If you can’t make up your mind between beer and wine, the new Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, which skirts the border between eastern Indiana and western Ohio, offers the best of both worlds. Five participating wineries and four microbreweries – from Muncie down through Richmond, Indiana, and over into Versailles, Ohio – offer sips and samples on the self-guided tour. For more information and a suggested itinerary, go to visitrichmond.org.
Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast
Housed in a gorgeously restored 1890 Queen Anne-style property, the charming six-guestroom Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast sits along the Historic National Road, one block from Richmond’s Glen Miller Park. Stunning woodwork, classic period furnishings, exemplary hospitality, evening snacks and a gourmet breakfast are all part of the package.
Seldom Scene Meadow Bed and Breakfast
Nestled in an idyllic country setting just north of downtown Richmond, Seldom Scene Meadow delivers a welcoming bed-and-breakfast experience with a focus on sustainability. Solar power provides the electricity and hot water that keep the property running, and many of the furnishings are handcrafted and locally produced. Overnight stays include a wholesome continental breakfast spread; guests can request a heartier family-style option for an additional charge.
Clara's Pizza King
Part of the locally beloved Pizza King franchise, it’s worth visiting Clara’s for the ambience alone. The multilevel dining room boasts Tiffany-style lamps, kitschy antiques and a few hanging porch swings. Call the kitchen from the phone at your table, and order up The Royal Feast: a thin-crust, square-cut pizza with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and peppers. Be prepared – kids will clamor to sit inside the indoor double-decker bus.
Gulzar's Indian Cuisine
Cozy eatery Gulzar's Indian Cuisine made waves in the Richmond dining scene when it opened its doors about a year ago by inspiring diners in a traditionally meat-and-potatoes town to sit up and smell the curry. The lunch buffet is a great way to taste a range of classic Indian dishes like samosas, biryani, saag paneer and chicken tikka masala, as well a few newfangled recipes – onion-ring pakora, anyone?
The Old Richmond Inn
Located in a former residence built in 1892 and boasting seven dining rooms, three fireplaces, preserved architectural details and stained-glass features, longtime local favorite The Old Richmond Inn is the go-to for intimate anniversary celebrations, ladies who lunch, prom dinners and other special-occasion meals. Featuring fancy pastas, delicious poultry dishes, a small-yet-respectable wine list, and the best surf-and-turf in town, it’s easy to see the appeal.
The Kitchen at the Loft
Richmond’s newest farm-to-table destination, The Kitchen at the Loft, is happily settling into its industrial-chic home within the Historic Depot District. Brunches, lunches and dinners transform some of the area’s best meat and produce into mouthwatering modern comfort food, including meatloaf sandwiches, snappy fresh salads, salsa verde flatbread, sweet potato-blue cheese quiche and a classic chicken pot pie.
Richmond Art Museum
Located on the handsome Richmond High School campus, this free hidden gem wows with permanent exhibits that highlight American Impressionists and ceramics, along with a regional art collection – more than 400 objects and paintings are currently on display.
Dougherty’s family-run orchard dates back to 1883. Many visitors return here each fall to pick their own apples and pumpkins, sip fresh cider and pay a visit to the adorable petting zoo. Don't miss the apple cider donuts!
If your tastes tend more toward sweet than savory, pick up a free Chocolate Trail Passport at the Old National Road Welcome Center to score samples and gifts from local candy shops and other businesses. The chocolate-scented votive you’ll receive at Warm Glow Candle Co. Store smells good enough to eat.