Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 4 – 6, for the 11th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by Middleburg Bank, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

 “This is a wonderful time of year for visitors to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee.

 Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to pottery, as well as lots of specials in the local restaurants. Arrive early to get the best bargains—or better yet, stay over at one of the inns in town Red Fox Inn, 540-687-6301, www.redfox.com, Goodstone Inn, 540-687-3333, www.goodstone.com or Salamander Resort & Spa, 540- 687-3600, www.salamanderresort.com) and make a weekend of it.

 Look for the colorful balloons outside participating stores. Shops with fantastic bargains include Duchessa (clothing and accessories), Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens, etc.), Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories and beauty products), Richard Allen Clothing (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (accessories), C.D. Rigden & Son Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Native Barre Studios (athletic apparel), Les Jardins De Bagatelle (French gift shop),  The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles), Stitch (yarn), Middleburg Millworks (building supplies and hardware), Kriser’s Natural Pet (pet supplies) —and many more one-of-a-kind stores you’ll never find in a mall.

 Be sure to circulate throughout town, so you don’t miss anything! At the west end, you’ll find The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), Middleburg’s answer to the department store, with rooms full of wonderful things. J.Mclaughlin (clothing and accessories), Highcliffe Clothiers (men’s and women’s clothing), Second Chapter Books (new and used books), STM Mortgage (mortgage lending), Middleburg Bank, and Middleburg Humane Foundation Thrift Shop are all located on the west end of town. Middleburg also has many fine galleries and antique shops, such as Byrne Gallery and Gallery on Madison. Journeymen and The Tack Box will be offering discounts on equestrian related products such as riding gear and gifts.

 When you need a little respite from all of the bargain hunting, visit the National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road or stop in one of Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and Federal Street. You can pick from the likes of The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, Red Horse Tavern, the restaurant at Goodstone Inn, Julien’s (well-priced French café), Julien’s Market (Market Sandwhicherie), Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery, Popcorn Monkey (gourmet popcorn), Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates, Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs) and Upper Crust Bakery. Two new restaurants have opened in Middleburg, Best Thai Kitchen and Thaiverse 2!

 Visit www.visitmiddleburgva.com or www.facebook.com/MiddleburgBusiness for event updates. For additional information, please contact the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888.

 Middleburg is located approximately 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport. From Washington, take I-66 west to Route 50 west (Exit 57B) toward Winchester. Drive approximately 25 miles to Middleburg. For more information on the town, visit www.middleburg.org.