Access to second floors of historic houses is only by stairs. Walk in garden in evening is primarily on hard surfaces, with some gravel paths; lighting levels will vary; distance is at participant's option, from one-quarter mile to one-plus miles.
Breakfast at the hotel. Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
Class contines with Richmond history and traditions.
Lunch at the hotel. Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
We'll spend the afternoon in Richmond's historic Court End neighborhood. Court End became a preferred residential section in the 1780s, after Virginia's capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond. Court End today is a mix of VCU's Medical Center and Hospital and historic sites. Sites with special activites and decoration for the Christmas season include the John Marshall House, the Valentine Richmond History Center & its 1812 Wickham House, Monumental Church, and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. These sites feature historic holiday decor, costumes of the era, and traditional holiday events.
We'll travel from the Court End District to Lewis Ginter Gardens, where we'll have a splendid holiday dinner before viewing the Gardenfest of Lights. Buffet includes several choices of meats, vegetables, potatoes, salads and other vegetarian options, and desserts.
Prepare to be enchanted during this delightful evening at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We'll begin with a talk just for our group, followed by a tour of Gardens that have been transformed by nearly one million lights into a fantasyland of flowers, bowers, fairies, woodland creatures, special Christmas displays, trains, and other delights.