Visiting Middleburg: The Restaurants, The Vineyards, The Spas

Diverse is the best description for Northern Virginia, with its intriguing mix of big city sophistication, refreshing farm county and quaint old-world towns. Right outside Washington D.C., the Potomac Mills and Tysons Corner Center malls bring shoppers aplenty to these bustling business and retail hubs. Honor our nation’s military history at the Arlington National Cemetery or Manassas National Battlefield Park. Stroll cobblestone streets in Alexandria, a preserved historic district along the Potomac that teems with culture and creative cuisine. Find both history and culture in Fairfax, home to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. If rolling hills and scenic vineyards are more your speed, try Loudoun County, aka “Horse Country,” with steeplechase races, polo matches, boutique wineries and timeless villages and towns.

Middleburg, located in Loudon County, may draw distinguished visitors from throughout the U.S. due to its reputation (since the 1900s) for foxhunting and equestrian races, but with one stoplight and just 600 residents, this truly small town emanates a feeling of nostalgia. The Middleburg Historic District, the 19th-century center of town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts one individually-owned shop after another. You’ll find on-site proprietors, personalized customer service and difficult-to-duplicate products at places like The Shaggy Ram for French and English antique furniture, Wylie Wag for treats for your K-9 companion (this is a self-proclaimed “pet obsessed town”) and The Upper Crust for handmade pies and pastries.

The Upper Crust

Where to Dine

Market Salamander: An open-kitchen and old-world ambiance entices foodies at this “working chef’s gourmet market.” Order breakfast, lunch or to-go offerings from a locally sourced menu that is updated weekly. Off-premises catering, custom cakes and gift baskets are also available, but we’ll take our Virginia Gent sandwich—bourbon-pecan chicken salad with bacon, lettuce and tomato—on the outdoor patio, please. 200 W Washington St. Middleburg. 540-687-8011.

Where to Wine

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Located in the newly inducted Middleburg American Viticulture Area, the 128-acre estate includes Little River, which runs along the southeast property line; a natural pond; a historic stone house circa 1762; and 11 acres of vineyards against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Toast your visit with a bottle of the Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, featured in the 2016 Academy Awards swag bags. Tasting room open daily, noon–sunset, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg.  540-687-6968. 

Where to Stay

Salamander Resort & Spa: The main entrance to this 340-acre equestrian country estate sits just a few steps from Middleburg’s Main Street. Guests can relax in the library and living room, explore miles of trails and outdoor activities, watch chefs using ingredients from the resort’s garden in meals crafted in the Cooking Studio demonstration kitchen or enjoy the infinity edge spa pool while waiting for a treatment. 500 North Pendleton St., Middleburg. 844-303-2723.

Where to Play

Lose track of time while choosing from a collection of 24,000 books dedicated to equestrian, angling and field sports at the National Sporting Library or zip line through the treetops at Empower Adventures.

Learn more about visiting Roanoke's farmers markets, restaurants and wines.

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