Virginia's bucolic horse country begins about an hour west
from Washington D.C. It includes thoroughbred breeding farms,
old country estates and backroads with views of the Blue Ridge
mountains. Indulge in antique shopping in the historic village
Red Fox Inn
2 E. Washington St.
T: +1 540 687-6301. 23 rooms. US$ 135-
Located in the heart of hunt country, this 18th century fieldstone
tavern has cozy guest rooms furnished appropriately with hooked
rugs and wing chairs.
36205 Snake Hill Road
T: +1 540 687-4645. 14 rooms & cottages. US$ 250-
A carriage house and several estate buildings were recently
converted into accomodations on this historic 265 acre plantation
George Washington's hometown and Robert E. Lee's boyhood home,
located across the Potomac from the District of Columbia.
Formerly an historic port town and now a well-off southern
suburb of Washington, D.C., Alexandria has a charming Old
Town district. George Washington's Mt. Vernon estate is located
just south of Alexandria.
Virginia Morrison House
116 S. Alfred St.
T: +1 703 838-8000. US$ 150-
Small, refined hotel on a quiet side street in Alexandria's
18th century Old Town.
Romantic village located in the rolling foothills of the
Blue Ridge Mountains about 1.5 hours southwest of Washington
D.C. In 1745, it was the first of many towns in the U.S. to
be called Washington, named after its young surveyor, George
Washington. It's current claim to fame, however, is the limousine-laden
Inn at Little Washington and the organic farms and community
that supports it.
Inn at Little Washington
T: +1 540 675 3800. 12 rooms. US$ 410-
Famous for its food. Chef Patrick O'Connell, serves prix fixe
meals, $148-. This romantic hotel's l749-era guest rooms are small and snug, yet
Foster Harris House
189 Main Street
T: +1 540 675-3757. 6 rooms. US$ 195-
Located a short walk from the Inn at Little Washington, the
house offers an expansive country views, tasteful rooms and
T: +1 540 675-2020. b&b. US$ 195-
A luxury 1840's Federal manor house turned romantic hotel is set on six scenic
acres. The owner and on-site innkeeper, Mary Ann Kuhn, is
a former Washington Post reporter and CBS news producer.
Wine Country / Virginia Piedmont
25 plus vineyards are now found in central Virginia's rolling Piedmont countryside located outside Charlottesville. Take the winding Monticello Wine Trail to discover the vineyards and historic inns along the route.
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
T: +1 434.971.1800. 18 rooms. US$ 225-
This 18th century inn recently received an updated rooms make-over. Thomas Mann Randolph, the original owner, was the husband of Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha. This romantic hotel is set on 100 acres of gently rolling hills.
Historically preserved capital of colonial Virginia; now
a living museum.
137 Francis St.,
T: +1 757 229 1000. 91 rooms and a golf course. US$ 235
Built by the Rockerfellers in l937, it evokes patrician elegance
and the comfort of an l8th century Virginia country estate.
T: +1 757 941-0310. 28 rooms. US$ 190-
This country hotel is located in the middle of a 300-acre winery 3 miles from Williamsburg. Each room is tastefully furnished and romantically decorated with antiques and tapestries from one of the 28 European provinces for which they are named.
Fishing villages and bucolic settings. The Northern
Neck juts into the Chesapeake Bay between the Potomac and
Rappahannock Rivers. 18th century landowners on the Neck include
the Carters, Lees and Washingtons; George Washington was born
Hope & Glory Inn
65 Tavern Road
T: +1 804 438-6053. 11 room b&b. US$ 145-
A whimsical, folksy, eccentric romantic hotel located in
the quaint seaside village of Irvington, Virginia.