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The Twelve Days of Western Loudoun Christmas…

Ian Bush Homes, KW Realty would like to thank you for participating in our Twelve Days of Western Loudoun Christmas! We hope that you enjoyed visiting a few of Western Loudoun’s Businesses and finding a gift for that special someone! If you haven’t, there is still time, so get out there to one of the places below, and pick up a last minute gift:

First Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the First Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…the Instrument of My Dreams!

Shamrock Music Shoppe
108 N 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Second Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Second Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Two Bottles of Spirits!

Check out the newest sensation on Main Street with the first distillery located in Purcellville since prohibition! Tours, Gin, Bourbon, Maple Syrup and more!

Catoctin Creek
120 W Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Third Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Third Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…three Grandfather Clocks!

Eastern Standard Time
192 N. 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Fourth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Fourth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Four Canisters of Tea!

148 N 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 999-8327

Fifth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Fifth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Five Irish Kilts!

Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe Irish & Scottish Imports
109 E. Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132

Sixth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Sixth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Six Brand New Weights!

Total Fitness Outlet
871 East Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
(703) 585-1132

Seventh Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Seventh Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…


Re-Love It Consignment
138 N. 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Eighth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Eighth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

… a 4.19 Carat, EIGHTeen Karat Yellow Gold Aqua Store Necklace!

Hunt Country Jewelers
105 E Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Ninth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the ninth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…nine locally made candles!

613 E Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tenth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Tenth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…ten toppings for my hamburger!

Market Burger
145 West Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Market Table Bistro
13 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA 20180

Eleventh Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Eleventh day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…eleven bicycles (and a cup of coffee)!

Bicycles & Coffee
609 E. Main Street AA
Purcellville, VA 20132

Twelfth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Twelfth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…twelve “Kick Butt” Beers and a membership in the Black Heart Society!

Adroit Theory Brewing
404 Browning Court, Unit C
Purcellville, VA 20132


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Market Street: Good Coffee & Great Friends!

Market Street Coffee Interior
Market Street Coffee

I stopped into Market Street Coffee today for a meeting with a client and I was reminded of why I like the place.

After meeting another client at S* the other day (their choice) and seeing the cramped space, I am now looking forward to asking clients to meet me here in the future.  They have lots of comfortable seating, books on the wall, and of course, really good coffee AND gelato.

While I am on the topic of small business…recently it has become popular to say “Shop Local”, but then we forget about places like Market Street Coffee in our rush to get somewhere in Loudoun.

Sooner or later when places like this close, we end up with a neighborhood that looks like everywhere else in the world. Of course this is sad, because the level of service that small business owners provide is often better than that of national chains.

So, I encourage you to consider visiting these guys today and remind yourself why shopping local makes our community a better one!

And, if you wonder why I care, it is because I used to be a restaurant owner in Western Loudoun who struggled to keep people coming through the doors. With places like Market Street Coffee, I know that we have something really special in Western Loudoun and we need to keep supporting them.

If you liked this post about Market Street Coffee, check out our 12 Days of Western Loudoun showcasing other small businesses in Western Loudoun.

If you want to move to Western Loudoun, check out our sister site, for more information about homes in the area.

Market Street Coffee (Yelp)
1020 E Main St # I
Purcellville, VA 20132

WIFI Hot Spots in Western Loudoun Library Parking Lots

Loudoun County is offering new WiFi hot spots in library parking lots for use by residents in the western part of the county. The county amplified the WiFi signals so that residents can access the Internet in the parking lots immediately adjacent to the Loudoun County Public Library branches in Lovettsville, Middleburg and Purcellville.

Residents who have no reliable Internet service are encouraged to use the free WiFi to access information about the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, and complete any other type of essential online business, such as ordering groceries or other household supplies. These hot spots can also be used by students attempting to access assignments uploaded by LCPS to Google Classroom.

Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles in order to maintain the physical distancing needed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Users of the service who are not in vehicles are also asked to maintain a distance of approximately six feet from other people.

The name of the network is LibraryWiFi. No password is required, although users will need to click “accept” on the landing page. 

The Wi-Fi hot spots are expected to be operational Monday, April 13, 2020. Service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Meanwhile, the Loudoun County Public Schools system has purchased mobile hotspots to help ensure students have access to Internet-based instruction during the extended closure of schools due to the coronavirus.

The Loudoun County school system is prioritizing the distribution of hotspots to students in grades 3-12 in households with the greatest need. There is a limit of one hotspot per household. To request a device, families must complete the online form or call the Loudoun County Public Schools Technology Support Center at 571-252-2112 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Residents can visit the county’s website for more information about the coronavirus. They can also text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300, or send an email.

Aldie General Store and Cafe


Have you been out to Aldie recently and checked out the Aldie General Store and Cafe? No? Then you don’t know what you are missing!

Aldie General Store and Cafe Sign2
It’s No Lie! The Food is Terrific!

Owners John and Penny Gulick have created an amazing new experience in Aldie on the site of the original Partlow General Store that had been a mainstay of Aldie for many, many years. As longtime residents of Aldie and the owners of a local construction company, they knew the community was “hungering” for a local place to pick up sundry items and enjoy a nice meal. As you can see from the pictures and video, they have knocked it out of the park!

Aldie General Store and Cafe Menu
Breakfast, Lunch and Take Home Dinner

Aldie General Store and Cafe Store Racks
Plenty of Sundry Items

Aldie General Store and Cafe Seating
Welcoming and Comfortable Seating Area


The store is open daily with the following hours:

Monday through Friday 6-10:30 a.m. for breakfast, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and for dinner take-out until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the store will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for breakfast, from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch, and from 3-6 p.m. for take-out.

Aldie General Store and Cafe Menu
A Menu with Lots of Options

Aldie General Store and Cafe Sign
Driving Down Rt 50? Stop and Take Home Dinner!

Aldie General Store and Cafe: 39285 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 (703) 327-8989

Christmas Lights in Purcellville!

One of my family’s favorite things to do during the holiday season is visit the multitude of Christmas light decorations that our neighbors throughout Western Loudoun have assembled. Whether tacky or tasteful, they are all great to see.

Fortunately for us, the Town of Purcellville in Western Loudoun makes our task easy, by supplying us with a map and directions during their annual “Trolley Tour” on Friday, December 9th. If you can’t make the trolley (with multiple convenient stops around town), check out the map and directions below. After stopping off at either LoCo Joe or Market Street Coffee for a cup of steaming hot chocolate, you and your family can enjoy one of our family’s traditions here in Western Loudoun!

Christmas in Purcellville Directions
2016 Christmas in Purcellville Directions

Christmas in Purcellville Map
Christmas in Purcellville Map

Best Haunted Places and Homes in Loudoun County

With a history dating back to the 1700’s, and its fair share of Civil War and other battles, Loudoun has become “HOME” to many ghosts, goblins and other haunted sites certain to scare you to death. Our happy haunts love to come out to play in October and scare the heck out of the most hearty residents and visitors to the area. If you are looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween, check out these local haunts.

Shocktober Haunted House

haunted house
Courtesy: Shocktober Website

Billed as Northern Virginia’s only “Real Haunted House”, Paxton Manor is the story of the Carver Family who were banished from the Leesburg area and forced to live in nearby caverns. After one hundred years, they have returned and are taking back the family’s thirty-two room manor. Visitors are required to sign a waiver due to the scariness of the attraction. Admission is $30, with all proceeds going to benefit Loudoun residents with disabilities. 601 Catoctin Cir NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Night Maze at the Plains

corn maze
Courtesy: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Everyone knows that navigating a corn maze at night can be scary, especially when there are surprises at every turn. In the case of the Corn Maze in the Plains, you need to be sure you bring a flashlight or you might not come back alive. Compared to the “fear factor” of other attractions, its not as scary, however its not for everyone. Admission $10. 4501 Old Tavern Rd. The Plains, Va 20198

Haunted Woods

haunted forest algonkian park
Courtesy Haunted Forest Website

On land that used to be the location for an elite children’s boarding school, lives an old caretaker said to have become bitter over his failed career as a circus clown. Taking pleasure in the terrorization of the students, he was said to have “gone too far” after being fired from his job, but he was never charged with a crime. You can now experience the terror in the woods where the school was located, including a special tour where thirteen children from the school disappeared mysteriously one night. Admission is $25 which includes a special ticket to a new attraction, the Haunted Asylum. Algonkian Regional Park 47001 Fairway Drive Sterling, Virginia 20165

Halloween in Loudoun County

When I was growing up, my parents would take me to my uncle’s house in Richmond where, during Halloween, he adorned his front yard with ghouls and all kinds of scary decorations. You can see the place when the local news covered it in 2011:

Ever since, I have worked on decorating my own house for Halloween to celebrate the season, and now I like to go out and find the houses of people who share the same passion. I am in the process of compiling a map of locations, which I am sharing below, and welcome other suggested locations in the comments.

Please let me know if you know of any other places that I should include so that folks in the area can find the best places to visit during this time of year!

And, make sure to be on the lookout for our revised Christmas Tree Farm Map, which will be updated by Thanksgiving!

Creeks Edge Winery

Its a cold Saturday and I am traveling the backroads of Lovettsville heading to a listing appointment looking to kill a few minutes, so I stop into another of Western Loudoun’s great vineyards, Creeks Edge Winery. I sit down at a beautiful natural wood table and order their Valentine’s Day special and drink in the ambiance of the place. There are quite a few couples milling about, and for a moment I wished that I was here with my wife, because the place is so romantic.

Creeks Edge Winery Fireplace
Fireplace at Creeks Edge Winery

For a place that opened in the Spring of 2014, it is impressive how many people have started following this vineyard and their offerings of Merlots, Vidal Blancs,  and Chardonnays. The crowd turning out on this cold Saturday speaks volumes to how popular this place is becoming. I imagine that they have quite a few events booked where many of the couples I saw will be celebrating another “special day”.

Bar at Creeks Edge Winery
Bar at Creeks Edge Winery

In addition to offering a wide variety of wine, they have a light menu provided by Market Table Bistro, and live entertainment most weekends. I would imagine that on a warm weekend, sitting out on their balcony enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Gris or a glass of sangria (which I had here in the fall) would be pretty nice.

Vines at Creeks Edge Winery
Vines at Creeks Edge Winery

Creeks Edge is located in downtown Taylorstown,  just around the corner from Lovettsville and offers a nice alternative to some of the large vineyards that are in Loudoun (but equally good).

Creeks Edge Winery (Yelp)
41255 Annas Lane
Lovettsville, Virginia 20180


Interested in finding a home close to this jewel in Loudoun County? Take a look at these Lovettsville close by homes for sale with the Bush Realty Group and Loudoun Homes!

Sunset Hills Vineyard

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun

While returning from another home showing in Lovettsville, I decided to visit another local vineyard, Sunset Hills. On a cold Saturday, on the eve of the Super Bowl, I found the place packed with customers, all enjoying glasses of their award-winning wine.

History of the Vineyard (From their Website)

From the planting of the first vines in 1999, Mike and Diane Canney, owners of Sunset Hills Vineyard, had a vision of making fine wine of the highest quality in a manner which was gentle on the land. That vision is reflected in the sustainable farming practices employed today.

Sunset Hills Vineyard’s completed its first harvest in 2001, with more than six tons of Chardonnay picked and sold to local wineries. In 2004, the Canneys expanded the vineyard from three to seven acres, planting Cabernet Franc and Viognier, two of Virginia’s signature varietals.

They opened their tasting room in 2008 and they are one of the most popular vineyards that I have seen in Western Loudoun.

While I didn’t get a chance to enjoy any of their wines (the lines for tastings were five deep!), I do plan to go back and learn more about their business and what services that they have to offer, since they have some great looking facilities for weddings, etc.

The next time you are out in Western Loudoun, head north out of Purcellville up Rt. 287 towards Lovettsville, and you will find them a couple miles outside of town on the right side of the road.

Local Entertainment on a Cold Day
Local Entertainment on a Cold Day

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard and Vines

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Main Building

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Tasting Room

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Outside Venue

Sunset Hills Vineyard LLC
38295 Fremont Overlook Lane
Purcellville Virginia
540 882 4560

Interested in finding a home close to this jewel in Loudoun County? Take a look at these Purcellville close by homes for sale with the Bush Realty Group and Loudoun Homes!

Crushed Cellars Winery in Western Loudoun

Crushed Cellars Winery
Crushed Cellars Winery, Live in Western Loudoun

Yesterday, after finishing a showing for a client interested in purchasing one of Western Loudoun’s vineyards that is for sale, I headed down Route 9, and happened upon Crushed Cellars. After passing the place several times throughout December, I finally made it a point to stop and I was glad I did.

Crushed Cellars Winery Vines
Christmas Colored Vines at Crushed Cellars

Crushed Cellars is a family owned and operated winery in the heart of Virginia’s wine country, in the Waterford Cluster.  Their wines are sold exclusively at the winery and by phone order, so if you haven’t been there, you probably haven’t had a chance to try their wine unless you have had it at a private event.

While I was there, I tried out their 2011 Vidal Blanc, and as someone who does not drink a lot of wine, I found it to be sweet and refreshing (I like sweets, just don’t drink a lot of sweet wine). I then ventured down to the pond just past the vines that they have in front of the building and fed the coy fish that were recently added as something for kids to see when their parents are visiting the winery.

Crushed Cellars Pond
Coy Fish Pond at Crushed Cellars

If you get a chance, go by, try out their wine and say hello to Bob, the owner. He’s a great guy to talk to and he really makes you feel at home. And tell him that we sent you!

Crushed Cellars (Yelp)

37938 Charles Town Pike
Purcellville, Virginia 20132
1-571-374-WINE (9463)