The capital of Virginia is also one of its most vibrant cities. Nationally-lauded, chef-driven restaurants, a multitude of museums and historic sites, green spaces—including the amazing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden—and the scenic James River are just some of the reasons to visit.
South of the James Market
The South of the James Market is a large, open-air, producer-only market operated year-round in the Forest Hill Park neighborhood of Richmond. An abundance of farmers sell their own produce directly to consumers, as well as artisan-crafted comestibles offered as well. The atmosphere is fun and festive.
3 Wineries to Try
The pinotage at Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring is always a favorite. This South African wine is a fuller-bodied, bold offering with peppery, cherry/red fruit notes.
James River Cellars Winery is the closest winery to Richmond. The gewürztraminer is enjoyable; crisp, citrusy but with a bit of spice, it’s great to drink on its own or pair with fiery foods. Read about our visit to James River Cellars here, and read up on their Rad Red here.
We love sitting on the back deck at Saude Creek Vineyards in Lanexa and sipping wine. One we go back for again and again is the velvety smooth merlot, bursting with red fruit.
3 Restaurants to Try
The Southern comfort food and comfortable surroundings at chef/owner Jason Alley’s Pasture speak to us. We can make a meal of the sinful snacks and small plates, including the pimento cheese and Ritz crackers, fried sweet pickle chips and House Cured Ham and Cheddar Croquettes with Redneck Romesco.
Sexy and city, Travis Croxton’s Rappahannock Restaurant serves up more than their signature oysters, although we always start with them. From a changing menu, we often get fresh catch because we know it will be fabulous.
James Beard award-nominated Chef/owner Lee Gregory’s Southern-centric The Roosevelt is one of our must stops when in Richmond. The Roasted Catfish with squash, rice grits, mushrooms and pickled sprouts in a pho broth always delights.