Did you know that the Washington and Old Dominion Trail runs through Loudoun County and offers several miles of paved trail? On a beautiful weekend day, you can see hundreds of avid walkers, bikers and runners along the trail. Some may be training for a lengthy marathon while others stroll the trail eager to spot signs of wildlife. Winding through historic Leesburg and ending in Purcellville, the W&OD offers a great way to explore downtown shops, restaurants and LoCo Ale Trail breweries.
With five tasting rooms located within a short walking distance, even the most active beer drinker will appreciate the variety of craft brews along the trail. Heading north towards Purcellville, visit Loudoun Brewing Company, Crooked Run Brewing, Bike TrAle Brewing, Black Walnut Brewing and Black Hoof Brewing, all located between mile marker 34 and 34.5. Biking the trail? Don’t worry, many of these breweries offer plenty of storage to stow your bike as you indulge in delicious craft beer. To learn more about breweries along the W&OD trail, click here.
Just a few steps away from the trail in downtown Leesburg, you’ll find several charming boutiques, antique dealers, art galleries and specialty shops nestled among local restaurants ranging from fine dining to fast-casual. For a quick bite, treat yourself to Bites Wine & Grilled Cheese Bar where you can select from 12 grilled cheese sandwiches ranging from savory to sweet. Or, head to Senor Ramon Taqueria which offers an array of tacos using locally sourced ingredients. For a one-of-a-kind experience, visit Delirium Café, a Belgian café offering brunch, lunch and dinner along with hundreds of Belgian-style brews. Delirium Café is the only United Stated location of this famous Brussel’s based café and is conveniently located a few steps away from the W&OD trail in historic Leesburg, Virginia. Another option offering quick bites is South Street Under, a small bakery and restaurant offering freshly baked pastries, breads, soups and sandwiches. Open seven days a week, this is a great spot to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the trail.