Plus, the final Friday Cheers of the year
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Sunrise 5:50 a.m. | Sunset 8:34 p.m.

🌅 Greetings from Richmond, VA
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Richmond topped the national outlet’s list of the best cities to visit.|Photo by @rivercityphotosrva
In its first-ever ranking of the top US towns to visit, CNN gave Richmond the no. 1 spot. The River City finished ahead of other mid-sized metropolises like Providence, RI, Duluth, MN, and Knoxville, TN.

CNN’s headline proclaims that “this creative capital city deserves a lot more attention.” We couldn’t agree more.

The article goes on to cite Richmond’s “top-notch museums” and “intriguing neighborhoods” as reason for its selection, not to mention our high-caliber dining, bustling outdoor scene, and unique beverage culture.

An aerial shot of fall foliage in the fan

Historic and beautiful neighborhoods like the Fan helped Richmond earn the top spot.


Photo by @takeone.aerial

The article specifically highlights several local restaurants Lillie Pearl, Buttermilk and Honey, ML Steak, Kali Love, and the Mantu. It also name-drops local breweries Triple Crossing, Väsen, and the Veil, as well as local tearoom Floris and coffee shop Urban Hang Suite.

Besides the world-class food and drink Richmond has to offer, CNN speaks to the history exhibited across the city. Between historic sites like St. John’s Church and the Richmond Slave Trail, museums including the American Civil War Museum, VMFA, and Black History Museum and Cultural Center, and eye-catching neighborhoods like the Fan and Shockoe Bottom, the past is on full display in the River City.


CNN also shouts out outdoor havens like Lewis Ginter (above) and Maymont.


Photo by RICtoday

Richmond’s love of the outdoors was the last factor CNN cited. Organizations like Maymont and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, plus festivals, parks, trails, and sports teams mean there’s no reason to stay inside — unless you want to.

City Editor David here: One thing that CNN doesn’t bring up, but that I love about this city, is our coffee culture. Local roasters and seemingly endless coffee shops make this coffee lover’s heart swell with Richmond pride.
What location is a must-see for Richmond visitors?
B. The Fan
C. The James River
D. A brewery
Wednesday, June 26
  • Kickers vs. Lionsbridge FC | Wednesday, June 26 | 7 p.m. | City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave., Richmond | $7-$37 | The Roos face this Newport News team in a friendly.
  • Richmond People’s Budget Virtual Town Hall | Wednesday, June 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the concept of participatory budgeting and share your ideas for projects you think should be funded in the River City.
Thursday, June 27
  • Foster Parent Information Session | Thursday, June 27 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | See if you could be a good fit as a foster parent during this online session.
Friday, June 28
  • By Poe’s Pen: Writing Workshop | Friday, June 28 | 1-3:30 p.m. | The Poe Museum, 1914-16 E. Main St, Richmond | $60-$70 | Register ahead for this Richmond Young Writers summer writing workshop and prepare to write descriptive poems, macabre short stories, and psychological thrillers.
  • Friday Cheers: Sam Barber | Friday, June 28 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 7th St., Richmond | $10 | The country-singer songwriter will play with Jake Kohn and Villages at the final Friday Cheers of the season.
  • Jazz Night with B-Sides | Friday, June 28 | 7-11 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond | Free | Enjoy an evening of jazz with DJ Straw spinning between sets.
Saturday, June 29
  • Open Gym | Saturday, June 29 | 2-4 p.m. | Body Arc, 131 Richmond Hwy., Richmond | Free | Work out, meet trainers, and socialize at this Pride event.
Sunday, June 30
  • “Tombstone” | Sunday, June 30 | 2 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | See the Kurt Russell film on the big screen.
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News Notes
  • Henrico company The Green Tripe is recalling over 3,550 bags of dog treats due to “the potential presence of foreign metal objects.” See which specific treats have been recalled and contact the company for a refund if you are effected. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • In a recent ranking of the best cities for cyclists around Virginia, Richmond scored just 24/100. Despite the array of parks and trails to visit on two wheels, the River City’s score was impacted by the lack of cycling access to schools, grocery stores, hospitals, and other locations central to daily life. (South Richmond News)
  • Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28 for “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” coming to the Altria on Nov. 10. The interactive production will bring classic Sesame Street characters to life in the iconic theater.
  • As the heat wave over Richmond continues, it’s important to remain cautious and stay safe in the extreme weather. The city opens public cooling stations at Marshall Plaza and Southside Plaza with air conditioning and cold water when the temperature is expected to exceed 92 degrees. (VPM)
Try This
  • Want to learn how to geocache? The Virginia Capital Trail is hosting an Introduction to Geocaching class this Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. The class is free, but register online before showing up at the Charles City County Library to hit the trail.
  • Did you know? Movement can help boost your kiddo’s memory, attention, and emotional understanding. Bring your little ones to dress up, learn through play, and get moving during Tutus & Ties, happening at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s downtown location on Tuesday, July 2. Learn more.*
Featured Deal
  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Ruby Boutique before it permanently closes on Sunday, June 30 (think: savings of up to 75% on 100+ pairs of shoes and clothing). Their sister store, The Phoenix, will remain open — so look for new summer arrivals.*
  • This card is a cash rewards dream, ft. unlimited cash rewards on purchases, a $200 bonus after spending $500, and a long intro APR on purchases + balance transfers. Reward seekers, say it with us: Cha-ching.*
Plan Ahead
Start prepping for July 4
You’ll find plenty of fireworks displays, as well as firework-free events, this Fourth of July. |Photo by RICtoday
Both Hanover and Henrico have announced events celebrating the Fourth of July.

Henrico will host Red, White and Lights starting at 5 p.m. on July 4. The family-friendly event will feature an outdoor performance by the Richmond Symphony with local artist J. Roddy Walston. A laser lightshow will start around 9 p.m. Since the event will feature no fireworks, it’s ideal for those sensitive to loud noises.

Meanwhile, in Ashland, the day will be packed with events including an apple pie baking contest and a performance the Hanover Concert Band. The festivities kick off with the Hanover Arts parade, which will begin at Henry Clay Elementary at 11 a.m. See the full schedule of events online.
The Buy
A margarita pool float (yes, that’s a thing — complete with a giant lime).
The Wrap
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Having talked a handful of my college buddies into moving here in the last few years, let me assure you — Richmond is a pretty great place to move postgrad, too.
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