Richmond/Williamsburg: Where Past is Present
Visit Old Dominion and explore early America, from colonial times to the Civil War, with a combo trip to Richmond and Williamsburg.
Where the locals go: Snag a counter seat at Millie’s and watch up-and-coming chefs craft your meal from scratch. Or if a big salad is what you crave, head to Strawberry Street Cafe’s all-you-can-eat Bathtub Salad Bar.
History lesson: The white-columned Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785, survived the Civil War and houses the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime.
Place we love, even if it’s touristy: No snickering: History buffs dressed as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson lead re-enactments of colonial times in Williamsburg. Sign up for a tour at the Visitor Center.
Reason to bring a coat and tie: The Jefferson Hotel, built in 1892, offers swanky digs with a “Gone with the Wind”-inspired staircase, Tiffany-stained skylights, 70-foot ceilings, and an opulent rotunda. The Sunday Champagne brunch buffet is worth the $38 splurge–if just for a bite of the Key Lime Pie.
Ye olde local eats: The 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom has been operating since 1775. To get there, take the cobblestone streets in the historic Shockoe Slip district and head towards the river.
Chill out spot: Dotted with the regal homes of many of the state’s first families and statues of Virginia heroes, Monument Avenue is a grand, 140-foot wide street that’s also a National Historic Landmark.
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