10.11.2017

Maple & Pine at The Quirk Hotel

One of my favorite things about living in the nation's capital is that there are so many places to visit within a half-day drive or less. Cities like Richmond, where I recently traveled for a girls getaway with my friends Jenn and Laura. I had yet to visit Virginia's capital in the 5+ years I've lived in DC, so when we got an invitation to come down and explore the city, we happily accepted.

Nearly everyone we asked recommended that we stop in The Quirk Hotel while in town. Not only to see its charming decor and have a drink at the Q Rooftop Bar, but for the restaurant it welcomes you with in the main lobby, Maple & Pine.



Maple & Pine boasts a bright and airy atmosphere, with an almost Mad Men era decor that Elle Woods would appreciate.



The designer of the space found a way to make even the pops of pink gender neutral; rich wood floors, black wrought iron finishes, and white marble tables with accented furniture fill the room.





Equally as impressive, the food does a good job of complimenting the atmosphere. A menu comprised of vibrant and colorful dishes that are both visually appealing and fulfilling.

We started our Saturday morning brunch with a round of mimosas and an off the menu dish, Cheddar Cheese Grits with a Poached Egg and Pork Belly. Surprisingly enough, this was my first time trying a poached egg. Not sure why it took me so long to try one, but I'm hooked. I can't stop eating Eggs Benedict ever since (but that's for another post, ha!).





For our entrees, Jenn and I couldn't make up our minds between the French Toast or the Virginia Ham and Gruyere Cheese Sandwich. So, we opted for both and to share. Both dishes were delicious, but the Gruyere sandwich was arguably my favorite of the two.



To round out our meal we were greeted with a trifecta of desserts: Vanilla Almond Cake with Macerated Blueberries and Lavender Ice Cream, Local Peaches Marinated in Grand Marnier with Peach Sorbet, and Chocolate Ganache with an Amaretto Cookie and Coffee Ice Cream. Bet you can't guess which one was my favorite, ha!







From the atmosphere to the decor, to the presentation and the taste, Maple & Pine fulfilled all of my expectations. I happily recommend a visit next time you're in town. And if a full meal doesn't quite fit into the schedule, The Quirk Hotel offers a fast service coffee and pastry stand near the entrance. The chocolate croissants looked heavenly, and I can definitely say the Chai Tea Latte was one of the best I've ever had.





If you're in town only for a night, grab a spot at the bar for pre-dinner cocktails or head up to the roof for after dinner fun. No matter what you're looking for, The Quirk Hotel offers many opportunities to fill your time during your visit to Richmond, Virginia! Enjoy, y'all!



Thank you to The Quirk Hotel and Maple & Pine for having us. A portion of our meal was comped. 
All photos and opinions are my own. 

10.05.2017

A Weekend in Richmond



Two weekends ago, myself and my traveler buddies Jenn and Laura, headed to Richmond, Virginia for a girls weekend. Jenn had been a few times before, but neither Laura or I had. I've been on several trips with these two, so we knew exactly what activities the three of us enjoy... eating and drinking, ha. I'll be honest, the weather was unseasonably warm and extremely humid, thus we didn't get to do quite as much exploring outside as we had hoped. But we still made the most of our trip! Scroll down to see what all we did.







We arrived to Richmond Friday evening and checked into our home for the weekend, the newly renovated Jefferson Hotel.



The Jefferson was exactly what dreams are made of. It reminds me of a hotel you'd see in the South, with lots of marble, stain glass windows, rich fabrics and rugs. It truly is stunning in person. Every single employee of the hotel was kind, courteous and helpful. We never felt lost or helpless. The rooms are also some of the largest standard rooms I've ever stayed in. At first we thought they had put us in a suite. Our room came complete with two double beds, a sitting area, walk-in closet with vanity area and a massive bathroom with tub and shower. It honestly felt like we were staying in someone's home, ha. The mirror in the bathroom even came with a built in TV. Probably the coolest thing I've seen in a hotel room as of late. I would take extra time getting ready each morning, just so I could enjoy the Today Show via the TV mirror!





But the one thing that set The Jefferson apart was their attention to detail. Everything from the personal products they offered in the bathroom, to the turn down service in the evening. Nothing beats walking into your hotel room after a long day of work + driving, to find the bed turned down, your slippers and bathrobe laid out on the bed, and a chocolate on your pillow. Truly magical.



After we checked in, we headed up to our room to freshen up. Upon our arrival they had set out a bottle of Pinot Noir and cheese tray for us. The perfect way to kickoff our weekend! [Note, my diet was totally out the window this weekend, ha!]



After freshening up we headed to dinner at the highly recommended Pasture. We shared some fried sweet pickles and pimento cheese (my favorite), and I enjoyed the beef with a grit cake for my entree. Dinner was delicious, but we opted to forgo after dinner cocktails for the wine back in our hotel room. That + Legally Blonde was on, so how could we top that?!



Saturday we woke up and took a few outfit photos before heading off to brunch at Maple & Pine. I'm going to do a full meal recap later next week, so stay tuned. We snapped countless photos at this adorable spot before grabbing a coffee on our way back to the hotel for a quick change.



Changed and feeling a lot cooler in our non-fall outfits, we headed to Carytown to explore a bit. The Jefferson Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that took us straight there. We walked around for a bit, and stopped in Can Can Brasserie for some frites and cocktails. And also, air conditioning. Like I said it was hot. Later that afternoon the three of us headed to checkout the beer trail; a new-to-the-area attraction. We went to The Veil Brewing Co. and then Ardent Craft Ales. Both were the perfect outdoor venue for enjoying a local brew prior to dinner. That evening we met up with our friends Monica and Katie (they were in Richmond the same weekend too) for dinner at Stella's. Another highly recommended spot. The Greek cuisine of pasta, breads and fried cheeses, oysters and more, really hit the spot after a long day of walking around Richmond. We capped the night off at a local rooftop bar.

Sunday we opted for a slower day and to stick around the hotel.



We slept in, enjoyed some coffee and tea in the room, snapped a few more outfit photos (can never have enough), and got ready for brunch at the Jefferson.



The Jefferson's Sunday Brunch is a can't miss. As you walk down their grand staircase into the hotel's atrium, you notice dozens of fine dining tables surrounded by food buffet stations. But this isn't your ordinary buffet setup. There's a breakfast table, full of every kind of breakfast food you can think of. An omelet station and waffle station. Another area full of pastries and country ham. A table full of lunch type items, accompanied by an ice sculpture towering over a tray of seafood. I mean come on. If that wasn't enough, in the middle of the room towered high, was the dessert station. Every single dessert was hand crafted, from the pumpkin cheesecake to the pumpkin and cream cheese brownie bites. I had to try a bite of as many as I could, of course.



At this point we were all extremely full from our weekend, ha! So we packed up, snapped a few more photos and headed back to DC. We truly had the best time!

The three of us had a wonderful few days of exploring (and eating our way through) Richmond. I can't wait to go back when the weather is cooler. Would love to tour around some of the other neighborhoods and along the waterfront. No matter what type of trip you're looking for, Richmond is just a short drive from Washington, D.C. So it's the ideal location for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Special thanks to The Jefferson Hotel for hosting our stay, and Visit Richmond for assisting with our trip activities. All photos and opinions are my own. Compensation was provided through accommodations and activities.