And We Are Getting Busy

21/09/12 1:15 AM

This weekend is going to be a packed one! We are heading up to the plantation on Saturday and will be spending the night for the first time! Brett and I are so excited to be able to sleep over. We are also excited because on Saturday, we will have a film crew filming Belle Grove Plantation for a new television show! We can’t tell you just yet what show, but this is going to be exciting! The show is set to air in six months, which will be about the time we are opening the bed and breakfast. Talk about great timing!

Saturday we are also heading to Stratford Hall, home of Robert E. Lee for the 6th Annual Stratford Hall Wine Fest! This fest will be on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am to 6pm and Sunday, September 23rd from 11am to 5pm. There will be 12 wineries including 7 new to the festival, a classic car show on Sunday, Specialty Foods, Live Music, Arts and Craft Vendors, Wine Education Talks, Hay Rides, Barrel Rides, Chocolate Making, Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Colonial Games for kids, Miniature Farm Animals, Wine Stomp, Great House Tours and the Gristmill will be in operation.

On Sunday, we have three appointments. We are meeting a soon to be bride that will be having her wedding in Port Royal next year. She is interested in using Belle Grove as part of her special day. We are also meeting some of the families from Port Royal’s historic colonial homes. They will be visiting Belle Grove for the first time in many years.

Our final meeting will be with a reporter from the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star. She will be doing the first of several reports on our progress and opening for the local paper. She will be bringing a photographer with her. I will let you know when the piece comes out and will post it once it has.

Whew… what an exciting weekend! I can’t wait to share our adventures on Monday next week!

Be on the lookout at the end of next week! We have a wonderful surprise we are going to be announcing!!

Belle Grove Plantation
View from Port Royal
Spring Time 2012

Have a great weekend!!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 46 Comments »

46 Comments on “And We Are Getting Busy”

  1. vanbraman Says:

    Sounds like a great weekend for you. I am glad that you are getting some good press as well.

  2. We are excited to be getting it! We hope it will help us have a great launch when we open.

  3. Have a great sleepover – hope it is lively!

  4. Thank you! I hope its not too lively! 😉

  5. Sounds like fun!

  6. We are really looking forward to it! I just hope I can sleep tonight!

  7. Well done! Wen we finished our first holiday house we were as well so happy. There is nothing better than doing something on our own and see it come to life. Have a nice sleep over:-)

  8. Thank you! I know what you mean! It feels so good to know that the efforts we are making is resulting in something good.

  9. Congratulations! How exciting for you both. A film crew coming soon, a local newspaper reporter running features about Belle Grove, a professional photographer, as well, to illustrate the articles. All the hard work you two have done is beginning to bear fruit 😀 Plus having a bride to be selecting your properties for her after wedding memories.

    Enjoy your overnight stay in Belle Grove. Hope you don’t hear things that go “bump” in the night 😀


  10. Thank you! We are really getting excited! It means a lot to have people interested in us. I just hope we don’t have too many “bumps”… I have to look good the next day!

  11. Congratulations, this sounds fabulous. Enjoy after all your hard work. x

  12. Thank you! We are just so excited! I just hope I can sleep tonight!

  13. Debbie Says:

    Excited for the news next week!

  14. Can’t wait to share it!

  15. Joel Harding Says:

    This is great news! Make sure to get a link for the video that you can post! Take a video of your own? Tell us about your experience, sleeping over, about the ride up the approach road, the feelings of history washing over you, the river, what it’s like to wake up to such a view, the attention to detail in the restoration, everything!


  16. I don’t know if we are going to be able to take video, but we will see! I will try and remember just step and relate it to everyone so you all can feel the thrill as much as we feel it! Thank you!

  17. Wow – what a whirlwind of excitement! Have a great time this weekend!

  18. Thank you! We can’t wait to share all the fun!

  19. I am excited for you! (and mentally raising a wine toast for all your expectations for this weekend to be not only met but exceeded come Monday)

  20. Aw thank you! We can’t wait to share all the fun when we return! I just hope I can sleep tonight!

  21. MCatherine Says:

    Thrilled to hear all the news! Enjoy the w/e and the filming!

  22. Thank you! We are looking forward to it and to sharing it with everyone!

  23. You do all this AND work a real job? I’m exhausted reading the schedule.

  24. I know what you mean! I have found myself up to 1 and 2am lately and wondering why I am dragging through the day during the week! But it is just for a season! Soon it will be here and all we will have is the plantation!

  25. You are full of good news!! I can’t wait to hear about the tv show, that is so exciting for you. And your surprise, I think I may know what it is, but don’t want to ask, in case I am right… 😉 {at least I hope I am right}

  26. I don’t know if you can guess it! It’s not something I have really talked about before. Well at least what we are announcing! But I know everyone is going to really like it!

  27. Nope, I found out later it was not what I thought…a friend of mine is going to VA and he told me he was taking a river tour and touring some of the Presidents homes including Belle Grove…so I thought you were opening up earlier…guess I can say now since he called and said Belle Grove was not on the list of tours… 🙁 Here I thought a shared a secret with you!!! 😉 Can’t wait to hear your surprise!

  28. Nope we aren’t open just yet. But we do have a cool surprise coming soon! I am going to be working on the post for this weekend tonight. I can’t wait to share what all happened this weekend!

  29. I can’t wait to hear about it. I will be gone for a week, but will be sure to check in when I get back to hear about your surprise! I told my friend about Belle Grove though, so he said to let them know when you do open.

  30. shofar Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! You’re on your way to making history! God is surely in all of your plans and activities, to bless you and Belle Grove and all the lives that you touch!

  31. Thank you! God is good! We are so excited about all that is happening in our lives!

  32. An exciting prospect. When my daughte was younger she delivered the Free Lance Star in downtown Fredericksburg. Today she merely subscribes to it. I’ll tell her to keep on the lookout for the articles.

  33. Thank you! The reporter, Cathy Dyson is going to share a link with me once it comes out so I can share it with everyone!

  34. Jane Sadek Says:

    Best wishes on this exciting kick off. Let us know if there are ghosts in the house when you spend the night!

  35. Thank you! We had a great time this weekend! I will be working on the post tonight to update everyone!

  36. belocchio Says:

    Your first night in the plantation house! A television crew filming your project! Why am I not surprised. Michelle and Bret, I am raising a glass of bubbly to the two of you. Bravo!! Virginia
    Oh dear, Oswald is tugging at my shirt sleeve. He thinks he would like to be on television also.

  37. What an awesome weekend we had! We will be sharing it tonight if I can get it all together for a post! Wait until you see what we got this weekend! Oswald is welcome anytime to take my place! I don’t take great pictures.

  38. belocchio Says:

    You are being too modest. I’ve seen your photograph. You’re gorgeous. Virginia

  39. Ohhhhhhh — so much great coverage… in print and on television, super exposure. Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

  40. Yes it was a weekend to remember!! I can’t wait to share it in a post tonight!

  41. Victoria Says:

    Congratulations on all of the great progress you’ve made! Super Sweet! And…I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! See my post about the award for the details. 🙂

  42. Thank you!! We appreciate you sharing our blog with your readers!

  43. dianeroark Says:

    I love reading and following your blog. It sounds like God placed a dream in your heart. You followed it and now HE is blessings you. How Exciting!! Blessings Always, Diane Roark

  44. Thank you! We have to say that it is so true! We are truly blessed and are being blessed with all that is coming together. I really believe it is because we waited until His time, not ours and now we receive the bounty.

  45. Nativegrl77 Says:

    Thank you for stopping by! wow …it is official, actually staying there ! we all are excited for you and looking forward to photos …

  46. Thank you! We can’t wait to share!