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As a mid-sized, Mid-Atlantic city, Richmond offers a whole host of historical and outdoor activities to fill up a few days of any vacation. And if it’s just you and your special someone getting away for a romantic treat, these are the top five romantic things to do in Richmond:
1. Maymont Park. Donated by the Dooley Family, wealthy Richmond landowners in the days of yore, Maymont Park’s stunning 100 acres feature a traditional Japanese tea garden, fountains and a river where otters frolic in the water. Take a stroll, hand-in-hand with your honey, and breathe in some of the fresh, country air.
2. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Touted as a ‘Mini-Met’, this Museum features exhibits of Fabergé and the works of Sean Scully and John Walker, among countless other works of historical and modern art. Nothing sparks romance quite like art, so bring your special someone along to get inspired by the rare and interesting pieces the museum showcases.
3. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Open year-round, this garden sets the stage for over a dozen different themed gardens, a Victorian and a Healing garden among them. Take a garden class with your loved one and learn how to grow roses of your own for a beautifully romantic bouquet every day. And don’t forget to check out the glass conservatory, the only of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic.
4. The Jefferson Hotel. Regarded as one of the grandest hotels in the city, The Jefferson makes any romantic getaway that much classier. Paired with a deliciously intimate meal at the hotel’s Four-Star restaurant, Lemaire, The Jefferson will make even the coolest customer melt with romance.
5. Canal Walk. Walk this 1.25-mile stretch through downtown Richmond directly along the James River, whether on a sunset stroll or a moonlit meander, and you and your special someone will enjoy the ever-romantic cliché of evening river walk, just a step above that tried-and-true walk along the beach.
The five best things to do on a romantic trip to Richmond are:
1. Stroll through Carytown: These 10 blocks near downtown Richmond feature more than 200 one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and services, including the historic Byrd Theatre (circa 1928), where movies are still only $1.99.
2. Connect with nature at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: More than 50 acres of beautiful gardens are open year-round and include more than a dozen themed gardens, including a Victorian garden, Asian Valley, rose garden, wetland garden and children’s garden. A classical domed conservatory houses an amazing collection of orchids and tropical plants as well as special exhibits.
3. Have a picnic at Maymont: Tour the gardens and the beautiful Victorian home on this 100-acre estate, located in downtown.
4. Restaurant hop in Shockoe Bottom/Shockoe Slip: Enjoy the festive vibe of Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip with its many restaurants, cobblestone streets and access to the Canal Walk.
5. Sip a cocktail in The Jefferson Hotel’s Rotunda lobby: An attraction itself, The Jefferson Hotel opened in 1895 and has been an integral part of Richmond history and life since. Enjoy a cocktail from TJ’s Restaurant while taking in the magnificence of the Rotunda lobby and the beauty of the Grand Staircase. Head to The Jefferson’s Lemaire restaurant for a romantic dinner afterwards.