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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Tap Into the New South in Richmond

Revitalized neighborhoods, new cultural attractions, and a rising culinary scene are rejuvenating Virginia’s capital.

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1. Where to Stay


The Jefferson's rooms are a throwback to a past era.  

Sleep two blocks from Broad Street’s emerging arts district at Linden Row Inn (from $109), a boutique hotel composed of seven adjoining nineteenth-century townhouses. Sip a $3 craft beer in the quiet courtyard, or peruse the latest from the city’s contemporary art scene: Every 90 days, the hotel hosts a new exhibition from nearby 1708 Gallery. The 70 guest rooms are worn but charming, with floor-to-ceiling windows, remodeled bathrooms, and original crystal chandeliers.

Escape the city rush at the Tides Inn (from $215), a Chesapeake Bay–adjacent resort about an hour from downtown Richmond. Relax on Frette linens in one of 106 recently refreshed guest rooms, pair Rappahannock River oysters with a glass of sparkling Virginia wine in the waterfront Chesapeake Club restaurant, or get physical with paddleboard yoga on Carters Creek. Feeling nautical? The newly expanded marina charters private yachts for day trips and sailing lessons on the bay.

Revel in old-school luxury at the Jefferson (from $365), a six-story Beaux Arts building with a grand, Gone With the Wind–worthy staircase and stately guest rooms featuring high ceilings, brocade fabrics, and mahogany furniture. A national landmark on the edge of downtown, the hotel is walking distance from both Broad Street and the renewed Jackson Ward neighborhood. Plan to attend the Sunday brunch ($42 per person), which includes live jazz, all-you-can-drink Champagne, and endless plates of poached farm eggs with housemade spoonbread.


Published on Aug 8, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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