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 30 breweries (and counting!) to taste beer and collect stamps at a minimum of five breweries in exchange for collectible gear. 

MAGGIE L. WALKER STATUE

Summer 2017 was the unveiling of the Maggie L. Walker statue in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond. Walker was the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank.The 10-foot bronze statue also contains engravings explaining her life story. 

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 opened on April 21, 2018. A non-collecting institution, the ICA presents 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. The inaugural exhibit, Declaration, is on display now through September 9. 

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. 

Beginning March 15, Richmond International Airport now offers daily, nonstop flights to and from Orlando International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport via Spirit Airlines

Summer 2018 brought the launch of Allegiant Air's two nonstop flights from Richmond to Nashville. Allegiant Air also flies direct from RIC to Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/St. Petersburg. 

WINTERFEST

Kings Dominion gives us reason to celebrate this holiday season with the premiere of Winterfest. Experience the park become transformed into a winter wonderland beginning November 23 through New Years Eve. Daily festivities include caroling, a 70- foot tall Christmas tree, ice skating, cookie decorating, and much more! Select rides will remain open during the holiday season (weather permitting).

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.

Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen is on display August 25 through November 25. For nearly five decades, Pindell has explored the intersection of art and activism. Multidisciplinary works will be featured including both early and recent paintings and video.

Don't miss the popular annual Fine Arts and Flowers exhibit, October 24 - 28 only. The museum-wide exhibition of floral designs are inspired by current works in the VMFA collection. The five-day event kicks off with Kaleidoscope of Flowers, a gala with dazzling lighting and colorful motifs. 

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

Origami in the Garden is a premier art exhibit of origami bronze, steel and aluminum sculpture dispersed throughout the beautiful garden. The exhibit, which is making its mid-Atlantic debut, will be on display through September 30.

Food and Beverage News

IMBIBE

The Richmond Region's brewery scene continues to expand, with new breweries constantly opening and the launch of the Richmond Beer Trail.  Now open in 2018 is Vasen Brewing Company in the trendy Scott's Addition neighborhood, Intermission Beer Company in Henrico County, Canon & Draw Brewing Company in the Fan, Lickinghole Goodwater in Shockoe Bottom and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's West Creek location. 

The Jasper cocktail bar recently opened in Richmond’s popular Carytown neighborhood. Award-winning bartenders Mattias Hagglund,  Thomas “T” Leggett and Kevin Liu named the new spot for Jasper Crouch, a 19th century Richmond barman. The Jasper will serve small plates to compliment the beverages.

RESTAURANT REPORT

Local chef Brittanny Anderson opened Brenner Pass in summer of 2017, focusing on cuisine from the Alpine region and a dedicated cocktail program. 

Little Saint opened in the fall of 2017 in Richmond’s Museum District. The locally-focused restaurant features a unique variety from chef Alex Enggist such as Crispy Fish Skin Chicharrones, Hand-Rolled Gnocchi and the Byrd Mill Grits Bowl.

The highly-anticipated opening of Longoven arrived in summer of 2018. The Scott's Addition location offers both a tasting and a la carte menu focusing on seasonal and hyper-local ingredients. 

ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond’s beloved food truck, opened it’s first restaurant location in Scott’s Addition in March 2018. The restaurant, which blends Texas and Central Virginia style-barbeque, was recently named the ‘Best BBQ in Virginia’ by Food & Wine Magazine.

Three-time James Beard semifinalist Lee Gregory will open his first solo restaurant, Alewife, in late 2018. Alewife will feature Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic seafood and will emphasize conservation: think fewer straws and ice cubes.

The trendy Scott’s Addition neighborhood will add another dining option with the opening of Perch in fall 2018, helmed by chef Mike Ledesma. A blend of Pacific flavors and Virginia cuisine will make up the menu. 

Hotel News

OMNI RICHMOND HOTEL

The Omni Richmond Hotel recently completed a $10 million guest room renovation, which included refurbishing the decor and amenities in the 359 rooms, hallway corridors and the five suites. Renovated guest rooms now include 49” flat screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, desks, club chairs and ottomans. Bathroom upgrades include new vanities and backlit mirrors, rain shower heads and makeup mirrors.

THE COMMONWEALTH 

The Commonwealth, which has been a Richmond staple directly across from the Virginia Capitol for over a century, recently completed extensive renovations. The pet-friendly property gives a nod to Richmond’s arts scene. Rooms feature “tattooed” doors and handcrafted furnishings from local Virginia artisans. 

GRADUATE RICHMOND

Graduate Richmond is now open! The brand is a collection of scholarly-themed hotels located only in university towns across the United States. Graduate Richmond is a pet-friendly hotel (no pet fees!) located right downtown, and features a lobby cafe and bar, complimentary bikes rentals and a rooftop pool and bar! 

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) is set to open late 2018. Moxy Hotels are boutique, lifestyle hotels currently with only two other locations in the United States: New Orleans, LA and Tempe, AZ. 

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. 

DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT RICHMOND DOWNTOWN

The Crowne Plaza has recently completed renovations and is now re-branded as a Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown, which is Marriott's newest upscale and full-service brand. The renovations included adding 2,000 square feet of meeting space, updating the guest rooms, adding a restaurant and remodeling the ballroom. This is the brand's 7th location in the United States. 

THE FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT RICHMOND ASHLAND

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Richmond Ashland opened March 2017, and the 103-room hotel offers 750 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions for up to 50 people. The hotel also features an indoor pool and a lobby bar with local and regional craft beer and wine.