Located in the heart of Virginia Wine Country, Purcellville is home to the first distillery since Prohibition. The town is a veritable haven for wine lovers, spirit samplers and craft beer enthusiasts. There is a general push towards honouring organic and sustainable practices when it comes to farming and the wholesome desire to support local, produce in-house, and focus on farm-to-fork fine dining experiences. Visitors can relish in the innovative practices and sustainable lifestyles promoted in Purcellville.
1.Washington and Old Dominion Trail
The 45-mile trail traverses the old Washington and Old Dominion Railroad and is known as the skinniest park in Virginia, spanning a mere 100 feet wide. The asphalt trail belongs to the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park and visitors use the trail for walking, running, cycling and skating from dawn to dusk. The surrounding parklands are kept in a primarily natural state, with areas of the trail passing through local communities., extending from Shirlington to Purcellville.
21293 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 20147, Phone: 703-729-0596
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A truly family affair, Hillsborough draws on the talents, passions and skills of generations to create delicious wine and craft beers. The historic 1840s stone Tasting Room and the Fox Den are the respective spaces for wine and beer tasting. Individual glasses or flights are served at the behest of the visitor, with delectable tasting plates to complement your beverage choices. Openly daily from 11am until 8pm, visitors can indulge in stunning views of Northern Virginia Wine Country, enjoy live music during Happy Hour from 4pm Monday-Thursday, or take part in the educational events and celebrations hosted at the vineyard.
36716 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-668-6216
3.Sunset Hills Vineyard
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Visitors have been welcomed since 2008 when the Tasting Room opened, and Sunset Hills Vineyard has welcomed national and international acclaim ever since. An Amish-restored historic barn sits amidst the idyllic pastoral farmlands for visitors to enjoy from noon on weekdays and from 11am on weekends. Dedicated to quality and to Virginia’s rich farming history, sustainable agriculture and green technology are used to harvest the abundant varietals used to produce award-winning wines at Sunset Hills and on satellite vineyards. The Sunset Tasting Menu offers a sampling of both white and red current wine releases; groups over eight require a reservation.
38295 Fremont Overlook Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-882-4560
With an estate spanning 404 acres, including 104 acres of vineyard, the views of the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountains are part of its charm. Open to the public since 1997, tasting and touring the state-of-the-art wine making facilities is available from 11am daily. Group and VIP Reservations are available to experience the Tuscan-style Tasting Room for groups of ten or more. Private functions can be held on the pristine Lafayette Terrace in and amongst the vineyard for a serene ceremony; The Acadia, which offers panoramic views of the vineyard from the events pavilion, has a capacity of 150, and facilities for catering in the stunning chandeliered space; The Cork & Key is ideal for an intimate gathering in the inviting underground cellar with its old-world style; or a host of additional patios and pergolas are also available.
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-668-6299
5.West End Wine Bar & Pub
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Set in the heart of Virginia wine country on more than an acre of bountiful farmlands, West End Wine Bar & Pub has been frequented by locals and visitors in various capacities since 1915. The historic space has been refurbished but retains its original iconic flare in the exposed stone walls and functioning fireplaces. The lower level pub pays homage to the burgeoning culture of craft beer and cider. Open from 4pm Tuesday-Saturday and from 11am on Sunday, reservations for wine tastings and private parties are required.
36855 W Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-441-7896
6.Catoctin Creek Distillery
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Virginia’s premier award winning whiskey, Roundstone Rye, is found here at Catoctin Creek – the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition. Established in 2009, Catoctin Creek Distillery pride themselves on sourcing organic, environmentally sustainable fruit and grain to produce pure, clean, high quality spirits. In 2013 a solar plant was installed, so 85% of electrical usage in the distillery is offset and energy is returned to the public grid.
Thirty-minute tours are performed every hour during opening times; tasting flights are also allotted thirty minutes to sample signature spirits. Open Tuesday – Sunday, reservations are recommended for tours and tastings. The Distillery is also available for private functions.
120 W Main St, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 504-751-8404
7.Goose Creek Farm and Winery - Otium Cellars
Strong European traditions combined with the winery’s unique terroir are the foundations for the quality wines produced at this boutique winery. Intense, complex flavours have been enjoyed in the winery’s Tasting Room since April, 2012, with the first vintage dating to 2009. ‘Leisure, Peace, Tranquility’ are the hallmarks of the establishment, all of which can be enjoyed Thursday-Monday from 11am. Reservations are recommended for groups larger than eight, including private rentals for groups larger than twenty. Seated group tastings include an etched souvenir glass.
18050 Tranquility Road, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-338-2027
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8.Franklin Park Arts Center
A flourishing center for the creative and performing arts in Loudoun County, the 263 seat stadium style theatre space was erected in 2008. A full art gallery lobby and digital sound system make for a truly dynamic creative experience. The Arts Center has hosted an array of local, national and international artists and offers a richly diverse season of performance, including dance, musical theatre, improv, music and drama. The Gallery makes regular announcements for themed art to be housed in the available space for a designated season – a true call to celebrate the community.
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-338-8598
9.Crooked Run Orchard
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A truly green family-run farm, Crooked Run is a “production only” establishment, choosing to focus on a genuine love for the land as 41 acres of the hundred-acre century farm is in a permanent conservation easement. A Pick Your Own concept is in operation here and visitors can enjoy the naturally occurring bluebird trail, the herb garden, and the several nature tables that display organic matter discovered on site. A veteran beekeeper is raising hives amidst the orchards, pioneering a shift towards keeping hives thriving in permanent locations. Visitors can picnic in the tranquil space seven days a week, paying only for the produce they pick or purchase from the seasonal fruit stand.
37883 East Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-338-6642
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Spark that sentimental feeling with Slow Fashion that is unique and home décor that is truly inspired. Nostalgia stock vintage clothing, furniture and home décor. Visitors to the store can indulge in a personally curated shopping experience, or Nostalgia offers at-home wardrobe consultation. Private shopping events can also be arranged for the ultimate day out, visitors can enjoy personalized advice and complimentary refreshments. The store is open daily, with appointments required on Monday and Tuesday.
142 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-751-8252
11.Endless Summer Harvest
The ultimate in sustainable farming practice, Endless Summer Harvest utilizes a 12,000 square foot greenhouse to produce pesticide-free gourmet greens all year round. The hydroponic commercial agribusiness recycles 90% of its water to eliminate waste and relies on nutrient film technique to maintain a pesticide free environment. Specializing in microgreens because of their nutrient density, Virginia’s Finest is stocked at local Farmers’ Markets, at up-scale restaurants and specialty stores.
36474 Osburn Road, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 703-431-0689
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American Haute Cuisine served in the picturesque 868 Estate Vineyards, Grandale Restaurant epitomizes the fine dining experience. Serving fresh farm-to-fork cuisine using the finest seasonal produce, Chef Author Clark utilizes his classical training from the Culinary Institute of America to craft his exquisite menus. The simple elegance of the dining space allows the food to truly shine; guests can enjoy their food by the fire in the cooler seasons, or enjoy the vineyard’s ambience on the outside deck in the warmer months. Open Friday and Saturday from noon, or 11am on Sunday.
14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Hillsboro, VA 20132, Phone: 540-668-6000
13.My Deli and Cafe Greek Bistro
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Utilizing years of generational experience in both Greece and the United States, My Deli and Café Greek Bistro aims to modernize the Greek eatery concept for Loudoun locals and visitors. Open daily, the Greek Bistro prides itself on generous portions, Mediterranean authenticity and hospitality to provide customer satisfaction, serving pizzas, salads, mezze plates and bread baked daily in house. Catering services are available in a variety of options to suit customer needs.
860 E. Main Street, Suite B (Rt.7), Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-751-2077
14.Casa Tequila Restaurant
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A shared passion for Mexican food and the finest tequila culminated in Casa Tequila Restaurant and its mouth-watering menu. Open daily from 11am, the restaurant serves quintessential Mexican cuisine of nachos, burritos, tamales and quesadilla. House specials include parrillada, cochinita and Lomo al Tequila. Visitors may indulge in the extensive tequila menu, which is categorized for ‘extra aged’, ‘aged’ and ‘purest for agave flavour’ distinctions, with over 70 varieties on offer.
1020 E Main Street, Suite N, Purcellville, VA 20132, Phone: 540-441-3915
15.868 Estate Vineyards
A shared passion for wonderful wine and excellent hospitality brought three families together to establish 868 Estate Vineyards. Launched in 2012 when the first 10 acres of vines were planted on the 120 acres of lush landscape, the estate now produces over 4000 cases of sustainably harvested wine annually. The historic Grandale Farm is the home of 868’s tasting room, open Wednesday – Sunday from 11am. Weekends are the ideal time to enjoy the seasonal American Haute Cuisine of the Grandale Restaurant, which sources local ingredients to create the ultimate farm-to-table fine dining experience. The estate hosts The Vine, The Women’s Wine Event at 868 on the fourth Thursday of every month, features a four-course menu and wine pairing and encourages community spirit.
14001 Harpers Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, VA, Phone: 540-668-7008
15 Best Things to Do in Purcellville, VA
- Washington and Old Dominion Trail, Photo: r_tee/stock.adobe.com
- Hillsborough Vineyards, Photo: Grecaud Paul/stock.adobe.com
- Sunset Hills Vineyard, Photo: Patrick Daxenbichler/stock.adobe.com
- Breaux Vineyards, Photo: rastkobelic/stock.adobe.com
- West End Wine Bar & Pub, Photo: West End Wine Bar & Pub
- Catoctin Creek Distillery, Photo: K. Thalhofer/stock.adobe.com
- Goose Creek Farm and Winery - Otium Cellars, Photo: Olena/stock.adobe.com
- Franklin Park Arts Center, Photo: lapandr/stock.adobe.com
- Crooked Run Orchard, Photo: Maryna Osadcha/stock.adobe.com
- Nostalgia, Photo: Andrea Izzotti/stock.adobe.com
- Endless Summer Harvest, Photo: Pormezz/stock.adobe.com
- Grandale Restaurant, Photo: Grandale Restaurant
- My Deli and Cafe Greek Bistro, Photo: Sergii Moscaliuk/stock.adobe.com
- Casa Tequila Restaurant, Photo: Casa Tequila Restaurant
- 868 Estate Vineyards, Photo: rastkobelic/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: rh2010/stock.adobe.com