The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Richmond

August 12, 2011

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Richmond? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of Aug. 19-21:

GETTING THERE

Richmond is about 107 miles south of Washington on Interstate 95.

Amtrak offers daily service to Richmond Main Street Station (RVM-downtown) and Staples Mill (RVR-suburban). Fares from $62 round trip. Megabus offers nonstop service with fares ranging from $8 to $35 each way.

WHERE TO STAY

Berkeley Hotel

1200 E. Cary St.

888-780-4422

www.berkeleyhotel.com

Boutique hotel in historic Shockoe Slip. Rooms from $135.

Grace Manor Inn

1853 W. Grace St.

804-353-4334

www.thegracemanorinn.com

Elegant, up-to-date bed-and-breakfast in the architecturally rich Fan District. Rooms from $157.50.

WHERE TO EAT

Aziza’s

2110 E. Main St.

804-344-1523

www.azizasonmain.com

Deli case full of Lebanese favorites and delectable cream puffs. Wood-fired pizza from $8.

Pescados China Street

626 China St.

804-644-3474

www.pescadoschinastreet.com

Vibrant decor and menu featuring fish full of Caribbean and Latin flavors. Entrees from $14.

WHAT TO DO

Fearless Fridays

28 Westhampton Way

University of Richmond

877-337-8326

www.challengediscovery.com

Odyssey ropes course for age 12 and up. Fridays 7-10 p.m. year-round. Sign up by the Wednesday before. $15 per person.

Discover the James

Deep Bottom Boat Landing

9525 Deep Bottom Rd., Henrico

804-938-2350

www.discoverthejames.com

Two- and three-hour nature, history and photography tours on the tidal James with Captain Mike Ostrander. Weekend or private tours start at $40.

Riverside Outfitters

6836 Old Westham Rd.

804-560-0068

www.riversideoutfitters.net

Guided kayak, canoe and white-water rafting trips. Must be at least 12 years old to raft. Raft trips from $54.

INFORMATION

www.visitrichmondva.com

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