Pistachio, lavender, vanilla – does it get better than that? The colors of facades, old civil war architecture, cute shops featuring local artists, woodwork, carefully curated clothing, furniture, antiques and food (local honey, fresh-baked bread, preserves, real ice cream – anyone?), quaint “farm-to-table” restaurants…exploring small towns in Virginia and Maryland, mostly an hour away from Washington, DC has been such a treat.
Just like Frederick (post here and here), Culpeper is about an hour drive from DC, located in foothills of Shenandoah mountains, surrounded by farmland in Northern Virginia.
By restoring its Main and East Davis streets (that intersect), this small picturesque town has done its best to attract us, along with a good crowd of other (mostly weekend) visitors and shoppers with its range of good bites (wood burning fire-place, good food and excellent hospitality made our lunch at Grassroots very pleasant), interesting shops and good vibes.
Even our boys, who sometimes dread my husband’s and my love for exploring small towns, had lots of fun: tasting free samples of fresh made bread and butter at a local bakery, checking out local amazing toy store and seeing how a real working bee hive looks like (in a honey selling store).
Our boys found these two below pretty amusing…
A little medley of other sights…
Leaving Culpeper, we stopped by at a near by civil war battlefield for a hike and incredible nature views. Wishing you a wonderful week!