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Loudoun County Food

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Twenty-five miles west of busy Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is close enough to be far away. Dominated by vineyards and horse farms, the idyllic setting can quiet the mood of anyone wanting to take a break from their over-stimulated life.   Leaving behind turnpikes and highways, travelers enter the slower paced world of small towns like MiddleburgLeesburgLovettsville and Purcellville.

Where to Eat

Middleburg
Equestrian farms surround Middleburg. A road trip on Route 50 takes visitors through beautifully maintained pasture land.
There are fast-food outlets, but you are more likely to eat in a small restaurant or market that is soneone’s passion-project.

For anyone who enjoys picnicking, Market Salamander and Home Farm Store on Washington Street carry high-quality prepared foods, made-to-order sandwiches, whole cooked chickens, smoked turkey wings, charcuterie, cheese and desserts.

Down the block and around the corner, you can stop for a good cup of coffee, a piece of Danish or a fres…

Civil War Sites in Loudoun County, Virginia

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With the start of the Civil War Sesquicentennial this year, the war between the states is being commemorated with special events, exhibits and reenactments.
There are many well-known battlegrounds to visit: Gettysburg, of course, Antietam, Bull Run and, where it all began, Fort Sumter.

But those memorials can be jammed with tour buses. An alternative is to visit less crowded sites in Virginia where a third of all Civil War battlefield encounters took place.

That so many battles were fought in Virginia makes sense when you look at the map. If you were the Confederate army, Virginia was the border state that put you within striking distance of Washington, D.C. For the North, the capitol of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia was a tempting target.

Twenty five miles west of Washington, Loudoun County offers many advantages for travelers who want to visit Civil War sites. 
Even before visiting in person, online sites offer immersive views with videos and 360-panoramas of Civil War locations…