Last weekend I took Friday off work, hopped in my car, and made the 6 hour drive to Richmond, VA to visit some friends and do a bit of adventuring. I fell in love with Richmond immediately and I intend to plan a longer visit next time, but for the sake of sharing great things, I just want to run through some of my favorite places I visited in the short time that I was there, and give an overview of my trip overall.
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
Getting There — Solo Road Trip Playlist Favorites
- Motorcycle Drive By – Third Eye Blind
- Bridges – Broods
- First – Cold War Kids
- Dead Fox – Courtney Barnett
- San Diego – blink-182
- Some Are Lakes – Land of Talk
- Desperado – Rihanna
- She’s American – The 1975
- Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
- Wait – Alexi Murdoch
- Panic Cord – Gabrielle Aplin
- Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder
- The Wrong Year – The Decemberists
- Style – Ryan Adams
- Style – Taylor Swift
- Towers – Bon Iver
- In a Drawer – Band of Horses
- Addicted to Love – Florence and the Machine
- Capsize – FRENSHIP (featuring Emily Warren)
- My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
Being There — The Highlights
Ashby – locally and family owned, this resale boutique is so charming I practically had to be dragged out of it. I enjoy the hunt that generally goes along with thrift shopping- digging through mounds of prosaic items to find that one item that catches my eye, but truth be told, it’s awesome to discover a resale store with high standards for the merchandise they accept, and makes for a more relaxing shopping experience.
*favorite attribute: wide array of sizes
Phoenix – another locally owned boutique, Phoenix has such a lovely variety of items and a comfortable atmosphere.
*favorite attribute: wide array of patterns and colors
Edo’s Squid – a great little Italian place, with a wide array of options on the menu, and an energetic atmosphere. I’m sure this will make me sound like a total urban transplant, but I loved that this restaurant almost had a city-like energy.
Ipanema Cafe – a seriously darling vegetarian cafe, with an awesome beer and wine selection. I know that eating meat free isn’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to give it a try, this place impressed even the most carnivorous of our lunch party.
The Local – a restaurant/pub that serves traditional dishes from the British Isles, a wide variety of craft beers, and is all tied together by it’s enthusiastic and friendly staff.
Visiting Richmond was so absorbing, and everywhere I went, I was genuinely impressed. Carytown has to be one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been. I only wish I would have had time to visit more of the locally owned shops that occupy so much of this awesome retail district, and I hope to have much more to share about it following my next visit, so keep watch for a follow up on Richmond.