Meet Virginia, explore Richmond

This page is devoted to resources for you to have the best summit experience while staying in gorgeous downtown Richmond, Virginia. Here you'll find everything from parking options for those commuting, to restaurants, to the must-see spots while you're in town.

Most importantly, we have information about our gracious hosts--the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services--without whom this event wouldn't be possible.

Meet Our Hosts:
The Virginia Association of Recovery Residences

As Virginia’s only NARR-accredited body, the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences monitors, evaluates, and improves standards to build the highest quality for recovery residences--so that all Virginians have timely access to effective recovery support services.

VARR members provide the highest level of service to their residents and clients throughout Virginia. Members have been accredited through VARR’s rigorous screening process using the NARR Standard, thus ensuring top-notch services. VARR also presents a collaborative voice for recovery residences throughout our Commonwealth and works to ensure that everyone in recovery is able to access recovery housing that offers quality programming for all residents.

Our Supporters: Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services

NARR would also like to extend a special thank you to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) Team for their support in making this year’s conference possible. Virginia’s SOR Recovery Team consists of Audrey Dervarics, Jenna Lee Mathews, Joscelyn Inton-Campbell, Julia Simhai, and Stacey McClellan.

Virginia’s SOR Grant Team has supported NARR’s state affiliate in Virginia for multiple years and continues to champion recovery housing throughout the state of Virginia.

We thank the Department and the SOR Grant Team for giving us the opportunity to put on this event. We hope our education and networking continues to foster and grow allies as dedicated as you to people in recovery, and recovery housing. Thank you for making us so much better together!


A purple rendition of the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences' logo: a cutout shaped like the state of Virginia, containing "VARR" inside it, and a stylized hand holding a house.

To learn more about the amazing initiatives VARR is implementing throughout the Commonwealth, visit their website below.

Check out Virginia's Substance Use Disorder resources and initiatives.

Learn more about the SOR Grant Team and the work they're doing to reduce & treat Opioid Use Disorders across Virginia.

We'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to VARR, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, and their State Opioid Response Grant Team. Your hard work and commitment have made this year's summit possible. Thank you to the whole team at VARR and the Department!

Discover What Richmond has to Offer

VARR has been working tirelessly behind the scenes in tandem with NARR to make sure this year's Best Practices Summit has expert-speakers, a beautiful convention space, and all the insider know-how for you to explore Richmond without compromising COVID safety. Here you'll find lists of local spots, available parking, and the sights to see!

Parking at the Richmond Marriott

Please note pricing is subject to change.






Self-parking is located in a city-owned garage that is connected to the lobby level via covered sky walk. (Tax & service included)



Tax & Service included


Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

The Tobacco Company Restaurant 

Something Different


NuVegan Cafe

Jamaica's House

Sandwiches, Lunch

Secret Sandwich Society

Dinner or Lunch


Southern Kitchen

Soul Taco

Coffee Shops, Bakeries

Capitol Waffle Shop

Proper Pie Co.


The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe

Sugar & Salt

Museums & Historical Attractions

Agecroft Hall & Gardens

Black History Museum and Cultural Center

Science Museum of Virginia

The Poe Museum

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts



Beasties (Clothing, jewelry, decor by local artists)

Mongrel (Stationary, decor, novelties, gifts)

Rest in Pieces: Oddities & Curiosities

Canal Walk

Canal Walk Murals


Get a special tour of VARR's brand-new headquarters! 

Email us at to find out how!

More information to be posted here.