Posts Tagged ‘Maymont’

Richmond’s Own Maymont Makes List of Top 10 Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4, the American Planning Association announced its list of 2011 Great Places.  The American Planning Association brings together thousands of people — practicing planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen through a professional institute for certified planners and through divisions and chapters as well as student memberships. And, the APA identified Maymont as one of America’s 10 Great Public Spaces in 2011.

What is a public space?

A public space, as defined by the APA, can be a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, waterfront or other area within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community. Possible examples may include such spaces as plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, public commons and malls, public greens, piers, special areas within convention centers or grounds, sites within public buildings, lobbies, concourses, or public spaces within private buildings.

Maymont, of course, is Richmond’s own 100-acre estate near downtown, now a city park with free admission featuring gorgeous gardens, wildlife exhibits, and open spaces perfect to romp and play.

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Register NOW for “Full Moon Hike” at Maymont

Monday, March 14th, 2011

March 17 is the last day to register for Maymont’s “Full Moon Hike.”

Maymont "By the Light of the Moon" March 18

The hike is scheduled for Friday March 18, 2011 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and will permit registered attendees to experience Maymont “by the light of the silvery moon!” One of Maymont’s horticulturists will point out selected trees and plants and share horticulture facts at designated stops along the hike. First walk along Dooley CReek to the Japanese Garden, then head up to the Italian Garden and its magical architectural details in the evening light. Then its off to the Stone Barn for refreshments.  The evening ends with a stroll past the Maymont Mansion and then back to the Nature Center.

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Maymont Institutes Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Do you have a smartphone?  If you do, Maymont has started a smartphone scavenger hunt!

Visits to Maymont have a Technology Focus

Maymont is a city park, former home of Major James Dooley and his wife, Sallie.  The house itself is built in the style of the Newport RI “cottages” or mansions, though on a slightly smaller scale.  This scavenger hunt, called the Seven Wonders of Maymont, encourages visitors to explore the entire park.  You’ll have to check in at seven locations: The Nature Center, Children’s Farm, Birds of Prey, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Carriage House, and yes – even the Mansion itself.  If you visit with your friends, BUMP phones with them to get extra points.  Other additional points can be gained by fulfilling challenges like taking photos like doing yoga in the Japanese Garden, or uploading comments like making animal noises at the farm, or scanning QR codes strategically placed around the grounds and features.

The SCVNGR app also lets you create challenges to share.  So you have to download the SCVNGR app and a bar code scanning app to fully participate.  To begin using SCVNGR, a smartphone application that combines the social media aspects of FourSquare with a scavenger hunt, a barcode is input into your phone at the visitor’s center at the mansion.  So, check in and add an element of technology to your visit to Richmond’s  Gilded Age.

Maymont is just down Meadow Street from the historic Fan District, that turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th, that is) neighborhood with residential uses, shopping, galleries, and neighborhood eateries.  The Fan is also home to Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, home of the hearty gourmet breakfast.  It’s definitely “a better way to stay” that lets you experience local life in Richmond’s foremost neighborhood. And, we’re not the B&B of yesteryear, we have free Wi-Fi and all the amenities today’s travelers have come to expect!

Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide is Here!

Hot off the press, the Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide has locals dishing about their favorite Richmond spots and instant access to bonus materials with smart phone tags throughout.

Be sure to turn to page 20 and find out why a trip to the Richmond Region is must in 2011.

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitor Guide

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Garden and Home Inspiration Arrive in Richmond

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Got cabin fever from this hard winter? In central Virginia, spring can’t be very far away, when the Maymont Flower and Garden Show is right around the corner.

Maymont Flower & Garden Show is at Richmond's Convention Center February 10 through 13 - Don't miss it!

You’ll get two shows for one admission: The Mac Events Home Show – Richmond and the Maymont Flower & Garden Show.  More bang for your buck!

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