A Day (and Night) in Richmond, Virginia

Front of Museum of Confederacy

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Greg and I decided to go on a mini road trip down to Richmond and Virginia Beach. You know, get away from the city for some much needed R&R. I had never been father south than Suburban DC in Virginia, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but Richmond was just a lovely a way to spend a Saturday.

I’m a total history buff, and Richmond is absolutely loaded in that regard. It was the capital of the Confederacy, which is incredible considering its proximity to Washington D.C. You need to check out The American Civil War Museum, especially the White House of the Confederacy. The history comes alive in the tour of the Davis’ home during the city’s short-lived time as the capital, and it turns out, Varina Davis, the first lady of the Confederate White House, was a total badass. After, we walked along the James River, which was absolutely beautiful, we made sure to snap some photos in front of the scenic views. I wore a light blue, striped Ann Taylor romper (similar options here) and my new favorite Sam Edelman sandals. It was the perfect outfit to spend time outside on a very hot day.

Richmond feels like a small town and the downtown area is pretty quiet, but Greg and I stumbled into Shockoe Bottom, a neighborhood downtown that had a laid back (yet still ready to party) vibe. We went to Margarita’s Cantina for happy hour, and let me tell you, their $6 margaritas are delicious and strong. The mojitos are also seriously worth a try. Actually anything at that price, in that neighborhood, will do the trick and make sure to check out one of the nearby clubs after. On the recommendation of our fellow bar patrons, we went to Cha Chas, which turned out to be a great option for dancing on a warm night. We woke up with headaches the next morning, but most importantly, fun memories of a city we hope to be able to visit again soon.

-Masha

James River Instagram PicJames RiverPosing at the RiverVirgina State Capitol