Gardens, Grandeur and Glamour Itinerary

Day One

Begin your day by visiting the beautiful Virginia House, a 12th-century English Priory transported to Richmond in 1925 and rebuilt on the banks of the James River. Once home to Alexander Weddell, Ambassador to Spain, it is beautifully decorated with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, oriental carpets, fine silver and china and surrounded by Charles Gillette gardens.

A few steps away is Agecroft Hall, a Tudor home built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th century. In 1925 it was dismantled and rebuilt in Richmond. Today, the home and its gardens offer visitors the opportunity to reflect on the beautiful style of England's Tudor and early Stuart periods. Enjoy lunch in the gardens or dine in Agecroft Hall.

Next, head to Wilton House. This 18th century Georgian-style plantation mansion is an architectural gem. The parlor, with its fluted pilasters and arches, has been recognized as "one of the 100 most beautiful rooms in America."

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at Maymont, an intact 100-acre Victorian Estate surrounded by lush Italian and Japanese gardens. Tour the Maymont House, furnished with rare antiques, silver, porcelains and tapestries, most of which belonged to the original owners, James and Sallie Dooley.

Day Two

Begin your day with sights and smells to awaken your senses! Every season at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is spectacular. Explore the state's largest conservatory and stroll at your own pace to delight in the many varieties of flora and fauna. Enjoy lunch in the tea house or take a horticulture class before departing.

Next, discover Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home. Built between 1733 and 1740, the plantation includes the building where Thomas Jefferson was schooled, the plantation's slave quarters and beautiful gardens.

Journey to Magnolia Grange and explore this Federal-style plantation home built in 1822. Named for the circle of magnolia trees that once graced its front lawn, its distinctive architectural features include elaborate ceiling medallions and intricate carvings on mantels, doorways and window frames.

Day Three

Meet your step-on guide for an Overview of Richmond bus tour. See how neighborhoods intertwine with gardens throughout the Region and take in the magnificent architecture and beautiful parks that surround the city.

Take an excursion just down the road to any of the James River Plantations and their gardens.

Dining options vary from themed dinners to Southern and five-star cuisine.