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Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia from Maryland

9 February 2011 2,152 views 13 Comments

As readers of the blog know, I grew up in Maryland, and go back often for visits. On a trip home last November for Thanksgiving, my friend Rebecca and I decided to take a day trip together to Leesburg, Virginia.

The drive from Chevy Chase, MD to Leesburg was about an hour. And by the time we arrived, it was time for lunch. We had reservations at Tuscarora Mill, a restaurant someone had recommended to Rebecca. On the way in, we passed Wine Kitchen, a restaurant my dad mentioned to me as I was walking out the door that morning.

The sign intrigued me and generally, my dad gives great restaurant suggestions. However, since we had a reservation at Tuscarora, we decided to check it out. It ended up having a really touristy, kind of uptight feel to me when I walked in. Rebecca agreed. I called Wine Kitchen to make sure they were open and to see if we could come in. They said they had one table open and it was a two top.

It felt like fate. On the way in, we passed a man walking an alpaca. He was promoting alpaca wool that was sold in a shop across the street. That really has nothing to do with the meal but did add a dream-like quality to the day.

wine kitchen sign

We loved the atmosphere of Wine Kitchen. Also, they offer a large selection of fun and tasty wine flights.

Also, how cute is Rebecca?

rebecca wine

We ordered a gnocchi and the “Chicken and Waffles” pictured below to share. For me, the gnocchi was a bit bland and the chicken and waffles was a bit too fancy for my taste and is served with bacon caramel syrup. You know how I feel about non-maple syrups if you have been reading the blog lately. However, Wine Kitchen is really into sourcing locally so perhaps that is why they don’t serve maple. The most southern state where maple syrup is currently produced is in Pennsylvania.

quail waffle

Even though we didn’t love the food, the atmosphere, wine flights, and service made up for it and I would recommend Wine Kitchen to others.

We walked around old town Leesburg and visited some of the antique and gift stores in town. We weren’t up for visiting the outlets on this trip.

We did think about visiting one of the Virginia wineries and Tarara was recommended, but instead decided to visit some dear friends of Rebecca’s family on the way home.

My dad recommended taking White’s Ferry from Leesburg across the Potomac River back to Maryland.

whites ferry

There used to be 100 ferries operating on the Potomac, White’s Ferry is the last one and it is quite busy. The cars line up on what looks like a boat ramp and fill up the ferry. The ferry follows a wire cable to the other side. It runs continuously, year round, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. $4 one way or $6 round trip for cars.

We were tickled to be taking the ferry back to Maryland and enjoyed the scenery driving through the Maryland farmland to visit Rebecca’s friends farm on the way back to my parents place off busy Rockville Pike.

Rebecca and I enjoyed the day so much that we have talked about making day trips around the D.C. area a yearly tradition on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Any suggestions for next year?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Goodstein/869180612 Rebecca Goodstein

    I love this! Thanks for helping me relive our fun adventure together. It was such a great day and we're such compatible travel companions. I'm thinking about where we should go on our 2011 T-giving excursion. Looking forward to hearing people's suggestions. oxoox

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Goodstein/869180612 Rebecca Goodstein

    I love this! Thanks for helping me relive our fun adventure together. It was such a great day and we're such compatible travel companions. I'm thinking about where we should go on our 2011 T-giving excursion. Looking forward to hearing people's suggestions. oxoox

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.goodstein Emily Pearl Goodstein

    who was the family friend?! sounds so fun! love the photo of rebs. also, they have the same “EAT” sign at Sugar Mammas.

  • Denise

    fun….wish I had known you were going there…would have hooked you up with some VA wine bloggers who would have recommended some wineries to visit, if you had time. They make some really nice wine in VA! See you next week.

  • jodibart

    Me too! It's not too early to be planning for next Thanksgiving, I don't think.

  • jodibart

    The family friend is a sweet couple who live in Dickerson, MD on a Christmas tree farm. They recognized my name from y'all's Facebook. Too funny. Also, you are so right about the EAT sign at Sugar Mamas. Super cute.

  • jodibart

    Denise – I go back to that area all the time and would love suggestions for wineries to visit! Feel free to send any info along and I'll clip and save.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Goodstein/869180612 Rebecca Goodstein

    I love this! Thanks for helping me relive our fun adventure together. It was such a great day and we're such compatible travel companions. I'm thinking about where we should go on our 2011 T-giving excursion. Looking forward to hearing people's suggestions. oxoox

  • http://www.wildandcrazypearl.com/ Emily Goodstein

    who was the family friend?! sounds so fun! love the photo of rebs. also, they have the same “EAT” sign at Sugar Mammas.

  • Denise

    fun….wish I had known you were going there…would have hooked you up with some VA wine bloggers who would have recommended some wineries to visit, if you had time. They make some really nice wine in VA! See you next week.

  • jodibart

    Me too! It's not too early to be planning for next Thanksgiving, I don't think.

  • jodibart

    The family friend is a sweet couple who live in Dickerson, MD on a Christmas tree farm. They recognized my name from y'all's Facebook. Too funny. Also, you are so right about the EAT sign at Sugar Mamas. Super cute.

  • jodibart

    Denise – I go back to that area all the time and would love suggestions for wineries to visit! Feel free to send any info along and I'll clip and save.