Rappahannock County is located in the foothills of Virginia’s majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the picturesque Piedmont Region. The county is approximately 75 miles west of Washington, D.C., and also is close to other major metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
Directions from D.C./Capital Beltway:
From I-495 in Virginia, take I-66 west to Route 29 south to Warrenton. Follow Route 29 business into Warrenton. Turn right on Route 29/211 and take Route 211 west approximately 20 miles to Rappahannock County.
Directions from Richmond:
Take I-64 W to VA-231 N in Orange County. Then take 29 N to Madison to rejoin 231 N to Rappahannock County.
Directions from Charlottesville:
Take Route 29 north to Madison. Take the exit for Route 231 north and drive approximately 20 miles to Rappahannock County.
Directions from Winchester:
Take Route 522 south into Rappahannock County.
From Baltimore and Philadelphia:
Take I-95 south to the Capital Beltway, I-495. Follow directions from the Capital Beltway above.
The historic Town of Washington, founded in 1796, serves as the county seat and is home to the five-star, five-diamond Inn at Little Washington, eAmerica’s most celebrated country inn and restaurant. Seven other country inns located in and around the town offer a variety of accommodations. Washington is home to sophisticated shops and art galleries, the Theatre at Washington, which offers a seasonal schedule of concerts and cultural events, as does the RAAC Community Theatre. The Rappahannock Historical Society operates a museum and gift shop where visitors can experience Rappahannock County’s unique history.
Sperryville is located along the picturesque Thornton River at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 1820, this farm village is known for its old-time charm. The village is a popular dining spot, offering a selection of restaurants and eateries. The village is also home to five country inns; a historic village farmhouse rental property; the antiques and other unique shops at the Sperryville Schoolhouse; the galleries and artist studios of Rappahannock Central; a whiskey distillery and a coffee roastery; and is a favorite spot for impromptu, bluegrass pickin’ parties. The Huffington Post says about Sperryville: “Antiquing is the name of the game in this small, small town outside Washington, D.C. — but restaurants and a clutch of lovely inns are making it into a hotbed of country relaxation for a broader audience of overworked District dwellers.”
The quaint village of Flint Hill, approachable by several byways that wind through the bucolic countryside, offers specialty shops and a fetching concentration of dining and pub choices, including the Griffin Tavern, the Flint Hill Public House Restaurant and Inn and the gallery/gourmet cafe 24 Crows. Rappahannock’s other small villages include Amissville, Boston, Castleton, Chester Gap and Woodville, each with its own history and personality.