By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on June 22, 2015
Culpeper, VA (Herald de Paris) — ¬†Take a weekend trip out of Washington, DC, Baltimore, Richmond, or Philadelphia, and in a remarkable short time you’ll find Culpeper, Virginia – the most inventive, vibrant, little town you may or may not have heard of – yet. ¬†The main streets of Culpeper have been restored with a decidedly upscale feel, lined with quirky and interesting shops, top-quality restaurants, and charming little boutique inns, hotels, and accommodations. ¬†Culpeper feels like Old Town Alexandria did before the masses discovered it – creative, quirky, a little edgy, and playful, with just the right mix of restored and unrefined to capture the imagination about what could be the next big thing.
We decided to visit Culpeper three ways.
The first night we stayed in The Suites at 249. (<— Cliq!) ¬†Set on the picturesque end of Davis Street, this restored three story structure offers just six boutique rooms, but what rooms they are. ¬†We spent the evening in the Verde Room. ¬†It was large, comfortable, luxurious, comfortable, and classic. ¬†With huge windows overlooking the activity on Davis Street, a balcony facing the Railroad District, and a sumptuous steam shower, the Verde Room at The Suites at 249 was an instant favorite, and that is without yet mentioning the bed, itself – heaven. ¬†I awoke the next morning and texted my son, “If they let me move into this hotel room, I may never leave.”
The Suites at 249 is ideally located. ¬†Once you park your car upon arrival you can walk to almost everything, from the Culpeper Visitor’s Center to shops, restaurants, movie theaters, or even the state of the art, restored State Theatre.
If a six-room boutique inn isn’t enough for you, try The Culpeper Center¬†(<—Cliq!)¬†on Main Street. ¬†In addition to being the home of Culpeper’s largest, most inventive catering halls, ballrooms, and conference centers, and home to Culpeper’s latest fine dining establishment, Flavor on Main, (<—Cliq!) The Culpeper Center offers nicely appointed modern art deco rooms and suites. ¬†We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment-style room with a kitchenette, and the ability to expand into a three bedroom family suite.
Again, the charm of Culpeper is that when you stay in the restored downtown, shopping, dining, sightseeing, and entertainment can all be done on foot. ¬†Staying in the restored downtown was lovely, and is highly recommended.
If, however, you prefer a more traditional hotel experience, Culpeper has you covered. ¬†Just a 7-minute drive from downtown, the Town of Culpeper offers a selection of chain-branded accommodations, and we heartily recommend one of them, The Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Culpeper.(<—Cliq!) ¬†I know what you’re thinking, “It’s just a Holiday Inn Express,” and true, this is not the Breakers, in Palm Beach or the Hotel St. Sulpice in Old Town Montreal, but the Holiday Inn Express and Suites is the nicest, cleanest, happiest Holiday Inn property I have ever stayed in. ¬†And I am not the only one who thinks so. ¬†This property was the winner of the 2011 InterContinental Hotels (Holiday Inn’s parent company) Torchbearer Award, as the corporation’s top property, and is a repeat winner of the InterContinental Hotels Group’s Priority Club Excellence Award. ¬†The Holiday Inn Express in Culpeper is spotless, the rooms spacious and comfortable, and the staff all pleasant. ¬†My hat is off to General Manager Lyndon Moore for a most surprisingly well appointed stay. ¬†Every one of those awards in the lobby is justifiably earned.
Culpeper is Northern Virginia’s best kept secret, and it won’t be a secret for long – I am so glad I spent time here. ¬†You will be, too.