I’m excited to share my Visitor’s Guide to Richmond, VA! In case you didn’t know this about me, I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2012. I first moved to Richmond in 2009 & left after graduating in 2012 to move to Los Angeles. I LOVED living in Richmond during college so when Tristan & I started looking for somewhere to buy a house, it was one of the first places that came to mind! We loved the proximity to DC, affordable cost of living, and how much character the city has. We bought our condo & relocated here from Charlotte, NC in November of last year.
The city is so different than it was back when I lived here last (2012) but many of my favorite places are still around. We have really enjoyed exploring, despite the pandemic. Now, we are finding ways to explore outside & check out restaurants, wineries, & parks that offer patio seating & the ability to socially distance. Below I’m sharing all of my favorite things to do, places to stays, and restaurants to dine. If you’re visiting at the holidays, check out my Christmas in RVA: Top 5 Magical Things To Do. ENJOY!
Where to Stay:
What to Do:
- James River Park
- Belle Isle – A small island on the James River, accessible by walking or biking across the suspension bridge from Tredegar St. The bridge and island offer some of the best skyline views of Richmond! It’s the perfect place to bike, walk, or run, or simply relax on the river rocks.
- Pipeline Trail – Climb down the metal ladder & walk along the pipeline for an up close view of the rapids and overlooks.
- Virginia Capital Trail – A 52-mile pedestrian & biking trail connecting Richmond to Williamsburg. Perfect for a stroll before grabbing happy hour drinks at Conch Republic or dinner at The Boathouse.
- Maymont – A beautiful 100-acre Victorian estate & park featuring a museum, arboretum, wildlife exhibits and nature center. I love strolling through the Japanese gardens and taking a picnic to enjoy on the lawn by the mansion.
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) – Free admission, except for special exhibits. I love exploring the museum then grabbing a small bite or drink at Best Café, overlooking the reflecting pool and Sculpture Garden.
- Scott’s Addition – Fastest growing neighborhood in Richmond with numerous restaurants, breweries, cideries, and shops. My favorites are Brambly Park Winery, Blue Bee Cider, Väsen Brewing, & Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop.
- Carytown – A mile of unique shops & restaurants, perfect for a day of shopping and exploring. Stop by Ladles & Linens for home goods & gifts, Sugar & Twine for coffee, & Jasper’s for cocktails.
Where to Eat/Drink:
Rooftop Bars –
- Q Rooftop Bar at the Quirk Hotel
- The Byrd House at the Graduate Hotel
- The Hof Garden
- Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop