WINERIES AND BREWERIES
Explore some of the area wineries! Fauquier County alone has 26! The Fauquier County Wine Ap provides information about 25 county wineries and their events, along with maps and recommendations for restaurants... or check them out here!
Loudoun County (just north of us) has even more. So many choices but here are some of the prettiest!
To list a few nearby wineries and breweries...
The Winery at The Grange (14 minutes away)
Pearmund Cellars (15 minutes away)
Barrel Oak Winery (11 minutes away)
Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery (13 minutes away)
Mediterranean Cellars (15 minutes away)
Chrysalis Vineyards (21 minutes away)
The Farm Brewery At Broad Run This places some amazing home brewed beers! Our favorites are Tangerine IPA and Broad Run Blonde. (12 minutes down the road with no turns)
Old Ox Brewery (14 minutes up beautiful Zulla Road to Middleburg)
Old Bust Head Brewing Company (22 minutes away)
Aside from the lovely main streets of The Plains and Marshall (pictured at left), most of the towns in this neck of the woods have lovely, historic downtowns. Middleburg (eight miles north) and Warrenton (about ten miles south) both have lovely old town centers with lovely restaurants and shops.
This large outdoor venue is home to Virginia's Gold cup, The Scottish Games and other events, as well as Twilight Polo almost every Saturday night from spring to fall where you pay per carload, pack a picnic basket and blanket (which we provide) and a bottle of wine and sit up close to the polo ponies from 6 to 8pm. And if you are up for it, join in the dancing afterwards in the pavilion! Check their website for their events calendar.
Every fall, The Middleburg Film Festival takes place in various venues throughout the town. Join this growing celebration of new movies!
The National Sporting Library is wonderful for those who appreciate art and anything equestrian! Check out their current exhibition!
PICK YOUR OWN
Northern Fauquier country is home to at least three orchards where you can pick your own apples, pumpkins, berries, and other fruit. They are all within 20 minutes. Great photo-op, by the way --especially when the fall colors are out!
MAZE IN THE PLAINS
Every fall, for the past several decades, The Plains is home to the Corn Maze in The Plains, which is open on weekends. Wonderful autumn fun - especially for families.
Also for over 20 years, Arches Green Barns in The Plains hosts a lovely farmers market with vendors selling local produce, brick oven pizza, multi-color eggs, homemade soaps, and arts and crafts. Farmer's Market!! Sundays 10-2, May through September. Turn right in The Plains and you'll see the green barns a mile or so up on the left.
RIDING LESSONS/HORSE BOARDING
The view from the master bedroom looks out onto Madcap Farm. Book riding lessons with our neighbor Jeanne, or book overnight self care horse boarding ahead of your stay! Contact us and we'll forward the information.
SHOPPING IN THE PLAINS
Farmers Market Sundays (warmer months) in The Plains at Archwood Green Barns For local fresh produce and handcrafted goods, visit our local farmer's market in The Plains, open Sundays through the warm months. Drive to The Plains first intersection, turn right and you'll see the green barns a mile or so up on the left.
Baileywyck Antiques This is a lovely antique shop stocked full of European and American treasures and art. It is voted the best in Virginia! They even carry some of Lina's little shoe sculptures, some little mice inside.
Peyton's Place Peyton's Place is stocked full of great gifts and antiques. She's in the middle of The Plains so don't blink! Tell her Lina said hello!
NORTHERN VIRGINIA FESTIVITIES
NorthernVirginia online magazine gives a nice rundown of weekly activities in the area.