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Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel

Why Now: The former capital of the Confederacy has zoomed beyond its Old South roots in recent years, with indie shops, farm-to-table restaurants and galleries popping up on and around downtown’s historic Broad Street.

Where to Go: The recently opened Quirk Hotel epitomizes Richmond’s canny blend of historic and artsy. Housed in a converted 1916 department store, it offers pink or gray guest rooms and an onsite art gallery. On Broad Street, edgy galleries and shops thrive, and many of them are located in high-ceilinged vintage storefronts. Try Candela Books + Gallery for changing exhibits and a stock of limited-edition coffee-table tomes or Verdalina, a women’s haute clothing boutique where ecofriendly fashions are shown off amid architectural salvage. The foodie scene is also strong, with hot plates such as the boldly updated Dixie cuisine at Virginia-centric Saison (try the oxtail sopes washed down with a Belgian beer) or diet-challenging Jewish deli fare at Perly’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, where family photos on the walls add to the retro charm. Just off Broad Street, the 19th-century African-American neighborhood of Jackson Ward, once dubbed the “Harlem of the South,” features wrought iron-festooned Victorian homes and landmarks, including the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, which fills a restored 1895 armory building with artifacts and interactive exhibits.

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