TRAVELING? STAY HERE! PERSONAL SPACE, FRESH AIR, FREE DINNER AND BREAKFAFASTFAST
The Master's quarters has an eleven inch Sleep Innovations memory foam mattress, high quality bed linens and a seven foot window with a view of the river and the island across the channel. It is carpeted, has heat and air conditioning a small closet, plenty of drawer space, and a bedside night table with a soft glow reading lamp. It is also equipped with a separate 12 volt lighting system. The room is decorated with personal pictures and art from my private maritime collection.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 21 - Must be 21 years of age or olderMust be 21 years of age or older
- No drugs period!! Unless prescribed by your doctor.\nNo smoking on the vessel. inside or out. You must be on the dock or on the shore.\nNo open flames on the vessel of any kind, candles, etc.\nLoud, excessive or drunken behavior will not be tolerated. This is a family styled marina suited more for couples or individuals who want a quiet peaceful getaway. We are few here and we look out for each others interest, and yours too while you are here.\nOur best rule though is that we must do all we can to make sure your stay with us is the best you will ever have.\n
Cleaned with disinfectant
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)
Follows industry health association: SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
Follows regional health guidelines: CESCO (S. Korea)
I feel certain that the initial strategy to locate Richmond in its present location was fairly thought out by its original founders.
Being located at the last possible point on the James River where commercial vessels could conduct worldwide trade as well as collect goods from the far interior of the country, was by no means a stroke of luck. On the contrary, it must have been a stroke of genius.
It is about 80 miles from the major ports of Norfolk/Portsmouth and Hampton/ Newport News or the Chesapeake Bay/Atlantic Ocean.
Richmond is also strategically located about 100 miles from Washington DC or the Blue Ridge Mountains and 85 miles from Charlottesville or the North Carolina border.
We are fortunate to have major highways going north and south (I-95), east and west (I-64), circling (I-295 to the east and Rt 288 to the west) and other freeways cris-crossing through Richmond. These routes are Rt 895 (Toll) just south of Richmond and the expressways are the Powhite (Toll), (east to west) and the Richmond Expressway (Toll) that runs through the middle of the city (north to south).
There are also other major routes that cross the city as well including Routes 250, 60, and 360 (east to west) as well as
Routes 1 and 301 (north to south).
With so many major roads leading in and out of the city it is no wonder that we have such a diverse community of people, businesses, religions, educational opportunities, medical facilities, museums, sports events, nightlife and so on.
Richmond has also become a hot spot for fine dining, and craft beer lovers. And there is no shortage of festivals at almost anytime of the year.
Richmond is no longer a backwater town because there is something here for everyone.
Note: if you want to get a feel for the James River, check out the internet video: "On Board With The Henrico Marine Patrol" June 8, 2015. As the longest living professionally licensed captain on the James River, I was honored to give opening comments, mid-video comments and closing comments about our beautiful river.
Ronald M. Blaha
About Ronald M. Blaha
I am a retired tugboat company owner/captain who cannot get the James River out of my system, I began going on tugs with my dad when I was just four years old and that was more than 7 decades ago. Throughout those years I was blessed to meet and befriend people from many seafaring nations and from all walks of life. Sometimes I wondered how some ships ever made it across oceans to come and load cargoes. The Captain's entire family would be living aboard with chickens and goats and dogs and dried fish hanging from many places on the outer decks. At other times the officers would be in full dress and sail spotless ships into the harbor. Many of my personal stories can be found in Bohemian Skipper (Amazon), it is a collection of river stories and yet to be published, Chosen River l and ll. It is a book told from the heart by men who seldom saw their loved ones, or who had escaped their homelands and probable death for a better life, as was the case of a wonderful skipper who told of the atrocities committed by Mao Tse-Tung after the end of WWII. During those years, I raised a family, built some homes/restaurants, earned a degree from Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, with continued ed at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of North Florida. In 1987, I was appointed by Governor Gerald Balliles as the Maritime Commander for Central Virginia in the Virginia State Guard with the rank of Lt Colonel. I am currently married to my lovely wife, Ruth Christiane Rawlings, a Rocky Mountain girl turned Queen of the James who at age 60 received a Master of Teaching degree. Ruth has enjoyed a colorful background that spans from raising kids as a single mom to skydiving with the Golden Knights, to acting as the lead in many plays and musicals such as South Pacific, Zorba, Scrooge, Wait Until Dark, she also starred in Brigadoon and Pajama Game. And later, she sang alto with the Richmond Symphony Chorus for seven years.-
Ronald M. Blaha purchased this House Boat in 2012
Why Ronald M. Blaha chose Richmond
Virginia has its share of famous places to visit and no one can dispute this fact. For example we all know of Monticello, Mount Vernon, Civil War sites such as Manassas/Bull Run, City Point, and the Battle of the Crater. But then there is this little known place to lay your head that virtually no one has heard about, and it is in many ways far more historical than any other of these locations because of the varied influences it has had on our country's development. And that place is the area where the GiaMaria and the Cookie B rest in Virginia's oldest marina. Consider this; on our shore and within a mile surrounding our marina Chief Powhatan ruled over the village of Arrohateck, and Pocahontas and John Rolfe's farm abutted the marina where they would grow the Varina tobacco that would save the colony from being abandoned. Captain John Smith wrote that he filled his ships with the best "sweetest" water from our spring, and Henricus became the second English settlement in America after Jamestown (open to the public as a restored "cittie"). Here Benedict Arnold would destroy our Colonial fleet of ships during the American Revolution and troops would pass by here on their way to fight in the War of 1812. Three Medals of Honor would be awarded here because of bravery during the Battle of New Market Heights/Chaffin's Farm. A major prisoner exchange took place just around the bend at Akien's farm at the end of the Civil War (my great grandfather Emmitt Brown was one of them). And sadly many slaves passed by our shores on the way upstream to Richmond where they would be sold. But thankfully those who would free them like Abraham Lincoln floated close behind. Men like Washington, Lafayette, John Marshall, Peter Jefferson (he lived here) and so many more passed within feet of our little marina. Yet we are only a stone's throw away from Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown or Fredericksburg. Va. Beach or Washington, DC 2 hours by car.
What makes this House Boat unique
Each of my guests seems to have found something that they liked about the GiaMaria or the Cookie B. For some it has been the comfort of the memory foamed mattress and high quality linens, for others it is the upper sun and viewing deck, still others like the large ceramic shower, some, the shaded forward deck or the large living quarters for lounging or reading. My guests books are filled with interesting things that some guests have shared with me. Read below an October note from Al and Mary Ann from Pittsburg. Dear Captain Ron, "This has been a very memorable experience. We have traveled extensively throughout the world and this overnight stay ranks as one of our most unique. Would love to have spent more time hearing about your life. My only regret is that our children and grandchildren were not here with us. They would have loved it." Warmest regards, Al and Mary Ann