Monday, June 27th, 2011
You may remember… or maybe you don’t remember those bar crawls from college. You’d start at one end of a street and drink your way to the other end, or at least until you caught a good buzz. It’s time to rediscover celebratory wandering and sipping, only this time hopefully without the hangover the next day. Secco is hosting a rose crawl tomorrow (6/28) in hopes of showing attendees some standout roses that aren’t your grandmas blush wine. The fun will start at 5:30 at Amici and make its way down Cary Street, stopping for various varieties of the pink summer wine at Amour Wine Bistro and Can Can. The party will finish at Secco, which will be offering specials on roses, as well as two different rose flights. Go here for details on the wines at each stop.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Get your appetite ready and plan to taste all things tomato on Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shockoe Tomato Festival. Taking place at Richmond’s 17th Street Farmers’ Market, this event celebrates that special fruit in all its glory. With all its large number of farmers, Virginia happens to be a large producer of fresh, juicy tomatoes. There’ll be lots of growers at this festival showing off various varieties from heirloom tomatoes to the famous north-Richmond-grown Hanover tomatoes. Plus, there’ll be delicious tomato treats for savoring, such as tomato pie, fried green tomatoes, BLTs and more. This intimate festival is a delicious way to spend the afternoon.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
We’ve all been out at a dining establishment, received a frosty libation in a nifty glass and wished we could take it home with us. In a moment that may not have been the classiest, some of us may have even considered stuffing a particularly spiffy drink holder in a purse or shirt, just to get it home. Well in Richmond, there’s one night when you’re encouraged to take a cool glass home with you: Steal the Glass night at Capital Ale House!
Every Tuesday a different brewery sponsors the event, and you’re invited to keep the glasses from the special brews of the evening. All you’ve got to do is order a featured beer and you can take your glass home with you. Pretty cool, huh? Check the Ale House’s calendar to find out what breweries are featured each week. While you’re there, order the famous frites, which come with four different mayos for dipping, or a big soft pretzel for the table to enjoy. The downtown location is only a short drive from the Grace Manor Inn.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Spend some quality time with The Bard the next time you’re in the River City. The Richmond Shakespeare Festival returns to the lawn at Richmond’s 500-year-old Tudor estate home, Agecroft Hall, that stood in England during Shakespeare’s lifetime tonight and runs through July 31.
“King Lear” plays from today through July 3, and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” runs from July 7 through the 31. Shows take place from Thursday through Sunday and tickets cost $27 for adults and can be purchased here.
When you go, plan to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy during the show. We can suggest some of our favorite spots for treats and libations to tote with you.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Get your Woozi ready and plan to spend an afternoon sampling some of the area’s finest wines this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Richmond.com Uncorked takes place just minutes from the Grace Manor Inn outside the Virginia Historical Society.
Your ticket, $12 in advance (buy them here) and $15 at the door, gets you free tastings from 10 Virginia wineries, live jazz and the chance to peruse some local art. There’ll also be food for sale from local restaurants, and the chance to purchase wine by the bottle or glass. If you want a break from the heat, the Virginia Historical Society will also be open and free, so you can wander inside and get another dose of culture. If you like, we can help you find a taxi or give you directions for a leisurely stroll there.
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
The River City is overflowing with historic sites and tales. Maymont, Edgar Allan Poe’s House, The White House of the Confederacy, we’ve pretty much got a site for any type of history buff. Why not soak up some of it the city’s unique past on a walking tour? Offered by the Valentine Richmond History Center, there are a variety of ongoing tours to choose from, as well as special tours on specific dates. Go here for a list of all available tours and reservation information. Here are a few that are upcoming:
June 4 from 2-4 p.m. Alleys and Parks of the Fan
Check out the area’s beautiful parks, as well as alleys and hidden gardens.
June 12 from 2-4 p.m. Hollywood Cemetery
Learn about this famous cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents.
June 18 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Raiders of the Lost Lock
Partnering with the Science Museum of Virginia, the History Center will offer a tour of Lock Island. Learn about the first dam across the James River, the earliest canal of the James River and Kanawha Canals, the mid-19th-century foundry and shot tower, and tour the home of Ambassador and Mrs. Walter Rice.
June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Museum District
Learn about this area’s founding and its role in the westward expansion of the city.
June 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. History Hounds Explore Oregon Hill
Dogs are invited on this tour of Oregon Hill.