One of a handful of hotels in America with five-star and five-diamond rating (we can add five-woof for this pet friendly luxury hotel!), the historic Jefferson is worth a visit even if you don’t stay overnight. Built in 1895 by Lewis Ginter, this Beaux Arts gem has hosted presidents, celebrities and royalty for more than a century, including the “King”, Elvis Presley. Check out the life-sized Edward Valentine statue of the hotel’s namesake that commands the Palm Court Lobby, which is ringed with Tiffany windows or make a reservation for high tea in this grand space. The imposing staircase leading to the lower lobby—the urban legend says it inspired the one in Gone With the Wind—where you can visit the mini-museum, grab one of the best burgers in town at the casual T.J.’s or pick up a unique gift at Blooms, the hotel’s stellar gift shop and florist. The hotel hosts the Richmond SPCA’s annual Fur Ball, a black-tie fundraiser for humans and their four-legged friends.