48 Hours In Richmond Guide

48 Hours In Richmond Guide


Welcome To My City!

Whenever I travel somewhere new, I like to document the things I saw, the things I love, the places I recommend going, etc. This spring, someone recommended to me that I should document those same things about the city I call home, Richmond, VA. What a great idea?! So today I’m sharing my 48 hours in Richmond guide. Get ready for a weekend of all of my favorite things in this amazing city.


48 Hours In Richmond Guide

Friday

Where To Stay

I recommend staying at the loveliest hotel in RVA, the Quirk Hotel. It’s located downtown & has a beautiful aesthetic with pink as their primary color. The lobby has incredible high arched ceilings & beautiful furnishings including their iconic pink velvet couch.

Grab A Quick Snack

After arriving in Richmond after your trip, I would stop by Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe for a quick bite to eat. They have great coffee & sandwiches, but my favorite thing to order is their peanut butter & banana smoothie. I typically don’t go for this kind of smoothie, but their’s is just so good. Richmond is also know for it’s many murals & Lift has a very fitting mural of a pair of wings right outside, perfect for a good photo opt.

Check Out The Neighborhood

Next, you might want to stretch your legs a bit & take a stroll around the neighborhood. Right down the street from the hotel, are a few really cute shops you could visit. Mod & Soul has some really cool, very Richmond style pieces including clothes, candles, little bits & bobs all at affordable prices. Then right next door is the dreamiest little store called Verdalina, which has stunning garments, accessories, & beauty products that are super high quality at a more luxury price. Perfect to find a great keepsake to remember your trip by.

If these shops are a bit too feminine if you’re traveling with mixed company, there is a great little bookstore across the street, a men’s store called Ledbury, & a great ice cream shop called Charm School.

In The Evening

Richmond is such a foodie city, & there are countless amazing restaurants available for you to try. (see my full favorites list below) One of my very favorite restaurants downtown would have to be Wong Gonzalez. This is an Asian/Mexican fusion restaurant that just gets it so right. For appetizers, I love the tequila shrimp & the fiesta bites & my go-to entree is the Gonzi’s Stir Fry Skillet. Ben also really loves the Asian BBQ Pork Tacos. Fun fact: there is a special events room upstairs called Beauty & Grace, & there is a life-size picture of me on the wall!

Don’t let the fun stop after dinner! Grab a fun cocktail either at Quirk’s scenic rooftop bar or head over to Switch, Richmond’s newest pop-up bar. This place is so cool because it completely changes themes every 6-8 weeks. When I went recently, the top floor was Alice & Wonderland themed & then once you “go down the rabbit hole”, the downstairs took you back in time to the 90s. They have delicious specialty cocktails that carry out the theme of the room you’re in. A super cool spot & you never know what you’re gonna walk into.


48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide

Saturday

Time For Breakfast

My all time favorite spot for breakfast in this city is Can Can Brasserie. When our families come into town, they cannot go home without a visit to Can Can because of it’s authentic Parisian atmosphere. When you walk inside, you truly feel like you could be in Paris! I love going during their coffee house hours for delicious pastries & amazing coffee.

After breakfast, I recommend taking a stroll down Carytown. This is a favorite spot to visit in Richmond because of it’s cute shops & restaurants. Some of my favorite shops in Carytown include, Mongrel – the perfect place to find a gift for ANYONE!, Bygones – a vintage store with fabulous dresses & accessories (you’ll want everything!), Sugar + Twine – a great spot for a mid-day coffee pick me up (don’t leave without trying their cheddar biscuits!), Creme de la Creme – they have beautiful dishes, candles, party goods, & home decor that are all swoon worthy, & Ginger Thai – my favorite Thai food in the city.


48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide

Next, Choose An Afternoon Activity

Option 1

Head over to the Museum District & check out the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. This museum is really top notch with incredible exhibits inside, a great cafe, & stunning gardens outside. One of my favorite spots to come to get inspired & feel that sense of awe when looking at truly magnificent art.

After going through the museum, take a bit of time to stroll down the streets in the Fan District. The houses are so quaint & colorful & each have their own unique personality.

Option 2

Head over to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens & prepare yourself for jaw dropping blooms! I recently posted about my latest visit where I finally got to see their butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Truly a magical experience. See that post here.

Option 3

Visit Maymont Park! This is one of my favorite locations for photoshoots because you truly feel like you are not in the city anymore. The gardens & the landscaping are just incredible. Walk through the Italian gardens, then through the Japanese gardens & find yourself perfectly at peace in this tranquil space. If the weather is nice, pack a lunch & have a picnic under the huge trees or inside one of the many gazebos on site.

Dinner

Eat dinner in The Fan tonight. Try Kuba Kuba for amazing Cuban style food (Everyone here loves that place! Don’t forget to try their fried plantains!), or Beauvine Burger Concept for a fun atmosphere, great burgers, & I highly recommend their frosé which has elderflower liquor in it.

Craving Dessert?

If you are a cake lover, or even a wine lover, you should go to Shyndigz. This place sells the best cake in the city & you can order it by the slice! Such a cute spot & very Instagram worthy.


48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide
48 Hours In Richmond Guide

Sunday

Breakfast

Let’s head in a different direction this time & go to Hot Diggity Donuts. This place is small but the service is great & the donuts are made right in front of you when you order them. They are served hot & every single flavor is a win! I recommend trying their cappuccinos as well. They are perfectly petite as they should be.

One Last Thing

Before heading back home, you cannot leave the River City without visiting the James River! I suggest heading towards Brown’s Island & explore the area by this majestic river. There is also a bridge you can walk across the entire river, or at least half-way to get a great photo.


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Our Valentine’s Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage

Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage

Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage

My Forever Valentine

This is our fourth Valentine’s Day together, but this year is the most special of them all. We are officially a family now & since our wedding, our love has only grown. (As cheesy as it sounds…it’s true!) Ben & I wanted to do something special together to celebrate our first married Valentine’s Day, but we had to do it a little bit early this year. I will be performing tonight & the rest of the weekend, so Ben had the great idea of visiting the beautiful Agecroft Hall last weekend. Neither of us had ever been, so we slept in, had cinnamon rolls & coffee, then left at noon to arrive right when the gates opened.


Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage
Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage

Agecroft Hall

Agecroft Hall is a lovely, Tudor manor house right on the James River located just minutes from our house. Believe it or not, this home was built in the late 15th century in Lancashire, England. Then in the early 20th century it was deconstructed, shipped overseas, & rebuilt. This place is incredible. The details, paintings, elaborate beds & ceilings were magnificent. Not to mention the masterfully laid out gardens. Needless to say, we cannot wait to go back in the spring & summer when the gardens are in full bloom. I hear that in the summer, the also have live Shakespeare performances outside! We had a lovely afternoon on this amazing property & cannot wait to go back.


Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage


Our Valentine's Day + Celebrating 6 Months Of Marriage

Our First 6 Months

Ben & I recently celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary. Since our magical wedding day, we’ve travelled to Italy, Ben started a new job, I changed my name, we had both of our families here at home for Christmas, & we’ve worked together as a team on building our life together as well as our finances. We love spending time together & dreaming big dreams for our future. Both of us have mentioned that it is still some much fun calling each other husband & wife. As we were reflecting the other night & talking about the last 6 months of marriage, the same truth rang true in both of our hearts: we’ve never felt more in love. Maybe it’s the honeymoon season, but either way, I love this man & am so thankful we are on this path together.


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What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

Home For The Holidays

Ben & I are staying home for the holidays this year & are so excited to welcome both of our families to RVA for Christmas. There are so many great things to do in this city during this festive season. So whether you’re a Richmond native, or planning a Christmas getaway to our pretty city, here is my list of what to do in Richmond during the holiday season.

Gardenfest of Lights – At the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 7, 2019 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25), Nightly 5–10 p.m. All the info here.

Watch Classic Christmas Movies At The Iconic Byrd Theatre – All December long. See what’s playing here.

Vintage is for Lovers RVA Holiday Market – Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 12 PM – 5 PM. Get the scoop here.

RVA Tacky Light Tour – All season! More info here.

The Nutcracker – December 14th-23rd (I will be performing in every show! My roles this year include, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Butterfly, & Shepherdess. Email me for more info. Purchase tickets here.

Holiday Events At Stony Point Fashion Mall – Includes ice skating, carriage rides, Santa, carolers, & holiday markets. The ultimate Christmas spirit destination. See all events & details here.

Events At The Dreamy Quirk Hotel – From seeing their gorgeous pink tree, to boozy brunch with Santa, Quirk has many fun & festive holiday events coming up this month. This place is classy & 100% Instagrammable. See all the events here.



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My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

What I’m Wearing

Chambray Top (Old, similar here) // Olive Denim Shorts (Old, similar here) // Gorgeous New Scarf // Red Ballerinas (another version here) // Earrings // Lipstick in Shade 02

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

Quality time is definitely one of my love languages, & it’s safe to say that I love spending time with my fiancé. I never get tired of being with him, & good thing since we are promising our forevers to each other in less than 80 days! This fiancé season has been so special to me. I’ve loved continually growing closer & dreaming of what our future together will look like. He is my best friend, & whether we are out on the town, or watching Netflix at home, we always have a good time as long as we are together.

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

Pizza Parties

One of our favorite things to do together is have a good ole pizza party. We love a classic pepperoni pizza with cheesy breadsticks if getting delivery, or our newest frozen pizza from Kroger is the White Chicken Pizza. So good! We fill our plates, grab our drink of choice (mine: any fruit juice with Prosecco, his: a tall glass of Cabernet Sauvignon), & head to the couch to watch our show. Right now, we are on the 5th season of The Blacklist & would highly recommend watching this if you haven’t. This is one of the best shows we’ve ever watched. Another show we both really loved is White Collar. I mean who doesn’t love Matt Bomer?! We are always on the hunt for another show to start watching, so if you have any recommendations for us, leave them in the comments below!

Dancing Together

Ben & I met while we were dancing professionally with the Richmond Ballet, so it’s only natural that one of our favorite things to do together is dance. We love dancing together at weddings & events, but we even dance at home on the daily. Sometimes, we will put on our favorite Frank Sinatra record (the one with our song for our first dance at our wedding), & slow dance in the living room. Honestly though, most of our dancing is the fun, silly kind that just makes us laugh. We do love to laugh. I know that dancing will always be a special part of our home & our family.

Spending Time Outdoors

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, we love spending time together outdoors. We both love working in the gardens together & seeing our plants grow & thrive with each new season. Some of our favorites we’ve planted include hydrangeas, pink peonies, snapdragons, & a quickly growing crape myrtle tree. We love being able to clip fresh flowers & bring them inside.

When the weather is nice, we love to cook out & sit by a bonfire in our homemade fire pit. There is something that is so mesmerizing about a fire. I find that it always brings about the best topics of conversation as well.

We also love to take our cute puppy, Luna, on nature walks. Richmond is just so beautiful & covered with trees,plants, & rivers that she loves to explore. I never thought I would be such a dog lover, but this little lady has totally stolen my heart. We love having her in our little family.

Being Us

Every couple has their quirks. Those things that are most personal & therefore extra special to you as a couple. We love to sing with each other, not because we think we are good (because we’re not), but either to laugh or to remember a memory tied to a song. Ben is also a genius when it comes to nicknames. I’m getting quite good at it now that I’ve been with him for a while, but hearing the most creative things come out of his mouth just amazes me. Whether he is coming up with a new nickname for me, our pets, or any random household object, it’s sure to make me smile every day.

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

My Fav Things To Do With My Fiancé

Above everything else, we love to support each other. We are partners, dreamers, hand holders, & fighters through & through. I love being his fiancé, but I can’t wait to be his wife!

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RVA Fall Flavors: @ Can Can

48 Hours In Richmond Guide

RVA Fall Flavors @ Can Can

Hello Everyone!

It’s time for my second RVA Fall Flavors!

I have gone to the beloved Can Can twice recently to test out some of their seasonal drinks, & I have no doubt that I will be back again soon. They are offering 5 fall drinks right now, & the two I have tried have been absolutely delicious.

My first choice was the Harvest French Press. I have to admit, I’ve had this before, & it’s now an all time favorite of mine. My boyfriend even loves it! They have a small & large option which is perfect for either going solo or sharing with a friend (or date). For me, it’s perfectly sweetened & spiced to add just a splash of cream & call it good. Such a special fall treat!

For my second choice, I ordered the Maple Spiced Chai, & it surly didn’t disappoint! I love a good chai latte, & the hint of maple was just divine. I will say, if you don’t love sweet drinks, this might not be your go-to, but I quite enjoyed it on my lovely Sunday morning brunch date.

My sweet treat of choice with both drinks was a chocolate croissant. This was not a seasonal treat, but a good year round choice that I just couldn’t resist.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! If so, tell me about it in the comments below! I’m really looking to build a community here on F&F, & I love getting to chat with guys in the comments! Have you been to Can Can? Have you tried these treats? Have you tried something similar to these in your hometown? Let me know! I want to hear from you! 🙂

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Fall Flavors RVA: Harvest Latte

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting a new series here on F&F showcasing seasonal gems right here in Richmond, VA. I happy to be starting this series now because fall flavors are to die for.

For my first RVA flavors spotlight, I chose one of my very favorite spots in all of Richmond: Sugar & Twine. This little shop is the perfect spot to relax & refresh with a cup of delicious coffee & a pastry or two. It’s a Sunday morning ritual for me on my way to church. I love to people watch, read Style Weekly, & listen to the juicy gossip just inches away from me in the next table over (you know you do it too…). This place is always buzzing with people, so good luck catching them without a line, but I promise it’s worth the wait! I can hardly walk past this place without picking up one of their cheddar biscuits and a chai latte (my personal favorites)!

When I heard via their Instagram that they had a fall drink out, I quickly asked my friend, Eri, to come with me to test it out. Let me tell you, you’re gonna love it!

Their fall drink this season is their Harvest Latte. The real treat about this drink is their special made in-house syrup that features actual pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, & ginger. Now if that doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does! It’s just as delicious as it sounds, & if you haven’t tried it yet, go today!

They also have an assortment of fall inspired pastries that I’m sure are as equally delicious as they are beautiful. I decided to go with the maple pecan scone first, but I can’t wait to go back to try them all!

*For this coffee date, I wore almost exclusively Forever 21, which is not as normal for me as it used to be. This blouse (also mentioned here) is in a size XL, but I loved the blowy sleeves the larger size provided. I paired it with one of my new fall staples, my pink tweed mini skirt. I also wore an old pair of navy ballerinas, my white handbag, & a bold fall lip.*

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