In 1863, Confederate and Union troops clashed near the sleepy Virginia town of Middleburg, damaging a farmhouse dating back to the turn of the century. That farmhouse would eventually become Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn. A 47-acre estate set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Briar Patch harks back to its past with antiques and colonial-style quilts, providing a comfortable base for exploring the many Civil War sites in the region. This beautiful country setting helped earn the inn a spot on The Knot's list of the best wedding venues in 2013.
Built in 1805, the main house has eight antique-decorated rooms, six of which can be combined to create two-bedroom suites. The Violet room, which was the sleeping area in the original log cabin, features a charming standalone fireplace and views of the nearby Bull Run Mountains. The spacious Rose room includes a sitting area with a settee and an antique vanity desk. Down the hall is the Sunflower room, where you can look out on the resident horses grazing and braiding one another's tails in the pastures below.
In the morning, guests gather in the dining room for a buffet breakfast with items such as spinach-and-mushroom quiche and pancakes with freshly picked blackberries. From here, it's off to the Virginia trail vineyards for an afternoon of exploring at three local wineries (passes included with this getaway). You can learn about winemaking from area vintners and sample balanced varietals and blends, against a backdrop of rolling hills.
Highlights of Middleburg, Virginia
Green countryside located an hour west of Washington, DC
Horses and hunting: Despite its tiny size, Middleburg has a long and storied fox hunt and steeplechase tradition
Legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was one of the many fine horses raised in Middleburg's farm estates, which are famous for their pristine hills. The town has also drawn prestigious horse owners, such as President John F. Kennedy, who had a summer home here.
National Sporting Library & Museum: For an in-depth look at the area’s equestrian culture, head to this museum, where paintings and books chronicle the history of field sports.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a room with a private bath or a two-bedroom suite in the main house
Option 1: $139 for 1 night, valid for check-in Monday–Thursday; not valid for Friday–Sunday stays (up to a $340 value)
Option 2: $255 for 2 nights, valid for check-in Monday–Wednesday; not valid for Friday–Sunday stays (up to a $590 value)
Included in both options:
Wine tasting for two at three local wineries
Box of chocolates
Policies and Fees
Book by: 6/27/14
Travel by: 8/28/14
Blackout dates: Not valid 5/26/14
Cancellation policy & fees: 10-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies