For me, there are few things more satisfying than experiencing something for the first time, with someone who’s also experiencing it for the first time. This feeling often drives me to seek out opportunities for our family to explore together—to go to new places, to see new things, and build new memories. In search of an adventure, we recently decided to do a quick, overnight trip to Richmond, Virginia. The city is so close to home, but it’s always just a place we pass through, so we decided to take some time to get to know the area a little better.
Since the weather was nice, we spent most of our vist outdoors. We started Saturday at the amazing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which features 50 acres of stunning gardens, including a wonderful children's garden with lots of unique areas for little ones to play. After we left the gardens we grabbed an early dinner Joe's Inn, a Richmond tradition that's also super kid friendly. Once we finished eating we strolled around the quaint Fan district neighborhood streets near the restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century homes, green spaces, and tree-lined avenues. On Sunday morning, we had a delicious, early breakfast at Perly’s, a Jewish restaurant and delicatessen located downtown. Once done eating, we headed to Maymont, and enjoyed exploring the beautiful property that features a wildlife center, gardens, and a mansion. We loved our time in Richmond and we so pleasantly surprised by this historic and charming city.