Friday, November 18th, 2011
A tour of Victorian mansion Maymont makes for a fun activity any time of year, but a holiday tour is extra special. Starting Friday (11/18) and running through January 6, when you tour the mansion, you’ll get to see it all decked out in holiday splendor. There’s a lavish Christmas tree, along with other decorations that bring an 1893 Christmas to life. Maymont also hosts a variety of special events to help Richmonders get into the holiday season.
Make an elegant holiday wreath at one of Maymont’s wreath workshops on November 29, 30, and December 1. In this class, Maymont’s decorating experts will teach you to make spectacular wreaths, just like the ones that adorn the mansion. Classes cost $28 each and registration is required in advance. This year there’s also a special Deck the Halls workshop on December 3 where you’ll make a boxwood wreath, a mixed-greens mantle adornment and a door swag for $40 per person.
At An Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 4, you’ll get to see the Christmas-fied mansion, take horse-drawn carriage rides and listen to holiday music. There’s also a special St. Nick’s Christmas Parties at 2 p.m. with stories, songs, games and party favors for the kids.
On December 9 and 16, check out Maymont by Moonlight, where horse-drawn carriages carry visitors to the mansion, which is lit by luminaries. Travel back to 1893, and take a peek into how the Dooleys would have celebrated Christmas Eve. Tickets cost $25 per person and space is limited, so register early if you’re interested.
Maymont also is also offering a special candlelit tour that focuses on Victorian Christmas traditions on Tuesday, December 13. Tickets cost $10 per person and can also be reserved in advance.
To register for these events, call (804) 358-7166, or visit this link.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Planning on taking a trip to Richmond over turkey day? There are all sorts of restaurants open for your dining pleasure. Here are a few around the inn:
Bistro Bobette will be serving up a three-course Thanksgiving feast featuring your choice of free-range turkey, salmon, pork loin or beef tenderloin. Reservations are recommended.
The Dining Room at the Berkeley has been a popular go-to Thanksgiving spot for years. This year they’re serving a four-course menu for $59 per person. Call for more details.
M Bistro & Wine Bar is a newcomer to the city’s dining scene and will be serving a $55 four-course meal that comes with a glass of sparkling wine. The cuisine features chef-inspired takes on Thanksgiving favorites like scaloppini turkey gramolata with sweet potato souffle, as well as Souther specialties like fried green tomato and crab cakes Napoleon.
Sam Miller’s will also be serving a prix fixe feast in the afternoon featuring traditional favorites like turkey, ham, Sam Miller’s famous crab cakes and butternut squash bisque.
Tarrant’s Cafe will be serving it’s full menu, which is one of the biggest in town, along with a special turkey dinner. This is a great option if you don’t want to be limited to traditional holiday foods.
If you’re going to be in town and want to dine out, let us know. We’ll be happy to come up with some suggestions for you.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Get an in-depth taste of Egypt the next time you’re in Richmond at Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, the latest big exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. From now through March 11, you can learn about the life and death of Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3,000 years ago, as well as about mummies and the famous Egyptian death rituals.
The exhibit starts with a 3D movie, and then leads into Nesperennub’s mummy and coffin, as well as more than 100 items that were important in Egyptian society and funerary rituals. You’ll see several more mummies, along with Egyptian jewelry, a gilded mask, and more.
While you’re at the museum, plan to check out Amuse, the chic restaurant located on the third floor of the gallery with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and an airy, modern decor. The expert bartenders there create an inventive, seasonal cocktail selection that currently includes special sparkling concoctions that are perfect for the holiday season.
Friday, November 11th, 2011
Greek-food mania sweeps the city again next weekend when the Mini Greek Festival arrives at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. This smaller, shorter version of the crazy summer food festival gives you a second chance to try the homemade, cooked-with-love Greek cuisine, pastries, dancing and shopping that Richmond foodies wait for each year. The even runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday (11/10-12) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. In a hurry? There’s also a drive-through area where you can get your food fix to go. Proceeds from the festival are donated to local charities.