Here’s what’s new in the Richmond Region
The latest updates on what’s going on and what’s to come
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 35 breweries (and counting!) to taste beer and collect stamps at a minimum of five breweries in exchange for collectible gear.
Richmond Region Tourism and The Black Experience Initiative, an advisory board of community members focused on developing unique ways to attract tourism while highlighting Richmond’s Black culture, have launched BLK RVA. The new tourism campaign highlights and celebrates the Black cultural experience in the Richmond region. Follow along on Instagram at @visitblkrva.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR
The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar debuted its newly-expanded space on May 4 in the renovated historic Tredegar Iron Works site. The 28,500 sq. ft. space includes increased gallery space and a new permanent exhibit, A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America . The ACWM is the preeminent center for the exploration of the Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians
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 Great Force, an exhibition using painting, sculpture, photography, video and performance to examine the reality of race in America, now through January 5, 2020.
NEW NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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. Allegiant offers twice-weekly, nonstop service from Richmond to Sarasota. February 2020 will bring a brand new seasonal, twice-weekly flight from RIC to Punta Gorda, Florida.
EVENTS & EXHIBITS
NEW EXHIBITS AT THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Coming to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in December is Rumors of War, a sculpture created by artist Kehinde Wiley, best known for his portrait of President Barack Obama. According to the VMFA, the inspiration for this work came when Wiley was visiting Richmond for the opening of his retrospective exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic in June 2016 and encountered the city’s Confederate monuments. Rumors of War was first unveiled in Times Square in September and will move to it's permanent home in Richmond on December 10.
Currently at the VMFA is Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, the exhibition’s only east coast venue. As part of this groundbreaking exhibition, the VMFA recreated Western Motel, one of Hopper’s most recognizable paintings, as a three-dimensional motel space and offers guests the opportunity to stay at the museum overnight in a room inspired by the painting
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. New in 2019 is Tabol Brewing, located in Richmond's Northside neighborhood along with Dogtown Brewing in Manchester and the Scott's Addition outpost of Strangeways Brewing. December 2019 brings the debut of Starr Hill Brewing's Richmond location in Scott's Addition, with a rooftop bar and live music stage.
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.
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 Richmond region gained some European flair with the opening of Restaurant Adarra in the spring of 2019. Adarra’s Basque-inspired dishes follow the seasons of Virginia farmers and producers, with a focus on natural and biodynamic wines.
Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood is experiencing a revitalization, including the opening of Brewer’s Waffles. The specialty waffle cafe features sweet and savory waffle dishes and decadent milkshakes.
Richmond’s first shuffleboard court has arrived! Tang & Biscuit is now open in Scott’s Addition and features 10 regulation-sized courts and a bar with Tang-inspired drinks. Rounding out Scott’s Addition’s activities is The Circuit Arcade Bar, a barcade with over 40 self-tapping beers, River City Roll, a boutique bowling alley with food and beverage, Bingo Beer Company, a bar/ arcade/ brewery/ restaurant/live music concept and Slingshot Social Game Club, which features extreme duckpin bowling and ultimate bocce ball.
SHERATON RICHMOND AIRPORT HOTEL
December 2019 brought the grand opening of Shamin Hotels' Sheraton Richmond Airport Hotel, which is the only full-service Sheraton in the Richmond market and the closest hotel to the Richmond International Airport (located at the airport's entrance). The hotel features spacious guest rooms, complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, an outdoor pool, and the Gate 55 restaurant and bar.
AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT
Plans for a brand new AC Hotel by Marriott were recently announced summer of 2019. The 9-story hotel, which will be located in downtown Richmond along the Canal Walk, will feature 150 rooms and a 4,000 square foot rooftop restaurant. Construction is set to begin in mid-2020.
The Richmond Marriott begun a multi-million dollar renovation in late 2019, starting with renovations of all 410 guest rooms. Improvements will continue into the lobby, fitness center and restaurant, which will become a brand new concept.
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 late 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.
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RICHMOND-MIDLOTHIAN
Renovations were recently completed in 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian. All 26,000 square feet of meeting space were 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).