Richmond, Virginia: Virginia's capital is only about 120 miles from the nation's capital of Washington, D.C. But as new hotels, breweries, shops and restaurants open in RVA, the city isn't content to stay in the shadows any longer.
Virginia State Capitol: Before Richmond was the state capital, Jamestown and Williamsburg each held the honor.
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Quirk Hotel: The Quirk is known for its light-pink trademark color, which appears on everything from coffee cups to in-room white noise machines.
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Maple and Pine: Its lobby restaurant, Maple and Pine, gets its names from the two main kinds of wood used on the property.
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Don't miss the rose garden or the greenhouse full of orchids.
Altria Theater: This 1920s theater was inspired by Moorish architecture.
Merrymaker Fine Paper: Many locally owned businesses, such as this stationery shop, line trendy Cary Street.
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Ardent Craft Ales: Many local brewers credit Ardent with being one of the pioneers in Richmond's craft beer scene.
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St. Paul's: This Episcopalian church near the capitol is officially a National Historical Site.
Rappahannock: The nearby Rappahannock River is known for its oyster beds, and this restaurant has some of the city's best.