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Besides visiting DC and the Manassas Battlefields, there are many towns around Manassas that offer a wide range of shopping, culture and dining.
Centreville, Virginia (6 miles from Manassas)
Just up Route 28 North, Centreville boasts some great places to eat. Sweetwater Tavern is a local favorite, voted RAMMY's Favorite Restaurant of the Year in 2006 by the fans, this restaurant has its own microbrewery. Upscale chains such as Bonefish Grill, Red Rocks Cafe and Carraba's are located in the heart of Centreville at the intersection of Routes 28 and 29.
Dubbed by locals as the "Nordstrom of thrift shops," the Clock Tower Thrift Store is a one-of-a-kind treat http://www.nvfs.org/clocktower.htm. Located in a busy shopping center at the intersection of Routes 28 and 29, this thift store is a great place to find a special occasion dress or curtains for the guest room.
The Multiplex Theater has 12 screens and always has the latest in movie entertainment.
Leesburg (25 miles from Manassas)
Traveling 234 North to 15 North, you'll see some of the most beautiful countryside outside of DC and civil war history abounds. This route takes you past the Manassas Battlefield and into Leesburg, another history civil war town. But it's not all history in these parts. On your way to Leesburg, take a stop at the Leesburg Court of Shops http://www.leesburgcourtofshoppes.com/. This antiques and gifts cooperative has an ever-changing array of items from the past and present.
Along Route 15 North you'll find farm stands and markets with locally grown produce and pumpkin patches in season.
Once inside Historic Leesburg, you'll find plenty of free on-street and public parking as you walk around and enjoy the wonderful shops and eateries. Tuscarora Mill Restaurant http://www.tuskies.com/ and The Lightfoot Restaurant http://www.lightfootrestaurant.com/ are two local favorites.
If outlet shopping is more your speed, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets... is just up the road on 15 Business.
On your way back, stop at one of the larger Starbucks in the area for a drink for your ride back to Manassas.
Wineries in or near Prince William County
Even if you don't particularly like drinking wine, the wineries in Virginia are some of the most beautiful places to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful day as well as take a tour of the winery and see how wine is made. At Potomac Point Winery, the property is absolutely stunning and they have a wonderful Bistro that is open for lunch. In addition to the many wineries throughout the state of Virginia, and specifically Virginia Wine Country, closer to home are the newest wineries in Virginia:
The Vint Hill Craft Winery located at 7150 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill, Virginia 20187 is open weekends Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6. Phone: 703-991-0191 http://www.vinthillcraftwinery.com/
The Winery at La Grange located at 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA 20169 703-753-9360 is open daily 11am-6pm (Tasting Fee $5) http://www.wineryatlagrange.com/
Potomac Point Winery located at 275 Decatur Road, Stafford, VA 22554 540-446-2266 (check website for tasting times, hours and bistro hours http://www.potomacpointwinery.com/Win...