Indulge in a holiday horse-drawn carriage ride through the Carytown shopping district, home to some of Richmond’s finest retail venues. Consignment boutique Clementine carries a thoughtfully curated selection of clothing from top-tier brands such as Tory Burch and Nanette Lepore. Bask in the joyful air of all things Christmas all year round at Old World Accents. Crème de la Crème specializes in unique local and international housewares and gifts, from textiles and pottery to artwork and accents.
Located in the opulent Jefferson Hotel, Lemaire puts a sophisticated spin on Southern classics, taking inspiration from native ingredients such as Chesapeake Bay oysters and Virginia peanuts. The Roosevelt hits the sweet spot between rustic and refined, from country-style pâté to a Southern take on poutine. Offering favorites such as Bourbon Barrel-Smoked Pork Belly paired with kimchi and bok choy, the menu at Heritage carries an enticing hint of Asian influence. Stop in at Sub Rosa for delectable pastries, artisan breads, and other treats.
The Richmond area is rich in historic dwellings, and among the grandest is Maymont, an 1890s mansion-turned-museum. Old-fashioned trimmings at Christmastime befit its Gilded Age past. Shirley Plantation, Virginia’s first plantation home, was founded in the 17th century and is still owned by descendants of the original family. Walk in the footsteps of Patrick Henry at Scotchtown, where the great patriot and first Virginia governor conceived his seminal “Liberty or Death” speech. The Tudor-era Agecroft Hall was brought over from England in the 1920s to begin a new life as the home of a wealthy Virginia businessman. As night falls, enjoy the dazzling spectacle at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where the Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a beloved local tradition.
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