Local Gift Guide

Doing your holiday shopping locally does more than help you get to know some of the great people in our community; buying from this particular gift guide supports all those great "giving back" stories you enjoy in Leesburg Lifestyle Magazine all year round! Not coincidentally, they also happen to be some of our favorite merchandise because, well, obviously, those are the…

For Bahamas, Christmas Comes in a Big Blue Box

When Hurricane Dorian failed to hit Puerto Rico, Rafael Babilonia, CEO of nonprofit United-DMV (aka Unidos Por Puerto Rico-DMV)—which had already sent 72 shipments with more than a million pounds of food, medical and janitorial supplies to the island over the last two years—initially breathed a sigh of relief. Then, when the extent of the disaster in the Bahamas became…

Resolve to be More Prosperous in 2020

 1. Shift Income/Expenses, Gains/Losses  If 2019 is a great income year, see if you can shift other income (gains from stock sales, business income, etc.) to 2020 and/or accelerate expenses or stock losses into 2019 to take advantage of them faster. A dollar today is worth more than next year. If you aren’t maxing out your 401(k), consider putting more into it before…

Cozy Wineries

Leesburg Lifestyle’s Virtual Vintage: Join us in an experiment of expanding our tales to the Web with video. Lawyer and bon vivant Jim Magner takes us on a video tour of three nearby “Cozy Wineries” with the launch of Leesburg Lifestyle’s Vimeo channel. Just scan the code at the right to watch, or visit Vimeo.com/user104293659. 

It Takes a Villa

If you’re a longtime resident of Purcellville, you “get” our little headline pun. But if not, the next time you’re driving from Round Hill to Purcellville on the East Loudoun Street bypass, cast a glance northward. You can’t miss the iconic sign announcing the Weona Villa motel. The 7-acre erstwhile motel property has been vacant for a dozen years and now…

Dream Big, Darling

The wine and spirits industry does so much to enhance the enjoyment of others, but jobs are stress-filled, and women often find themselves struggling to attain advancement and personal fulfillment. Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, Ancient Peaks Winery’s operations VP, founded DreamBigDarling.org to help the next generation of women in wine and spirits forge a “fire in the belly” that will help…

Give Thanks and Be Happy:

Holidays tend to run the gamut of great to gruesome, even at Thanksgiving, the traditional celebration of abundance in our lives. We go overboard planning, expect too much and/or prepare too much or not enough so that, of course, the airports are jammed, rental cars are scarce and/or you miss your flight. It takes effort to enjoy any holiday, especially if…

Traveling the World for Tea

Being a connoisseur of tea isn’t the same as being a connoisseur of wine. Some of the world’s best oolong grows 7,600 miles away in Taiwan’s Alishan National Forest. It is produced by tea masters more interested in quality than quantity. Witnessing the process firsthand and renewing their all-important personal relationships with suppliers is critical to Dominion Tea entrepreneurs Hillary and David Coley.…

Loudoun BBQ Ribs:

No fall foodie edition in Virginia is complete without some discussion of pork. And, in our experience, no single food group gives more rise to the conversation (dare we say controversy?) than barbecued pork ribs.

Worth the Trip

The perfect foodie weekend starts every Saturday at the Leesburg Farmers Market (LoudounFarmersMarkets.org), consistently named the best farmers market in Loudoun County. With more than 50 vendors year-round, this market has evolved since its humble beginnings 25 years ago to include not just farmers but bakers, locally roasted coffee, handmade artisan soaps, kimchi, flowers, barbecue, goat cheese, wine, chocolates, oysters and…