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    Just one hour from downtown Washington, D.C., and 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the pretty village of Middleburg and the stunning surrounding countryside offers a variety of activities.

    • Equestrian Country

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    • Red Fox Inn - Historic Middleburg Tavern

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    • Middleburg's Quaint Town Street

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    • Loudoun Vineyard

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    Just one hour from downtown Washington, D.C., and 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the pretty village of Middleburg and the stunning surrounding countryside offers a variety of activities.

    Home to the National Sporting Library and with more than 160 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, Middleburg is synonymous with history and charm.

    As an equestrian mecca, Middleburg provides the setting for many horse-related events. Glenwood Park, a spectacular center that dates back to 1911, hosts year-round equestrian activities. Just down the road, The Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the oldest horse show in America, is held in early June and brings riders from across the nation.

    For shopping enthusiasts, Middleburg offers a treasure trove of variety, quality and distinction. Elegant boutiques and galleries in historic buildings and cafés adorn the quaint streets.

    Visitors with a passion for food and drink can peruse organic and gourmet markets as well as enjoy tours of local wineries.

    Stop by the historic Red Fox Inn and Tavern. It is billed as the "oldest original inn in America," Additionally, Middleburg’s numerous restaurants have something for every appetite and budget, whether it be a leisurely meal in an historic, romantic setting or a quick break for casual fare indoors or al fresco.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Include at least one night staying in Shenandoah National Park because there are lots of lookout points, amphitheatre presentations (including a fabulous one about Birds of Prey) and trails to explore. Skyland Lodge makes a great selection as it has its own stables and offers horse trail rides in the warmer months.

    • Top Tip 2

      Colonial Williamsburg is a brilliantly restored 18th century town where actors, who are dressed in costumes from the era, bring the village to life. Before you travel, book a table at one of the three taverns for dinner. Its very popular, and rightly so, as everyone is in costume and you are entertained by showmen of the day, such as mandolin players and card tricksters. Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn are the only hotels close by, located just a 5 minute walk from the town

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to Luray Caverns on your itinerary, it is a must see! It's incredible that a cavern of such colossal size could be hidden deep underground - it takes almost an hour to walk through and features an underground reflecting lake.

    • Top Tip 4

      If you are visiting Middleburg, make plans to dine at The Red Fox Inn, an old tavern established in 1728 which maintains its historic charm and serves fabulous cuisine. Book ahead as it is always fully-booked!

    • Top Tip 5

      Virginia is becoming known for its fabulous quality wines. There are lots of vineyards dotted around the state, but The Boxwood Winery on the outskirts of Middleburg is one of our favourites, providing tours and sampling

    • Top Tip 6

      Downtown Charlottesville is split into two distinct sections: the town which houses shops and restaurants, and the college campus which is simply a beautiful area to walk, whilst being surrounded by ornate buildings commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Montecello, the mountaintop home of Jefferson, is located 10 minutes out of town and an integral part of any visit to Charlottesville.

    • Top Tip 7

      If you like being out on the water, why not hire a kayak from Virginia Beach and head out searching for the wild native dolphins.

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