Known for its scenic beauty, agriculture and culinary and cultural delights, Rappahannock County, Virginia, is located 75 miles west of Washington, D.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjoining Shenandoah National Park. The area was established as a county in 1833 and covers 267 square miles. Today's population is estimated at 7,200.
The landscape of Rappahannock is speckled with award-winning wineries, orchards, farms, first-class restaurants, cozy B&Bs, lively theatres and an impressive number of art studios and galleries. From Washington to Sperryville to Flint Hill, Rappahannock has become a one-stop destination for gourmands, history buffs, artists and art appreciators. The county is home to the world famous The Inn at Little Washington, the only Five Star and Five Diamond inn and restaurant in America.
The Town of Washington (the county seat) is the first town to be named for George Washington. This village of 192 people has never outgrown the five-block by two-block grid that Washington laid out when he surveyed the town in 1749 at the age of 17. "Little" Washington, as it is often called, is a treasure trove filled with history, art galleries, and jewelry, woodworking, antique and home accessories merchants.
The village of Sperryville, founded in 1840, offers a diverse array of art studios, galleries, antique markets, restaurants and even a coffee roaster, all at the gateway to Shenandoah National Park.
The village of Flint Hill is a favorite among bikers, hikers and runners. The ideal terrain and spectacular views make for a great starting point for the annual Fodderstack 10K. Outdoor recreation isn't the only thing that appeals to Rappahannock residents and visitors, alike. People love to unwind and dine at a local tavern and shop locally for antiques and gifts.
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