Watercress Inn at Landon Farm Cottages and Camping near Shenandoah National Park

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Watercress Inn at Landon Farm Cottages and Camping near Shenandoah National Park

Sightseeing

Whether you've come to visit SNP for the views or hikes it will not disappoint! The cottage is located in the Central district of SNP. We are approximately 30 minutes from The Thornton Gap Entrance off route 211 and about the same distance to the Swift Run Gap entrance off route 33. This makes for an enjoyable loop drive. I recommend starting at the south entrance in the late afternoon. Head north on Skyline and enjoy an evening hike and sunset. You'll exit at the Thornton Gap entrance ending up coming thru Sperryville, which is a great place to stop for dinner, on your way back to the cottage. If you prefer to stay closer to the cottage there are plenty of trails within a very short distance of the cottage that lead into SNP. The park does require a pass which can be purchased online or at an entrance station. To find out more about the park: https://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
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Whether you've come to visit SNP for the views or hikes it will not disappoint! The cottage is located in the Central district of SNP. We are approximately 30 minutes from The Thornton Gap Entrance off route 211 and about the same distance to the Swift Run Gap entrance off route 33. This makes for an enjoyable loop drive. I recommend starting at the south entrance in the late afternoon. Head north on Skyline and enjoy an evening hike and sunset. You'll exit at the Thornton Gap entrance ending up coming thru Sperryville, which is a great place to stop for dinner, on your way back to the cottage. If you prefer to stay closer to the cottage there are plenty of trails within a very short distance of the cottage that lead into SNP. The park does require a pass which can be purchased online or at an entrance station. To find out more about the park: https://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
A popular hike in SNP located just a few minutes from the cottage. You can get to the waterfall via the lower parking lot via an easy 3 mile hike. If you have a full day you can do the loop via Cedar Run. A PDF of the trail with directions is located here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoakcanyon_roadtrail.pdf
Whiteoak Canyon Trail
A popular hike in SNP located just a few minutes from the cottage. You can get to the waterfall via the lower parking lot via an easy 3 mile hike. If you have a full day you can do the loop via Cedar Run. A PDF of the trail with directions is located here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoakcanyon_roadtrail.pdf
Old Rag Mountain in SNP is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Virginia for good reason! The rock scramble is just as amazing as the views from the top but if you want to skip the boulders then I would suggest using the Berry Hollow parking area to hit the summit. This summit can be reached in a short time. For those who are physically fit I suggest doing this in the evening to beat the crowds and to catch a good sunset. We can do this up and back within 2 hours but suggest a headlamp incase it takes you longer. A park map and info on Old Rag can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/OldRag_RoadTrail.pdf
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Old Rag Mountain
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Old Rag Mountain in SNP is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Virginia for good reason! The rock scramble is just as amazing as the views from the top but if you want to skip the boulders then I would suggest using the Berry Hollow parking area to hit the summit. This summit can be reached in a short time. For those who are physically fit I suggest doing this in the evening to beat the crowds and to catch a good sunset. We can do this up and back within 2 hours but suggest a headlamp incase it takes you longer. A park map and info on Old Rag can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/OldRag_RoadTrail.pdf
Graves Mountain host multiple events during the year. They also have a restaurant with views, trout fishing and year round horseback rides.
Graves Mountain Farm Festivals, Experiences & Events
Graves Mountain host multiple events during the year. They also have a restaurant with views, trout fishing and year round horseback rides.
You'll pass through Syria if you head to Graves Mountain for one of their events or if you are hiking White Oak Canyon, Summitting Old Rag Mountain via Berry Hollow or walking the Rose River Fire Road. The Syria Store, a small county store that offers essentials is all you'll find in the town of Syria other than beautiful mountains and clear running streams.
Syria
You'll pass through Syria if you head to Graves Mountain for one of their events or if you are hiking White Oak Canyon, Summitting Old Rag Mountain via Berry Hollow or walking the Rose River Fire Road. The Syria Store, a small county store that offers essentials is all you'll find in the town of Syria other than beautiful mountains and clear running streams.
Located three miles to the north of the Cottage on Route 231 (FT Valley) you'll find The Little Country Store. Here you'll find essentials as well as sandwiches, BBQ, ice cream and occasionally they have seafood events. You'll drive through Etlan on your way to the Old Rag circuit hike, Sharp Rock Vineyard or if you do a loop from White Oak Canyon to DuCard Vineyard. You can't miss it if you are heading north towards Sperryville.
Etlan
Located three miles to the north of the Cottage on Route 231 (FT Valley) you'll find The Little Country Store. Here you'll find essentials as well as sandwiches, BBQ, ice cream and occasionally they have seafood events. You'll drive through Etlan on your way to the Old Rag circuit hike, Sharp Rock Vineyard or if you do a loop from White Oak Canyon to DuCard Vineyard. You can't miss it if you are heading north towards Sperryville.
Located approximately 40 minutes from the farm. A nice place to cool off on a hot day.
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Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
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Located approximately 40 minutes from the farm. A nice place to cool off on a hot day.
The farm is located in the Central District of SNP. We are 30 minutes from the Thornton Gap Entrance on Route 211 and 30 minutes from the Swift Run Gap Entrance of Route 33. It makes for a great loop drive.
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Skyline Drive
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The farm is located in the Central District of SNP. We are 30 minutes from the Thornton Gap Entrance on Route 211 and 30 minutes from the Swift Run Gap Entrance of Route 33. It makes for a great loop drive.

Small Towns

Small town feel. Close place for gas, retail grocery store or 24 hour convenience store
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Madison
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Small town feel. Close place for gas, retail grocery store or 24 hour convenience store
Great spot for a cup of coffee, view local galleries and shops, several breweries and a great farmer market.
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Sperryville
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Great spot for a cup of coffee, view local galleries and shops, several breweries and a great farmer market.
Small town with nice downtown section (Davis Street) with local shops, restaurants and brews. Weekday/weekend farmers market. Located about 30 minutes from the farm, this larger small town has a Target, Martins Grocery Store, Walmart, Petsmart and many other chain stores.
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Culpeper
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Small town with nice downtown section (Davis Street) with local shops, restaurants and brews. Weekday/weekend farmers market. Located about 30 minutes from the farm, this larger small town has a Target, Martins Grocery Store, Walmart, Petsmart and many other chain stores.

Art Gallery, Music Venue

Great local art gallery just a few minutes from the farm
Possum’s store
914 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike
Great local art gallery just a few minutes from the farm
Located in the River District of Sperryville
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Copper Fox Antiques
7 River Ln
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Located in the River District of Sperryville

Food scene

Open mostly weekends. Located in same building as The Corner Store and Francis Bar. Sperryville
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Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen (RPK)
3710 Sperryville Pike
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Open mostly weekends. Located in same building as The Corner Store and Francis Bar. Sperryville
A decent burger and Shepherds Pie. A place to watch a game, play pool or other indoor arcade games. Weekend Music Venue. Located at the 9 hole golf course in Sperryville.
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Headmasters Pub
12018 Lee Hwy
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A decent burger and Shepherds Pie. A place to watch a game, play pool or other indoor arcade games. Weekend Music Venue. Located at the 9 hole golf course in Sperryville.
Coffee house with small menu, usually quiche, soup, salad and sandwiches. Sperryville Main Street
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Before & After
31 Main St
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Coffee house with small menu, usually quiche, soup, salad and sandwiches. Sperryville Main Street
Extensive restaurant menu and large bar area. Music Venue. Outdoor seating is pet friendly. Located in Flint Hill, approximately 30 minutes from Cottage.
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Griffin Tavern
659 Zachary Taylor Highway
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Extensive restaurant menu and large bar area. Music Venue. Outdoor seating is pet friendly. Located in Flint Hill, approximately 30 minutes from Cottage.
Eco-Friendly Local sourced café uses Off the Grid practices. Outdoor seating on the Thornton River. Good breakfast choice. Fresh Juice. Located on 211 west of Sperryville heading towards SNP entrance.
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Off the Grid
11692 Lee Hwy
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Eco-Friendly Local sourced café uses Off the Grid practices. Outdoor seating on the Thornton River. Good breakfast choice. Fresh Juice. Located on 211 west of Sperryville heading towards SNP entrance.
Reservations Required. Only six tables at this award winning dining experience. 2020 Rammy Award for Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year. Located on Main Street, Sperryville https://www.threeblacksmiths.com/reservations
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Three Blacksmiths
20 Main St
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Reservations Required. Only six tables at this award winning dining experience. 2020 Rammy Award for Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year. Located on Main Street, Sperryville https://www.threeblacksmiths.com/reservations
The 2021 Forbes Travel Guide awarded The Inn at Little Washington's Accommodations and Restaurant Five Stars for the 32nd year in a row, making it the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in the world. Reservations Required. Located in Washington, VA about 25 minutes from the cottage. https://theinnatlittlewashington.com/
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The Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
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The 2021 Forbes Travel Guide awarded The Inn at Little Washington's Accommodations and Restaurant Five Stars for the 32nd year in a row, making it the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in the world. Reservations Required. Located in Washington, VA about 25 minutes from the cottage. https://theinnatlittlewashington.com/
Authentic German Restaurant. Located a few miles south of Madison on Route 29
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Bavarian Chef
5102 South Seminole Trail
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Authentic German Restaurant. Located a few miles south of Madison on Route 29
Located on the main street of Madison. A good place for burgers and milkshakes.
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Mad Local American Eatery
218 N Main St
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Located on the main street of Madison. A good place for burgers and milkshakes.
Can’t get a reservation at the Inn? This cafe is owned by the Inn at Little Washington. A great spot for an upscale dinner or lunch in a cozy space. They also have a bakery next door! Located in the town of Washington, which is about 30 minutes from the farm.
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Patty O’s Cafe and Bakery
389 Main Street
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Can’t get a reservation at the Inn? This cafe is owned by the Inn at Little Washington. A great spot for an upscale dinner or lunch in a cozy space. They also have a bakery next door! Located in the town of Washington, which is about 30 minutes from the farm.
Great views large outdoor seating for dining. Farm to Table. Located just north of Sperryville off route 211.
Blue Rock
12567 Lee Hwy
Great views large outdoor seating for dining. Farm to Table. Located just north of Sperryville off route 211.
Great breakfast spot 30 minutes south of the farm in Ruckersville.
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Jack's Shop Kitchen
14843 Spotswood Trail
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Great breakfast spot 30 minutes south of the farm in Ruckersville.

Local Drink Scene

Located walking distance from the farm. They serve wine, beer, cider, light snacks, weekend food trucks, guided horseback trips around the vineyard. Also called Shotwell Run Brewery.
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Blue Quartz Winery
2585 S F T Valley Rd
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Located walking distance from the farm. They serve wine, beer, cider, light snacks, weekend food trucks, guided horseback trips around the vineyard. Also called Shotwell Run Brewery.
A great place to stop after hiking White Oak Canyon or summitting Old Rag via the Berry Hollow Parking Area.
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DuCard Vineyards
40 Gibson Hollow Lane
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A great place to stop after hiking White Oak Canyon or summitting Old Rag via the Berry Hollow Parking Area.
A great place to stop after hiking the Nicholson Hollow Trail or completing the circuit hike at Old Rag Mountain.
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Sharp Rock Vineyards
5 Sharp Rock Road
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A great place to stop after hiking the Nicholson Hollow Trail or completing the circuit hike at Old Rag Mountain.
Great views in a cozy cabin just minutes from the farm.
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Revalation Vineyards
2710 Hebron Valley Rd
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Great views in a cozy cabin just minutes from the farm.
Located just up the road, walking distance from the farm, with Blue Quartz Winery.
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Shotwell Run Brewing Company
2585 South F T Valley Road
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Located just up the road, walking distance from the farm, with Blue Quartz Winery.
A good IPA and music venue. Located just outside the town of Madison.
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Bald Top Brewing Co.
1830 Thrift Rd
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A good IPA and music venue. Located just outside the town of Madison.
Located north of Madison on Route 29. Local music, brews and wine.
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Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery
154 Winery Lane
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Located north of Madison on Route 29. Local music, brews and wine.
Located just south of Madison near Wolftown.
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Early Mountain Vineyards
6109 Wolftown-Hood Road
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Located just south of Madison near Wolftown.
Great tour of the distillery and drinks by the river!
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Copper Fox Distillery
9 River Lane
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Great tour of the distillery and drinks by the river!
Located outside of Sperryville, home of the farmers market on Saturdays, excellent food truck and good place to grab a unique beer.
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Pen Druid Brewing
7 River Ln
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Located outside of Sperryville, home of the farmers market on Saturdays, excellent food truck and good place to grab a unique beer.
Located in the town of Sperryville. Pub style with outdoor seating near the river.
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Hopkins Ordinary Bed Breakfast Aleworks
47 Main St
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Located in the town of Sperryville. Pub style with outdoor seating near the river.