5 Things to Do in Montross, VA

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5-things-to-do-montross-735x2000The small, rural town of Montross, Virginia is on the Northern Neck of Virginia and it is where we called home before we began to travel full-time – we didn’t always live in our RV! Before we decided to go on the road and travel with 2 kids and 2 cats, we lived in a beautiful 3-bedroom Sears House on a pretty cool plot of land in the truly tiny village of Montross, VA: pop. 304 last I checked.

Montross is only 50 miles from Fredericksburg, Virginia and about an hour and fifteen minutes from Richmond, VA. While what’s known as “the village” of Montross is quite small, the town serves as the county seat of Westmoreland County, VIrginia and as such is the center of activity for county services and is close to many area attractions, such as the Westmoreland Berry Farm, the Westmoreland State Park and George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Just 5 miles up the road from Westmoreland State Park, this town offers much to locals and visitors alike.

The Art of Coffee

The Art of Coffee is a locally owned coffee-shop, art gallery and community meeting place – you’ll find it is the very heart of this small town on any weekday morning. Owned by the town’s Vice Mayor Terry Cosgrove and his multi-talented wife and artist Holly Harmon, the shop serves up hot coffee, coffee drinks both hot and cold, breakfast and lunch plus sweets and treats alongside artwork, crafts and wares from local artists.

Don’t miss this spot if you’re in Montross!

The Inn at Montross and Pub

The Inn at Montross has long been our favorite special occasion restaurant and happy hour watering hole in town. It’s actually where we stayed on our first wedding anniversary while we were house-hunting in the county, and is the reason we found our home. 🙂 We have enjoyed many a Sunday brunch, a Friday date night in the pub or a Thursday night Bistro dinner. New managers Sarah and Austin run the Inn, the upstairs restaurant, catering and piano bar as well as the basement pub. The Inn at Montross also sponsors, hosts and participates in community events such as Oktoberfest, Art and Wine and in the Westmoreland Museum events.

If you’re looking for top-notch eats and drinks on the Northern Neck of Virginia, make sure you make reservations or call ahead to ensure your perfect visit.

Angelo’s Pizza and Angelo’s On the Half Shell

Angelo’s is a pizza and seafood restaurant, locally owned and operated. Pizza, burgers, subs, wraps and steak dinners dominate the menu. Slip next door to experience Angelo’s on the Half Shell – a raw bar and bar bar. Cold brews, and hot fresh local seafood are on the menu as is local flavor. Angelo’s is a great family restaurant and a local favorite with the best eat-in and take-out pizza in town and an understanding of the meaning of “crispy fries.” Win!

El Mariachi

When El Mariachi opened, it was like a breath of fresh air in town – the first ethnic restaurant serving up Mexican dinners, margaritas, and mariachi bands to celebrate the Mexican cuisine in Westmoreland county. A family-run affair, this small restaurant has expanded and grown each year since opening and the food is consistently outstanding – fast and hot, flavorful mexican-american dishes plus free refills of chips and housemade salsa. Have a margarita and relax on the outdoor patio under an umbrella.

Montross Market Days

During the warmer months between April and November the town hosts Montross Market Days on the old courthouse square on the first Saturday of each month. Market Days bring local area merchants and townsfolk to the market square with their wares to sell and socialize. There are always fun things for the kids – balloons, face-painting, or ice cream sold in front of the Montross Mercantile and General Store. Local businesses fling open their doors and welcome locals and visitors alike. Don’t be surprised to hear town musicians playing on the old courthouse steps!

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