Washington, D.C., is surrounded by many historic and scenic towns and villages in the wonderful rolling hills of northern Virginia, offering many awesome activities for families. One of those incredible communities is Middleburg, a pleasant, family-friendly village of fewer than 600 residents located about an hour west of Washington, D.C.
Middleburg is right in the center of both horse country and wine country, adding wonderful elements to an area already steeped in history dating back to its founding shortly after the Revolutionary War and including some battles that occurred nearby during the Civil War.
Whether you are lucky enough to live in Middleburg or are looking for a day trip to escape the heat and hectic daily life of our nation’s capital, there are many things for families to do in this quaint town. Families can participate in various equestrian activities and visit wineries to tour the vineyards and then have lunch — and the adults can hit the tasting room.
Middleburg became so popular for foxhunting and steeplechasing in the 1900s that it became known as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital.” There are many vestiges of those days still active in the area today. It is also a wonderful place to live, with Middleburg, VA, homes for sale that include classic single-family homes as well as mansions and estates surrounded by large lawns and wooded areas.
Relax at the Salamander Resort & Spa
The resort is the perfect place for finding peace and quiet in a luxurious setting. The furnishings and decor combine the region’s historic setting with modern luxury. The resort is renowned for its ties to the local equestrian lifestyle, with horseback riding tours, trail rides, and private riding lessons being some of the most exciting and unique activities that the entire family can enjoy together. The five-star Salamander Spa offers many wonderful treatments that are good for both the body and the mind.
During the sunny and warm summer months, families can enjoy a pleasant day lounging around the large pool and then sit back and take in a gorgeous sunset through the trees around an outdoor fire pit. Getting to Salamander Resort & Spa is fast and easy all year long, so whether families are looking to make regular visits or for that special occasion getaway, this resort will soon be a favorite destination for every member of the family.
Zip line rides at Empower Adventures
For families who want to experience the beautiful natural setting of the Middleburg area in an even more exciting way, take a guided night zip line tour under a full moon. This unique activity is a perfect way for families to take in and appreciate the natural scenery of the Middleburg region, situated in the peaceful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Take in a horse race at Glenwood Park
Not only are the spring races among the area’s top sporting events, but it is also a top day on the social calendar. Equestrian enthusiasts look forward to getting together with old friends and making new ones while taking in the races. The social highlight of the day is the traditional tailgate, where fans can party on the lawn with fellow fans and the horses. No matter your budget, there are many options for residents to enjoy food and drink in this remarkable setting.