A Weekend in Richmond

Two weekends ago, myself and my traveler buddies Jenn and Laura, headed to Richmond, Virginia for a girls weekend. Jenn had been a few times before, but neither Laura or I had. I've been on several trips with these two, so we knew exactly what activities the three of us enjoy... eating and drinking, ha. I'll be honest, the weather was unseasonably warm and extremely humid, thus we didn't get to do quite as much exploring outside as we had hoped. But we still made the most of our trip! Scroll down to see what all we did.

We arrived to Richmond Friday evening and checked into our home for the weekend, the newly renovated Jefferson Hotel.

The Jefferson was exactly what dreams are made of. It reminds me of a hotel you'd see in the South, with lots of marble, stain glass windows, rich fabrics and rugs. It truly is stunning in person. Every single employee of the hotel was kind, courteous and helpful. We never felt lost or helpless. The rooms are also some of the largest standard rooms I've ever stayed in. At first we thought they had put us in a suite. Our room came complete with two double beds, a sitting area, walk-in closet with vanity area and a massive bathroom with tub and shower. It honestly felt like we were staying in someone's home, ha. The mirror in the bathroom even came with a built in TV. Probably the coolest thing I've seen in a hotel room as of late. I would take extra time getting ready each morning, just so I could enjoy the Today Show via the TV mirror!

But the one thing that set The Jefferson apart was their attention to detail. Everything from the personal products they offered in the bathroom, to the turn down service in the evening. Nothing beats walking into your hotel room after a long day of work + driving, to find the bed turned down, your slippers and bathrobe laid out on the bed, and a chocolate on your pillow. Truly magical.

After we checked in, we headed up to our room to freshen up. Upon our arrival they had set out a bottle of Pinot Noir and cheese tray for us. The perfect way to kickoff our weekend! [Note, my diet was totally out the window this weekend, ha!]

After freshening up we headed to dinner at the highly recommended Pasture. We shared some fried sweet pickles and pimento cheese (my favorite), and I enjoyed the beef with a grit cake for my entree. Dinner was delicious, but we opted to forgo after dinner cocktails for the wine back in our hotel room. That + Legally Blonde was on, so how could we top that?!

Saturday we woke up and took a few outfit photos before heading off to brunch at Maple & Pine. I'm going to do a full meal recap later next week, so stay tuned. We snapped countless photos at this adorable spot before grabbing a coffee on our way back to the hotel for a quick change.

Changed and feeling a lot cooler in our non-fall outfits, we headed to Carytown to explore a bit. The Jefferson Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that took us straight there. We walked around for a bit, and stopped in Can Can Brasserie for some frites and cocktails. And also, air conditioning. Like I said it was hot. Later that afternoon the three of us headed to checkout the beer trail; a new-to-the-area attraction. We went to The Veil Brewing Co. and then Ardent Craft Ales. Both were the perfect outdoor venue for enjoying a local brew prior to dinner. That evening we met up with our friends Monica and Katie (they were in Richmond the same weekend too) for dinner at Stella's. Another highly recommended spot. The Greek cuisine of pasta, breads and fried cheeses, oysters and more, really hit the spot after a long day of walking around Richmond. We capped the night off at a local rooftop bar.

Sunday we opted for a slower day and to stick around the hotel.

We slept in, enjoyed some coffee and tea in the room, snapped a few more outfit photos (can never have enough), and got ready for brunch at the Jefferson.

The Jefferson's Sunday Brunch is a can't miss. As you walk down their grand staircase into the hotel's atrium, you notice dozens of fine dining tables surrounded by food buffet stations. But this isn't your ordinary buffet setup. There's a breakfast table, full of every kind of breakfast food you can think of. An omelet station and waffle station. Another area full of pastries and country ham. A table full of lunch type items, accompanied by an ice sculpture towering over a tray of seafood. I mean come on. If that wasn't enough, in the middle of the room towered high, was the dessert station. Every single dessert was hand crafted, from the pumpkin cheesecake to the pumpkin and cream cheese brownie bites. I had to try a bite of as many as I could, of course.

At this point we were all extremely full from our weekend, ha! So we packed up, snapped a few more photos and headed back to DC. We truly had the best time!

The three of us had a wonderful few days of exploring (and eating our way through) Richmond. I can't wait to go back when the weather is cooler. Would love to tour around some of the other neighborhoods and along the waterfront. No matter what type of trip you're looking for, Richmond is just a short drive from Washington, D.C. So it's the ideal location for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Special thanks to The Jefferson Hotel for hosting our stay, and Visit Richmond for assisting with our trip activities. All photos and opinions are my own. Compensation was provided through accommodations and activities. 


Aline Rocha Taddei Brodbeck said...

Great pictures! Love so much the city portraits and your outfit, so modest and elegant.

Aline Brodbeck
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Primp & Proper said...

Thank you so much, Aline. Appreciate your kind words and for checking out this post. Hope you have a great day!

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