With historic homes and gardens, museums and monuments, and restaurants and hiking trails, Richmond, Virginia, is a great place to make a day of it.
Originally built in 1912 as a private Tuscan-style villa on a 600-acre estate outside Washington, D.C., Keswick Hall is being reimagined and upgraded.
In Richmond, Southern touches mingle with global style in restaurants in trendy neighborhoods that offer loads of shopping, art and history in between meals.
This Travel Guide to the American South holds vacation ideas and trip inspiration for Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.
A veritable walk down America's memory lane, Richmond is home to a culture and history rich with political significance.
More than one friend seemed perplexed when I announced my plans to visit Virginia wine country. Their bafflement is understandable, as few Virginia wines make it out of the state. The fact that they are so hard to find gives oenophiles all the more reason to visit the vineyards in person. And not only are the estates picturesque, they are surrounded by some of the most historically significant countryside in the United States.
As much as I appreciate Virginia wines, I do recommend giving your palate a break from time to time and visiting some of the state's potently historic plantation homes.
Delicious wine and fine cuisine are never far apart, and in Virginia, we had more than our fair share of superb meals, as well as one or two disasters.
When most people think of great American wine regions, the West Coast usually tops the list. But one of the loveliest wine countries hides in the east, in Virginia, where world-class wineries ply their craft in a rolling landscape rich in colonial history.