Voted “Prettiest Town in Virginia – 2018” by Architectural Digest Magazine.
Culpeper continues to grow and develop but still retains its small town feel. The County supports a thriving community of both agricultural and commercial interests. Population is just under 50,000 in the County, with 18,000 residing within the town which offers a wide variety of unique shopping and restaurant choices. It’s also home to the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation – a wonderful place to take in a free flick. Community gatherings abound: Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest , the “Best Little Airshow in the East”, the Harvest Days Farm Tour, Downtown Mardi Gras Carnival and more.
Outdoor activities abound from horseback riding, fishing and kayaking/canoeing the many rivers that pass through the County to great hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains. You will enjoy a well-preserved and historic downtown (2012 Virginia Main Street Winner) filled with quaint boutiques, restaurants, coffee and espresso cafes, gourmet shops, and antique stores. You will see how it earned the designation of Prettiest Town in Virginia. The beautiful Virginia countryside is nearby filled with wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms and more. This town is a great spot to embark on a tour of Virginia’s Piedmont region: Monticello, Luray Caverns, Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and more!
Lots to learn for history lovers! A young George Washington was the first surveyor of the town. Drop in at the Museum/Visitor’s Center/Amtrak Station and you will find loads of ideas to begin your adventure. You can explore the Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, and Kelly’s Ford Civil War battlefields, and walk the hallowedgrounds where Grant headquartered, Lee camped, Jackson fought, and Stuart wintered. You can learn about the 15 historic districts that once made-up the Town – places like Sugar Bottom and Voodoo Hollow; or branch out and explore the surrounding areas history, and places like James Madison’s Montpelier.
After all that exploring it might be time to check out some of the local wineries, breweries and distilleries. One establishment boasts all three! The area is a favorite place for weddings and family reunions with a large choice of venues to meet all tastes and budgets.