If you love Civil War history, Southern charm, good food, fine art, cobblestone streets and neoclassical homes, then you’ll love visiting Richmond, Virginia, this fall. Having lived in Richmond during college, I can vouch that autumn is the best time to visit. With the holidays fast approaching, why not plan a tennis weekend in this historic Southern city?
Play on the public courts where Richmond native Arthur Ashe learned the game and enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities in Virginia’s capital.
Tennis players, here’s how to plan a fall getaway to RVA.
Where to Stay
The historic Jefferson was opened Halloween of 1895, meaning this Oct. 31 the hotel will celebrate its 120th anniversary. The accommodations are absolutely gorgeous and include a grand staircase that is rumored to have inspired the one in Gone With the Wind. Wake up Sunday morning and head to the hotel’s champagne brunch, known as one of the best in the city.
Where to Play
This 287-acre park is one of the most popular in the city and features 12 lighted tennis courts.
The legendary Arthur Ashe learned to play at Battery Park, one of the best public tennis centers in the city.
Belmont Recreation Center
Play for free on clay courts at nearby Henrico, Virginia’s Belmont Recreation Center, a top-notch tennis facility.
What to Do
17th Street Farmer’s Market
There’s lots happening at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market this fall including the Brunswick Stew Festival, Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest and Autumn Bottom Brews, featuring more than 15 craft beers from regional breweries.
Maymont Park is an gorgeous nature preserve that will be bursting with color when the leaves start to change. Spend an afternoon exploring the 100-acre estate’s gardens, wildlife exhibits and Gilded Age mansion.
Richmond has become quite the burgeoning foodie scene with acclaimed restaurants like Heritage, The Roosevelt and Acacia. Personally, I’d pick the guacamole at Casa del Barco, maybe the best I’ve ever had (and I live in Texas).
If you can’t make the trip, you can get Casa’s guac recipe below. You’re welcome.