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What you should know about Glen Allen

The town of Glen Allen grew up around the railroad crossing at Mountain Road in 1836, when the pioneering new track opened up this rural backcountry to visitors and commercial traffic. The budding community was transformed into a fashionable resort by the English entrepreneur Captain John Cussons, who named it after the prominent local homestead belonging to his wife’s family. The town is still a popular stop in this lovely corner of Virginia, as well as a convenient and charming base for exploring nearby Richmond.

Hotels in Glen Allen


The hospitality industry that flourished along the railroad during the 19th century is still alive and well in Glen Allen. Most of the major brands can be found here, as well as friendly independent inns with personal touches. Hyatt Place Richmond/Innsbrook is a 3-star hotel in Glen Allen with an Art Deco-inspired design and many eye-catching features. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Richmond offers budget accommodation in Glen Allen along with a spacious seasonal outdoor pool. The 3-star Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook is one of the most popular hotels in Glen Allen thanks to its delicious Great American Grill, which showcases the best in local cuisine.

Things to see in Glen Allen


Forest Lodge, constructed by Captain Cussons in the 1880s, was one of the most ambitious leisure projects of its time. Comprising a 6-story hotel, a hunting reserve, and an amphitheater set in extensive parklands, this dazzling development was one of the wonders of Virginia. All that remains of the original hotel is one of its cupolas, now preserved on the corner of historic Mountain Road. Today, visitors can still enjoy lavish entertainment at the Cultural Arts Center, with a wide-ranging program of theater and music performances, art exhibitions, and workshops. If you’re lucky you might catch a show by the Latin Ballet of Virginia, a group whose unique blend of flamenco and classical Spanish traditions has won them a national fan base. Alternatively, discover culture of a different kind in Virginia’s world-renowned wine country. Informative guided tours set out from the James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen and visit some of the state’s finest viticulturists, with plenty of opportunities to taste and buy.

Good for groups


Glen Allen is one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Henrico County, with more than its fair share of shopping malls, sporting events, and cultural activities. From wine trails to motor racing, golf to hiking, and gourmet bistros to craft breweries, this is a great place to explore with friends or extended family groups. Split the cost of car rental and enjoy discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions and stunning natural wonders. Many hotels in Glen Allen offer group rooms for an economical way to share accommodation costs, and some even provide self-catering facilities to transform a simple meal into a sociable collaboration.

How to get to Glen Allen


Glen Allen is easily accessible from Richmond International Airport, which serves domestic routes throughout the US. The airport has excellent public transportation links with Downtown Richmond, where you can either connect with the local bus network or hop in a cab for a hassle-free transfer to your Glen Allen hotel. For direct intercontinental flights, fly into Washington DC and take a bus shuttle or train to Glen Allen via Richmond. Getting around the neighborhood itself is easy, with plenty of local buses to expand your horizons and licensed taxis for more bespoke journeys.