We are proud to partner with Immortal Mountain Chocolates to offer locally made, handcrafted chocolate treats.  Specially made for Black Dog Farm Inn, our guests will find these chocolate delights in their room as part of our complimentary welcome package.  For more information on these chocolates, go to: https://www.etsy.com/shop/immortalmountain

Area Info

Mount Welby offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and mountains, but if you want to be in the thick of it, there are plenty of day trips to put you in the heart of Virginia's landscape and natural beauty. Sixty miles east is Washington, DC, the nation's capitol and the upper-South's cultural epicenter. The history and importance of the city cannot be overlooked, and if you haven't stood on the mall and looked up at the Washington monument, you're missing one of life's great experiences. The historic town of Middleburg is about fifteen miles to the northwest and offers everything from shopping to antiquing to great food and wine.  About an hour south and a bit to the west is Charlottesville, Virginia, a cultural center of a different sort. Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, and also his favorite creation, the University of Virginia. Of all his accomplishments including being the third president of the United States - Jefferson wished for just three things to be written on his gravestone: author of the Declaration of Independence; author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; and founder of the University of Virginia. Monticello, the UVA grounds (including the original academical village and Rotunda designed by Jefferson himself), and the Charlottesville downtown walking mall make for a worthy day trip. The Shenandoah National Forest offers ample and beautiful hiking trails, including comfortable hikes to beautiful waterfalls. With such a mixture of history and breathtaking beauty, you will never be wont for something to do while staying at Mount Welby.


Mount Welby is located 50 miles west of Washington in Fauquier County. With views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just minutes away from the Shenandoah National Forest and famed Skyline Drive, guests have a plethora of activities to explore.  Hiking, biking, spelunking, canoeing, rafting and birding are just a few.  An area steeped in history and natural beauty, the Blue Ridge area of Virginia offers plenty of activities and diversions to keep you busy.  

 Horseback Riding
 Mountain Biking
 Cross Country
 Wildlife Viewing
 Rock Climbing
 Nature Observation
 River Rafting
 Winter Sports
 Wine Tours

Horseback Riding

We've partnered with the Marriott Ranch next door to offer our guests access to the spectacular horseback riding excursions on their 4200 acre working cattle ranch. Taking in the Virginia countryside on horseback will let you appreciate the Blue Ridge Mountains in a totally unique way.


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Mount Welby is in the heart of the Virginia Wine Country just 50 miles west of Washington DC.  Virginia vineyards are some of the lovliest in the country and no trip to the Shenandoah Valley is complete without a tour of a vineyard and a sip of good Virginia wine. There are more than 20 vineyards within 15-20 miles of Mount Welby - here are links to a few: 


Linden Vineyards

Boxwood Winery

Rappahannock Cellars

Chester Gap Cellars

Gray Ghost Vineyards

Barrel Oak Winery

Chateau O'Brien

Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Fox Meadow Winery

Gadino Cellars

Glen Manor Vineyards

Hume Vineyards

Naked Mountain Winery

Phillip Carter Winery

RdV Vineyards

Three Fox Vineyards

Winding Road Cellars

Pearmund Cellars














Restaurants and Pubs

 Griffin Tavern
 Blue Door Kitchen & Inn
 Front Royal Brewing Co.
 The Inn at Little Washington
 The Thornton River Grill
 Cafe Salamander
 Field & Main
 Ashby Inn


 Royal Cinemas, Front Royal, VA
 The Theatre at Washington, VA
 The Wayside Theater in Middletown, Virginia

Civil War

 Manassas Battlefield
 New Market Battlefield Historical Park
 Fredericksburg Battlefield
 Gettysburg National Battlefield
 Harpers Ferry
 Antietam Civil War Battlefield
 Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
 The Mosby Museum Warrenton
 The Civil War Journey
 Mosby Heritage Association