Monday, May 03, 2010

Virginia is for Lovers

J and I went to Culpeper for our fifth anniversary. What a great town. We just loved our time there. I am going to devote several blog postings to the great things of Culpeper!

I'll start with the location, etc. It's only about an hour away from Fairfax, and an easy and beautiful drive. We stayed in the Thyme Inn Apartments. It was really fun to stay in the town itself, and with the Culpeper Day festival setting up outside our window in the morning, reminded us a lot of our place in Florence, over the leather market. The Thyme Inn is associated with the Thyme Market and the Thyme Cafe. More on the market later. Our room was quiet and beautiful. If you don't want to stay there, there are several other B&Bs and a local campground.

There are three Civil War driving tours of battlefields nearby, as there were over 100 battles near Culpeper during the Civil War. Many local vineyards and even a distillery are open for tours as well. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is also located in Culpeper. There are also outfitters for kayaking and canoeing on the Rappahannock River. The town itself has three walking tours of Italianate Victorian architecture, and other great historic buildings. Downtown there are more restaurants that you will want to eat at than you will be able to (more on this later), as well as some really fun boutiques and shops.

You can request driving tour maps and brochures for free here.

1 comment:

Willa J. said...

How neat, R! It sounds like you got a well-deserved getaway! Thanks for sharing this...perhaps J and I will check it out for our 5-year in June.