Richmond is a beautifully manicured city with picturesque brick architecture and ALOT of history. It’s a wonderful weekend destination. I definitely fell in love with this city a little bit…..
Here are 4 of my “MUST SEE” destinations in the city of Richmond.
1. Drive down Monument Avenue. On this boulevard in the middle of the city you will find 6 round-a-bouts with massive historic monuments. Giant statues of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee. These monuments are massive and breathtaking. (and free!). Drive through them or pull over to snap a picture and read the monuments plaque.
2. Stop for a cup of joe at Black Hand Coffee Co. This cute hipster coffee spot is located in the museum district on the corner of Patterson & N Belmont Ave. They buy the best beans from all over the world and roast them locally. The coffee & tea is phenomenal. Inside is such a calming atmosphere that feels like you’ve found a secret caffeine haven. Whether you need a quick cup to go or want to sip & chill – this is a stop you should make.
3. The Jefferson Hotel. Opulent. That is the only word I can think of properly describe this Downtown Hotel. It is a 5 star hotel that opened its antique doors back in 1895. At one point there was a small marble pool in the lobby that was home to full grown Alligators! Today they are commemorated by bronze statues of alligators and small alligator motif details in the decor. The author of Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell stayed at The Jefferson during the time she was writing the Novel. It is said that the main staircase was featured in the 1934 film Gone with the Wind. This is a definite stop on anyones trip to Richmond. It’s just grand and the lobby along will take your breath away.
4. Maymont Park. This is the “Central Park” of Virginia. This park is beautiful, big, and has so many things to see and do! Everything is within walking distance with stroller friendly paths. There are huge Japanese gardens with a waterfall, a children’s farm with farm animals, eagles and black bears, a historical preserved Mansion, and so much more. It can be overwhelming. But here in this post I included a Map of the entire grounds. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 to tour the inside of the Maymont Mansion. The basement of the Maymont Mansion is free and open to browse. It was incredibly preserved – the kitchen, pantry, bedroom, clothes – you will feel like you stepped into a time machine. There are beautiful gazebos and pretty little stone bridges over sweet babbling brooks. Please don’t miss out on this park if you are nearby Richmond, Virginia.
p.s. Its also a crazy amazing Pokespot, so I hear, if you are into that sort of thing. (eyeroll)
There you have it, the highlights of a visit to Richmond.
Happy Travels Everyone.