Culpeper, Virginia is something of a romantic’s paradise with quaint boutiques, delicious farm-to-table eateries, plenty of wine and craft beer flowing, and an impressive backdrop of fall colors to accentuate it all. From the slower pace of a farm winery to the nostalgic feeling of Davis Street, Culpeper sets the stage for couples to make memories.
Adventurous pairs will enjoy a sunset paddle on Lake Pelham straight away. Kayaks and other vessels are available for rent right by the water at Lake Pelham Adventures. Steer your way into a cove and sneak a kiss; only the wildlife will know.
A comfortable stay awaits at Thyme Inn. Beautiful antique furnishings, plush bedding, a fireplace, and spacious bathroom make you feel right at home (or perhaps even better than right at home). Check out the view from your wrought iron balcony and catch a whiff of the wonderful aromas floating up from below at It’s About Thyme; a great dining choice for the night. The restaurant feels Old World with detailed landscape murals and a European menu of pastas, salmon, veal, and steaks.
If you thought sunset on Lake Pelham was a lovely sight, you’ve seen nothing yet. Cycling to Old House Vineyards for the day is a wonderful idea for those who travel with their wheels, but you will enjoy the scenery via car just as easily. Not only are there wonderful wines to enjoy by their lake, but also taps of craft beer from their very own brewery. If spirits suit your fancy, Old House Distillery is at hand with their own takes on vodka and rum, but it’s their Blue Agave Nectar that hits the spot. Give it a try!
The scenery at Old House includes the aforementioned lake, rows of beautiful vines, and Shenandoah National Park off to the west. When fall’s color dances along the foliage and a crisp breeze blows across the lake, snuggle up with your best friend and memorize the moment.
Before the sun lowers on the horizon, head back to your room and freshen up for an evening in downtown. Dinner at Foti’s will be a treat of fine dining. The black truffle and butter roasted chicken breast is a popular dish served with bacon braised cabbage, sautéed vegetables, and roasted potatoes. If it fills you up, that’s okay. Take a walk to Grass Rootes for drinks and live music to close out your night.
Sunday mornings are for sleeping in, so do just that. Pick up your pre-arranged picnic from the fine folks downstairs at Thyme Market before you check out and head to Cocoa Manna. That’s where you’ll find brewing chocolate, which is French pressed like coffee but tastes more like a “robust, complex (and healthy!), almost red-winey hot cocoa.” That’s a treat created in Culpeper that you can take home with you!
Your final piece of romance is Shenandoah National Park during its glory season. Enjoy the ride along Skyline Drive and park at MP 45.6 to hike the 2.8-mile Hawksbill Mountain loop. At more than 4,000 feet, Hawksbill is the highest peak in the park and offers 360-degree views of the Shenandoah Valley below. This is what fall in Virginia is all about.
Cheers to romance. Cheers to fall. Cheers to you.
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