Story by Amanda Wells
Photos courtesy of Lansdowne Resort
A charming, relaxing spot to soak in Spring awaits, nestled in the middle of Virginia’s lush wine country. The town of Leesburg, while only a hop, skip and jump from the nation’s capital, is decidedly quaint and charming. Leesburg boasts a rich history, dating back to 1758, when it became an official Virginia town. The brick sidewalks of downtown Leesburg lend themselves to a pleasant afternoon stroll, where shops and restaurants await.
Where to Lay Your Head
Luxury meets the charm of Leesburg when you settle in at Lansdowne Resort, a full-service luxury escape. It’s the perfect getaway for families, couples or large groups. The resort overlooks the majestic Potomac River and is burrowed on nearly 500 acres in the heart of Virginia Wine Country.
Before heading out to the beautiful town itself, explore the resort! Lansdowne is home to The Golf Club at Lansdowne, the centerpiece of three unique courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, II and Greg Norman.
If golf isn’t your thing, the resort’s spa, Spa Minerale, is not to be missed. The world-class destination spa features top-notch treatment rooms and a wide array of treatments and services, making sure you’re pampered the way you should be. The award-winning calm and comforting spa also offers signature products crafted from minerals from nearby Luck Goose Creek Quarry and botanicals from the state tree, the flowering dogwood. Spa Minerale delivers an escape that’s perfect for romance or alone time.
Soak up the sun at Lansdowne’s five-pool aquatic complex, enjoy a game of tennis or roast marshmallows overlooking the Potomac. The possibilities are endless.
Leesburg is home to an abundance of history. Here, you can tour the Marshall House, the home of General George C. Marshall. The Marshall House, formerly known as Dodona Manor and located in the heart of downtown Leesburg, was home to Marshall during the period of his greatest achievements. Marshall was the United States Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is perhaps best known for the Marshall Plan, formally known as the European Recovery Program.
The town of Leesburg’s First Friday is a monthly celebration of the arts and the art of shopping. Every First Friday, the streets of downtown are alive in the evening and feature wine tasting, live music and special art exhibits throughout the historic area.
Loudon County is home to Leesburg and a bevy of rich wineries. Experience the bounty of Loudon County through Yoga on the Wine Trail, by Yoga 4 Life. Breathe in the scenery and drink in the wine and serenity. You’ll visit the Loudon Wine Trail and enhance your yoga practice, invigorating all your senses in a unique way.
Eat & Drink
Grab a cup of joe or a glass of wine, whichever tickles your fancy, at Shoes Cup & Cork, a reinvented shoe store that still features footrests made for shining and reminiscent of the space’s days gone by. Go for a “Brie L. T., a tasty breakfast sandwich with brie, bacon, tomato and arugula on brioche.
At Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza, indulge in a Black Sheep pie, made with organic tomato sauce, house blend cheese, feta, local lamb sausage, spinach, marinated tomatoes, red onions, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
If you don’t feel like venturing into town, enjoy Virginia wine and Virginia cheese at Piedmont’s Table, located in The Golf Club at Lansdowne, overlooking the sprawling golf course. Menu changes seasonally.
Sundays were made for brunch at Tuscarora Mill, where the sophisticated buffet can’t be beat. If ordering off the menu, a cup of corn chowder is a great go-to.
Lansdowne Resort 44050 Woodridge Pkwy. | Leesburg, VA Lansdowneresort.com
The Marshall House 312 E. Market St. | Leesburg, VA Georgecmarshall.org
Yoga on the Wine Trail Yogafourlife.com
Shoes Cup & Cork 17 N. King St. | Leesburg, VA Shoescupandcork.com
Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza 201 Harrison St. SE | Leesburg, VA Fireworkspizza.com
Tuscarora Mill 203 Harrison St. | Leesburg, VA Tuskies.com