With about 266 residents, The Plains is the smallest incorporated town in the Commonwealth. However, The Plains fights well above its weight, offering superb scenery, wineries, restaurants, boutique shops and a quirky village feel.
On one weekend each Spring and Fall the town mushrooms to city‐size when the Spring and Fall Gold Cup Races are held at Great Meadow. Each event draws tens of thousands of racing enthusiasts from the DC area and far beyond. From late spring to early fall you can see weekly polo matches at Great Meadow. The matches make perfect tailgating events for family and friends.
In the Village dine at one of the three excellent eateries: The Rail Stop, which was once owned by The Plains resident actor Robert Duvall, features an eclectic American/European menu; the Front Porch is a store and restaurant; while Girasole specializes in Italian delights.
On Sundays in season, The Plains has one of the best Farmer's Markets anywhere … open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., there is everything from fresh produce, to beef products, local honeys and jams, salsas, and all sorts of other treats. The market is about a mile from town, just off I‐66. In The Plains in the fall season, there is a challenging corn maze which intrigues old and young alike.
Easily accessible via I‐66, be sure to visit this charming village and its surroundings.
Written by Walter Woodson
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