As you whisper sweet nothings to your sweetheart, you can savor sweet somethings on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail! Throughout February, the month of romance, you’ll find special treats to nourish body and soul. Make your own valentine under the guidance of an experienced artist or sway to the soulful strains of a love song. Indulge in a delectable multi-course dinner with specially selected wines, or give in to the temptations of chocolates, baked treats and drinks lovingly crafted. Soak up the silent beauty of the piedmont landscape – a visual valentine for every visitor. Explore studios, shops and galleries and end your day relaxing in the comfort of a charming bed and breakfast. Whether you are a would-be lover or wish to avoid cupid and his arrows, you will discover that there’s something for everyone on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail!
Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via the online location map. When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.
Here’s what’s happening Feb. 9, 2019:
Beech Spring Gift Shop – 11600 Lee Hwy., Sperryville, VA 22740
Valentine Workshop. Create Valentines for someone you love. Make two to four cards, depending on your speed. There will be a wide array of materials to choose from, but If you have something special you’d like to use in your cards, bring it. $10.00 covers all supplies needed. Class will be limited to 12 people. Begins at noon. Email email@example.com or phone 540-987-8704 for reservation
Before and After – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740
Lovin’ on Sperryville. Enjoy heart and rose themed treats, including a Rosewater-Pistachio Latte, chocolate wine tastings, a complimentary piece of gourmet fudge from The Chocolatier’s Palette for lunch, candy hearts with every espresso drink, and a surprise dessert that will surely fill the heart (and stomach) of even the loneliest Rappahannock resident. For hours, check http://beforeandaftersperryville.com/
De’Danann Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA 22740
Valentines for the Ages. Create a lasting valentine by making a charming beveled glass heart sun catcher and ornament with the guidance of stained glass artist Patricia Brennan. In this workshop learn the process of copper foiling a pre-cut beveled heart. You will solder the piece together, to create a sparkling heart that can be enjoyed for years to come. Class limit is 6 students. Cost $28.00. Time 10 am – noon.
Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106
Irresistible Chocolates and Cabernet. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the most popular Valentine winery event in Virginia! Treat your sweet tooth to a decadent array of chocolate desserts while sipping Gray Ghost’s Gold-medal winning red wines. Admission includes an unlimited chocolate dessert buffet, red and white wine tasting, glass of wine of your choice and collectible Valentine glass. $25 per person Saturday and Sunday. Snow, rain or shine. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627
Robbie Limon Band. This classic rock band packs the house! Music from the 60s, 70s and 80s! This is the perfect time to treat your sweetheart to dinner and dancing! Band from 8 to 11 pm – great food all day!
Hazel River Arts and Antiques – 12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747
Handmade Love. “I love the mountain heritage of a hand made chair, I love to paint chairs, and I love creating rugs that bring out the character of our animals or the beauty of our trees.” So says Sally Mello who will discuss the origin of heritage crafts and have many fine examples on display. She will demonstrate how to splint bottom a chair, a nearly lost art from the Blue Ridge Mountains. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Also on hand will be artist Jennifer Webb with a fused glass valentine workshop. See Warmglass Designs below.
Kevin Adams – 337A Gay St., Washington, VA 22747
Heart to Heart. Indulge your senses in this new exhibition with clay work by Catherine White and Warren Frederick, encaustic paintings by Giselle Gautreau and new work by Kevin H. Adams, known near and far for his Virginia landscapes. This is also your opportunity to engage in heart-to-heart discussions with the artists at a reception from 4 to 7 pm. It all takes place at Gay Street Gallery, next door to Adams’ studio.
Magnolia Vineyards & Winery – 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106
Wine and Song. Bring your sweetheart and celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early at Magnolia Vineyards! We will be featuring live music with popular local musician Leon Rector. Leon is an acoustic singer-songwriter performing both original music and covers. Influenced by the likes of Jack Johnson and Johnny Cash, Leon plays a spectrum of tunes including the Beatles, the Doors, Elvis, Jim Croce, and, of course, Johnny Cash! As always, tastings include a chocolate and cheese pairing! Music 2 – 5 pm. Wine you will LOVE, all day!
Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Loving Art. During the L-O-V-E themed month of February, gallery artists and their friends are featured. Celebrate the Valentine’s season with forty regional artists exhibiting contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. 540-675-1313 Meet the artists at a reception with light refreshment Feb. 9, from 3-5 pm.
Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106
Sweet Somethings! Savor a romantic Valentine dinner catered by Rangoli Restaurant. Enjoy four award winning Narmada wines carefully selected to pair with a mouthwatering four course menu Receive a case discount the evening of dinner:
Club Members 30% off. Guests 20% off. $90 Person Begins at 6:00pm
Winter Sale. Old Rag photographers will be discounting a lot of work, both framed and unframed images. Pieces will be marked with color coded dots to indicate percent of discount and we are also offering bargains on some equipment. Pick up a good deal for your love or yourself! 11:30 am – 4 PM Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740
Play With Clay. Potter Sara Adams will instruct you on creating colorful ceramic valentines. Allow an hour for painting. Workshop from noon to 3 pm. $5 fee for two valentines. Reserve at email@example.com text 202-356-7005
Sperryville ARTists Cooperative – 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA 22740
Art With HeART. “What the heart thinks, the mind feels.” Create your own prose to use with your hand made, personalized valentines. All ages welcome to free open workshop from 12-3 pm. All materials provided. Donations accepted but not required. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-987-9288
The Inn at Mt. Vernon Farm – 147 Mount Vernon Ln., Sperryville, VA 22740
Lovely Living. Cozy up by a warm fire in one of the South’s best Bed and Breakfasts as voted by Southern Living. With our comfortable beds and fine linen sheets you will truly relax and unwind and leave refreshed to face the new week ahead. Get 10% off a multi-night stay and if you mention this post you will receive a free box of Gearharts Salted Caramel Chocolates. Reservations: 540-987-8115
Warmglass Designs – 12625 Lee Hwy. at Hazel River Art & Antiques
Fused Glass HeART. Create your own beautiful glass sun catcher. You will be provided a 4” clear glass circle or heart-shaped base and small bits of colored glass that have been pre-cut for you to arrange mosaic style. Patterns are available or you may choose your own freestyle approach. Projects will be fired off site in a kiln at my home studio and be ready for pick-up the following Thursday at the front desk. Workshop $25.00 – add $5.00 if shipping is required Hours 11 – 2 pm Phone 540-987-8440