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Get Your Spring Cleaning Checklist Ready

martha cleaningfrom Elizabeth

The warm weather we’ve been having might have you in the mood for spring cleaning. So, we wanted to share Martha Stewart’s spring-cleaning checklist!

The warm weather pulls us out of hibernation, and with a deep clean, we’re ready to take on the next year of dinner parties, birthdays, out of town guests, etc. Martha Stewart shares a printable checklist with everything you need to know for cleaning your house this spring. Of course, tailor the list to …


Bobbypins & Blush Now Offering Beauty Classes

Makeup in the Mirrorfrom Elizabeth

I’m definitely a self-taught hair/makeup stylist for my daily routine. I’m guilty of a few messy buns at the office but overall try to look cute thanks to Pinterest and YouTube. However, one of our preferred vendors, Bobbypins & Blush, is now offering monthly beauty classes!

Learn from a licensed, trained, and certified instructor on different beauty subjects. Each class is $35 per person and lasts about an hour. All lessons, which ar eheld at their downtown Fredericksburg …


Stevenson Ridge’s Newest Addition

It’s been a little quiet here on the blog lately. That’s because we’ve been a little busy lately…

Chris and Jennifer Mackowski, our managing partner and historian-in-residence (and blog editor), welcomed Maxwell James Mackowski to the world on Thursday, March 16 at 1:01 a.m. Max weighed in at 5 pounds, fifteen ounces, and measured 19.5 inches.

Now just past the two-week mark, everyone is doing well (and Mommy seems to be getting enough sleep!). Chris has already started reading Emerging …



Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire

spring craft show

from Elizabeth

The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire is underway this weekend, so invite your friends and visit the Fredericksburg Expo Center to see all the excitement.

The Arts & Crafts Faire will have a variety of homemade items perfect for Easter, birthdays, Mother’s days, graduations, upcoming events, etc.

The faire is open on Saturday, April 1, from 10-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, from 11-4pm. Tickets in advance are $7 or at the door are $8.

To learn …


Full Lot

from Chris

We had a huge crowd at Stevenson Ridge on Saturday! A local church held a day-long retreat in the Lodge for members of its congregation. We had so many cars on the property I thought we looked like a car dealership!

Baptist Retreat 01

Baptist Retreat 02


Stevenson Ridge’s March newsletter now available

Do you get the Stevenson Ridge newsletter? If not, we’d love to invite you to sign up. You can check it out here, and at the top of the page is a button you can click to subscribe.

The SR newsletter offers updates on what’s going on around the Ridge, special projects we’re up to, exclusive photos, history notes, and other little goodies. Chef Brad has been sharing some of his favorite easy-to-make recipes, too.

It’s a little extra …



Scenes from the 2017 Bridal Open House: The Riddick House Basement

We’re still sharing scenes from our 2017 Bridal Open House, held February 26. The wedding coordinators got the basement of the Riddick House dolled up in 1950s style.

Riddick 50s Diner 02

Riddick 50s Diner 01

You might be able to see the “45s” hanging from the ceiling. Another fun thing we noticed about this design is that the blue and red (and red and white) are the same shades of color that Dr. Seuss used in The Cat in the Hat!