There is no better place to be than in the great outdoors, and Culpeper is blooming beautifully. Welcome the warm weather and sunshiny days with a stroll through our parks, and then perhaps consider attending an outdoor event. From live music and animal introductions to casual wine sipping among the vines there are opportunities to gather* while also keeping your distance for the greater good.
April 3 – Andora Farm, the Culpeper cattle farm owned by Tom and Pat Seay as seen on “Best of America by Horeseback” on RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel, invites you to watch the Team Penning Practice Season Opener at 6 p.m. Teams of three riders compete to see which team can move their cattle from the arena to the pen the fastest. Join in for $5 per rider or watch the fun for free. Team Penning Practice is held each Friday night, weather permitting.
April 11 – It’s Easter weekend and the grounds of Mountain Run Winery are welcoming to families for a time to unwind. Spread out a blanket and enjoy the excellent seafood by Captain Corbins while listening to Dave Goodrich play from 3 to 6 p.m.
April 11 – If you’ve ever wanted to glean a bit of understanding about equine behavior, Intro to Equine Savvy at Misty Run Eventing is a great first step. Participate in one session or all five (one per month through July).
April 17 – 2020 Cherry Blossom Sale and Futurity at Culpeper Ag is your chance to see majestic longhorn cattle up close and personal. This is the longest running longhorn sale on the East Coast and the kids always love the weaning pens where the calves are kept.
April 17-19 – Both novice and experienced riders and horses are welcome to participate in the first Cattle Drive Weekend of the season at Andora Farm. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are amazing, and the time spent in the outdoors is priceless. Your lodging and meals are included in the price, and there’s plenty of time for trail riding, fishing, and even target practice, if you want.
April 24 – Calling all adventurous scooter owners! The Dogwood Classic 16 Scooter Rally will set up base at Mountain Run Winery. It’s all the makings of a campground festival but you can pitch your tent at a safe distance while also enjoying the camaraderie of shared scooter stories and excursions. Speaking of excursions, there are great roads to scoot along and wonderful views to see.
April 25 – Bring your hand sanitizer or better yet, offer an elbow bump instead of a handshake for the Meet & Greet at Belmont Farm Distillery featuring spirit makers Chuck Miller, Tim Smith, and JT. See about an autograph and hopefully a photo with the guys, but if social distancing is still the mandate of the land, just smile and wave and enjoy a free distillery tour and spirit samples.
Ways to Get Away in Culpeper:
Take the kids to the park for fresh air at Rockwater Park, Yowell Meadow Park, or other Culpeper parks. Trails, playgrounds, picnics, frisbee, birding, fishing, and biking are great ways to get outside without getting into a crowd.
Couples can enjoy a ride with the top down or by laying a motorcycle through the turns along scenic Route 231, a Virginia Byway and Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway.
Peruse roughly 1,000 acres of preserved historic battlefields while engaging in American History. Consult the Battle of Brandy Station App for self-guided tours or learn the best ways to encounter the past at Cedar Mountain Battlefield.
Feeling crafty? Wine and Design is offering take-home kits to complete a masterpiece on your own. Buy two so you’ll have another for later. Because you choose your own painting, kindly give 24 hours’ notice for your kit to be prepared and then simply pick it up during normal business hours.
Let the creative juices continue to flow by picking up a cupcake kit (curbside) from Seriously Sweet on Davis Street. Then plan to tune in to their Facebook page for a virtual decorating class. Call for details and to reserve your kit: 540-812-2491.
For those looking for a great meal to-go for picnics or in-room dining, a number of our downtown Culpeper eateries, wineries, and breweries are offering curbside pick-up for your online or phone orders. Feel free to reach out to Visitor Center at 540-727-0611 for suggestions.
Lastly, there are places to stay in Culpeper that require no interaction with anyone. Make your reservation and arrive to a clean environment by way of a key code. Traveling doesn’t have to be hard or off limits during this time. Let us help you retreat while maintaining your health and doing your part to #FlattenTheCurve. We’re all in this together.
*Events are always subject to change, especially during this time. Please confirm dates and times before arrival.