Little Glen Allen, Va., (pop. 14,474), less than 20 minutes from Richmond, offers visitors and residents alike a taste of small-town Virginia in the middle of one of the most thriving areas of the country. The nearby James River and General Sheppard Crump Memorial Park offer a chance to enjoy nature, especially at the park’s playground, fishing pond, history-filled visitor’s center, sports complex and large open walking areas.
Local charm pervades in Glen Allen. Visit Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market for great local produce sold by friendly people, or head over to Lavender Fields Herb Farm for a quiet stroll through a top-shelf lavender farm and locally-crafted merchandise. You can also visit the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (offering art exhibits, musical concerts, plays, dance performances and quality shopping and arts education), shoot 18 holes at the Hunting Hawk Golf Club or take a tour among the six wineries along the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail.
For top-notch dining, visit one of the area’s many fine establishments, including Stanley’s Store, JJ’s Grille, the Glen Allen Bistro, Q Barbecue, Dugout Restaurant and Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House.