Nelson County to Culpeper (Route 20 to Route 29)
There’s never been a better time to explore the natural beauty Virginia offers—with plenty of things to do and see along the way. The state is overflowing with beautiful rolling farmlands, a historical heritage and, of course, craft spirits. Spend a weekend road tripping from Nelson County to Culpeper, where you’ll find the best of all Virginia has to offer in the heart of Shenandoah Valley.
Drive to Culpeper
Start the day with a trip to Lovingston Winery tucked in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge mountains. With over 12,000 vines, Lovingston uses a natural and low mechanization process to make their small-batch wines. Then, wander the natural-surface Rockfish Valley Trails, open to hikers and birdwatchers alike. Walk to nearby Spruce Creek Park and hike your choice of three trails within the 35-acre property. You can meander the native plant walk to see over 20 species of native birds—with even more in the fall during migration season.
Make sure you schedule a tour of Edgewood Miller Farm for a fun animal adventure. The farm is home to the cutest—and friendliest—mini horses and donkeys, chickens, pigs and piglets, cats, and dogs. Organic produce grown directly on the farm is also available for purchase.
Stay in Culpeper
Once in Culpeper, stop into Beer Hound Brewery. Serving locally made micro-brews named after famous and non-famous hounds, Beer Hound is Culpeper’s first ever brewery—and of course, is a four-legged friendly location. For an elegant stay that continues the nature-heavy theme, book Walden Hall located just outside of Culpeper in the countryside. The bed-and-breakfast is a popular destination with 10 acres of rolling farmland and an interior inspired by 19th century poets. Wake to a farm to table breakfast and other luxury amenities on the property, before enjoying shops in downtown Culpeper.
Drive home from Culpeper
On the way home, make sure you stop at historic Barboursville Vineyards. Designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend and former Virginia Governor, James Barbour, the estate went against the norms of traditional, depleting farming crops and began a trend of sustainable agriculture that would last for generations to come. His legacy still holds strong and has led the way for responsible farming and preservation of land.
For a final stop, visit Delfosse Vineyards nestled in a mountainous valley of Faber, Virginia. Experience the solitude and peace of the countryside while enjoying a picnic by the lake. Pick up a bottle or two before you head back homeward.