Northern Virginia is home to a number of thriving counties with an abundance of mom-and-pop shops, overlooked dining and much-loved tourist destinations. Prince William County, located on the Potomac River, has it all. The trip only requires is a little planning, one stop at the gas station, and you’re good to go. Explore this awesome area getaway, and leave the worries behind for good food, great wine and amazing scenery.
13848 Lee Highway
Centreville, VA 20120
From the outside, this Korean cafe looks like the average two-story house, white picket fence and all. On the inside, it’s a cute, quaint shop with an assortment of baked goods, sandwiches, frozen novelties, to-die-for coffee and flavored bubble teas. Forget Starbucks, the joe here beats them all. Drink your delicious frappuccino on the patio, play some cards and enjoy free WiFi. Jireh is a 45-minute drive from DC and right off 66, no detour at all.
10075 Lees Mill Road
Warrenton, VA 22712
Price: $5 per person tasting/$20 group tastings/$30 barel room tastings
Nestled on 50 acres in Virginia’s countryside, only 25 miles from the bed and breakfast, Molon Lave, which means “Come and Get Them” in Greek, is absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy two charming tasting rooms, a three-tier outdoor pavilion, pond and a wrap-around patio, not to mention both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. The bold wine selection includes white, red and rose wines. Molon Lave is romantic enough for a little time with your honey, and big enough for children to run and play while the adults sip on merlot.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109
Price: $3 per person guided tour
On your trek back to the nation’s capital, directly off route 29, stop for a history lesson at Manassas’ landmark, well-preserved Battlefield Park. The park is filled with buildings, monuments, bridges and statues, including the famous statue of Stonewall Jackson, which dates back to the Battle of Bull Run. Also explore old homes used by soldiers during the Civil War as well as scenic vistas from years gone by. If you aren’t a Civil War buff, simply stop for a pleasant hike on any of the beautiful, quiet trails.
15704 Lee Highway
Gainesville, VA 20155
If you worked up a little appetite hiking and wine tasting, Blue Ridge Seafood is an ideal midday pit stop just 15 miles from Molon Lave. This local institution is a family operated restaurant, serving some of the freshest seafood in Northern Virginia since 1979. If you are a crab lover, Blue Ridge is known for hard-to-beat, well-seasoned blue crabs and snow crab legs. Dine on southern comfort foods such as hush puppies, cajun-battered gator tail or crayfish. Other notable dinners from the sea include grilled scallops, stuffed flounder, spiced shrimp, and surf and turf. With a Cape Cod-looking exterior and laid-back hometown vibe, Blue Ridge is an escape that will leave you wanting more.
Bennett House Bed & Breakfast
9252 Bennett Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Price: roughly $175
The Bennett House, a welcoming, serene retreat in historic Manassas, sits just 30 miles from Washington. Inn keepers Jean and Curtis Harrover will greet you with open arms. There are only two guest rooms; both are fairly spacious and filled with antiques. The inn is in walking distance of Old Town Manassas, perfect for a leisurely stroll or restaurant reservation. Breakfast is homemade and served country style. Front-porch rocking chairs and local and national newspapers make for a peaceful, relaxing breakfast. The Bennett House is often booked months in advance, so call ahead today to reserve your room.