“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving
Wow. Stephanie Carper Feltner’s parents and I went to Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel for a champagne brunch as a start to the Christmas season. It is a Richmond landmark, and famous for hospitality mixed with elegance and outstanding culinary fare. All of these and more were on grand display during our meal.
Opened in 1895, The Jefferson Hotel was the dream of Lewis Ginter. He came to Richmond in 1842 at the age of eighteen; he made and lost several fortunes before successfully creating and marketing pre-rolled tobacco cigarettes and, later, successful land development.
To create the hotel, Ginter commissioned Carrere and Hastings, a renowned architectural firm from New York. The Jefferson Hotel was built incorporating Renaissance and other forms of architecture that he admired, creating a composite, eclectic style popular at the turn of the century.
Restored to its original glory, the hotel stands as a beacon to Southern hospitality. We can attest that in 2023, Mr. Ginter’s vision lives on.
Open the gate to southern hospitality.
Throughout the hotel, there was hardly a surface or wall that wasn’t festooned with appropriate holiday decor. This gate with its inviting wreath encourages you to enter!
Look who is at the front entrance!
We didn’t see any elves, but we did spy Santa as we entered the hotel. Wonder who was keeping the elves in line at the North Pole?
Magnificence in Richmond.
This was the view from our table. The marble columns are actually wood; they were faux marbled which was popular in the late 1800s.
Where else can you spy a gator sporting a bow?
There are gators everywhere – but the Jefferson’s (live) alligators no long live in the Palm Court marble pools. Richmonders and hotel guests enthusiastically donated pet alligators to the hotel as they became too large to occupy sinks and bathtubs. The last alligator, named Old Pompey, remained at The Jefferson until he died in 1948. Today, there are whimsical references to these legendary reptiles throughout the hotel.
Friends and family unite!
There are over 50 years of friendship in this frame. We are all part of The Feltner Group family. A gift at this holiday season and beyond. Let’s keep the party going.
The Jefferson Hotel’s brunches are booked for this season, but you can certainly visit the hotel and see the decorations for free. A short two hour trip will transform you back 200 years!
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