Northern Neck to Culpeper (Route 3)
Refuel your wanderlust for travel, with a trip to downtown Culpeper. The route from Northern Neck to Culpeper includes a historically rich experience dating back to the Civil War period. Make your way into the heart of Virginia wine country and spend a weekend enjoying all that Culpeper has to offer.
Drive to Culpeper
Start your journey at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum to learn about Virginia’s long maritime heritage spanning back to the late 19th century. The museum offers both permanent and rotating exhibitions focused on the history of the second largest commercial fishing port in the country. While in Reedville, take a stroll through the National Historic District and admire the carefully restored homes.
On the road again, stop for a break at historical Ingleside Vineyards, built in 1834 and first serving as a boys’ school- turned-Union garrison in the Civil War. The Flemer family began a dairy farm at the estate in 1890, but it wasn’t until 1940 that the farm began transitioning into an award-winning winery. Courtyard seating is available as well as self-guided tasting flights.
Then make your way to Westmoreland County’s Stratford Hall, home to four generations of the Lee family dating back to the 1730s. Tours of the Great House offer insights about the lives of those who lived at Stratford Hall. Explore gorgeous cliff beaches along the Potomac River and hike one of the six local nature trails bursting with wildflowers and wildlife.
Stay in Culpeper
Commemorate your arrival in Culpeper at Far Gohn Brewing Company with a beer from the weekly rotation or a local wine or cider. The brewery pays homage to the pre-prohibition taverns and celebrates the German immigrant influence on American brewing. Limited food and specials are available, but outside food is welcome. Then stay at the boutique hotel Suites 249 to end the night. Wake up to brunch at Flavor on Main and explore the shops all within walking distance.
Start the trip back at Brandy Station Battlefield for a self-guided tour of the grounds. The battle was the largest cavalry battle in North American history, and so began the Gettysburg campaign. Hike the trails of one of the highest points of the Civil War.
Drive home from Culpeper
Get back on the battle trail with a stop in Fredericksburg at the Spotsylvania National Military Park and take a self-guided walking or driving tour through the Civil War grounds. Public buildings and facilities are closed, but staff will be on site permitting availability and weather conditions. Then head over to Eden Try Estate Winery. Themed around the biblical Garden of Eden, the vineyard is a destination for its flowering or ancient specimen trees and abundant flora as much as it is for wine. Enjoy wandering the meandering walkways through gardens and fountains before heading back home.