Henrico County is a suburban community surrounding the city of Richmond Virginia. The estimated population in 2015 was 325,155. It is very easy to get to by air as it is just minutes away from Richmond International Airport. Henrico is easy to explore by car and the region has lots of great shops, restaurants, hotels, and special events, which attract millions of visitors from around the world each year. In 2018, 170 tournaments were hosted in Henrico generating an estimated $53.4 million for the local economy.
For those who love sports and the outdoors, there are over 40 parks and recreational facilities in Henrico spanning almost 4000 arches. So, it’s the perfect place to go hiking, enjoy a family picnic or play a game of baseball or soccer. Golf fans need to make sure they pay a visit to the Belmont Golf Course, which features an 18-hole PGA Championship course.
History buffs are sure to love exploring Henrico Country. Key sites to visit include The Virginia Randolph Museum, Fort Harrison Battlefield, and J.E.B Stuart Yellow Tavern Memorial.
Those who love to shop need to make sure they go to Short Pump Town Center, a massive open-air shopper’s retreat with over 140 stores. Some of the stores you will find at Short Pump are Nordstrom and Dillards, AEO, Banana Republic, Brighton, and Lululemon Athletica. There are also lots of great restaurants nearby, so you won’t run out of dining options if you get hungry.
If you happen to be in the area on a Saturday or a Wednesday, you can visit the Lakeside Farmers Market. This market is open year-round and is full of vendors selling high-quality produce from the Richmond area. West End Farmer’s Market is another popular market in Henrico. It is home to vendors from multiple organic farms and you will find a large selection of grass-fed beef, seasonal fruits & vegetables, country sausage, free range chicken, home-made pies, fresh bread, GMO-free eggs, fresh flowers, and cheese. It is located at 12450 Gayton Road.
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Henrico, visitors have a wide range of accommodation choices open to them. There are over 70 hotels within the borders including Airport Inn Motel, Aloft Richmond West, Econo Lodge, Super 8 Motel Chamberlayne and Embassy Suites by Hilton Richmond. One good website to visit to find out how each hotel in the area is ranked by travelers in TripAdvisor.