With sprawl spreading out in all directions, the great escape from Washington takes longer with each passing year. Still, prizes await those willing to hit the road.
For the better half and me, we enjoy day trips to a town that preserves its local character and historic resources. A good restaurant, unique shops, shady walks and a museum or two are a must. In our quest for such bliss, we’ve been pleased with places like Frederick, Chestertown, Front Royal, and Middletown, among others.
Spurred on by the mild weather yesterday, we can now add Warrenton to our list. Due to its smaller size, it doesn’t crack our Top Five, but definitely ca vaut le pliene.
Unforgettable is “Claire’s at the Depot.” Located three blocks from Main Street in an old train station, Claire Lambourne’s award-winning restaurant dazzles both the palate and the eye. The owner spent $500,000 on the rehab and addition. Caboose in the back marks the starting point for a greenway walk.
I had the fried oysters in cornmeal. Took me back to Supply, NC, my Dad’s hometown, where they used to host oyster festivals. Melts in your mouth. Can’t eat just two.
Service impeccable, and prices reasonable. Better half had the quiche, thick, moist and tasty.
I mean, where else can you learn about an “aebleskiver?” (pan used to make sweet, round Danish pancake balls)
If that experience leaves you wanting fresh baked goods, head down Main Street to the “Great Harvest Bread Company.” Maybe you’ll get lucky like we did, and will be given a generous portion of a warm freebie. The raspberry cobbler bread will make your taste buds swirl.
Like I said, Warrenton’s historic district is small, but the Courthouse area is chock full of commemorative markers and historic items. The bronze soldiers piece is a unique tribute to the Gulf War veterans. Fans of the “Grey Ghost,” John Mosby, will enjoy the tributes to him.
We took the scenic route to Warrenton, using I-95, Highway 234, 28, Vint Hill Road and 29.
That way is a bit slower than I-66 and 29, but when you're day tripping, slow is good.