Whether you find your best adventures in history, nature, art, or shopping, Richmond's lovely Museum District Bed & Breakfast is a great home base, a comfortable, airy home in the heart of Richmond, a vibrant, beautiful and historic city. A nexus of American history from Jamestown Settlement to the Revolutionary era to the Civil War and beyond, Richmond today is a city alive with art, music, dance and theatre, and sports. Going or coming, it's an easy get-from or get-to for major cities on the East Coast -- two hours from DC, and only six hours from New York City.
From birding to NASCAR, to rafting on the James River (which has the only class four rapids in an urban setting in America), Richmond offers your favorite things to do and so many others you'll find some new favorites! Some highlights are listed below. Explore more possibilities at www.discoverrichmond.com. Or ask us about your interests and we'll direct you.
Walk through shady neighborhoods of lovely homes and gardens to five museums of art, architecture, history and science. Just across the street, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers exhibits, evening music and lecture series. Stroll Monument Avenue, the only street in the nation designated a national historic landmark, bordered by gracious mansions in many styles, its statues of Confederate heroes joined by Richmond's Arthur Ashe. The Carytown shopping district offers boutiques (including Mongrel, the best card shop/ gift shop in America), antiques, the historic Byrd theatre and a range of dining options, including two 4-star restaurants.
A slightly longer walk, a short bike ride or drive will take you to generous Richmond parks with lakes, fountains, a Japanese Garden, a Vita Course for distance walkers and runners. James River Park is wilderness in the center of the city. Biking and running routes take you through neighborhoods back and forth across the river. Three U.S. presidents, 1800 Confederate soldiers, and the cremé of Richmond society for 300 years are buried in Hollywood Cemetery on a bluff overlooking the James.
A seven-minute drive takes you to downtown Richmond, to the Capital designed by Thomas Jefferson, Civil War Museums, Richmond's Black History Museum and Cultural Center, and St. John's Church where Patrick Henry's challenge, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" is reenacted all summer. (Snap your photo with George Washington.) In Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip's clubs and restaurants, listen to rock, Latin, jazz, bluegrass and folk; do some gustatory exploring in cuisines from down-home southern to nouvelle. Explore Richmond's art scene at galleries or join the crowds at monthly First Friday Arts evenings downtown. Extensive gardens and an education center at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens are a short drive across town.
On easy day trips you can recap American history from Jamestown Settlement through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and beyond. Re-enactors and park guides enhance the experience and increase your knowledge. Richmond is a great base for seeing Washington, DC, two hours away by train or car. Immerse yourself in natural beauty and wonder. Take a day hike in the mountains or soak up the sun at the beach. Tour Virginia's award-winning wineries, clustered in rolling countryside. Determined shoppers can surf outlet stores in Williamsburg (45-minute drive) or mega mall Potomac Mills with more than 220 stores, an hour and a half north toward Washington.
Our private tour guide, Dr. Richard Mercer, adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Richmond, steeped in Richmond history, lore, architecture and literature, is available by appointment for tours in Richmond and day trips. Tour Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond, or see Richmond, Then and Now.
Two major universities, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond bring guest artists, performers and lecturers from all arts and fields, as well as students and alumni who contribute to flourishing home-grown arts and performance.
Horses (at Colonial Downs track in nearby New Kent County); people (The Richmond Marathon in November; mountain biking, ex-terra and more); and cars (NASCAR at the Richmond International Raceway; also Richmond Dragway and Southside Speedway).
Richmond loves a party, and there are major festivals, NASCAR events, craft and art fairs, ethnic food festivals -- even a Tomato Festival and a Watermelon Festival (on Cary Street around the corner) -- and house and garden tours all year. Some highlights include
VCU French Film Festival March 25-26, 2011 www.frenchfilm.vcu.edu
French films, actors and directors to Cary Street around the corner.
Monument Avenue Easter Parade
Garden Week in Virginia April 16-23, 2011 www.vagardenweek.org
Richmond Folk Festival Oct. 8-10, 2010 www.richmondfolkfestival.org