Virginia’s Green Spring Gardens is a former plantation, home to the historic Green Spring House – spanning an impressive 20 gardens, a fully operating greenhouse and an insightful museum. From colossal colonial affairs to modern, arts-led delights, explore Virginia’s natural and scenic beauty from the comfort of some of the area’s best hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
With a classic southern redbrick and stucco front supported by wedding-cake white pillars, rooms in this sprawling hotel favor brown on brown decor; choose from one or two queen beds. Built on the site of the Civil War’s Battle of the Yellow Tavern – 12mi (20km) from Richmond – you’ll love the outdoor swimming pool and rounds of golf to be played among the rolling greens. Tuck into a hearty hot buffet breakfast in the busy-carpeted Glen Restaurant.
Plane spotters will swoon at being under 1.2mi (2km) from Richmond airport, shoppers will revel in the retail experience at White Oak Village and history buffs will head to visit Richmond’s battlefields – home to conflict during the Civil War. Back at the modern hotel, all beige-hued rooms come with a cozy corner – a sofa/bed for relaxing on after a day out sightseeing. Pre-packed breakfast snacks include fresh fruit and yogurt but meat-eaters will love the lobby bar’s juicy burgers and turkey pesto sandwiches.
Rich heritage shades of paint and a mid-century modern vibe blend with neon signs over a glamorous rooftop pool and bar at this lively hotel. The location is great, too, as you’re just a 10-minute walk from popular sights such as the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art and the Altria Theater. Missing your pooch? Framed artwork featuring dogs graces bedroom walls mirroring the pet-friendly ethos if you’ve brought yours along. Rooms start at perfectly respectable and cozy Graduate Queens up to Family Accessible Suites – complete with two bedrooms, bunk beds and roll-in showers.
Catering to history and literature buffs, this Hampton Inn is a short 10-minute drive to the Civil War Battlefield Cold Harbor site and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Here, modern rooms are warmed up with orange walls and striped carpets – some even up the holiday ante with soak-in whirlpool tubs. If you don’t get the tub, head to the indoor swimming pool for your slice of soaking action before a session in the in-house gym.
High ceilings, lashings of light and a soft touch with the design – think pale blush walls complimenting a soothing grey – create the ideal spot for art lovers. Eight Quirk Mural Rooms feature a mural painted by a local Richmond artist with sales helping mentor young female artists – be sure to book the Terrace Suite for private outside space. Sip your sundowner with a rooftop view at the open-air bar and sample rustic American craft weekend brunches in the attractive, relaxed Lobby Bar. This hotel has its own gallery rotating local artists so be sure to step out into the artsy neighborhood – before driving the 10-minute trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Explore the vast plains of Virginia with a stay by the stunning Shenandoah National Park, or opt for a hotel near George Washington’s Mount Vernon, available now on Culture Trip. Be brave during a visit to the haunted places in Virginia Beach, and then relax in the most beautiful towns in Virginia.
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