April 23, 2021

Weekend in Richmond, VA

Having just performed a program with Claudia Hommel in conjunction with the Picasso Exhibit being shown through May 15 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA, I can say unequivocably that this decidedly southern city is a delightful weekend destination for art, architecture and impressive food.

We stayed at the Museum District Bed and Breakfast, a gracious gem of a home, across the street from the museum campus. Anna, our host, served us a mouth-watering breakfast with replete with freshly baked croissants from a local bakery/restaurant called the Can Can Brasserie. I plan to sample a whole meal next visit at this popular French dining spot.

Another outstanding food experience was the modern dining restaurant Amuse in the Museum where you have a bird’s eye view of the surrounding greenery.

Amuse features regionally sourced Virginia products and rightfully wins awards. I had a pan-fried pork chop with a celery root and kohlrabi gratin accompanied by apple braised Swiss chard that was quite amazing.

The Museum itself is world-class, being the only East coast destination for the Paris Picasso museum’s collection. Next up is “Faberge Revealed,” July 9, 2011 through Oct. 2, 2011. They also have an eye-popping early 20th century furniture collection that includes pieces by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gustave Stickley, Hector Guimard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Louis Majorelle.

I also want to mention finding a unique vintage clothing shop called Bygones within walking distance of the bed and breakfast on Cary Street, along with many other upscale restaurants and shops. Just walking around the museum district is a veritable feast for architecture buffs. Perhaps I will run into you at the Faberge exhibit?

Amuse Restaurant (3rd level of the Museum)
Sunday Brunch: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Lunch: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Dinner (Thurs + Fri): 5 – 8 pm

Bygones Vintage Clothing, 2916 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221, 804.353.1919, http://www.bygonesvintage.com

Can Can Brasserie and Bakery
3120 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221-3504
They open at 7 AM to sell freshly baked croissants and other baked goods.

Museum District B & B
2811 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia, 23220

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