Earthly Escapes


MARCH 14, 2020

On a late winter day when you’re itching for spring, satisfying your appetite may require something more than soup. That’s where an Earthly Escape comes in!  An overnight in a country farmhouse, or an invigorating hike.  Warming up with mulled cider or cooling off with a craft cocktail.  Lingering in an art gallery or dancing to a fiddle.  Sipping wine while learning to paint.  Leave behind the confines of the ordinary and come with us on an Earthly Escape!

Visit Earthly Escapes to see thirteen good reasons to Experience Rappahannock in March!

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.

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 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 

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.

hARTvest Time – Second Saturday – Oct. 12, 2019

As grapes, apples and fall vegetables are being harvested for renderings of fine wines and delicious dinners and desserts, artists are filling the halls and walls of their studios with art in preparation for the Fall Art Tour, the first weekend of November. Chefs are experimenting with new menus and inns are plumping pillows in anticipation of a rush of visitors eager to Experience Rappahannock in its full Fall finery.

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

Enjoy a Wine and Cheese/Charcuterie Tasting featuring Virginia wines as well as local and international meats and cheeses.  Come celebrate Virginia Wine Month by sampling a selection of regional wines in tasting flights, by the glass, or take home a bottle from our wine wall that features wine from 33 Virginia wineries.  From 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Eastwoods Nursery –  634 Long Mountain Rd, Washington, VA 22747

Open house all weekend, showing Japanese maples, ginkgoes and dwarf conifers. Also find planter boxes elegantly designed and crafted from locally harvested wood.  Fri. & Sat 10-4; Sun. 11-4

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

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and Gray Ghost is honored to be selected to produce one of the commemorative wines – Gray Ghost’s Lovers Blend…the Romantic Rosé.  Bring a picnic and enjoy our southern hospitality, beautiful grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Meet our knowledgeable staff and ask about the most popular volunteer harvest program in the Commonwealth!  Open 11 am – 5 pm Fri-Mon. this holiday weekend.

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

Nebbiolo harvest

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a Governors Cup Gold Medal Two Pack Special of 2015 Delfino Rosso and 2013 Nebbiolo for $74 plus tax….club members $70 plus tax. These two Gold Medal wines retail for $92. This offer good only for the weekend of Oct. 11-14.

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

Robbie Limon Band rocks the pub with a mix of 70’s to 90’s classic covers from 8 to 11 pm. Bikers, hikers, and winery tours welcome as well as children (no leashes necessary) and pets on leashes.  If you prefer, take advantage of call-ahead or take-out. Delicious home style meals, 9 beers on tap and a fully stocked bar.  11:30 am – 10 pm.

Hazel River Arts and Antiques– 12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747

Harvest art! Come to the paint-in!  Experienced or not, try your hand at art. Canvas and paints will be set up and waiting for you. Grab a brush and add to the painting in progress. Follow on instagram to see how your painting is coming along. When this one is finished, we will start another. This community project includes residents and visitors to our beautiful county. 12 – 4 pm every Saturday.

Kevin Adams  – exhibition at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Adams has a solo exhibition (in the other Washington) in the prestigious Watergate Gallery at 2552 Virginia Ave., NW, near the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs through Oct. 26.   Open Sat. 12-5 pm; Mon-Fri. 10 am – 6 pm

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

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with live music and fabulous food. On Saturday we have Divine Swine BBQ food truck and music by Nilce (NIL-see).  Nilce is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from the nearby mountains of Madison County. Her performances include an eclectic mix of personalized covers and originals with a range of both genre and style. Can’t make it Saturday? On Sunday, we have SoBo food truck and music by Josh Lowe. Music 2-5 pm. Winery is open Thursday through Monday 11:30 – 5:30 pm.

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

Enjoy a group exhibit by all members of this artist-owned gallery established in 1983 to  promote quality and innovation in the arts.  Members’ work includes all aspects of the fine arts: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, mixed-media, and photography.  Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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

Jason Frye entertains with a mix of covers and originals, ranging from folk to classic rock. Performing 2PM-5PM.  Enjoy our award winning wine, delicious food and beautiful vineyard, open from 11 am Thurs through Monday.

Quievremont Winery  – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Anita Zymolka’s A Teaching Moment

Celebrate the relationship between art, the environment, and wine as the talented Anita Zymolka Amrhein shows her beautiful and inspiring works.  Meet the artist herself Saturday from 1–5 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine grown here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge as you feast your eyes on the natural and artistic splendor of Art by Zymolka! Opening Thurs. through Sunday at noon.

Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Rd, Huntly, VA 22640

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend at the winery with patisserie, wine, and live music!  Discounts on tasting fees are offered based on one/two/three/four bottle purchases.   Open daily 12 – 6 pm.

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

Come for our Open House and browse custom designed and crafted jewelry made from beautifully cast metals and polished stones.  Necklace shown has sterling silver wings and skull, and  lapis beads.  Open 11 am to 5 pm.

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

Play with clay to create an earthenware wine cooler in a workshop from 12 to 2 pm. $40 per person. Register at:  For questions email or text: 202 256-7005.

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

Go rustic or neon as you design your own fused glass suncatcher or ornament in the colors of  Fall.  Choose a pumpkin or leaf motif or another design.  Workshop led by artist Jennifer Webb from 11-2 pm  $25 covers all materials.  Reserve your space at

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

If you’ve wanted to make homemade soap but are nervous about working with lye, this is the class for you. In two hours, we’ll discuss how to make soap, then divide into groups of 2-3 people and make batches of cold process lye soap that you will take home. Learn to use a lye calculator and batch record, measure ingredients, combine them to make soap, add fragrance and color, pour into a mold, insulateand take home your own homemade batch of soap.   Workshop 4 – 6 pm  

Great Works! Second Saturday – September 14, 2019

Great works of industry, great works of literature, great works of art….. September is a great month to celebrate great works.  And you can find them all over Rappahannock!

Enjoy the pristine scenery – one of our greatest works – while you explore the many creations to be found in studios, galleries, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, markets, shops, B&B’s and other points of interest.

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

At a 4 pm reception, meet the local artist with great works hanging at Before & After!  Lori Wallace-Lloyd is a former military officer once stationed in Italy where she became fascinated with Italian painting. Through rigorous atelier training, she built her own skills as a painter and has won many awards for her realist figurative work. View her works and learn about her perspective as an artist.  Her current show hanging at Before & After and named Floribunda, reflects her love of combining flowers, insects and animals in a variety of mixed media.  It is inspired by historical botanical illustrations and the spectacular beauty and nature of Rappahannock County. Join us for the reception 4 – 6 pm.

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

Mid-September is a beautiful time at Belle Meade Bed and Breakfast!  The pool is still open, the water inviting!  Hike nearby Old Rag Mountain while the weather is pleasant and enjoy a complimentary bag lunch at the top of the trail. Our setting in the valley surrounded by mountains is beautiful and our farm fresh meals will satisfy any appetite. Extend your adventure by exploring Sperryville’s antiques emporium, art gallery, gift shops and hiking – camping specialty store.  Reservations 540-987-9748 or

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

Come for the food; stay for the music.  May as well have a beer while you’re here. Kick back with Vinyl Tracks, a classic rock band presenting an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music, and a wonderful repertoire of the Beatles great works!   Performance from 8 to 11 pm.  

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

Kevin Adams, Ruthie Windsor-Mann and Shawn Ireland present a trio of great works at Gay Street Gallery. Paintings and prints by Adams are on display across the United States and a number of his American landscapes hang in embassies around the world. Windsor-Mann also has work in collections throughout the world.  Since moving to Rappahannock, her inspiration has been the nature surrounding her studio, while Ireland’s trips to Italy have inspired him to take a sculptural direction in the form of zoomorphic candlesticks, vases and bowls that he calls Animalware.  Open 10 am – 5 pm

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

Acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner, return to the tasting room!  Acoustic Soul plays a wide variety of classic rock and rhythm and blues that is sure to have you singing along to awesome oldies but goodies! Open at 11 am. Performance 2-5 pm

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

Exhibition by Jo Levine and Gary Anthes illustrates how photography adapts to different subjects and perspectives. Anthes’s photographs of mostly urban landscapes span three continents and hint at the mysteries he finds there. Levine’s photographs of the beautiful Palouse countryside in Washington state range from a dreamlike quality to abstractions created from patchwork farmland. Meet the artists in a reception from  3-5 pm.   Open 10 am – 5pm

Old Rag Photography  at Griffin Tavern 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Joyce Harman takes you on a photographic journey through the life cycle of trees, from birth to death and beyond. Trees are among the oldest living things on the planet and contribute to its health in many ways.  They provide shade, a place for kids to climb, food for animals, building materials for people and carbon dioxide recycling through photosynthesis. Harman has collected images of trees many years and they never cease to fascinate her.  Reception in upstairs gallery 3 to 5 pm. 

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative – 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA  22740

Earth Allegiance© is a new world pledge created by Living Sky Foundation founder Cherl Crews.  The pledge, originally illustrated by students to celebrate earth day in 2010, includes images of more then 500 species native to Rappahannock County and identified as conservation concerns. This great work was donated to the Shenandoah National Park to commemorate its 75th anniversary and housed there for two years before being returned to Rappahnnock and installed at the Sperryville ARTist Cooperative,  This summer the mural was restored by a team of local volunteers and you are invited to  join them and featured artists for a mural unveiling and open house from 12-3 pm.  

The Inn at Mt. Vernon Farm– 147 Mount Vernon Ln., Sperryville, VA 22740

Great works come in many forms and our latest is a beautiful new nature trail through grounds and woods above the inn.  Stay with us for a weekend to remember and be one of the first to hike the trail with its sweeping views of Sperryville and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  Take advantage of our multi-night discount by staying two or more nights. You’ll be glad you did!  Reservations at or phone 540-987-8115.

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

It’s fun and a labor of love to make your own soap, guided by Lisa Ference, owner of Signal Mountain Artist.  Groups of 2-3 people will make batches of cold process lye soap, measuring and combining the ingredients, adding fragrance and color, and pouring into molds.  All necessary ingredients and equipment are provided. Bring your sense of adventure! $65 per person. 4- 6 pm  For more details and reservations click here.