With so many people in town for the General Assembly and Jefferson-Jackson, I thought it would be a good idea to republish my top ten list of things to do in Richmond, Virginia. Enjoy!
1. Get some coffee!
If you are staying downtown for the General Assembly, visit Shockoe Espresso & Roastery at 104 Shockoe Slip, just off of East Cary Street at 13th. If you are driving in from the Fan District, try World Cup Coffee at 26 N Morris Street, near Virginia Commonwealth University.
2. Get some History!
The John Marshall House, Court End, the Valentine Museum and the Museum of the Confederacy.
3. Get some shopping done, old school!
Forget Walmart: do a walking tour of Carytown and shop the way shopping was intended to be done: one shop at a time. Carytown has nine blocks of small storefronts including gifts, dining, books, bicycles and much more!
4. Get some art!
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is undergoing an expansion, but it is still open for your viewing pleasure. Richmond also has several private art galleries, including some exciting new ones along Main Street between Virginia Commonwealth University and Robinson Street.
5. Get some lunch in the Fan!
Richmond's Fan District is home to many great little hole in the wall restaurants, whether it's old favorites like Joe's Inn at 205 N. Shields Avenue or new hot spots like 3 Monkeys at 2525 West Main Street.
6. Drive down Monument Avenue!
When you finish eating lunch, get on Main Street heading West. Drive all the way out to Thompson Street (where Main/Ellwood ends) and turn right onto Thompson. Drive North on Thompson until you come to Monument Avenue. Take a right onto Monument and enjoy a leisurely drive back downtown along one of the United States most renowned avenues.
7. Get some more History!
If you are still up for some more History, may I suugest the Civil War Center at the Tredegar Iron Works and the Canal Walk (for sunny days). The Civil War Center is a destination in itself, but it can also serve as a resource center if you would like to visit all of the many Civil War sites surrounding Richmond.
8. Get some dinner!
Richmond is home to many great restaurants. For a romantic dinner try Pomegranate at 1209 East Cary in Shockoe Slip. For a boisterous group dinner, I suggest Can Can at 3120 West Cary in Carytown.
9. Take in a show!
Sure, the Carpenter Center is temporarily hors d'combat, but the Landmark Theater is still in business. Or if you're on a budget, take in a $2 movie at the Byrd Theatre, a restored 1920's movie house: it's like seeing a movie in a museum!
10. Get a beer, or two . . . dozen!
Richmond is blessed with some great beer bars. If you are staying downtown you can walk to either The Capital Alehouse at 623 East Main Street or Richbrau at 1214 East Cary Street. If you feel like straying farther afield, you can cross the river to Legend Brewery at 321 West 7th Street. Remember to take a cab: don't drive drunk!