Jun 28 2014

Confederate lines at Petersburg and exploded 8,000 pounds of gunpowder



On July 30, in one of the most spectacular events of the war, Union soldiers tunneled under the Confederate lines at Petersburg and exploded 8,000 pounds of gunpowder. The blast created a “Crater” in the Southern lines but bumbling Federal attacks failed to take advantage of the situation.

The Petersburg National Battlefield plans special anniversary tours, living history and demonstrations on the anniversary date, panel discussions Aug. 1 and more living history, tours and speakers Aug 2.


Mar 5 2014

New iPad app for Virginia Civil War travel

The new “Virginia Civil War Field Guide” app for iPad provides essential information in a portable, interactive format for more than 65 sites from National Parks to local walking trails.

Among the sites included are Virginia’s National Civil War Parks at Manassas, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Petersburg, Appomattox and Cedar Creek.


Among lesser-known sites listed are the newly developed Star Fort in Winchester, the Yellow Tavern battlefield near Richmond and the James River Confederate forts in Isle of Wight County.

Each site listing provides basic information such as brief history, street address, hours, fees, a website link and an interactive map for easy navigation. Both modern and historic images illustrate the app.

The “Virginia Civil War Field Guide” is edited by Don Pierce of CivilWarTraveler.com and designed by Bil Cullen of Communication Design in Richmond. Pierce is the editor of the “Guide to Virginia’s Civil War,” now in its 22nd year of publication. Cullen is the lead designer for the Civil War Trails program, now operating in six states.

“We wanted to offer an easy-to-use guide to Virginia’s Civil War sites that included both the famous battlefields and the best of the smaller, less-visited places,” Pierce said. “One of the many advantages of developing an app for iPad is that the information can be used both for planning at home and on the road and can be updated as things change.”

iconThe “Virginia Civil War Field Guide” is available now on the Apple App Store.
Cost is $3.99, with all future updates free.

Mar 1 2014

The Richmond Region Offers a Très Bien Experience!

From March 27-30, the Richmond Region will take on a French accent, as VCU and University of Richmond present the 22nd French Film Festival at the historic Byrd Theatre. But that’s not the only place you can experience the culture of France in this region – because our 900+ restaurants include a number of highly acclaimed French and Belgian establishments, which are being recognized more and more for their cuisine magnifique.

Jan 23 2014

National Beer Expo Coming to Richmond

Date: July 16-19 @ Richmond Convention Center

The founder of Variant Events, and the guy behind the popular Virginia Wine Expo, has been working on the National Beer Expo for over a year.

“I decided to do a national beer expo because a new era is dawning in the American craft beer industry and I wanted to create an event that was able to take advantage of this era,” Papajohn said.

Papajohn saw an opportunity to merge what’s great about wine tastings and events with craft beer.

He said that national beer events, like Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, do a great job incorporating tastings into their events, but a food component is part of what makes wine events great, and part of what he thinks will differentiate the National Beer Expo.

“What I want to do is create a multi-day, multi-event, craft beer event that is built around amazing craft beer and food,” he said.

The details are still in the works for the food component of the National Beer Expo, which is scheduled for July 16-19 at the Richmond Convention Center,  but Papajohn says grand tasting, classes and retail for brewers, and events at area breweries and restaurants are definitely going to be part of the event, similar to the now seven-year-old Virginia Wine Expo, which will take place next month at the Richmond Convention Center.

During the year-long planning phase, Papajohn said he met with beer writers and enthusiasts and all the major distributors in Richmond.

“I would not have moved forward with this event if I did not have the support of the three major distrubtors in town – Loveland, Brown and Specialty… who are are willing to work with each other to make this event a success,” he said.

Papajohn says Virginia beers will be strongly featured during the event, with a primary focus on American beers, though international beers will also be a part of the festival.

Richmond.com will keep you posted as details are finalized for the July National Beer Expo, but for now, mark your calendar.

Dec 31 2013

Best Things to Happen in RVA in 2013

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Richmond Named One of Frommer’s Top Travel Destinations in the World

RVA…top travel destination in the world. In the world, people! We know, it’s awesome.

Bizarre Foods in Richmond

Andrew Zimmern made a special RVA pitstop to shoot a Bizarre Foods episode. He stopped by Pasture to cook up cicada pot pie with Jason Alley. While he was here, he also dined at Peter Chang’s and Rappahannock.

“Killing Kennedy” Filming and Star Sightings

The summer heat got a little more bearable with Rob Lowe sightings – and tweetings!

Richmond’s First Bacon Festival

Sure, Richmond’s First Bacon Festival was hot, crowded and crazy with long lines. But the bacon was good (if you got any) and the buzz was unforgettable.

and More…Read the article

Nov 19 2013

Richmond will be featured on the Travel Channel this holiday season for…yes, you guessed it, Tacky Lights!

Richmond will be featured on the Travel Channel this holiday season for…yes, you guessed it, Tacky Lights!

The Travel Channel hopped on board Winn Bus Line’s Tacky Lights tour last year – and now the episode will air on “Xtreme Xmas,” Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Richmond is known as the tacky light capital of the world and they came here for that,” says Winn Bus Lines’ Mark Pounder.

Winn Bus took the Travel Channel on their standard Tacky Lights tour of the West End. They started at the Whitlock’s house at 8720 River Road and then made stops at:

-Frank Hudak, Mr. Christmas’s house at 2300 Wistar Court

-The Phifers at 9604 & 9606 Asbury Court

-The Thompsons’ at 9716 Wendhurst Ave.

The bus visited 16 houses total on the three-hour tour. The Travel Channel interviewed several of the passengers and asked them what the Tacky Light tour meant to them.

The tour wrapped up at The James Center and included a stop at the Krispy Kreme.

“When you’re in the South, you can’t not do a stop at Krispy Kreme,” Pounder says.

The Winn Bus Lines were the very first to do a Tacky Light Tour in 1985 and they continue to offer a very popular “Tacky Light” bus tour today.  Last year, they ran 128 Tacky Light tours. This year, they will add a Southside tour to their line-up. Check out their websitefor more info and to book your tour.

“Xtreme Xmas” is expected to include other cities that also feature “extreme” holiday traditions such as a brightly lit boat parade.

Nov 13 2013

Lights – Camera – Costumes and Action!

The Richmond Region gets a taste of Tinseltown November 29 through January 31, as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents a movie-a-day extravaganza, Hollywood Costume: 60 Films/60 days. First explore the iconic costumes of the century’s biggest blockbusters at the recently opened – and much acclaimed – Hollywood Costume exhibit before catching the action on the big screen in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Forget the box office – check out the 60 Films/60 Days schedule here then enter to win the ultimate moviegoer’s getaway, as we roll out the red carpet with:

Did you know the Richmond Region has spent some time in the spotlight as well? From minor roles in films like Cold Mountain, The Jackal and Evan Almighty, to starring as the main set for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, there’s a reason we’re a top destination for award-winning producers and fun-loving families alike. Find out why during your next trip to the Richmond Region!

Sep 24 2013

Pumpkin Patch Guide

Pumpkin patches, hay mazes, tractor rides and more…

There’s a whole lot of pumpkin fun going on this month.

Find out where with our guide to Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patch Guide

Its that time of year.

Sep 11 2013

Sixth Annual Shockoe-On-The-Half-Shell Oyster Fest this Weekend

oystersOysters in Richmond! On Saturday, September 14, the 17th Street Farmer’s Market will host the 6th annual Shockoe-On-The-Half-Shell.

Whether you like them raw, steamed, fried, with sauce or even plain, there will plenty of oysters for sale served a variety of ways.

Richmond restaurants Arcadia, Halligan’s, and one of Richmond’s newer eateries – The Pig & Pearl will be cooking up oysters at Shockoe-On-The-Half-Shell.

Event organizers are expecting 5,000 attendees, so expect a plethora of people, live music, cold beer and, of course, oyster-shucking.

For more info, check out Historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

Aug 5 2013

Our Tour with River City Segs

Pat and I along with fellow innkeepers Albert Schick from the Grace Manor Inn and Paula and Martin Ramirez from Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort went on a special Segway tour of Richmond’s Shockoe Slip, State Capital, Browns Island, White House of the Confederacy. We were guided by Jeff and Sasha; what an amazing job they did with the history of the area, the route and the safety training at the beginning of the tour. We would highly recommend this to our guests or anyone visiting the River City You can find more information on our website http://HistoricRichmondInns.com or on River City Segs web page http://rivercitysegs.com/

River City Segway Tours

River City Segway Tours