You love your sons and daughters. You love your friends’ kiddos. But sometimes, adults just need a timeout of their own. When you’re looking for some grown-up fun, Fauquier County has all you could need for some quality “me time” or “we time.”
When was the last time you stayed out past bedtime? If you can’t remember, now is the time to change that! To try the fastest-growing sport in the entertainment industry, visit Heroic Ax for some axe throwing. Their state-of-the-art moving targets are imposed on wood – you can even try your hand at playing Connect 4! Full of physical, out-of-the-box fun, a little ax chucking is an ideal way to spend a grown-up evening.
For some entertainment that may be more familiar, Galaxy Strikes Bowling boasts 18 bowling lanes and a 9-hole mini-golf course that will have you reminiscing on the days of your late teens and first summer love. For a full throwback, did we mention there’s also an arcade?
If you’re looking to take your golf swing up a few notches, you’re in luck – Topgolf Swing Suite at Airlie is coming soon! The classic Topgolf game you love has become an even more modern version of friendly competition thanks to larger-than-life projector screens. Pair the game with cushy seating, HDTVs, a lounge pumped with the most popular tunes, and food from Harry’s to find yourself fueled and flourishing. From crispy cauliflower bites to Berkshire Farm steak, you will learn how to ace your game in between bites of Harry’s infamous “elevated comfort food.”
Enjoy a Dinner Date
If you have littles, you know that while dinner out as a family can be sweet, it is not nearly as relaxing as it was pre-kids. When it’s time to reclaim dinner as an intimate affair to reconnect, Fauquier County has plenty of options for an evening out. For fine dining brimming with local ingredients served atop a white tablecloth, Claire’s at the Depot is an acclaimed culinary delight. Housed in a century-old train station and voted in the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, the ambiance at Claire’s at the Depot will charm you – including live music on the patio on Thursday evenings. From the famous She Crab soup to the Yellowfin Ahi Tuna wontons and filet mignon, your phone may eat first but you sure will savor every bite.
When you are craving a comfortably elevated artisan meal with farm-to-table flair – including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free offerings – head to Field and Main in Marshall. This is the ideal place to toast yourselves either indoors or out on the cabana with a mango mezcal margarita. Indulge in dessert first with delightfully unique treats like lemon-basil cake and le chocolat with buttermilk ice cream. Who says mom and dad don’t know how to indulge?
The Rail Stop in the Plains offers dining at the intersection of quaint and gourmet. Its boldly colored exterior artfully complements the distinct flavors highlighted on the menu. Enjoy a grilled loin veal chop or the pan-seared colossal sea scallops as you appreciate the gift of uninterrupted conversation, perhaps with a round – or two – of Aperol spritz cocktails.
Nothing says amore quite like Italian food, and Girasole in the Plains offers authentically seasonal menus. Taste the difference that hand-pressed olive oils and pasta made on the premises can make in classic dishes like burrata or regional must-trys like trota in crosta di pistacchio (pistachio encrusted Virginia trout). Pair your meal with a bottle of Italian red or white wine and simply sit back and enjoy.
Sometimes (read: nearly all the time), a glass of wine in solidarity is all you need to get back to feeling more like you. Fauquier County’s wine country is full of options to serenely sip in the company of those 21+. The awards Pearmund Cellars has received are too many to count, so you will certainly find your new favorite vino – perhaps their 2022 Pearl Chardonnay, as the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in the state surrounds the property.
Crimson Lane Vineyards touts superb agricultural elements like wind, soil, and slope alongside prized Napa-inspired architecture for viticulture in a glass like none other. Different tasting packages allow you to commemorate the visit to your liking, from a classic bar setting to a secluded tasting room pouring limited vintages.
For those who enjoy dry French-style wine, partake in a prefixed 3- or 6-wine flight at Slater Run Vineyards as you appreciate this solar-powered winery. For a mineral and refreshing wine, Linden Vineyards offers a tranquil tasting that showcases its varietal and vintage influences.
Put the Ahhh in Spa
Sometimes, you just need to check out of reality for a bit. Salon Emage Day Spa and Poplar Springs Manor and Spa provide a large offering of services – from facials to massages and exfoliation treatments – to leave you renewed and ready to take on whatever may greet you at home. Poplar Springs Manor and Spa even has a pool for post-treatment luxuriation.
Adults-Only Fun Abounds in Fauquier County
When it’s time for adults-only fun, Fauquier County has just what you need to live it up and let loose. From renowned dining experiences to a glass of fine wine to throwing a strike, Fauquier County will bring out the best side of you. Call the grandparents and tell them to keep their calendar free to watch your kiddos, then book a stay at one of the area’s cozy accommodations by clicking here today.