Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is among the oldest cities in the U.S., and is conveniently located 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and 1.5 hours from Virginia Beach. You’ve likely heard of Rome, Italy, and its seven hills, but Richmond also stakes a claim to the “City of Seven Hills” moniker (along with many other cities around the world).
Samantha was born and raised here and we are proud to call RVA home sweet home.
Population – Approximately 1,263,000 people in the RVA metro area
Public Transportation – Buses, Uber/Lyft
Fun Trivia – Richmond is the only city in the country with a Class IV white water rapids running through its downtown!
There is more history in Richmond than most places in the U.S., and we aren’t historians, so this is going to be brief!
Known by the locals as “RVA”, Richmond dates all the way back to the first settlers of Jamestown following the James River upstream to present-day RVA, an area that was inhabited by Native Americans. In the mid-1700’s, William Byrd II named the city Richmond after the English town of Richmond near London, because the view of the James River (from Libby Hill) was strikingly similar to the view of the River Thames from Richmond Hill in England.
RVA is rich with hundreds of years of history such as Patrick Henry’s speech, “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!”, the primary former Capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, countless war museums and battlefields, as well as an abundance of monuments. For a complete list of historical sites, click here.
Top Things to Drink
Today, by our count, over 30 breweries are located within the Greater RVA region. And that isn’t even including the distilleries, cideries, wineries, and some epic cocktail bars!
Are you ready to brewery hop through Richmond?
Check out our Richmond Breweries Guide
With 5 distilleries in a 1 mile radius of each other, Richmond has some absolutely awesome distilleries to try!
Are you ready to distillery hop through Richmond? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Distilleries in Richmond.
Top Things to See
Deciding on a brunch location is key to a successful weekend kickoff, and the Richmond Brunch scene is pretty top-notch for its size. It’s hard to rank the options based on good-better-best brunches, so we decided to rank the Best Richmond Brunch by the different types of brunch!