Bench View – James River Richmond, VA

There aren’t many cities, none in fact, where you can kayak and raft class III and IV rapids in an urban setting. Richmond is the only place in the country where you can run the rapids, pull out and walk to a downtown brewery, bar or restaurant.

A bench view of bridges spanning James River in Richmond, Virginia

James River Richmond VA

Jefferson Hotel Opulence

Inside the Jefferson Hotel (Richmond, Virginia), there is a creative (i.e., assortment and range of architectural styles) approach. Every room is awash in light from stained glass windows and surfaces are cloaked in deep colors. The hotel’s two-tiered, 36-step grand staircase is said to have inspired the staircase sequence in the film Gone With The Wind.

Jefferson Hotel Opulence

Jefferson Hotel Luxury

Jefferson Hotel Richmond

The Jefferson Hotel is a luxury hotel in Richmond, Virginia, opened in 1895. In 1969, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed in the Spanish Baroque Style, patrons have included thirteen United States presidents, writers, and celebrities.

As a centerpiece for the upper lobby, there a life-size image of Thomas Jefferson from Carrara marble.

Jefferson Hotel Lobby

Jefferson Hotel Richmond

Milling Around the Virginia State Capitol

The Virginia State Capitol, which Thomas Jefferson designed with Charles-Louis Clérisseau, was the first Roman Revival building in America and the first American public building in the form of a classic temple.  The building was the site of significant events in American history while it was the Virginia State Capitol and in its role as the Capitol of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

With the golden rays of the setting sun lighting up the Capitol in Richmond, people mill around to enjoy the evening.

Milling Around at the Capitol

Virginia State Capitol

 

Cobbled Streets of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia was one of the greatest coffee port cities north of the Indies. Due to coffee being light weight during the trek overseas, many ships would also carry ballast stones in order to make up for the shortage in weight. These same stones were re-purposed and used as the cobbles that make up some of Richmond’s streets today.

There is a certain charm to these cobbled streets …..

Cobbled Streets of Richmond

Shadows on Cobbled Streets