Just an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital, Northern Virginia’s Wine Country is truly an amazing experience to behold. And with October designated as Virginia Wine Month amid fall foliage nearing peak colors, it’s definitely one of the best times of the year.

 

Dining In The Northern Virginia Wine Country

 

Field & Main (credit: Randy Yagi)

 

Field & Main


8369 W. Main St.
Marshall, VA 20115
(540) 364-8166
www.fieldandmainrestaurant.com

In a community full of hidden treasures in Fauquier County, Field & Main is an absolute gem. Located in the heart of downtown Marshall, this very impressive farm-to-table-restaurant is led by co-owners Neal Wavra and Star Wavra. Neal is also a sommelier and studied at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park along with his executive chef  Anthony Nelson. Neal previously managed the iconic Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago and also worked with Michelin-starred chefs John Shields and Karen Urie.

 

Harry’s At Airlie


6809 Airlie Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
(540) 347-1300
www.airlie.com

Named after its founder, Harry’s is the newest dining option at Airlie Hotel & Conference Center in Fauquier County. Located one level below the main dining area, Harry’s at Airlie offers a variety of affordable dishes, including main dishes, large sandwiches and salads with fresh ingredients sourced directly from the property’s garden. Sample dishes include Corn & Crab Dip with Virginia crab, Airlie corn and local cheese ($16), Harry’s Signature Burger ($16) and Spaghetti Bolognese with Airlie beef and pork ($25).

 

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Red Truck Rural Bakery


8368 W. Main St.
Marshall, VA 20115
(540) 364-2253
www.redtruckbakery.com

Nationally recognized as one of the best small town bakeries in the country, Red Truck Rural Bakery is also a smart choice for breakfast and lunch. Literally located across Main Street from Field & Main, the bakery is known to have a line out the door, especially on weekends. However, with gourmet cakes (from $26) and pies, fresh coffee and other treats, the wait is well worth the effort. Red Truck Rural Bakery was founded by Brian Noyes, a former art director of The Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine and student at the CIA in Hyde Park and L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

 

The Conservatory at Goodstone Inn (credit: Randy Yagi)

The Conservatory At Goodstone


36205 Snake Hill Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-3333
www.goodstone.com

The Conservatory in Loudoun County is clearly one of the most romantic restaurants in Northern Virginia. As the signature restaurant of the Goodstone Inn, the Conservatory offers farm-to-table dining experience and award-winning wine list. Guests may choose the Prix Fixe Menu at $79 two courses, $89 three courses, Chef Tasting Menu $115 with Wine Pairings $75 or Vegetarian Tasting $105 with Wine Pairings $75. The Goodstone Inn and the Conservatory have received a number of recent awards, like Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in America.

 

 

The Whole Ox

8357 W. Main St.
Marshall, VA 20115
(540) 724-1650
www.thewholeox.com

The Whole Ox is yet another phenomenal option in Marshall for lunch or an early dinner. As the name suggests, this family-owned business specializes in high quality, sustainable meats sourced from local farms. Founded in 2011 by Derek Luhowiak and Marshall native Amanda Wyne Luhowiak, the Whole Ox offers dine-in and take out options, with a remarkably affordable Butcher’s Bar Lunch Menu available Tuesdays-Saturdays until 6 p.m.

 

Bonus Selections

A visit to the Northern Virginia wine country may not be truly complete without a visit to the double decker bus/restaurants in downtown Marshall’s Decker Square.

 

 

Bubble Decker
8374 W. Main St.
Marshall, VA 20115
(703) 952-5992
www.thebubbledecker.com

Originally unveiled last September, Bubble Decker is a premium wine bar and the one of two British double decker buses in Decker Square. One of a small collection of double decker businesses in America, Bubble Decker is the amazing creation of Randy and Karen Phillips, who are better known as the proud owners of Cave Ridge Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley and former site for the double decker grand opening.

 

Johnny Monarch’s
8374 W. Main St.
Marshall, VA 20115
(540) 878-3555
www.johnnymonar.ch

Johnny Monarch’s is yet another extraordinary local business led by yet another extraordinary businessman – Brian L. Lichorowic. Described as the “fourth of sixth generations of kindred restaurateurs…”, Brian retired from the tech industry well before age 40 to attend classes at the Culinary Institute of America and in France, then to eventually co-found/lead Feed Bag Foods LLC, a unique culinary service based in the even smaller nearby community of The Plains.

 

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Randy is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served stateside and in Germany. He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.

 

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