Autumn in Virginia is a sight to behold, and we think there’s no better way to explore fall’s natural beauty than with a leaf-peeping road trip. Rich in history and full of modern charm, Culpeper is an easy ride from all points in Virginia. Even Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD are less than 3 hours away, which makes this the perfect destination for a quick getaway.
Enjoy the views on your drive to central Virginia, and when you arrive, here are some great fall activities to partake.
Started in 2009, this year diners can enjoy eleven different independently-owned restaurants. With specially priced menu options — $35 per person includes a 3-course dinner to include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert — it’s a great excuse to revisit old favorites or try something new.
Looking for more great local eats? Then be sure to check out our own Foodie Guide to Culpeper.
Enjoy live music all day as you shop more than 20 local craft vendors offering beautiful hand-made items, from painted glass to woodworking and more! Be sure to come out and support these local retailers.
We have plenty to do for everyone, including a playground and face-painting for the kiddos! Plan to stay awhile, because there is plenty to do, see, and eat! Pepper’s Grill, Over the Top Chef, Kona Ice will be there, as well as vendors serving fall-inspired treats like cider donuts, apple muffins, pretzels, and more!
Dare to join a candlelit guided walking tour of the haunted streets of Culpeper Historic Downtown Culpeper. Hear first-hand accounts of the still lurking dead, as your guide from Culpeper Paranormal Investigations describes how they find and track those who are no longer earthbound! Your tour concludes with seasonal refreshments at 18 Grams Coffee Lab.
Pull your chairs around the bonfire while you enjoy live entertainment by The Dark Hallow Bluegrass Band. Open to the public, there will also be family-friendly activities, local vendors, and food and drink for sale, including Kona Ice to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Virginia Wine Month, all month long!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Wine Month in Culpeper, so be sure to schedule some time to visit one (or all — we won’t tell) of these destinations for adult beverages.
Want to make a week of wine touring? All of the following are an easy drive from Culpeper. Grab some lodging here, and then you can stay and play while you get a taste of the region.
Rich in history, convenient to outdoor adventures, and chock full of charming shops and one-of-a-kind art finds, Culpeper has something for everyone. So grab a buddy, gas up the car, and head to Central VA for some fall fun!
(This article is part of a paid partnership with the Town of Culpeper.)