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A Countryside Weekend for Two in Culpeper


Rolling countryside and rivers deliver outdoor fun in Culpeper, but that’s not the half of it. Toss in excellent field-to-fork dining, tasty craft beer and wine, and one of the most unique stays in Virginia, and that’s one well-rounded weekend for two for your Instagram feed.

The Inn atKelly’s Ford is an escape that includes horseback riding, dining, river fun, and even a silo for sleeping. While you won’t truly “hit the hay” when you check into The Silo Suite, you will be treated to a two-story reprieve with a full wall of windows overlooking the farm. The spiral staircase leads up to a king-size bed and private bathroom with just enough room for two. Breakfast is included with your stay, and it can even be delivered to your suite. Breakfast in bed with the sun’s rays pouring in is a delightful way to start the day.

If and when you can break away from the privacy of the silo, horseback riding and river fun await … all of it on the grounds of Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Speed date the horses of the farm to choose your companion for a one hour guided trail ride across the 138 acres, part of the Civil War 1863 Battle at Kelly’s Ford.

Lunch taken on the patio at Pelham’s Pub is a treat. Overlooking the farm, it’s a quiet place to bask in the company of the one you love. A nice selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees are available.

As the day heats up, the Rappahannock River calls. Choose your mode of transportation -- canoe, kayak, or tube -- then set off for a three-mile float. It’s one of the most serene ways to enjoy an afternoon.

Back at the silo suite, shower and shave to head out for a craft beer experience at OldTrade Brewery. Owner and brewer Garrett Thayer has harnessed American, English, and Belgian-style beer making processes to create his very own line of craft beer. Enjoy a flight by the fire pit before your reservation at Grass Rootes in downtown Culpeper, a real treat for anyone who loves farm-fresh, authentic flavors in a revitalized, historic, industrial space.

After a great night of relaxation and rest, rise for another awesome Inn at Kelly’s Ford breakfast. Revel in the country atmosphere before check-out, then do a little winery hopping.

Gray GhostVineyards sits on 20 historic acres in Amissville and pours internationally acclaimed Virginia wine. Tours are by reservation but the tasting room opens at 11 a.m. Nearby NarmadaWinery is also a 20-acre vineyard serving a nice range of award-winning wines. They, too, open at 11 a.m. and make available small plate food pairings with your tasting.

Cheers to a memorable weekend for two in Culpeper!