Just an hour drive west of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is home to 42 wineries, over 30 breweries, two distillers, two cideries and a thriving culinary scene.
A growing number of wineries, breweries, and cideries have joined restaurants in offering a place for visitors to enjoy casual snacks or formal dining. Many offer seasonal fare made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and foragers.
The following are just a few of our favorite places to eat, drink and sleep in the region:
The culinary epicenter of the region is the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, situated in the town of Lovettsville in northern Loudoun County atop a hill with views of the Potomac. Founded in 1986, the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm is one of the first farm restaurants in the country and is widely considered one of the finest restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic. Renowned chef Tarver King has been offering thoughtful and innovative cuisine at Patowmack Farm for six years.
From the endive salad to the chicken liver parfait to the dry-aged swordfish, Chef King and the Patowmack team source bounty for their seasonal menu from their 40-acre farm and from local fishermen, farmers, and foragers.
A seasonal Prix Fixe menu (for $110) is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as is a monthly Sunday Supper. Reservations required.
A charming local bistro located in the town of Lovettsville in between the Waterford Cluster (Sunset Hills Vineyard, 8 Chains North, Crushed Cellars and others) and the Potomac Cluster of wineries (Tarara Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Lost Creek Winery). Chef and Proprietor Jason Lage prepare bisques, salads, sandwiches, and dishes like shrimp & grits and Duck à l’orange with ingredients from local farms. A perfect spot for a light salad and glass of Walsh Family rose for lunch in between winery visits or a relaxing dinner with friends after a day on the wine trail. Open daily for lunch and dinner except for Monday.
For a Loudoun County burger fix, check out their sister restaurant Market Burger Fries & Shakes in Purcellville or Cocina on Market, in Leesburg, for a menu inspired by owners Rebecca Dudley and Jason Lage’s travels throughout Mexico.
Known as Tuskies to locals, Tuscarora Mill restaurant is located in historic downtown Leesburg in an old grain mill that dates back to 1899. Tuskies offers classic dishes like crab cakes and roast chicken and innovative dishes like a game plate of exotic meats. Try the braised lamb shank with Topiary, a Merlot-dominate red blend from Middleburg-based Boxwood Winery.
Their sister restaurant, Magnolias at the Mill, located on North 21st Street in Purcellville, offers a fine dining option for those out on the wine and beer trails. Try the Blackened Shrimp Cobb Salad with a glass of Albarino from Cana Vineyards.
South of Loudoun County
Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Leesburg, Field & Main Restaurant located in the historic town of Marshall is a culinary gem of the Commonwealth. Founded by esteemed local hospitality professionals Neal and Star Wavra in 2016, Field & Main is known for the warm and welcoming atmosphere, wood-burning open hearth and impeccable service. Executive Chef Anthony Nelson (who studied with Wavra at the Culinary Institute of America) offers seasonal fare featuring ingredients sourced from local farms. Try the ember roasted whole rockfish with a side of creamed cornbread puddin’ paired with Linden Vineyards Hardscrabble Chardonnay.
Brews and Bites — Where to eat on Loudoun’s Ale Trails:
Jake Endreds, founder and co-owner, opened the original Crooked Run Brewing location in downtown Leesburg in 2013 and a second location in Sterling in 2017. Capitalizing on the food hall trend, the Sterling location features a cocktail and mimosa bar, an outdoor Biergarten, and two restaurants.
From classic avocado toast to spicy fried chicken biscuit, smoked salmon to salads and Nutella waffles, visitors can begin their day or end their evening with all-day brunch at Daybreak Kitchen & Biscuit. Señor Ramon Taqueria offers authentic, street-style tacos. Eight to 12 beers are always available on tap and Nectar offers a range of cocktails to pair with tacos or biscuits. Try the Lola smoked pork taco with Coast pilsner or the Nash biscuit with chicken, bacon, and sausage gravy with the Raspberry Empress sour IPA.
Check out the LoCo Ale Trail from more great craft beer!
The Ono Brewing Company taproom in Chantilly offers 10 beers via self-serve taps along with BBQ from Odd BBQ (co-located in the taproom). Try the chopped pork with a glass of Ono Riptide IPA.
Located in the town of Purcellville, Old 690 Brewing Company offers 10 beers on tap and more in the can to pair with unfussy options like flatbread pizzas, hot dogs, nachos and pretzels. A different food truck is featured on Saturdays. Try the Ol’ Man Winter Amber Ale with a flatbread and be sure to check out their ‘Grundys,’ cellar tanks built in the UK in the 1950s and 60s.
Located on Route 7 in Purcellville, Adroit Theory Brewing offers over a dozen beers on tap and pre-packaged foods including cheese, charcuterie, chips, and nuts.
WINERIES THAT OFFER FOOD:
868 Vineyards, Hillsboro
Carl and Nancy DiManno opened 868 Estate Vineyards in the town of Purcellville in 2012 and took over Grandale, the on-site restaurant the same year. Situated on a 120-acre farm on Harpers Ferry Road in the heart of the Loudoun Heights Cluster of wineries (including Breaux Vineyards and Hillsborough Vineyards).
An elevated tasting experience featuring five 868 wines paired with five sweet and savory bites is available in the tasting room for epicurious wine trail travelers. Grandale restaurant offers local farm-to-fork fare Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Try the Bacon Poutine made with crispy Virginia bacon lardons and local cheese curds paired with the creamy 868 2017 Chardonnay. The crab cakes paired with the crisp 868 Chardonel is another must-try.
Fabbioli Cellars, Lucketts
Noted winemaker Doug Fabbioli and his wife Coleen Berg established the vineyards at Fabbioli Cellars in 2001 in the southern Lucketts area. The tasting experience at Fabbioli Cellars offers seven wines paired with small gourmet bites that change monthly.
Lost Creek, Lucketts
Aimee & Todd Henkle purchased the Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek in 2012 and have made considerable investments in the winery, vineyards and upgrading the customer tasting experience. At the Lost Creek tasting room, visitors have several culinary options prepared by Executive Chef Landon Barnes: a seasonal small plate menu of salads, soups, scallops and short ribs; Sunday brunch; or, a multi-course dinner paired with Lost Creek wines on Saturday evenings. Try Chef Barnes’s Shakshuka paired with the Lost Creek Trinity, a delicious blend of estate-grown Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Henkles plan to open Echelon Urban Wine Bar on S. King Street in downtown Leesburg this spring that will feature small plates made from the chef’s garden at Lost Creek.
The newest addition to the Loudoun County craft beverage scene is Henway Hard Cider. Founded by the Zurschmeide family, owners of Bluemont Vineyards and Dirt Farm Brewing, Henway Hardcider is situated on Great Country Farm in the town of Bluemont. They offer gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and small bites to pair with their ciders.
For those who travel to taste the bounty of Loudoun County, there are many lodging options from chain hotels to quaint Bed & Breakfasts to luxurious resorts.
Situated on 265-acres of rolling hills of horse country on the outskirts of the town of Middleburg, the historic Goodstone Inn & Restaurant offers 18 guest rooms and six cottages. Goodstone is as well-known for their renowned farm-to-table culinary program featuring a formal restaurant and a casual bistro as they are for the charming accommodations. The dining room at the Conservatory at Goodstone resembles an airy greenhouse offering views of the beautiful property. Executive Chef Jan Van Haute prepares dishes made from ingredients grown on the property and on surrounding farms. Wine Director and Sommelier Stephen Elhafdi have assembled an impressive wine cellar including some of the most notable local wines. Consider the Hamachi Crudo paired with Greenhill Vineyard & Winery Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine and then the perfectly prepared venison with the Petit Verdot from Sunset Hills Vineyard. Any meal at the Conservatory at Goodstone will be a memorable culinary experience.
For a casual afternoon snack, stop into the Bistro at Goodstone for a burger made from Randall Lineback beef with a Pilsner from Winchester-based Escutcheon Brewing.
Situated on 340 scenic acres in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Middleburg, the Salamander Resort & Spa boasts 168 rooms and suites, a full-service fine dining restaurant (Harrimans Grill), Gold Cup Wine Bar offering a range of local wines, and a full spa. Wine tastings featuring local wineries are offered monthly.