Indulge in Luxury for Less in Richmond, Virginia

Posted December 18, 2009 by Kate Hamman

VA-Richmond-MaymontDiningRoomcJeffGreenberg-DEF Richmond is a prime destination for history, shopping, and culture. During your stay, you can experience the splendid lifestyle of the Gilded Age, and stroll along a street filled with unique boutiques and sumptuous treats. And at the end of the day, pamper yourself in the lap of luxury at an elite hotel.

Maymont House Museum: With more than 100 acres of land, native trees and flowers representing six continents, and a mansion that rivals any of the Vanderbilts', Maymont makes a fascinating stop while visiting Richmond. During the holiday season, the 33-room mansion is decked out in the Victorian era's finest trimmings with opulent decorations and a 12-foot Christmas tree. Experience the delights behind a true Victorian Christmas with a tour of the home for a suggested donation of $5.

Carytown: The nine-blocks of Carytown will ooh and ah any shopping fanatic, with more than 300 stores and boutiques selling apparel, antiques, home goods, and beauty products. You'll also have your choice of more than 25 places to grab a bite to eat or a quick drink, including a bakery, wine cellar, deli, diner, or Mexican restaurant. You can easily spend a fortune on designer duds, but you can also find plenty of baubles and trinkets for less than $20.

The Jefferson Hotel: Though it might be a bit of a splurge, the Jefferson Hotel turns the extra money you'll spend into memories. The hotel is considered one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts-style architecture, and its lavish furnishings and over-the-top details seem more fitting for castles in Europe than a hotel in Richmond. Many actors, musicians, and even presidents have stayed here, and it's not unlikely to spot a celebrity or two today. Rooms start at $245.

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(Photo: Jeff Greenberg)

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