We spent last weekend in Richmond to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. It was such a fun, easy getaway! I also realized that in the past year, I've been to Middleburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond. So, I figured I'd do a round up of those trips here on the blog in case you were looking for somewhere to go for a long weekend this Summer.
Middleburg // We traveled to Middleburg last year to celebrate our second anniversary. We didn't go for the town, but rather for the Salamander Resort & Spa. It was about an hour's drive outside the city. Although the weather didn't cooperate with us much, we still enjoyed a zip line tour, walking around town (ate dinner at the Red Fox Inn & Tavern one night), and visiting local wineries (including Greenhill). Had the weather been nicer, we would've taken advantage of the hiking trails on their property and the outdoor fire pit. The resort is beautiful and definitely offers a relaxing escape from the city.
Charlottesville // I met a friend from Raleigh in Charlottesville last year. It proved to be a great meeting point with lots to do. We rented an adorable bungalow through VRBO. There is plenty to do and I would love to return, because we barely scratched the surface (especially when it comes to wineries), but we toured Monticello, visited Pippin Hill Winery, Carter Mountain Orchards, hiked some local trails (easily accessible from the house we were staying at), and strolled the downtown mall.
Richmond // As I mentioned, we just visited Richmond last weekend to celebrate our third anniversary. We've both driven through Richmond on I-95 dozens of times (for many years I lived in Raleigh and my husband, then boyfriend/later fiance, lived in DC so we commuted back and forth on the weekends to visit). But, we've never explored the city. It became a destination when I learned of The Quirk Hotel and the many breweries in town. We packed a lot in 2 days, including lunch at Lunch!Supper!, tastings at Blue Bee Cidery, Ardent, and Veil Breweries, plus a stop at The Circuit to play some arcade games (which was SO much fun). We also spent a morning at Maymont Park which was such a treat (not only is it gorgeous and filled with lots of vegetation, there are animal exhibits including a bear and bald eagle), followed by shopping in Carytown, and a quick visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We grabbed dinner at Tazza Kitchen (in the Scott's Addition neighborhood so convenient when touring the breweries) and Pasture. I would suggest that you select your travel times wisely when staying at The Quirk (or maybe any hotel in Richmond). It was Mother's Day weekend, VCU's graduation, and a wedding weekend so the hotel was crowded!
What are your favorite places to escape the city? We're always looking for easy, weekend trips!