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Celebrating Black History Month in Loudoun
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During the time of slavery, enslaved African Americans sought to gain their freedom through escape and flight. These Freedom Seekers were often assisted by others who were opposed to slavery. Often referred to as the Underground Railroad, there were numerous escape routes throughout the United States. Loudoun County was part of the routes to the north, west and east. Loudoun County is home to...

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Thai One Off in One Loudoun
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The following guest blog was written by Jeremy Ross, General Manager and Bartender Extraordinaire at Sense of Thai in One Loudoun. YOU WILL NEVER BE A CHEF HERE! This was repeatedly said to me while I worked as a server at 701 Restaurant in DC. I have always had a passion for food and I knew my next career move after Naval Intelligence would be...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: January 29-31
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It looks like a beautiful sunny weekend in Loudoun to combat the cabin fever we all suffered last weekend. After being stuck in the house, it sounds like the perfect time to get out and elevate some of our senses like sight, taste and hearing. Luckily, there are great events going on in LoCo to help you out: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House –...

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#Blizzard2016 Loves Loudoun
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#Blizzard2016 is finally over! While everyone is trying to shovel out cars and driveways, take a second to admire the beauty of the snow. Even  36+ inches of snow can turn our beautiful county into something more stunning. Here are just a few pictures to prove it. Share your favorites with us with #LoveLoudoun Share on...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: Sledding Edition
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#WinterStormJonas is coming and we are taking full advantage of it this weekend in Loudoun. With the projected snow accumulation rising and rising, it seems like the perfect time to go sledding! While you’re out at these top 3 places in Loudoun, don’t forget to share your photos with #LoveLoudoun. Ida Lee Park – A family fun recreation center with a 138-acre park for sledding    ...

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#LoveLoudoun Round 2
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After launching our new hashtag #LoveLoudoun, we were overwhelmed with the number of beautiful photos coming in from around LoCo. We shared some of our favorites in a July #LoveLoudoun blog and we also added#LoveLoudoun galleries to our website! Keep tagging your Instagram or Twitter photos with #LoveLoudoun or #LoCoAleTrail for our beer lovers and you might just see it pop up online. Here are some...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: January 15-17
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Celebrate the weekend in Loudoun at one of our great events from an ice carving competition to tasting some delicious wine and more! Make sure to share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun 3rd Annual Ice Fest – January 16 Bundle up and join the Village at Leesburg for the 3rd Annual Ice Fest! See ten world renowned ice carvers in action as they...

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Warm up with Loudoun Fireplaces
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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fireplaces in Loudoun are so delightful. There’s nothing better during the cold weather season than sitting in front of a nice warm fireplace while enjoying a great meal, a glass of wine or beer with family and friends. Plan a day in Loudoun around some of our favorite fireplaces and fire-pits: Wineries: Fireplace: 8 Chains North Winery...

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What’s New in 2016
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“New Year, New Me” It is everyone’s saying for 2016 and, as cliche as it can be, it is the saying for Loudoun too! There are many new attractions, wineries, breweries, events and more coming to LoCo this year! Be on the look out for all of these great additions: Restaurants: West End Wine Bar: West End Wine Bar in Purcellville is officially open!...

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Loudoun Restaurants are Lucky for the New Year
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There are many traditions when celebrating New Year’s Eve, but one of the most popular is food (which is fine with me because I love to eat). What you eat on New Year’s Eve is believed to have an effect in the new year from good fortune to a long life. These traditions originated and are celebrated in different ways all over the world....

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“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite county!?”
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When Buddy the Elf called our Visitor Center to say he’d be coming to Loudoun, he already had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do. “I planned out our whole day. First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: December 18-20
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The weather outside is frightful…wait! No, it’s not. It’s a sunny weekend in Loudoun so we should all take advantage of it. There are great events going on at the Village at Leesburg, North Gate Vineyard and Breaux Vineyards: Breakfast with Santa – December 19 Make your reservations today for a holiday tradition to remember at Eggspecation in the Village at Leesburg. Visit with...

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The Guide to Loudoun’s Winter Wonderland
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I know what you’re thinking: “Winter Wonderland?! It was 70 degrees over the weekend and I was wearing shorts!” Don’t get me wrong. I was enjoying the warm weather in December too, but it just doesn’t feel like the holidays without a blanket of fresh snow on the ground. I, for one, am wearing my pajamas inside out and doing the snow dance I used to...

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Leesburg shopping brings hearts home for the Holidays
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Leesburg native Carolyn Landes recently journeyed home to finish up her holiday shopping, and provides us some insights on her favorite shops. You can read more of Carolyn’s work as a contributing writer to The Georgetowner here.   Strolling around Loudoun County this time of year feels a lot like entering a scene from a vintage holiday postcard. Paned shop windows are trimmed with...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: December 4-6
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It’s finally the month of snowmen, hot chocolate and reindeer with red noses! This weekend in Loudoun, we are celebrating some of our favorite holiday events in Middleburg and at 868 Estate Vineyards! We hope you enjoy them too. Make sure to share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun Christmas in Middleburg – December 4, 5 & 6 Enjoy the holiday spirit in...

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5 Not To Miss Experiences in Loudoun
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Virginia Vino Veritas With 40 wineries nestled along winding roads, between horse farms and historic estates, Loudoun is a premier East Coast wine destination. Don’t miss a chance to indulge in conversation with award-winning winemakers, sample Virginia varietals like Viognier and Norton and tour wineries featuring rustic barns to architecturally stunning facilities. Hop down the LoCo Ale Trail Virginians have been producing wine for...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 27-29
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As we all come out of our food coma from the feast we enjoyed yesterday, it’s time to seize the beautiful weekend in Loudoun! If you’re a Black Friday fanatic like me then I will see you shopping at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets or the cute boutique shops in Downtown Leesburg and Middleburg. If you would rather have a relaxing weekend, there are many...

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Revisiting the LoCo Ale Trail
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Tom Bobak is the editor-in-chief of American Craft Beer and recently spent a weekend exploring the LoCo Ale Trail. Here is part II of his journey. I was recently invited to spend a couple of days in Loudoun County, Virginia, a scenic expanse of small towns, rolling hills and mountain vistas just northwest of Washington, DC.  It’s a beautiful part of the country, rich with wineries...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 20-22
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As harvest season winds down in wine country, many of the Loudoun wineries are winding up with fun celebrations this weekend. Enjoy a four-course meal paired with Casanel Vineyards wine, meet the winemaker at 868 Estate Vineyards or join Sunset Hills Vineyard for their 7th Anniversary party. Share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun End of Harvest Wine Dinner – November 20 Casanel Vineyards and Winery...

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Take a ride on Loudoun’s Roller Coaster
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The Appalachian Trail weaves in and out of Loudoun County from Route 50 to the south, and extending north until crossing the Potomac River towards Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This stretch of trail is home to the notoriously difficult “Roller Coaster” in which climbers ascend and descend more than a dozen significant hills for a total of 5,000 feet of gain as you make your way toward...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 13-15
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“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse Experience courage and creativity this weekend in Loudoun with some great art events. Take in an abstract art exhibit at the Village of Leesburg, go on the holiday art tour or show off your painting skills at a winery. Make sure to share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun Abstract Art: Mind Over Object – Month of November Visit...

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Gobble It Up in Loudoun
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Thanksgiving is a great time of year to get together with family and friends and celebrate all that you have to be thankful for. If you’re like me, and the picture above, then you enjoy the holiday even more if you don’t have to do any of the work. It’s more fun and less stressful that way! Luckily, many of our restaurants and resorts have...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: November 6-8
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Just because Virginia Wine Month is over, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still celebrate the amazing wineries and vineyards in Loudoun! So, that is exactly what I am going to do this weekend at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and 868 Estate Vineyards! 3rd Annual End of Harvest Celebration – November 7 Greenhill Winery & Vineyards invites you to join them for the 3rd Annual End...

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Soak up the Fall in Loudoun
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The following guest blog was written by  Lauren De Santis of Capital Cooking. We recently spent a rainy weekend in Loudoun County, VA.  I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw the forecast, but I was pleasantly surprised that there’s plenty to do, despite the rain.  As autumn moves forward, expect beautiful foliage and even more fun. We arrived on a...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: Halloween Edition
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Halloween has two sides to it just like the story of Jekyll & Hyde. Like Jekyll, Loudoun offers fun Halloween treats like spending time with family and friends picking pumpkins, taking hayrides and getting lost in corn mazes. Hyde, on the other hand, is full of tricks in haunted houses, spooky forests and frightful nightmares. So, which side will you choose in Loudoun for Halloween this year? We have...

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Fall in Love with Loudoun Foliage
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Fall is one of my favorite seasons because I get to break out  my boots, scarves and big sweaters. Another great thing about the season is the beauty it brings to Loudoun. The trees and vines are changing colors and LoCo is the perfect place to catch the Fall foliage. Spend a weekend in Loudoun at one of our many wonderful hotels and resorts and travel...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: October 23-25
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Enjoy the beautiful fall weekend in Loudoun seeing great films, drinking craft beer or cheering on horses while wearing your favorite derby hat! #LoveLoudoun 3rd Annual Middleburg Film Festival – October 23-25 The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic and carefully curated narrative and documentary films screened in an intimate theatre environment. The films are not only viewed, but discussed with world-renowned...

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5 Destinations On The LoCo Ale Trail That You Don’t Want To Miss
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Tom Bobak – Founder & Editor / American Craft Beer LoCo is a nickname for Loudoun County, a scenic expanse of small towns, rolling hills and mountain vistas just northwest of Washington, DC. For years it’s been known for its artisan wineries – and now it’s becoming a “go-to” destination for a whole new generation of craft breweries. I was recently invited up to...

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