Consider starting the Dime portion of your roadtrip in Downtown Hopewell. For the music lover, check out the schedule of shows at the Historic Beacon Theatre, where you can catch world class performers from Graham Nash to the Oakridge Boys. If you want to get outside, take a stroll along the new Riverwalk at City Park, perfect for sunset views, fishing, and watching the local Ospreys hunt. History enthusiasts will appreciate nearby Appomattox Manor and General Ulysses S. Grant’s Cabin at City Point, headquarters of the Union Army during the Siege of Petersburg and visited by President Lincoln during the Civil War. The beautiful grounds are abundant with photo opportunities (in fact, Appomattox Manor is a favorite backdrop for local wedding photographers). For those that fancy angling, the surrounding waterfront is revered as prime fishing ground. City Point is also one of the best spots around to catch the sunset or sunrise. In fact, it’s what convinced photographer, Pedro Ledesma III, to do his latest project in Hopewell.
Before you head into the countryside, enjoy a meal at the Boathouse at City Point. With a fantastic view of the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers, The Boathouse offers a terrific menu, including locally caught oysters, craft brews, and a great wine selection. The Boathouse is perfect for a romantic, sunset dinner on the terrace. For other food options, go here.
Having explored Downtown Hopewell and City Point, turn East and head down Route 10 into Prince George County. Once a part of Charles City County, Prince George County became independent when it built a new courthouse on the South side of the River. Named after Prince George of Denmark, the county is home to one of the oldest churches in America, Merchant’s Hope, and one of the largest Czech/Slovak populations in the country, which settled in the little community of New Bohemia.