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Historic '''Leesburg''' [http://www.leesburgva.gov], with an old town feel, is at the heart of one of the fastest growing sections of the country.  [[Loudoun County (Virginia)|Loudoun County]], Virginia is the second fastest growing county in the United States in 2005.  Leesburg is the County Seat of [[Loudoun County (Virginia)|Loudoun County]].  With several [[Virginia]] wineries, outlet malls and lots of open space a short drive from the center of Leesburg, there is much to draw visitors there.
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'''Leesburg''' is in [[Loudoun County (Virginia)|Loudoun County]], [[Virginia]], within the [[United States of America]].
  
Up until only a few years ago, Leesburg was quite rural. Recently, large tracts of housing developments quickly replaced many of the historic horse farms in the area. 
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==Understand==
 
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During the War of 1812, Leesburg was used as a temporary capital of the United States when the British occupied Washington. Leesburg is the County Seat of [[Loudoun County (Virginia)|Loudoun County]].  
Leesburg is less than an hour drive from downtown [[Washington, D.C.]], the nation's capital. During the War of 1812, Leesburg was used as a temporary capital of the United States when the British occupied Washington.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
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Leesburg is less than an hour drive from downtown [[Washington, D.C.]].
  
 
From the North (Maryland, Pennsylvania):
 
From the North (Maryland, Pennsylvania):
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* Virginia Route 7
 
* Virginia Route 7
  
===By air===
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===By bus===
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* '''[http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=221 Loudoun County Transit]''' operates commuter buses between the ''Leesburg Park & Ride'' located at 19730 Sycolin Rd and the Spring Hill Metro Station. The journey costs $1.50 if paid via SmarTrip card or $2 if paid with cash. These buses operate service from Leesburg to DC on weekday mornings and from DC to Leesburg on weekday evenings.
  
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* '''[http://www.loudoun.gov/DocumentCenter/View/97903 Reverse commute buses]''' operate between the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station and 1 Harrison St SE in Leesburg weekday mornings until 8AM. From there, you can walk around historic Leesburg or take a trolley to the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.
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* '''[http://www.vatransit.org/routes/2013-03-23-04-08-54/7on7-w Virginia Regional Transit]''' operates the 7 on 7 bus service to [[Ashburn]], where further connections are available to the DC metro stations.
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===By air===
 
The other way into Leesburg is via small aircraft into Leesburg Municipal Airport, which does not host commercial flights, but does have a small landing strip that is used by private and charter aircraft.
 
The other way into Leesburg is via small aircraft into Leesburg Municipal Airport, which does not host commercial flights, but does have a small landing strip that is used by private and charter aircraft.
  
 
Leesburg is only twenty minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, as well.  It is possible to fly nearly any commercial airline into Dulles.
 
Leesburg is only twenty minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, as well.  It is possible to fly nearly any commercial airline into Dulles.
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===By boat===
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* <listing name="White's Ferry" alt="" address="24801 White's Ferry Rd. Dickerson, MD 20842" directions="" phone="301-349-5200" url="http://www.historicwhitesferry.com/" hours="Ferry runs daily, 5AM-11PM" price="Fee to cross river" lat="" long="">In operation since 1786, White's Ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River. A widely used means of crossing the river (and a shortcut) between Maryland and Virginia since its inception. Today, commuters use the ferry daily, where 24 vehicles can be transported at a time. Located off Rt. 15, just north of Leesburg at the White's Ferry Road intersection.</listing>
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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===By foot===
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The center/historic district of Leesburg is relatively small, walkable area near the courthouse (at the crossing of King Street and Market Street). There are a number of shops and restaurants, as well as the town buildings, within about a quarter of a mile.
  
The only real redeeming and truly worthwhile (i.e. unique) travel experience to be had is to visit downtown/old Leesburg.  The center of Leesburg is relatively small, walkable area near the courthouse (at the crossing of King Street and Market Street). There are a number of shops and restaurants, as well as the town buildings, within about a quarter of a mile.
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===By trolley===
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'''[http://www.vatransit.org/routes/2013-03-23-04-08-54/leesburg-trolley Virginia Regional Transit]''' operates the Leesburg Trolley, which provides service between downtown Leesburg, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and the Leesburg Park & Ride Commuter Bus stop.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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* <see name="Historic Leesburg" alt="" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.leesburgva.gov" hours="" price=""></see>
  
*<see name="White's Ferry" alt="" address="24801 White's Ferry Rd. Dickerson, MD 20842" directions="" phone="301-349-5200" url="http://www.historicwhitesferry.com/" hours="Ferry runs daily, 5AM-11PM" price="Fee to cross river" lat="" long="">In operation since 1786, White's Ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River. A widely used means of crossing the river (and a shortcut) between Maryland and Virginia since its inception. Today, commuters use the ferry daily, where 24 vehicles can be transported at a time. Located off Rt. 15, just north of Leesburg at the White's Ferry Road intersection.</see>
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* <see name="Historic Morven Park" alt="" address="17263 Southern Planter Ln" directions="" phone="703-777-2414" url="http://www.morvenpark.org" hours="Apr-Nov F-M 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment" price="$5/adult, $1/child" lat="" long="">This 1,000-acre estate, home of World War I-era Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, includes history spanning over 200 years. Tours change frequently, highlighting the Confederate camp located here during the Civil War, Davis’ contributions during World War I, the 19th century Winmill Carriage Collection of horse-drawn carriages, and Marguerite Davis’ boxwood gardens. The historic mansion and Museum of Hounds & Hunting are currently closed to the public for extensive interior and exterior restoration. Meet at the Coach House Visitors Center for the tour. Tours on the hour from 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment.</see>
*<see name="Historic Morven Park" alt="" address="17263 Southern Planter Ln" directions="" phone="703-777-2414" url="http://www.morvenpark.org" hours="Apr-Nov F-M 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment" price="$5/adult, $1/child" lat="" long="">This 1,000-acre estate, home of World War I-era Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, includes history spanning over 200 years. Tours change frequently, highlighting the Confederate camp located here during the Civil War, Davis’ contributions during World War I, the 19th century Winmill Carriage Collection of horse-drawn carriages, and Marguerite Davis’ boxwood gardens. The historic mansion and Museum of Hounds & Hunting are currently closed to the public for extensive interior and exterior restoration. Meet at the Coach House Visitors Center for the tour. Tours on the hour from 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment.</see>
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*<see name="Oatlands Plantation" alt="" address="20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln" directions="" phone="703-777-3174" url="http://www.oatlands.org" hours="Open Apr-Dec; M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM." price="$10 adults, $9 seniors(60+)/students(6-16). $7 garden & grounds only" lat="" long="">Oatlands, a National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, grounds, and gardens. Oatlands also offers two gift shops featuring unique gift and gardening items. Guided house tours on the hour; last tour at 4PM. </see>
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* <see name="Oatlands Plantation" alt="" address="20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln" directions="" phone="703-777-3174" url="http://www.oatlands.org" hours="Open Apr-Dec; M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM." price="$10 adults, $9 seniors(60+)/students(6-16). $7 garden & grounds only" lat="" long="">Oatlands, a National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, grounds, and gardens. Oatlands also offers two gift shops featuring unique gift and gardening items. Guided house tours on the hour; last tour at 4PM. </see>
*<see name="Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park" alt="" address="Balls Bluff Road" directions="" phone="703-737-7800 " url="http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/ballsbluff/index.php" hours="Open daily, dawn to dusk" price="free" lat="" long="">This park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff. This 1861 clash was the largest to take place in the county during the Civil War. It occurred along the banks of the Potomac River, where the Union fell backward into the river in a defeat that merited the first congressional investigation on war. The national cemetery here is one of the smallest in the country, where 54 Union soldiers are buried (only one of whose identity is known). A one mile loop hiking trail offers interpretive signs. No public restrooms.</see>
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*<see name="Dodona Manor" alt="" address="217 Edwards Ferry Road" directions="" phone="703-777-1880" url="http://www.georgecmarshall.org" hours="Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM" price="$10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/students" lat="" long="">The George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor offers tours of the restored former home of General George C. Marshall, Architect of Allied Victory for World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Nobel Peace Laureate. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency, from 1941-1959. The home is situated on four acres of land in downtown Leesburg, and is currently under garden restoration.</see>
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* <see name="Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park" alt="" address="Balls Bluff Road" directions="" phone="703-737-7800 " url="http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/ballsbluff/index.php" hours="Open daily, dawn to dusk" price="free" lat="" long="">This park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff. This 1861 clash was the largest to take place in the county during the Civil War. It occurred along the banks of the Potomac River, where the Union fell backward into the river in a defeat that merited the first congressional investigation on war. The national cemetery here is one of the smallest in the country, where 54 Union soldiers are buried (only one of whose identity is known). A one mile loop hiking trail offers interpretive signs. No public restrooms.</see>
*<see name="Leesburg's First Friday" url="http://www.leesburgfirstfriday.com/"> The first Friday of each month(except January), downtown shops stay open late, providing a chance to shop and explore downtown.  Each month, different live performances and special events are planned.</see>
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*<see name="Flower and Garden Festival" url="http://www.idalee.org/parks/events/FlowerGarden/"> Leesburg's annual Flower and Garden Festival is held in the Historic Downtown on the third weekend of April each year.  Walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, plants, garden furniture, gifts and more.  Enjoy live music and a variety of food vendors.  Children's activities include hands-on art projects, puppet shows and storytelling. </see>
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* <see name="Dodona Manor" alt="" address="217 Edwards Ferry Road" directions="" phone="703-777-1880" url="http://www.georgecmarshall.org" hours="Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM" price="$10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/students" lat="" long="">The George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor offers tours of the restored former home of General George C. Marshall, Architect of Allied Victory for World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Nobel Peace Laureate. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency, from 1941-1959. The home is situated on four acres of land in downtown Leesburg, and is currently under garden restoration.</see>
*<see name="Court and Markets Days of Leesburg" url="http://www.idalee.org/parks/events/CourtMarketDays/"> An annual, heritage-based special event in the historic downtown, centered on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn, Court and Market Days celebrates the period in the Town’s early history during which the Circuit Court was in session only once a year. During these Court Days, the Town of Leesburg took on a festive atmosphere as people from around the countryside.  The event features reenactments of actual court cases from the period 1750 to 1825, street scenes in which historical interpreters discuss the events of the time period, artisan demonstrations, traders selling their merchandise, a farmers market and period entertainment.  would converge upon Leesburg to conduct business and to socialize. Held on the third Saturday of October each year.</see>
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==Do==
 
==Do==
*<do name="DC's Wine Country" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.visitloudoun.org/visitors-guide/wineries" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Loudoun County's wine country is now home to forty-five wineries, featuring rolling hillsides dotted with vines and unique tasting rooms located in historic barns, Mediterranean-like villas, and caves. The best way to experience Loudoun's wine country is along the Wine Trail. Pick up a copy of the brochure at the Loudoun County Visitors Center and spend a day or more traveling along scenic byways as you visit each winery. Look for the ygrape cluster signs along the roadways to assist you on your wine tour.</do>
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* <do name="DC's Wine Country" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.visitloudoun.org/visitors-guide/wineries" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Loudoun County's wine country is now home to forty-five wineries, featuring rolling hillsides dotted with vines and unique tasting rooms located in historic barns, Mediterranean-like villas, and caves. The best way to experience Loudoun's wine country is along the Wine Trail. Pick up a copy of the brochure at the Loudoun County Visitors Center and spend a day or more traveling along scenic byways as you visit each winery. Look for the ygrape cluster signs along the roadways to assist you on your wine tour.</do>
*<do name="The National Conference Center" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.conferencecenter.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Host an event near DC at one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. Previously Xerox University, NCC is the perfect space for productive meetings, business conferences and other special events. NCC serves all type of clients including corporate Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, religious retreats, associations, weddings and galas. NCC has 917 guest rooms, more than 250 meetings rooms and is on 110 wooded-acres. The property is environmentally friendly and meets the standards of the Green Seal by reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of biodegradable products. From the beginning of the planning process to the end of your stay, our team is dedicated to ensuring you have the most professional and successful experience at the National Conference Center.</do>
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** '''Tarara Winery''', tel. 703-771-7100 [http://www.tarara.com]. Wine tasting and other events on this 475 acre farm devoted to producing fine wines.
  
==Buy==
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* <do name="The National Conference Center" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.conferencecenter.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Host an event near DC at one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. Previously Xerox University, NCC is the perfect space for productive meetings, business conferences and other special events. NCC serves all type of clients including corporate Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, religious retreats, associations, weddings and galas. NCC has 917 guest rooms, more than 250 meetings rooms and is on 110 wooded-acres. The property is environmentally friendly and meets the standards of the Green Seal by reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of biodegradable products. From the beginning of the planning process to the end of your stay, our team is dedicated to ensuring you have the most professional and successful experience at the National Conference Center.</do>
  
* '''Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets'''[http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=14] Outside of ''downtown'' on Route 15. A good source of good deals on designer and name brands including Barneys New York, Lacoste, Theory, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Gap, and Adidas.
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===Festivals and events===
  
Downtown shops are an excellent source of antiques, wine and food.
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* <do name="Leesburg's First Friday" url="http://www.leesburgfirstfriday.com/"> The first Friday of each month (except January), downtown shops stay open late, providing a chance to shop and explore downtown.  Each month, different live performances and special events are planned.</do>
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* <do name="Flower and Garden Festival" url="http://www.idalee.org/parks/events/FlowerGarden/"> Leesburg's annual Flower and Garden Festival is held in the Historic Downtown on the third weekend of April each year.  Walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, plants, garden furniture, gifts and more.  Enjoy live music and a variety of food vendors.  Children's activities include hands-on art projects, puppet shows and storytelling. </do>
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* <do name="Court and Markets Days of Leesburg" url="http://www.idalee.org/parks/events/CourtMarketDays/"> An annual, heritage-based special event in the historic downtown, centered on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn, Court and Market Days celebrates the period in the Town’s early history during which the Circuit Court was in session only once a year. During these Court Days, the Town of Leesburg took on a festive atmosphere as people from around the countryside.  The event features reenactments of actual court cases from the period 1750 to 1825, street scenes in which historical interpreters discuss the events of the time period, artisan demonstrations, traders selling their merchandise, a farmers market and period entertainment.  would converge upon Leesburg to conduct business and to socialize. Held on the third Saturday of October each year.</do>
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==Buy==
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Downtown shops are an excellent source of antiques.
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* <buy name="Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets" alt="" address="" directions="On Route 15" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=14" hours="" price="">Good deals on designer and name brands including Barneys New York, Lacoste, Theory, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Gap, and Adidas.</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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* <eat name="Blue Ridge Grill" alt="" address="955 Edwards Ferry Rd NE" directions="next to a McDonalds on route 15" lat="" long="" phone="(703) 669-5505" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.brgrill.com/" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
*<eat name="Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza" alt="" address="201 Harrison Street SE" directions="" phone="703-779-8400" url="http://www.fireworkspizza.com" hours="Su-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM" price="Pizzas $11-$17" lat="" long="">Supreme ingredients, thoughtful cooking, and full flavored food.</eat>
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* <eat name="Eiffel Tower Cafe" alt="" address="107 Loudoun St SW" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="(703) 777-5142" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.eiffeltowercafe.com" hours="" price="starting at $20"></eat>
*Bella Luna, tel. 703-777-5001
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*Blue Ridge Grill, tel. 703-669-5505, great food, next to a McDonalds on route 15
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* <eat name="Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza" alt="" address="201 Harrison Street SE" directions="" phone="703-779-8400" url="http://www.fireworkspizza.com" hours="Su-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM" price="Pizzas $11-$17" lat="" long="">Supreme ingredients, thoughtful cooking, and full flavored food.</eat>
*Eiffel Tower Cafe [http://www.eiffeltowercafe.com/] - good food, starting at $20, downtown
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*The Leesburg Restaurant - good food, great lunch specials, starting at $6, downtown
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* <eat name="The Lightfoot" alt="" address="11 N King St" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lightfootrestaurant.com/" hours="" price="starting at $25"></eat>
*The Lightfoot [http://www.lightfootrestaurant.com/] - excellent food, starting at $25, downtown
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*South Street Under - good sandwiches, downtown
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* <eat name="South Street Under" alt="" address="203 Harrison St SE" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="(703) 771-9610" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.southstreetunder.com/" hours="" price="">Sandwiches</eat>
*<eat name="Tuscarora Mill Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="downtown" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Meals starting at $20" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Tuscarora Mill Restaurant" alt="" address="203 Harrison St SE" directions="downtown" phone="" url="http://www.tuskies.com/" hours="" price="Meals starting at $20" lat="" long="">Great choice of Micros and Belgian beers.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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* <drink name="The Beer Joint" alt="" address="50 Catoctin Cir NE #100" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="703-777-2169" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.go2thebeerjoint.com/" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
*Downtown Saloon - a biker bar
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* <drink name="Bunker Sports Cafe" alt="" address="510 E Market St" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="(703) 443-0777" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bunkersportscafe.com/" hours="" price=""></drink>
*Kings Court Tavern - great dixieland jazz band on Tuesdays
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*Bunker - sports bar
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* <drink name="Downtown Saloon" alt="" address="Downtown Saloon" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://www.facebook.com/DowntownSaloon" hours="" price="">Biker bar</drink>
*Spanky's Shenanigans
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*Vintage 50 brew pub
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* <drink name="Kings Court Tavern" alt="" address="19 South King Street " directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kingstavernandwinebar.com/" hours="" price="">Great dixieland jazz band on Tuesdays</drink>
*Tuscarora Mills or Tuskies - Great choice of Micros and Belgian beers.
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*Black Olive Sports Bar - over 15 flat screen TVs, pool tables and a Wii Lounge.
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* <drink name="Spanky's Shenanigans Pub" alt="" address="538 E Market St" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="(703) 777-2454" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.spankyspub.com/" hours="" price=""></drink>
*Hop 'N Vine - features local Virginia wine, seasonally paired with Mediterranean and Asian entrees.
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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* <sleep name="Best Western Leesburg Hotel & Conference Center" alt="" address="726 E Market St" directions="" phone="703-777-9400" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/VA/Leesburg-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Leesburg-Hotel---Conference-Center/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=47076" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Comfort Suites Leesburg" alt="" address="80 Prosperity Ave SE" directions="" phone="(703) 669-1650" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.comfortsuitesleesburg.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hampton Inn & Suites Leesburg" alt="" address="117 Fort Evans Rd NE" directions="" phone="(703) 669-8640" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hampton-inn-and-suites-leesburg-WASLBHX/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Holiday Inn Leesburg at Carradoc Hall" alt="" address="1500 E Market St" directions="" phone="(703) 771-9200" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.holidayinnleesburg.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
  
There are a number of new and slightly older motels in town.  Here are some of them:
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* <sleep name="Lansdowne Resort" alt="" address="44050 Woodridge Parkway" directions="" phone="703-729-8400" url="http://www.lansdowneresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A luxury resort offering hotel accommodations, three world class golf courses, a 12,000 sq ft destination spa, multiple on-site restaurants, wedding venues and conference facilities.</sleep>
*Best Western Inn, tel. 703-777-9400.
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*Comfort Suites, tel. 703-669-1650.
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*Hampton Inn, tel. 703-669-8640.
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*Holiday Inn, tel. 703-771-9200.
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*Leesburg Colonial Inn, tel 703-777-5000.
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*Norris House Inn, tel. 703-777-1806.
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*Olive Branch Lodge, tel. 703-777-3039.
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*'''Leesburg Colonial Inn''', tel. 703-777-5000, [http://www.leesburgcolonialinn.com/]. A small unique bread and breakfast with reasonable rates.
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*<sleep name="Lansdowne Resort" alt="" address="44050 Woodridge Parkway" directions="" phone="7037298400" url="http://www.lansdowneresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A luxury resort offering hotel accommodations, three world class golf courses, a 12,000 sq ft destination spa, multiple on-site restaurants, wedding venues and conference facilities.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Leesburg Colonial Inn" alt="" address="21 S King St," directions="" phone="(703) 777-5000" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.theleesburgcolonialinn.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
  
==Stay safe==
 
  
The town of Leesburg is a reasonably safe place to live and visit.  Take normal precautions but in reality there is little street crime.  You are more likely to be licked by a overly friendly dog than experience any crime.
 
  
 
==Get out==
 
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*'''Great Falls Park''', [[McLean (Virginia)|McLean]], [[Virginia]]. Gorgeous national park with waterfalls and hiking trails, minutes from the beltway. Kayaking and rock climbing. [http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa/] Going to the park after a large rain storm provides different views as the water levels can change drastically.
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* [[Great Falls (Virginia)|Great Falls]], [[Virginia]] - includes Great Falls Park, a gorgeous national park with waterfalls and hiking trails, minutes from the beltway. Kayaking and rock climbing.  Going to the park after a large rain storm provides different views as the water levels can change drastically.
*'''Harpers Ferry National Historical Park''', [[Harpers Ferry]], [[West Virginia]]
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* [[Harpers Ferry]], [[West Virginia]] includes Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
*'''Manassas National Battlefield Park''', [[Manassas]], [[Virginia]]
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* [[Manassas]], [[Virginia]] includes Manassas National Battlefield Park
*'''Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air and Space Museum''' in [[Chantilly (Virginia)]]
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* [[Chantilly (Virginia)]] includes the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air and Space Museum
* '''Tarara Winery''', tel. 703-771-71000 [http://www.tarara.com].  Wine tasting and other events on this 475 acre farm devoted to producing fine wines.
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* Middleburg, Virginia has great shops, wineries and horse country.
* Middleburg, Virginia - great shops, wineries and horse country.
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[[WikiPedia:Leesburg, Virginia]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Leesburg, Virginia]]

Revision as of 00:44, 23 August 2014

Leesburg is in Loudoun County, Virginia, within the United States of America.

Contents

Understand

During the War of 1812, Leesburg was used as a temporary capital of the United States when the British occupied Washington. Leesburg is the County Seat of Loudoun County.

Get in

By car

Leesburg is less than an hour drive from downtown Washington, D.C..

From the North (Maryland, Pennsylvania):

  • US Highway 15 south across the Potomac.

From the East (Washington, DC):

  • Virginia Route 267 provides tolled access to Leesburg. Two tolls are required - one near I-495, which is $2.50 (EZ-Pass, coins or cash only), and another just after the airport, which is $5.20 for 2-axle vehicles. The toll booths after the airport accept credit cards and EZ-Pass.
  • Alternatively, Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) is a 55mph highway with several stoplights.

From the South (Warrenton):

  • US Highway 15 north.

From the West:

  • Virginia Route 7

By bus

  • Loudoun County Transit operates commuter buses between the Leesburg Park & Ride located at 19730 Sycolin Rd and the Spring Hill Metro Station. The journey costs $1.50 if paid via SmarTrip card or $2 if paid with cash. These buses operate service from Leesburg to DC on weekday mornings and from DC to Leesburg on weekday evenings.
  • Reverse commute buses operate between the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station and 1 Harrison St SE in Leesburg weekday mornings until 8AM. From there, you can walk around historic Leesburg or take a trolley to the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

By air

The other way into Leesburg is via small aircraft into Leesburg Municipal Airport, which does not host commercial flights, but does have a small landing strip that is used by private and charter aircraft.

Leesburg is only twenty minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, as well. It is possible to fly nearly any commercial airline into Dulles.

By boat

  • White's Ferry, 24801 White's Ferry Rd. Dickerson, MD 20842, 301-349-5200, [1]. Ferry runs daily, 5AM-11PM. In operation since 1786, White's Ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River. A widely used means of crossing the river (and a shortcut) between Maryland and Virginia since its inception. Today, commuters use the ferry daily, where 24 vehicles can be transported at a time. Located off Rt. 15, just north of Leesburg at the White's Ferry Road intersection. Fee to cross river.

Get around

By foot

The center/historic district of Leesburg is relatively small, walkable area near the courthouse (at the crossing of King Street and Market Street). There are a number of shops and restaurants, as well as the town buildings, within about a quarter of a mile.

By trolley

Virginia Regional Transit operates the Leesburg Trolley, which provides service between downtown Leesburg, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and the Leesburg Park & Ride Commuter Bus stop.

See

  • Historic Leesburg, [2].
  • Historic Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Ln, 703-777-2414, [3]. Apr-Nov F-M 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment. This 1,000-acre estate, home of World War I-era Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, includes history spanning over 200 years. Tours change frequently, highlighting the Confederate camp located here during the Civil War, Davis’ contributions during World War I, the 19th century Winmill Carriage Collection of horse-drawn carriages, and Marguerite Davis’ boxwood gardens. The historic mansion and Museum of Hounds & Hunting are currently closed to the public for extensive interior and exterior restoration. Meet at the Coach House Visitors Center for the tour. Tours on the hour from 11AM–4PM, and by advanced appointment. $5/adult, $1/child.
  • Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, 703-777-3174, [4]. Open Apr-Dec; M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM.. Oatlands, a National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, grounds, and gardens. Oatlands also offers two gift shops featuring unique gift and gardening items. Guided house tours on the hour; last tour at 4PM. $10 adults, $9 seniors(60+)/students(6-16). $7 garden & grounds only.
  • Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Balls Bluff Road, 703-737-7800, [5]. Open daily, dawn to dusk. This park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff. This 1861 clash was the largest to take place in the county during the Civil War. It occurred along the banks of the Potomac River, where the Union fell backward into the river in a defeat that merited the first congressional investigation on war. The national cemetery here is one of the smallest in the country, where 54 Union soldiers are buried (only one of whose identity is known). A one mile loop hiking trail offers interpretive signs. No public restrooms. free.
  • Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Road, 703-777-1880, [6]. Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-5PM. The George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor offers tours of the restored former home of General George C. Marshall, Architect of Allied Victory for World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Nobel Peace Laureate. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency, from 1941-1959. The home is situated on four acres of land in downtown Leesburg, and is currently under garden restoration. $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/students.

Do

  • DC's Wine Country, [7]. Loudoun County's wine country is now home to forty-five wineries, featuring rolling hillsides dotted with vines and unique tasting rooms located in historic barns, Mediterranean-like villas, and caves. The best way to experience Loudoun's wine country is along the Wine Trail. Pick up a copy of the brochure at the Loudoun County Visitors Center and spend a day or more traveling along scenic byways as you visit each winery. Look for the ygrape cluster signs along the roadways to assist you on your wine tour.
    • Tarara Winery, tel. 703-771-7100 [8]. Wine tasting and other events on this 475 acre farm devoted to producing fine wines.
  • The National Conference Center, [9]. Host an event near DC at one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. Previously Xerox University, NCC is the perfect space for productive meetings, business conferences and other special events. NCC serves all type of clients including corporate Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, religious retreats, associations, weddings and galas. NCC has 917 guest rooms, more than 250 meetings rooms and is on 110 wooded-acres. The property is environmentally friendly and meets the standards of the Green Seal by reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of biodegradable products. From the beginning of the planning process to the end of your stay, our team is dedicated to ensuring you have the most professional and successful experience at the National Conference Center.

Festivals and events

  • Leesburg's First Friday, [10]. The first Friday of each month (except January), downtown shops stay open late, providing a chance to shop and explore downtown. Each month, different live performances and special events are planned.
  • Flower and Garden Festival, [11]. Leesburg's annual Flower and Garden Festival is held in the Historic Downtown on the third weekend of April each year. Walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, plants, garden furniture, gifts and more. Enjoy live music and a variety of food vendors. Children's activities include hands-on art projects, puppet shows and storytelling.
  • Court and Markets Days of Leesburg, [12]. An annual, heritage-based special event in the historic downtown, centered on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn, Court and Market Days celebrates the period in the Town’s early history during which the Circuit Court was in session only once a year. During these Court Days, the Town of Leesburg took on a festive atmosphere as people from around the countryside. The event features reenactments of actual court cases from the period 1750 to 1825, street scenes in which historical interpreters discuss the events of the time period, artisan demonstrations, traders selling their merchandise, a farmers market and period entertainment. would converge upon Leesburg to conduct business and to socialize. Held on the third Saturday of October each year.

Buy

Downtown shops are an excellent source of antiques.

  • Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, (On Route 15), [13]. Good deals on designer and name brands including Barneys New York, Lacoste, Theory, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Gap, and Adidas.

Eat

  • Blue Ridge Grill, 955 Edwards Ferry Rd NE (next to a McDonalds on route 15), (703) 669-5505, [14].
  • Eiffel Tower Cafe, 107 Loudoun St SW, (703) 777-5142, [15]. starting at $20.
  • Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza, 201 Harrison Street SE, 703-779-8400, [16]. Su-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Supreme ingredients, thoughtful cooking, and full flavored food. Pizzas $11-$17.
  • The Lightfoot, 11 N King St, [17]. starting at $25.
  • South Street Under, 203 Harrison St SE, (703) 771-9610, [18]. Sandwiches
  • Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, 203 Harrison St SE (downtown), [19]. Great choice of Micros and Belgian beers. Meals starting at $20.

Drink

  • The Beer Joint, 50 Catoctin Cir NE #100, 703-777-2169, [20].
  • Bunker Sports Cafe, 510 E Market St, (703) 443-0777, [21].
  • Downtown Saloon, Downtown Saloon, [22]. Biker bar
  • Kings Court Tavern, 19 South King Street, [23]. Great dixieland jazz band on Tuesdays
  • Spanky's Shenanigans Pub, 538 E Market St, (703) 777-2454, [24].

Sleep

  • Best Western Leesburg Hotel & Conference Center, 726 E Market St, 703-777-9400, [25].
  • Comfort Suites Leesburg, 80 Prosperity Ave SE, (703) 669-1650, [26].
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Leesburg, 117 Fort Evans Rd NE, (703) 669-8640, [27].
  • Holiday Inn Leesburg at Carradoc Hall, 1500 E Market St, (703) 771-9200, [28].
  • Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, 703-729-8400, [29]. A luxury resort offering hotel accommodations, three world class golf courses, a 12,000 sq ft destination spa, multiple on-site restaurants, wedding venues and conference facilities.
  • Leesburg Colonial Inn, 21 S King St,, (703) 777-5000, [30].


Get out

Routes through Leesburg
FrederickPoint of Rocks  N noframe S  HaymarketWarrenton
WinchesterBluemont  W noframe E  AshburnAlexandria
END  W noframe E  AshburnFalls Church


  • Great Falls, Virginia - includes Great Falls Park, a gorgeous national park with waterfalls and hiking trails, minutes from the beltway. Kayaking and rock climbing. Going to the park after a large rain storm provides different views as the water levels can change drastically.
  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia includes Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Manassas, Virginia includes Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Chantilly (Virginia) includes the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air and Space Museum
  • Middleburg, Virginia has great shops, wineries and horse country.



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