There’s a New York–style deli called Puccio’s (15 Loudoun St., SE, Leesburg; 703-779-7676) that has unbelievable sandwiches—I order the Penn Station every time, which has chicken and cheese. They serve breakfast sandwiches, too, and they deliver.
Fire Works (201 Harrison St., SE, Leesburg; 703-779-8400) has the best pizza I’ve ever had. Our favorite is called the Smokey Blue, and it has bacon and balsamic glaze. They have an awesome beer selection, and their bartenders know a lot about all the beers, so they hook you up.
My wife, Christy, is a die-hard fan of the dress shop Madisonbelle (5 Loudoun St., SE, Leesburg; 703-443-1790). They have a lot of name brands but also really original stuff. The owner’s amazing, and it’s great for me because they know Christy there, so they can find things in her size and pick out things they know she’ll like. It’s really personal.
I play golf at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club (41601 Raspberry Dr., Leesburg; 703-779-2555). It has your typical golf-club feel, but it’s really laid-back and friendly. The course is designed by Gary Player—it’s kinda tough, but I’d say most people with normal experience can play there.
We love going to listen to acoustic music at the Beautiful South (17416 Hamilton Station Rd., Hamilton; 540-338-7335). It’s really cool, and the owners are these amazing Greek people. It’s great for going out for drinks.
Denyce Graves is a mezzo-soprano. Born and raised in DC, she made her professional debut in 1995 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and this summer she’ll sing the title role in “Carmen” at the Dorset Opera in England.
Leesburg is expanding all the time, but I really enjoy its small-town feel and personality. I’ve traveled all over the world, and Leesburg has the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen.
I always like going to Lightfoot Restaurant (11 N. King St., Leesburg; 703-771-2233). It’s owned by two sisters, and we watched them start out in a tiny place and grow their business. The food is delicious, and they have fantastic desserts.
To relax, I go to Spa Minérale at Lansdowne Resort (44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne; 703-729-4036) for facials and massages. It’s definitely somewhere I’d take a friend for a relaxing day out.
I take my daughter to My Gym (1045 Edwards Ferry Rd.; 703-777-4496), which has classes specifically designed for kids from three months to ten years old. They do painting and drawing, have bars for climbing and trampolines, and organize games for children.
Leesburg has a really nice little post office off Main Street (15 E. Market St.; 703-669-5485). Two women work there, and they ask how the baby is doing. I also like to stop at the farmers market (20 Catoctin Cir., SE, Leesburg; 540-454-8089; loudounfarmersmarkets.org). You can get fresh peppers, lettuce, corn, homemade preserves and jams, and really ripe and beautiful tomatoes, watermelons, and cucumbers.