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Shop and Dine in the Historic Occoquan Village in Virginia

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This website got its start when I started sharing my adventures with my girlfriends. One of the things we did the most was to hop in the car and drive to a small shopping village in Ontario. It was an affordable mini-vacation that turned into a love for finding Historic Shopping Villages on my travels. On a recent trip to Northern Virginia, I was elated to discover the Historic Occoquan Village, Shops and Museum.

Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

Historic Occoquan Village

Situated along the Potomac River, the Historic Occoquan Village is a charming town which is home to a community of artists. The shops, restaurants and museum, are the perfect location for people like me that love browsing artists galleries and stores and supporting the preservation of small-town commerce.

Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

On a chilly, rainy day in Virginia, we walked the main village street discovering the local shops like The Golden Goose. Many small towns have stores like this and for those of you who love Christmas shops all year round – this is a jackpot!

Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

Inside I found floor to ceiling displays of Christmas goodness. Themed trees with ornaments for every person. Snow globes, sculptures and decorations in all shapes and sizes were all on display here.

Christmas store Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

I thought about all my friends who collect pieces for their winter village collections as I walked from room to room in amazement.

Discover the Historic Occoquan Village and enjoy the many little boutique shops, restaurants and the local historic Museum in Virginia USA. | USA | Virginia | Historic Village |

Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

Each store features an owner with a unique story and a passion for what they do. Something I always find inspiring when I meet other people who pursued their dreams. The street is filled with “awesomeness” as this sign suggested.

Street view of Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

I also stopped into the Mill House Museum a small local collection of the history of the Occoquan Town from its Mill days to the cute small town community of shops it has become.

Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

The Town of Occoquan also features historical tours and ghost walk for those who love the historical sites of these little towns. They also host year-round events and activities highlighting its many artists and community members.

Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

Where to Eat in Historic Occoquan Village

I have to tell you about the fabulous Cock & Bowl Restaurant in Historic Occoquan Village. Only because if you don’t happen to walk down the little side street it is hiding on, and if you judge a book by its quiet outside decor, you may just walk by one of the most impressive little local restaurants you can find.

Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

Cock & Bowl Restaurant

We could not have picked a better spot for lunch on a cold and rainy day. This cosy little bistro, filled with people all there for the European bistro menu and the impressive selection of Belgian beer. We had a delicious pot of mussels to start which is one of their many specialities. They have eight different varieties of mussels to serving.

Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

For my main dish, I chose the Croque Madam a delicious open-faced sandwich. Served on sourdough bread with melted Gruyère cheese and topped with a sunny side egg, a side of Belgian frites, I couldn’t have asked for a better rainy day meal.

lunch Historic Occoquan Village Shops and Museum Virginia USA

If you happen to be visiting Northern Virginia or planning a trip to the region, and you loved small towns and laid back cosy shopping vibes, I know you will like a visit to the Historic Occoquan Village in Prince William & Manassas Region. For more travel ideas see our

For more travel ideas see our Virginia Travel Guide page.

Discover the Historic Occoquan Village and enjoy the many little boutique shops, restaurants and the local historic Museum in Virginia USA. | USA | Virginia | Historic Village |

Prince William & Manassas Region Virginia

There is so much to do in Prince William & Manassas region of Virginia especially for those seeking a break from urban centres. They have some small towns like Historic Occoquan Village to see. Outdoor lovers will love their nature trails and water sports, and history buffs will enjoy all the cultural centres, museums and of course the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Travel assistance provided by Prince William & Manassas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Sharon Mendelaouihttps://www.dailydream360.com
Sharon Mendelaoui is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer, passionate photographer and creative designer. She is the founder and publisher of dreamtravel360.com, a Canadian travel and lifestyle website featuring our favourite travel destinations, fashion and beauty tips and a selection of lifestyle articles, reviews and posts on everything you may need to live a balanced Daily Dream 360° life.

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