The communities of Virginia Hunt Country have many great local inns and restaurants.
Bucolic region with many villages, farms, and wineries
Virginia Hunt Country covers a bucolic area of rolling hillsides with lots of farmland and wineries in Fauquier, Loudon, Rappahannock, and Clarke Counties. This scenic rural area is home to sought-after equestrians and farms ranging from small parcels to those extending to over 1,000 acres. Virginia Hunt Country has a mix of venerable historic architecture and new construction as well as numerous quaint villages with antiques shopping and stores selling fresh local produce.
The communities of Virginia Hunt Country have many great local inns and restaurants. The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg is a cozy fieldstone inn established in 1728. It has a pub, a tavern, and a summer terrace serving exquisite meals and local wines.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, the five-star and five-diamond Inn at Little Washington has an intimate restaurant with expertly-crafted tasting courses paired with sommelier selections from a 14,000-bottle wine cellar.
The Shenandoah Valley’s romantic L’Auberge Provencale offers farm-to-table fine dining that fuses the best of French and American cooking. The 18th-century Hunter’s Head Tavern in the small town of Upperville is a farm-owned gastropub serving classic British pub fare prepared with organic ingredients and heritage-bred meats. Ashby Inn in the Fauquier County community of Paris also offers farm-to-table dining with sophisticated dishes prepared using seasonal local ingredients.
The Shenandoah Valley’s Locke Store is a contemporary update of a traditional country store. It is stocked with local wines, craft beers, and foodstuffs. The connected Buttery restaurant pairs farm-to-table dishes with local and global wines, craft beers, ciders, and seasonal cocktails.
Field & Main in the Fauquier County town of Marshall is another farm-to-table fine dining hotspot with indoor and outdoor spaces. Middleburg’s Goodstone Inn offers local Loudoun County wines and a sublime chef-driven tasting menu at a restaurant located on a 265-acre working farm.
This gorgeous stretch of countryside features many sprawling parks and areas of natural beauty. 1,860-acre Sky Meadows Park has miles of hiking and biking trails as well as access to the Appalachian Trail. The park’s landscape includes woodlands and rolling pastures on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The State Arboretum of Virginia covers 172 acres with more than 5,000 trees and shrubs from across the globe, and the stunning landscape at the 200,000-acre Shenandoah National Park features 500 miles of hiking trails—over 100 of which are part of the Appalachian Trail.
The four-day Middleburg Film Festival in October screens exceptional films, including many that have gone on to win Academy Awards.
Virginia Hunt Country is also Virginia’s Wine Country. Vineyard tours are a popular way to sample the region’s fantastic wines with more than 40 vineyards and tasting rooms in Loudoun County alone. Hunt Country Stable Tours and Virginia Historic Garden Week are other ways to experience the area’s many fabulous sites.
Each county in Virginia Hunt Country operates its own public school district.
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