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From Ashburn to Virginia’s Own “Italian Countryside.”

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Miller & Smith homeowners living in Brambleton or One Loudoun are fortunate to have amazing onsite recreation amenities, either in place or coming soon. Brambleton has lots of shops, restaurants, swimming pools, parks, ball fields, a clubhouse and more. One Loudoun recently welcomed Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, one of the most innovative movie theaters in the country, and will soon be opening Bar Louie, Fresh Market and a host of other shops and restaurants. It’s also the future home of the Loudoun Hounds professional baseball team.

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Of course, even with all there is to do in and around these communities, a change in scenery is always refreshing. Located about 30 minutes from Ashburn are The Plains and Middleburg, two quaint towns reminiscent of the lush countryside of Tuscany. Not only are the views breathtaking, there is always something to do, see, drink, and one of Miller & Smith’s favorites…taste!

Take a look at the map below to see how close Ashburn is to Virginia’s own “Italian Countryside”: map Source

For Wine Lovers:

Why go to Italy or Napa Valley when you can enjoy 10 wineries just minutes away from Ashburn? The wineries are open for wine tastings and tours. Since it’s always a good idea to have a designated driver, consider taking a bus or limo service. They offer tours of multiple wineries and are a great way to spend an entire day vineyard hopping. One of the must-sees is Linden Winery in Middleburg. Sip wine on the back patio overlooking beautiful vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Linden Winery: 3708 Harrels Run Rd, Linden, VA. www.lindenvineyards.com

Boxwood Winery: 2042 Burrland Rd, Middleburg, VA. www.boxwoodwinery.com

Barrel Oak Winery: 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA. www.barreloak.com

Chrysalis Winery: 23876 Champe Ford Rd, Middleburg, VA. www.Chrysaliswine.com

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For Foodies:

Girasole, meaning “sunflower” in Italian, is the perfect place to eat dinner after spending a day in the Virginia countryside. Girasole serves Northern Italian cuisine. Start off your evening with a cocktail or a glass of wine paired with an appetizer and warm bread that melts in your mouth. The menu consists of veal, fish, and house made pastas. Using local, organic ingredients, the chef is always creating long lists of seasonal chef specials to add variety to the menu each day. After dinner, a dessert tray is brought to your table to show off the delectable varieties of pastries and gelatos, also made in house. Girasole is featured in Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top 50 restaurants in Northern Virginia. Brunch is also offered on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.

Girasole: 4244 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, VA. www.girasole-panino.com

Forlano’s Market and Restaurant: 6483 Main Street, The Plains, VA. www.forlanos.com

The Rail Stop: 6478 Main Street, The Plains, VA. www.railstoprestaurant.com

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern: 2 East Washington Street, Middleburg, VA. www.redfox.com

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For Horse Enthusiasts:

Great Meadow is located right in The Plains, home to The Gold Cup horse races in May each year. Every Saturday night, Great Meadow hosts twilight Polo matches along with other equestrian events (May-September). Tour the stables and take a look at all of the horses. A great place for kids as well!

Great Meadow: 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA. www.greatmeadow.org

For Shoppers:

Walk the streets of Middleburg for an entire day’s worth of shopping. The historic buildings and cobblestone streets add to the charm of this small town. Whether you want to buy furniture, antiques, clothing, jewelry, etc., Middleburg has it all. Take a break from all the shopping and grab a quick bite to eat at one of the local delis or outdoor taverns.

Want to turn your day trip into a weekend getaway?

Not a problem. The Plains and Middleburg are filled with plenty of charming Bed & Breakfasts. After a short trip to Middleburg and The Plains, head back home to Brambleton or One Loudoun feeling refreshed without the expenses of a vacation.

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