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Top Choice Modern American in Richmond


One of Richmond's finest restaurants serves decadent New Southern cuisine in a classy old-fashioned dining room that's cinematically set inside a restored 1817 building. Start with a mint julep, fried green tomatoes…
Deli in Virginia Beach

Jewish Mother

Get your nosh on here with packed deli sandwiches, 'penicillin soup' (chicken and matzo ball) and monster-sized pie. Excellent live music staged nightly.
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This 9250-acre wildlife and migratory-bird marshland habitat is most stunning during the December migration season.
Cafe in Williamsburg


One block north of Merchants Sq, Aromas is an inviting coffeehouse serving a wide range of fare, plus wine and beer. There's outdoor seating and live music (jazz on Tuesdays; wide-ranging sounds on weekends).
Modern American in Norfolk

Todd Jurich's Bistro

This award-winning bistro serves innovative regional fare, like Virginia sea bass and lump crab Norfolk with wilted greens and lemon confit.
Seafood in Richmond

Croaker's Spot

Everyone in Jackson Ward knows this soul and seafood joint. The decor is proudly African American and the food…angels sing on high of the 'fish boat': fried catfish drowning in spicy sauce with hunks of cornb…
Museum in Richmond

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Located in an 1861 gun foundry, this fascinating site explores the causes and course of the Civil War from the perspectives of Union, Confederate and African American experiences. Next door is a free site run by the…
Museum in Richmond

Poe Museum

Contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of poet Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in Richmond.
Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery

This tranquil cemetery, perched above the James River rapids, contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only Confederate president (Jefferson Davis) and 18,000 Confederate soldi…
Historic Site in Richmond

White House of the Confederacy

While this was once a shrine to the Southern 'Lost Cause,' the Confederate White House is recommended for its quirky insights (did you know the second-most powerful man in the Confederacy may have been a gay Jew?).