There are lots of options for dining, visiting wineries in the area, or hanging out at a brewery. Many include special events particularly on weekends. Enjoy a country setting for a relaxed afternoon or evening at one of the establishments.
In the past few years, Virginia wine has taken off expanding from 6 in 1979 to now more than 240 wineries. The state has become the fifth largest wine producing state in the union and several are close to The Lodges. For general information see: Virginia Wines and Blue Ridge Wine Way
Two limousine services are available for hire to pick you up from The Lodges and take you to visit wineries or other destinations of your choice. Call them for more information or to make reservations.
Integrity Limo – 540-229-7466, ask for Gary
Lightfoot Limo – 540-829-0997
DuCard Winery (4 miles)
40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA
Very close to The Lodges! Good for small outside weddings. Lovely patio often with entertainment. Their 2010 Viognier recently represented the State of Virginia in a blind tasting challenge versus a top French wine producer ($80 per bottle) and was judged a dead heat tie by a panel of international wine judges! They serve chocolate with their reds. Fantastic! DuCard also has a unique Food and Wine program that is great for small groups – gourmet foods paired with their wines in a fun and intimate setting. Details at BarrelRoomReservations
Sharp Rock Vineyards (4 miles)
5 Sharp Rock Road, Sperryville, VA
Very close to The Lodges! They craft twelve award-winning wines produced in limited quantities from handpicked grapes grown in their vineyards. Renovated 100 year old barn tasting room.
Gadino Winery (13 miles)
Stop on your way to The Lodges for an assortment of fine wines, gourmet cheeses and sausage all provided in their Italian-inspired tasting room. A deck overlooks the year round gardens, vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can bring your own picnic lunch and pets are welcomed at the winery when leashed.
Little Washington Winery (15 miles)
Stop on your way to The Lodges and visit a winery tucked into the edge of Shenandoah National Park at Washington Virginia, the town George Washington laid out in 1749. Sip a glass of wine while you gaze at a stunning panoramic vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Early Mountain Winery (17 miles)
6109 Wolftown Hood Rd., Madison, VA
A beautiful place. A winery built without a budget! If you have time it is worth a visit. Great for large weddings and other rooms for special occasions. A tasting selection from several Virginia wineries.
Prince Michel Winery (17 miles)
Route 29, Leon, VA
Has dining on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, also banquet rooms, weddings also available. Thirsty Thursday occurs the 2nd Thursday of each month 5 pm to 8 pm with live music, wine tastings and supper fare available for purchase.
Gray Ghost Winery (26 miles)
14706 Lee Highway (Route 211), Amissville, VA
This is a nice stop on your way to The Lodges if you are proceeding from Warrenton on Route 211. Look for them on the left side of the road close to Amissville. The winery is family owned and operated and is placing Virginia on the international wine map by producing internationally acclaimed wines. They offer a knowledgeable staff, southern hospitality, beautiful picnic grounds and spacious indoor facilities
Narmanda Winery (26 miles)
Route 211, Amissville, VA
This is another nice stop on your way to The Lodges if you are proceeding from Warrenton on Route 211. Look for them on the right side of the road close to Amissville. Narmada Winery boasts 51 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. With vineyards planted a decade ago, the winery itself opened in 2009. The winery has received an impressive number of gold medals in its short history, highlighted by garnering two of the six gold medals achieved by Virginia wineries in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Rappahannock Cellars (27 miles)
Recognizing the promise in Virginia wines, they moved the family’s winery from California to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Virginia. This is truly a family vineyard with 12 children all involved in the winery! With careful tending of the vineyard and exacting knowledge of the cellar they strive to create rich, supple, and elegant wines, dedicated to the winegrower’s art.
Barboursville Winery (30 miles)
The entire estate is open for tasting their wines during a stroll or on a picnic. The hosts conduct tastings continuously in the Tuscan Tasting Room, every day of the week, and in Library 1821 on weekends. Guided tours of the winery are offered, on Saturday and Sunday. Guests may guide themselves on a tour of the landmark ruins of one of Thomas Jefferson’s true architectural masterpieces. In addition, there is upscale dining with great food!
Horton Cellars (31 miles)
A nice vineyard to visit. A short distance down the road from Barboursville. Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. Since that time it has grown into one of the outstanding vineyards of Virginia.
Great vineyard to visit. 50 wines to taste & a short distance down the road from Barboursville
Trump Winery (55 miles)
3550 Blenheim Road
Trump Winery is Virginia’s largest vineyard. This vinevard planted in 1999 was originally owned by the Kluge family of Virginia but was purchased by Donald Trump in a bankrupcy sale. It is situated on a 1,300-acre estate just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The winery features over 50,000 square feet of state of the art winemaking facilities, 100,000 gallon tank capacity, and 750 barrel cave producing sparkling, white, and red wines.
Our area currently has 2 functioning breweries; one in the town of Madison and one in the town of Sperryville each about the same distance from The Lodges.
Shotwell Run Brewing Company (3 miles)
2585 South Fort Valley Rd (Route 231)
Etlan, Va 22719
This facility has been constructed as both a winery and a brewery and is very close to The Lodges. The perfect spot when there are a mix of tastes. It features a lovely relaxed atmosphere in gorgeous country surroundings. Shotwell Run Brewing Company provides you with the best in locally crafted beers, and in conjunction with their sister company, Blue Quartz Winery, the tastiest Virginia wines and ciders.See their website for up to date schedule of events.
Craft beer is a bit different from wine. Pretty much since forever (until perhaps very recently), wineries simply supply their name, the grape varietal, and the vintage year. Brewers are just a lot less serious. A bit more playful, perhaps. And they have an addiction to puns, often involving the word “hops.” One of my favorites is Hoptimus Prime, a name used by several breweries, usually for an especially hoppy IPA. This duplication of names (unless a trademark has been issued as with the bigger, more widely distributed brews) points out the difficulty in coming up with unique names–I guarantee somebody else thought of it first.
Summer hours: Fridays 3:00 – 9:00pm
Saturdays Noon 9:00pm
Sundays Noon 6:00pm
Directions: From The Lodges proceed to Etlan, turn right and go south on Route 231 for 1 mile and turn right at their entrance.
Bald Top Mountain Brewing Company (12 miles)
This brewery has developed into the go to spot for the Madison community. Frequent special events and a lively crowd ensure a good time. See their website for up to date schedule of events.
Their story began with a familiar dream: a dream to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city to find peace in the boundless beauty in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bald Top Brewing Co. was created to share this dream with others, so that anyone could marvel as we do at the surrounding nature and indulge in our carefully handcrafted brews, while feeling completely at ease, at home.
Their mission is to share remarkably fresh and great-tasting beer that appeals to the spectrum of your senses, proudly brewed with our hops and farm fresh ingredients, and served with Madison, Virginia, hospitality.
The brewery is owned and operated by Dave Fulton and Julie Haines and they are proud to offer an experience you’ll want to share with all your friends and family. Come on by and taste for yourself!
Directions: From the Lodges proceed south on Route 231 to the town of Madison. Turn right on Thrift Road VA657 and proceed 1 mile to farm entrance.
Pen Druid Brewing (12 miles)
The name, Pen Druid, comes from their old family farm which sits on the Thornton River in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just a few miles downstream from the brewery. See their website for up to date schedule of events.
Pen Druid Brewing focuses on wild fermentation, barrel fermenting and aging, spontaneous fermentation and naturally carbonated beers. The brewery is owned and operated by the three brothers Lain, Van and Jennings Carney. The brothers isolated their own cocktail of wild yeasts and bacteria from the Virginia Piedmont reflecting the terroir of Rappahannock. And in that spirit of capturing the terroir of the Rappahannock Piedmont, the brothers also began their spontaneous fermentation program which employ two copper-lined coolships.
Pen Druid is a 10bbl woodfired brewery. All kegs and bottles are naturally carbonated using secondary fermentation in the bottle or the keg. They opened Pen Druid Brewing in August 2015.
Directions: From the Lodges proceed north on Route 231 to the intersection of Route 522. Turn left on Route 522 towards the town of Sperryville. Just before entering town, turn right on Yates Lane to the end of the block. Turn right on Route 1002 for 2000 feet and complex is on the right.
A complete spectrum of dining is available, from a country bar in Madison, VA, to total excellence at the world class Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA. And there are many to choose from in-between these extremes. Many restaurants require reservations.
Little Country Store (2 miles)
Breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. Outstanding BBQ on some weekends. They will deliver to The Lodges.
Graves Mountain Lodge (6 miles)
Summer dinner is served family style on long tables. A country menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas. Closed from Thanksgiving until spring.
The Bonanno’s (11 miles)
This restaurant has a new owner and offers great Italian cooking at moderate prices. This is our local favorite for lunch and dinner. Menu includes many Italian selections along with wonderful gourmet burgers. Give it a try as you won’t be disappointed and the hospitality and atmosphere is appealing.
Mad Local Cafe (11 miles)
This cafe offers local Madison hospitality and a casual atmosphere. The café features a patriotic theme and a chalk board that lists the local farms and growers that supply the restaurant. Inexpensive but good. This is our go-to favorite for breakfast.
Madison Inn (11 miles)
Moderately priced menu and pleasant surroundings. The new chef is turning out excellent dishes.
Pig and Steak (11 miles)
Old country bar and restaurant with good ribs, hamburgers and cheap beer! Try the fried dill pickles—they’re a must-try local delicacy.
Thornton River Grille (11 miles)
Ribs, steaks, shrimp & free range chicken. Nice mix of medium priced entrees. Kobe beef hamburgers with a load of fries.Sperryville, VA (540) 987-8790
Giovanna’s Italian Eatery (13 miles)
A moderately priced Italian restaurant with lots of good selections. Not fancy but provides good pizzas, excellent pastas, and lots of other terrific menu entries. This is one of our go-to favorites for an inexpensive dinner.
Bavarian Chef (16 miles)
Route 29 Madison, VA
Excellent German food. Diners drive from Washington, DC for authentic German fare. Reservations required on weekends.
Piedmont Steakhouse (19 miles)
110 E. Cameron St. Culpepper, VA
Piedmont strives to serve the freshest regional products available, at a fair price, and with superior service. Located in an 1890’s historic brick building, the restaurant features steaks, seafood and pasta. A bit pricey but excellent service and food. Has a cozy bar and lounge area.110 E. Cameron St. Culpepper, VA (540) 825-4444
Pancho Villa (19 miles)
910 S. Main St
Culpeper, VA 22701
the Pacheco Family founded the restaurant in May of 1993 with a mission to provide the most authentic, fresh, Mexican cuisine, in a family friendly atmosphere.
Copper Fish (19 miles)
140 East Davis St. Culpeper, VA
Excellent seafood with many choices.
Foti’s Restaurant (19 miles)
219 E. Davis St. Culpepper, VA
Upscale dining. Reservations on weekends.
Lucio Restaurant (19 miles)
702 S. Main St. Culpeper, VA
Located in a small house. Excellent Italian food at reasonable prices.
Griffins Tavern (22 miles)
659 Zachary Taylor Hwy Flint Hill, VA
A new tavern was developed from an old home with an English pub flavor. Fresh fish and chips, and good burgers are served with an excellent variety of beers on tap. For caterering, contact Rachel Rowland at (540) 923-4448. She has been used by previous folks with outstanding reviews stating that superb food and excellent service were provided.
Inn at Meander Plantation (22 miles)
2333 N. James Madison Hwy, Locust Dale, VA
While we have not personally eaten at this restaurant, we have heard favorable reports of excellent meals.
Willow Grove (23 miles)
14079 Plantation Way Orange, VA
Excellent well-presented food. Two, three and four courses available with or without wine pairing. Call for reservations.
Inn at Little Washington (28 miles)
Middle & Main Streets Washington, VA
Longest running 5 diamond restaurant in America (25 straight years). There are only a total of 5 such restaurants to receive this award. Very expensive. Reservations are a must.
Barboursville Palladio (30 miles)
Excellent well-presented food. Two, three and four courses available with or without wine pairing. Call for reservations.
The Pomme (30 miles)
Small elegant upscale French dining with over fifty years of culinary experience. Welcomes diners and guests to a warm and inviting recreation of the French countryside with its rustic brick work, restored hardwood floors, and Provencal-inspired colors.