FINE Getaways: Rappahannock, VA
In the event that you have not visited Rappahannock County, your eyes and soul are in for a treat. With 25% of the county in the Shenandoah National Park and another 25% in Conservation Easements, it is a beautiful, peaceful and scenic place encompassing rolling pastures, beautiful forests, clean mountain rivers and abundant “named” foothills. Numerous “Washingtonians” own second homes here and take great pleasure in the lack of stoplights, box stores and strip malls. With such clear skies, one can easily see the Milky Way at night here. Rappahannock County has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to getaway for relaxation or to get back in touch with nature, Rappahannock has the answer for all.
Roy’s Orchard & Market and The Corner Store provide an amazing array of foods, from gluten free to fresh fish, fabulous bacon and excellent fruits. Local B&Bs, the Grill, Tavern, Tula’s, bakeries and other restaurants including the Inn at Little Washington provide amazing delicacies, with much fare produced by the numerous organic and small niche farms. The Inn at Little Washington is located right across the street from the Little Washington Wellness & Spa located on Main Street, and is described as healthy, eclectic, imaginative and unrestricted by ethnic boundaries. With 18 bedrooms, suites and cottages, the award-winning Inn has a great amount to offer its visitors.
With the Shenandoah National Park as a neighbor, one can hike mountain trails, swim under waterfalls and learn much about nature. Add an amazing Arts Association (RAAC.org), an Environmental Protection League (RLEP.org), the Theatre at Little Washington, Castleton Festival, an Education Foundation, many other non-profits and spectacular fundraisers and you will begin to see the depth of this community. Rappahannock is nothing short of a family-friendly environment.
The Rappahannock County Comprehensive Plan calls for Agriculture and Tourism. The founding fathers of the zoning did well, and with no major highway, railroad or industry in the county, it has remained much the same over the past 60 years. There is an annual Fodderstack 10K, a Rappahannock Rough Ride for bikes, the House Tour & Dried Flower Sale, an Artist’s Studio Tour, Film Festival, award-winning wineries and even a distillery. There seems to be a great deal going on in this charming county of only 7,000 people just one hour west of DC, or as one author put it, “On the morning side of the Blue Ridge.”
Written by Rick Kohler of Real Estate III | Better Homes & Gardens