Staycation in Virginia's Capital

Regroup, reconnect, relax, and enjoy your time together without all of the stresses of having to go very far.
Richmond, Virginia

Photography by
Zayas Imagery
or engaged couples, wedding planning is tough. It's stressful, it's expensive, and it’s easy to get lost in the beautiful mess that is peonies and Excel spreadsheets. So it is very important to take some time for yourselves, regroup, and enjoy the process... like with a staycation!

Most people don’t tour the city they live in. They get into their routines, their social circles, and life happens. But Richmond-based event planner Lauren of Swoon Soiree is set out to help couples break this cycle and has rounded up the very best staycation ideas in our state's capital with Quirk Hotel, an ultra-chic modern pet-friendly place, as staycation headquarters.

In a city full of history, fabulous food scenes, and outdoor activities, Richmond is one of the best central areas to vacation in and around in Virginia. So whether you're a diehard foodie or outdoorsy guru, there is literally something for everyone in the River City. Grab your favorite weekender bag and read on!


• Head up to Church Hill and visit St. John's Church where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death” speech.
• Enjoy a sunset picnic at Libby Hill Park.
• Take a walking tour of Hollywood Cemetery. The history, the famous residents, and the views are well worth it.
The Poe Museum is a quick stop on your way around town. The house and gardens are quaint, and a must for literary lovers.
• Rent some bikes and ride down the canal to Belle Isle, Tredegar, the T-Pot Bridge (T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge), and the Capitol Building.
• Catch a show at The National or a movie at the historic Byrd Theatre.
• Shop around in Carytown at all of the cute boutiques, gift shops, and cafes.
• Walk around the Fan to find secret pocket parks.
• Rent inner tubes and float down the James River.
• Mountain bike through the James River Park System and Pocahontas State Park Trails.


The Fancy Biscuit, Southern staples and specialties
Foo Dog, Asian street food experience [GF available]
Wong Gonzalez, a Mexican meets Asian mashup [GF available]
Comfort, country-inspired comfort food
Mama J’s, homecooked soul food made fresh
Graffiato, inventive and modern Italian cuisine
Millie's Diner, seasonal eclectic fare served up diner style [GF available]
L’Opposum, playful French menu with craft cocktails
Stella's, rustic and modern Greek delights [GF available]
Dutch and Company, Virginia-inspired seasonal dishes
Perly’s, creative Jewish deli on traditional favorites
Lunch or Supper, innovative American eats
Tarrant's Cafe, upscale all-day American fare [GF available]
Proper Pie, New Zealand-style savory pie with some sweet stuff, too


The Veil Brewing, modern brews
Ardent Craft Ales, a brewery, taproom, and beer garden
Legend Brewing Company, full service restaurant and brewery
Hardywood, eco-minded brewery and taproom
Triple Crossing Brewing, tasting room with light menu
Strangeways Brewing, quirky brews

And in case it bears mentioning, don't forget to sleep in, order breakfast in bed, and spoil yourselves with some flowers, fancy drinks, and spa treatments as you see fit. Remember the point of staycationing is to regroup, reconnect, relax, and enjoy your time without all of the stresses of having to leave town.

Photography: Zayas Imagery • Event Design: Swoon Soiree • Venue: Quirk Hotel • Card and Books: Quirk Gallery • Florals: Florals by Geoff • Hair: Phawn Lane at The Beauty Lane • Makeup: Rachel Shrader at Elle Style Studio • Sweater and Slip: Ulla Johnson and Elizabeth Few Studio from Verdalina
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