Christmas in Little Washington

By Posted on Dec 06 2009 | By

Where is the elusive, quintessential American small town located?  Might it be in a quaint Virginia village lying in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a parade thrown in to seal the deal?   How’d you guess.

LandscapeOn Sunday, December 6, the town of Washington, VA held its 5th annual Christmas parade, replete with the US Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, strutting horses, prancing llamas, tail wagging dogs and their beaming owners, the mayor and his wife riding in a 1926 Cadillac, and floats and children galore. The event was a magical mystery tour.

Even the proprietor of one of the world’s finest restaurants, Chef Patrick O’Connell, owner of the Inn at Little Washington, was seen riding on a float.

Yep, this parade had it all.

LandscapeBut wait, there’s more. Santa was spotted at the town market handing out gifts to children, both naughty and nice. Of course, all children in Rappahannock County are born nice and never change. The event also showcased the county’s artists at the community theatre, where handmade jewelry, dulcimers, ironwork, baskets, pottery, Christmas ornaments and other crafts were for sale.

Rappahannock Cellars was privileged to pour wines at the Artisans’ Market for the event’s attendees.  I shared sips of our Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Meritage to appreciative parade aficionados, and sold bottles of wine to folks realizing they were in need of a libation for their evening meal.IMG_1909

 The Washington Hospitality and Visitors Association sponsored the day’s events. If you are looking for a way to jump-start your Christmas spirit next year, consider attending the town’s annual parade. 

It’s a gift you’ll be giving yourself.



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