Stop 1: Richmond, Virginia
Our first overnight on our journey was Richmond, Virginia. My roommate, Julie, has family that lives in the area and thought it would make for a good first stop and her aunt was kind enough to show us around. We started the day in Carytown at this cute cafe for lunch, The Daily. Then, we window shopped and ended up at a fun brewery that had over 30 types of beer, wine, and cider. Priya (the third girl to join us on this trip) and I decided to try as many local beers as we could while traveling. Both of us love beer, and this allowed us to get out of our comfort zones.
Richmond reminded me a bit of Boston and it made me feel so comfortable. One of the coolest places we went to was the canal walk, which is a path that runs along the canal that is covered with amazing street art. We also walked across a hanging bridge that goes over the James River and had beautiful views of the city and the water. Before dinner, Julie’s aunt took us to the Jefferson Hotel, a historic, fully operating, hotel in the center of the city. The architecture was stunning and the hotel was so swanky.
We ended our day with dinner at a Mexican restaurant along the canal. I had the spiciest tacos, but they were so tasty.
Of all the cities we were stopping in, I was least excited for Richmond. But after visiting, I would love to spend more time in the city exploring, eating, and trying new things.
Planning a getaway to Richmond? Reach out, I have tons of recs!