A Visit to Richmond and Charlottesville

We absolutely love Richmond. My sister moved there for a few years after she finished medical school so needless to say we have spent a few long weekends getting to know the city.

My sister lived in a historic home in the Churchill neighborhood and one of our favorite pastimes was walking around exploring the neighborhood on foot. The nearby coffee shop was always our first stop in the morning as we walked the streets. The historic architecture of the area and the bright red, yellow and orange color of the leaves in fall add another layer of beauty to the area.

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Another favorite is the nearby Libby Hill park. The park sits atop a hill offering incredible views of the city.

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We enjoyed several of the water related activities Richmond has to offer including the canal walk – a hip area with massive street art murals lining the canal. Overall, the city has a lot to offer art lovers including an impressive collection at the Virginia Museum if Fine Arts, or VMFA.

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Belle Isle is another great place to enjoy the water, or the James River to be exact. There are numerous walking trails, tons of places for sunbathing, rafting and plenty of picnic spots along the way.

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We had a great time visiting Maymont, a 109-acre estate and garden in the heart of the city. The flowers were in full bloom making the property that much more stunning.

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We ventured outside of Richmond for a wine tasting day trip in Charlottesville stopping at an adorable apple orchard on the way.

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Some of our favorite wineries include Veritas, King Family Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, owned by Dave Mathews, Jefferson Vineyards located in Thomas Jefferson’s former estate and Trump Winery located on a beautiful piece of property. The weather was amazing so we were able to enjoy the natural beauty each property had to offer. The Blanc de Blanc at Trump Vineyards was hands down my favorite wine we tasted during our visit. We’ve even ordered a bottle or two from Amazon since our visit.

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Our last stop of the day was Blue Mountain Brewery for some food, local brew and beautiful scenery.

IMG_7242IMG_7230IMG_7261Bottom line:

Richmond is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. There are so many things to do – visit wineries, breweries, and cideries, or spend the entire trip outdoors.

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