September 24th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

free richmond landscape tours

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s What’s Out There Weekend Richmond offers the opportunity to attend “free, expert-led tours at more than two-dozen significant examples of designed landscapes in and around Richmond.” It will be held October 25 & 26; register online now for your choice of up to four tours at Agecroft, the Capitol, Hollywood Cemetery, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Monument Avenue, and many more!

    What’s Out There Weekend, scheduled for October 25 & 26, features free, expert-led tours at more than two-dozen significant examples of designed landscapes in and around Richmond. The Richmond-area’s rich legacy includes antebellum plantations and gardens, Colonial Revival properties, remarkable post-industrial parkland integrated with the James River, and significant Modernist plazas and public spaces.

    The What’s Out There Weekend program dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database currently features more than 1,500 sites, 10,000 images and 750 designer profiles. And, What’s Out There is optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices, and includes What’s Nearby – a GPS-enabled function that locates all landscapes in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location. What’s Out There Weekend tours provide fascinating insights about city shaping, landscape architecture, and the design history of places that people may pass every day but don’t necessarily know about.

    Space is limited. Please restrict your registrations to four tours.

Thanks Jonah!

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May 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

free richmond walking tour

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Richmond? Matthew contacted me with details about a free walking tour of RVA that he’ll be leading each week:

Richmond Tour Guys: Free walking tours of Richmond VA meet every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM

      (Starting on May 31st, 2014) in front of Brown’s Island right next to Tredegar Iron Works. It lasts 2.5 -3 hours depending on what questions you have (with a short break half way through).

The tour is free. No strings attached. Why free? Because our guides love history and sharing it via guided tours and hope that you enjoy the tour so much that you will tip them.

The tour includes stops at:
Tredegar Iron Works
A stroll across Brown’s Island
The former slave markets of Shockoe Bottom
Shockoe Hill which includes White House of the Confederacy, the Capital Building, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
and several other stops in between.

The guide will provide insights to the buildings and to the city that will bring all of these sights to life! All you need to bring the sightseeing tour is curiosity, but you may find some water and sunscreen useful!

Matthew Maggy’s bio:

Matthew is the main tour guy. He has a passion for history and teaching. Having learned the art of guiding historical sight seeing tours in Spain, he desires to ply his trade of sharing interesting facts and giving context to buildings throughout his new adopted home of Richmond, Virginia.

Matthew is a traveler who enjoys reading books on history, volunteering, and locally brewed beer.

Richmond Tour Guys website / Richmond Tour Guys on Facebook

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May 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

alpaca pastures of virginia

One of the things I love about local blogging is finding out about cool opportunities I never would have otherwise! Such is the case here –

Sherry from Alpaca Pastures of Virginia is offering readers the chance to win a free Alpaca Tour for up to 20 people to be scheduled on one Saturday in August 2012 (Value: $100):

The Alpaca Farm Tour consists of a walk to the barn to visit the alpacas, learn about their living quarters, and find out what’s required to raise alpacas. You’ll learn about the history of the Alpacas, how Alpaca fleece is processed, and the import of Alpacas to the USA. Everyone will have an opportunity to touch the Alpaca’s fiber.

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post!

Contest ends Friday May 11 at 11:59pm EST. One (1) winner will be chosen by, and will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with contact information.

You can find out more about the alpaca tours on the website, and don’t forget to use the Richmond Bargains special offer for $25.00 off an Alpaca Tour & Fiber Workshop for 15 or more people, or Book a Birthday Party or Group Picnic with an Alpaca Tour for 20 people and utilize the Pavilion for 45 minutes for $25.00 ($25 savings).

The farm is located in Beaverdam in western Hanover county at 18388 Beaver Dam Road.

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