This video, the final installment of our four part series of roundtable discussions with Loudoun vintners, features our winemakers discussing visiting wineries in Loudoun County, Virginia: DCs Wine Country and how each offer different experiences. Featured are (left to right) Kerem Baki from Hillsborough Vineyards, Bree Ann Moore from Loudoun Valley Vineyards, Bob Rupy from Bluemont Vineyards, Clyde Housel from Hiddencroft Vineyards, and Dave Collins of Breaux Vineyards. We invite you to come to Loudoun to experience our wine country yourself.
The wonder of the season comes alive in Loudoun with parades welcoming Santa to town, costumed carolers, cozy fireside winery events, and afternoon holiday tea at some of our charming historic sites. Let the holiday spirit come alive during a live musical performance or at the Nutcracker ballet, experience family fun on a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm, and the soak up local heritage with hunt club riders in vibrant riding pinks atop horses and guiding their hounds in the vanguard of Middleburg’s Christmas Parade. It’s a site not to be missed. Every year, Loudoun is a wonderful place to experience the majesty of the holiday season.
Discover all that is good about food and wine in the perfect setting. The Wine Kitchen food embraces the spirit of an old world wine bar restaurant. The seasonal American bistro menu takes advantage of the great variety of local and organic ingredients raised by this regions farmers. Our purveyors, from farmers, ranchers, cheese makers to winemakers, are deeply passionate about their products. We prepare dishes with simple straightforward flavors to highlight the freshness and quality of these products. The small plate style and wine flights encourage our guests to gather and discuss the events of the day while enjoying sizzling plates of local lamb sausage, crisp garden lettuces with tangy vinaigrette, and decadent chocolate desserts. The Wine Kitchen features wine dinners, live music, and winery tastings. Located on King Street in historic downtown Leesburg in the heart of Loudoun: DC's Wine Country.. Selected as one of Northern Virginia Magazine's Best New Restaurants in 2009.
Learn more about the Civil War battle of Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861 in this in-depth video. The battle took place just outside Leesburg, Virginia in Loudoun County. The battle ended in disaster for Federal troops, who were pushed back down a 80ft steep embankment into the Potomac River. Historians such as Jim Morgan and Richard Gillespie provide the stirring accounts.
Virginia's oldest juried crafts fair is held the first weekend of October throughout the National Historic Landmark Village of Waterford. The fair offers historic homes tours, 160 juried craftspeople with hands-on demonstrations, activities for the children, traditional music and dance, Colonial-era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, and Civil War re-enactors with skirmishes all weekend.
The 100-foot-wide W&OD has been called "the skinniest park in Virginia." But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use W&OD Trail runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia.
This charming farm town became the center of commerce in Western Loudoun with the arrival of the railroad in 1874. Today, the rail bed has been converted to the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, a paved multi-use recreation trail that runs 45 miles from Arlington, Virginia to Purcellville. Purcellville is also home to many unique shops and eateries, including the "oddest store in Loudoun County".
These two Loudoun wineries, Lost Creek Winery and Vineyards and Hidden Brook Winery, are owned by father and son. They enjoy a friendly rivalry to see who can produce the best wine. Each has his own style, and its reflected in the wineries themselves, from the American log-cabin style Hidden Brook, to the European style Lost Creek. These wineries are situated north of Leesburg, in the Potomac Cluster of DC's Wine Country. Enjoy!
In her “tiny kitchen with a big heart”, Loudoun resident Lorraine Hooper bakes her award- winning, from-scratch cookies every day. Her Chocolate Ginger Cookies are a local favorite and Blue Ribbon Winner at the Virginia State Fair. Just one bite of a Lola cookie and you’ll see why many consider them addictive!
Visit Chrysalis Vineyards in the midst of harvest and experience the hottest festival of the year. Enjoy the bluegrass pickings of many top-named bands throughout the weekend, craft and food vendors, hayrides, vineyard tours, a special tasting of nine wines with commemorative take-home glasses, and much more! Sample all of their Norton wines, purchase vintage Nortons, and refresh from the sun with a glass of Sarah's Patio Red.
Round Hill is Loudoun's westernmost town and the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby Appalachian Trail, which offers visitors spectacular scenery and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. In town, residents proudly maintain the old Victorian houses originally built by Washingtonians looking to escape the summer heat. The town also boasts a popular monthly Bluegrass Jam Session which draw musicians of all ages and experience levels to play and learn traditional music together as well as nearby Hill High Orchard which offers some of the best pies on the east coast.
Some 100 residents call Hillsboro home, where the most contemporary structure dates to the late 1800s. The second smallest Virginia town in geographic size, Hillsboro is also the state's fourth smallest in population.
Known as the capital of Virginia's horse country, the quaint town of Middleburg is one of Loudoun's must sees. Welcoming visitors since 1787, Middleburg is a shoppers delight, with home furnishing and antique stores, boutiques and more, a stroll through this historic hamlet is an experience in itself. Middleburg has hosted iconic American personalities such as Jackie Kennedy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others, all whom found the village to be a treasured getaway.
Sit in on this "living tradition" - an evening of free-flowing bluegrass and folk music. This monthly jam session fills the local arts center with a diverse group of musicians, amateur to professional, children to grandparents, all coming together to create "real music" that's different every time.