Fourth of July weekend is being spent in the adorable, small town of Warrenton, Virginia. Located just an hour south of Washington DC, He brought me here to meet his family. For the first time!
First, after meeting His family and unpacking the car, we headed to historic downtown Warrenton. Founded in 1810, the town has many beautiful old houses and government buildings with small local businesses nestled in between. One of these small businesses was the Red Truck Bakery.
This adorable little bakery is a huge hit in town and from the crowd inside it’s popularity was evident. We bought a rum cake and a lemon blueberry moonshine cake. And now that I have tried (more like devoured) both, I very much understand the well deserved love it receives from the community.
After downtown we decided to grab a quick bite at a place near and dear to the people living in Warrenton. Carousel is a little shack that serves ice cream, Hawaiian ice, and classic American eats. It’s where the people of Warrenton can be found on the weekends. He told me tales of times where the line would be 30 or 40 minutes long, but no one minded waiting since they spent the time talking to all their friends and neighbors.
Next up was a stop at Vint Hill. A little compound of businesses built on an old army base. There was a winery, a fresh market, an antique store, a cafe, and the reason we went: Old Bust Head brewery.
I love touring breweries and this one was a great experience! It was huge and included two outdoor seating areas to allow everyone the chance to enjoy the summer heat and their cold brews. Inside were long benches that made for a very social environment. I think this is crucial to stimulate a dialogue of your products among your customers. There also a seafood/BBQ food truck by the brew room in the back. Once again, another must-have in establishing a great popular brewery.
Before leaving, we stopped at the fresh food market to check out some local products. We picked up this delicious dry rub seasoning. It’s Memphis flavor, loaded with paprika, garlic, Cajun spices and other delicious herbs. Stay tuned for some pictures of what we decide to use it with (shrimp, grilled chicken, and fries!).