History, Recreation, and Wine Country Itinerary
10am: Tour Dodona Manor, the recently restored home and gardens of General George C. Marshall, best known as the author of the Marshall Plan which laid the groundwork for post World War II European recovery. Marshall was also Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Nobel Peace Laureate. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency, from 1941-1959. The home is situated on four acres in downtown Leesburg.
12:30pm: Stop into South Street Under in Leesburg and put together a boxed lunch (make sure your sandwich is made from their almost famous ciabatta bread). Then head to western Loudoun to BTI Whitewater for a gentle flatwater (or more exciting whitewater) rafting or tubing ride down the Potomac. Let the river nudge you downstream as you enjoy the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
4pm: Visit Breaux Vineyards, one of Virginia’s largest producers. Described as a tranquil “Mediterranean-meets-Napa” style estate, it is also one of Loudoun’s most scenic. Meander past manicured lawns and through a stately wrought iron gate to the large tasting room that features a stone fireplace and a gift shop filled with unique gifts and gourmet goodies. The inviting patio offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
6pm: Come back into Leesburg’s historic district for dinner at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, a local favorite that is consistently voted one of the best restaurants around. It also holds the Loudoun Destination Restaurant designation. Visitors seek it out for the same reason the locals do – great food, a charming and comfortable atmosphere, and welcoming and friendly service. Like its younger sibling, Magnolia’s, Tuskies (as the locals call it) is housed in a meticulously restored grain mill, which links it to Loudoun’s agricultural heritage. The cuisine and wine list are nationally recognized and are designed to please a wide range of palates.