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What to Do, Where to Stay

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Getting There

Swoope, Va., site of Polyface Farm, is about 166 miles southwest of Washington. Take Interstate 66 west, then I-81 south, to Va. Route 275/Woodrow Wilson Parkway. For directions to the farm, visit http://www.polyfacefarms.com.

Where to Stay

At Montclair Bed & Breakfast (320 N. New St., 877-885-8832, http://www.montclairbnb.com), in historic downtown Staunton, 11 miles northwest of Polyface, owners Mark and Sheri Bang use farm-fresh eggs, produce and meat for their delicious breakfasts. Rooms $95 to $200. Another option is the newly refurbished historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel (24 S. Market St., 866-880-0024, http://www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com); weekend rooms start at $125.

Where to Eat

You're likely to find Green Fence Farm quail, eggs or berries in dishes at Staunton Grocery (105 W. Beverly St., 540-886-6880), which serves Southern fine dining focusing on local produce and meat from two dozen small-scale farms (which rules out Polyface). Try the pork "pon hoss" appetizer ($10) and grilled heritage pork ($28). At Zynodoa Restaurant (115 E. Beverly St., 540-885-7775), you'll find Polyface on the menu, including yummy roasted chicken breast with herbed risotto ($19).

What to Do

Free guided tours of Polyface Farm (43 Pure Meadows Lane, Swoope, 540-885-3590, http://www.polyfacefarms.com) are monthly through Oct. 2 and fill up quickly. Visitors can drop by for self-guided tours Monday through Saturday or reserve group tours for $800 to $1,000. The farm store is open Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. From April to November, Saturdays 7 a.m.-noon, the Staunton Farmers' Market (Wharf Parking Lot, Johnson Street, http://www.safarmersmarket.com) is in full swing. On Saturdays 2-5 p.m. from spring to fall, you can stop by Green Fence Farm (801 Broadhead School Rd., Greenville, 202-215-7868, http://www.greenfencefarm.com) for a free tour. (Green Fence is also at the market.)

-- D.D.

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