My 31st birthday was Sunday, July 22! I had not really planned on doing very much since it felt like we had just gotten back from vacation and Kellan had been invited to a 1st birthday party on Sunday afternoon. Michael suggested that we go somewhere on Friday, stay the night, and come back late Saturday. I told him I would think about it and decide where I wanted to go. By the time he got home from work on Friday, the thought of packing again, after it seemed like we had just unpacked from Florida, was so unappealing I told him that I thought we should just stay home. This is very unlike me because I love to go check out new places...but it tells how MUCH I really did not want to pack up everything all over again, even for just one night.
Instead of going somewhere and staying overnight, we decided to spend all day Saturday in Richmond marking through some places on our list of things that we have been wanting to do.
This is our list that we are continuously adding to:
1. Wilton House Museum
2. Agecroft Hall
3. Museum of Edgar Alan Poe
4. Science Museum
5. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
6. Walk around the Capital grounds and 6th Street Market
7. The Civil War Museum
8. The Children Museum (when Kellan gets a little older)
9. Hollywood Cemetery
10. Virginia Historical Society
11. Canal Walk
12. Byrd Theatre
13. Former White House
14. Valentine Museum
15. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
16. Weezie's Kitchen (restaurant in Carytown)
16. Village Cafe (Diner's Drive-In and Dives)
Our first stop was Dot's Back Inn for lunch. This was one of the restaurants featured on the Food Network TV show, Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It is a restaurant definitely off the beaten path and its not really somewhere you would find unless someone had told you about it. It is not that big of a place and not fancy by any means but our food was phenomenal. We will surely be back to try other things from the menu.
Next, we headed to the Virginia Holocaust Museum. On the way we passed the Farmer's Market in downtown and decided to stop and walk around there first. It was overcast and a little misty so there weren't a lot of vendors out but we still found a few interesting things.
|We bought some Strawberry Basil Lemonade from this little boy's lemonade stand :)|
|We bought a book for mommy and a book for Kellan from a used book stand...I love a book stand, new or used!|
|I didn't take any pictures on the inside because there was a baby shower, several groups having afternoon tea, and a wedding reception all going on in every area that we wandered into! I felt a little too much like a creepy photographer. So if you want to see photos of the inside look here and click on photo tour. The grand staircase is a must see...we'll have to try again when we aren't in town on a weekend!|
|We had a window seat :)|
|"Oh gosh, decisions, decisions..."|
|Kellan eating his dinner|
|Oyster gumbo and Squash fritters with tomato jam|
|These acorn salt and pepper shakers reminded me of Raleigh The City of Oaks :)|
|Michael's lamb kabobs|
|My grilled peaches and pork chop|
The plan was to head to Carytown Cupcakes for dessert but they sold out for the day! We headed to Frostings in Short Pump instead to try out their cupcakes! We each chose 3 and brought 1/2 dozen home with us.
|Frostings was on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network...it was a TV show restaurant kind of day!|
|Peanut Butter Cup, S'more, Vanilla/Vanilla, Cookies N' Cream, and 2 Red Velvet|
|And of course we made a stop at Whole Foods before heading home!|