Warrenton and other nearby communities offer unusual shopping opportunities, from one-of-a-kind boutiques to beautiful antiques to products made from locally grown organic lavender.
Cedar Run Antique Center in Catlett has more than 40 dealers under one roof—selling everything from Civil War collectibles to fine glassware—while vendors at Fox Den Antique Mall work from a building that once housed a car dealership. Combine shopping with a tea break at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room.
Warrenton’s historic downtown is known for its offbeat shops. You can find Scottish kilts (The Scoti), Irish crystal (Piccadilly Ltd.) and even high-quality consignments (The White Elephant). And it wouldn’t be northern Virginia without a store (Horse Country) equipped with saddles and bridles, silver jewelry and belts, foxhunting attire and Welsh blankets. Unusual gifts, including items made in Virginia, are found at The Town Duck.
For a back-to-nature approach to shopping, organic lavender and fresh fruit are available from area farms and orchards. (Some are pick-your-own operations.) Call ahead to see what’s in season and operating hours. Our favorites:
Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, a mother-daughter operation in Catlett, allows you to pick your own lavender in June and July. You’ll spot Seven Oaks products in our spa. The farm’s soaps, oils, lotions, balms, jams, teas and sachets are sold in area shops.
Hartland Orchard in Markham has an array of fruit, including berries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. Markham is also home to the six-generation-old Stribling Orchard, an apple and peach orchard open from late July through early November.