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Jenny at the Ridge

Talk about a great ending to your guestbook!

from Cassandra

My first couple of October had their longtime friend and wedding photographer snap a picture of their entire “wedding party.” After exiting their ceremony but before heading into the Lodge to enjoy cocktail hour, all the wedding guests gathered around the couple for this group photo.

I can’t help but think this would be the perfect ending to a wedding album—and also a perfect photo opportunity for a coordinator to keep a memory of her first October wedding …


Expectation and Anticipation

from Chris

I always love the sense of possibility I feel when I walk into the Lodge and the room is arranged and the table linens are set for an event. Anything could happen. The event decorations have yet to appear, and people have yet to fill the room–both, in their ways, will transform the space. Right now, though, the room is a fresh, clean slate, waiting to become something special for someone. That in itself makes the room special. …


Saving Some Nearby Battlefield

Army of the Potomac commander George Gordon Meade was nearly captured by Confederates on Myer’s Hill. A newspaper artist sketched the incident, “Narrow Escape of Genl Meade.”

from Chris

Our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) announced some big news recently: they’re saving a key piece of Civil War battlefield at Spotsylvania Courthouse that’s right across the street from Stevenson Ridge.

The property is known as Myer’s Hill, and it saw a lot of action on May 14, …


First Blush of Fall

from Chris

The first faint blush of fall has crept into the leaves at the Ridge. We’re getting a few random yellow leaves blowing into the pond from the surrounding forest, but the trees directly around the pond are all still full green—except, that is, for a single small blush of dark crimson. See if you can spot it!




Apple-Pickin’ Time

from Elizabeth

Tis the season for apples!

Nothing feels more like fall than an abundance of apples for homemade apple cider, apple pies, applesauce, and so much more. If you’re looking to go apple picking this season, here are some great locations to check out:

Westmoreland Berry Farm and Orchard
Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and then 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, this farm is perfect for anyone looking for pumpkins and apples this fall.…


Romance at the Ridge

from Madeliza

Often, guests want to celebrate a special occasion with their significant other away from their normal day-to-day routine. They want somewhere quiet where they can forget their daily life and enjoy each other’s company.

Stevenson Ridge has a total of ten cabin and cottages for our guests to rent out and have a memorable experience. Imagine returning from dinner to a cabin lit by candlelight or wood-burning fire, a delicious display of locally made artisan chocolates, and silk …


Eating with Your Eyes

from Cassandra

As a coordinator here at Stevenson Ridge, I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of my job is working with a couple on designing their menu. Having a background in design AND being a local foode, I have some perfect qualification for the job!

Every wedding I call my own, so a few weeks ago, “my” October wedding bride and groom came for their menu tasting. Tess and Jeremy incorporated so many personal touches in …


Celebrating Autumn Equinox

from Elizabeth

For all those Fall Lovers, you can now officially pull out your boots, sweaters, hot chocolate, and pumpkin-galore without being judged by others: the fall equinox officially arrives tomorrow, Saturday, September 22!

The fall in Virginia tends to be a very popular season because we get to experience the season change highlighted by great beauty in the trees. Virginians get to enjoy the local harvest festivals, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and so much more.

How to do other …