Richmond is one of the oldest cities in the country. Whether you are looking for a charming bed and breakfast with plenty of character or a luxury hotel with modern amenities, there’s something in Richmond for everyone.

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1.Linden Row Inn

Linden Row Inn
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Linden Row Inn is a historic hotel consisting of 70 guest rooms spread across seven Greek revival homes built in the 19th century. The rooms are decked out in Victorian-style decorations but feature cable TV and Wi-Fi. Some rooms have granite bathrooms. Upgrading to a suite gets you sitting rooms, marble fireplaces, veranda access, and antique furnishings. Staying at the hotel gives you access to a local gym as well as a shuttle service. There are many attractions nearby, including a fountain courtyard where Edgar Allan Poe spent much of his childhood and Capitol Square, just a short walk away.

100 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-783-7000

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2.The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel
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The Jefferson Hotel has been a mainstay on the Richmond hotel scene since it opened in 1895. The hotel is one of the grandest and finest in the country and is a stunning example of turn-of-the-century beaux arts style. The rooms are quite traditional, but feature upscale features like marble bathrooms, flat-screened televisions and Wi-Fi. An upgrade brings you bathtubs for soaking and reproduced antiques in the rooms. If you really want to go all out, choose a suite that includes a living room, kitchenette, or whirlpool tub in select suites. The property has a casual dining bistro as well as a more elegant restaurant. There are an indoor pool, fitness center, and a gift shop all on site.

101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220, Phone: 888-918-1895

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3.Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel
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Quirk Hotel is housed within a converted 1916 J.B. Mosby department store building. The upscale boutique hotel is conveniently located near top Richmond-area attractions such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing original building design elements blended with airy contemporary decor. Modern artwork is highlighted within the hotel's lovely guest rooms, which feature state-of-the-art amenities such as flat screen televisions, mini bars, and complimentary wireless internet. Upgraded suites add private living rooms, loft bedrooms, and floor-to-ceiling historic windows. Hotel guests can also enjoy artisan fare at Maple and Pine, helmed by executive chef David Dunlap, or peruse the hotel's art gallery, which showcases innovative contemporary art by established and rising artists.

201 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, Phone: 804- 340-6040

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4.Museum District B&B

Museum District B&B
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The Museum District B&B is a homey bed and breakfast right in the heart of Richmond’s historic Museum and Fan districts. The bed and breakfast occupies a 1922 home with views of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The popular shopping and dining destination, Carytown, is within a short walk as well. The property features two multi-room suites and a private cottage, all nicely decorated with a homey feel. Each suite has private bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and marble furnishings. Both also have separate living rooms. Breakfast is made in-house each day from local ingredients. There’s also a wine and cheese service in the evening for guests to enjoy after their day exploring Richmond’s attractions.

2811 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221, Phone: 804-359-2332

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5.The Berkeley Hotel

The Berkeley Hotel
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The Berkeley Hotel is a sophisticated upscale hotel located nearby Virginia Commonwealth University and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. The Berkeley sits at the western boundary of the historic Shockoe Slip district, known for its charming cobblestone streets, many interesting shops, and delicious restaurants. You don’t have to go out to find great dining though, as the hotel’s restaurant, the Cobblestone Bar and Grill, is award winning and offers Southern-inspired American dishes in a casual but elegant atmosphere. The hotel offers easy access to the Capitol, the James River Canal Walk, and many other historic attractions. The rooms are thoughtfully designed with elegant touches designed to inspire relaxation, perfect after a day exploring the area’s attractions.

1200 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-780-1300

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6.Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa
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Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa is a luxury, contemporary hotel about 15 miles from downtown Richmond. the property features sophisticated well-appointed rooms with custom-designed beds and plenty of space. The rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi for all of your entertainment needs. Upgrading to an executive room grants you access to free breakfast and evening canapés in the Executive Lounge. There is a buffet breakfast available to all guests in addition to a steakhouse and cafe. The property’s amenities include a posh spa, an indoor swimming pool, and a gym as well as plenty of meeting and event space. Things to Do in Richmond

12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233, Phone: 804-364-3600

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7.Westin Richmond

Westin Richmond
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The Westin Richmond is a four-star hotel just off of I-64 near the University of Richmond. The hotel offers upscale accommodations with modern amenities and comfortable features like pillowtop mattresses and rainfall showers. There’s an American-style restaurant as well as a lounge bar and 24-hour room service. Upgrading to a suite gives you a separate living area and certain guests with upgrades get access to a lounge with a special breakfast and evening appetizers. The property has a gym that is open 24 hours for guests to use as well as an indoor swimming pool and a whirlpool.

6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230, Phone: 804-282-8444

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8.Hilton Richmond Downtown

Hilton Richmond Downtown
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A second great Hilton property made our list, but this one is in downtown Richmond. The property occupies the former site of the Miller and Rhoads department store, which is an interesting building that is more than 100 years old. The massive building covers an entire city block and features original features like vaulted ceilings and marble floors. The downtown location is perfect for those travelers who want to soak in everything that downtown Richmond has to offer, with easy access to museums, restaurants, theaters, historical sights, and the convention center.

501 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-344-4300

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9.Omni Richmond Hotel

Omni Richmond Hotel
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The Omni Richmond Hotel is a luxurious hotel with views of the James River. The hotel is conveniently located near the Virginia State Capital and the Museum of Fine Arts. The hotel offers stylish rooms and suites with views of either the river or the city. Booking a suite gets you a pull-out sofa in a separate living area. Some rooms have wet bars and dining tables. Those who book upgraded rooms get access to the hotel lounge, where a complimentary breakfast and snacks are served. The property features a Tuscan-inspired restaurant, an Italian market, and a Starbucks coffee shop. Other property features include a fitness center, indoor pool, sundeck, and a business center.

100 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-344-7000

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10.Richmond Marriott

Richmond Marriott
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Especially popular among convention goers, this conveniently located downtown hotel offers both the luxury you expect from the Marriott brand and the Southern charm you expect from Richmond. The property is connected to the Greater Richmond Convention Center by a skywalk, but if you are here to explore the city, there is also a complimentary shuttle that guests can use to get to several dining and entertainment hot spots around downtown. The rooms have modern amenities, including Marriott’s exclusive “Revive” bedding. Diners who don’t want to venture too far will love T-Miller’s, the on-site sports bar and grill. There’s also a Starbucks in the lobby and a cocktail bar on site as well.

500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-643-3400

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11.The Inn at Patrick Henry’s

The Inn at Patrick Henry’s
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The Inn at Patrick Henry’s sits in the historic Church Hill neighborhood in downtown Richmond. The building was built before the Civil War and shares the property and some of the common areas with the ever-popular Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille, which is a casual English pub and restaurant with al fresco dining space in the garden. The inn is situated just steps away from the site of Patrick Henry’s famous speech, where he uttered the memorable line “Give me liberty or give me death.” It’s also nearby many other local attractions. The inn is well appointed and features modern amenities, such as nice furniture and Wi-Fi, which have been blended seamlessly with the inn’s historic features.

2300 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223, Phone: 804-644-0344

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More Ideas: Science Museum of Virginia

Located in Richmond, the Science Museum of Virginia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Virginians through science, serving as a catalyst for curiosity and exploration of the STEM fields. The museum's roots date back to the turn of the 20th century, when the Virginia General Assembly approved the construction of an exhibit center for scientific and industrial exhibits as part of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.


At the end of the exposition, the items were moved to the city's Capitol Square as part of the State Museum, opened in 1910, which also featured natural historical specimens. The history of the State Museum, reopened in 1964 and disassembled shortly thereafter, is closely tied to the city's desire to create an official state science museum, which was approved in 1943 but never completed due to World War II. After the second closing of the State Museum, Virginia's scientific community revisited its lobbying for the state science museum project, and on July 1, 1970, the General Assembly officially established the Science Museum of Virginia.

Museum staff struggled to find a permanent location over the next few years, but were eventually granted use of the Broad Street Station building, the former home of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. On January 6, 1977, the museum was dedicated and opened its first exhibit to the public in conjunction with the 58th anniversary of the Broad Street Station facility.

Permanent Exhibits and Attractions

The museum is home to a number of interactive exhibits tailored to the Virginia Standards of Learning, along with a planetarium showing giant-screen films and hosting astronomy presentations.

Speed, the museum's newest permanent area, features over 50 exhibits exploring the power of motion across a variety of sciences and disciplines. Five major sections include Speed of Sound and Light, which focuses on high-speed interstellar travel and technology; Sports Speed Matters, which features notable athlete memorabilia as it highlights the science behind popular sports; Too Fast To See, which slows down the processes behind motion and perception; Too Slow To See, which highlights the evolution of the area's natural history; and Machines Fast and Slow, examining the development of a variety of common technologies. Other features include an SR-71 Blackbird supersonic jet and an interactive light race traveling along the exhibit's ceiling.

Health and wellness are the focus of Boost!, which features a Kitchen Stadium area, where visitors can sample health recipes made by museum staff. The Idea Factory integrates art and science concepts in a variety of exhibit areas, including the foam block playspace Imagination Playground and a teen-only graphic arts area, The MiX. The museum's youngest visitors can enjoy LightPlace, an exploratory space for ages 5 and under. Question Power explores ecosystems spanning four billion years of Earth's history, teaching conservation and ecology principles. Rat basketball games are on display at Creatures, which also features a live animal lab and an observational honeybee hive, while the Out of this World exhibit features giant kugel balls, including a display of the museum's former Grand Kugel, which was the world's largest kugel ball until it cracked in 2003, leaving it unable to float.

For its 2017 season, the museum hosts the internationally renowned Da Vinci Alive: The Experience, the most comprehensive exhibit ever produced on legendary artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Developed by Australia's Grande Exhibitions, the exhibit encompasses the scope of da Vinci's work across the fields of mathematics, engineering, natural sciences, and the arts, allowing visitors to explore notable works and documents in touchscreen form. The gallery uses SENSORY4™ technology to immerse visitors in lighting and sound displays, forming a walkthrough cinematic experience highlighting his greatest inventions.

Standalone exhibits hosted in the station's former loading area include the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Kanawha class locomotive #2732, the RF&P Railroad business car Car One, and Aluminaut, the Richmond-designed aluminum submarine responsible for the recovery of an atomic bomb in 1966. A cafe, The Periodic Table, and the Shop4Science gift store are also located inside the museum.

Ongoing Programs and Education

Opened in 1983, the Dome, formerly known as the Universe Planetarium and Space Theater, is the most technologically advanced theater of its kind in the world. Movies are shown daily on its giant NanoSeam™ screen, focusing on a variety of astronomy and nature topics. A variety of live science labs and demonstrations are also hosted throughout the museum daily, and special technology and graphic arts programming is held periodically at The MiX.

The museum's Climate Connections program connects visitors with climate change experts, focusing on resiliency-themed discussions. A lecture series brings in researchers focusing on climate change in Virginia, and an Extreme Event Challenge series teaches about community-scale disaster planning.

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, Phone: 804-864-1400

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More Ideas: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The grounds that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA now sit on were once owned by Patrick Henry, and before that the land was Powhatan Indian hunting ground. The Garden provide beauty on historic property throughout the year with over fifty acres of stunning gardens, shopping, and dining. A number of themed gardens can be viewed across the property, including the Rose Garden, Children's Garden, and an Edible Display Garden.

The "Jewel of the Garden" is the classical domed Conservatory, the only one like it in the mid-Atlantic. Housed in the 11,000 square foot complex are unusual and exotic plants found throughout the world, as well as spectacular seasonal displays. At the center is a Palm House featuring the cycad and palm collection, tropical plants and a collection of orchids can be found in the East Wing, and in the West Wing are succulents and cacti. Seasonal displays are housed in the North Wing.

The Children's Garden at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is designed for kids to be able to experience the outdoors by digging in dirt, climbing a mulberry tree, observing wildlife, and more. Children can "climb" the accessible Tree House to get an aerial view of the surrounding gardens and lake. The area also features an activity center, the Jane Quinn Saunders Farm Garden, Adventure Pathway, and WaterPlay among other activities.

Visitors are welcomed by a fountain of glazed tiles that represent magnolia leaves as they step into the courtyard of the North Terrace Garden. Pleasant fragrances and the sound of splashing water begin guests' transition into the garden environment. Further into the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the hillside Cochrane Rose Garden which contains more than 1,300 rose bushes. The garden features pavilions, stone arches, and arbors draped in over seventy rose varieties from nurseries in England, Germany, Italy, and France.

The Cherry Tree Walk provides a tranquil walk along Lake Sydnor. The lake's perimeter now boasts several flowering cherry trees that become full of cherry blossoms during the spring. The walk also features several other plants, such as flowering shrubs, daffodils, and daylilies in the Lucy Payne Minor Garden. With edible landscaping playing such a key role in sustainable urban horticulture, the Botanical Garden includes an Edible Display Garden to demonstrate practices and plants suitable for landscaping at home. Located adjacent to the Children's Garden, this garden enhances the ornamental landscaping of the area with food producing plants. The garden serves as an educational resource for classes and demonstrates how a food producing urban landscape can be beautiful, sustainable, and functional.

The Flagler Garden showcases a collection of blooming shrubs, woody plants, bulbs, and perennials that create a constantly changing display of seasonal beauty. Ornamentals, crape myrtles, rhododendrons, and azaleas line a grassy glen and cover the landscape with blooms of multiple colors. Tree canopies provide shade during the summer, while a small stream winds along the edge of the garden. The 3-acre garden also features a quiet woodland and a giant sculpture Slow Dance.

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, Phone: 804-262-9887

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More Ideas: Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, Virginia is located in a historic, 27,000 square foot home built in 1919 by the famed architect, John Russell Pope. The home was built in the Tudor Revival style for bank owner and financier John Kerr Branch (1865-1930), and offered the Branch family ample space to house their collection of European textiles, tapestries and furnishings.

It is the only example of Tudor revival style architecture in the United States in which the interior has remained intact. The House that Pope Built is a permanent exhibit at the museum which uses photographs and other media to interpret the history of the home, including that of the architect, the Branch family, the surrounding neighborhood, and the 16th century English house which inspired the design of the Branch family home. Livable Communities for Virginia is a permanent exhibit that explores the role of architecture in Virginia and the 10 Principals for Livable Communities as outlined by the American Institute of Architects. The Branch family home is located in the Monument Avenue Historic District, a community that has been on the National Register of Historic places since 1967. It is the only singular structure in that neighborhood to have it’s own place on the registry.

History: Architect John Russell Pope was famous for his designs of the National Archives, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the West Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, as well as the Broad Street Station in Richmond, now the Science Museum of Virginia. Although those projects were all completed after the Branch House, the Branch House has benefited from standing as the only example of domestic work completed by the 20th century’s most prestigious design firms. In 1953, The Branch Family donated the home to the precursor of the United Way. In 1982 the home changed hands again and became the Richmond headquarters of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1984 the home was granted a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Virginia Center for Architecture Foundation purchased the house in 2003. The home hosted the VCA Foundation offices as well as the offices for the Virginia Society for the American Institute of Architects, and its magazine, Inform, which is now defunct. The VCA Foundation opened the home to the public as a museum in 2005. The property allowed for the exponential expansion of the programs and collection of the Virginia Architecture Foundation. Thus, 10 years later, in 2015, the Foundation expanded to encompass the broader mission of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Currently, the museum is home to the American Institute of Architects Virginia (AIAVA) as well as a rare book shop and the museum gift shop.

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Ongoing Programs and Education: Museum tours take guests through the first and second floors of the museum. The 45-minute tour focuses on the architecture of the house as well as the history of the Branch family. Group tours, which must be scheduled in advance, include “the House that Branch Built,” an architectural tour of the home that focuses on the unique details which make it a classis example of the Tudor revival style, as well as the history of the architect, John Pope. Family Days offer all-ages hands-on activities and programming. The Gingerbread House Workshop takes place each winter season. Children decorate and take home their own gingerbread houses. The Holiday Open House offers scavenger hunts and other activities in the home while it’s decorated for the holiday season the way it would have been when the Branch family lived there. The museum offers internship opportunities to current undergraduate students in the areas of marketing, education, development and curation. Internships are semester based.

Past and Future Exhibits: Visiting exhibitions have included “The National Mall.” This exhibit, made possible by the National Mall Coalition explores design suggestions and the future role of architects for improvements to the landscape and functionality of the National Mall in Washington DC. “History Interpreted: Framing the Historic Event” showcased poster art by graphic design students at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. “Ballet Pas de Deux: An Exhibition of Dance and Architecture” explored the connection between choreographing motion and designing buildings as two forms of creativity. The exhibit featured over 30 photographs as well as a sound and light installation.

2501 Monument Avenue Richmond, VA 23220, Phone: 804-644-3041

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