Lexington to Culpeper (Route 29 to Interstate 64)
Are you itching to get back out and travel? Culpeper is calling, and you can easily make it a weekend road trip. Packed with views of Virginia beauty, there’s so much to appreciate, and savor, along the way. From Lexington, make your way to Culpeper and enjoy all it has to offer.
Drive to Culpeper
Start at Lexington Valley Vineyard’s sundeck with a snack basket—or your own food pairing of choice—and a flight of six of their most popular wine selections or a sangria to share. While in the area, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to White Rock Falls where you can hike the 2.5 moderate trail around an impressive waterfall and a natural wading pool.
Travel to Early Mountain Vineyards where you’ll find locally sourced food pairings and a variety of featured wines. Make a reservation to visit the award-winning tasting room, patio or back lawn to soak in mountain views of the 350-acre property.
Stay in Culpeper
Once in Culpeper, stop at Mountain Run Winery, housed in a historic barn as testament to the farm’s agricultural roots. This winery represents the spirit of community in Culpeper and presents a down-to-earth experience in Virginia’s wine country. Have dinner at It’s About Thyme with old world charm and delicious daily specials. Rest up in European style at the sister location,
Thyme Inn, with gorgeously ornate décor and exceptional amenities.
Start the morning off right with a breakfast sandwich and a cinnamon bun at Moving Meadows Bakery & Café and have a brunch picnic at Mountain Run Lake Park. Admire scenic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains overlooking the lake – and fish if you brought your line – before you set off homeward.
Drive home from Culpeper
On your way back, make sure to stop at one of Virginia’s oldest wineries. Visit Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, offering a diverse selection of both wines and Virginia craft beers with the addition of Tap 29 Brewery on site.
A short jaunt over to Monticello, you can visit Thomas Jefferson’s vast estate and learn about life at the third U.S. President’s home. The museum has restructured tours to provide visitors with a self-guided option as well as private behind-the-scenes tours of the upstairs. For something a bit more active, walk or bike the Saunders-Monticello Trail, a four-mile path of forest and scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Then, head over to the heart of Shenandoah Valley wine country and Rockbridge Vineyard. This vineyard offers small batch wines to enjoy against a backdrop of the Blue Ridge mountains, and is the perfect end to your trip before driving home.