Road Trippin’


On Friday I delivered my sweet but stressed Norwegian Elkhound, Nina, to a trainer in

Virginia for a much-needed behavioral boot camp.  To make the most of my time sans-dog,

I inaugurated my three weeks of freedom with a series of excursions to Warrenton, The Plains

and Maryland's western shore.  Road trips are a great way for a curious, visual or adventurous

soul to satisfy his or her inner explorer.  And better yet, you avoid the airport … which is like

sticking hot needles in ones eye these days.  With a little planning and the right companion,

2 days and 3 nights plus a few hundred miles can be just the escape you've needed. 

Summer weekends are here, DC urbanites.  Get packed and get going! 

 

 

 

 

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I stayed at The Black Horse Inn on Friday.  The perfect setting for

a Virginia bed-and-breakfast with rolling hills and grazing horses.

 

 

 

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A view of the property's north side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The stables are a short walk from the main house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like everything on the property, the stalls are nicely detailed and well maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rail stop

 

We had dinner at The Rail Stop on Friday night in The Plains.

A casual spot once owned by local Robert Duvall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

forlano's market dining

 

After dinner we walked across the street to Forlano’s Market and had a glass of wine on the front porch.

This market/restaurant is the perfect addition to Main Street – charming, unpretentious and filled with

locals and visitors alike.  Dinner here will be on my itinerary the next time I visit hunt country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I planned on a quiet afternoon in old town Warrenton, but as it turned out, Saturday was the town’s

annual spring festival replete with bands, booths and lots of interesting characters.  Classic people-watching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking down S. 3rd Street to E. Lee Street. 

I love the architecture, history and intimacy of southern towns.

 

 

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We had lunch at The Iron Bridge Wine Co. on Main Street.  Delicious food and

great wine in a handsome setting with excellent service to boot.  Worth a trip.

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tri county horse

On the way out of town, the clever signage for Tri County Feeds caught my eye. 

So much so that we pulled over to take a look inside.  In fact, the company

is a retailer specializing in riding gear and services for the equine set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m no great equestrian, but if I were, I would definitely buy this saddle and outfit.  So chic!

 

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MtVernon from Potomac

Sunday required a change in gears with a drive to Maryland and a cruise up the Potomac back to

DC via boat.  I commented at one point that the shoreline reminded me of Lake Minnetonka.

That is until I saw a little estate called Mount Vernon perched on a hill on the Virginia side.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once up the river in DC, we stopped for awhile to enjoy the views.  Where else can you drift on a

boat on a beautiful day with little water traffic and gaze at the Lincoln and Washington Memorials?!?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wrapping up the perfect easy-breezy weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to more local adventures while my canine kid is at camp!

 

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Tricia (and Nina) xo

 

 

 

 

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