Monday, November 18, 2013

On the Road Again: Leesburg, VA

Gorgeous fall views from our bike on the C and O Canal 
By Claire Goldman

Capital Cooking loves to bring you new ideas for getting out of the city on the weekends.  Here's one for the more adventurous sort:  a bike trip to charming Leesburg, VA.  There's no better way to see the changing colors of fall than hopping on a bike and heading about forty miles out to Leesburg.

Loaded up tandem bike, waiting to board White's Ferry
The trip takes roughly four hours each way cruising up the C and O Canal Path and back on the W and OD Railroad Trail.  If you opt to drive out to Leesburg, it should take under an hour.  I went for the back seat of a tandem bicycle.  If you and your significant other would like to rent a bicycle built for two, contact

For the overnight accommodations to rest your tired biking bum, I recommend the Leesburg Colonial Inn.  They've got a friendly staff, cozy rooms, storage space for your bike and a central location downtown. Included with the price of your room, the Inn offers breakfast at the Georgetown Inn on the ground floor.   I always order the Eggs Benedict and it's delicious.  If you know your projected arrival at White's Ferry (about 2 miles from the finish line), the Inn staff will provide transportation the rest of the way for you and your wheels.
We walked around the corner to the Leesburg Brewing Company for a pre-dinner drink.  LBC has a wide variety of craft brews, mostly from Virginia.

For dinner, we found a real gem.  Eiffel Tower Cafe offers French fare, intimate indoor and outdoor seating and a wine list a mile long. 
Steak with Mushroom

Breaded Lamb Chops

 The staff consisted of mostly French natives which added an extra charm.  I'd like to pass on a tip from a local that served us well, order off the nightly specials menu (which is quite extensive).

If you fancy after dinner drinks, stop by the Downtown Saloon, an authentic biker bar and pool hall located directly across the street from the county Courthouse.

The Leesburg Colonial Inn
21 S King Street
Leesburg, VA
(703) 777-500

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