When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Raft down the rough rapids of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry or take it easy with a relaxing tubing trip on the river. For land adventurists, opt for a zip lining thrill or experience a unique aerial adventure park on the ropes course.
Ever wonder what it is like to jump out of an airplane with nothing but a parachute, and maybe a skydiving instructor, to depend on? Well, now you can experience the rush of skydiving in a safe, controlled environment at iFLY, an indoor skydiving facility.
SportRock Climbing Center
Venture out on the wall-to-wall rocks at the SportRock Climbing Center with a class full of rookies, or solo if you’re a seasoned climber. SportsRock has classes, kids’ programs, and corporate team-building events, so everyone can get their hands chalky.
Work on your drive while sipping craft cocktails and soaking up the music at this elevated golf experience. Come for the driving range and stay for the atmosphere, and don’t worry about being at the top of your game – TopGolf accommodates golfers of all skill levels.
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Black Shutter Antique Center
For over 20 years, this nineteenth-century house has played host to 40 antique dealers, peddling goods out of the house’s plethora of rooms. The quality of the antiques is second only to the variety of goods, creating a superior antiquing experience. If you’re in Northern Virginia, this is the place to go to hunt down some treasures from the past.
Satisfy every craving at the intersection of Routes 657 and 15 in Leesburg, Virginia. Owner and chef Rich Rosendale serves up house-made soups and sandwiches alongside the goods of local artisans. Top off your pit stop at this rustic café with a homemade treat from their bakery.
Old Lucketts Store
The 138-year-old general store is anything but “general.” Its history is fascinating, switching from family home, to post office, to general store, and now making its name as a treasure trove of antiques. Explore the house’s 20 rooms brimming with everything from vintage furniture to accessories.
Tally Ho Theater
Recently renovated, this Leesburg theater was originally built in 1932 and is now back and better than ever. Tally Ho Theater has something for everyone, hosting concerts, theater, and other events.
Wolf Trap Foundation of Performing Arts
It’s Americas only National Park for the Performing Arts, bringing classical, jazz, pop, and many more styles of musical acts to Vienna, Virginia. With a community outreach element of internships and youth arts programming, it is a great organization to support.
How to spend 48 hours in Leesburg, with Lansdowne as your base camp.
6 p.m. | Leesburg’s First Friday
If you’re lucky enough to be in Leesburg the first Friday of the month, make sure to meander to the historic downtown district. Each month, 45 shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more open their doors and offer free refreshments and special sales. Not to mention, complimentary live music all around!
9 p.m. | Grab a Brew at Delirium Cafe
While you’re downtown, head over to this European-style brewpub with craft Belgian-style beers on tap and plenty of spirits available for your less hop-inclined travel partners. Check out their food menu for a late-night bite for bar food made with locally sourced ingredients. Everything from poutine to crispy goat cheese balls are waiting to satisfy that munchie craving.
10 a.m. | Latte and Late Breakfast
Head to quirky café Shoe’s Cup & Cork for a world-class breakfast and coffee. Be sure to ask the barista if they can pull off a little latte art for you – guests have been known to find their favorite animal in their cappuccino foam.
1 p.m. | Take a Tour
Take a guided tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center, and maybe even ride on one of their flight simulators. It is a pick-your-own-adventure setup where you can choose from a trip back in time to the first powered flights of the jet age, or to the future for a ride on a futuristic spacecraft, passing by the Milky Way Galaxy. The Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum companion center in Virginia.
6 p.m. | Dining on Virginia History
Coton & Rye, a Lansdowne restaurant, celebrates Virginia by paying tribute to the area’s past. Executive Chef Marcus Repp partners with local farms to cultivate quality ingredients and recipes in an ode to Loudoun County’s agricultural past. Stop in for classics like chicken pot pie and Virginia-style iron pan steak topped off with locally crafted beer and wine.
1 p.m. | Appreciate Historic Homes
Make the most of your last day in Leesburg by experiencing history up close at the former residence of General George C. Marshall. One of America's greatest statesmen, Marshall is known for being the organizer of the Allied Victory in World War II, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, Marshall’s home, Dodona Manor, is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to preserving his legacy. Adventure through history with a tour of the well-preserved manor and its 3.8 acres of gardens.
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A true family operation, this winery has sat on the same 32 acres for over 30 years, owned and operated by Michael and Roxanne Moosher. Their daughter Chantal is even involved, as the artist behind their eclectic, colorful label designs. Taste their variety of vintages from their patio overlooking the vineyard pond or, during the colder months, nestled up by the fire at their tasting center.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Back in 2011, founder Matt Hagerman set out to fill a void in Loudoun County. With not a craft brewery in sight, he started Lost Rhino Brewing Company to satisfy the hoppy tooth of his neighbors. Enjoy a full tour of their brewhouse, now nine years in the making, or just kick back in their tasting room for a brew and bar bites.
Mead is a bit of an elusive concept to some – wine fermented with honey – but it is delicious, and Stonehouse is the best place to try it. This family-owned meadery uses the highest quality local honey to ferment with.
Minutes from Leesburg, this scenic vineyard lies atop the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At almost 1,000 feet above sea level, visitors encounter breathtaking views from all around. Enjoy a guided wine tasting, wine flights, bottles and glasses for purchase, seasonal sangria, and more at their on-property tasting room.
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