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Mary's Travels : Richmond, VA

Updated: May 7, 2021

Hey hey!

I'm excited to be back and to share my recent trip to Richmond. I love that Richmond is a great city and a quick getaway for D.C locals looking for a change of pace.

The Hotel


We wanted a chill and relaxed vibe for our hotel and saw great reviews when checking out Quirk Hotel on I love using this site for booking to get an overview of the accommodations and real customer ratings including the overall vibe of the hotel.

We checked in on a Saturday so the hotel lobby was buzzing with an event and guests heading up to the rooftop bar (this is open to those not staying on the property as well). Despite the busy time frame we were able to successfully check in without an issue. When we got to our room the space was nice and quiet.

The overall experience of the hotel is great, the only demerit would be the small gym area but otherwise I've got no complaints.

Things To Do


Richmond offers a growing food, recreation, and art scene. While we were there, a weekend long Jazz festival was happening with great acts and tons of photo ops. I'd recommend checking eventbrite before your visit to be up to date on events and festivals happening during your stay. The art district is also a vibe with a unique art scene. The Quirk Hotel also has an on-site art gallery adjacent to the lobby that's worth a visit .

Richmond has a great spa and beauty scene. We visited Blossom Nails for one of the best pedicures I've ever had, not to mention Ashley (the shop owner) makes you feel like your the most important client... her customer service was out of this world. We didn't have enough time to fit in a visit to Vitality Float Spa, a woman owned an operated spa offering cupping, massages, and salt water floats, but we look forward to visiting in the near future.

Last but not least we got in tons of retail therapy at the beautiful outdoor mall in short pump. This mall has a bit of everything you could ever be looking for not to mention we managed to cash in on some great deals I'm talking steals!

The Food


I'd consider myself a full on foodie, that being said I was VERY impressed with the food spots in Richmond here are some of my top picks. Thanks to everyone over on IG that sent me recommendations :)

Weekend Brunch, Breakfast, or Lunch :

Lulu's - We stopped in here for a quick bite and coffee our last day in Richmond but I wish we'd have had more time. The food and friendly service were wonderful. I got one of the best cafe mocha's I've ever had and delicious avocado toast. My sister got coffee and a freshly baked croissant. Yum!

Max's on Broad- This spot transported me back to New Orleans.... the weekend brunch here is so good! I got a Chesapeake omelet (an omelet with crab meat) and my sister got the crab cake benedict.... let's just say both of us wiped out plates clean. The service here was also just as phenomenal and the vibe of the upstairs seating will have you wanting to linger at the restaurant all day long.


Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant- I had my first ever wine tasting here and let me tell you it was EVERYTHING! The staff from our tasting to table made our experience even better and lemme tell you that wine has a KICK. The food like the wine was just as incredible and the outdoor seating at this location was the icing on top.

Hopefully you can tell how much I loved our quick weekend trip and have an idea of just some of the things Richmond has to offer. If you found this post helpful share it with a friend!

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