Loudoun’s history comes to life at the Loudoun Museum. Permanent and rotating exhibits tell the story of the county’s founding from the Revolution, through the Civil War to the establishment of a booming wine industry.
Enjoy lunch on own in historic downtown Leesburg.
Taste some of Loudoun’s craft beverages at Crooked Run Brewing and Wild Hare Cider. From one log cabin to another: sip a chilled glass of crisp hard cider made from Shenandoah Valley apples in this cozy craft cidery located in an 1840s cabin, part of the Market Station precinct. Adjacent to it, in an intimate carriage house, is the original outpost of popular local brewery Crooked Run. The nano-brewery has 12 beers on tap and cans to go.
One of Loudoun’s most innovative dining experiences – Chef Santosh Tiptur’s Indian-inspired, chocolate-forward restaurant The Conche – offers chocolate making classes in its culinary “lab”. Join Santosh and his Master Chocolatiers as they teach you how to make and shape finely crafted chocolate delicacies; the perfect gifts.
After cider, beer and chocolate, it’s time for Ford's Fish Shack. Opened by New England transplant Tony Stafford a decade ago, Ford’s does the best crab cakes and grilled fish this side of the Chesapeake Bay. The restaurant also offers superb Maine “lobstah” – best tried on the signature lobster roll – as well as clams, mussels and fresh oysters.
Instead of coffee, wake up with a hot cup of chai... Loudoun’s premier tea company, Dominion Tea is located in historic downtown Purcellville and features more than 100 loose leaf teas sourced from more than nine countries.
Savor the views and tastes at Walsh Family Wine. Dashing couple Nate and Sarah Walsh lease prime vineyards from farms throughout Loudoun, blend their classy vintages at this elegant tasting room in Hillsboro and pay tribute to the source farm on the labels of the bottles.
Lunch today at Magnolia’s at the Mill. This vaulted-ceiling, 1905-built Purcellville grain mill has been immaculately restored into a cozy, upscale farm-to-fork neighborhood restaurant. Enter through wooden-swing doors and look up at the exposed beams, wheels and pulleys of the old millworks before savoring sublime specialties.
Enjoy a tasting at Bluemont Vineyard. Fifteen-minutes’ drive west of Purcellville, on the slopes of the Blue Ridge outside historic Bluemont, is this panoramic vineyard with spectacular east-facing views of the Piedmont and beyond.
Last Updated: 12/17/2020