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Day Trip to Sperryville, VA

Mollie Mahon

My family and I live in an old row house. We call it our city house to help us appreciate the small space, noise, alley and general lack of privacy. One day we'll buy a house in the country and for now we take day trips to get out of town.

There is so much to see around here! You can drive an hour in any direction and find a little town with at least one good place to eat, a few cute shops, and outdoorsy stuff like parks, trails or a river. We started these outings when we got our dog, Clover, because she's very bored and stubborn on our neighborhood walks. But she absolutely loves being in the woods and creeks. Then we continued when James, our son, was born because he would calm down in the fresh air. He also naps great in the car on our long drives, so win-win.

My husband, Chris, loves to drive and explore and I love to eat and shop. I'm always on the prowl for gluten-free anything and local, hand-made food and art. Sperryville has been on my list to visit because Wildroots Apothecary has a new storefront out there. The owner, Colleen, is part of Union Kitchen (where I was for my first year of business). I love her packaging and I've wanted to try her botanical syrups. There is also a freaking gluten-free bakery in Sperryville! Triple Oak Bakery was closed the day we went and is no longer open for walk-ins, but next time we're out that way I'll place an order ahead of time and pick it up. I have to try it! Sperryville is a very small town in Rapphannock County to the West of here. It's close to little Washington and Shenandoah National Park.

Here are some pictures from our recent day-trip we took before Christmas to Sperryville, VA. 

We ate at Headmaster's Pub which is set in a beautiful old school building and connected to an antique store. There is a very charming back room with twinkly lights, mounted animal heads and pool tables. Make sure to ask about the gluten-free options. I had the bacon bbq burger with gluten-free bread! The bread got a little soggy from the BBQ sauce and gigantic burger, next time I'll go without or get it on the side, but it was tasty and I always like to try.

Then we took a walk down water street behind the pub. Go over the little bridge and you'll find the River Arts District where we bought some whiskey at Copper Fox Distillery and stopped in Pen Druid Brewing to check it out, and wanted to stay forever. Really friendly and welcoming, a fire going in an old cast iron stove, low key wood tables and twinkly lights, and lots of good outdoor seating for when it warms up. We'll be coming back here to hang out. No food (I'm hoping for some food trucks in the Spring!) or gluten-free drinks so you'll have to plan ahead for that.

Wild Roots Apothecary shares space with Flourish Root Florals. This store is beautiful, earthy and magical. I want to live here, work here and order all of my future floral needs from here. I finally bought the botanical syrups I've been coveting and went with Lemon Cardamom and Nettle Orange. I've been cutting out alcohol so I mixed a little syrup with sparkling water and lemon juice and it was amazing!

We didn't get to main street on our visit. When we go back to Sperryville we'll stop in more places and eat at Thornton River Grille, have coffee at Before & After and shop for pottery. Visit Discover Shenandoah to see what else is out there!