The Jefferson at Christmas

I’ve explored the Nation’s Capital, Washington DC, quite a bit this past year. It seems only fair that I spread some love this holiday season to the surrounding areas…Virginia are you ready for the Johnson’s? After all, Virginia is for Lovers or so they say, plus it’s my adoptive state since my hubby grew up here.

I’ve been to Richmond many times but it never occurred to me to enjoy its rich history. It’s funny when you have kids how your perspective changes. Rather than seeking the hottest night scenes I’m now drawn to the coolest places to watch tree lighting and holiday lights on display. Who am I?

My MIL have been mentioning a visit to the Jefferson for years but I had no interest until now.

The historic Jefferson Hotel sits a few blocks from Richmond’s city center and VCU. Opened its doors in 1895. It is no longer the place where full size alligators swim in a marble pool inside the Upper lobby, Palm Court, but a tribute to those giant creatures lies just ouside the hotel’s doors.

A lifesize statue of Thomas Jefferson made of Carrera marble greets you in the expansive lobby.

The grandeur of the 36-step carpeted staircase, ornate fixtures and celing in the two story lobby gives you a glimpse of life a few centuries ago. Can you imagine the parties they had here?

The hotel was recently listed in the January’s edition of Southern Living magazine as one of the places to stay if visiting Richmond.

We were running late as usual and as luck would have it, valet parking was full. After looping the block a few times I feared I would miss the tree lighting ceremony but we made it.

Writing this article was such a learning experience for me. I truly enjoyed reading of the history of my adopted city. Richmonders be proud.

After exploring The Jefferson website you will be longing for a visit, I know I was. Many dignitaries and distinguished guests from the Clinton’s to the Obama’s have stayed here. If it’s good for them then it must be for you and me.

I will share my experience when I visit this spring. Until then….


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