Set in the rolling hills of surrounding farm country, Virginia’s Seven Springs is a must-visit destination for all who love the American countryside.
An intimate place for tying the knot in Virginia, Seven Springs is set in 100 acres (40ha) of scenic countryside. Well placed for exploring on foot or by car, there’s history in abundance – from the Civil War to Civil Rights – and a variety of hotels from cool and contemporary to cozy country inns, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Smart white columns and redbrick fringed by well-tended hedges greet guests staying at this sprawling Colonial-style hotel in Glen Allen, just 12mi (20km) from Richmond. Sporty guests can swim in the outdoor pool or play golf onsite and history buffs will know they’re sleeping on the site of the Civil War’s Battle of the Yellow Tavern by the simply styled rooms – in earthy shades of brown and grey with either queen or king beds. Sample Southern cuisine every day with plates of eggs and waffles to order.
Families relax in this white-wooden clad Glen Allen B&B styled on George Washington’s former military headquarters in Newburgh, NY with its collection of five rooms and suites. All but one sleep three or four among cooling ceiling fans, polished wooden floors, fancy drapes and period pieces. Teach the kids about animals and agriculture in the great outdoors at General Sheppard Crump Memorial Park, a pre-civil war farm under 1.25mi (2km) away. But first, fill up with the Southern-style breakfast served at a formal country dining table laden with traditional hot eggs and potatoes – or lighter fresh fruit dishes.
Set on a tree-lined street in the historic Monroe Ward of Richmond, fans of mid-century modern with a twist book into this cool, pet-friendly boutique hotel with elements inspired by local tennis legend Arthur Ashe. Keep the sports going with games of ping pong, a sesh in the gym, or a swim in the seasonal rooftop pool. Rooms relax with plaid carpets, attractive furniture and bright neon signs as does the glamorous rooftop pool and bar. Here, you’re an easy 10-minute stroll from popular sights such as the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art and the Altria Theater – grab coffee and croissants in the lobby cafe before soaking up the pop art all around.
Deep in the Hanover countryside – just off the Interstate 95 – this no-frills B&B is 75mi (12km) from the historic Hanover Tavern. A pair of cozy rooms blend chintzy fabrics with natural soothing shades of green and blue on walls. If the weather’s fair, breakfast is served on the furnished terrace – and there’s a lounge with a magnificent fireplace. And if the romantic white-clad architecture and acres of greenery get you in the mood, there’s an on-site wedding officiate at hand.
In the heart of historic Richmond, well-restored maple and pine hardwood floors – original to the building – blend with high ceilings above the pale blush and soothing grey walls of the aptly named, Quirk Hotel. Eight Quirk Mural Rooms feature a mural painted by a local Richmond artist with sales helping mentor young female artists. The hotel also has its own gallery rotating local artists but make sure you step out into the artsy neighborhood before a 10-minute car ride to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. You’re also a six-minute stroll from the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Visit the glamorous lobby restaurant and bar to mingle with cool Richmonders and out-of-towners who brunch before heading for cocktails on the rooftop bar.
For a stay elsewhere in Virginia, take a look at the best hotels and B&Bs near the stunning Shenandoah National Park, or book accommodation near George Washington’s Mount Vernon, available now with Culture Trip. Get out and see the best of nature with our guide on where to see foliage in Virginia.
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