Experience America’s best wine and equine experience in Loudoun County, Virginia. You will discover that horse farms and wineries are major features of the rural landscape.
Loudoun County is a place where thoroughbreds are raised, derby riders are born and Olympians are trained. It’s a place that serves as an idyllic country escape for Washington notables including the Obamas. Jackie Kennedy Onassis once spent countless hours on horseback exploring the local trails.
Long before it became known as “DC’s Wine Country,” Loudoun was known as the horse and hunt capital of Virginia. Come experience the county where the wine and equine worlds are intertwine to provide an unparalleled visitor experience.
Take the morning to explore the stunning mansion at Morven Park. Once home to former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, the mansion now houses the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America. During the summer, watch polo matches in the park or stroll through the beautiful gardens.
Afterward, enjoy a light lunch at South Street Under in historic downtown Leesburg. The ciabatta bread is baked fresh daily and the desserts are not to be missed.
Spend the afternoon sipping Virginia wine. Start with a tasting at Dry Mill Vineyards where the tasting room is located in a restored stable and barn that was once home to the horses and hounds of the Loudoun Hunt Club. Then visit Loudoun’s first winery, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. Relax in the rustic and charming barn while sipping Merlot.
Take in another small town for dinner-Purcellville. Try Monks BBQ and the famous bacon on a stick or dine in a restored mill at Magnolias at the Mill.
Check into a B&B or resort. For an equestrian experience, try Serene Manor where overnight packages can include trail rides and riding lessons at the nearby equestrian center.
Travel to historic Middleburg and the National Sporting Library. This hidden gem is a library, research facility and art museum with over 26,000 books and equestrian-themed works of art.
After, grab lunch in town at Market Salamander or King Street Oyster Bar, and stroll the boutiques that line the streets of this quaint town.
Follow in the footsteps of former first lady Michelle Obama with a trip to Greenhill Winery & Vineyards’ two-story, equestrian-themed tasting room. Be sure to sample the sparkling featured in the 2016 gift bags for select OSCAR nominees.
Immerse yourself in the full equestrian experience at Salamander Resort & Spa. Open to guests and visitors alike, take a horseback ride through the trails or try the one-of-a-kind Equi-Spective program that unites horses and humans through a hands-on approach that puts visitors in the ring, communicating with the gentle creatures.
Finish with dinner at Red Fox Inn & Tavern and the famous Virginia peanut soup.