In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up next week, over the next few days, I figured I would share some of the fun little dates that Michael and I have been on lately. I’m not one of those people who despise this Hallmark holiday, and while we also don’t really go above & beyond for it, it is another excuse to do something nice for each other. (I’ll never quite understand when couples are like UGH VALENTINE’S DAY, the same way I don’t understand when girls at weddings avoid catching the bouquet like the plague. BUT HEY, to each their own.) So often these days, I’m finding restaurant reviews that are bland or poorly written for the sake of a paycheck or a blog post, so I’m hoping these posts will serve as genuine suggestions for you and maybe offer some new ideas for you to try. And first up on our date series is a little mini tour of Church Hill! Trust me, I’m not getting paid. 🙂
Church Hill is approximately 9 minutes from where we live, but some of my absolute favorite places in Richmond are here, and it’s only getting better.
This date was inspired by my cute friends Shannon & Matt, from when I crashed a little tour of their own a few months ago and I wanted to recreate it with Michael since he wasn’t able to join. While there is plenty to do in Church Hill & we do some variation of this little tour fairly often, a few Saturdays ago, we decided to start with breakfast & do a little shopping.
First stop was Sub Rosa Bakery, where it was actually Michael’s first visit! Sub Rosa is a small, wood-fired bakery in the heart of Church Hill. They grind their grains in-house and there is obviously some magic to a wood-fired grill because their bread & pastries are ridiculously good. It was a rainy and cold day, so it was perfect not only for the hot coffee but also because the crowd was minimal. (YES!) I had the best cappuccino of my life & this time I got the house-made granola parfait. In the past, I’ve had the chocolate croissant & fig/cheese pinwheel and I’ll just say that the pinwheel was bigger than my head and I still ate the entire thing and didn’t even feel guilty about it. Michael got a ham and cheese croissant that was apparently eaten faster than I had a chance to take a photo because sometimes Instagram-blog-boyfriend isn’t patient. 😉 I highly recommend either going first thing in the morning or late morning/early afternoon to avoid the crowds so you can get a place to sit, but regardless, the line moves quickly and everyone is incredibly friendly.
After breakfast, we walked around the corner to Dear Neighbor, the cutest little shop you ever did see. The owners (and their pups) are just the kindest, and even helped me put together a little gift box for a friend while also inspiring me to finally sign up for a pottery class I’ve been putting off for years. It’s perfect for gifts for yourself or friends, and Otis the puggle has a way of getting you to swipe that card with his little puppy dog eyes. Or maybe I just have zero self-control. Either way, I now have some cute mugs and candles and a kickass keychain out of this trip.
Obviously, you can tell that I firmly believe that a good date can happen any time of day, not just at night! We had more errands to run after my 45 minute shopping adventure, but you can easily keep the Church Hill tour going by swinging by Libby Hill for the best view of the city. But then also please go home because I miss the days of that park being empty and having it to myself.
I kid. Kinda.
Sub Rosa Bakery
620 N. 25th Street
2415 Jefferson Avenue