The Plains, VA
Gateway to Hunt Country

Best of the Blue Ridge

The Plains voted #1
Best Of The Blue Ridge – Best Town. 

 
 

Shop

Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room: Vintage furnishings & fine gifts in lovely village shop; charming Tea Room offers lunch and light refreshments. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 11-4. 4303 Fauquier Avenue (just off Main Street)
540-253-5790,  www.CrestHillAntiques.com

Hunt Country Yarns: Color, Texture and inspiration overflow at this treasure trove of knitting, needlepoint and spinning supplies. Friendly, knowledgeable service, special orders welcome. Open Wednesday – Sunday 6482 Main St. 540 253-9990, www.skeins.com

Live An Artful Life® Gallery:  A fine art & fine craft gallery representing over 30 artists and artisans with all work hand crafted in the USA.  Original paintings by Tom Neel and Carol Iglesias.  Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6, Sunday 11 - 4.   6474 Main St.  540-253-9797 www.LiveAnArtfulLife.com email:art@liveanartfullife.com

MadCap Farm/The Trouvails Vintage Collection-A 65 acre equestrian estate 2 miles w of the Plains offering horse boarding and riding lessons, visit us at MadCapFarm.com The Trouvials Boutique is located in the farms 350 yr old chateau & offers a unique shopping selection of vintage clothing, jewelry, hats, purses, luggage, men’s wear and collectibles. Appts may be scheduled by calling 540-207-3847. www.MadCapFarm.com, email: MadCapFarm@earthlink.net.

Martin’s Angus Beef is a local farm raising Angus Cattle, grass fed with a grain & Alfalfa finish. All beef cuts have a 30 Day Dry Age creating exceptional flavor and making it one of the most selected local beef products by Top Chefs in No. VA and DC. Martin’s Angus Beef is sold by the side, or individual cuts at local Farm Markets and found in Local Restaurants. See list of locations on our website. www.MartinsAngusBeef.com . (540) 253-5264.

The Whole Ox:Full service whole animal butcher shop emphasizing local food, featuring sausage, pâté, cheese, charcuterie, wine & beer, prepared foods, produce, and more! Sandwich and soup for lunch Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:30 - 2:30.  Open Tues - Sat, 6364 Stuart St., 540-724-1650, getyourmeat@thewholeox.com, www.TheWholeOx.com

Peyton’s Place:Home Furnishings featuring Lee Industries upholstered and slipcovered furniture made responsibly in the USA, Naturalee! An eclectic mix of antiques, hand picked consignments, lighting and accessories that express a worldly view.  Design services including renovations, additions, window treatments, paint color consultations and staging.  540-253-5880 or www.peytonsplacefurniture.com Wed-Sun. noon-5

The Bittersweet Garden: Out of the ordinary statuary, garden accessories, seasonal plants and floral supplies.
Open Wed – Sat, 6472 Main St. 540-253-5700, www.thebittersweetgarden.com  

Youngblood Art Studio is the work space of Lilla Matheson Ohrstrom, a local artist who works primarily in clay, focusing on expressionistic figurative sculpture. We exhibit other artist's works.  Open by appointment, call 540-270-0402 for questions and appointments. Behind The Rail Stop Restaurant 540 253 5667, www.LillaOhrstrom.com, lillaohrstrom@yahoo.com   Blog: youngbloodartstudio.wordpress.com

Zig Zag Gallery promotes exceptional work of diverse media and content.  We also offer educational workshops and lectures for adults and young people.  Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 5:30, 6477 Main St. 540-253-5364, www.zigzagtheplains.com

Old Dominion Soap Company:  Handmade, all natural soap, soy candles, lotions, gifts and more!  Custom soap and candle favors.  Take one of our classes and learn the art of soapmaking.  Open Thu - Sun.  540-253-2032,  6488 Main St.,  www.odsoap.com

Timeless Manes:  Come be a part of history as The Plains welcomes its first ever hair salon.  Our Master Stylists offer over 30 years of experience and expertise to both women and men in a quaint, personal and friendly environment.  Specialty services include cuts, color, highlighting and low lighting, perms, keratin treatments and waxing.  Walk-ins welcome.  Stop in and say “Hello” today!  6489 Main Street,  540-253-5044, www.timelessmanes.com,  timelessmanes@gmail.com

 

Dine

Forlano's Market & Restaurant: Come experience the fun, friendly atmosphere of the best kept secret in town. Enjoy regional, homemade fare at this authentic market. We offer a variety of cooking classes taught by Chef Nick through the Winter and Spring. Price of the class includes wine and eating the food that is made, call for details. We are open from 7:00 - 10:00 for breakfast Tuesday - Saturday, and lunch is available from 11:00 - 3:00 Tuesday through Saturday as well. Dinner hours are 5:30 - 8:30 Wednesday through Saturday, and we host brunch on Sunday from 9:30 – 2:30. 6483 Main St. 540-253-5456 www.forlanosmarket.com

Girasole:  Serving fresh, locally-sourced authentic regional Italian cuisine. Dinner daily 5:30 to 10 pm; Aperitivo Bar Sunday - Thursday 4:30 to 6:30 pm; Sunday brunch 11am - 2:30 pm. 4244 Loudoun Ave,  540-253-5501, www.girasole-panino.com, www.facebook.com/girasoleva.

The Rail Stop Restaurant Serving eclectic American-European Cuisine.  This highly rated restaurant has some of the best food and service in Northern Virginia in a country casual setting.  Consistently in the top 10 on OpenTable.com.  6478 Main St. 540-253-5644, www.railstoprestaurant.com

Attractions

Afro American Historical Association of Fauquier County Established in 1992 with a museum, library, history, genealogy, educational programs, and archives. 4243 Loudoun Ave. 540-253-7488, www.aahafauquier.org

Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market:  For more than 5 years the market has brought the freshest produce, flowers, eggs, meats and much more to the residents of Northern Virginia. Multiple vendors bring products that they have produced themselves for sale at the market. This Farmers' Market is unique in the Northern Virginia area in that it includes both indoor and outdoor stalls for vendors. Come in on a rainy day to meet the people who put the food on your table!  Intersection of I-66 (exit 31) and Old Tavern Road (Rt 245).  Open every Sunday, from April 27 through October 27, 10:00 – 3:00 PM

Grace Episcopal Church: In the days since the first families gathered in 1854 to form an Episcopal church in The Plains and dedicated the first sanctuary in 1855, Grace has become a vigorous parish of over four hundred people who worship and grow and serve God together. You are invited to join freely in this fellowship of people who gather in God's name for a wide variety of spiritual, educational, and outreach programs that allow us to confront the challenges of life with courage and faith. Worship: Sundays at 8 am and 10 am and Tuesdays at 9:30 am.  Office: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  6507 Main Street, 540.253.5177, www.gracetheplains.org

Great Meadow Foundation:  Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Piedmont countryside, Great Meadow is a 250-acre field events center and steeplechase course operated under stewardship of the Great Meadow Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for community use.  5089 Old Tavern Road, 540-253-5000,  www.greatmeadow.org

The Corn Maze:  This is our 10th year of creating a corn maze.  We are celebrating with "Our A-maizing Earth" Maze. Every year we change the corn maze design and take great pride in creating a place where you can come for hours of fun, entertainment and relaxation.  Come get lost in the maze, hear "Swift" The Rooster crow, smell the fresh  air, see the fall colors, eat a local Organic burger and some roasted sweet corn, and choose from thousands of pumpkins. This is the place for a memorable fall outing with family or friends. www.cornmazeintheplains.com

Directions

From Washington, D.C. and points east: Take I-66 West toward Manassas/Front Royal. Take Exit 31 for The Plains; turn right off the exit ramp and go about 1 mile to Main St.

From Front Royal, Winchester, and points west: Take I-66 East toward Washington. Take exit 31 for The Plains; turn left off the exit ramp and go about 1 mile to Main St.

From points south: Take I-95 North to Route 17 North, toward Warrenton. In Warrenton, take right-lane ramp to continue on 17 North toward Winchester. At Great Meadow, turn right on to Route 245 toward The Plains; continue about 3 miles to Main St.