Snuggled into the trees, hills and fields off Route 50, less than an hour’s drive from Winchester, sits the quaint, historical town of Middleburg – and it’s absolutely charming.
The beautifully preserved stone buildings and well-kept shops will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time – or into a Hallmark Christmas movie. Falling in love with Middleburg is easy; the difficult part is choosing between all of the lovely options of where to stay and dine, and what to do while you’re there.
A small town of around 700 people, Middleburg is rich with history. It was established in 1787, when the land that makes up the town was bought for $2.50 an acre by Leven Powell, a Revolutionary War lieutenant colonel. Powell purchased the land from George Washington’s first cousin, Joseph Chinn. Originally named “Chinn’s Crossroads,” the town sits halfway between Alexandria and Winchester along Route 50 (previously known as the Ashby Gap Turnpike – a trading route that was also used by both the Confederate and Union Armies during the Civil War). The name was changed to “Middleburg” by Powell, due to its midway spot between the two cities.
Now known as the nation’s horse and hunt capital, Middleburg draws horse lovers from near and far for its many equestrian competitions and events.
Middleburg’s lodging selections do not disappoint; which isn’t surprising, considering the choices include options like a cute country inn, a quiet bed and breakfast and even a luxury resort.
Plus, the reviews are top-notch: The Salamander Resort & Spa was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the world’s best spas, and received a Five-Star Rating by Forbes Travel Guide. And USA Today named Goodstone Inn & Restaurant one of the top 10 best romantic inns in America.
At less than a mile long, Middleburg’s historic district is inviting and walkable. Its streets are lined with an abundance of unique shops, boutiques, fine art galleries and more. For example, book lovers can stop into Second Chapter Books for a variety of new and used books for sale. The Christmas Sleigh boasts five rooms full of European gifts, art and holiday items. And Baileywyck Antiques offers customers a variety of antiques, gifts and home décor.
And when you’re in the mood for delicious dining, you won’t struggle finding enough options to choose from. Middleburg has everything from coffee shops, grills and taverns to fancy restaurants and wineries.
For more information about the town, or to schedule your Middleburg getaway, go to visitmiddleburgva.com, or contact Middleburg’s visitor’s center, The Pink Box, at (540) 687-8888.