Volksmarch on the W&OD Trail to Dry Mill Winery in Leesburg

Volksmarching (from the German Volksmarsch meaning "peoples' march") is a form of non-competitive group fitness walking that developed in Europe and has since spread to the United States.

Participants typically walk 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on an outdoor path to a favorite destination, while sharing the company of fellow walkers who enjoy getting out for some exercise and fresh air in a natural environment.

A Volksmarch is not a race, although Volksmarching associations usually offer incentive awards such as pins to record their achievments.  People walk at a pace that works to make the event fun for everyone.

Fortunately, the W&OD trail in Leesburg is a perfect location for having our own international Volksmarch right here.  We'll start at an authentic German bistro, walk approximately 3 miles to the Dry Mill Winery for tasting and relaxing, and then return the same way on the trail to satisfy our Italian instincts at Fire Works Pizza.

Wunderbar!!

Meetup at Doener Bistro

Doener Bistro is an actual German pub restaurant in Leesburg that serves a wide variety of real Deutsch biers and authentic food items that are popular street fare in modern Germany.  Due to the influence of Turkish immigration, these include doner gyros, falafel, currywurst, bratwurst, schnitzel, and fresh salads.  The atmosphere at Doener Bistro is bright and cheerful, the food is tasty, and the prices are reasonable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our SHR group had a great time at Doener Bistro celebrating Oktoberfest, even though the food and beer offerings were limited for the festival crowd.  This time we can enjoy ordering freshly prepared items from the full menu.  Check out the details and menu below:

http://www.doener-usa.com/location-leesburg.html

Volksmarch on the W&OD Trail

After gathering at Doener Bistro to gain sustenance for our journey, we'll head out on the W&OD trail towards Purcellville.  It's the most scenic part of the trail that we've enjoyed many times while biking.  However, this will be out first time traveling by foot at a slower pace to soak up natural and man-made sights we may have missed from our bikes.

True to the spirit of Volksmarching, we'll walk together as a group at a relaxed pace.  The trail is generally flat and paved near Leesburg, so it will be an easy and stimulating walk.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

Our destination is the Dry Mill Winery that's located very close to the trail off Dry Mill Rd. about 3 miles away.  We can taste some wine and hang out at the winery until we feel like walking back to Leesburg.  The total roundtrip walking distance should be approximately 6 miles, which fits the definition of a Volksmarch almost perfectly.

Dry Mill Winery

Dry Mill Winery is conveniently situated near our route in a renovated barn on a pretty lot with indoor and outdoor seating.  It offers the usual selection of Virginia wines, as well as live music on Saturday afternoons.  It's reviews on Yelp are generally positive as a friendly place to visit and sip wine.  The individual tasting fee is $5.00.

Our group's standard policy at restaurants and elsewhere is for SHR members to order and pay for their food and drinks individually.  We don't make group reservations due to the uncertainties and "flash mob" nature of Meetups.  As individual customers, we get better service and no hassles about splitting checks.  So plan to order and pay as you normally would, and then we'll socialize together as we always do...

Full details about Dry Mill Winery below:

http://www.drymillwine.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Fire Works Pizza

When we're done at the winery, we'll walk on the trail back to our starting point in Leesburg.  We can celebrate our day of outdoor exercise by having some excellent pizza at Fire Works, which is located right across Harrison St. from Doener Bistro.  Fire Works is highly-rated on Yelp for its wood-fired pizza, large beer selection, and comfortable ambience.  We had excellent pizzza and a good time there after our bike ride on Labor Day.

Check out the full menu, photos, and address below:

http://www.fireworkspizza.com/FW1/

Parking and Weather

There is plenty of free parking along Harrison St. SE and the Loudon County government parking lot across from Raflo Park by the W&OD Trail.  It's just a one block walk from there to Doener Bistro and Fire Works Pizza.

This is an outdoor event that depends upon good walking weather.  Check back here on Saturday morning.  I'll post a notice and send an email by 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel the event.  Call Jake at[masked] with questions or to find us.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

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  • Tom

    Thanks for putting this together Jake. Had lots of fun with lots of fun people !

    January 22, 2013

  • karen

    Jake outdid himself and found a treasure when he discovered this great hike to the winery and back. I will do it again. Every single person was interesting & fun! Beautiful sunny day...couldn't ask for more.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a believer... had a great time!!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first event with this group and it was fun. Good conversation, great people. Hope to see you all at another event. Great group Jake.

    January 20, 2013

  • Bobbe

    The perfect storm! Good food, a little beer a little wine, weather - sunny & brisk, exercising amongst beautiful scenery, meeting awesome new people....WOW! Thank you all for making this first adventure out a wonderful experience!

    January 20, 2013

  • alan

    Looks like I wasn't signed up to go after all! Oh well, great day..

    January 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Who cares, we all enjoyed your company!

      January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    a great day

    January 19, 2013

  • Gloria

    Jake, thank you for an excellent Volksmarch! Active recreation and fun people! Always a good combination. I always appreciate the creativity that goes into these events... Wunderbar!

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Jake

    Terrific weather with blue skies, no wind, and lots of sun. Doener Bistro was a nice friendly place to meet up and get some food and drink for our walk. The walk to the winery was perfect, and we hung out there with some wine for an hour or so. Then back to Fire Works for pizza and beer, which was also good. Just a great day. Met some cool new people and saw many friends. Thanks to everyone for making it a fun day out on the trail for the Volksmarch!

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Great time. Great afternoon!

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we take a beer along for the walk or is that illegal? The Doner box for lunch is conveinent for the walk, but I would like a beer to 'wash it down.' I'll be lucky to make it to retirement! So print that. LOL

    January 18, 2013

    • Jake

      Drinking in public parks like the W&OD trail is illegal. So be very discreet if you choose to do so. That's our typical approach and there's been no problems so far. We want to keep it that way!

      January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll probably get there early and eat and drink at the restaurant, but the info is good for everyone to know.

      January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Or call me at the last minute [masked] (Dianne)

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool:
    I can take up to 4 people in my new minivan for ~$5 RT each ($7 if 3, $10 if 2 people total, including Ferry fees RT).
    I can go either of two ways leaving from Rockville, Md (meet at Starbuck's 10 am, Montrose rd and 355):
    1) 270N to Darnestown, MD28, 112 to Poolesville, 107 to Whites Ferry for the scenic route (~1.5 hrs)
    or
    2) 495 to route 7 or 606 (~1 hr+). This route is cheaper ($3, 5, 7; no Ferry fees of $5 each way), but not scenic.
    Note that we will be attending the entire event; lunch, walk, wine tasting, and pizza dinner, leaving around 7 pm or so (we will vote!).
    I am a sober driver, but will have one beer with pizza and then tea before driving us home at the speed limit.
    Contact me via email to arrange pickup at your house.
    [masked]

    January 18, 2013

  • Stephen C

    Any eta on the walk start Jake? Dont think I can do lunch but can do the walk, winery and pizza after.

    January 18, 2013

    • Jake

      Steve, see my loose schedule comment.

      January 18, 2013

  • Jake

    Our loose schedule for the Volksmarch is to leave Doener Bistro around 1:00 pm or shortly thereafter. Walking three miles to the winery will take about an hour. Wine tasting and drinking will take an hour or more. There's no rush, and people should enjoy themselves. But we'll leave the winery by 4:00 pm to have light for our return journey. We should be Fire Works Pizza around 5:30 pm or so.

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a dog so spending the whole day and evening will not work for me. If I do lunch and turn around at the winery to go back, is it a nice simple backtrack as I have no sense of direction?

    January 8, 2013

    • Jake

      The trail is a separate paved path that's easy to follow back.

      January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ich freu mich darauf! Looking forward to my first meetup with everyone!

    December 20, 2012

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