Weekend in Richmond • Kath Eats

We spent last Friday night and most of Saturday in Richmond! Here is the summary.

Thomas’ aunt Layton lives in Richmond and offered to put the kids up for one night while we had a parents’ night at a hotel. Of course we took advantage of the offer. Layton and her partner John had lots of activities and delicious food planned. They roasted marshmallows over the campfire and played in Layton’s yoga studio in her basement. The boys had a wonderful visit.

While they were with Layton and John, Thomas and I spent the night in the Hotel Quirk!

I had been to Richmond Quirk for lunch before and had stayed on Staycation at the Charlottesville location, but had never stayed at this property. It’s truly one of the cutest hotel lobbies ever!

Benefits with Capital One Venture

I booked our stay with my Venture X Card, which is my favorite travel card. I had a $300 travel credit on this card and some points to pay off the $50 balance, so our stay was at no cost to us. PLUS, since it’s a Lifestyle Collection hotel with Captial One, they upgraded us to a suite and gave us $90 in on-site credits to put toward drinks and breakfast. I didn’t realize we had these benefits and we used them enthusiastically. Read more about him Venture X benefits here.

Our Loft

Our loft was spacious and very cool.

Dinner at Chez Foushee

After changing for dinner we walked 2 blocks to Chez Foushee.

The atmosphere was exclusive and old, so I felt like we had entered France.

We had a couple of cocktails while listening to a live saxophonist. Mine was rye whiskey and thyme. I loved!

To start, we shared fried oysters and French bread.

I loved my crab cake with crispy potatoes and asparagus. Thomas had a spring shrimp risotto which he loved.

After dinner drinks

We got back to the Quirk around 8 and didn’t want to go to bed, so we ended up using our hotel credits on a round of drinks! I had an Old Fashioned and Thomas an Espresso Martini. They were perfect and the atmosphere of the bar was just what we wanted.

Breakfast at the Quirk hotel

We enjoyed the Blanchards coffee (and appreciated the free refills!) in the lobby and ordered breakfast with the rest of our credit.

I had the Hearty & Healthy with Greek yogurt parfait and avocado toast, plus a salad. Thomas had poached eggs on biscuits and gravy.

Richmond Science Museum

After meeting the boys, we went to the Virginia Science Museum. He was especially excited about the planetarium. It was the perfect activity for a cold and rainy day.

The kids loved the speed displays and we saw creepy bugs and snakes.

The highlight for me was The Dome, where we watched a big-screen movie about astronauts training underwater for spacewalks. Then we had an astronomy lesson. It was very good (but could use more space music!)

I couldn’t resist ordering an astronaut ice cream to share afterwards.

We said goodbye to Layton and John and headed back to Cville for the rest of the weekend.

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