Sunday, December 27, 2009;
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Richmond? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Jan. 1-3:
Richmond is about 90 miles south of Washington on Interstate 95. Amtrak runs twice daily from Union Station with tickets starting at $29 each way.
WHERE TO STAY
The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., 804-424-8014, tp://www.jeffersonhotel.com. One of Richmond's oldest and stateliest hotels. Rooms from $235.
The Grace Manor Inn, 1853 W. Grace St., 804-353-4334, http://www.thegracemanorinn.com. A B&B a block off Monument Avenue. Rooms from $165.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 555 E. Canal St., 804-788-0900, http://www.crowneplaza.com. Rooms from $85.
WHERE TO EAT AND SHOP
Belmont Butchery, 14 N. Belmont Ave., 804-422-8519, http://www.belmontbutchery.com. Artisan butcher in Carytown specializing in locally raised, grass-fed meats as well as house-made charcuterie, cheese and wine. Charcuterie ranges from $2 to $10 a pound; wines from $15 to $75 a bottle.
821 Cafe, 821 W. Cary St., 804-649-1042, http://www.821caferva.com. Punk-rock, artsy dive in the Fan. Dinner entrees from $12.
Comfort, 200 W. Broad St., 804-780-0004, http://www.comfortrestaurant.com. Festive downtown restaurant. Dinner entrees from $13.
Sally Bell's Kitchen, 708 W. Grace St., 804-644-2838, http://www.sallybellskitchen.com. Features sandwich boxes to go for $8.
Kuba Kuba, 1601 Park Ave., 804-355-8817, http://www.kubakuba.info. Restaurant and bakery featuring hearty Cuban fare and tres leches cakes. Dinner entrees from $11.95. Round cakes $40.
Yellow Umbrella Fresh Seafood, 5600 Patterson Ave., 804-282-9591. Father-son seafood shop in the West End.
Spoonfed, 4917 Grove Ave., 804-644-3339, http://www.silverspoonfed.com. Gourmet food shop. Preserved goods $6 to $12. Edwards country ham $14.50 a pound.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-370-9004, http://www.visitrichmondva.com
All lodging information valid as of press time Wednesday.