If you’ve never been to Virginia’s capital you’re in for a treat. Richmond is the perfect destination for those who love history, art, nature, and delicious food. You can also enjoy the gorgeous architecture, dating back hundreds of years, as Richmond is one of the oldest major cities in the entire United States. Whether you are having a holiday or just moved into a Richmond apartment or home, here are a few ways you can spend the weekend in this incredible city.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
The oldest building in all of Richmond, the ‘Old Stone House’, is home to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. After he was orphaned, Poe spent much of his life in Richmond with his unofficial adopted parents, John and Frances Allan. The museum was created to commemorate the poet and is full of great artefacts from his life. If you’re a fan of his macabre literature, this is the perfect place for a trip through time on a rainy weekend afternoon.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Looking for the Instagram photo-op? Check out the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Here, you’ll experience the beauty of nature in a serene setting spanning 50 acres. Visit the Lora M. Robins Library, located within the gardens, and check out their selection of books on botany and horticulture. This is a great stop for families, as the library hosts reading hours each weekend for children. For an iconic holiday experience, visit between November and January and experience the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The magic of the gardens in wintertime is sure to be something you’ll never forget.
Right in the city, in the James River, you’ll find Belle Isle. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny Saturday, pack your picnic basket and enjoy a romantic afternoon in the park. There’s something special about experiencing the natural beauty of the island while still enjoying the sight of Richmond’s skyline, so if you’re looking for a break from the city without venturing too far, this is the perfect spot for you. You can access the island by a pedestrian bridge, or, for the brave, you can jump across the rocks on the south bank.
One of the best parts of the island is the many ruins you’ll find as you explore. From the remnants of an old factory from the 1800s to a hydroelectric plant erected a century later, you’ll get to learn about the history of those who worked on the island before it became the tourist destination it is today.
Alicia Saville did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in mental health and well-being.