Sperryville Virginia

Mid-May and June proved an extraordinarily busy period that resulted in a month long, unplanned hibernation for Moby.  Every time I stepped in the garage over the past several weeks, part of me wanted to drop everything, shed the chores of daily life and saunter off behind the wheel, even if only for a few hours.  However, with the end of school and the fact that we are in the middle of some intense home renovations on which progress must be made, the freedom to indulge myself was not at hand.  Last weekend, when Martha asked if there was anything special I wanted to do the following day to celebrate Father’s Day part of my decision came without hesitation; I wanted to get Moby out on the road.  But where to go?

During previous summers, we managed to take some time to explore the small towns that surround us (unfortunately not always in the bus), and so some of these became options for our Sunday cruise.  After a little bit of discussion and coordinating with my in-laws, we decided to visit one such town situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and celebrate the day with an extended-family lunch.

Sperryville, Virginia, the destination of choice, is located along the Thornton River where  Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) intersects Route 211 (Lee Highway) as the latter meanders another seven miles to the Thornton Gap entrance of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive.  Established in 1817, Sperryville remains a picturesque, quaint country town that is home to a general store, restaurants, bakeries, a variety of shops, and the Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast among others.  The location is ideal as numerous summer travelers, accessing the National Park or the countless hiking trails nearby, take some time to visit the town.  Since moving to Virginia, we visited Sperryville numerous times and always recommend the town to visitors and house guests as a stop before or after visiting the park or Old Rage Mountain, if not just as a fun day trip.

 

Historic sign at the intersection of Main Street and Route 211

Historic sign at the intersection of Main Street and Route 211

House along Main Street

House along Main Street

Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast.  The Ale Works is located in the basement which offers tasting of their small batch craft beer.

Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast. The Ale Works is located in the basement and offers tasting of their small batch craft beer.

View into town down Main Street

View into town down Main Street

Another beautiful house, this one across from the B&B

Another beautiful house, this one across from the B&B

One of the old churches remaining in town.

One of the old churches remaining in town formerly occupied by a used bookstore and now a yoga studio.

Like the sign says, Pottery

Like the sign says, Pottery

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Road bridge over the Thornton River as seen via the footbridge.

Road bridge over the Thornton River as seen via the footbridge.

While visiting one of the small shops in town, peered out the window to find the unmistakable top of a VW camper

While visiting one of the small shops in town, I peered out the window to find the unmistakable top of a VW camper peeking through the trees, just above the chair on the front porch

Didn't take long to find!

Didn’t take long to find!

Looks like it's in good shape and loved.

Looks like it’s in good shape and loved.

The Thornton River Grill (were we had lunch), the General Store, and a pizza joint along Main Street

From left to right: The Thornton River Grill (were we had lunch), the General Store, and Rudy’s pizza joint along Main Street

This Hot Dog and ice Cream shop along Rte 211 is a famous roadside stop for National Park visitors returning from the park.  It's just what the belly ordered after putting a few miles on a trail.  This shop was my introduction to Sperryville the first time I visited the surrounding mountains in the mid 90's

This hot dog and ice cream shop along Rte 211 is a famous roadside stop for National Park visitors returning from the park. It’s just what the belly ordered after putting a few miles on a trail. This shop was my introduction to Sperryville the first time I visited the surrounding mountains in the mid-90’s

Our son seems to really enjoy the breezes of the rear vent window

Our son seems to really enjoy the breezes of the rear vent window

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