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Favorite Food Destination When Taking a Drive From DC?

I may have been the last to know. Just this past week I learned that Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Flint Hill, VA closed...last year! Sad news. Loved that place, the special experience of the drive and the great care they took to put wonderful food on the table. Anyway, that prompted me to ask all of you in the DC area a question to salve the wound:

When you've decided you have the time--on a weekend or whenever--to take a nice drive (say, more than an hour and a half from downtown DC)--for a great dinner, where do you go?

Inn at Little Washington is one answer so I'll ask that that be excluded here (though I have heard of another, newer place nearby to it?)

Out there in small town VA or MD? Maybe the closer part of PA? But not in any of the big cities like Baltimore or Phildelphia. Looking for your faves that are seriously "out of the way" but fun for destination dining (day trip or overnight) and really special/good, whatever the type of food.

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    1. Here are some of my favorites:

      Foti's in Culpeper, VA
      http://www.fotisrestaurant.com/

      L'Auberge Provencale in White Post, VA
      http://www.laubergeprovencale.com/res...

      Antrim 1844 Inn in Taneytown, MD
      http://www.antrim1844.com/dining/dini...

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      1. re: Lauman

        I would add It's About Thyme in Culpeper also...it's a terrific Inn as well
        http://www.thymeinfo.com/

      2. Rivers Edge in Confluence, PA
        http://www.riversedgecafebnb.com/bnbh...

        And Gleason's for greasy spoon diner on that same stretch, I think that is how you spell it. If I am in that area I also like L'Autrec and the Caddy Shack at Nemacolin.

        Or we go over to Easton or St. Michaels lots of good choices there.

        But one of the best may be the drive to Cantler's to get crabs.

        1. Oh or go to Davis, WV and go to Sierriani's, and the Purple Fiddle. My Dad told me there is another really good restaurant up there in Canaan now, but I haven't been yet.