Day 3 – Richmond, VA to Asheville, NCPosted: June 4, 2014
I woke up in Richmond, VA bright and early with a packed day planned. I ran a few miles to a local barre class at 7am. It was a little barre studio in a cute neighborhood. The weather was amazing at 6:30am! It was starting to get too warm for me at 8:30am when I got back to the hotel to wake Brendan up!
After breakfast, we headed to Starbucks and the Museum of the Confederacy. The museum is next door to the former White House of the Confederacy. We walked through the museum, which had a nice collection of original uniforms, weapons, and personal items from the Civil War, and then we toured the White House. We went on a guided tour of the White House, which was led by a wonderful older Southern man… who I could not understand! Quite the accent. Next we went to the Maymont Estate, which is a huge mansion and property from the early 1900s that was donated to Virginia. It is now a public park with amazing gardens, including an herb garden, Italian garden, and Japanese garden.
We also toured the mansion, which was really lovely. We learned that the drawing room, the sitting room near the entrance to a Victorian-style home, comes from “withdrawing room”. After dinner, the men would go talk about politics, drink and smoke. It was not considered appropriate for women to take part in that, so they would withdraw into their own sitting room.
On our way out of Virginia, we stopped for lunch at a road-side BBQ stand that I found on Yelp with excellent reviews. It was literally in a dirt parking lot in a small town. We now whole-heartedly recommend Saucy’s Walk-Up! It was late for lunch, and there was a constant stream of locals pulling up for some BBQ.
I think Brendan was in heaven when he read that one of the menu items was two pulled chicken sandwiches!
I got pulled chicken with slaw!
We ended the drive with some late night pizza in Asheville at Standard Pizza Company. Asheville is a foodie, yogi, hippie town, so the food was AMAZING, and I can’t wait to eat as many meals as possible here.