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The Best Hotels in Richmond, Virginia and Fun Things to Do

shutterstock_562624318.jpgOne of the oldest cities in America, Richmond is the capital of Virginia—a state known for its historic significance and gorgeous skyline. There are several parts to Richmond and the landscape is divided many times over into untamed woods, lovely valleys, suburban neighborhoods, an old-fashioned downtown atmosphere, and a booming hub of new-age city nightlife.

History buffs can explore monuments from America’s most intense conflicts, while nature lovers have dozens of parks with nature trails, hiking paths, and lots of campsites. Even the James River offers a waterside canvas for kayakers, canoers, white water rafters, swimmers, and fishermen.

 

Here's a short list of attractions in Richmond

 

shutterstock_1251894.jpgThere are loads of fun things to do Richmond—most of which is explorative and family-friendly. For bookworms and literature lovers, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum is a stone home in the downtown area where the macabre author and poet grew up.

 

The home is dedicated to Poe’s memorabilia and remnants of his childhood. There are photographs of Poe as a child and preserved manuscripts from the author’s first dalliances into storytelling and poetry. The tour guides are dressed in garb from the 1920s, and their acting is put to work with passion-fueled readings of Poe’s greatest works.

 

Heart-wrenching and informative, the Virginia Holocaust Museum is a powerful experience and a look into the horrors that hundreds of thousands of people suffered at the hands of Hitler and the Nazis. 

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The museum is well-kept and spacious, with hundreds of artifacts and educational plaques about the Holocaust, the victims, and the survivors. Many of the survivors wrote down their experiences of the Holocaust for future generations, and most of those writings are displayed here.

 

There are even uplifting stories of rescue and reunion, as a few of the survivors were able to find the remnants of their families. Sad but an interesting and engaging view of a terrible time in history.

 

Family-friendly and fun, the Science Museum of Virginia is a kid-focused science center that teaches about the human body, biology, nature, animals, and the cosmos. There are several hands-on exhibits that educate children on a plethora of scientific topics. Toddlers have their own play zone with soft balls, build blocks, and age-appropriate learning toys. There are also high-tech games and challenges. Play air hockey with a robotic arm, race electronic gators, rats, and bears, and see how fast you can throw a baseball. Explore an old train station, complete with conductor costumes, a real-working whistle, and information about the first-ever American railroads.

 

shutterstock_694545889.jpgThere are dozens of restaurants in Richmond, Virginia, with a dynamic selection of delicious fare for locals and travelers alike. One of the top-ranked restaurants in Richmond is Mama J’s Kitchen—an American café that serves up homemade Southern favorites. The seafood is local and fresh-caught, the desserts are homemade, and the food is cooked-to-order.

 

For dinner, try their famous seafood salad with a side of corn muffins, then dip into a bit of soul food with fried catfish, collard greens, and mac and cheese.

 

For dessert, the homemade peach cobbler is a sweet indulgence, served warm with vanilla bean ice cream on top. Other favorites include crab cakes, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, sauce-slathered ribs, and creamy crab soup.

 

Ready for an awesome hotel in Richmond to meet your needs?

 

If you stay a weekend in Richmond, chances are you will see, do, and experience a lot of great, fun, educational stuff. However, for the full experience and a chance to do and see it all, you should book an extended stay with one of Richmond’s best hotels. The best-ranked hotels in the area include Delta Hotels by Marriott, Linden Row Inn, Hyatt Place Richmond, and The Courtyard.

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott

shutterstock_110933183.jpgDelta Hotels by Marriott on East Canal Street is a luxurious downtown hotel super-comfortable, upscale accommodations. Comfort is a big deal here, as evidenced by the extra-plush, spacious beds, stand-in shower, and well-furnished desk space.

 

Guests are also provided with free high-speed internet, an on-site restaurant and lounge with room services, a workout room, and indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and shuttle bus services or airport transportation.

 

To experience the history and beauty of Richmond, traverse Canal Walk or take a little boat ride down the canal itself. Beautiful place to have a picnic and watch the world go round.  Charter a canal boat for around $100 bucks an hour or opt for a shared ride through the historic canal for $6-8 per person, depending on your age.  Children under 4 are free and the canal boats run seasonally from April into November, weather permitting.

 

Linden Row Inn

Linden Row Inn on East Franklin Street is a quaint and comfortable boutique hotel with old-fashioned, antique décor and a cozy, pleasant atmosphere. Situated in the historic district of downtown Richmond, the hotel has a vintage feel but with modern accommodations. The rooms are large and spacious, with an extra-cozy, plush bed, awesome shower pressure, and a well-furnished sitting area.

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Other amenities include free daily breakfasts, free high-speed internet, self-serve laundry facilities, a small business center with meeting rooms, concierge services, and a small banquet room. 

 

True history buff? Take a stroll through the courtyard, which was once the garden where Edgar Allan Poe played as a child and wrote his poem “To Helen.”

 

 

Hyatt Place Richmond

Located on Arboretum Place, Hyatt Place Richmond is a simple, classic hotel with all of the comforts of a modern home away from home. You, of course, are provided with excellent customer service, super-comfortable beds, a spacious shower and bathroom space, and a well-equipped kitchenette. Other hotel accommodations include an on-site restaurant with breakfast options, a bar and lounge, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and dry-cleaning services. For fun, opt for a rock-climbing adventure with Peak Experiences, located 3 miles from the Hyatt.

 

The Courtyard

shutterstock_575497141.jpgOn Westerre Parkway sits The Courtyard, a basic hotel with classic accommodations and comfortable, modern amenities. Fair prices, cozy lodgings, and great customer service are what makes this hotel a top-ranked go-to for travelers to Richmond.

 

Alongside the usual accommodations, like a plush bed, clean linens, and fluffy towels, guests also have access to an on-site café, free high-speed internet, a fitness room, an indoor heated swimming pool, and free parking for guests.

 

 

To mingle with locals and shop fresh for local produce and other local items, head a mile from the hotel to Tom Leonard’s Farmers Market. Be sure to sample some fresh-baked goods, like cookies, while you shop.

 

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Topics: Virginia