The last weekend of Summer around here turns Richmond into a Ghost Town! Very few people stick around because the heat and humidity are overwhelming or Richmonders crave one more getaway for the last long weekend of the season. We live in close proximity to great vacation spots. I’m going to give you a glimpse into those places many will go.
We are very lucky to live a little over two hours away from a popular East Coast destination. Virginia Beach is hopping this time of year. If you are fortunate to get a hotel room or rental, you probably booked your stay 6 months ago. The places to go are Chic’s Beack, 17th, 24th and 31st Streets and you’ll find outdoor concerts, cornhole tournaments, sand soccer tournaments, marathons and more!
Locals either call this area, “The Rivah” or “The Bay.” The region of Virginia is located off of the Chesapeake Bay and common places to stay are in Irvington, White Stone, Deltaville, Urbanna, Kilmarnock, Reedville, Topping and Gloucester. The amount of AirBnBs popping up in these areas is pretty incredible. If there is not a farmer’s market nor a boat show, you can always take out your own boat, go fishing, paddleboard, kayak and more.
OBX, aka The Outerbanks, are a hot tourist destination for Richmonders. You’ll hear many discussing popular spots like Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. While these beaches are located in another state (North Carolina), it really isn’t too far of a drive.
Similar to the Northern Neck, you can do just about any water sport you’d like to here. Cape Charles has become very popular over the last decade. The area has become a hot spot for AirBnBs, boutiques, hotels and antique shops. Chincoteague is another great town in the region where you might get to see wild horses running in the water. Tourists can’t get enough of these places.
Blue Ridge Mountains
While many love the water, the mountains of Virginia are breathtaking. Richmonders travel here to take long hikes, swim in waterfalls, camp and take in all the nature that we are so lucky to still have. Believe it or note, you can even golf at luxury resorts like Wintergreen and Primland.
Richmond has become a destination in itself with great activities for all ages, but locals like to get away one last time to beat the heat. Those who choose to stick around won’t be bored, but might enjoy a little more quiet around town. If you haven’t had a chance to visit any of the places mentioned above, there’s always next year! Make sure you book well in advance.