A Fall Tennis Weekend in Richmond, Virginia

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 Jefferson

photos: Facebook.com/JeffersonHotel

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

Byrd Park

photo: Phil Riggan/Richmond.com
photo: Phil Riggan/Richmond.com

This 287-acre park is one of the most popular in the city and features 12 lighted tennis courts.

Battery Park

photo: Facebook.com/RichmondTennisAssociation
photo: Facebook.com/Richmond-Tennis-Association

The legendary Arthur Ashe learned to play at Battery Park, one of the best public tennis centers in the city.

Belmont Recreation Center

Belmont Recreation Center photo: Henrico.us/rec/parks/park-facilities/
photo: Henrico.us/rec/parks/park-facilities/

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

photo: Facebook.com/17thStreetFarmersMarket

There’s lots happening at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market this fall including the Brunswick Stew FestivalKickin’ Chicken Wing Fest and Autumn Bottom Brews, featuring more than 15 craft beers from regional breweries. 


photos: Avery Shackelford

While in Richmond, you have to stroll through Carytown and see the area’s many unique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Local favorites include Carytown Cupcakes and Carytown Burgers and Fries.

Maymont Park

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.


I grew up in a tennis family with three younger sisters as doubles partners. If you enjoyed a blog post of mine or want to know more, feel free to email me at avery@mytennislessons.com. Thanks for reading and staying connected with MyTennisLessons!
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