Middleburg, Virginia is a quaint town located forty miles west of Washington, D.C. Once a retreat for President John and Jackie Kennedy, today, it is an equestrian destination. Solo travelers may take a break from the monuments and memorials and explore the world of jodhpur and steeplechase.
Book a room at the Red Fox Inn
The Red Fox Inn was built in 1728 and is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn offers 14 guestrooms ranging from $175 to $375 per night. Although many rooms cater to couples, others are low key for guests on their own.
Forego deliveries from chain eateries. Treat yourself at the inn’s acclaimed restaurant, which offers a seasonal menu prepared with local ingredients. Indulge in egg Benedict, omelets and artisanal breads for breakfast. Steamed mussels, soups and hearty sandwiches are available for lunch and dinner.
Red Fox Inn
2 E.Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
Explore the downtown
Take a stroll and enjoy Middleburg’s old-world downtown. Partake in antique shops and art galleries lined along the cobbled path. From riding gear and accessories to collectibles and consignment stores, you’ll find it all.
For dinner, choose a meal-to-go from Market Salamander. This contemporary café offers gourmet sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and chef prepared foods.
200 West Washington St.
Middleburg, VA, 20118
Hours: Monday & Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30am – 6:00p.m.; Sunday 7:30am – 4:00pm
Spend a day at theGlenwood Park
Glenwood Park is an112- acre equestrian destination and home to steeplechase racing and pony competitions. Spring and fall are perfect time to catch a glimpse of thoroughbreds in action!
Complete your horse adventure by visiting the National Sporting Library & Museum, located near the Glenwood Park. The library is a resource for horse lovers with 17,000-books, manuscripts and art dating from the 16th to the 21st century.
While you’re there, don’t forget a picture with the statue of a cavalry horse located outside the museum.
The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Discover the vineyards
Middleburg is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Although, there are several that may meet your fancy, locals rave about the Swedenburg Estate, serving the area since 1978. Take a guided tour and participate in wine tastings on picnic tables sprawled near the lush green fields.
Swedenburg Estate Vineyard
23595 Winery Lane,
Middleburg, VA 20117
( 540) 687-5219
Hours: Saturday & Sunday-11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Monday- Friday – By appointment only