Fab Freebie: Richmond Or Bust!


And our VERY lucky winner this week is… Hallie (who knows that Belle Isle was once a fishing village for the Powhatan Indians – something even we hadn’t heard). Congrats – and see you in a few weeks!

We’re spending today with the family for the holiday, but we had to drop in with our big giveaway for you guys. See, when we found out we’d be speaking at this year’s R.Home for the Holidays event on November 8th (which we’ve gone to for the past four years for fun, so it’s really crazy to think that we’ll be speakers) a hair-brained idea popped into my head: what if we gave away a trip to Richmond? And when I mentioned it to the kind folks at Richmond Magazine (the hosts of the event), they not only didn’t call me crazy – they said “let’s do it!” So with their help and the generous support of Visit Richmond VA, my hair-brained idea is coming to life (insert evil cackle here). And it’s bigger and better than I ever guessed it could be. That’s right, someone is about to get hooked up.

The prize includes round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental United States (arriving Thursday, Nov 8 and departing Sunday, Nov 11) and car rental for the length of your stay – all courtesy of Visit Richmond VA. While you’re here, you’ll be put up for three nights in Richmond’s most iconic and stately hotel – The Jefferson.

And of course, Richmond Magazine is giving you tickets to (sold out!) R.Home for the Holidays on Thursday night where we’ll be speaking and doing a book signing (psst- it has now sold out so we’re working on a free Richmond signing that we’ll share as soon as it’s finalized for any interested locals).

As for what else you can do while you’re here… what about a $100 gift card to one of our favorite restaurants? The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing overlooks the city and is actually the spot where Sherry and I celebrated finding out she was pregnant with Clara.

And since you can’t come to our town and not hit up some of our favorite stores, we’ve wrangled $100 gift cards from four of our favorite spots: La Difference, Mongrel, Quirk Gallery and the consignment store trio of Clover (kids), Clementine (adults) and Ashby (teens).

Plus, Richmond Magazine and Visit Richmond VA are tossing in a bunch of passes to various Richmond must-dos, like the Chihuly glass exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (one of our favorites!) and a Real Richmond Food Tour that’ll give you a taste of several local restaurants in one night.

  • PRIZE: As described above: a round-trip flight to Richmond for two people plus a car rental from Visit Richmond VA, a three night stay at The Jefferson Hotel, tickets to R.Home for the Holidays, $100 each to The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingLa Difference, Mongrel, Quirk Gallery, and Clover / Clementine / Ashby.
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “RICHMOND ME” and tell us…
  • BONUS QUESTION: … one fact you know about Richmond. Did you know that it’s known as The River City? Or that it was recently named The Best River Town In America by Outdoor magazine? Or that it’s where Spielberg’s new Lincoln movie was filmed? Or just that it’s the capital of Virginia and where we live?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, October 10th at 8pm EST or at 10,000 entries (whichever comes first)
  • ELIGIBILITY: Flights from the lower 48 United States only, must be 18 or older, tickets must be booked by October 15th. See more guidelines here. (*we really tried to get this to work as an international prize, so sorry that it couldn’t happen – maybe next year!)
  • USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday as an update to this post. That’s right, come right back here on Thursday for the announcement of our winner. Good luck…

Note: We aren’t paid or perked for hosting these giveaways, we just do ‘em to thank you awesome folks for stopping in. See our Giveaway FAQ page for more info. Pics courtesy of the Richmond Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond Magazine, R.Home Magazine, , La Difference, Mongrel.


  1. Lisa says

    Richmond me. I know no Richmond trivia but love to explore new places. And this is the PERFERCT way to explore Richmond. And it’s on my birthday, no less!

  2. Cathy says

    Richmond Me! I really don’t know much about Richmond except that it is the capital and you live there. :-) Would love to visit the city though, especially for your book tour. I was really hoping Greenville, SC or Atlanta, GA might be on your tour. Either way, your book is on my Christmas wish list! :-)

  3. Jill Gordon says

    RICHMOND ME! Richmond lies in Virginia…that’s all I got! I guess I need this trip so that I can learn more, huh?!

  4. Kaitlin says

    RICHMOND ME! I have to say that you guys are what makes Richmond special to me! I know nothing else about it but with every post about the city I want to visit more!

  5. Amanda C says


    Here’s what I know about Richmond – it’s home to my favorite bloggers! ;-)

  6. Lindsay says


    I know that Richmond is full of history – is that a fact? I would looooove to visit – what a fun giveaway. Fingers crossed that I win!

  7. Kim Freestone says

    RICHMOND ME! “The Fan” neighborhood is called the Fan because it spreads out like a fan (birds-eye view).

  8. Christina says

    The extent of my Richmond knowledge is that it’s the capital of Virginia…but I hope to learn a lot more if I win this trip!!!

  9. Marlo Williams says

    RICHMOND ME! One fact I know about downtown Richmond is that it is one heck of a place to get married and certainly allows for a fun time for all!

  10. Mary says


    I know that it’s the capital of Virginia, you guys live there, and our brother and sister-in-law live there!