Escape To Virginia

Exploring Richmond

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.

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“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
  1. Motorcycle Drive By – Third Eye Blind
  2. Bridges – Broods
  3. First – Cold War Kids
  4. Dead Fox – Courtney Barnett
  5. San Diego – blink-182
  6. Some Are Lakes – Land of Talk
  7. Desperado – Rihanna
  8. She’s American – The 1975
  9. Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
  10. Wait – Alexi Murdoch
  11. Panic Cord – Gabrielle Aplin
  12. Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder
  13. The Wrong Year – The Decemberists
  14. Style – Ryan Adams
  15. Style – Taylor Swift
  16. Towers – Bon Iver
  17. In a Drawer – Band of Horses
  18. Addicted to Love – Florence and the Machine
  19. Capsize – FRENSHIP (featuring Emily Warren)
  20. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
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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.

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