Fall getaways may not be in the cards this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but lucky for us, Richmond is the perfect place for a fall staycation packed with socially distant fun, fall foliage, and of course, good eats and drinks. Here’s what’s on our itinerary for a perfect fall staycation downtown.
Stay at Linden Row Inn
This historic boutique hotel is a true hidden gem. Comprised of seven row houses which date back to the 1800s, the Linden Row Inn seamlessly blends historic elegance with modern amenities. Guest rooms open to an enchanting garden courtyard where guests can also dine on Southern inspired dishes from Parterre Restaurant.
Peep Fall Foliage in the City
Sure, the mountains are gorgeous this time of year but there’s also a unique beauty to the picturesque way that changing leaves drape over city sidewalks, or line the banks of the James River. Our top two spots to peep the leaves in the city are Church Hill, particularly along Libby Hill Park, and the Pipleline Trail that runs along the banks of the river towards Brown’s Island.
Dine Along East Grace Street
What was once a retail mecca, has today become a dining hot spot filled with locally owned restaurants. Whether you’re looking for something totally unique like the Mexican-Asian fusion of Wong Gonzalez, or would like something take-out friendly like Pop’s Market which features a rotating breakfast to dinner menu, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste buds along East Grace.
Learn about Richmond’s Past, and Ideas for its Future at The Valentine
The Valentine excels not only in showcasing Richmond’s history through historical exhibits and displays, but also features innovative exhibits rethinking how we tell the city’s history in the future. Currently, The Valentine is offering free admission but reservations are required in an effort to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for local-centric goods and gifts.
Book a Tour with River City Food Tours or Haunts of Richmond
Whether you prefer food, beer, or ghosts, there’s a unique niche walking tour for you. Both River City Food Tours, which now includes brewery tours, and Haunts of Richmond feature neighborhood specific tours with a side of food, or ghost tales.
Unwind at Capital Ale House’s Biergarten
With 450 beers on draught and a charming courtyard biergarten, Capital Ale House is the place to unwind with your favorite brew or find a new one.