This past summer, we had the pleasure of spending approximately 24 hours in Richmond, VA. We were on our way to the beach, but since we hadn't got word yet if the bridge was open, we decided not to risk it and just stay the night in RVA with our friends Phil and Rachel.
I was a little sad at first at the idea of missing out on beach time (who wouldn't be?), but quickly forgot my sorrows after a few minutes in Richmond. I feel like Richmond often gets overlooked as a place to visit, and I have to blame its bigger neighbors for that--Williamsburg and Washington DC. It's tough to compete with women dressed in colonial garb and giant statues of Honest Abe, but Richmond has plenty of its own historical charm.
It's the capitol of Virginia (in case you didn't know), and the capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson--the 3-D model he built for it is still on display. In addition to its storied past, which boasts an impressive list of 18th century A-Listers (Jefferson! Washington! Franklin! Pocahontas!), Richmond also has a bajillion delicious restaurants, awesome museums (Edgar Allan Poe!), and the James River (for all you outdoorsy types).
On this particular visit, we sampled some of the local cuisine (which included one of the most delightful cuban sandwiches I've ever tasted) and walked along the canal.
I obviously had to stop for a few outfit pictures.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to see the 4th of July fireworks show from our friends' rooftop (I love fireworks but I hate sitting in traffic to get to fireworks).
This past weekend, we were back in Richmond for Phil and Rachel's wedding, and it just cemented my love for the city. Once again, everything we ate was delicious, and the donut truck at the wedding was on point. (Oh, and the wedding was beautiful too, of course!)
I'm excited to go back and visit and explore more of the city--I would definitely recommend a visit to RVA if you're ever close enough to stop.