Paris… Virginia, that is.
There’s nothing I love more in autumn than clear blue skies and crisp fall air. You too?
It’s the perfect atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon drive into the countryside.
And this time of year is absolutely full of autumn color.
Once you get out of the busy DC metro area, there is wide open country in Virginia and Maryland, where you can explore little historic towns dating back 300 years.
Last weekend, we decided to take a short trip to Paris, Virginia, a tiny town in the foothills of Shenandoah Mountains.
This town is literally one main street long.
There’s a church, a school house, an apothecary, a few old houses, and the historic Ashby Inn and Tavern.
Drink. Food. Education. Religion. Medicine. Rest.
Everything you could want or need, really.
We stopped for lunch at the Ashby Inn and enjoyed some traditional country cooking (rich cornbread and banana pudding!)
I loved the ambience here. There were old creaky floors, a big veranda, old stone pathways leading though a garden, and gorgeous views of the mountains.
Because this is also Hunt country, there were horse motifs everywhere inside too.
It was a little bit too chilly to eat lunch outdoors this day.
So, I can’t wait to come back here in the summer time and eat outside in the sunshine.