About The Area
Fauquier, Loudoun, Clarke & Rappahannock Counties are some of the fastest growing counties in Virginia, and with growth come conveniences. Experience country living within reasonable driving distances to shopping, dining, health care facilities & entertainment while still being able to enjoy wildlife, rolling pastures and mountain landscapes.
Horse Races, Shows, and Events
When someone from Alexandria, Silver Spring or McLean asks a Fauquier County resident where they live, many times they respond with the question, “Ever been to the Gold Cup?” Nearly 100,000 people from around the world visit Fauquier County each year to witness the oldest steeplechase race in the country. And even though The Virginia Gold Cup and International Gold Cup are two of our County’s largest draws, they are only the beginning of the rich experiences you’ll find so close to our Nations capital.
Each Friday night in the Spring and Fall tailgaters gather at Great Meadow in The Plains for Twilight Polo. Fun for all ages, the matches feature outstanding competition, a beautiful view of the landscape, and a chance see an old friend or find a new one.
The Upperville Horse Show is one of the premier events in the world of equestrian sports, and is held year each June. It features the prestigious $100,000 Budweiser Upperville Jumper Classic along with several days of competition leading up to this world class event. You are very likely to see an Olympic hopeful, or a past Olympic medalist in the competition.
Each weekend you’ll find a full calendar of horse events taking place in Fauquier County. From Fox Hunting to Steeplechase, we have it all for the equestrian enthusiast. If you come out to visit and enjoy one of these activities, be careful! You won’t want to leave!
Shopping, Dining and Sightseeing
Antiques – Fresh Produce – Unusual and Interesting Stores – World Class Restaurants – Breathtaking Views. If these items peak your interest, and you’re near the Washington, DC area, you simply have to come visit. The Farmers Markets in The Plains (540-253-5289) and Warrenton (540-347-1101) offer huge arrays of locally grown produce and more. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris (540-592-3900) (yep, Fauquier County), Frogs & Friends in Marshall (540-253-5399), The Rail Stop in the Plains (540-253-5644), 1763 Inn in Upperville (540-592-3848) and over 40 other privately owned restaurants can be found tucked into the small towns, rolling foothills and breathtaking venues throughout the county. And, if you’re looking for something different to do for a friend or relative on his or her birthday (or any day, for that matter), visit the Flying Circus in Bealeton and take a ride in a bi-plane! Or just sit back, and enjoy the show!
Wine making has a great tradition in Fauquier County, and our many vineyards offer the very standard for Virginia Wines. Naked Mountain Vineyard, The Oasis Winery, Linden Vineyards and Piedmont Vineyards and Winery are but a few of the long standing producers of quality Virginia wines from Fauquier County. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you surely don’t want to miss the Virginia Wineries Festival (1-800-277-CORK) held each Spring at Great Meadow.
Whether you’re into hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, or bird watching, you can do it in Fauquier County. If you’re looking for the fireworks of Fall, the painted sunsets of Summer, the snow covered hills of Winter, or the beautiful buds of Spring, its all here awaiting your arrival. Take a leisurely drive down Route 211, a jaunt through the winding hills of Markham, or a trek up Paris Mountain to get a glimpse of the natural beauty that gives Fauquier County that clean, preserved feel.
For those stuck in the gridlock of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC, you’ll find Fauquier County a very short drive away (probably about as quick as running to your local grocery store!). Many who visit find it hard to believe so much culture, history, expansive space, and beautiful countryside lie so close to where they live and work. Why fight the traffic at a mall? A quick drive away are uncrowded streets, unusual shops, great places to eat, and tons of fun things to do – all right here in Fauquier County, Virginia.