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  • Savor the history of The Commonwealth at Rueger’s, the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Named for the original eatery opened on the grounds by German immigrant Louis Rueger in 1846, Rueger’s puts a premium on locally sourced ingredients, just like its namesake those many years ago. Along with cozy Southern comfort food, Rueger’s carries on its commitment to offering an authentic Richmond experience by serving locally roasted coffee, locally brewed craft beers, and cocktails crafted with locally distilled moonshine. During a meal at Rueger’s, be sure to take a look at the restaurant’s gallery wall, which pays tribute to the former tavern’s storied past through photographs.

  • Dig into the delicious culinary culture of Virginia’s capital city during a walking food tour. The best way to experience a place is through its food. Crisscrossing through some of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods—from historic Church Hill to hip and modern enclaves like Carytown, Scott’s Addition, and the Arts District—Discover Richmond food tours open the doors of some of the city’s best restaurants, ensuring that participants go home full, happy, and inspired to learn more about this celebrated city.

  • Toast to Virginia’s culinary history during a visit to the Belle Isle Moonshine distillery. Located less than a ten-minute drive from The Commonwealth (or a roughly 20-minute bus ride or 35-minute walk—safety first!), this local distillery seeks to tap into the rich tradition of moonshine, the country’s original clear spirit. For something closer to home, guests can also enjoy a taste at Rueger’s restaurant and bar. There, be sure to order the Old-Fashioned Moonshine, a spirited tribute to the “Mountain Dew,” a potent concoction served at Louis Rueger’s tavern that was once advertised in the March 8, 1868, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch.

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