In a town marked by neighborhoods, (the Fan, Shockoe Bottom, etc.) sometimes the smaller districts fly under the radar.
But don’t let size fool you; Bellevue offers up everything from yoga classes to superb brunch spots, and all the neighbors know one another by name. Here are the top 5 things to do in Bellevue:
1) Check out the all-new Morsels, where New York baker Adrianna Grenier sells bite-sized treats perfect for a tiny indulgence, or for sampling a variety. Beautifully adorned and made with pure ingredients, these morsels are available late night Thursday through Sunday from 6 pm–midnight. It’s perfect for bar crowds and late night dates.
4040 MacArthur Ave.
2) At about $10 a class, 4025 Yoga is one of the reasonably-priced studios in town. But what keeps patrons coming from as far as Short Pump? The place feels spa-like, with serene interiors and a team of massage therapists that specialize in everything from prenatal massage to Reiki. There’s even a yoga teacher training program. Hatha Yoga is the most popular class, though the offerings go beyond yoga, with classes such as Tai Chi.
4025 MacArthur Ave.
3) The Mill is known for their locally-sourced dishes, but only locals know about Pasta Night. For just $20, parties of two enjoy heaping portions of “family style” pasta and an equally enormous salad. There’s always a variety, such as bleu cheese carbonara or baked ziti. After dinner, patrons always walk out slowly, and with leftovers. This Tuesday night special draws a crowd, so get there early.
4023 MacArthur Ave.
4) Brenda Stankus doesn’t care whether you’re a pro or a novice; she just wants you to paint. The Painting Class on Bellevue Avenue offers workshops for those who use oils, acrylics, pastels or newcomers unfamiliar with all mediums. Her light-filled studio sees students from all walks of life, and her gentle guidance teaches the basics while letting everyone learn at their own place. Added plus: hungry students are just steps away from the Northside Grill and Enoteca Sogno.
1229 Bellevue Ave.
5) High tea at the Eclectic Cottage is like the hipster, vintage-wearing little sister to the Jefferson Hotel’s high tea. Guests are surrounded by conversation pieces like 1960s ashtrays and cuckoo clocks, all for sale. Owner Mesha Mott indulges guests with Quiche Lorraine, salmon crostini, cucumber sandwiches, three hand-blended teas of the guests’ choice and more. She tops it off with locally-made desserts, hand-picked from her three favorite bakeries.
4034 MacArthur Ave.
Fayeruz Regan is a writer and bon vivant. www.fayeruz.com