Everyone should experience Virginia’s natural beauty and centuries-old history at least once in their lives. But if you’re a resident, you’re able to visit the state’s best-kept secrets, attend once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, and participate in the equestrian culture firsthand. This year, make the most of living in the Old Dominion state by completing this Virginia countryside bucket list.
- Eat cotton candy, ride the ferris wheel, and support the Clarke County Ruritan Club at the Clarke County Fair (August 13th-19th).
- Experience life as it was in the 1700s during Clarke County Heritage Day, held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill.
- Shop for everything you need at the “modern country” Locke Store in the heart of Millwood.
- Compete in the Tailgate Contest during the Virginia Gold Cup (but don’t forget to watch the races!).
- Participate in a time-honored tradition at the Warrenton Horse Show (which pre-dates the Virginia Gold Cup) and the Upperville Horse Show.
- Eat a gourmet meal at Rail Stop Restaurant, a hidden gem in The Plains.
- Take a self-guided tour of the region’s best wineries on the Fauquier County Wine Trail.
- Watch pilots do death-defying stunts at the Flying Circus Air Show in Bealeton.
- Spend a night at The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, Virginia.
- Take a peek at Virginia’s centuries-old equestrian history at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg.
- Stay the night at Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Middleburg’s oldest operating hotel.
- Tour the expansive Davis Mansion or watch a horse show at Morven Park.
- Attend the Flower & Garden Festival in Leesburg.
- Hike the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (and stop by the historic Purcellville Train Station).
- Support a great cause at the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show.
- Experience country living at its finest with a trip to Airmont Store in Round Hill or Bluemont General Store in Bluemont.
Prince William County
- Trek through 15,000 acres of natural wonder in Prince William Forest Park.
Sample Virginia’s best wines at The Winery at La Grange, which features a manor house dating back to the 1790s.
- Participate in the “original” steeplechase races during the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point Races, held in Ben Venue, Virginia.
- Spend a weekend camping, hiking, or taking guided trail rides at Shenandoah National Park.
- Ride the old-fashioned trolley all around Front Royal.
- Explore the Skyline Caverns, a natural wonder discovered in the 1930s.
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