AT#526 – Travel to Richmond, Virginia

Travel to Richmond, Virginia - What to do, see and drink in the former capital of the Confederacy


Hear about travel to Richmond, Virginia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Becky Pekora from about her adopted hometown.

“Richmond used to be a perfect destination only for history buffs. There’s a significant amount of history here from colonial times and especially the Civil War. But, I’ve been in Virginia for about 6 years now and after the past few years, I have really seen Richmond grow up. Now it’s blossomed into a more well rounded trip. Not just history buffs will love it.”

“There’s tons of great restaurants, some James Beard nominated chefs here in the city, breweries, a significant art culture, everything from street art up to really great galleries and a very very high quality art museum, and lots of outdoor activities.” Becky gives us the name of some of her favorite restaurants from fancy to simple southern to where to find a great Sunday brunch.

Becky takes us to some of her favorite neighborhoods including Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and Scott’s Addition. We talk about whitewater and parks in the middle of the city. We hear about her favorite picture spot on Libby Hill Park and the beautiful Belle Isle.

Near the stadium where the Richmond’s baseball team, the Flying Squirells, plays you will find a growing brewery and distillery scene and Becky picks out of few winners for us.

Outside of town you can find ante bellum plantations and two Civil War battlegrounds, so it’s still not a bad place for history buffs.

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Show Notes

The Girl and Globe

Things to Do in Richmond VA: The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary

Proper Pie Company

Shockoe Bottom

American Civil War Museum

White House of the Confederacy

Public Arts Tour – River City Segs

Richmond Food Tours

Food + Fashion Tours

Map of Richmond Murals

A Tour of Toronto’s Graffiti Alley

GrafiffiMundo Tour of Street Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visit Charles City

The Roosevelt Restaurant

The Roosevelt Restaurant (reviews)

Stella’s Restaurant

Stella’s Restaurant (reviews)

The Naked Onion

Bird Park

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Tredegar Iron Works

Virgina Holocaust Museum

Richmod National Battlefield Park

Petersburg National Battlefield

Maggie L Walker National Historic Site


Virginia Diner (Peanut store)

Byrd Theatre

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Maymont Estate

Jefferson Hotel

Jefferson Hotel (reviews)

Berkeley Plantation

Westover Plantation

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Pocahontas State Park

Richmond’s hottest spot: Scott’s Addition

Ardent Craft Ales

Richmond Flying Squirrels (Baseball)


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Hi Chris,

I just listened to your Podcast on the Baltic Cruise on Viking. My how you’ve mellowed over time. You are sounding more and more like us seasoned cruisers. Viking, Azamara and the other small ship lines do a great job setting up tours.

We’ve traveled the Baltic and Scandinavia many times and really agree with your and Mary Jo’s impressions.

We always pick small ships now in an attempt to avoid the crowds. That’s ships of 700 to 900 people. We also go in the off season which helps avoid the mega cruise ships. The small ships also go to smaller ports that the mega cruisers can’t get into. For example, we cruised up the Thames to Tower bridge on the Azamara Journey. We docked by Tower bridge for several nights. Can you imagine a better place to start your London day and trips?

I think you are ready for another great trip. Several years ago we sailed from Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Antarctica. It was the Azamara Journey again. It sailed up and down the Chilean coast stopping at many small towns. We sailed up and down Fjords and visited Patagonia. We then sailed to Antarctica across the Drake Passage passing Cape Horn lit by the midnight sun. We were blessed with calm seas for both crossings. We spent several days visiting various locations. Crossing the Drake Passage again, we sailed up the coast visiting more ports in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.

We agree with your perception that crews are much happier and provide better service when the cruise line takes care of them. Azamara, Celebrity and Viking take fairly good care of their crews and the experience is better.

Thanks for all the great podcasts.

Happy travels,

Steve from NC

Quite a cruise! We did a Rick Steves tour of Tallinn, Helsinki and St Petersburg a few years ago, and we loved Tallinn. We had two local guides, one young and one older. The younger was all optimistic and enthusiastic about the future of the country, but the older seemed to think the tanks would eventually come back. We also had better weather for picture taking at St Petersburg than what you had.


Travel to Richmond, Virginia - What to do, see and drink in the former capital of the Confederacy

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