Inside Loudoun recently visited Harpers Ferry Adventure Center and met with General Manager Kim Yos and some of the friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and enthusiastic staff. The Adventure Center’s enviable 60 acre location at the northern edge of Loudoun County fronts the Potomac River just a short float from the merging Shenandoah River. Woods and water, […]

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The sun was with us as we set out for an Inside Loudoun shoot day destination on a humid day in May. Arriving at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards just east of Middleburg, VA, after navigating the green slopes, curves, shady glens and open spaces along country roads, we commented on our good fortune. After all, […]

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Mt. Defiance Cider Barn sits atop a hill approaching Middleburg, Virginia. The Barn is a beautiful merger of traditional and contemporary design framed on two sides by deep covered porches. Inside the expansive new space, all walls are natural wood, the same wood that is underfoot and that sprawls across a lofty ceiling bearing numerous […]

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Borrowing some lyrics from the timeless language of Carole King, when “this old world starts getting you down”, there’s respite at Cocina on Market in downtown Leesburg where if you “climb way up to the top of the stairs”, you can “get away from the hustling crowd”, and all your “cares just drift right into […]

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I couldn’t find my destination. I drove in circles around One Loudoun for 15 minutes not wanting to publicize my inept relationship with Waze. Finally, I called out to a teenage pedestrian, “Do you know where Fantasticks is?” She looked pensive then apologetic. I added another clue, “I hear it’s a popsicle shop”. Her eyes […]

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To hear Sri, owner of Agni South Indian Cuisine in Sterling, VA, tell the dramatic story of her restaurant’s birthing, is to hear first-hand the agony, ecstasy and eye opening education that supercharged a passionate endeavor into the challenging food industry. Consider Sri’s grand idea to create a neighborhood flyer announcing a friendly sale from […]

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Just Outside Loudoun… If you like to dabble in donuts and you live in Loudoun County, you might want to put Texas Donuts in Centreville on your agenda. Two years ago, the owner, a Korean from Texas, opened this small shop in a small strip shopping center and began serving up a variety of delicious, ginormous […]

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She got off to a sweet start baking luxury treats for friends, neighbors and other folks here and there. Then came her creation of a wedding cake for a friend. That cake changed everything because it compelled Helen Dunn, owner of Dunn From Scratch Bakery, to take her ample skills to the next level. In […]

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The Vietnamese restaurant Xuan Saigon isn’t out of the way but I managed to drive by twice before trusting that Waze knew what I didn’t, that this delightful Leesburg restaurant bears a discreet facade that belies its friendly, bright and delicious heart. Alberto Santos owns Xuan Saigon. Prior to purchasing the business two years ago, […]

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When Angela Marsh was in college, she worked at restaurants and in catering. Her friends called her “Cool Mama” which was ironic since at the time, she didn’t see children in her future. Still, she liked the nickname enough to decide that if down the road she ever went into business for herself she would […]

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