Middleburg, The Nations Horse and Hunt Capitol
I first went to Middleburg, Virginia passing through to the Upperville Horse Show in the late 1990's. My breath was taken away at the beauty. The scenery and architecture had me convinced I'd slipped back in time. Every year I travel to Middleburg again for The Christmas Shops, presented by the Emanuel Episcopal Church. This will mark it's 70th year.
The town was established in 1787 after land was purchased by an American Revolutionary Lieutenant from a cousin of George Washington's. It was given it's name due the fact it is in the Middle of Alexandria and Winchester along a trade route now known as Hwy 50.
With more than 160 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Middleburg is known for its natural beauty, historic charm, and Southern hospitality. Surrounding the town, you’ll find picturesque countryside, with low stone walls surrounding stately horse farms and cattle grazing in nearby fields–all with the Blue Ridge and Bull Run mountains as a scenic backdrop.
An interesting tidbit is that Middleburg also boasts more than 20 wineries within 30 minutes of this historic hamlet, making it one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world.
It is considered the Nations' Horse and Hunt Capitol. The Middleburg Hunt was established in 1906 and has their annual Hunt Meet on the Saturday of the Christmas Shop.
My favorite tavern and bed and breakfast is the Red Fox Inn. I eat there more than once during my short stay, with it's farm to table menu and fabulous wine selection, it is heaven.
If you live in the surrounding area or happen to be visiting the Capitol or surrounding areas, during the weekend of Nov. 1-4, please stop in at The Christmas Shops and start your holiday shopping. You will not be disappointed with over 50 unique boutiques including handmade soaps, luxurious furs, stunning jewelry, hats and alpaca wears.
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Visit Middleburg and Team Loudoun County