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Behind the Tasting Bar at Doukenie Winery
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This guest blog was written by Tara Paterson, Manager on Duty at Doukenie Winery, Author and nationally syndicated columnist. I am often asked, “What is it like to work at a winery?” Or people say, “You must have a blast doing this, what a great job!” And the truth is I absolutely do!  It’s rare to find unhappy people out wine tasting on a...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: July 22-24
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With all of the great food, entertainment, boutiques and more, you can spend a whole weekend at the Villages at Leesburg! Not to mention, they have great events too! Here are some suggestions on how to spend your weekend: Plaza Party – July 22 Enjoy live music, games and outdoor dining at more than a dozen restaurants at this party in the Village at...

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Sing along in DC’s Summer Concert Capital
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Growing up in Michigan, summers were filled with long days of sunshine, perfect for playing with friends, biking and partaking in one of my favorite activities, listening to live music outdoors. I loved stretching out on the lawn with a picnic basket in hand, singing along with both family and friends. It’s a summer tradition I love to continue today in Loudoun. Many of...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: July 15-17
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It’s going to be another great wine and food weekend in Loudoun. With the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival and Lost Creek Winery’s Tastemaker series, you will definitely be enjoying what you taste. Find out more and don’t forget to share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun Purcellville Wine & Food Festival – July 16 Purcellville’s Fifth Annual Wine & Food Festival will...

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Catch ‘Em All in Loudoun
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Will you travel across the land searching far and wide to catch ’em all and be the very best like no one ever was? PokemonGo is sweeping the nation. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing people run to catch the Pokemon at their favorite store or collect Pokeballs at their local historic site. We want to make sure that you’ll get the most...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: July 8-10
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Happy Friday in Loudoun! Everyone is always looking forward to the weekend, but most don’t have any idea what they want to do. Don’t worry. We are here to help. There are so many concerts and festivals going on in LoCo. Here are a few of our suggestions: 11th Annual Key West Festival – July 9 Enjoy the “vineyard in paradise” at Breaux Vineyards‘...

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A Taste of Loudoun
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Spend a weekend getting a taste of Loudoun through our many wineries, breweries and amazing culinary stops. Here is a full two day itinerary for you to enjoy and add your own favorite stops along the way: Day 1 First Stop: Creek’s Edge Winery is an estate vineyard consisting of 4.5 acres of vines, a nice variety of wines and a relaxing atmosphere. The...

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#FindYourVine Favorites
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We are halfway through the #FindYourVine sweepstakes and are so impressed with the beautiful photos that are being posted on Instagram at Loudoun wineries! Make sure to enter our sweepstakes before July 24th to win an amazing prize. Find more information here! We want you all to #FindYourVine in Loudoun so here are some of our favorites from our for Find Your Vine themes for...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: June 24-26
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It’s finally Friday! You made it through another week and you should reward yourself with a great event at a Loudoun brewery on the LoCo Ale Trail! Whether you are celebrating with Old Ox Brewery or enjoying a show at Leesburg Brewing Company, you are definitely in for a great time. Make sure to share the fun with us by using #LoveLoudoun and #LoCoAleTrail...

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The Equestrian Side of the Loudoun Wine Trail
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In Loudoun, we like to think that our heritage adds something special to each glass of wine. At the turn of the 20th century and nearly 120 years before anyone was tagging winery snaps with #FindYourVine, Loudoun was already a great choice for a country weekend away, but for another reason entirely. Over in the southeast of Loudoun County, the small village of Middleburg...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: June 17-19
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A beautiful weekend is ahead of us and I couldn’t be more excited to enjoy all that Loudoun has to offer. From wine dinners to a county wide art show, there is something for everyone to enjoy so get out and experience it. Share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun Estate  Merlot Vertical Tasting Dinner – June 17 Bluemont Vineyard invites you to...

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Four Foodie Stops for Your Next Loudoun Tasting Trip
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All of that tasting and Instagramming with #FindYourVine sure has made us hungry. Luckily, we’re in wine country and nothing pairs better with our tasting journey than abundant farm-to-table food. From farm to table and from winery to working market, these eateries are craving for you to give them a try on your next weekend away. The food served at these handpicked spots goes...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: June 10-12
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Cheers to the weekend in Loudoun! We have two HUGE festivals that are finally here. If you enjoy a nice glass of Loudoun vino head to the Cajun Festival at Breaux Vineyards or if you would rather have a cold brew then check out the Americana Beer Fest! Share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun or #LoCoAleTrail 19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish...

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3 Spots to Sip with Winemakers in Loudoun
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They say the best wines are the ones we drink with friends, and here in Loudoun we think the same goes for tasting at our wineries. The wines from our region are best enjoyed with music, history, and some very fine dining, but why not take an opportunity to make friends with the winemakers too? This summer, get to know your wine’s personality a...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: June 3-5
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Happy June! At the beginning of a new month, I always feel like its time to refresh. Whether it’s going for a weekend staycation, hiking or relaxing by the pool, everyone needs to wind down. This weekend in Loudoun take care of your mind, body and soul with great events! The French Horse from Géricault to Picasso – Until July 31 Open your mind...

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#FindYourVine At Musical Wineries
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Exquisite foods paired with local wine, warm days and colorful sunsets over the vines – all components of a sensory weekend in Loudoun this spring and summer. Bud did you know that there might also be a sense you’re neglecting on your wine tasting trips? Sure you can smell wine and you can taste it, you can see it hit your glass and see...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: May 27-29
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The sun has come out and it’s the perfect time to enjoy some of Loudoun’s great concert series. The National Sporting Library & Museum, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and Breaux Vineyards are kicking off the concert season this weekend. Get out in the beautiful weather, enjoy your weekend in Loudoun and don’t forget to share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun Open Late...

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Americana Beer & Music Fest
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The inaugural Americana Beer Fest is coming to Loudoun on Saturday, June 11 at the scenic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. Celebrating local, regional and national breweries, Americana Beer Festival will have more than 180 styles of craft beer for guests to enjoy along with everything from live music and food trucks to adult lawn games and a beer-centric panels and workshops. Here is...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: May 20-22
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It’s all about festivals this weekend in Loudoun. From art and music to beer and even puppies, there’s something for you to enjoy in LoCo. Check out these great festivals and share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun Brambleton Brew Fest – May 21 If you a true craft beer lover, then the Brambleton Brew Fest is for you. With over 25 featured...

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LoCo Ale Trail Destination: Lost Rhino Retreat
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Amanda Hurwitt is a lifelong Loudoun County resident and currently working as a server at Lost Rhino Retreat in Brambleton. While living in Loudoun County, and working in the food & beverage industry, I’ve watched the local craft beer scene grow into the LoCo Ale Trail, one of the most well-known beer trails throughout Virginia. I started at Lost Rhino Retreat in December and...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: May 13-15
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It’s Friday the 13th. For some it’s unlucky, but in Loudoun it’s the start of a great weekend! From running through town to playing with dogs, there is much to enjoy in LoCo: Dog Day – May 14 Join Breaux Vineyards for the annual Dog Day Celebration! Bring your four legged friend for a day filed with live music, great food, wine tastings, pet...

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A Weekend With Loudoun Wine and Beer
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It’s easy to say that you want to spend a weekend in Loudoun tasting the delicious wines and beers, but it is a little harder to actually plan the journey. From where to go to where to stay, there is a lot of decisions to make. Luckily, we have a few suggestions for you. Here is a two-day trip to some of our favorite Loudoun...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: May 6-8
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Cheers for the weekend in Loudoun! With Mother’s Day going on, there are so many great brunches, wine tastings, dinners and more! However, here are a couple events in Loudoun that are for the unconventional: The Meal and the Brew – May 7 Test your palette by sampling four hellacious local brews from Adroit Theory Brewing Company paired with a four-course, locally sourced dinner by...

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Happy Mother’s Day in Loudoun
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My mom is my best friend. We’ve always been really close and whether we are going to the gym together or sitting on the couch eating Pringles and watching Netflix, it’s always so much fun to be around her. It’s hard to find the right present when Mother’s Day comes around to show her just how much I appreciate her answering the phone when...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: April 29-May 1
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We love the weekends in Loudoun. It’s so much fun to get out and enjoy all the events that Loudoun has to offer. This weekend I’m going to get my creative juices flowing with art classes at North Gate Vineyard and the National Sporting Library and Museum! Spring Wine Glass Painting – May 1 Spend a fun Sunday at North Gate Vineyard creating a...

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The Perfect Picnic Spots in Loudoun
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When I think of my favorite picnic scene, my mind always wanders to the opening sequence of Disney and Pixar’s “Up”. The cutest animated couple walks up the grassy hill to that shady spot under a tree with a basket full of goodies and their checkered blanket to enjoy each other’s company and find shapes in the clouds. It is the picture perfect picnic and...

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Loudoun’s Weekend Guide: April 22-24
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Sipping wine, playing with dogs and shopping is the perfect combination for a weekend in Loudoun. Join Breaux Vineyards, Great Country Farms and Hidden Brook Winery this weekend for all the fun! Make sure to share your experiences with us by using #LoveLoudoun Wild Game Winemaker’s Dinner – April 23 Breaux Vineyards invites you to join them for their Wild Game Winemaker’s Dinner on...

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Celebrating Warmer Weather
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The sun is shining and, even though I’m a redhead who gets burnt walking from my car to the office everyday, it’s exciting to know that Spring is finally here! There is something so refreshing about getting out in the warm weather to soak up the sun and take in the fresh air. In order to celebrate Spring, here are some of my favorite...

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