We could live in Middleburg. All we would need is one more zero tacked onto our annual income to make it happen.

We can visit, though, which is what we did on one fine autumn afternoon. Middleburg is known as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital” for good reason. Beautiful rolling hills lined with horse fences; the fields sprinkled with steeplechase for practice; and estates hidden from view at the end of rather long driveways. The town’s center is, naturally, on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the Town’s more notable residents, Jack Kent Cooke (former owner of the Washington Redskins); Robert Duvall; Sheila Johnson (co-founder of BET); Paul Mellon; Alice DuPont Mills; Keisha Knight Pulliam (Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show); and Elizabeth Taylor, when she was married to John Warner.

About the kind of vehicle one would see here.

The Christmas shop of fine European wares had the German holiday pyramids; lots of sweets; Trachten; and…hand-painted Austrian Easter Eggs on offer.

The Red Fox Inn and Tavern. It’s been around since 1728 and is steeped in the lore of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Elizabeth Taylor dined here; and Jacqueline Kennedy often stayed overnight while on her fall hunting holiday. Oh, and George Washington also stopped by a time or two.

The Tavern only serves dinner, so we grabbed a lunch table at a nearby pub. While we were waiting for a table to open I ran across the street to peek into the boutique shops. I came out to see Tony surrounded by a group of women. Some wives might be suspect, but I know the women were all there for Giroud. 🤣

A pint for Tony and a white for me, and two perfectly executed Reubens rounded out the lunch.

While out in Hunt Country one would be remiss to not drop in at a winery, especially on a day as luscious as this one.  We chose 50 West, which sits atop of bluff affording a view of the Bull Run range of the Blue Ridge.

Our verdict? The wine, 🍷🍷. The scenery? ⛰⛰⛰⛰.