For advance information, contact the Loudoun Convention & Visitor Association, in 112 South St. SE, Ste. G, Leesburg, VA 20175 (tel. 800/752-6118 or 703/771-2170; www.visitloudoun.org). Its offices and the Leesburg Visitor Center are in Market Station, 2 blocks east of the center of town. The visitor center is open daily from 9am to 5pm except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition to the official "Touring Guide to DC's Wine Country," ask for a copy of the walking-tour guide to Waterford Village .
Middleburg has an information center in the Pink Box, 12 Madison St., Middleburg, VA 22117 (tel. 540/687-8888; www.middleburg.org). It's open Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
For Manassas, contact the Prince William County/Manassas Conference and Visitors Bureau, 8609 Sudley Rd., Ste. 105, Manassas, VA 20112 (tel. 800/432-1792 or 703/396-7130; www.visitpwc.com). The town of Manassas has a visitor center in the Railroad Depot, 9431 West St. (tel. 703/361-6599), that's open daily from 9am to 5pm.
For Fauquier County, contact or visit the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center, 33 N. Calhoun St., Warrenton, VA 20186 (tel. 800/820-1021 or 540/341-0988; www.visitfauquier.com), open daily 9am to 5pm.
By Plane -- Washington Dulles International Airport is on the eastern edge of the Hunt Country, 14 miles southeast of Leesburg and 21 miles east of Middleburg..
By Car -- You'll need a vehicle to explore the beautiful back roads of the Hunt Country. Washington Dulles airport has all the major rental firms. There are two routes from the Capital Beltway (I-495) to Leesburg. The free but slower way is Va. 7. The significantly faster route is via the Dulles Toll Road (Va. 267) between I-495 and Washington Dulles Airport; it feeds into the Dulles Greenway (tel. 888/707-8870; www.dullesgreenway.com), a privately financed toll expressway connecting the airport to Leesburg. The toll from the I-495 to Leesburg is about $5. Note: The Dulles Greenway booths accept only credit cards after 9pm.
Once in downtown Leesburg, you can scout around for an on-street space or leave your vehicle in the municipal parking garage on Loudoun Street between King and Wirt streets, where parking is free on weekends. During the week you'll pay 50¢ an hour for the first 4 hours, $1 per hour thereafter, but no more than $5 a day. Many downtown shops will validate your ticket, so take it with you.
To Middleburg, you can take U.S. 50 west all the way into town or follow I-66 west to Va. 28 north to U.S. 50 west. U.S. 15 south from Leesburg intersects with U.S. 50 westbound 10 miles east of Middleburg. Park anywhere you can find an on-street space in Middleburg.