A Tale as Old as Time

from Elizabeth

As a little girl, my favorite Disney princess was Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I’m not sure if it was because she was the only brunette princess or that she was selfless, independent, and strong-willed, but either way, I adored her.

Therefore, when I heard on the local radio station that Riverside Theatre would presenting Beauty and The Beast, I had to purchase tickets. With my grandmother in tow for a wonderful grandmother-granddaughter afternoon, we went …


Ghost Stories: Spotsylvania Court House

from Elizabeth

We’re not shy to the questions “Is Stevenson Ridge haunted?” The answer you’ll receive will solely depend on who you ask in the office.

Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, it’s still fun to talk about ghost stories this time of year. So let’s share a ghost story from the Spotsylvania Courthouse—one of the bloodiest battles in North America.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has attracted many ghost hunters over the years, and they’ve claimed to …


“I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good!”

from Elizabeth

If you haven’t already guessed it, this is a Harry Potter post! The craze and fan-following for the Harry Potter books is huge. The first movie premiered in 2001, but original fans have been casting spells since the first book came out in 1997. Recently, we had Harry Potter cast a spell here at Stevenson Ridge!

We had the pleasure of hosting a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and it did not disappoint. Even during their first meeting with us, …


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.…


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 …


National Cheese Pizza Day

from Elizabeth

Today, we celebrate a simple but delicious masterpiece: cheese pizza.

It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!

It’s a classic dish. Everyone grows up with this yummy treat with its fluffy dough, tomato sauce, and just cheese. And sometimes, even more cheese!

Let’s be honest: we’ve all had a lot of Friday night dinners provided by pizza. This week, switch up your week and grab a slice tonight at some of our great local pizzerias:

  • Vocelli Pizza
  • Vinny’s Italian Grill


Battle of the Bags

from Elizabeth

Everyone at the Ridge loves a good game of cornhole, and we frequently see it at weddings and events during the warmer months—but how did cornhole even begin?

In a 1883 patent described by Heyliger de Windt, his game “Parlor Quoits” has similar rules as the modern game of cornhole but with a square hole instead of a round one. It was the first game to use bean-bags and the slanted board with a hole as the target, …


Welcome Denise, Our Newest Team Member at Stevenson Ridge

from Elizabeth

Denise Millner joined the Stevenson Ridge family this month as a part-time event coordinator. She is thrilled to be a member of an incredibly talented and hard-working team that excels in event planning, customer service, and customer satisfaction!

It’s funny how life moves you in one direction and then changes to another. Denise earned her bachelor of science degree in computer systems management from Drexel University and held management positions in the Information Technology and Software Engineering …



Move Over Hashtags—Get Your Own Wedding Snapchat Geofilters

snaptchat filterfrom Elizabeth

Hashtags have been extremely popular over the last couple years, but now you can step up your social media game for the big day even more! Last year, Snapchat launched customized geofilters, and they are starting to get noticed by the wedding industry.

Snapchat describes its geofilters as “special overlays that communicate the ‘where and when’ of a Snap in a fun way, whether you’re sending it to a friend or adding it to your Story.”

Brides magazine …