Where to Stay
The grandest hotel in Richmond opened in 1895 and has hosted 13 American presidents. Celebrities from Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald to Elvis have stayed here, and some believe the sweeping staircase was the model for the iconic set piece from Gone With The Wind.
THE HOTEL ROANOKE
Built in 1882 to serve Norfolk & Western Railroad executives and passengers, the hotel has grown alongside Roanoke. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has swelled from fewer than three dozen rooms to more than 300. A two-minute walk into the heart of downtown makes it a central and elegant place to stay.