Civil War history, but even non-history buffs should be able to find fun along the neighboring James River. Eating well in this mid-sized city is easy on the wallet due to emerging locavore scene, with chefs re-interpreting Southern cuisine in creative and delicious new ways. Hotels for all budgets are clustered in the downtown area; most notable on the high end is the Jefferson Hotel, open since 1895.
Chic Restaurants To Try
- Heritage is as well-known for its food as its drinks. Artfully-plated entrees range from indulgent bourbon barrel smoked pork belly to tender hangar steak, while owner and mixologist Mattias Hägglund serves up inventive and refreshing brews.
- Ably straddling the line between rustic and modern, The Roosevelt dishes out non-traditional twists on Southern food like scallops on grits and foie gras pound cake. Bonus: Its drink list comprises solely local wines and beers!
Step Into History In Richmond
- Maymont, a massive, 100-acre estate, contains a historic and opulent mansion, expansive gardens, a farm for children and even a zoo. Many of the beautifully-maintained amenities are free, so take your pick of activities for a relaxing day with the family or a romantic stroll around the grounds.
- A cemetery might seem like an unconventional place to visit on vacation, but Hollywood Cemetery is a veritable outdoor museum: Two U.S. presidents and innumerable Confederate soldiers were laid to rest within its 135 acres. Take a guided tour or meander on your own among the sprawling graves along the banks of the James River.