Horse coun­try

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Forty miles west of Wash­ing­ton, DC, sub­ur­ban sprawl gives way to end­less green farms, vine­yards, quaint vil­lages and pala­tial es­tates and ponies. This is ‘Horse Coun­try,’ where wealthy Wash­ing­to­ni­ans pur­sue their eques­trian pas­times. The fol­low­ing route is the most scenic drive to Shenan­doah Na­tional Park. From DC, take Rte 50 West to Mid­dle­burg, a too-cute-for-words town of b&bs, tav­erns, wine shops and small bou­tiques. The Na­tional Sport­ing Li­brary (na­tion­al­sport is a mu­seum and re­search cen­tre de­voted to horse and field sports such as dres­sage, steeple­chase, fox­hunt­ing and polo. About 20 miles north­east of Mid­dle­burg is Lees­burg, an­other charm­ing town with a colo­nial feel and his­toric sites. Stop in Mor­ven Park (mor­ven­ for a tour of a stag­ger­ing Vir­ginia home on 1,000 acres. For more Greek Re­vival gran­deur, visit Oat­lands Plan­ta­tion (oat­, out­side of town. The area has a wealth of ap­peal­ing din­ing op­tions. Stop in the Shoe’s Cup & Cork (shoes cu­pand­ in Lees­burg for cre­ative Amer­i­can fare or Chi­mole (face­ ch1­mole) for wine and Latin Amer­i­can tapas. In Mid­dle­burg, the Red Fox Inn & Tav­ern (red­fox. com) has first-rate Amer­i­can cook­ing served in a beau­ti­fully pre­served 1728 din­ing room. Lo­cated six miles west of Mid­dle­burg, the Wel­bourne b&b (wel­ has five her­itage rooms set in a his­toric land­mark house (c 1770) sur­rounded by 520 acres. The Lees­burg Colo­nial Inn (thelees burg­colo­ has a great lo­ca­tion and un­beat­able prices. Fur­ther down the road at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Moun­tains is Sper­ryville. Its many gal­leries and shops are a must-stop for an­tique-lovers. Con­tinue nine miles west to reach the Thorn­ton Gap en­trance of Sky­line Drive in Shenan­doah Na­tional Park.

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