Virginia State Arboretum visit
My latest post for Southern Living is up and it’s all about an area of Virginia that’s very special to my husband and me. If you’ve been following my blog, you might remember that last year, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary at L’Auberge Provençale and spent a whole weekend roaming Clarke County, VA. Now that our baby boy has arrived, we thought it would be fun to come back for a family day trip with our little one.

The Locke Store, Millwood, VA
The Locke Store, Millwood, VA
The Locke Store, Millwood, VA
We started the day by stopping in the charming little town of Millwood to grab picnic supplies at the Locke Store – their made-to-order sandwiches and hot food, like quiche and chicken pot pie, are delicious. Also try their house-made boursin, baked goods, and chutney. And while you’re at it, you might as well grab one of their delicious frozen soups and a bottle of wine to take home for dinner. The store stocks a great selection of both local and international wines.

white blazer, striped tank top, cropped chinos
Virginia State Arboretum
Virginia State Arboretum
Our next stop was the State Arboretum – a garden lover’s dream, this hidden jewel is rarely ever crowded. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better place for relaxing walk and picnic spots are abundant. As you might have guessed, this park is very picturesque. On our recent trip, we ran into a group taking prom photos for this very reason. There are a number of events held here throughout the year – our favorite being the Garden Fair, which features vendors selling a variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees, including native Virginia varieties (pics of last year’s here). We spent the remainder of our afternoon strolling around, snaking on our picnic, and admiring the flowers that had just started to bloom.

Virginia State Arboretum
white blazer, striped top, and cropped chinos
Virginia State Arboretum

Check out my previous posts for Southern Living here, here, here, and here.

Lydell NYC necklace
striped top
Zara blazer (sold out, similar)
Banana Republic pants
Zara sandals (sold out, close match)
Céline bag

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I love those pants paired with the shoes! Such a beautiful place too!
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love love love.
I went to HS in Clarke County & only now appreciate the charm and amazing surroundings.
Love Locke’s! such a hidden gem
<3 Clarke County

-Andréa

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No way! Lucky you – it’s such a beautiful place!

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Beautiful look! Kisses 🙂

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classy look!!
and i love the pictures!

Have a great day!

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Wow what a beautiful place and your outfit was perfect! So effortlessly chic!

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Love these pics! Virginia is beautiful!

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What a beautiful spot for a little getaway – the garden does look so dreamy!
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