"Oasis in the Suburban Sprawl" Occoquan by travelfrosch
Occoquan Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 94 photos
Nestled between a sewage treatmant plant and a major bridge construction project, Occoquan works hard to draw visitors' gazes into town, rather than around it. It does quite well, with a pleasant main street, many shops, a riverwalk (of sorts), and nice restaurants.
Looking around town, you can see that this area was once very beautiful. Unfortunately, the realities of densely-populated northern Virginia have encroached upon the natural aspect of the environs. Still, you can look upstream toward the Occoquan Reservoir and imagine yourself in an unspoiled landscape (if you squint a bit).
Sara and I met Mark (mtncorg) as he was working his way through Virginia and Pennsylvania on vacation. We met at Prince William Forest Park and worked our way to Occoquan. After a stroll around town, we stopped to have dinner at Belgique Gourmande.
Before we went, we read wanings from fellow VTers about this place being a "tourist trap." However, after reading other reviews (and learning it was under new management), we decided to give it a try anyway. Mark hit it off with co-owner Roxana, while husband Lewin invited us to try their new Leffe beer on tap. All in all, a nice evening.
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