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Meet Virginia

This last week I went on a road trip with my boyfriend to Virginia.  It was so much fun!  We drove from Missouri to Nashville and stayed with one of my friends, and then headed out the next day to Richmond where we spent 5 days.

We went to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, which was pretty cool.  We’re Poe fans, so we enjoyed it.  Plus, it wasn’t crazy expensive, only 5 dollars with our student discount.  The museum had a lot of interesting artifacts and information that I didn’t know about Poe.  Also the building it’s in is the oldest home still standing in Richmond and it is so beautiful.  There are 5 different buildings to tour including everything from childhood items, to his writing desk, to clothes, to first editions and letters, to modern takes on his work.

The Poe Museum

The Poe Museum

Courtyard of the Poe Museum

Courtyard of the Poe Museum

More Poe Museum

More Poe Museum

We looked up a couple of restaurants from the show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ to get some great food and an experience!  We went to Dot’s Back Inn, and it was delicious!  They had brunch items, but Alex and I both got burgers and LOVED them!  Not only did we love eating it, but everyone there was awesome as well.  We also went to the Village Cafe (both in Richmond).  They had a wider variety of foods, but we opted for something homestyle, and we loved it!  The atmosphere wasn’t as awesome as the Dot’s, but the food made up for it.

Dot's Back Inn

Dot’s Back Inn

Alex and Me Eating Our Delicious Burgers

Alex and Me Eating Our Delicious Burgers

The Village Cafe

The Village Cafe

Our Village Cafe Feast!

Our Village Cafe Feast!

We went to the Byrd Theatre, and it was spectacular.  The inside of the theatre was unlike anything I had ever seen.  I haven’t ever been in a theatre with the balcony seats and stage like this and I was amazed!  We walked around the lobby and in the actual theatre looking at all these amazing details in the signs, the ceiling, walls and paintings all over.  It was so cool.  Also, all the tickets to the theatre were only $1.99.

The Byrd

The Byrd

The Byrd

The Byrd

Inside The Byrd: No Flash, Sorry

Inside The Byrd: No Flash, Sorry

Inside the Byrd

Inside the Byrd

Box Office

Box Office

We went to The National later that night, another theatre, to see Bright Eyes perform.  (Which, on a side note, it was the best show I’ve ever seen!)  The theatre was really amazing, but not as beautiful as the Byrd.

On the way back to Nashville we went to The Natural Bridge of Virginia, which was really awesome!  It had a lot of history surrounding it and there are a lot of nature trails around it.  However, there had just been rain there, so when we went the nature trails were closed.  Although it was beautiful we had to pay 10 dollars a piece to go in, and that was with the trails closed!  We decided that if we went back to Virginia, that would not be a stop we would make again, because it has just been turned into a tourist trap.  The one thing that I thought was cool (not worth 20 dollars), but cool was that George Washington visited it and actually carved his initials into the side of it- Who knew our first president was such a vandal?

Natural Bridge of Virginia

Inside that Box is George Washington's initials

Inside that Box is George Washington’s initials

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

Can’t wait to go back, this trip was full of many surprises and we can’t wait to discover more of them!

 

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    March 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve never learned so much from any other blog. Enjoyed reading this today.

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    LB
    April 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    So glad you enjoyed your trip to Virginia! Next time, come on down to SWVA! We’d love to show you more 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      April 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you for reading! It was really great, but like you said, there’s still so much more to see! I’d love to do some hiking in the area and get to Virginia Beach also. What do you recommend in that area?

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    LB
    April 19, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Virginia Beach as a locality has put much money and effort into infrastructure and revitalization and it is now a really fun place to visit! Nearby of course are Norfolk with Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin. Williamsburg is a wonderful historic attraction ( see my blog post about that http://lifeonthebikeandotherfabthings.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/history-preserved-williamsburg/ ); Just up the road is Richmond, chock full of history, and restaurants and clubs in historic Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom ( (http://lifeonthebikeandotherfabthings.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/day-3-ashland-downtown-richmond-more-trains-historic-buildings/)
    All of these cities are within 2 hours (or less) of each other.
    Ha! That is probably much more info than you wanted 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      April 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

      No, that’s great! I have those written down now. I can’t wait to check out more on your blog! I loved Richmond, but there is still so much more there to see! Thanks for the great suggestions.

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