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RVA’s Hidden Gem Revealed – “The Castle” at Dover Hall

A stately new venue has swept gracefully onto the Richmond event scene, and in the past year has become a highly sought-after destination for weddings,...

Raising The Bar: Local Breweries With Live Music

After a decade as a musician in Nashville, I returned to RVA in 2016 to find something blossoming that hadn’t previously existed – an amazing...

Roll with Cole and Charisma

Their love story is so classic that it could be a script for one of the romantic comedies they enjoy watching together.

July – August 2019 Life After Dark: What To Do In RVA

Summer is officially here! In this issue of Life After Dark, we’ll talk about some of my picks for the best events in RVA, both...

Nature Connects: Art with LEGOs at Lewis Ginter

I opened the car door in the parking lot of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and immediately regretted my decision.  Why had I come to an...

Checklist: A Weekend In Virginia Beach

‘Tis summer! As a Richmond resident, chances are that Virginia Beach is on your list of vacation destinations. Even for those who visit other beaches...

Berkeley Plantation: Where History Comes to Life

It is my own observation that these days, there is less of an emphasis placed on the importance of our history. Growing up in a...

Julep’s New Southern Cuisine celebrates 16 years

Think elegant and refined. Think old Charleston, antebellum Savannah, and a jazzy touch of New Orleans.  Think elevated but approachable food, friendly and knowledgeable staff,...

May – June 2019 Life After Dark: What To Do In RVA

How can it be May already? And yet it is… which means that many will “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo. You know – the holiday where...

Virginia is for Horse Lovers

The feeling of Spring was strong today as I drove to The Meadow Event Park – a half-hour drive almost entirely through bucolic countryside.  A gentle...