Called “the crown jewel of American steeplechasing,â€ the Virginia Gold Cup is a time-honored Washington, DC, tradition that draws more than 50,000 socialites to the Great Meadow course in The Plains, Fauquier County.
One of the best ways to enjoy the springtime event is to rent a limousine* with a group of family and friends for tailgating! Limo Passes are available for the North and South Rails; according to Virginia Gold Cup tradition, the North Rail has a younger, Washingtonian crowd and a party atmosphere, while the South Rail is more family-oriented.
The passes, which serve as your ticket to the May 1st event, may be purchased online at www.vagoldcup.com. Gates open at 10 a.m.; the first race of seven will start at 1:30 p.m.
Not sure what to wear? The Virginia Gold Cup offers this advice:
Afternoon dress is suggested for this event. Women guests on Members Hill customarily wear summer/spring dresses and hats. Flat heels are suggested. Men wear lightweight sport coats and ties. Shorts are not appropriate for Members Hill. Attire on the rails is marginally more relaxed – we recommend a sportswear look for women and khakis with collared shirts for men. Jeans are rarely seen at Gold Cup.
* Reston Limousine does not offer transfers for this event, guests must rent their vehicles for the entire period.