Thanks for all the posts - It really helped me put together some thoughts on our upcoming visit.
While I've driven through Richmond countless times, I don't think I've ever set foot in the city though I've wanted to for many years (always pointed out the baseball stadium to the kids as we drove by).
We'll be coming with our 11 year old daughter on Thursday April 5 and leaving April 6th for a night at Virginia Beach and a stroll on the boardwalk. We are typically fans of museums, parks, history and the urban stumble (always looking for a place like DC's Georgetown or NYC's Greenwich Village). Typically our Spring Break normally includes a stop at Parkers BBQ in Wilson, NC but not this year; so question number 1 is:
1) Where can we go in Richmond that has decent Brunswick Stew, BBQ for dinner that won't ask me if I want my tea sweetened since Richmond should be well south of the sweet tea line? McLean's while it doesn't have BBQ at least has Brunswick Stew on the menu though no dinner hours mid week which may not work for us. If not, BBQ maybe a Diners, Drive-in and Dive type place. Maybe someplace in or by Carytown since that is where I think we'll end our day. Two DDD places in town are Dots Back Inn and the Village Café (looks like a college bar so that may not work). Any other thoughts especially close to Carytown?
We're trying to plan an itinerary that includes the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Virginia State Capitol; the Hollywood Cemetery and Maymont (I know - who visits cemeteries but it opens early so that might work on Friday AM as we head to VA Beach plus it looks amazing); a couple of churches (St. John's and St. Paul's Episcopal); a peak inside the Jefferson Hotel, the Canal Walk (did I hear there are catacombs nearby - the 11 year old would love that - any info on that would be great); World of Mirth, Plan 9 Music and a wander around Carytown; Monument Avenue; Virginia War Memorial; a walk around Shockhoe Slip (I think that is by the Canal Walk); and maybe the Fan.
Any thoughts on the best way to do that in a day and a half?
Did I miss anything that should be a must see like the Poe House, Three Lakes Nature Center and maybe Jeff Davis's house or any thing like that? Please say no as I don't think I'll be able to get all this in as it is (who knew Richmond had so many must sees).
Any good places to eat similar to the above request either in VA Beach or on the way? Maybe a favorite pizza joint - seems like every beach town should have a go to pizza place.
Might stop at Cold Harbor on the way if I can talk the crew into it.
After spending some time on TripAdvisor, I'm really looking forward to this trip - Richmond seems like a great city.