Richmond: Your Next Vacation Destination?
It's got craft beer, locally roasted coffee, and 32 miles of scenic shoreline.
All images: Kristan Lawson
At last weekend's ninth annual San Francisco Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show — a huge confab featuring hundreds of booths and thousands of travel professionals — the city of Richmond asserted itself as a fascinating travel destination.
Visit Richmond's booth was one of the liveliest and friendliest at an event that filled the Santa Clara Convention Center with everything from Bollywood dancers to gigantic selfie-tastic faux bao to camel rides ... along with countless conversations about treks, sloths, craft beers, pink-sand beaches, piranhas, the Taj Mahal, and more. The keynote speaker was TV travel star Rick Steves.
Representatives from Visit Richmond offered a wide range of useful materials and spoke knowledgeably about the city's museums, historic sites, sporting options, and 32 miles of sparkling shoreline.
Even locals might be as-yet unaware of panoramic bayfront Miller Knox Park, Keller Beach, the Golden State Model Railroad Museum, SS Red Oak Victory, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, and the Richmond Art Center, among other attractions.
Visit Richmond also proudly spotlights its city as a food-and-drink haven, home of such East Bay favorites as Catahoula Coffee, East Brother Beer Co., Rigger's Loft Wine Co., Armistice Brewing Co., Benoit Casper Brewing Co., Portumex, and the Hotel Mac Restaurant.