Middleburg, Virginia was a destination on my list for some time. I read about the many vineyards around the area as well as the quaint and unique downtown. We decided to go to CANA vineyards for a wine tasting and then proceed to the heart of Middleburg to walk the streets.
Leaving around 11 AM from Herndon, VA, the drive takes around forty-five minutes to reach CANA. There were signs for CANA a mile before we arrived and the estate covers approximately forty-three acres. Driving up the hill to the parking lot, the imposing house makes quite an impression. The layout is perfect for a house designed to cater to wine enthusiasts. The porch area holds two locations where wine experts explain and serve various types of white, rose, and red wines for tastings. The inside is where you pay for the tasting, buy bottles, and order snacks. When we went, there was a huge tent setup in the backyard where musicians were playing their songs. This is actually part of the CANA vineyard experience and the band plays from 1 – 5 PM every Saturday and Sunday. After the tasting, we bought our favorite selection (a smoky red) and went upstairs to sit under the gazebo. The view from there is fantastic and you get a good view of the entire winery. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the staff working there were all extremely nice and knowledgeable.
From CANA, it was another five minutes before we hit downtown. The area reminds me of Old Town Alexandria or Del Ray with its artistic vibe. There were antique stores, thrift shops, and all types of restaurants. With all of us excited to see the Germany/Ghana World Cup match, we picked out a tavern and watched the game while ordering appetizers. Even though all of us were yelling during the entire match, the locals didn’t seem to mind and even seemed to be enjoying it.
We left Middleburg after the game to drive back home. This is one town I’ll be coming back for more. CANA vineyard is one of several we saw in the area and each has their own style. We’re hoping to see all of them and sample the wines they have to offer. The town itself is cozy and relaxing and I felt at times in an alternate universe walking around the area. Middleburg definitely should be on everyone’s list to visit and I’m glad towns like this still exist in America.