Yesterday was a long. long. day. 8 of us from the office went up to Richmond to host receptions for guidance counselors and prospective students. The upside of doing these was that we got to go to one of my favorite spots in Richmond: The Jefferson Hotel. This hotel has been around since 1895 and is absolutely stunning, especially at Christmastime.
They decorate every inch of the hotel and just walking through the lobby puts me in the Christmas spirit! From the bannisters to the columns and walls, every spot is decked out.
I have memories of visiting this hotel so many times over the years growing up, from holiday lunches to doing the traditional afternoon tea on the weekends. It’s such a classic Richmond spot and its long history makes it so much fun to visit.
For lunch yesterday, we entertained 50 guidance counselors and had rosemary chicken with vegetables and grits.
The chicken wasn’t all that great, but the dessert was fantastic. We had a thick chocolate mousse with fruit and I cleaned my plate.
Seriously, so good! After lunch we had a few hours to kill so we all worked in a nearby conference room until it was time to set up for the evening reception.
Over 400 people showed up and everything turned out great! I don’t do much at these things except get up at the end and ask trivia questions to give out prizes. Tough job, I know!
By the time everyone left and we could clean up, I didn’t get home until after 10:30 last night. This morning’s alarm was no fun! I skipped my morning workout today since I’m still sick (yesterday didn’t help) and I didn’t really have a lot of time. I’m off to the office today, but I’ll be back with my carrot cake recipe tomorrow!
What’s a favorite landmark in your hometown?
What’s one place that always puts in you in the holiday spirit?