Those who know me know that I’m planner, and won’t be surprised to hear that I compiled a list of activities I’m hoping to do this summer in Richmond — or at least within an hour or so drive. In the hopes that it provides you with inspiration for a fun adventure or day trip, I’m sharing 10 things to do this summer in Richmond and the surrounding area. Friday Cheers Friday Cheers is something I look forward to every summer. This outdoor concert series is held at Brown’s Island, and the cost for each show ranges from $5 – $10, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — this is one of the best deals in town. Goochland Drive-In Theater The Goochland Drive-In Theater is located at 4344 Old Fredericksburg Rd in Hadensville, Virginia, about a 40 minute drive from downtown Richmond. The outdoor theater shows double-feature films…

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Wait, what? It’s already Wednesday? About a month ago I mentioned that grapefruit rosè had become all the rage over in France, but finding a bottle here in Richmond was next to impossible. Well, thanks to Wegman’s new location on Midlothian Turnpike that has changed! They’ll be stocking Ruby Red Rose Wine all summer, I’ve tried it and it is definitely a refreshing drink for the summer. June has been a huge month for soccer fans. You’ve got COPA America here in the United States and UEFA Euro across the Atlantic. Sometimes fans can get out of control in the worst kind of way, but Irish fans are taking things in a different direction. My favorite is the chant they directed towards Swedish fans. Hot dogs are my grilled item of choice during the summer. And if you’re in need of a few new toppings to elevate the hot dogs at your next…

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I will admit it, I have a weird obsession with grocery shopping — you might have even picked up on that with my series on Richmond Markets (Stock Provisions, Little House Green Grocery). There’s just something about walking into a store where you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty about what you’re buying. We all need to eat right?! Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite grocery stores, even if it is extremely inconvenient for me to make the trip out to Short Pump. Unlike most other grocery stores, TJ’s is small (typically between 10,000 to 12,000 square feet, compared to Walmart’s 105,000 square feet) but don’t let that fool you, there are so many options for you to choose from. And you won’t find many name-brand products here, Trader Joe’s relies mainly on its own private label items. Side note: Trader Joe’s is in no way sponsoring or encouraging this post. If…

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I grew up in Pennsylvania, but I’ve called Virginia home for almost ten years now. My first four years were spent in the southwestern portion of the state while I attended Roanoke College, and I’ve spent the past five years here in Richmond. As the adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun, and as much as I love Richmond, I’m glad I’m just a few hours away from my old stomping grounds so I’m still able to get back to a few times a year to visit family. One of my favorite stops whenever I’m back home is the Central Market House in York, Pennsylvania, which is located at 34 W. Philadelphia Street. Also known as Central Market York, the expansive brick building is filled with fresh produce, homemade baked goods and a number of other items from local vendors. Central Market House The Central Market House is located in…

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Happy What’s Happenin’ Wednesday! If you’re following us on Twitter, you probably already know how excited we are about the meal kits that are now being offered from Little House Green Grocery. I’m a big fan of meal delivery services like Blue Apron so I can’t wait to give this local version a try! Each kit includes ingredients and recipes for a complete meal for two. In need of a smile? You should probably watch this Broadway version of Carpool Karaoke if you haven’t already seen it. Warning: I haven’t been able to get “One Day More” from Les Miserables out of my head since watching it last week. You guys. I checked out the new Peter Chang spot in Scott’s Addition last week and no surprise, it was amazing. If you go, order the Szechuan cold mixed noodle snack which is a steal at only $3 in addition to…

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