Looking for a country get away with wide open spaces and stunning scenery? Look no further than the beautiful farm enclave of Clarke County! We’ve done all the research for you and put together the perfect romantic weekend itinerary in the Virginia Countryside.
Book a weekend away at one of our many charming bed and breakfasts. Choose from an authentic farm stay experience or immerse yourself in history at a historical B&B. Click here for a listing of all of our accommodations.
Start your weekend by savoring the modern regional cuisine with a French flair at the nationally acclaimed Virginia restaurant, La Table Provençale. Open to the public for socially distanced on-site gourmet dining, along with a myriad of additional choices including in-room, al fresco on our patio, or in the bistro area.A dining experience at La Table Provençale will help set the tone for a romantic Virginia weekend getaway.
Start your day with a country breakfast or brunch at The Buttery in the quant village of Millwood. Enjoy fresh farm-to-table fare in the historic cabin that once served as the town’s storehouse.
Following your meal, there are quite a few shops and historical sites to enjoy right there in Millwood:
- Head next door to the Locke Store a “modern country” store and deli with a focus on supporting local agriculture and community.
- Across the street you will find The Burwell-Morgan Mill. Established in 1785, the mill is the oldest operable merchant mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Listed on both the Virginia Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places, it is open to the public on most weekends from late spring through autumn.Operated by volunteers, the mill grinds a variety of grains that are then available for purchase at the mill and at the local farmers’ market. You can get a tour of the historic structure, marvel at the unusual interior water wheel and wooden gears, and watch the dedicated millers grind wheat and corn just as it was done over 200 years ago. The mill also hosts local artists and their work on a rotating schedule.
- Next visit one of the many unique antique stores in the village. Head over to Malcolm Magruder Antiques, The Fox & Pheasant, or Red Schoolhouse Antiques to find the perfect gift or treasure for your collection.
After you’ve shopped your heart out take in the gorgeous wide open spaces and incredible views at two near-by spots:
- The Virginia State Arboretum is a 172 acre preserve at Blandy Experimental Farm that features over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world and hosts numerous programs and events throughout the year, including its Arborfest and Garden Fair. There are numerous walking trails, each beginning and ending at the parking lot, ranging from three-quarters to two miles. It’s a gorgeous setting with an educational mission that provides great signage to guide and inform. “Don’t forget your dog!”
- Bear’s Den outlook is a 66-acre retreat boasting two stone turrets, a secluded cottage in the woods and a spectacular outlook spot along the Appalachian Trail. There are a series of day hikes, from one to six miles that include easy nature trails or the challenging Crescent Rock climb and Spout Run hike (reserve six hours out and back for each). Three trails let you casually explore the Bear’s Den grounds and the various rocky outcroppings to view the incredible colors and sunset.
Saturday evenings in Clarke can be as quite or festive as you’d like. Whether you are looking for a delicious meal at a small local restaurant or live music and dancing, we have you covered with some options below:
- Sweet Basil Thai, located in the heart of Berryville is an authentic Thai restaurant offering a variety of Thai flavors in a small, quiet setting. A local favorite for date night, this place has some of the best Thai food in the area and service is warm and friendly.
- NIK (Neighborhood Italian Kitchen) is a traditional NY style Italian restaurant, known for their large servings of quality food, that offers authentic Italian cuisine in a family friendly environment — from pizza to pasta to deli sandwiches and desserts just like Mamma used to make! They also have a variety of outstanding in-house, dry-aged steaks.
- Horseshoe Curve is a great spot if you are looking for a livelier crowd and some of the area’s best blues and country music! This family spot has been open for over 70 years serving up great burgers, and huge selection of domestic beers and an intimate local music scene. Get there by 8pm or risk not finding a seat!
Before heading home take a quick farm tour and stock up on local, fresh produce and foods to stock your pantry at home. Below is a selection of farms and farm stands that are open to the public and offer a wide selection of delicious home-grown and raised foods.
752 Audley Lane, Berryville
Audley’s grass-fed, all-natural Angus beef is available at their Farm Stand, located on the farm itself. Occasionally, other farms like Mackintosh Fruit Farm, join them.
Mackintosh Fruit Farm
1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA
Mackintosh Fruit Farm is a family owned pick-your-own farm nestled in the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley in Clarke County, Virginia. Their variety of selections allow them to extend the picking season by having early, mid, and late season varieties. Options for picking include apples, peaches, berries, pluots, and a variety of vegetables.
Nalls Farm Market
4869 Harry Byrd Hwy, Berryville, VA
Nalls Farm Market is a family-owned and operated market offering fresh, local produce, delicious pies, beautiful flowers, and more.
Smith Meadows Farm
568 Smithfield Ln, Berryville
A family-owned and operated farm offering fresh, natural products at their Farm Store. Call ahead for your first visit: 540-955-4389. On future visits, please help yourself from the customer freezer and refrigerator, use the information provided on the table to total your order, and place your payment on the table. Interns, farm staff and family members come in and out of the store on a regular basis throughout the day, and we are often available to assist you.