Rappahannock Romance Second Saturday February 8

Hearts and roses, love notes and all! In February, romance is a siren’s call. Romeo and Juliet, Johnny and June, A-Rod and J Lo, Grace and the Prince, Blondie and Dagwood, Will and Jada, Elizabeth and Richard, Frida and Rivera, Mildred and Richard, John and Yoko – in every culture legendary romances abound! Start your own legend with a Romantic Rappahannock Rendezvous!

Before and After  – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740

WINE AND ROSES.  Before & After will celebrate with a wine evening from 5-7 pm including wines from local vineyards, a FREE wine tasting, red roses, and heart-shaped treats.  Stop in – after hiking one of the Sperryville 7 or strolling down the Sperryville River Walk – to meet friends and family under our big chandelier.  

Dida’s Distillery at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Join us for the Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow where tickets include all samples of artisan spirits as well as craft cocktails from numerous Virginia distilleries. Guests may mix, mingle and engage with Virginia distillers firsthand (and even sample some beer.) Purchase bottles of distilled spirits to take home. Save by purchasing advance tickets. Designated driver tickets are complimentary.   https://www.facebook.com/events/434710250532778/

Gadino Cellars– 92 School House Rd., Washington, VA 22747


Enjoy a special library wine tasting (available all weekends in February). In addition to our regular tasting, we will be offering a tasting of our 2012 library vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. You may also indulge in a dark chocolate truffle flight from Birnn Chocolates in Vermont and have the option to purchase a glass or bottle(s) of the library selection

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

Celebrate the 26th 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 red wines. Admission includes unlimited chocolate dessert buffet, red and white wine tasting, glass of wine of your choice and collectible Valentine glass. Live music by Valerie Von Fange from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. (Come back Sunday to hear Tess Miller.)  Entry to event from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; winery open until 5:00 pm.  $30 per person. No reservations necessary. Snow, rain or shine!  Feel free to bring ‘real food.’ Gray Ghost is serving the dessert!

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Hypnotic Willie ambles in to deliver a truckload of music. Bring your honey out to dance for a “pre-Valentine Day evening ” and get rootsy and romantic with this rock, country, Americana band.

Kevin Adams  – at Gay Street Gallery 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Glass artist Candi Durusu, who looks for the stories and humor that glass wants to express in the new items that come out of her hands, joins resident artist and realist Kevin Adams in an exclusive exhibition.  Making it a trio is painter Joe de Feo, who is inspired by biology, chemistry, math, Old Masters, abstract expressionism, horror movies, puzzles, mysteries, and overlooked things.  The three artists are featured by Gay Street Gallery. What says romance better than an art getaway?

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Wine Tasting and Cork Crafts. Help upcycle our corks by creating your own Valentine cork heart, complementary with a tasting or glass of wine. Tastings are paired with gourmet cheeses and chocolates for just $10 and enjoyed in our spacious but cozy new winery.

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Ben Mason and Kimberly Engel sing their way through the winter afternoon! Listen to selections from four of Ben’s albums, as well as songs from a new album coming out this spring. Kimberly will be joining him with her wonderful piano stylings all afternoon! 2 – 5 pm

River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Play with Clay.  Make a textured dish. Workshop will take 1-2 hours. $30 per adult and $20 per child to produce a dish. Potter Sara Adams provides materials and guidance. 11 am – 3 pm.

For questions email riverdistrictpotters@comcast.net or text: 202 256-7005

Warmglass Designsat Hazel River Arts and Antiques-12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747

Create a heart-shaped fused glass ornament or suncatcher in a workshop with artist Jennifer Webb. Children must be accompanied by adult..  All materials provided.  $25.00  Call 571-278-3196 to reserve your spot

The Inn at Little Washington– Middle and Main Sts., Washington, VA 22747

For a Really Romantic Rappahannock dinner, take advantage of a special invitation for locals to enjoy a 7 course tasting menu for $186 per person (normally $248 per person). The Friends and Neighbors program is available in February to residents of Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren counties on Sunday through Thursday, excluding the week of Feb. 14. For reservations phone 540-675-3800 and mention Friends and Neighbors. (Proof of residency is required.)

Winter Sparkles! Second Saturday January 11, 2020

As winter sets in, we welcome 2020 and the prospect of crisp clear sparkling days and starry sparkling nights!  Share in the sparkle by spending Second Saturday in our hospitable shops, studios, galleries, wineries, breweries, distilleries, meadery, restaurants, inns and B&B’s!

Belle Meade B & B– 353 F.T. Valley Rd., Sperryville, VA  22740

Winter sparkles and so do the views at Belle Meade Bed and Breakfast.  Take in mountain scenery from the privacy of your room and rise and shine to a delicious farm breakfast compliments of our happy and healthy chickens. As you explore the farm or hike nearby trails, you will be surrounded by stunning vistas.  Join us for a two-night stay and enjoy 20% off.  For reservations phone (540) 987-9748 or go to www.belllemeade.net 

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

Enjoy Gray Ghost’s PREMIER red wine by the glass or by the flight. Shake off winter blues with a tasting to compare three extraordinary vintages:  2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon , 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. $15 flight.  Or enjoy any one of the three by the glass.  Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is not normally available for tasting or by the glass because of  limited production.  Open 11 am – 5 pm.

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

For one night only, Five By Five will reunite to play at Griffin Tavern. They will bring back some of the music they haven’t played in a while to kick off 2020 with style. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fabulous evening. 7:30-10:30 pm.

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

We are excited to welcome acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner back to our tasting room!  Acoustic Soul plays a wide variety of classic rock, rhythm and blues and Steven and Bruce are great entertainers who enjoy engaging with the audience!  Help us begin a sparkling new decade with wine, music and a fun afternoon!  2–5 pm

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Renewal – Art for a New Year.  Welcome the new year and a new show of art by 18 member artists of the gallery. Doors open at 10 am or join us for a reception 3-5 pm.

Ridge Line Designs– 10 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740

What sparkles more than gems?  Your eyes – when you see the special selection of jewelry in our discount treasure chest!  Choosing a unique item for a loved one or yourself is a great way to put some spark into 2020.

Warmglass Designs– 12625 Lee Hwy. at Hazel River Art & Antiques

Make a unique  fused glass Sugar Skull suncatcher guided by artist Jennifer Webb. $25 11 am – 2 pm.