American Historic Small Towns Itineraries and Wine Tours
Loudoun County is renowned for rolling hills of farms and vineyards, pastures filled with grazing horses, and the Blue Ridge Mountains; it is also just 25 miles from Washington DC.
Leesburg is Loudoun’s county seat, has seen significant history from 1758, and has a well-preserved downtown historic district with stunning 18th and 19th century architecture. Leesburg is also a shopping and dining venue and features historic sites such as Gen. George C. Marshall’s home, Dodona Manor and Ball’s Bluff Civil War battlefield.
Middleburg, known as the capital of Virginia’s horse country, has been welcoming visitors since 1787. It is also a shopper’s delight, with home furnishing and antique stores, boutiques and more. Middleburg has hosted iconic American personalities such as Jackie Kennedy and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Purcellville is a charming farm town that 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.
Waterford is a National Historic Landmark Village where Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair is held the first weekend of October. The fair offers historic homes tours, 160 juried craftspeople with hands-on demonstrations, children activities, traditional music and dance, Colonial-era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, and Civil War re-enactors with skirmishes. Lovettsville is a German settlement and Loudoun’s northern most town.
Hillsboro is home to 100 residents. It is the second smallest Virginia town in geographic size, the fourth smallest in population.
Loudon County Vineyards
Hillsborough Vineyards is perched along a mountain slope. The tasting room is housed in a renovated 1840s stone barn, a cool respite during the dog days of summer and cozy by the fireplace in winter. From the terrace outside, visitors experience Hillsborough’s luxuriant gardens and trickling fountains, framing the view of the Loudoun Valleys below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Breaux Vineyards is one of Virginia’s largest wineries with over 100 acres planted across a 404-acre estate. Proceed up the meandering driveway past manicured lawns that give way to sweeping views of vineyards as they extend up Short Hill Mountain. Nestled between the hills, Breaux’s vineyard and mountain views can be enjoyed from the tasting room, Patio Madeleine, and their landscaped terraces.
Bluemont Vineyards sits high on an eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 951 feet above sea level, offering spectacular views of the countryside and beyond.
A Loudoun County Virginia Travel Experience