Meeting Up With Friends in Richmond

I recently took a quick weekend trip to Richmond, VA to meet up with some longtime girlfriends and their families.  I’ve known these lovely ladies since elementary school and high school. This was our first multi-family road trip and we were so excited to plan and see the sights of our state capital together.  I hadn’t been to Richmond as a tourist, so I was really looking forward to all of the new experiences!

We researched and had so many fun and cool places to visit including Maymont, the Hollywood Cemetary, Carytown, Belle Isle, Short Pump Town Center, and the Riverfront Canal.  We couldn’t wait to experience this all together!

However, days before our trip, we learned that Maymont was closed for the Jazz Fest.

Then the weekend seemed to be plagued with what I called the “Vortex of Mishap” which included a flat tire, bottleneck traffic on I-64, rain, a Watermelon festival, and delayed timing on multiple levels.

Our itinerary needed to be thrown out the window.

We did get a chance to spend some fun quality time at the hotel and aside from our lobby pizza party and slumber party games, we had the chance to visit downtown at the canal.  We had a lovely lunch at the Casa Del Barco.

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The food was so fresh and light.  I had fish tacos and my husband of course had a flight of tequila shots with his burritos!

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Right outside of the restaurant was a visually stunning walkway of graffiti from local artists.

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I think we spent must have spent 30 minutes in this walkway just taking pictures and admiring the scenery.

We also had the opportunity to take one of the Riverfront Canal Cruises.  The cruise was 45 minutes and our tour guide was an amazing storyteller.  There wasn’t too much to actually see during the canal cruise, but it was a very tranquil ride and full of historical facts and interesting anecdotes about Richmond history.

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I plan to do another trip to Richmond to finally get to do all of the things we wanted to do on this trip.  I heard Maymont is spectacular.  Have you ever been to Richmond, VA?  What should I put on my itinerary????

~Lani

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