Our Top 10 Fauquier Favorites
Our Top 10 Fauquier Favorites
10. Flying Circus Air Show Wing walkers, parachutists, barnstorming, hot air balloons, rides in vintage planes, music, food, and more are all part of the Flying Circus Air Show at the Aerodrome in Bealton. It makes for an exciting and unique family outing!
9. Berkley Gallery
The Berkley Gallery is actually two galleries on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. It has an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures by some of the best regional artists.
8. Warrenton Farmers Markets
During the growing season there are two farmers markets in Warrenton. On Saturdays you can find the market in the Old Town area. The other market is held on Wednesday mornings in a shopping center near Old Town. Farmers offer seasonal produce and fruits, nursery plants, freshly cut flowers, baked goods, honey, wool products, goats milk beauty products, coffee, hand-made baskets, herbs and teas, canned preserves, organic eggs, chicken, pork, lamb, and grass-finished beef.
7. Sky Meadows State Park
This 1,864-acre park, with scenic views, woodlands, and the rolling pastures of a historic farm, captures colonial through post-Civil War life. Nature and history programs are offered year-round. There is hiking, picnicking, fishing, and primitive hike-in camping for families and groups. The park has bridle trails, hiking trails, bike trials and Appalachian Trail access.
6. Village of Hume
This quiet little village is tucked in a scenic estate area of northern Fauquier County with several excellent wineries and places to stay nearby. Desert Rose Ranch & Winery, Hume Vineyards, and Philip Carter Winery are a few of the wineries worth visiting. Just a couple miles east of Hume is the delicious dining destination, The Orlean Market.
5. Paris – Ashby Inn
Paris is a picturesque village in northern Fauquier County that is home to the renowned Ashby Inn. The Ashby Inn offers genuine hospitality, creative and progressive farm-to-table food, and a range of wines, beers, and spirits.
4. Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase Races
The Virginia Gold Cup, the crown jewel of American steeplechasing, is a grand spring tradition as well as a fixture on the social calendar. Run in Fauquier County since 1922 and attended by over 50,000 spectators, the races are equal parts sporting event and spectacle. Enjoy an outstanding equestrian event while admiring elaborate tailgates and spectators dressed to the nines.
3. Wine Tasting at Linden Vineyards
Linden Vineyards is one of the oldest and best wineries in Virginia. Jim Law, owner and winemaker, has been instrumental in developing Virginia as one of the top wine producing areas in the country. In Jim’s words, “Our job is to express the forces of earth, weather and vine in the bottle.”
2. Bluemont Concert Series in Warrenton
Throughout the year, Bluemont presents a wide variety of community events including public concerts, old-time country dances, and special events around the region. In the summer Bluemont puts on a series of outdoor concerts featuring excellent music in Old Town Warrenton.
1. Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville
While the Trinity Episcopal Church is not a grand church, it is on a stunning campus with structures of considerable architectural and/or historical interest throughout. Architect H. Page Cross designed the buildings as adaptations of the styles of certain 12th and 13th Century French churches. The fabric of the Church is native sandstone, although less brittle limestone was used for the more intricately carved areas.
Except the most complex carving, all the stone and woodwork was done by local craftspeople who, in the tradition of medieval craftsmen, made their own stone-cutting tools at a forge on the property. The bells in the tower, which were made in England, are dedicated to these craftsmen. The stained glass windows were made by Joep Nicolas of the Netherlands and the Church organ is an Aeolian-Skinner with three manuals and 55 ranks of pipes.