Where do you eat, drink and stay?

Pheasant confit by Three Black Smiths chef Jake Odeo. Photography by Brigitte Rene Photography.

Sperryville used to be a twinkle and a twinkle and you’ll miss it on the Lee Highway, the road to Shenandoah National Park or Luray Caverns is rarely cut off. But over the past decade, it’s become a destination attracting gourmets looking to explore Rappahannock County’s vibrant dining scene outside of an inn in Little Washington.

Three chefs from blacksmiths Jake Adeo. Photography by Brigitte Rene Photography.

The best way to get to know the city is to take a walk along Spryville River Walkwhich starts across the street from Happy Camper Equipment Company (15 Main Street), where you can stock up on cooking gear for your next road trip – plus trendy outerwear. Walking passes after booking only three blacksmiths (20 Main Street), where chef Jake Addeo, a modern transplant who once ran DC restaurants like Occidental and Late Bibiana, creates an elegant tasting menu that draws heavily on local ingredients and classic European techniques. (Currently booked until mid-October). Next: Cozy cafe Before after (31 Main Street) For strong espresso and tempting pastries.

Wild Roots Pharmacy. Photo by Kimberly Nicole Myers.

The bridge across the awkward Thornton River takes you there School Principal’s Pub (12018 Lee Hui.) For snacks at the bar as well as a playground filled with vintage pinball machines. You will have to make a small detour away from the lane to reach it copper fox distillery (9 River Ln.)for a smoky Applewood aged whiskey tour and tasting, and wild roots pharmacy (4 River Ln.)which makes a vegan cocktail drink with flavors like elderberry and lavender.

Whiskey distillation. Image courtesy of Cooper Fox Distillery.

Freshen up at the end of a mile and a half walk with a sour beer brewed at the brewery priest pen (3863 Spryville Pike)It features sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are there on the weekend eat from sumaca mobile wood-fired kitchen run by a couple and serving delightful rustic food.

On the other side of town, it runs on solar energy and doesn’t focus on waste Out of network coverage (11692 Lee Hui.)This vegan-friendly café is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. In Luray, about 20 minutes drive away, Happy Mini Mart and Deli (822 H. Main Street) It is an unexpected Indo-Nepalese restaurant inside a gas station, where you can get filling momo chicken dumplings, triangle samosas packed with potatoes and peas, and rich dal makhani.

Sourdough donut. Image courtesy of Jackalope Ridge.

If you like to cook on your own, you have access to plenty of high-quality ingredients. in Rappahannock farmers market (3863 Spryville Pike)On Saturday, you’ll find the masterfully crafted sourdough from the little bakery Jackalope Ridge; beef, pork, and lamb from Bean Hollow Grassfed; A wealth of mushroom varieties from Madison Mushrooms. Other notable stores open during the week: Rui farm market (64 Old Hulu Road)– replete with modern crops; pickles and preserves; Homestyle dry goods and fruit pies — and Spreeville Corner Store (3710 Spryville Pike)Premium quality groceries with great cheese and charcuterie. This last one is next to each other Francisintimate cocktail/wine bar, and always noisy Rappahannock’s Pizza Kitchenwhich releases flaky rounds of sourdough.

where to stay

Hopkins normal (47 Main Street)A bed and breakfast – and brewery – in the middle of the city’s main thoroughfare, it offers thoughtfully appointed rooms starting at $219. They have balconies – some feature wood stoves – and they float above a brewing process that delivers small amounts of beer to the tasting room and burgerart.

Things to do

counters Old Raj Mountain circle path (2577 Nethers Rd., Atlan), an uphill 9.4-mile, all-day hike to a summit with unforgettable panoramic views of woodland and farmland. Then reward yourself by stopping nearby Sharp rock vineyards (5 Sharp Rock Road)Relax outside or in the barn-turned-tasting room and toast your success with a glass of cherry-clad Bordeaux mix or crunchy Sauvignon Blanc.

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This article appears in May 2022 The Washington Affair.

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Neven Martell is a parenting, food and travel writer whose work has appeared in Washington PostAnd The New York TimesAnd flavorAnd men’s magazineAnd luckAnd Travel + LeisureAnd hostility worldand many other publications. He is the author of eight books, including It’s So Good: 100 Real Food Recipes for KidsAnd The Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: The Gold Standard Recipes from America’s Favorite Country Bakerysmashing the small press Finding Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his wife and their six-year-old son, who actually works faster than him.

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