This DC Road Trip takes you into the heart of Virginia’s picturesque Rappahannock County. Farm-fresh produce stands, artisans, wineries, taverns and hidden-gem natural wonders are along every mile of the route as you drive out of the city and towards the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just below the Panorama entrance to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, their sits the farm village of Sperryville, VA. Founded in 1820, this village is known for its old-time charm. Being a census-designated place (CDP) in Rappahannock County, VA, the population as of the 2010 Census was 342.
Old Rag Mountain is just down the road, as is the park, and beautiful scenery rolls out in every direction from town. Abound in the country atmosphere that makes Sperryville famous, life takes on a neat simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between. It’s quite wonderful, really.
Not far off from Route 211 in Sperryville, sits a local farm house market called Roy’s and Janet’s Orchard. There’s a little sign, but nothing which indicates the wide selection of products that await you. In addition to fruits and veggies, you can look forward to homemade pies, ice cream, beef/pork/chicken/lamb, canned goods, jam, cider, and the list goes on. Janet makes a variety of jams and jellies from their berries but the real treat is one of her pies or biscuits! The Key lime and Apple pies are amaze!
There is no point in hurrying through Sperryville because you are not actually going anywhere. However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods. It’s where you were yesterday, where you will be tomorrow. The Sperryville woods is one boundless singularity. Every bend in the path presents a prospect indistinguishable from every other, every glimpse into the trees the same tangled mass. For all you know, your route could describe a very large, pointless circle. In a way, it would hardly matter.
Total Mileage: Around 180 miles, roundtrip
Time Needed: 8-10 hours. Numerous B&B options are along the route for those wanting to extend the trip overnight.
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