Located on the banks of the James River, Richmond, Virginia, provides a perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle of the week. This is a city that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, art, history, or incredible dining options, you can find it all here. In this post I’ll share a quick weekend guide to Richmond, Virginia.
Where to Stay
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The Quirk Hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway to Richmond. Located in the heart of downtown Richmond’s art and design district, it’s a great base for exploring all the city attractions. This boutique hotel has six different room types to choose from, including lofts and suites, all of which are full of light and comfort. You’ll find the artwork of local artists adorning the walls as well as repurposed furniture from the original building.
Things to Do
There’s something for art aficionados, history buffs, and outdoor lovers in Richmond. Stroll around downtown and take in the art scene. Pop into the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and revel in more than 33,000 works of art that span over 5,000 years. Even better, on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., you can enjoy happy hour specials on drinks and a free half-hour gallery tour. Other museums in the area include the Science Museum of Virginia, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and the Children’s Museum.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, slather on your sunscreen and head down to James River State Park for a little outdoor fun. Grab a tube and float down the 3-mile stretch of river or pitch a tent at one of the primitive campsites. With 15 miles of trails, this park is ideal for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Looking for something a little more low-key? Pack a picnic lunch, kick back, relax, and enjoy incredible views of Richmond’s rolling hills.
Where to Eat
Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet gastronomy or down-home cooking, Richmond has something that will tantalize every taste bud. For breakfast or brunch, check out Millie’s Diner, where you’ll find brunch with a bit of a savory twist. Try the famous Devil’s Frittata or scrumptious scrambled eggs with lobster and hollandaise. With retro music selections, a jukebox, and vinyl, this place will not disappoint.
Brunch or Lunch
Want some Southern food? The Roosevelt is your place. This country-chic restaurant will serve you a Sunday brunch that will leave you craving more. Fried chicken, buttery biscuits with housemade sausage gravy, and cheese grits are just a few items you’ll find in the menu. This spot also has delicious lunch options.
For a finger-licking good dinner, check out Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue. Enjoy one of the complete meals with your choice of meats, such as pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs, and the menu goes on. Round off your meal with a classic side such as Crispy Kick’n Fried Okra, beer-battered onion rings, or Cajun fried pickles.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this quick guide on where to stay, things to do, and what to eat on a weekend getaway to Richmond, Virginia.
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