Washington, VA — Weekend Getaway Rivaling Napa Valley or Route 7 in CT

DSC04235In the New York Social Diary, Carol Joynt writes “

“It’s not uncommon among people of a certain age and means to hear someone wax on about their fantasy of an idyllic life after the decades-long grind of making it. The goal is a patch of land in Burgundy, France, Tuscany or California’s Napa Valley, with vineyards nearby, plus good restaurants and interesting like-minded people. The dream is a particular way of life that’s humble and bucoloic, removed from the rat race yet still sophisticated and not idle. A charming home, beautiful view, peace.”

She is describing the town of Washington, Virginia in Rappahannock County home to the Patrick O’Connell‘s renowned Inn at Little Washington restaurant and hotel. Many interesting people have made this area their home, including two former Directors of the CIA and a number of former station chiefs, perhaps because of the proximity to “the farm,” the CIA training center. Other bed and breakfasts and inns as well as shops and gardens abound in this idyllic countryside, perfect for walking … or buying real estate.


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