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Soups to Warm the Soul
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The holidays are officially upon us and while the season includes delicious treats and parties with family and friends, it also brings colder temperatures and some of the longest days of the year. As a Michigander who then ventured to school in upstate New York, I fully embrace the winter weather and the joys it brings like warm fires, fuzzy socks, hot chocolate and...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: December 2-4
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It’s finally December!! Bring on the hot cocoa, Elf and Michael Buble holiday songs. For the first weekend of December, Loudoun is bringing the Christmas in Middleburg parade, 9th Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt and a Sparking Wine & Champagne class! Christmas in Middleburg – December 2-4 Start your advent in Middleburg! On the first Saturday in December the community becomes a Christmas experience like no other – Christmas in...

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12 Days of Loudoun
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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree. Now I don’t know about you, but when I wrote a letter to Santa it did not include a bird and a pear tree. So instead of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas, we are bringing you the 12 Days of Loudoun. The best part about this...

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Loudoun Cideries
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Virginia Cider Week may have come and gone, but in Loudoun we like to enjoy our cideries all year long! Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery, Wild Hare Cider and Corcoran Vineyards and Cider offer delicous cider for you to try. Here are cideries in Loudoun: Wild Hare Hard Cider Wild Hare Cider is a boutique, micro-cidery that started from a desire to hand-craft something,...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 18-20
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It’s Friday! Thank goodness. It’s been a crazy week and I can’t wait to celebrate in Loudoun with some great entertainment from art and music to a comedy show! Don’t forget to share your weekend in Loudoun memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun To the Finish – Until November 27 Make a trip to the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg for The Art...

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Carving Thanksgiving memories in Loudoun
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Growing up, Thanksgiving morning meant waking up to the smell of apple pie being baked in the oven and to the sounds of my mom clinking around the kitchen, working tirelessly to make the perfect meal. I’d slowly roll downstairs, grab a donut and curl up in my beanbag chair to watch the MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And of course, no Thanksgiving was complete...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 11-13
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Happy Veteran’s Day Weekend! It’s a very special weekend to many friends, families and colleagues. If you are lucky enough, celebrate with your favorite Veteran this weekend in Loudoun with art shows, historic speakers and wine making! Share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun Annual Autumn Show 2016 – November 12 & 13 Round Hill potter, David Norton, invites the public to attend...

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Escape Election Day in Loudoun
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Election Day is finally here and after months of political commercials, debates and office banter on who will be the next President, the race for the White House is coming to an end. We are still hours away from knowing who will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but some celebrities have already said they will leave the country, pending the results. Instead of renewing...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 4-6
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Happy November! With everyone still catching their breath from the World Series Game this week and counting down the days until Election Day, I think everyone’s ready to have some down time in Loudoun with a glass of wine in hand. Luckily, there are so many great events happening at Loudoun wineries this weekend. Will you Find Your Vine at Sunset Hills Vineyard, 868 Estate...

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15 Things That Happened When I Visited All of Loudoun’s Wineries
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The following blog was written by Amy Mugford, Communications Program Manager at Loudoun’s Department of Economic Development. The original blog post can be found here. Grape stomping, blind tastings, chocolate pairings, live music and friendly conversations are all experiences I’ve had during my six-year journey visiting the 40 Loudoun wineries on the Visit Loudoun Wine Trail Guide. In addition to excellent wines, a wide...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: Halloween Edition
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Boo! Scared you didn’t I? Tis the season for costumes, haunted houses and eating way too much candy. It’s also one of my favorite times of the year! With all that is going on in Loudoun this weekend, I can’t decide what to do! Grab your favorite costume and friends and enjoy: Spooky Cakes – October 29 There are no tricks, only treats at...

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What Your Costume Says About Your Loudoun Halloween Experience
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It’s the final few days before Halloween. I’ve already planned out my Kim Possible and Little Red Riding Hood costumes and cannot wait to dress up and enjoy the holiday weekend with friends! But, what does my costume choice say about where I will celebrate my Halloween in Loudoun? What does your say? Don’t worry. I’ve figured it all out for you: Superhero It’s...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: October 21-23
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Happy Friday in Loudoun! It’s a great weekend to celebrate with the Middleburg Film Festival, Air & Scare at Udvar-Hazy or Funky Fusion cooking classes at Salamander Resort & Spa: Middleburg Film Festival – October 21-23 “La La Land”, a romantic musical throwback, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will be the Main Stage screening at this year’s Middleburg Film Festival. The Middleburg Film Festival is...

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Celebrate #VAWine Month with Award-Winning Wines
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ICYMI: Loudoun wines were honored at the The Loudoun Wine Awards last Friday night at Lansdowne Resort & Spa! Over 100 wines were entered in the competition and winners were given gold or silver medals as well as best in each varietal, Chairman’s Award and more! What better way to celebrate Virginia Wine Month than planning a trip, or two, to Loudoun’s wine country for...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: Epicurience Virginia Edition
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Epicurience Virginia weekend is finally here! I hope that you are as excited as I am to drink delicious Virginia wine, taste local cuisines,  hang out with friends and so much more at this year’s festival. Don’t forget to kick off the weekend tonight with the Loudoun Wine Awards. It’s not too late to get tickets to Epicurience Virginia 2016. Here’s what you need...

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Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour
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It’s time for the bi-annual 2016 Loudoun Fall Farm Tour! Spend this weekend (October 15 & 16) taking a free, self-guided tour in the beautiful countryside of rural Loudoun County. This unique experience allows guests to tour and explore farms that are not open to the public year-round. Meet local producers of farm-based products, learn what they do, enjoy local foods for breakfast or...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: October 7-10
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I hope that most of you are getting ready to celebrate a long weekend with Columbus Day on Monday! Loudoun has plenty to do to entertain you and your family or friends from the Waterford Fair and Virginia Fall Races to winery events and so much more! Here is just a few highlights of what the weekend holds in Loudoun: Waterford Fair – October...

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Fallin’ For Fall Brews on the LoCo Ale Trail
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Fall is, of course, about pumpkin carving, fireside sitting and apple picking. But, one of my favorite things about the season is trying all of the new seasonal beers from the breweries on the LoCo Ale Trail. From pumpkin ales to amber lagers, the LoCo Ale Trail has them all. Here is a list of just a few of the Fall beers you can...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: September 30 – October 2
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As I sit in my office with the boots and sweater on and drinking my pumpkin spice latte, I can’t help but be excited that I’m writing the weekend guide for the first weekend in October! Loudoun is excited about it too. There are many events going on for you to enjoy like heritage festivals, pumpkin villages and haunted houses for the brave souls. Hillsboro...

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Zip & Sip with Old Ox Brewery at Empower Adventures
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My Fall Sundays are reserved for football with family and friends, but it was a Wednesday and I hadn’t figured out what to do with the rest of what was slated to be a beautiful weekend. As someone who likes taking risks and will try almost anything once, I came across the Zip & Sip with Old Ox Brewery at Empower Adventures. An activity...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: September 23-25
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It’s the first weekend of Fall! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to celebrate by walking through the fallen leaves, unpacking all of my scarves and finding that perfect pumpkin. Loudoun has plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend from oktoberfests, ziplining and art festivals! Zip & Sip – September 23 Empower Adventures at Salamander Resort in Middleburg invites you to...

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Epicurience Virginia 2016
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Epicurience Virginia is the premier food and wine festival held in Loudoun. In its fourth year, Epicurience Virginia’s Grand Tasting event will be held at The Barn at One Loudoun on October 15th with unique and exclusive events going on all weekend long. Guests can expect to taste award-winning wines, savor local cuisines, witness celebrated chefs demonstrate their talents and get involved with activities...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: September 16-18
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With Autumn quickly approaching, the weekends in Loudoun are just getting better and more beautiful! Whether you want to shop for fresh local products or indulge in some beer and bbq, Loudoun has got you covered. Make sure to share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun Brambleton Farmers Market – Until October 30 The Brambleton Farmers Market highlights local Loudoun producers every Sunday...

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Girl Power in Loudoun
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As Queen B would say:           Does anyone want to disagree with Beyonce? We didn’t think so. Women rock and that shows in Loudoun. With the recent hiring of Old Ox Brewery’s female head brewer, we wanted to highlight some of the great women in Loudoun’s beverage making industry. Old Ox Brewery – Allison Lange Before joining Old Ox Brewery...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: September 9-11
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Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the summer weekends are over in Loudoun. Beautiful weather and gorgeous views always makes for a great celebratory weekend in LoCo. Whether you are watching nationally ranked polo players race around the field or being scared to death at murder mystery theatre, you are guaranteed to have fun! Share your memories with us...

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8 Fall Weekend Activities in Loudoun
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Labor Day weekend has come and gone and while it isn’t officially Fall (everyone start counting down until September 22nd) the end of the long weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the new season. While we are all looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and Halloween costumes, plan a weekend getaway to Loudoun around one of these six Fall activities: Lovettsville Oktoberfest – September...

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Kick It With Loudoun
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Sports are my life. When I say sports, I mostly mean football. Counting down to the start of the NFL season (19 days) is what gets me through the summer. While football is my favorite, I love watching any sport from soccer and baseball to lacrosse and hockey. Luckily, Loudoun has so many great sports facilities that there is always something sporty going on....

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