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

Haymarket Bicycles Studio and Happy Creek Coffee: combine for a wonderful place to congregate--The Wheelhouse.  The region's premier location from which to ride and run, we serve the area's best coffee and "food with a purpose."  In addition to a welcoming coffee shop environment with free wifi, the bicycle Studio offers 3-D motion capture bicycle fitting and custom bicycles sales and service. 6485 Main Street, 703-987-8059, Twitter: @hbfitstudio Email: hbfitstudio@gmail.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, Linda Neel and other regional artists.  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.

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

Timeless Manes:  A quaint little salon. Deanna, the owner, offers over 20 years of experience to both women and men in a friendly environment. Services include cuts, razor cuts, color, color correction, highlighting, 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

The Bittersweet Garden:  Out of the ordinary garden ornament and statuary, accessories for the home and landscape, seasonal plants and floral supplies.  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 to 5 and by appointment.  6472 Main Street, 540-253-5700.  TheBittersweetGarden.com

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

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

Dine

Front Porch Market & Grill: Come see our newly renovated space featuring a full service dining, outdoor seating and gourmet market with seasonal gifts.  Like our Facebook page for daily specials.  Open seven days a week.  540-253-2018, 6483 Main Street, FrontPorchThePlains.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.