Last night, I fell in love with the small town of Clifton, Virginia.
Perhaps it was the lack of stoplights or the epic sunset after an otherwise rainy day. Or maybe it was the Amtrak zipping across Main Street or the ease in which I was able to buy cupcakes from one shop and sample wine from another within a mere 5 minute span. But either way, I came to Clifton with no expectations and left utterly charmed and eager to return.
Clifton has been on my radar for awhile now thanks to the high accolades of Trummer’s on Main, one of Northern Virginia’s most esteemed restaurants. So, when I opted to spend the 3 day weekend lying uncharacteristically low (thanks to my dear, sweet, jet-lagged boyfriend, Scott, who just returned from a 10-day work trip in Africa), I decided a mini-road trip for us to celebrate his return was in order.
It’s an easy 45 minute drive from downtown D.C., out I-66 West then onto VA-645, which quickly turns into a rural back road lined with white-fenced horse fields. Within minutes, the frenetic energy of the city and beltway traffic dissipate. Locals affectionately have nicknamed Clifton “Brigadoon,” and when you arrive it’s easy to feel transported back in time as you enter the town limits.
Here are some of my favorite discoveries from my visit.
I’m already planning my return visit to Clifton– can’t wait to try the Trattoria and also the nearby Paradise Springs Winery (thanks to Lucinda at the Clifton Wine Shop and fellow blogger Christina at My View from the Middle Seat for the tip!)