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Weekend Getaways: Hunt Country, VA

Courtesy of Ashby Inn

Hunt Country, VA

Long known as horse country, this lush region of stone-walled fields and grand estates has become a legitimate farm-to-fork dining destination. In Upperville, Hunter’s Head Tavern ($) is a gastropub owned by Cisco Systems founder turned farmer Sandy Lerner. Tuck in to a plate of fish-and-chips in the stone courtyard. The Home Farm Store, housed in a converted bank building in Middleburg, is the place to shop for small-batch Virginia wines and fresh regional produce. Sports and media tycoon Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa ($$$) is set to open this August; until then, there’s the Ashby Inn & Restaurant ($), in nearby Paris. The 1829 B&B serves a top-notch menu specializing in Piedmont-influenced delights such as crisp suckling pig ($$$). —Douglas Rogers

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