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Explore a variety of architectural styles on display in the Richmond Region’s beautifully preserved homes and gardens. Exquisitely landscaped gardens can be enjoyed year-round, but are especially stunning during the fall.
Visit Agecroft Hall, a 15th-century English Tudor-style home rebuilt in Richmond in 1925. The grounds and gardens reflect the beautiful style of England’s Tudor and early Stuart periods. Allow two hours.
Next, see Virginia House, a 12th-century house transported from England to Richmond in 1925, redesigned and rebuilt with gardens by Charles Gillette. It is decorated with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, exquisite carpets, and fine silver and china. Allow one to two hours.
Enjoy a fun lunch at The Dairy Bar. Serving milkshakes for over 60 years, The Dairy Bar is known for homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and limeade.
After lunch, head to Maymont, a Victorian estate surrounded by lush Italian and Japanese gardens and home to stately trees. The house is furnished with rare antiques, silver, porcelain and tapestries. A tram tour of the grounds can be arranged. Allow two hours.
A visit to Richmond is incomplete without a walk or drive down Monument Avenue, a tree-lined National Historic Landmark which began in 1890 with the unveiling of a monument to General Robert E. Lee. Since then, Richmond has erected three statues for three confederate leaders and, in the mid-1990s, for tennis champion and philanthropist Arthur Ashe, Jr. Enjoy nine blocks of mostly locally-owned restaurants, spas and one-of-a-kind shops at Carytown.
Dinner at Can Can Brasserie is always a sumptuous treat and is right in the heart of great shopping.
Enjoy your luxurious accommodations at Linden Row Inn. With 70 guest rooms, and seven parlor suites opening to an intimate, beautiful winding garden courtyard, Linden Row is the perfect end to your scenic day. Other equally delightful accommodation options are The Jefferson Hotel and Grace Manor Inn.
A short drive down scenic Route 5 from the Richmond Region are eight beautiful plantation homes known as the James River Plantations. Belle Air, Berkeley, Edgewood, North Bend, Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation, Shirley, Sherwood Forest and Westover (grounds only) are open to the public, some regularly and some by appointment. Allow 90 minutes each.
Enjoy lunch at one of the lovely plantations. Pack a picnic or venture inside to one of their dining rooms. After lunch, continue on with your drive through the plantations.
Head back to Richmond for dinner on the patio of The Boathouse at Sunday Park before returning to your hotel for a glass of fine Virginia wine.
Start your day off at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The 40-acre garden includes one of the largest and most diverse perennial gardens on the East Coast. The conservatory, which allows year-round garden exploration, houses exotic and unusual plants. Built in 1884, the Bloemendaal House (whose name means “valley of flowers”) boasts an elegant Victorian garden.
Enjoy lunch in the dining room of Lewis Ginter, and afterward, venture to Meadow Farm Museum, an 1860’s farm featuring a historic farmhouse and tobacco barn, as well as crop fields and farm animals. Costumed interpreters give demonstrations on select weekends throughout the year. Allow one to two hours.
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