The Virginia Countryside Lifestyle

Shop Local at the Best Small Businesses

The Virginia countryside has many great businesses and general stores that provide everything from locally produced wine to horse tack, all with the personal and neighborly service that you cannot get from a national retailer. And as added benefits of shopping local, besides getting to know your neighbors, you are putting money back into the community and supporting your community's character. 

So find a business run by friendly neighbors and shop for groceries, home decor, or the perfect gift for your loved ones. Shop local! 

Search Local Businesses by Category

View our interactive map below to find the best local businesses that help keep the Virginia countryside unique. 

Antiques and Collectibles

The Virginia countryside is full of historic communities, so there are several antique shops that let you take a peek into each town's past and pick up a piece of history for yourself. Local antique stores in Virginia's Hunt Country include:

  • Antique Tables Made Daily 
  • Antiques at Middle Street
  • Middleburg Antique Emporium

a local fox hunt in virginiaEquestrian Tack, Gifts, and Home Decor

Virginia's Hunt Country is well-known and well loved for its equestrian lifestyle, and its local shops dedicated to the finest equipment and home decor help to embody the local culture and lifestyle. 

  • Fun Shop, Inc.
  • Middleburg Tack Exchange
  • The Tack Box, Inc.

General Stores

General stores are the epitome of country living in Virginia, where residents trade the chaos of huge shopping malls for the tight-knit community and character of the general stores. Not only can you shop for a few groceries and gifts for your loved ones, you can interact with your friends and neighbors while doing so. Just a few of the old-fashioned general stores in the Virginia countryside include: 

  • Airmont Store 
  • Bluemont General Store 
  • Locke Store 
  • Philomont General Store 

Local Wineries and Craft Beer Distilleries

Nothing tastes fresher than local wines and craft beers, and Virginia's countryside has plenty of local places to choose from, whether you want to tour a vineyard or indulge in a glass of the best wine. Just a few of the local wineries and distilleries include:

  • Barrel Oak Winery 
  • Copper Fox Distillery
  • Little Washington Winery 
  • Narmada Winery 

You can learn more about local wineries and vineyards on our lifestyle page. 

Buying or Selling a Home? Choose a Local Real Estate Agent

When it comes to real estate, local agents know the area and the real estate market best, and can give you all the local resources you need to help you make your home buying or selling decisions with confidence and peace of mind. 

As a REALTOR® raised and educated in Middleburg, and having grown up on a family horse farm, I am a local real estate professional who specializes in country properties from land, cottages, estates and horse farms, and can work with you to find the perfect home or farm for your equestrian lifestyle. Contact me today at 703.966.9480 or cindypolk1@aol.com and let's talk about your Virginia countryside real estate goals. 


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