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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“Always enjoyable, excellent choice for dinner. Chef specials are well thought out, the standard menu is delicious.”
  • 15 locals recommend
University
“See the chapel that Robert E. Lee used to worship in. He and members of his family are buried there as well as his horse!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“Experience family life on the eve of the American Civil War as you explore the finely preserved home and gardens of the man who became Stonewall Jackson. Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“Mostly along the Maury River, limestone cliffs, wildflowers, forest, and wet lands. Beautiful, relaxing, always enjoyable whatever the weather. 7 Miles long, has mile markers so you choose how far you want to go. Check website for more info.”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“An institution with W&L alumni and students. Bar and restraurant, music, active scene.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Southern fare in intimate, historic digs. In November 2003, the Bistro on Main opened its doors with an expanded menu that retained the appeal of the Black Dog Café but also added many upscale dishes. Offering a different menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner the Bistro also offers daily special soups, quiches, and entrees. The intimate, casual atmosphere and affordable menu has made the Bistro on Main a favorite among visiting students and their parents as well as locals and tourists alike. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perfect for a classy date. Call for reservations and check to see when they offer a live piano.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Church
“A National Historical Landmark on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Ideal for history buffs, rare portrait of George Washington, easy walk to VMI campus and museums.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ Say hi to Bill the bartender- the best guy around! Great drinks and casual dining. Cozy atmosphere with an awesome two sided fireplace.”
  • 3 locals recommend
University
“Catch a VMI parade; you must visit the Cadet Museum beneath the chapel; see the Marshal Museum, too. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great selection of beers on tap as well as growlers and mix and match beers to go. They have a small menu with appetizers and wafflewich sandwiches. Live music and karaoke on weekends!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
  • 2 locals recommend
University
“Beautiful campus. Military parades every Friday afternoon when school is in session. Several museums on site.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Good but smaller than usual grocery chain store, most food items anyone would need. Good wine selections as reasonable prices.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“For an unrefined, basic setting featuring several TVs purveying popular sports. The crowd is younger and rowdy. Often open very late.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Always enjoyable, excellent choice for dinner. Chef specials are well thought out, the standard menu is delicious.”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“An institution with W&L alumni and students. Bar and restraurant, music, active scene.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Southern fare in intimate, historic digs. In November 2003, the Bistro on Main opened its doors with an expanded menu that retained the appeal of the Black Dog Café but also added many upscale dishes. Offering a different menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner the Bistro also offers daily special soups, quiches, and entrees. The intimate, casual atmosphere and affordable menu has made the Bistro on Main a favorite among visiting students and their parents as well as locals and tourists alike. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perfect for a classy date. Call for reservations and check to see when they offer a live piano.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ Say hi to Bill the bartender- the best guy around! Great drinks and casual dining. Cozy atmosphere with an awesome two sided fireplace.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great selection of beers on tap as well as growlers and mix and match beers to go. They have a small menu with appetizers and wafflewich sandwiches. Live music and karaoke on weekends!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“For an unrefined, basic setting featuring several TVs purveying popular sports. The crowd is younger and rowdy. Often open very late.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Here it is folks! This place will really up your standards for fine dining. Make your reservations in advance because seating is very limited.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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