Let me recommend the best medicine in the world:
a long journey, at a mild Season, thro’ a pleasant Country, in easy stages.
~James Madison, 1794a

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Once life allows us to travel and explore again, make Orange County part of your journey this spring and summer to enjoy and discover the nature and history of Central Virginia’s historic garden treasures and tours.

Try some recommendations while you enjoy Orange County's destinations:

Shop: Enjoy the charms of small-town America and get a reminder of the joys of brick-and-mortar shopping. Orange County’s artisan shops, boutiques and galleries offer locally crafted, one-of-a-kind items and warm, friendly service to help you find unique treasures.

  • Historic Downtown Gordonsville shops
  • Downtown Orange shops
  • Market at Grelen and James Madison’s Montpelier Museum shops

Taste: Orange County, Virginia gives you many ways to taste our local flavors. Our Wineries and local eats reflect our history and flavors of the community.

Check out these local favorites:

Wineries & Breweries:

  • Barboursville Vineyard, Horton Vineyard, Reynard Florence Vineyard-Barboursville
  • Honah Lee Vineyard & Well-Hung Vineyard Tasting Room-Gordonsville
  • Hammerstone Cellars and Chateau Merrillanne- Orange
  • Iron Pipe Alewerks-Downtown Orange

Local Eats:

  • Market at Grelen, Exchange Café-Somerset
  • BBQ Exchange, Well Hung Tasting Room, & Restaurant Rochambeau-Downtown Gordonsville
  • Forked on Main, Light Well, & LaNaranja, Silk Mill Grill, Provisions Market Table-Downtown Orange
  • Palladio-Barboursville

Stay: Rest your head and relax among our variety of accommodations. Hospitality comes naturally here in Orange County, Virginia.

  • The Inns of Montpelier – These 10 distinctive, unique properties are all only a short drive to Orange, Culpeper and Madison. For comfortable, romantic lodging, sumptuous gourmet breakfasts, award-winning, locally-sourced dining, the Inns of Montpelier will not disappoint!
  • Named #1 Best Resort Hotel in the South by Travel and Leisure, The Inn at Willow Grove