City Guide: Historic Occoquan
Live Music, lunch outside at Madigan's Riverfront and beautiful scenery
Planning to spend the day in Historic Occoquan? Here’s our guide to having the perfect day in this charming northern Virginia town.
Located on the banks of the Occoquan River, Historic Occoquan was developed in the 1800’s and is now a charming artists community with over 100 shops, restaurants that line the river, and a premier boat dock.
Whether you’re visiting in spring and summer or fall and winter, there is something for everyone in this beautiful little town.
Start your day by downloading the Historic Occoquan city guide to your phone, put together by the city government. This will be your handy map on the go, giving you an aerial view of the whole town. If you want a traditional style map, stop by the Mill House Museum when you first arrive. The Museum has a self-guided walking tour of the city. And, there’s even a spooky ghost tour, if you’re into that sort of thing, teenagers and paranormal fans will especially enjoy.
If you would rather explore without a map, no worries, the town is small enough to get your barring’s within an hour. With one main street, you are never too far away from any one thing.
Where to eat:
– The Cock and Bowl– The European inspired menu at Cock and Bowl is just one of the many reasons to visit this restaurant. With over 50 Belgium and rare beers from around the world and a gorgeous outdoor patio, this restaurant is the perfect place to unwind after a long day and spend the afternoon.
– Madigan’s Waterfront– If you’re looking for a seafood restaurant with a great view, plan to stop at Madigan’s and sit on their waterfront deck. Don’t leave without trying the crab cakes- they are some of the best we’ve ever tasted.
– The Virginia Grill- Stop here if you’re looking for breakfast before you’ve explored the town. They are open starting at 8am on Fridays through Sundays.
What to do:
– Stop by The Mill House Museum, featuring over 400 artifacts on permanent display. This museum tells the story of Occoquan and the surrounding area.
– For an after lunch snack, pop into Mom’s Apple Pie, a homemade pie shop that only uses local and natural ingredients.
– Vanech Studio Interiors – Design Featuring antiques and ‘unique’ interior furnishings for your home. You’re sure to find an eclectic souvenir here.
– Wine tasting at Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe, featuring local Virginal Wines only.
– Walk over the walking bridge at the end of town. You’ll get an incredible view of the river from this unique perspective.
– Kayak or take a boat tour of the Occoquan River. Stop by the visitor’s center for information on rentals.
* Additional tips:
If you are planning your visit near a holiday, make sure to check out their events calendar for any special happenings around town. Some restaurants serve a Thanksgiving Dinner and there are several festivals that happen near Christmas time. Halloween features several ghost tours, as well.
If you are really into craft shows, make sure to check out what weekend the annual Spring and Fall craft shows are in town. Historic Occoquan is famous for this craft shows and puts on quite the party to visiting tourists during those times.
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