas for catching the game. Again, it’ll be college-student mania here.

Gus’ Bar and Grill
You’ll notice the menu at this new, local sports bar has your typical standards, as well as some Greek specialties. Most of the booths have their own TVs, so you’re sure to get a good view of the action.

Bandito’s Burrito Lounge
Want Tex-Mex with your hoops? Head to Bandito’s! There are chips, salsa, cheap Tecates, and plenty of TVs. This joint has both a large smoking and non-smoking section, so if you go, make sure to ask to be on the side you prefer.

We’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the game will be on everywhere, so if you’re looking for a different flavor with basketball in the background, let us know and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

Restaurant Spotlight: Pescados China Street

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Pescados China Street, the restaurant offering up an inventive mix of Caribbean and Latin flavors
opened in Richmond's Oregon Hill neighborhood in June of 2010. Look for the
bright red building to find fresh fish that's flown in daily, along with
selections like Chef Todd Manley's signature Voodoo Shrimp (a spicy blend of
wild-caught shrimp, allspice, rum, chorizo and banana served in a torta
round an topped with a soft-fried egg); pork chops brushed with
chipotle-orange glaze and served with sweet plaintains, coconut black beans,
zucchini and charred pinapple salsa; deconstructed paella; and a popular
avocado tart for dessert.

Along with great dinner specials throughout the week, Pescados hosts
Fundraising Nights on Mondays. If you happen to be in town this coming
Monday (4/4), stop by because 15 percent of the day's take will go to Saving
Furry Friends, Inc., a rescue and sanctuary that's dedicated to saving dogs
and cats whose time has run out. If you've been by our inn, you know we've
got a soft spot for furry friends!

Early-bird-specials fans can also stop by Monday through
Thursday for the Recession Buster Hour where you'll get 15 percent off your
entire check for items ordered between 5 and 6 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar: Greater Richmond Region Adventure

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Grab some friends and head into town for the 2011 Great Richmond Region Adventure, taking place April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You and your team of up to six will receive maps and clues that require you to crack codes and decipher puzzles as you fight for a $1,700 cash prize. The race takes place in Church Hill and has been described as a mix between Amazing Race and National Treasure. Check-in takes place at 9 a.m., the race starts at 10 a.m., and there’s an after-party with an awards presentation at Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille starting at 1 p.m.

First, second and third place prizes are awarded, along with prizes for most creative team name and team gear. There are also drawings for gift certificates from area attractions. Tickets cost $35 and must be purchased by April 27, so gather your friends now, and get ready for a day of fun!

Weekly Wine Tasting at Olio

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Next time you’re in town, head Olio. This European market and cafe in Richmond’s Fan holds weekly wine tastings on Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There are wines and cheeses to sample, making it a fun stop before you go out for dinner, or a nice appetizer before a light meal there. In honor of Virginia Wine Week, which is going on this week, on Friday you’ll get to taste a variety of Virginia wines. Check out Olio’s website for information on future wine tastings and other special events.

Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Browse more than 250 exhibitors with home decor, clothing, jewelry, toys, furniture, garden items and gourmet foods at the 19th Annual Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market. This is one of Richmond’s biggest shopping events with a wide selection of local and national vendors. Browse several buildings packed with all sorts of fun stuff for spring and summer.

The event takes place Friday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the door.

Celebrate Spring at a Vineyard

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

One of Virginia’s smallest farm wineries, Woodland Vineyard, is located south of Richmond, making it a lovely spot for day-tripping from our centrally located bed and breakfast. Next Sunday (3/20) between noon and 5 p.m. is a great time to visit, because the owners are hosting a Spring Celebration.

$5 per person or $8 per family gets you a sneak peek at the 2010 vintage before it hits the bottles. You’ll get to taste directly from the barrels and stainless steel tanks, and there’ll also be regular wines for sampling, light hors d’oeuvres and wine for purchase by the glass or bottle.

If you feel like heading out, picnics are welcome. We’d be happy to suggest some spots for grabbing some cheeses, meats or other snacks to tote with you.

Restaurant Spotlight: Sprout

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Next time you come to town, plan to eat at a new restaurant where almost every ingredient comes from Virginia. Sprout is committed to helping its guests eat local and supporting small businesses.

The owners buy directly from farmers, growers, tofu makers and other food artisans, and make them into continental breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. As a result, the menu changes daily (for updates, check out Sprout’s Facebook page).

For lunch, envision dishes like pulled pork sandwiches; a hoppin’ john dragon bowl with beans, rice, seasonal veggies and spicy sauce; a gingered tempeh noodle bowl with veggies and a faux pho carrot-ginger broth; and free-range beef sliders.

For dinner, think local meat and cheese plates; gnocci with wild mushrooms and crispy sage in a brown-butter sauce; fish tacos with herbed chimichurri, root vegetable slaw and paprika tzatziki; and peppered beef stroganoff with wild mushrooms and egg noodles.

There’s also a selection of local wines and beers, along with a fun cocktail list featuring selections like the Soda Jerk: vanilla vodka mixed with Reed’s Ginger Beer and cherries soaked in Bacardi 151.

The best part about visiting this restaurant is the market packed with locally made items in the front of the establishment. You’ll find Richmond-made ceramics, jewelry, some fresh produce, and more.

Mark Your Calendar: French Film Festival Arrives in Richmond

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The VCU French Film Festival, which is recognized by the French government as the largest French film festival in the United States, returns for its 19th year March 24-27. This weekend of culture was created by two French professors at VCU and the University of Richmond and provides an opportunity for the public to view short, children’s and feature-length award-winning French films at Richmond’s historic Byrd Theater in Carytown.

Subtitled films are screened Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and each year a delegation of 30-35 French actors, directors and producers come to Richmond for question-and-answer sessions after some of the films. Check out the festival’s web page closer to the event to read about each of the films that will be shown.

Passes for the entire weekend cost $125 and can be purchased now on the film festival’s web site. For an additional $25, pass holders can attend a reception with the French delegation on March 27. Tickets to individual films cost $15 and can be purchased before each show. VIP passes sell out quickly, so get one soon if you’re interested!

Why not make a weekend of this fun cultural event? Plan a themed stay. We can suggest a French restaurant for dinner, bakeries with freshly baked croissants, and even some delicious bistros just steps from the festival.

Get to Know Richmond

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Whether this is your first visit to Richmond, or you’ve been here many times, you can get to know the city a bit more intimately at the Valentine Richmond History Center’s I Know Richmond: The Bus Tour on Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

You’ll get an overview of Richmond’s history, with visits to Court End, the James River and the Fall Line, Church Hill, Jackson Ward, the Fan and Monument Avenue. As you tour town, you’ll see historic sites like St. John’s Church, Hollywood Cemetery, Main Street Station, the Jefferson Hotel, and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. You’ll also get to tour the State Capitol, walk through Capitol Saqure, and see Richmond’s new Civil Rights Memorial.

Call (804) 649-0711, extension 301, for more information and to make a reservation.

Flowers with Southern Flair

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Next time you visit this Southern town, learn to arrange flowers that reflect Southern Style. Attend The Boxwood Garden Club’s “Flowers with a Southern Flair” even on Tuesday, March 22, at 9 a.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond.

Flower designing expert Sybil Sylvester, who has been featured in “Southern Accents,” “Coastal Living,” and “Southern Living” will show you how. Tickets cost $65 and must be reserved in advance. Go here for more information. Proceeds will go to the Boxwood Garden Club’s educational and civic projects, as well as to Capital Trees, a conservation project initiated by Richmond member clubs of the Garden Club of Virginia in partnership with the City of Richmond.

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