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Strawberry Fields Don’t Last Forever

Who's your farmer

In elementary school our kids all took field trips to Great Country Farms (GCF) in Bluemont. They were able to live the life of a farm hand for a day and it gave them an appreciation for the amount of work it takes to run a farm. Maddie fell in the pond during hers and came home with a t-shirt, pretty nifty on her part even if she did smell … [Read more...]

The Best Margarita in LoCo

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Heather and I love a good margarita but it's rare we find a place that makes them close to what we concoct at home. Thanks to our good friend Dr. Chad at Advanced Corrective Chiropractic we've found one of those places... Welcome to Dos Tequilas in Leesburg. Hidden behind Starbucks and next door to Melt Gourmet Cheesburgers, don't let the … [Read more...]

Welcome to Veloville USA

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Every once in a while you come across someone so passionate about what they do you walk away energized by just being around them. Who knew walking into Veloville USA in Purcellville this morning I was about to meet one of those people... Nicole Davison, along with husband Scott, is the owner of the newest bike shop in town and she is that … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life: Circa 1880

Natlie & Mrs. Houtz

LoCo is filled with history and each year 4th graders get an opportunity to live a little of it. This past Monday I had the chance to chaperon Mrs. Houtz's class on their annual field trip to the Second Street School in Waterford. Here's a glimpse of what we learned... The Second Street School was founded by Waterford's Quaker meeting group … [Read more...]

A New Place to Party

Sudden Combat

Last week’s spring break was a staycation for the Elias clan. We watched a few movies, painted a fence, went bowling, and managed to practice a little softball. It also gave us the opportunity to check out Sudden Combat, an “extreme lasertag” and reball facility in Sterling. There have been more than a few team lasertag parties, and our … [Read more...]

Tis the Season for Sweetz Bakery

Sweetz cupcakes

Last week I stopped by Sweetz Bakery in Leesburg for the first time. In addition to yummy cupcakes, cookies, and other delicious pastries, customers can grab a soup and panini of the day. I had the Thai Chicken Noodle soup and a perfect chocolate chip cookie, just what the doctor ordered to fight off this cold. On Fridays, adult cupcakes are … [Read more...]

Time to Get Your Halloween Party On

Halloween decorations

For those of you looking for a little early Halloween fun in LoCo, here are a few spots to check out this weekend: Purcellville is having it's 3rd Annual Block Party Saturday night. Local food, games, and of course a costume contest with $2000 worth of prizes. Visit their website here for more details. Leesburg Village has the Monster … [Read more...]

Wayside Farm Providing Pumpkin Picking Fun

Wayside Farm

Last Friday the girls and I had a chance to visit the Wayside Farm in Berryville. Twenty miles west of Leesburg, it was definitely worth the short trip over the mountain. Wayside Farm Fun opened for business on September 21, and all accounts are that it has been a success. In addition to a 9 acre pumpkin patch with more varieties than I … [Read more...]

Around the Block Books Moves to New Location

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We are a family of readers, and despite our love of technology there is no substitute for turning the pages on a great book. One of our favorite family activities was to hang out at Borders in Sterling, searching for new authors and just hanging out. We were sad to see it close, but when we discovered Around the Block Books in Purcellville … [Read more...]

Wounded Warriors Welcomed at Boulder Crest Retreat

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I first learned of Boulder Crest Retreat earlier this summer through a golf tournament hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Just off of Snickersville Turnpike in Bluemont, Boulder Crest was created to be a place for seriously wounded veterans and their families to reconnect during their recovery and rehabilitation. Founded by Ken Falke and Fred … [Read more...]