Located around an hour from the many restaurants, retail areas, museums, sights, and cultural centers of Washington, DC, the town of Warrenton, Virginia offers its own list of fun and interesting things to do. This idyllic countryside suburb is a particularly popular destination for wine enthusiasts looking to sample many of the local wines of Virginia. Visitors and locals alike can learn about the history of the local area at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, browse a large number of antiques Fox Den Antiques, and dine on delicious food at restaurants like the Café Torino and Bakery. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
© The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
Housed in the former Fauquier County Jail, the The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail is the home of the county’s Fauquier Historical Society and is dedicated to preserving the history of the local area. Operating as a jail from 1808 until 1966, the building now houses many exhibits on a variety of topics, such as Warrenton Businesses, The Civil War, A Colonial Kitchen, and Maximum Security Cell Block. The Fauquier History Museum is typically open to the public on Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm and on Sundays from noon until 4:00pm.
10 Ashby St, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-347-5525
2.Molon Lave Vineyards, Warrenton, Virginia
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The family-owned and operated Molon Lave Vineyards operates a winery set on approximately fifty pristine acres of farmland in the winery-filled town of Warrenton. The vineyard is made up of over 10 varieties of grapes and around nine acres of fruit. Estate-grown grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chambourcin, Vidao, Riesling, and Chardonnay. The Molon Lave Vineyards also produces a traditional Greek-style Rose called Kokineli and is Virginia’s first winery to make Kosher wines. The winery and its Tasting Room opened to the public in 2009, with tastings offered 11:00am until 6:00pm, seven days a week.
10075 Lees Mill Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-439-5460
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3.Mediterranean Cellars, Warrenton, Virginia
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The Mediterranean Cellars is a family owned and operated winery in the town of Warrenton, Virginia with more than 40 years of experience in producing wines. Opening at its current location on Falcon Glen Road in 2003, the winery has been continuously crafting both regional and classic varietals. Visitors will find New World, fine quality wine varieties, gorgeous views from the inviting tasting room or comfortable outdoor patio, and an “Old World atmosphere.” The wide variety of wines produced at the Mediterranean Cellars Winery include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Viognier, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
8295 Falcon Glen Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-428-1984
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4.Granite Heights Winery
The Granite Heights Winery is a boutique, small production winery just outside of Warrenton, Virginia owned and run by a devoted husband-wife team. WIth approximately ten acres of vineyards and a more than 165-acre farm, the grounds offers a pastoral setting along Opal Road. Visitors can stop by the Granite Heights Winery for wine tastings in the nineteenth-century farmhouse on Fridays from 1:00pm until 6:00pm and from 12:00pm until 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tastings are often led by the winemakers/owners themselves in a friendly and unhurried atmosphere. Wines include several award-winning reds and whites.
8141 Opal Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-349-5185
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5.Vint Hill Craft Winery, Warrenton, Virginia
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Housed inside of a more than a century-old barn, the Vint Hill Craft Winery building was formerly a literal “nest of spies.” Referred to as Monitoring Station #1, the site was the first of building that of the organization that would later become the NSA. Today, it’s a place for crafting high quality, small-batch wine. The only “urban winery” in the Washington, D.C. area where wine appreciation and winemaking are explored together, the Teaching and Tasting Bar of Vint Hill overlooks the winery’s production area and guests can sample several wines as they watch the entire winemaking process.
7150 Lineweaver Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187, Phone: 540-351-0000
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6.Fox Den Antiques, Warrenton, Virginia
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Situated in the historic area of Warrenton, Fox Den Antiques can be found in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and has been continuously open in a variety of forms since the year 1984. Fox Den Antiques provides the antiquarian and collecting community with a broad array of used furniture, collectibles from the Civil War era up through the 1950’s, silver, china, paper, bottles, trains, stamps, coins, books, sports memorabilia, glassware, paintings, mirror, and more. Awarded with “Best of Warrenton,” the antique mall is open Monday to Wednesday until 4:00pm and Thursday to Sunday until 6:00pm.
355 W Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-347-1162
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7.Café Torino and Bakery
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The Cafe Torino and Bakery has been serving authentic northern Italian fare to the Warrenton community for more than nine years, owned and operated by Amber and Andrea Ferrero. This family-style restaurant aims to engage customers in the energy of Torino in Italy, where the Ferreros are originally from. Cafe Torino welcomes an open atmosphere, as well as encourages guests to share conversations with other tables, even sometimes introducing customers to other customers to create a “Torino family.” Lunch options include salads, sandwiches, and a variety of hot dishes, while sweets include fruit tarts, tiramisu, cannolis, and more.
388 Waterloo St, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-347-2713
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8.Taj Palace Indian Cuisine, Warrenton, Virginia
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Taj Palace Indian Cuisine serves Himalayan and northern Indian flavors to the local Warrenton, Virginia community. Located near the historic Old Town area, the Indian restaurant serves some of the area’s best HImalayan and Indian cuisine, ranging from flavorful naan bread to tandoor meats to savory curries. All of these dishes are served within a relatable and comfortable ambiance. The tall ceilings of Taj Palace feature stunning lattice designs, adding to the interior look of stately splendor and palace-like grandeur. There is also a bar offering bar plates, fine wines, and cocktails that’s approachable from the restaurant’s dining room, yet secluded.
251 W Lee Hwy, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-349-8833
9.Denim and Pearls Restaurant, Warrenton, Virginia
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Offering modern American cuisine, the Denim and Pearls Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia serves some of the best food, whiskey, and wine in the area. Owned and operated by Jenna and TC Robinson, the local dining establishment features a relaxing basement bar and lounge area and a chef’s table that make perfect spaces for private parties. There is also an outdoor rooftop dining area that’s particularly a great spot during the evening. Denim and Pearls Restaurant offers beer, whiskey, and wine flights that pair well with the lunch and dinner menus, served seven days a week.
29 Main St, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-349-9339
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10.Joe and Vinnnie's Pizza, Warrenton, VA
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Joe and Vinnnie's Pizza is a family-owned and operated New York-style pizzeria in Warrenton, Virginia that makes their pizza dough fresh on-site every day. The pizza dough here is hand-tossed before being topped with the restaurant’s special pizza sauce and quality mozzarella cheese. Customers can choose their toppings from an array of vegetables, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and other meat toppings. Dressings for salads and subs are also made in-house, as well as the bread. The menu Joe and Vinnnie's Pizza includes Sicilian-style pizzas, pizza turnovers, strombolis, and calzones as well, along with a variety of pasta dinners.
385 W Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186, Phone: 540-347-0022
10 Best Things to Do in Warrenton, Virginia
- The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, Photo: The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
- Molon Lave Vineyards, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Molon Lave Vineyards
- Mediterranean Cellars, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Mediterranean Cellars
- Granite Heights Winery, Photo: volff/stock.adobe.com
- Vint Hill Craft Winery, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Vint Hill Craft Winery
- Fox Den Antiques, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Fox Den Antiques
- Café Torino and Bakery, Photo: Café Torino and Bakery
- Taj Palace Indian Cuisine, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Taj Palace Indian Cuisine
- Denim and Pearls Restaurant, Warrenton, Virginia, Photo: Denim and Pearls Restaurant
- Joe and Vinnnie's Pizza, Warrenton, VA, Photo: Joe and Vinnnie's Pizza
- Cover Photo: refrina/stock.adobe.com
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