Richmond to Culpeper (522 to 250 to 64)
After a long year at home, there’s never been a better time to take a road trip to renew your senses and satisfy your urge to travel. Virginia is known for its history and beautiful views, but more recently has become a craft beer, wine and spirit hub flowing with options for everyone. Whether it’s your first time or you’re returning, Culpeper welcomes you.
Drive to Culpeper
Before leaving Richmond, head over to
Maymont Farm, home to horses, chickens, pigs and more animal friends that you can feed by hand. As a popular family-friendly destination, the farm sits on a large Victorian estate on rolling hills with several specialty gardens to explore throughout.
Drive over to
Grayhaven Winery in rural Gum Spring, Virginia. One of the oldest commercial wineries in the state, it is known for its estate wines as well as imported South African wines. Make your way up to
Lake Anna State Park where you’ll enjoy more than 15 miles of trails and one of Virginia’s most popular lakes. The park is open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and fishing.
Stay in Culpeper
Make a pit stop at Chateau MerrillAnne Winery in Orange, Virginia, a small country vineyard offering Virginia wines recognized for their excellence in local, state and international wine competitions. The winery sits on a working farm and runs out of a barn with outdoor only seating. Then travel to Belmont Farm Distillery, featured on the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners show. Belmont distills a variety of spirits including its original Virginia Lightning and Tim Smith’s Climax moonshine. The estate is also a historical battle site from the Civil War.
Relax for the night at Fountain Hall, Culpeper’s first bed and breakfast with six spacious guest rooms to choose from. Make yourself at home in the parlor and curl up with a good book from their extensive library or enjoy a card game with friends. Then wake to a short stroll over to local shops and other offerings all within walking distance of historic downtown Culpeper.
Drive home from Culpeper
On the trek back home, stop at historic Fort Germanna, a memorial site to preserve the early colonial heritage of the first settlers of the Virginia region. The Visitors Center is closed but the property is open for self-guided tours of the grounds and trails of the beautiful Siegen Forest. End your trip with a visit to Hammerstone Cellars on the Montpelier wine trail. This five-acre vineyard opened in 2014 and offers six varieties of vines. Then get back on the road and you’re nearly homebound.