Visit Culpeper and step back into a simpler time. A stellar example of the Virginia Main Street program, the Town of Culpeper has revitalized its downtown with world-class restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, and unique gift shops. Architecturally and historically important, Culpeper’s Victorian homes and Colonial era churches complement its equally rich Civil War significance.
Brandy Station …Kelly's Ford …Cedar Mountain …During the Civil War, more than 160 skirmishes occurred in and around Culpeper including the Western Hemisphere’s largest cavalry engagement at Brandy Station. Today, the preserved battlefields offer peace and natural beauty. Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, and horseback riding are just a few of the many outdoor activities available in and around Culpeper. See Civil War era battlefields and canals as you pass by in your canoe or view the Blue Ridge from the back of a horse.
In addition to the battlefields, other unique sites include Virginia's only legal moonshine distillery, Belmont Farm. Taste some of Virginia’s best wine at Culpeper’s vineyards, Old House Vineyards, and Unicorn Winery. Culpeper is also the home of The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, where all of the motion picture and recorded history of the United States is stored and preserved.
Culpeper is filled with unique shops and exceptional restaurants. Among the many choices, Foti's, recently given 3 stars by the Washington Post food critic, is owned and operated by the former Executive Sous Chef from the Inn at Little Washington. Lucio Restaurant offers the finest cuisine served in a gorgeous historic home. At Miss Minerva's Tea Room and Gifts, a unique Victorian tearoom, guests may choose a hat and feather boa to wear during the tea party. A mecca for Red Hat ladies and little girls alike, one can top off afternoon tea with shopping in all of the terrific shops in Culpeper.
Art and antiques abound in many quaint shops. Find gourmet chocolates, organic meats and produce, country ham, and fresh donuts all within a few blocks. Pamper yourself at one of Downtown’s day spas or pamper your pets with something special from a shop just for them. A 100-year-old hardware store carries everything from seeds to nails to cast iron pots. Culpeper's friendly faces and genuine customer service offer a respite from impersonal malls and big box stores.
Culpeper is at the heart of a great Virginia vacation. For more information, go to www.visitculpeperva.com.