Dog House Yarns & More

Yarn, gifts, and accessories for the knitter, crocheter, and spinner

Welcome to Culpeper!


      Culpeper makes a great daytrip from the Washington metro area, Richmond, or the Shenandoah Valley.  After visiting us at Dog House Yarns and More at 708 Sunset Lane you have numerous choices for how to spend the rest of your day.

      In and around Culpeper horses, cattle, sheep, and alpacas graze on rolling pastures interlaced with sparkling streams, while the Blue Ridge Mountains create a picturesque backdrop to the west.  From shopping, wineries, and fine dining to Civil War history, antiques, special events, equestrian sports, historic homes, museums, and a host of outdoor activities, our region has much to offer a visitor.  For suggestions of things to see and do, we recommend that you start by looking through the Visit Culpeper website.

 
      Perhaps you'd like to walk in the footsteps of young George Washington, colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood, or some of the Civil War generals.  Culpeper just celebrated its 250th anniversary so there's plenty of history here.  You can download a 15 page Driving Tour of Civil War Culpeper before your visit, or pick up more information at the Visitor Center in the restored railroad depot downtown, or at the Museum of Culpeper History on S. Main Street.

      Maybe your tastes run to more modern pursuits such as fine foods and wine or international gifts.  In addition to the numerous
wineries in the region, Culpeper is also home of Virginia Lightning Whiskey produced from a secret recipe at Belmont Farm, the only legal moonshine distillery in the state.  Tours are available at various times from April to December.


      For casual but elegant dining, stop for lunch at our favorite restaurant, It's About Thyme (closed Sundays and Mondays) on Davis Street in the downtown area.  After lunch you might browse through shops such as The Cameleer or the Sara Schneidman Gallery, stop for gourmet chocolates at the Frenchman's Corner, choose a new bag from the latest Vera Bradley collection at Pepperberries, or pick out something for your favorite pet at Reigning Cats and Dogs.  You can even sip tea and sample scones at Miss Minerva's Tea Room, Culpeper's Victorian tea house and gift shop.

Visit the shops in the historic buildings on Davis Street
 
      If you'd like to venture farther out into the country for a hearty, informal meal, we recommend lunch at Graves Mountain Lodge in the Madison County foothills where you'll have a panoramic view of rolling fields and the nearby mountains of Shenandoah National Park.  From mid-March to late November, lunch is served family style Monday through Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at this rustic lodge, but our favorite is the Sunday fried chicken buffet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Although there's always plenty of food, the Lodge appreciates a call to know that you're coming.

Rolling farm fields in Culpeper County
      You can access the Shenandoah park and Skyline Drive at Thornton Gap on Rt. 211 west of Sperryville, or from Swift Run Gap on Rt. 33 west of Stanardsville.  Starting from Culpeper, begin your drive at one gap and exit at the other for a nice circle tour of our area.  If you're at Graves Mountain Lodge, just head back to Banco and follow Rt. 231, a Virginia Scenic Byway, north through Etlan until the road ends at Rt. 522 outside of Sperryville.  Turn left and then left again when you reach Rt. 211 on the other side of the village and you'll soon come to the park entrance.

     If you decide to head south from Culpeper on Rt. 29, stop at the Prince Michel Winery at Leon and take home a few bottles of Rapidan River Riesling or an award winning Prince Michel Cabernet.  You can also continue south on Rt. 29 to visit the Plow and Hearth outlet and country store and perhaps continue on to the Barboursville Vineyards and Winery.  For another local winery, go north from Culpeper on Rt. 29 to the Brandy Station area for a stop at Old House Vineyards.
   

While you're in the Brandy Station area you might also want to drop by the Graffiti House where you'll find the interior walls covered with original signatures and sketches done by Civil War soldiers, most likely around the time of the Battle of Brandy Station.  And, Platinum Alpacas near Brandy offers tours by appointment.


Barboursville Vineyard
     If you have time for a side trip while in Culpeper, consider making the 20 minute drive to Orange where you can visit Montpelier, the home of our fourth president, James Madison.  The Fall Fiber Festival is held there the first weekend of October every year.

     You can learn more about Culpeper by viewing one or more of the
videos located on the town's website.  There are also a number of historic sites around Culpeper that are recommended as part of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground.  And, if you need directions or suggestions for things to do, just ask us at the shop.