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 32 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 woman in the United States to found a bank.The 10-foot bronze statue also contains engravings explaining her life story.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR
The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar is currently undergoing an expansion to include the construction of a 28,500 square foot structure, which will incorporate ruins from the historic Tredegar Iron Works. This new building will feature expanded gallery spaces, an experiential theater and preservation areas for the Museum's collection of Civil War artifacts.
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. Currently on display is Provocations: Rashid Johnson, a large-scale work that responds to the light-filled expanse of the ICA's top floor space. Now through July 7, 2019.
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.
Richmond International Airport also 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. Coming in April 2019 is Allegiant's twice weekly, nonstop service from Richmond to Sarasota.
Kings Dominion gives us reason to celebrate this holiday season with the premiere of Winterfest. Experience the park become transformed into a winter wonderland now 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 EXHIBITS AT THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Now through February 24, 2019 experience the culturally diverse Congolese region of Central Africa with Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa. More than 130 masks on display represent the artisans and performers who brought them to life, as well as the region's varied communities and belief systems.
Beginning May 4, 2019 the VMFA will present Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment. Explore nearly 100 objects, both historical and contemporary, through a series of immersive spaces.
Food and Beverage News
The Richmond Region's brewery scene continues to expand, with new breweries constantly opening and the launch of the Richmond Beer Trail. 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 and Shiplock Brewing in Shockoe Bottom, Fine Creek Brewing in Powhatan County and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's West Creek location. Coming soon in 2019 is Safety Team Brewing and Tabol Brewing, both in Richmond's Northside neighborhood, Dogtown Brewing in Manchester, and the Scott's Addition outpost of Strangeways Brewing.
The Region is home to more than fantastic breweries - 2018 saw the opening of Courthouse Creek Cider in Scott's Addition and Bryant's Small Batch Cider in Jackson Ward. Virago Spirits opened their Scott's Addition tasting room in late 2018, Trial & Error opened it's small rum-producing distillery within Bombolini Pasta in the Fan and Three Crosses Distilling Company opened its doors in Powhatan County, producing everything from whiskey to rum to vodka.
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 also serves small plates to compliment the beverages.
Local chef Brittanny Anderson opened Brenner Pass in summer of 2017, focusing on cuisine from the Alpine region and a dedicated cocktail program.
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 opened his first solo restaurant, Alewife, in late 2018. Alewife features Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic seafood and emphasizes conservation with fewer straws and ice cubes.
The trendy Scott’s Addition neighborhood added another dining option with the opening of Perch in fall 2018, helmed by chef Mike Ledesma. A blend of Pacific flavors and Virginia cuisine comprises the menu.
The Scott's Addition neighborhood of Richmond, known as a beverage district, has also become a gaming destination with 2018 seeing the opening of several game and recreation spots. River City Roll is a boutique bowing alley with a full bar and new American cuisine. The Circuit Arcade Bar features over 80 retro and modern arcade games and a self-serve beer wall. Tang & Biscuit is Richmond's shuffleboard venue, with 10 regulation-size shuffleboard courts, table shuffleboard and ping pong, and a 50-foot bar serving drinks including Tang-inspired cocktails. Bingo Beer Company rounds out the group as the neighborhood's only arcade/restaurant/brewery spot. Bingo Beer Company's German-inspired beers are brewed in-house and pair well with their menu's spin on classic American bar food and snacks.
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, 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, and each hotel floor contains a mural painted by a local RVA muralist.
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 seasonal 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 in January 2020. Moxy Hotels are boutique, lifestyle hotels currently with locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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. More 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.
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RICHMOND-MIDLOTHIAN
Renovations are scheduled to be completed in February 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian. All 26,00 square feet of meeting space will be renovated to include new floor coverings, walls, draperies and public space furnishings. The space includes their largest function room - James River Ballroom (7080 sq ft) and the Shenandoah Ballroom (6300 sq ft).