Monday, October 27, 2014

Scenes from Our Open House

We had a really nice Open House last Wednesday. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn't cooperate with us, so the gloomy weather dampened things for some folks (it's tough to walk around and enjoy the grounds and visit the cabins when it's drizzling out).

Not everyone let the rain keep them away, though. We had dozens of guests stop by to learn about our corporate accommodations: meeting spaces, catering services, happy hour packages, options for parties and dinners, and overnight lodging for retreats.

Elizabeth also had a number of prospective brides stop by to tour the facility and sample the tasty treats Chef Brad cooked up. Several of those brides were so enthusiastic that they came right back on Thursday and Friday to book the venue--what a pleasant surprise to see them so soon!


For those who couldn't make it because of the weather, but who would still be interested in learning more about the ways Stevenson Ridge can help you with your corporate or group event, drop me a line at info@stevensonridge.com. And of course, prospective brides who are interested in learning more about our wedding packages, our Head Wedding Coordinator, Elizabeth Timms, would love to chat: etimms@stevensonridge.com.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Colors Settle Over the Ridge


While fall hasn’t quite yet flushed the trees with full color here at Stevenson Ridge, it has certainly settled into the decor around here.

Fall is the time of year when the colors turn from summery pinks and turquoises and lavenders to auburn, sienna, orange, and maroon. Summertime scarlet turns to autumn crimson. Summertime yellow deepens to autumn gold.

Carnations give way to mums. Orange pumpkins roll into place next to bales of straw and bundles of cornstalks. Lace gets replaced by burlap (which has remained a surprisingly popular decor choice).

The trees remain mostly green, but a few yellow leaves have fluttered down to the pond and skiffed across its surface. It won’t be long before color breaks out in full riot.

Nights haven’t cooled enough yet for frost, but the pumpkins are waiting for that first frosty glaze. I'm not sure that I am, though!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Open House today!

Don't forget our fall Open House today!

The doors are open to the public from 4:00-7:00 p.m., and it's free to attend. We'll have hot apple cider to sip as you walk the grounds and visit our cottages and special event venues.

Contact us at info@stevensonridge.com or (540) 582-6263 for further information. Visit the facebook event page here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Open House- Wednesday, October 22nd!

Hope everyone can make it to our Fall Open House next Wednesday, October 22nd, 4-7pm.  It is open to the public and free to attend.  We will have hot apple cider to sip on as you walk the grounds visiting our cottages and special event venues.  RSVPs appreciated but not required.  Contact us at info@stevensonridge.com or (540) 582-6263 for further information.  Visit the facebook event page here.



Monday, August 18, 2014

"Overwhelming hospitality" for the Emerging Civil War Symposium

Emerging Civil War co-founder Kris White speaks
More than 70 people from across the United States came to the property this past weekend for the first annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Attendees visited from as far away as Seattle, Washington and Hollister, California.

Chris, our resident historian, served as the emcee for the event. He and his longtime best friend, historian Kris White, are cofounders of Emerging Civil War.

Friday featured a panel of nine historians who held a freewheeling discussion about the war in 1864, which was the topic of symposium. Saturday featured seven speakers who presented programs on various aspects of the Civil War in '64. On Sunday, Chris and Kris led battlefield tours.

"Stevenson Ridge is right on the battlefield, so it makes a lot of sense for us to explore its Civil War connections," Chris said. "There was a lot of great energy and enthusiasm all weekend long because we had such a great mix of people!"

Several symposium attendees stayed in our historic houses, and everyone enjoyed a great lunch from our chef. "The hospitality was overwhelming!" keynote speaker Eric Wittenberg told us. He also had many nice things to say about the event on his blog.

It was an exciting weekend for us--and an especially busy one, too, because we also had three weddings over the weekend! C-SPAN came on Saturday to cover the events, so look for us there next month--we will keep you posted on details.


We are already looking forward to next year's symposium: July 24-26, 2015. Book your reservations for our houses early!
Historian Chris Kolakowski
(not to be confused with our own Chris Mackowski!)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Free Lance-Star Previews our Upcoming Civil War Symposium

"The Fredericksburg area sees its share of Civil War historians come calling," says the Free Lance-Star's Clint Schemmer. "But at no time recently have so many been under one roof as there will be next weekend at Spotsylvania County’s Stevenson Ridge."

Clint wrote a wonderful piece for the local paper about this weekend's upcoming Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. We are really excited to host such a great collection of historians!


There are still a few spots left if anyone is interested in attending. Registration is $55. For information, email us at info@stevensonridge.com or call us at 540-582-6263.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Great Post Article!


Looking for one more reason to visit Fredericksburg? According to a recent article in The Washington Post, Fredericksburg "on a much smaller scale, is undergoing a renaissance not unlike that of New York City’s coolest borough." 


"Destination Design" columnist Jura Koncius compares Fredericksburg to Brooklyn. "There’s a vibrant art scene, a focus on DIY, artisanal food, farmers markets and a host of new shops that sell wine racks made of old pallets, vintage Polaroid cameras and 200-year-old wood beams," she writes.

To find out more, check out Koncius's full article.