What’s New in Virginia for 2019 (& the Hottest New Destinations for 2018!)

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Dec 20, 2018 | Updated: Jan 3, 2019

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Virginia has lots to look forward to in 2019, from luxury boutique hotels featuring rooftop bars to brand new restaurants from critically-acclaimed chefs that serve up fresh and exciting flavors. But we also wanted to take a moment to look back on the best of 2018 and share our must-visit places for the year. Use this guide to the latest and greatest in Virginia to start making your upcoming travel plans for 2019!


—NEW HOTELS IN VIRGINIA—cavalier hotel swimming pool

For 2018:

  • The Cavalier—Virginia Beach: Iconic luxury resort renovated to include 85 opulent guest rooms and suites, two upscale restaurants, and a distillery.
  • The Blackburn Inn—Staunton: Historic boutique inn with modern, upscale amenities.
  • Hotel Madison—Harrisonburg: Full-service hotel connected to the Shenandoah Valley Conference Center in Downtown Harrisonburg with mountain views.
  • The Bristol Hotel—Bristol: 1925 structure renovated into a 65-room boutique hotel in downtown Bristol, featuring a rooftop bar with views of the Appalachian Mountains and two restaurants serving locally-sourced cuisine.
  • Western Front Hotel—St. Paul: Modern, outdoor-themed boutique hotel with a rooftop terrace bar and an upscale restaurant serving Appalachian cuisine.
  • The Clifton—Charlottesville: The boutique hotel, restaurant, and wedding venue was renovated in 2018.
  • Dover Hall—Richmond: Private estate was converted into luxury lodging suites and an upscale wedding venue.
  • The Williamsburg Lodge—Williamsburg: One of the hotels at Colonial Williamsburg, the hotel was newly renovated as a Marriott Autograph Collection property in 2018.
  • The Draftsman—Charlottesville: Vibrant boutique hotel opened on West Main Street in Charlottesville.
  • Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa—Alexandria: In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the boutique hotel was refreshed in 2018.
  • Hotel Weyanoke—Farmville: Historic boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown Farmville and across the street from Longwood University. Contains two restaurants, a coffee shop, and a rooftop bar.
  • The Virginian Lynchburg—Lynchburg: Historic Downtown Lynchburg hotel restored to include modern amenities and featuring several on-site dining options, a rooftop restaurant and bar, a coffee shop, and over 8,000 square feet of event space.
  • Stonewall Jackson Hotel—Staunton: The historic luxury hotel in Downtown Staunton was renovated in 2018.

Coming in 2019:

  • Glass Light Hotel & Gallery—Norfolk: Boutique hotel in Downtown Norfolk’s Historic District with a rooftop bar.
  • Element Hotel at Peninsula Town Center—Hampton: New property for the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand opening with over 120 rooms, scheduled to open in fall 2019.
  • Moxy—Richmond: 104-room boutique hotel from Marriott brand slated to open in 2019.


—NEW RESTAURANTS IN VIRGINIA—bar solita restaurant richmond

For 2018:

  • Bar Solita—Richmond: Mediterranean tapas and brick oven pizza restaurant in the heart of the Art’s District.
  • Perch—Richmond: New restaurant in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood focusing on Pacific-inspired flavors.
  • Alewife—Richmond: Mid-Atlantic seafood restaurant inspired by the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia flavors.
  • Le Kon—Arlington: Mexican restaurant in Clarendon opened by former Top Chef star.
  • Rochambeau—Gordonsville
  • Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill—Gwynns: Specializes in local seafood from William’s Wharf Oyster Company and Seafarms.
  • Adrift—White Stone: Community-focused restaurant in Virginia’s River Realm that serves local seasonal flavors in an upscale yet approachable menu.
  • The 606—White Stone: Restaurant complex with The Quays, an Irish restaurant and bar, and Walkabout Creek, specializing in Australian cuisine.

Coming in 2019:

  • BRUNCH—Richmond: From the owners of LUNCH and SUPPER, this brunch-focused restaurant is opening in the Fan neighborhood of Richmond on January 2.
  • Mama Chang—Fairfax: Newest concept for Chef Peter Chang, serving home-style Chinese cooking, opening early 2019.
  • Quarter Market—Arlington: 18-concept food hall featuring South American restaurant Maizal, Slapfish, a casual seafood restaurant, Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, and many more.
  • Dirt—Arlington: Florida-based health-centric restaurant opening its first Virginia location in the Ballston Exchange building. Menu features several vegan and vegetarian options as well as locally sourced organic meats and seafoods.


—NEW BREWERIES & CIDERIES IN VIRGINIA—buskey cider on the bay cape charles cidery

For 2018:

  • Buskey Cider on the Bay—Cape Charles: The second location for the Richmond-based cidery, this is the first cidery for Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Farmhouse Brewing Co.—Virginia Beach: Eight-acre craft brewery and cidery from the owners of Back Bay Brewing Company in Virginia Beach.
  • Courthouse Creek Cider—Richmond: Courthouse Creek Cider opened their second location, with an outdoor patio and upstairs cider garden, in Richmond’s thriving Scott’s Addition neighborhood.
  • Bacova Beer Co.—Hot Springs: Five-barrel brewhouse just steps from the Omni Homestead Resort.
  • Cape Charles Brewing Company—Cape Charles: Family-owned brewery and restaurant located on the southern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Black Narrows Brewing Company—Chincoteague: Brewery built in a converted historic oyster house on the northern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Basic City Beer Company—Richmond: Second satellite location for the Waynesboro-based brewery in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood.
  • 7 Dogs Brewpub—Wytheville: New brewery located in the Historic Carpender Building in downtown Wytheville, often features live music.
  • New Realm Brewing Company—Virginia Beach: Georgia-based brewery opened a new location in Virginia Beach.
  • Box Office Brewery—Strasburg: Craft brewery and restaurant housed in the Historic Strand Theatre of Strasburg.
  • Bingo Beer Company—Richmond: Brewery, full bar, game hall, and restaurant located in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood.
  • Settle Down Easy Brewing Co.—Falls Church: Newest nanobrewery for Northern Virginia.
  • Halcyon Days Cider Co.—Natural Bridge: Small farm and cidery in the Blue Ridge Mountains that grows their own apples for their hard cider.
  • Sly Clyde Ciderworks—Hampton: Tap room serving hard ciders made with 100% Virginia-grown apples.

Coming in 2019:

  • Skipping Rock Beer Co.—Staunton: Craft brewery outside of downtown Staunton, tentative open date of February 22, 2019.
  • Seven Sisters Brewery—Wytheville: Family-friendly brewery and restaurant in Southwest Virginia that plans to open May 2019.
  • Eastern Divide Brewing Company—Blacksburg: Slated to open early 2019.
  • Heliotrope Brewery—Lexington: Farmhouse-style brewery producing rustic ales and lagers, set to open early 2019.
  • Dogtown Brewing Company—Richmond: Craft brewery with rooftop views opening in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood in 2019.
  • Richbrau Brewing—Richmond: One of Richmond’s original breweries, Richbrau finds a new home in Shockoe Bottom and plans to reopen their brewery in 2019.
  • Old Ox Brewery—Middleburg: Second location for the Ashburn brewery, opening a tasting room and beer garden in Middleburg.
  • Twisted Knot Brewing Co.—Newport News: Opening spring 2019 on Canon Boulevard in Newport News.
  • Tabol Brewing—Richmond: Small-batch brewery coming to the Northside area of Richmond in early 2019.
  • Honor Brewing Company—Chantilly: Veteran-run brewery opening in early-to-mid 2019.
  • Nostrum Brewing Company—Fairfax: Northern Virginia brewery opening in 2019 focused on community, quality, and creativity.
  • Cedar Run Brewery—Nokesville: Farm brewery providing quiet and serene atmosphere with excellent Virginia beers.
  • Hillsborough Farm Brewery—Purcellville: Craft brewery run by the same owners and on the same site as Hillsborough Vineyards.
  • Lonesome Pine Brewing Company—Lebanon: Nanobrewery in Lebanon, Virginia.
  • Buggs Island Brewing Company—Clarksville: The brewery is expanding and moving to a downtown location on the waterfront in Clarksville.
  • Ditchley Cider Works—Kilmarnock: Produces unique ciders from roughly 60 varieties of apples on their 15-acre estate.
  • Sugar Hill Cidery—Norton: New hard cider production facility and restaurant opening in summer 2019.


—NEW WINERIES & DISTILLERIES IN VIRGINIA—tarnished truth distilling company cavalier hotel

For 2018:

  • Tarnished Truth Distilling Company—Virginia Beach: Only distillery in the U.S. to be housed inside of a hotel, Tarnished Truth resides inside the historic, recently renovated Cavalier Hotel. Produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and bourbon.
  • Virago Spirits—Richmond: Rum distillery & tasting room that blends traditional techniques with New World creativity.
  • Three Crosses Distilling Co.—Powhatan: First legal distillery in Powhatan, distills rum, moonshine, whiskey, and vodka.
  • Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery—Hampton: Brewery, restaurant, and distillery that makes vodka, gin, single malt whiskey, and bourbon.
  • Ironclad Distillery—Newport News: Historic bourbon whiskey distillery that opened in early 2018.
  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery—Clarksville: The Nellysford winery opened a new tasting room in Downtown Clarksville.
  • Briede Family Vineyards—Winchester: New organic vineyard and winery that opened during the fall of 2018.

Coming in 2019:


—NEW EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS—Ashland theatre photo credit Diane Stoakley


Photo Credit: Diane Stoakley

For 2018:

  • Ashland Theatre—Ashland: The historic theatre reopens on December 26 with the new movie Mary Poppins Returns and offers adult beverages, expanded concessions, and VIP box seating.
  • Shenandoah Tough Adventure RaceMulti-day race in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that covers 250 miles with soloists and small teams navigating the challenging and beautiful terrain via foot, mountain bike, and boat.
  • Richmond Raceway Reimagined—Richmond: New infield fan section completed in 2018, bringing guests closer to the racing action.
  • VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art—Richmond: Modern art museum opened in 2018 on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.
  • George Washington’s Ferry Farm—Fredericksburg: Recreated boyhood home of George Washington provides an interactive experience for guests, teaching them how the first President of the United States spent his formative years.
  • Historic Academy of Music Theater—Lynchburg: Reopened in Lynchburg after closing in 1958. The theater will seat more than 800 patrons.
  • Mountain Biking in Virginia’s Blue Ridge—Various Locations Around Roanoke: Virginia’s Blue Ridge, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, was designated a Silver-Level Ride Center™ by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Coming in 2019:

  • ShuckapaloozaFirst annual event happening April 12th that combines seven unique oyster experiences at seven different locations in Virginia’s River Realm.
  • Luray International DuathlonOlympic distance duathlon in the Shenandoah Valley near Luray in August 2019 that includes trail runs, road cycling, a 10k, and more.
  • The Salty Southern RouteSoutheastern Virginia’s new trail opens March 1st and showcases Virginia’s pork and peanut products.
  • Wytheville Wine Festival—First annual wine festival happening July 2019, featuring Southwest Virginia wines, cuisine, and music.
  • The  Arlington  House—Arlington: Fall 2019 brings the grand reopening of  The  Arlington  House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
  • James Monroe Birthplace—Colonial Beach: The reconstruction of the birthplace of President James Monroe will include a rebuilt colonial home, a scenic walk (complete with granite historical markers along the trail telling the story of Monroe’s career), a bicycle trail, a canoe launch, and a picnic pavilion.
  • Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center—Hampton: Will open August 23 as a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™.
  • This year Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution will commemorate 400 years of democracy, diversity, and opportunity through events and legacy projects taking place all over the state. Learn more about the historic events of 1619 Virginia and commemorative events happening this year.




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Avatar Lewis says:

Shuckapalooza was awesome on 12th of April! Oysters were amazing and the whole festival was unforgetable! Lewis from Woodbridge

Don’t forget about Brunch… opening January 2, 2600 West Main Street. Richmond, VA

Thanks, Frank, I’ll add it! Looking forward to trying the food there!

Avatar Kristina says:

Hi Patricia, Courthouse Creek Cidery opened a New tasting room in Scott’s Addition – this past 4th of July, 2018!

Thanks, Kristina! I’ll add it to the list.