Stafford is a 350-year old Virginia city with rich history and vibrant present. This is where in 1608 Captain John Smith encountered Powhatan Princess Pocahontas when he sailed up the Potomac from Jamestown. George Washington grew up on his family farm in Southern Stafford. Union soldiers camped here, and African-Americans self-emancipated here in 1862 through Aquia Landing. Surrounded by rolling hill with fertile land where Potomac Point Winery grows their grapes and makes award-winning wines, Stafford is home to the historic Aquia Episcopal Church, a number of great art studios and museums and some excellent eateries. Only a short drive from Richmond and Washington DC, Stafford is a jewel worth discovering. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Potomac Point Winery

Potomac Point Winery
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Located only an hour drive from Washington DC, Potomac Point is a beautiful oasis in the Northern Virginia hills. The winery and surrounding vineyards are located in a luxury estate designed in Mediterranean style, making visitors feel they are in the heart of Tuscany. The winery opened its doors in 2007, only a year after they planted their first vines. A lot has happened since, and today Potomac Point Winery produces a range of award-winning wines. The winery is a wonderful place to visit, and it offers tours of the vineyard, winery, the lovely tasting room, a bistro and a shop. A combination of superb wines, great food and spectacular views make Potomac Point an unforgettable destination.

275 Decatur Rd, Stafford, VA 22554, Phone: 540-446-2266

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2.Government Island

Government Island

Located in Stafford County, Virginia, Government Island is a site of a historic 18th and 19th century quarry that provided Aquia sandstone for most of the construction of the White House, the U.S. Capitol and other historic buildings in Washington, D.C. The site is developed as a 17-acre park, a scenic nature preserve and archaeological site. The park has a boardwalk, perfect for observing native and aquatic birds, plants and other wildlife. There is a 1.5-mile trail that meanders through the park, with interpretive signs that tell the story of the site’s rich history. Government Island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

191 Coal Landing Rd, Stafford, VA 22554, Phone: 540-658-4871

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3.Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford, VA

Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford, VA
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Aquia Church is a historic church and congregation in Stafford, Virginia, located on a wooded hill west of Aquia Harbor. It is an Episcopal congregation founded in 1711. The church is a brick building designed in Georgian style and completed in the 1750s. The building's cruciform design is not common for churches built in colonial period. It is also unusual for churches from that period to have a second story. The building was gutted by fire in1757, and was rebuilt on the same location. The interior is mostly original, and has intricately detailed woodwork and one of the finest colonial period altarpieces in the state. The building is listed in a National Historic Landmark for its architectural significance. It has today an active congregation with a range of programs and outreach to the community.

2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554, Phone: 540-659-4007

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4.Robiolina Italian Cuisine, Stafford, Virginia

Robiolina Italian Cuisine, Stafford, Virginia
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Robiolina Italian Cuisine is a spacious, understated Italian restaurant in Stafford, Virginia. Large, bright space with cozy boots, warm colors on the walls and open kitchen create pleasant, welcoming atmosphere. Chef Noe Canales offers authentic homemade Italian cuisine with his own modern interpretation. The pasta is made fresh in-house, and all complex Italian dishes are made from fresh, best quality ingredients. The menu has a combination of traditional Italian dishes such as Scaloppine alla Marsala, but also popular American dishes such as Grilled New York Strip Steak. The restaurant has a full bar that offers original cocktails and an extensive list of wines and beers.

356 Garrisonville Rd, Stafford, VA 22554, Phone: 540-602-0772

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