Posts Tagged ‘Richmond’

2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dust off your bike helmets, stretch out those calf muscles, and brush up on your environmental knowledge! Registration is open for the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour! “What is this event?” you asked, intrigued by its lengthy title. Continue on, good readers, for I shall tell you.

First, you should probably understand what TREE is if you are not already familiar with the group. TREE, or the “Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund,” is dedicated to “to identify[ing] and fund[ing] projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.” They’re a wonderful group that supports nature research around the world, and, according to their mission statement, “the results of TREE Fund-supported research affect people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.”

The Tour des Trees is TREE’s largest fundraising event, and it is a primary means of raising public awareness about the necessity and benefit of trees. The first day of the 2011 tour, October 2, is a 30-mile ride around Virginia Beach. Seven days later, the tour ends at Washington D.C. Overall, the riders cover close to 500 miles, and the trip includes areas like Richmond, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyably worthwhile event, registration will be open until September 25, 2011, so there is plenty of time to sign up! Looks like it’s going to be a fun week with some great destinations and a lot of wonderful people (not to mention the health benefits of all the calories you will burn)!


By Tara Stoll

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

Richmond VA Tours

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

October is a fine time for Richmond VA Tours. The beauty of this historic city is augmented by brilliant fall foliage, which peaks at the end of October and in early November. Walking tours are a great way to become acquainted with this city, and this month there are quite a few good ones. Richmond VA bed and breakfasts provide gourmet meals at the start of each day, so guests should have ample energy for even the most strenuous walking tour.  Don’t forget to pack walking shoes.

The Valentine Richmond History Center offers several walking tours, as well as Segway tours (wee!) and bus tours. Tours typically last 1.5 or two hours, and most walking tours don’t require reservations (bus and Segway tours do). Read on for a list of upcoming tours. For more information, please visit the Richmond History Center.

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery on a Segway (October 23, 2010). Learn about this lovely, historic cemetery overlooking the James River; it is the resting place of U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In addition, experience the thrill of riding a Segway – you’ll want one at home.

Canal Boats and Cobblestones (October 24, 2010). Walk along the James River, enjoying large views of the cityscape and intimate views of the river. This tour focuses on historic architecture in neighborhoods bordering the river, and touches on the historic significance of the James River and the Canal, created in the 1840’s in order to avoid river rapids.

Carver (October 31, 2010). The neighborhood of Carver has a long, rich history. Originally home to German and Jewish immigrants, Carver became a vibrant African American community in the early twentieth century, and is today home to an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. Admire the architecture of this neighborhood, which reveals much about its history.

If Halloween is a favorite time of year and you laugh in the face of fear, you may be interested in Haunts of Richmond. Tours cover several areas of the city, from Shockoe Bottom (said to be the most haunted neighborhood in Richmond) to Capitol Hill. These tours offer a different twist than classic historic walking tours. Prepare to be entertained by expert storytellers. Additional information is available at their website.

A variety of Richmond VA tours await intrepid travelers. Don’t hesitate to ask the innkeepers of you Richmond VA bed and breakfast for opinions and suggestions; they may be your best resource.