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Style & Substance: Road Trip Escape

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An ideal overnight getaway lies between Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains: Lynchburg's Craddock Terry Hotel.

Richmond architect Hal Craddock recently renovated what was once a turn-of-the-century shoe factory into a modern boutique hotel in the city's historic downtown district. The brick and exposed wood beams of 44 guest rooms reveal the original factory structure. Simply furnished with pieces made by local craftsmen, the rooms have appealing views of either the James River or the downtown skyline.

Family-friendly activities abound nearby: Amazement Square, the Rightmire Children's Museum, has hands-on displays and areas for climbing and learning. For the artistically inclined, there are the galleries at the Academy of Fine Arts and the River Views Art Space. Nature lovers will want to explore the outdoors by renting a bicycle and cruising down the Blackwater Creek trail along the James.

For a more leisurely day, sleep in on Saturday morning and head to the Community Market to browse produce and crafts or partake in one of the music and food festivals held there year-round. Or step across the street to an array of quirky antique and home decor shops, as well as a tapas-style restaurant and wine bar.

To find out more about the Craddock Terry, visit www.craddockterryhotel.com.

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