WHAT'S NEW IN RICHMOND

What's New

RICHMOND BEER TRAIL

The Region's award-winning craft breweries have teamed up to develop a tour de brew. The Richmond Beer Trail guides visitors to more than 20 breweries to taste beer and collect stamps at a minimum of five breweries in exchange for collectible gear. 

BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER OF VIRGINIA 

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia preserves and honors Virginia's African American history and culture. The museum features interactive and educational permanent and traveling exhibitions, and also hosts regular and seasonal events.  

VIRGINIA CAPITAL TRAIL

The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond. This 52 mile trail runs beside the scenic James River alongside historic sites and beautiful landscapes. 

THE INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Housed in an iconic new building designed by the renowned Steven Holl Architects, the Virginia Commonwealth University's Institute for Contemporary Art will open October 28, 2017. A non-collecting institution, the ICA will present the work of contemporary artists through exhibitions, performances, installations and interdisciplinary programs, while providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration for both the region and art world at large. 

NEW NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

United Airlines has launched a daily flight to and from Denver, CO, quickly connecting the Region to the western United States. Denver is one of United Airlines' largest hubs. 

OneJet recently announced that beginning March 1, 2017, the airline will be providing a direct flight to and from Pittsburgh, PA. The addition of this route was decided based on Richmond's frequent corporate traffic to the Region. 

Events & Exhibits

NEW AND RETURNING EXHIBITS AT VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

One of the VMFA’s most popular collections has returned to its permanent home. The extensive Fabergé collection of more than 400 Russian objects, including five imperial Easter Eggs and approximately 170 other works from the House of Fabergé, is back after taking an international tour. The VMFA is the only American museum with five galleries dedicated to this collection.

New to the VMFA is The Rachel Lambert "Bunny" Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, on display now through June 18, 2017. This 142 piece selection was Mrs. Mellon's private collection, and is currently the largest and most comprehensive public collection of jewelry and art objects by Schlumberger, an artist-jeweler known for highly sculptural and vibrant styles.  

Also on the fashion front is the upcoming Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit, opening at the VMFA on May 6, 2017. This comprehensive exhibition features 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments - some which have never been shown publicly before. The VMFA is the only East Coast venue to host the exhibition, which will be on display through August 27, 2017. 

ONE LOVE: LGBT FAMILIES AT THE VALENTINE

The Valentine, in partnership with OutRVA, is currently hosting the photography exhibit One Love: LGBT Families. Running now through September 2017, this exhibition questions the traditional family definition through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond Region. 

SPORTSBACKERS' UNCORKED HALF MARATHON 

The new Uncorked Half Marathon, taking place on May 6, tours runners through the Virginia countryside and ends at New Kent Winery with massages, brunch and of course - wine! 

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Richmond's French Film Festival March 27-April 2. The festival has introduced over 430 French films to American audiences. Each film will be presented by their directors and/or starring actors. All films screen at the Byrd Theatre with English subtitles and include a Q&A session following the screening.  

Food and Beverage News

BREWERY BULLETIN

The Richmond Region's brewery scene continues to expand, with new breweries constantly opening and the launch of the Richmond Beer Trail. 2016 was a great year for beer in the Region, with the opening of Castleburg Brewery & Taproom, Kindred Spirit Brewing, Steam Bell Beer Works, Three Notch'd Brewing Company: RVA Collab House and Stone Brewing. Popular Charlottesville brewery Champion Brewing just opened its Richmond location. On deck for 2017 is the opening of Vasen Brewing Company and Statement Brewing Company, both in the trendy Scott's Addition neighborhood, and Intermission Beer Company in Henrico County. 

RESTAURANT REPORT

Renowned chef Walter Bundy (formerly of The Jefferson Hotel's Lemaire) recently opened Shagbark, a restaurant which presents a seasonal menu featuring ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. Laura Lee's is the newest venture from Kendra Feather (Ipanema Cafe, Garnett's Cafe, The Roosevelt and WPA Bakery) and is an updated take on the American fern bar, with a contemporary menu and diverse cocktail menu. 2017 has already proved to be a sweet year in Richmond, with the recent opening of Chocolates by Kelly and Charm School Social Club, an ice cream and baked goods shop, both in the heart of Broad Street's Arts District. Gelati Celesti's new location in Scott's Addition is also attracting ice cream lovers. 

Hotel News

WINTER HOTEL SAVINGS

The AAA Five Diamond Jefferson Hotel is currently offering a number of packages including Romance packages, a Sunday Champagne Brunch Package and a Winter Bed and Breakfast package. Quirk Hotel is offering a wellness package, and the historic Linden Row Inn is providing winter sale rates and excursion packages. 

THE JEFFERSON HOTEL

In March 2013, The Jefferson Hotel began a 3-phase reconstruction project. The hotel's 262 guest rooms have quietly been transformed into 181 spacious new rooms and suites, featuring entry foyers, dressing areas, and luxurious new marbled baths. Each of the magnificent public spaces within the hotel has also received a refresh including new furnishing in the Rotunda and Palm Court lobbies that convey the residential feel found in the new guest rooms. Lemaire restaurant has also been refurnished and the hotel's signature ballroom spaces - Grand Ballroom, Empire Room, and Flemish Room - have received fresh color palates, LED lighting, and carpeting. 

THE MOXY HOTEL

The Moxy Hotel (a Marriott-branded hotel owned by Shamin Hotels) will begin construction downtown in early 2017. Moxy Hotels are boutique, lifestyle hotels currently with only two other locations in the United States: New Orleans, LA and Tempe, AZ. 

GRADUATE RICHMOND

Graduate Richmond will be opening in downtown Richmond in summer 2017. The brand is a collection of scholarly-themed hotels located only in university towns across the United States. 

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON RICHMOND

Four Points by Sheraton Richmond recently completed renovations of all of the hotel's 194 rooms, the ballrooms, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Renovations are currently in the works on the fitness center and pool. 

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON RICHMOND-CHESTER

Homewood Suites will be conducting renovations to modernize the decor of the lobby. The hotel contains 2,300 square feet of meeting space, including three rooms that open into one and can hold up to 200 people theater-style, or 150 people for receptions. 

CROWNE PLAZA RICHMOND DOWNTOWN

The Crowne Plaza is currently going through renovations and will be re-flagged as a Delta Hotel by Marriott, which is Marriott's newest upscale and full-service brand.