Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Short Pump Town Center: Richmond, Virginia

Monday, August 29th, 2011

When one thinks of tourism in Virginia, he or she usually imagines historic sites, pleasant wineries, warm beaches, and fantastic hiking trails. One, however, does not usually think of Virginia as being a shopping destination, but we do in fact have an incredibly popular location that is perfect for a lively girls’ day out, a well-needed personal shopping spree, or a fun family outing.

Short Pump Town Center is a 1,200,000 square foot open air shopping mall in the West End of Richmond, Virginia. It provides a wide array of fashion boutiques, department stores, well-known retailers, and specialty stores, as well as a plethora of dining options. Their seemingly endless list of stores includes such places as Swarovski, Cold Stone Creamery, the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Macy‘s, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Honestly, it would take a few days to visit every single desired store and restaurant, not to mention that you would have to make time for one of Short Pump’s special events (such as Fashion’s Night Out on September 8, 2011). Shopping is fun but exhausting, and after you’ve spent a day on your feet, at the spa, in an upscale restaurant, or at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, you’ll need a place of comfort where you can relax with your purchases. So, your best bet would be to include one of our spectacular bed and breakfasts in your vacation itinerary!

If you’d like to stay updated with special events and sales at Short Pump, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Shopping!


By Tara Stoll

Cycling the Wicomico to Fleeton Loop

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Spring is a lovely time to cycle in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia. Make your way from one picturesque town to the next, stopping to enjoy the sights and meals of fresh seafood. Travel between Chesapeake Bay VA Bed and Breakfasts, or use one as a base and make daily excursions.

The Wicomico to Fleeton Loop runs between the quaint villages of Reedville and Fleeton, by Ingram Bay. Begin the ride with a hearty meal at a Fleeton VA Bed and Breakfast – one that will keep your feet happily pedaling for hours. Then make your way north towards Reedville, a historic town with a thriving fishing industry. The main road would get you to Reedville in under four miles, but the Wicomico – Fleeton Loop takes a longer, more scenic route; the entire loop is just under 27 miles.

The cycling trail leads to the Wicomico River Bridge Fishing Pier, a good spot to rest with a picnic. Several restaurants in this little town are good options, too. The Crazy Crab is an excellent restaurant with a water view; think of fresh crabmeat piled on a fried soft crab. Tommy’s and the Fairport Marina are two other good lunch spots. Before getting back on your bike, check out the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.

The view from Reedville.

For more information about about the Wicomico – Fleeton Loop, please see Northern Neck Cycling.

Northern Virginia Dining

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Northern Virginia Dining encompasses extremely different cuisines. Virginia sits at the crossroads of three different regions: the East Coast, the Midwest, and the South. Throw in cosmopolitan and international influences from Washington D.C., and you’ve got the makings for some fine food. The next time you plan a holiday in a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast, pack your loosest clothes and bring your appetite.

Try a restaurant that specializes in one geographic area or type of food: The Stable in Culpeper, VA, makes Monumental Sandwiches. Or try a place with more than one tradition within the same four walls: Jack’s Cafe in Bowling Green offers fine Thai cuisine and good old fashioned southern fare. At Jack’s Cafe, diners may follow their traditional Thai meal with a dessert like banana cream pie, all the while looking out windows at historic downtown Bowling Green – a favorite stopping point for troops during both the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Try Bistro Bethem, a Fredericksburg, VA restaurant which serves “seasonal modern American cuisine with a Southern accent”. Like most bistro fare, portions are generous, prices are reasonable, and wines perfectly accent the flavors. Or travel to Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, where pub favorites like Shepherds Pie and Fish n’ Chips satisfy.

Culpeper’s reputation as a destination for Northern Virginia Dining is well earned. Indeed, the Washington Post has written “In Vogue – A Civil War Town Becomes A Destination for Chic Dining and Farm-Fresh Products”. Sit down for a meal at one of the thriving restaurants, or pick up fixings for a picnic at the various specialty markets, such as Frenchman’s Corner.

Northern Virginia Dining experiences range from casual to formal, traditional to modern. Try as many restaurants as you can during your stay at a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast.